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This article was published 2/6/2012 (3348 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Even from reading the title of this article, you learned Apple plans their products out years in advance. The deceased co-founder and CEO, Steve Jobs, worked closely on a redesign for the next-gen four-inch iPhone. This means Apple's next iPhone is going to be bigger than the current model. According to Bloomberg, a very reliable tech source, Apple's upcoming model would stray away from the iPhone4/4S design. And in my opinion, I'm a big fan of design change. The iPhone has basically looked the same ever since the beginning. I think it's time for change. Also, an unnamed source has cited he oversaw the new iPhone 5 -- "Apple, based in Cupertino, Calif., has placed orders from suppliers in Asia for screens that are bigger than the 3.5-inch size now on the smartphone, said a person who asked not to be identified because the plans aren't public." So stay tuned to the Apple iPhone 5 rumour radar, more information to come in the upcoming weeks.
The story of 'send'
Have you ever pondered how an email works? Like, how does it get from point A to point B? Recently the Google Green blog put up a very interactive post explaining how an email is sent. It starts from composing the email, going through Internet service providers, servers, inboxes, outboxes, etc. It's a really interesting story. Go check it out: http://bit.ly/M36Dd5 .
Facebook page app released
Facebook has always had the standard mobile application that allowed you to make updates, send messages, chat, etc. But until last week, they've never had an application where you could update your Facebook page from your iPhone. New to the app store is Facebook's "Pages". This app allows you to edit, view analytics, post and comment to your Facebook page from your phone. It's really useful for those who own businesses, or have a Facebook page. It's free in the iTunes App Store.
Google preparing newest map technology
Google Maps is a huge part of my life. If I have to go to unfamiliar part of town I usually print out a map, or plug in the location coordinates into my iPhone. It's a very useful tool; I love it. At WWDC 2012 (World Wide Developers Conference), the famous Apple keynote, it's suspected Apple is to part ways with Google tech. Now why is Apple doing this, you may ask? Well Google owns Android, Apple's biggest smartphone competitor. Apple most likely just wants to use zero Google products on their devices. Now the week before WWDC, on June 6th, Google wants to show the tech world why Apple is extremely stupid for parting ways with their technology. Google is holding a press conference of their own where they will be showing a behind the scenes look of the Google map technology and the vision they have for the future. At this conference we will also be seeing more Project X info, and a "sneak peak at upcoming features that will help people get where they want to go." In my humble opinion, Apple is incredibly naïve to ditch Google Maps. Google Maps on my iPhone is possibly one of the greatest features that comes installed; it takes me where I want to go, calculates times and distances, and gives me second by second directions. Although I dislike Apple getting rid of Google technology, I know that they are doing this for a reason, and that they must have a few tricks up their magical sleeves.
Twitter to pull in $1 billion in 2014
In the movie The Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg kept on saying "I don't want to monetize, I just want to keep it cool." It seems that Twitter has been keeping it cool for over five years now. Finance pundits heavily scrutinize Twitter for not monetizing. Twitter is literally the best advertising platform ever; people tweet, people read tweets. If you just threw in a couple of sponsored tweets, they would be seen by millions of people. Now Twitter for the past year has been doing just that -- and apparently it's working quite well. "Unlike many other web-based publishers, Twitter doesn't depend on display advertising for the bulk of its ad revenue. Instead, it has launched a suite of "promoted" products that allow companies to increase the visibility of specific accounts, tweets and trending topics. Adam Bain, president of global revenue for Twitter, says promoted trends and promoted tweets yield engagement rates between 3 per cent and 10 per cent on average -- many multiples higher than the average banner ad." (Mashable) According to people with knowledge of the matter, Twitter is expecting to do $1 billion in revenue by 2014. Now if you compared those revenue numbers to the hyped Facebook, they are astonishingly comparable. Twitter by 2014 will be celebrating its ninth birthday; Facebook is eight years old and did $3 billion in revenue in 2011.