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Facebook to Start the Project of Connecting the Unconnected

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As per the records it is believed that two third (2/3) of the world population is not connected to the internet. Only 1 out of 3 human beings have the luxury of connecting to the internet at the moment. This stat tells another story. That is the stakeholders in the telecommunications industry do have a huge growth potential due to this un-connectivity.

Facebook is one of world’s largest web giants and the premier social networking site. To grow their business further it is vital that the un-connected 2/3 gets connected. In fact it is vital to every stakeholder in telecommunications industry. So, facebook is thinking a way which they could provide internet connectivity and capable devices, to un-connected world population. Google also started a similar project – “Project Loon”. But over last few months there weren’t any notable news on Google’s project.

It is said that Mark Zuckerberg is putting up a lab where a set of Facebook engineers would develop flying drones, satellites, and infrared lasers which are capable of beaming internet connections to people down on earth. The lab will be named as “Facebook Connectivity Lab”. They are expected to receiving the help of NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA Ames Research Center, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.

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Click Here – Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s Message on Connecting the Unconnected

This project is backed by a very strong alliance between 7 tech giants namely – Qualcomm, Samsung, Nokia, Ericsson, Mediatek, Opera Software and Facebook. The alliance is called internet.org. They are searching answers for 3 problems which are preventing un-connected people getting connected to the internet. Identified problem areas are affordability, efficiency and business models.

Since flying drones are not a strong point of Facebook they bought a UK based aerospace company Ascenta for US$20 million. Their engineers will take care of the flying drone part of the project, which would provide aerial internet using infrared signals.

Yahoo to Launch a YouTube like Service

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There is no doubt that Marissa Mayor has turned it on for Yahoo. Since she took over duties as the CEO of Yahoo, tech giant’s fortunes started to change in big time. Before Marissa’s took over Yahoo was hopeless and lacked catchy services and was nowhere near Google. She was hired from Google – where she spent his entire career, since 1999, in July 2012. She did major changes and took critical strategic decisions to change the fate of Yahoo.

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Marissa Mayer spent 13 years of her career in Google. She was Google’s first female engineer.

An interesting article on the changes Marissa did has been published in “Business Insider” website and you could read the article by clicking below link.

http://www.businessinsider.com/strategies-marissa-mayer-used-at-yahoo-2014-3

She showed results within 1 year. For the first time since May 2011, Yahoo became the number 1 website in USA, in July 2013 surpassing Google. One of the simple and catchy changes she did was replacing the Blackberrys Yahoo employees were using, by Smartphones. Every Yahoo employee had the opportunity to be an owner of either of the 5 phone models – iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X, HTC EVO 4G LTE, or Nokia Lumia 920. The whole idea of this was to make sure that employees get the chance to experience their own mobile apps. Isn’t it a simple and a catchy strategy? For me, it is.

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Marissa became the CEO of Yahoo in July 2012. Within 1 year she was able to change the fortune of the company.

Under Marissa’s leadership it seems like Yahoo is going to make another breakthrough change in their business. News comes out from various sources about a YouTube like Yahoo service. The opportunity Yahoo is after is the complaints piling up from video producers and networks regarding YouTube’s revenue scheme. Yahoo is planning offer guaranteed ad rates for videos of video producers. Also, in the initial phase Yahoo will not allow every user to upload videos. They would look to open the platform to quality video producers up front, and with time they are planning to open the platform further.

Last year Yahoo failed to convince Dailymotion management to sell the company to them for US$300 million. Dailymotion is a video service platform similar to YouTube, but not as big as YouTube. But it is quite clear that they were planning to start their own video service from last year onwards.

Someone would get the doubt on the possibility of this service surpass and challenge YouTube, because of the 1 billion hits per month YouTube gets. How long will it take Yahoo to be a notable rival to YouTube? When looking at the performance of Marissa Mayer over last 2 years and the amount of effort she is putting on to make Yahoo a real market leader, it is quite evident that YouTube might have to watch the moves of Yahoo video service very closely. If Marissa had the potential to make Yahoo popular than Google inside USA within 1 year, there is no reason why she could not do it to YouTube.

Another thing Marissa could do is to get in to partnerships with popular mobile service providers. That would allow Yahoo to make the service more popular and provide a smooth service. Since Telcos are looking for meaningful partnerships with OTT players, Yahoo has the potential to become a mutually benefitted partner for Telcos.

Reference : “Report: Yahoo Considering to Create Its Own Version of YouTube” by ALEX CO, http://www.escapistmagazine.com

TIZEN to Rival Android and iOS

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2013 has been a very successful and a special year for smart phone market. For the first time in smart phone history, worldwide shipments surpassed the 1 billion mark for the first time. When looking at the reports released by IDC (International Data Corporation), it can be seen that Android and iOS has contributed 95.7% of these shipments. Android has had a market share of 78.1% of the smart phones, while iOS has had 17.6% of the market chare at the end of the year 2013.

When looking at the year by year pattern, it is quite evident that trend is an upward and with more and more innovations and R&D, the trend would definitely be a positive one for smart phones.

This might be the reason why a global collaboration of tech firms have started developing a new smart phone OS to rival Android and iOS. The new OS has been given the name ‘TIZEN’. Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo has announced that new OS will be launched in the next few months. Rumors say that the OS will be available in some mobile phones which are expected be released after end of March 2014. It was reported that Samsung has had a dedicated booth for TIZEN OS powered Samsung devices at the Mobile World Congress 2014, Barcelona, Spain.

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TIZEN Version of Brand New Samsung Galaxy S5 Was Seen At the World Mobile Congress 2014, Barcelona, Spain

Though TIZEN has the backing of a strong collaboration of tech firms – Intel, Fujitsu, Samsung, LG, HUAWEI, Vodafone and Orange, will it be possible to challenge Android’s dominance and iOS’s quality? Only time will tell.

One would argue, TIZEN being an open source platform and can be developed freely by anyone around the world, there is a huge chance that it would bring up more innovations than Android and iOS. And on the other hand, Chinese government has already banned a few Google products. That has brought down the relevance of Android vastly in world’s biggest smart phone market. Hence, TIZEN has a huge opportunity in China. Another plus point for TIZEN would be the expected planned mobile network charing between NTT Docomo, China Mobile and KT, with the idea of internationalize their businesses and stimulate the Asian market. All 3 countries in this collaboration support TIZEN and there is every chance that these 3 huge operators would use TIZEN as a business promotional media.

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Tizen Association is steered by a Board of Directors including representation from up to 10 companies.

The promotion strategy used by TIZEN Association would be very critical, since Blackberry and Windows Mobile OS, which were the number 3 and 4 in the IDC list, are also very strong and viable Oss with the backing of strong R&D teams and tech giants. But there is something wrong with these two Oss, because they did not make the expected revolution.

Only time would tell the fate of TIZEN. Looking at the trends, it is hard to believe Android or iOS would lose their market shares as TIZEN would like.

For further information about TIZEN, please visit,

https://www.tizen.org/

https://www.tizenassociation.org/

Reference : Telecom Review Asia Pacific