Facebook passes a Billion users, and 600 Million mobile users

Facebook passes a Billion users, and 600 Million mobile users

Over a billion people are now using Facebook on a regular basis, with over 600 million of them using mobiles to do so.

To celebrate, the company has released the following video:

Click here to view the embedded video.

The now familiar ‘like’ action has proven popular, with Facebook reporting 1.13 trillion Likes and counting, as well as 140.3 billion friends made on the site.

Sharing photos has always been a major feature of Facebook, so it’s no surprise to hear that 219 billion of the things have been uploaded, while over 300 million more are added every day.

What will will the future of Facebook bring?

Source: Guardian

Apple expected to sell 10 million iPhone 5s in first week

Apple expected to sell 10 million iPhone 5s in first week

Even if you aren’t Apple’s biggest fan and you don’t like the way they do business, in fact even if you don’t like anything about Apple at all, you have to give Apple credit because they certainly know how to sell a smartphone or two (or 10 million.

According to analysts that have spoken to VR-Zone, this year’s iPhone 5 launch will be the most successful ever. The iPhone 5 will reportedly bag 10 million sales in just the first week. The first 3 months of Apple iPhone 5 sales were expected to be in the region of 22 to 23 million but already analysts are upgrading this figure to 30 million – perhaps as a consequence of Apple beating Samsung in their infamous legal dispute which could force almost across-the-board sales bans of current generation Samsung smartphones.

Last year Apple bagged 4 million iPhone 4S sales in the first 3 days of launch. Apple is currently one of the world’s most valuable companies and if this launch goes as well as analysts predict Apple could be the first company ever to reach the trillion dollar market cap.


Kim Dotcom granted legal expenses of NZ $6 million

Kim Dotcom granted legal expenses of NZ $  6 million

Finally after months of battling, Kim Dotcom – founder of Megaupload – has been granted NZ$ 6 million of his own assets to use for legal expenses. The money which is equivalent to $ 4.86 million is in addition to the NZ$ 750,000 he was granted previously for living expenses.

Kim Dotcom has already acquired NZ$ 2.6 million in legal expenses since the trials begun, and his legal staff have been working unpaid up until now.

The money is being secured against a NZ$ 10 million government bond Dotcom owns. The Internet tycoon is also being allowed to sell some of his luxury vehicles although money from the rides will be withheld until a court decides how those funds can be used.

His car collection was initially seized as part of the US government initiated raid. He is being permitted to sell nine vehicles from the collection: a Rolls-Royce Coupe, two Mini Coopers, a Toyota Hilux and five AMG class Mercedes Benz luxury cars.

The American government is still attempting to have Kim Dotcom extradited to the USA where he’ll probably stand (unfair) trial for a set of allegations fabricated by the bitter American media industry.

American officials say that he was using Megaupload to actively distribute copyrighted materials illegally, even though Megaupload responded to copyright removal requests and are technically protected by the terms of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act that states company’s cannot be held responsible for the actions of their consumers but must respond to copyright removal requests when asked to, which Megaupload did.

The extradition trial will arrive next year in March.



Ouya bags $8.6 million from KickStarter

Ouya bags $  8.6 million from KickStarter

Well it seemed to drag on for an age, but finally the Ouya KickStarter funding scheme has expired after 30 days. The initial target was to reach $ 950,000 for the project to become viable. However, that figure was easily surpassed in less than a day. The final total generated was a staggering $ 8,596,475 with 63,416 backers. Several major developers and content providers including OnLive, Square Enix, Vevo, Namco Bandai and others have also jumped on board the Ouya bandwagon.

Its expected that early backers of the Ouya project will get their Ouya system delivered by March 2013 whilst the general public should be able to buy in April or May 2013. Not bad considering the whole console is going to be designed from the ground up with all the new partnerships and deals in mind – i.e. optimisations will need to be made for OnLive (such as LAN/Wi-Fi optimisations for high speed internet) and for Vevo (introduction of high quality audio channelling).

Ouya just recently announced that their console will support up to 4 controllers, as well as the news that they will be working with XBMC (media player provider) and Tuneln (a free online radio station).

To check all the updates from the Ouya project be sure to check out the KickStarter page here.

83 million Facebook accounts fake, invalid or duplicate

83 million Facebook accounts fake, invalid or duplicate

Facebook has recently announce that 83 million of its 955 million user accounts are actually fake, invalid or duplicate. News that is probably going to send Facebook shares down a bit more, Facebook just can’t seem to catch a lucky break these days.

83.09 million accounts are invalid for a number of reasons according to Facebook. Duplicate accounts make up 4.8% or 45.8 million of all Facebook accounts. These mostly occur when people get a bit cheesed off with how clogged up their account is, resulting in them making a new one for a fresh start.

22.9 million accounts, 2.4%,  are invalid because they are for non-human beings. These are allowed but they should be created in the Facebook page formats as they are public figures not people…apparently. Things such as pets, groups or companies should always be created as a page says Facebook.

1.5% of accounts, 14.3 million, are the ultra-undesirables. Accounts created specifically to break the company’s terms of use – mainly through spamming links, pictures, statuses and sometimes even embedded viruses, malware and phishing scams.

“We believe the percentage of accounts that are duplicate or false is meaningfully lower in developed markets such as the United States or Australia and higher in developing markets such as Indonesia and Turkey,”


3 million people still using AOL dial up

3 million people still using AOL dial up

It seems like an absolute age ago when dial up was the most common form of internet, times have moved on leaps and bounds since then with fibre optic broadband packages offering 20/50/100 mbps and Google’s latest 1 gigabit internet package for Kansas city just showing how far the internet has really come.

Yet for some, no progress has been made at all. In fact for the 3 million people are still using AOL dial up – it must be like living in the dark ages for those select few. AOL’s second quarter earnings report shows 3 million customers still on the subscriber list for its dial up service, while this is down from AOL’s record figure of 25 million, 3 million is still a staggering amount for such an appalling service by today’s standards.

The figures show that AOL lost just 84,000 from the prior quarter and 400,000 from a year ago. Now everyone knows that the dialup industry is obviously in permanent decline, but AOL’s subscriber losses last quarter were less than half what they were a year ago.

Although we can only speculate why AOL still has so many customers, it seems likely that it is due to the elderly or technophobic not wanting to change because something is better than nothing.

As Fudzilla describe it, AOL’s dial up service is “slower than an asthmatic ant with a heavy load of shopping.”


Skype: Downloads for its Android application reaches 70 million

Since its inception in October 2010 in Google Play Store, the Android Skype application, which allows video calls, has been downloaded more than 70 million times.

The company, owned by Microsoft, said that the platform runs video call in about 1,400 devices, including HTC Android phones, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, LG and others.

The Skype application for Android, is available in 16 languages, can make free video calls, file sharing or instant messages between Skype users, regardless of device type, either an Android phone, iPhone or iPad, a Mac or PC.

The company says that most users make national and international calls on Android mobiles, without elaborating further.

Indeed, expanding the availability of 3G has made Skype more viable for users to use the application across different operating systems and devices to send pictures, videos and files to friends and acquaintances.

Skype is also quite resourceful in maintaining a low cost long distance and international calls, and since there are 250 million Skypers in the world, you will surely meet a person with whom you can communicate through it.

More details:The Next Web

ASRock confident of achieving 2012 target of 9 million motherboards

ASRock’s COO Hsu Lung-luen today revealed that ASRock are very confident that they will meet their own target of shipping 9 million motherboards for 2012. This comes after last years figures where they only shipped 7.8 million, below the same 9 million target. So far ASRock has shipped 3.7 million boards, 2 million in Q1 and 1.7 million in Q2 respectively. This means ASRock must ship a huge 5.3 million motherboards over the next 6 months in order to achieve their target.

With the release of Z77 and other 7 series chipsets for the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors ASRock hope motherboard demand will be stimulated. However, there still remains a substantial gap between ASUS and Gigabyte who shipped 5.5 million and 4.5 million motherboards respectively in the first two quarters of this year. ASRock is dependent on motherboards for 90% of its yearly income.

Source: MyDrivers