Facebook by the Numbers in 2010 (STATS)

Facebook users uploaded more than 2.7 million photographs, shared 1 million links and “liked” 7.6 million pages every 20 minutes in 2010, according to the company.

Among other data the social network is releasing: Lady Gaga was the most-liked celebrity on Facebook with 24.7 million likes, beating out Eminem with 23.7 million and Barack Obama, who had 17.2 million

The numbers also offer a snapshot into Facebook users’ love lives in 2010. Some 43,869,800 people changed their relationship status to single during the year while 3,025,791 changed it to “it’s complicated.” Another 28,460,516 changed their status to in a relationship, 5,974,574 to engaged and 36,774,801 to married. Read more

Skype Video Calling for iOS Has Arrived

It’s official: Skype has quietly rolled out an updated version of its iOS app that brings two-way video calling to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Version 3.0 of the Skype app, now available in the iTunes app store, can make two-way Skype video calls between owners of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th generation. iPad and iPod touch 3rd generation owners can receive video calls, but can’t send video back because those devices don’t have cameras.

The new Skype app is also able to send and receive calls from its traditional desktop application. Thus, you can be video chatting with your sister while on the train. Skype 3.0 for iOS supports both portrait and landscape mode. Read more

Apple dethroned Microsoft

Apple dethroned Microsoft as the world’s most valuable technology company in 2010 as its co-founder Steve Jobs soared to new heights with the touchscreen iPad tablet computer and the latest iPhone.

Britain’s Financial Times last week named Jobs its “Person of the Year” and even US President Barack Obama joined in the plaudits to the 55-year-old chief executive of the Cupertino, California-based gadget-maker.

Jobs’ appearance on a San Francisco stage in January to unveil the iPad capped what the FT called “the most remarkable comeback in modern business history.”

“It wasn’t simply a matter of the illness that had sidelined him for half the year before, leaving him severely emaciated and eventually requiring a liver transplant,” the newspaper said. Read more

Steve Jobs doll sells for $2,500 on eBay

Predictably, Apple’s cease-and-desist order turned the $99 action figure into a collectible

Unless it was a bogus transaction, something you can never be sure of on eBay, one of those Steve Jobs action figures that got so much press last month has sold online for $2,500.The Steve Jobs Action Figure, you may recall, was hand-painted doll that sold for $99 until Apple complained to M.I.C Gadget, its Chinese manufacturer that the toy constituted an unauthorized use of a person’s name or likeness and threatened to sue under California Civil Code Section 3344.

Only 300 were made, and they’ve started to show up on eBay. What makes me a little suspicious about the $2,500 sale is that there was only one bid — for the full asking price and within a few days another Steve Jobs Action Figure auction had popped up on eBay with the same $2,500 Buy It Now price.

What do you think?

Mac App Store Will Open On January 6

Apple has just issued a press release saying that the Mac App Store will open for downloads on January 6 2011.

“The Mac App Store will be available in 90 countries at launch and will feature paid and free apps in categories like Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities.”

I have a feeling some developers aren’t going to get much rest over the Christmas break this year…


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Apple owes Steve Jobs $37.91

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Steve Jobs has yet to accept small amounts of money owed to him by several companies, including his own.

Apple filed a claim with the state of California saying its CEO, Steven P. Jobs, hasn’t claimed property worth $37.91, according to a listing with the state controller’s office.

The property type is listed as “other,” and a spokesman for the controller declined to elaborate on what the item is because that information isn’t public record.

We’re guessing it doesn’t mean that Jobs forgot to claim his annual bonus.

California law requires claims be posted for property “abandoned or lost” for more than three years. If the person doesn’t claim it after six months, the property is transferred to the state, which then attempts to contact the owner, the spokesman said.

The form was filed by Apple Computer Inc., which was the name of the Cupertino, California, company for about three decades before changing to Apple Inc. in 2007. Read more

4G is a MYTH (and a confusing mess)

You’ve seen the 4G advertisements from Cell C bragging about a much-better wireless network with blazing fast speeds.

I understand that they stopped because of a court order but  here’s the secret they didn’t advertise: 4G is a myth. Like the unicorn, it hasn’t been spotted anywhere in the wild just yet and won’t be any time in the near future.

The International Telecommunication Union, the global wireless standards-setting organization, determined that 4G is defined as a network capable of download speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps). That’s fast enough to download an average high-definition movie in about three minutes.

None of the new networks the carriers are rolling out meet that standard.

The Cell C networks has a theoretical speed of a fifth to a half that of the official 4G standard. The actual speeds the carriers say they’ll achieve are just a tenth of “real” 4G.

So why was Cell C calling this network 4G? Read more

DSTV Mobile in South Africa

DStv Mobile – the new “watch wherever you are” broadcast television service that can be accessed by a number of DVB-H enabled cellphones and Wi-Fi enabled devices – is set to change the way viewers catch their favourite DStv shows.

For those without a DVB-H enabled phone, DStv Mobile can be accessed using the Drifta mobile decoder that is compatible with cellphones, laptops, smartphones and tablets. Subscribers can stay current with sports, news and entertainment, wherever they go.Channels include:

  • Africa Magic
  • Channel O
  • Trace TV
  • The eNews Channel
  • SuperSport Blitz
  • SuperSport 1
  • SuperSport 2
  • SuperSport 3
  • Cartoon Network Read more