It has become a yearly custom for Wall Street 24/7 to predict companies to soon go out of business on the American market. For this year, the brands presumably on their way to the morgue are: Nokia, Sony Ericsson, MySpace, Sears, Sony Pictures, Saab, American Apparel, Soap Opera Digest, A&W All-American Food Restaurants and Kellog’s Corn Pops.
While some would consider this concept rather laughable, a list was also made for last year, and many companies listed there have gone under or are in the process of doing so. One company listed was T-Mobile, which was recently bought in May by AT&T for 39 billion. The American company has greatly benefited from buying T-mobile out, adding 34 million customers and creating the country’s largest wireless operator.
Other companies announced in 2010, such as Blockbuster, have filed for bankruptcy, while another, the car rental chain Dollar Thrifty is negotiating buy out scenarios with Avis and Hertz.
Surprisingly, Kia, Moody’s, BP and Zale are still holding on, reporting profits greater than the ones predicted by Wall Street. Other brands however, are in free-fall regardless of a successful past. One brand in that situation is Pontiac, known brand launched in 1926, that was shut down as General Motors is facing financial difficulties.
Another brand, House & Garden went under after 106 years. It was brought down by advertising downturns, fierce competition, and the increasing cost of paper and postage.
Wall Street’s list for 2012 may not be 100 percent accurate, but with declines in sales, increasing production and maintenance costs, bankruptcy and decline in brand interest, it will take less than 18 months for some of them to wither and die.
MySpace is surely going down the doom valley, but let’s see if Nokia and Sony Ericsson have really lost that much.
LOL, OMG and FYI have been included officially in the Oxford English Dictionary. These are strongly associated with the language of electronic communications such as email, texting, social networks, blogs, and so on. For the March 2011 release of Oxford English Dictionary Online, they have selected for publication a number of noteworthy initialisms. Abbreviations consisting of the initial letters of a name or expression. Some of these are:
OMG [OMG int. (and n.) and adj.]: ‘Oh my God’ (or sometimes ‘gosh’, ‘goodness’, etc.)
LOL [LOL int. and n./2]: ‘laughing out loud’
Quick Question: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, Sound System, Router. Which one is most boring device? Router…of course. You install it and forget it usually, like forever (This case is different for Computer Networking Professionals who constantly deal with routers). Routers are the humblest most devices with no beauty, colors or glamour about em’. Few people I know care what their router looks like? and plenty don’t even know what a router is. They only care that their internet works and something blinking it sitting on the computer desk or in a corner behind a side table such that they can use it.
But the internet router. Most of us have one. Whether hidden under a desk or shoved next to the TV, this ubiquitous chunk of plastic and wires may be functional – but it certainly isn’t sexy. However, a new generation of ‘designer’ home routers will do far more than flash randomly and deliver the web to our computers. Goldsmiths, University of London – world renowned for design and innovation – has been working with the country’s largest home broadband provider, TalkTalk. Together, they have been exploring what the Routers of the Future might look like and how they could take pride of place in our households.
Guess what? You can share data from Here, there, everywhere… and anywhere using your PC, MAC or mobile phone and access it anywhere using your PC, MAC or mobile phone or friend’s PC, MAC or mobile phone. You can even access your office PC desktop remotely at your home PC. wicked…eh! All you need is a Windows Live ID. (email address at www.live.com). Your work computer. Your home laptop. Your Mac. Your mobile phone. Devices live in multiple places. But the files you need—and the programs that open them—often don’t. Live Mesh changes all that. Stop e-mailing yourself. Get files across your devices by synchronizing them instead.
By definition you can say that: Live Mesh is a ‘software-plus-services’ platform and experience from Microsoft that enables PCs and other devices to ‘come alive’ by making them aware of each other through the Internet, enabling individuals and organizations to manage, access, and share their files and applications seamlessly on the Web and across their world of devices.
Firefox 3.1 and IE8 are bringing private browsing feature. It is present in Google Chrome as Incognito mode. So what’s that private browsing all about?
If you’ve closed the browser, and there are no traces of the websites you visited in the browser’s history, cookies or temporary files, that’s what we call private browsing. Private browsing is NOT an anonymous service. Private browsing is only about the browser not storing information about where you’ve been. It doesn’t make you hidden to your ISP or for example your boss if you are using the corporate network to job hunt.
The easiest email could possibly be. As more and more everyday communication takes place over email, lots of people have complained about how hard it is to read and respond to every message. This is because they actually read and respond to all their messages. Well, now there is no need to read every message, even reply to every message by yourself: Gmail team says. Following is an autopilot response to a business email.