Facebook Revenues To Cross $1 Billion In 2010

Inside Facebook has made some really detailed calculations over what Facebook could have earned in the past one year and how much the company could be making moving ahead.

According to these observations, the world’s biggest social network could have made close to $700 million that can expect to grow to $1.1 billion through this year.

A majority of the revenues in the past year has, as expected, come from brand advertising and performance advertising – nearly $575 million. The rest of the share is made from sale of virtual goods and through its deal with Microsoft.

However, as you would know, Facebook is working on a payment gateway and if it launches this year, we may expect a huge turnaround in the amount of money made from virtual goods. It can in fact be the main revenue driver for the company.

What do you think?

[via Inside Facebook]

China iPhone Users To Get Wi-Fi Soon?

When the iPhone launched in China last year, one of the most talked about issues was the device’s lack of Wi-Fi. Apple had released an iPhone model without Wi-Fi in order to comply with local laws that outlawed Wi-Fi and instead insisted on a local standard called WAPI.

While the Chinese government has since then softened its ‘No WiFi’ stand, it now appears that Apple could be launching a conventional Wi-Fi supported iPhone later this summer in the country. Earlier this week,  Chang Xiaobin, Chairman of China Unicom, the company that sells the iPhone in China had said

“I know that in the market there is hope we will offer an iPhone with Wi-Fi … We have been holding talks with Apple in this area.”

It is however not clear if these iPhones will also support the local WAPI standard.

[via iPhonAsia]


Price Of Motorola CLIQ XT, Nokia Nuron, HTC HD2 Revealed?

Sources close to TmoNews have revealed the prices of the T-Mobile based handsets which get launched later this year. According to the source, Motorola CLIQ XT will launch at a price of $129.99 with a 2 year contract. Without the T-Mobile contract, you can get hold of the device for $329.99.

Nokia Nuron will retail at $69.99 with contract and $179.99 without one. Similarly, HTC HD2 will come at a subsidized price of $199.99 with the 2 year contract and at $449.99 without one.

We guess the phones have been priced at a pretty attractive level. What do you think? Which one are you going for?

[via TmoNews]

Blackberry Slider QWERTY Handset Photos Leaked

Is this the real deal? We are not sure. Folks at BBLeaks have caught hold of a few photos of the alleged new Palm Pre-esque Blackberry Slider phone. It is suspected to be Storm3 though that is 100% speculation.

Blackberry Slider QWERTY Keyboard Leaked Photo

We had first written about the new sliding QWERTY phone last week. The handset comes with a portrait oriented keyboard, runs Blackberry OS 6.0 and supports Wi-Fi 802.11n.

Tell us what you think of the new look BB phone in the comments.

[via Blackberry Leaks]

iPad Launch Date : March 26?

The much awaited Apple iPad might finally hit the stores on March 26. According to sources quoted on MacRumors, the sale of Apple’s tablet device will begin at 6 PM on Friday, March 26th. If true, this could be pretty similar to the way the iPhone was first launched.

Wait, there is more. Daryl Deino from Examiner notes that Apple’s store employees would begin their training on the iPad starting March 10, the iPad commercials shall launch starting March 15 and customers who camp out for the iPad could be receiving a special gift.

If all this is true, expect some exciting month ahead for Apple aficionados.

[via MacRumors, Examiner]

In-Car Music Purchasing Application

Airbiquity, a company working on wireless communications solutions is working on an application that will make downloading music while you travel easy. The application, the developers say will help you download that cool song that you just heard on the radio.

In a patent application filed recently under the title, “IN-VEHICLE MOBILE MUSIC PURCHASE”, the inventors describe a way to download your favorite music rightaway to your car digital stereo, mobile phone or even your home computer.

According to the invention, a dedicated button shall be provided with the in-car stereo or can be externally provided via a software configuration. Once installed, whenever a user listening to a song on the radio wants to purchase it, they need to press this button. Doing so will pull the metadata of the song (title, singer,etc.) and purchase and download the music from the pre-configured third party retailer such as iTunes. It is better explained via the image below

In-Vehicle Music Purchase application

Notebook Component Shortage Reports Inaccurate

Late last month, we had reports that we could be seeing possible increase in prices of notebooks following shortage of components in Taiwan. Back then we had written that the impact on sales is however likely to be minimal since the price increase was not expected to be more than $1 or $2.

However, fresh reports have indicated that the perceived shortage in components was more so because of suppliers double-booking or overbooking inventories in order to maintain inventory levels. DigiTimes writes

Notebook component shortage in China is not as serious as most market watchers believe since the strong market demand is mainly created by notebook makers double booking or over booking orders to maintain inventories, according to sources from notebook makers

So this should put all speculations to rest for the time being.

[via DigiTimes]

Apple TV To Become A Gaming Console?

Apple has always maintained that its foray into TV is nothing but a “hobby” and their ambitions have always stayed on innovations in the mobile device front. But that could change in a couple of years, says Michael Patcher from Webush Morgan Securities in a note to investors.

According to him, the iPhone OS with its vast array of gaming applications may help Apple graduate to a level where the company’s relationship with third party gaming providers will be leveraged to provide a comprehensive gaming console system on Apple TV. He says

“I think Apple’s going to be a serious gaming company, the difference between Apple and Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft is, Apple is not known for internal software development. So I don’t think you’re going to get an Apple Games Group like you have Microsoft Games Studios making games you’re certainly never going to approach the quality of games you get out of Nintendo. So Apple’s going to be solely dependent on third parties to support their console in the future.”

Sounds very plausible. What do you think? Do you see it coming?

[via Distorted Loop]

Mac Mini With HDMI Port To Be Launched Next

Has Apple given the boot to DVI port in favor of HDMI? If rumors are to be believed that could in fact be true. Apple Insider has apparently learned that Apple shall be launching the next generation of Mac Mini desktop computer with HDMI ports instead of the usual DVI port.

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) is a technology built on top of the DVI (Digital Video Interface) that also supports home theater systems unlike the latter which is best suited for personal computer systems.

It is not clear if the introduction is intended to merely move to an updated technology or to extend the user base of Mac Mini to include a larger target audience.

[via Apple Insider]

Real-Time Phone Conversation Translation Technology To Launch In Few Years

Imagine calling a Japanese business partner and discussing plans without either of you understanding the other person’s language! Such a real time phone conversation translation technology might in the works. Both Microsoft and Google are said to be working on such a technology for their mobile phone platforms.

This technology was recently demoed by Microsoft at the annual TechFest event though as the developers themselves claim, a perfectly usable model of this is not expected to arrive at least for a few more years. Here is a video of the technology in action

[via TechFlash]