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The Massive Mobile Explosion In BRIC Countries Explained

December 27th, 2012 No comments

Many emerging markets are already mobile-first economies where mobile phones are more ubiquitous than either land-line telephones, PCs, or fixed Internet connections.

Mobile statistics are specifically impressive in the BRICs — Brazil, Russia, India, China. China is poised to overtake the United States as the world’s largest smartphone market, and new Chinese app data suggest it has already done so.

Here’s an overview of the four essentials to mobile projects in BRIC countries:

  • Don’t ignore the feature phone: Market-leading apps are still keeping one foot in the feature phone market, and for an important reason: That’s where the numbers are. Smartphone penetration among Chinese mobile subscribers won’t end the year higher than 20%, according to BI Intelligence estimates.
  • Work with carriers: Emerging market carriers hold the keys to two important aspects of the mobile business — network effects and billing. Billing is a challenge in emerging markets. Credit card penetration is low. Only carriers have the reach, systems, and technologies to draw payments from prepaid and postpaid mobile consumers.
  • Follow the rollout of low-cost smartphones and tablets: Since many devices in these markets are purchased for prepaid plans without the help of carrier subsidies, price cuts instantly make tablets and smartphones more accessible to consumers. Smartphone prices in India have fallen 30 to 35 percent in the last three years.
  • Understand Android’s dominance and its limitations: Android is the leading mobile platform in all the BRICs. Android dominance presents a challenge for app developers and publishers since the Google Play store, the main Android app store, has not proved an easy route to monetization in emerging markets. In China, there is very limited support for Google Play. Worse, app store fragmentation on Android is an even more serious problem than it is elsewhere.
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Cloud Supply and Demand : Cisco

December 26th, 2012 No comments
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BLAKE2 Claims Faster Hashing Than SHA-3, SHA-2 and MD5

December 25th, 2012 No comments

BLAKE2 has been recently announced as a new alternative to the existing cryptographic hash algorithms MD5 and SHA-2/3. With applicability in cloud storage, software distribution, host-based intrusion detection, digital forensics and revision control tools, BLAKE2 performs a lot faster than the MD5 algorithm on Intel 32- and 64-bit systems. The developers of BLAKE2 insist that even though the algorithm is faster, there are no loose ends when it comes to security. BLAKE2 is an optimized version of the then SHA-3 finalist BLAKE.”

 

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3G Google Nexus 7 lands in Australia this month

December 22nd, 2012 No comments

While the rest of the world was basking in the joy of a 3G Nexus 7last month, Australians were left out in the cold on the product’s local release.

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But now, manufacturer Asus has confirmed that the 32GB 3G model will indeed be available to Australians this month, just in time for Christmas.

Available for $369, the 3G variant of the first Nexus tablet is a $50 premium over the Wi-Fi only model, which costs $319. The 16GB version can be grabbed for just $269.

Eagle-eyed readers may pick up that there’s a $20 price premium on those RRPs compared to the Google Play Store, but it’s important to remember that the Play Store price doesn’t include shipping.

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