Snapchat plans to debut IPO in the late of this year

Snapchat, burn after reading social networking tool, may plan to debut IPO later this year or in the beginning of next year,reported The Information.


It is said that Snapchat is negotiating with some investment bank. A final decision or agreement has not been made yet.

Snapchat spokesman claimed that there are many elements to affect whether the company will debut IPO or when it debuts. Those elements are beyond the control of Snapchat.

It seems reasonable that Snapchat will issue IPO as Evan Spiegel expressed this willingness before. He claimed at Recode tech conference last May:” We need to issue IPO.”

Snapchat aims at young netizens and initiate the mode of burn after reading which is different from Facebook. The character of burn after reading attracts many young users for Snapchat. It did not save the chat history, Snapchat users can chat and communicate freely and easily.

To prepare for the IPO, Snapchat has exploring some sections to make profit. It released a service for news integration which can be embedded with advertisements.

eMarketer predicted that the advertising revenue of Snapchat will reach $1 billion by 2017 while it will be double by 2018.

The media noticed that Stan Meresman became the new membership of Snapchat board of directors in 2015. Stan Meresman considered himself as financial expert and offered consulting service for CEO and CTO, involving in IPO process, how to run a listed company and accelerate business increase. He claimed that he once assisted LinkedIn, Zynga Riverbed and Polycom.

Snpachat revealed its monthly active users in this year, up to 310 million. To attract more users, it upgraded some services to allow users to save some interesting photos and videos.

Apple is possible to receive $3 billion dividends from Pokémon Go in 2 years

Apple has 100% of iOS dominance. Apple charges 30% of revenue dividends of third party revenue. Pokémon Go, Nintendo’s mobile game, has become a hit recently. The Wall Street analyst predicted that this game might bring $ 3 billion Apple tax in two years.


Laura Martin, analyst of Needham, released a research report on Wednesday that Pokémon Go will bring Apple $3 billion dividends in 12 months to 24 months.

Pokémon Go is becoming popular around the world with a quick speed. As the quick increase of users, Nintendo has to slow down its path for global strategies. Its backstage server once was crashed as too many players applying this game.

The developers also sell all kinds of virutal goods inside Pokémon Go, such as Pokéballs. Apple charges fee from each of iOS user when he buys virutal goods.

It stimulates an active consumption inside Pokémon Go. Slice made a report that the consumption of Pokémon Go on July 10 accounted for 47% of overall American mobile games consumption.

Martin pointed out Pokémon Go encourages the consumption desire of mobile game players. Among the consumers who bought Pokémon Go virtual goods, 53% of them made no consumption in past 6 months. Pokémon Go is a great attraction to game players.

Pokémon Go has two editions, Android Pokémon Go and iOS Pokémon Go. So far, two-thirds of downloads are from iOS devices. Martin predicted the iOS users might contribute more game consumptions than Android users.

As Apple charges too much tax from third party developers, some developers criticized its policy and made other means to avoid being tax from Apple. Apple also made agreement that it would only charge 15% of dividend in the second year for those yearly third party app subscribers.

How to Remove Suggested Apps Ads in Windows 10

By default, Windows 10 will displays suggested apps in the Start menu – both on the left side, under your apps, and on the right side as live tiles. If you want to get rid of these “suggestions”, here are a couple of ways you can try to remove the app ads.

The easiest way is to right-click on the suggested apps in the Start menu and click “Turn off all suggestions”. You can also head to Start > Settings > Personalization, click Start tab on the left side, and then flip the switch “Occasionally show suggestions in Start” to off from there. But these two options only disable the suggestions in the left side of the Start menu. You will still get suggestions as Live Tiles and occasional notifications from Microsoft, To truly get rid of all suggestions, you will need to turn off the feature called Microsoft Consumer Experience.

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IDC: 2016 sales volume of global smartphones only increase by 3.1%

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Agence France Presse quoted from the latest report that the increase of global smartphone in 2016 will slow down. Apple may experience the decline for iPhone sales for the first time.

IDC predicted that the sales volume of global smartphones in 2016 will only increase by 3.1%, up to 1.48 billion units. The increase rate for global smartphones in 2015 was 10.5%.

IDC claimed that the American, European and Chinese markets will encounter low single digit growth, while Japanese and Canadian markets will respectively decline by 6.4% and 6.9 %.

The reason for the low growth of smartphone sales is that the mass markets become saturated. Consumers will continually use their old cellphones if they are unable to get subsidies from operators to purchase a new smartphone.

IDC Ryan Reith claimed consumers wish to know where and by any means to purchase smartphones. It indicated that consumers could purchase new smartphones from manufacturers or online shopping malls instead of from operators.

Reith stated that consumers have rights to choose their favoriate bands and make bargaining at stores.

The report showed that GoogleAndroid devices will keep in the leading role in global smartphone market this year. Its sales volume accounts for 84% of global smartphone sales volume.

To conclude, Apple iPhone will encounter the first decline for sales volume this year. IDC assumed its sales will decline by 2%, down to 227 million units.

However, IDC predicted the sales of iPhone will grow again in 2017, benefiting from the release of iPhone SE.

What’s more, Windows Phone user share will decline as well as Microsoft turned its focus on other project. The report pointed out the user share of Windows Phone in 2016 is only 0.8%.

Indian consumes complained Lumia 650 is high priced


Lately, Microsoft introduced Windows 10 Mobile smartphone Lumia 650 to India. However, Microsoft’s suggested retail price for Lumia 650 is violated with its initial prediction. Nearly all of the local consumers felt angry with this price.

Users might purchase Lumia 650 between 1,300 yuan and 1,600 yuan via online shop in China. It seems unreasonable to set that price with its configuration as there are many home-made high quality smartphones produced. The home-made smartphones are even cheaper.

Speaking of its selling price at India, it charges about 1,612 yuan for a Lumia 650 standard edition in India based on the quoted price of Indian Amazon. It still charges about 1,568 with a discount. The local consumers complained a lot for its offer.

They don’t expect to spend so much money for Windows Phone. The Indian consumers felt the Android smartphone offered at the same price is more attractive.

It is not wise to buy Lumia 650 at such price for such hardware configuration. Lumia 650 disappointed them except the body design. Its processor, applications and battery life donot meet consumers’ expectation. What’s more, consumers commented that the phone is burning when they play games on it.

Lumia 650 can not considered as a high-end smartphone in accordance with its configuration. It offers 8MP primary camera with LED flash, 2x zoom, HDR, 5-inch OLED HD multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, Windows 10 os with 1.3GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon.

Consumers are able to buy more advanced smartphone with the same price for home-made brands smartphone.

Hackers are racing to compromise pos systems, according to FireEye


Cybercriminals, before new defenses are put in place, are redoubling efforts to steal payment card information from retailers, according to FireEye.

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Siri will make its debut in the next generation of Mac OS X

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How do you feel when you chat with Siri on your iPhones or iPads? What do you think you can also use Siri on your Mac computer? Report shows that Mac users would be able to chat with Siri in June this year, when Apple releases the next version of Mac OS X.

Siri is Apple’s voice assistant popping up on different Apple devices including iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and the Apple TV. It is said that the voice assistant will be available the next version of OS X.

Resources showed that Apple has been testing versions of Mac OS X packaged with Siri since 2012. And the company will probably reveal the new version of OS X, i.e. OS X version 10.12 at its next annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June this year.

Mac users will be able to chat with Siri on Mac when Apple releases a public beta of OS X 10.12 after Worldwide Developers Conference. The official debut of Siri will be made when the new version of Mac OS X comes out in the autumn.

Siri will reside as an icon in Mac’s toolbar Menu on the top of the screen. You can play with Siri when you are clicking on the icon. With so many Mac users, Siri might enjoy great popularity. What Mac users can do with Siri on a Mac? Maybe one can not only ask Siri to browse on the website, but also to launch any application on the machine to carry out various orders, such as to shut down the machine, or to launch the uninstaller to uninstall unwanted applications on Mac. There’s potentially more.

However, to meet the demands of users, Apple is not the only one company to provide a voice assistant with its devices. Though Apple’s Siri is popular in the Apple’s devices, it still faces fierce competition for there are so many companies that also have their own voice assistants like Siri. That means when Sir is happy to say hi to the whole world, it has to compete with rivals such as Google Now on mobile devices, Microsoft’s Cortana on Windows 10 mobiles and PCs, Amazon’s Alexa and so on.

Anyway, are you ready to say “Hello” to your Siri on your Mac?

Apple Pay Now Available In China


After undergoing a variety of changes, Apple Pay finally come online in Chinese electronic payment market on February 18, 2016. Yesterday Apple officially announced that Apple Pay payments service was available to Chinese customers, and China has been added to the list of supported Apple Pay countries alongside the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Now Chinese iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch users can make purchases within this app using both China UnionPay credit and debit cards.

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Software defined networking, IoT top CIO’s Strategic proiorities


Steve Phillips, the CIO of $28 billion technology wholesaler Avnet, kicked off his 2016 planning cycle last week with an eye toward making IT more nimble and responsive to the company’s evolving requirements. He plans to test a software-defined network (SDN) and a predictive analytics solution that leverages the Internet of Things (IoT) for a company that delivers anything from electronic components to enterprise IT services for 100,000 customers.

As noted recently, CIOs in 2016 are refining digital transformations they started last year or earlier to press their competitive advantage. Others are playing catch-up or defense against nimble rivals. Whatever the case, CIOs are entering the New Year with laser focuses on cloud, mobile, analytics and security, among other solutions. Continue reading

How Apple increases the market share of Apple Watch in 2016?

Apple did not reveal the specific sales of Apple Watch in 2015, however, it could not stop the analysts predicting its sales.

Apple Watch was released in last April and started mass producing in the third quarter. However, the consumers feedback seem ordinary so far.


It has been welcome by the Apple fans since its release. The wearable devices still seem to be a new-style product. Its consumer groups are limited. Fitbit is still in a leadership position in such field.

Consumer Technology Association did a survey from 1,001 internet users concerned how many people plan to buy the health or fitness device in 2016.74% of interviewees have willingness to buy the health or fitness device which is a good news to Apple and Fitbit.

According to the estimation of eMarketer, US wearable market will increase by 60%, from 39.5 million units in 2015 to 64 million units in 2016.

Fitbit specializes in producing fitness devices. More and more people pay close attention to health and fitness. According to the data from CTA, Fitbit is still the leader in wearable device field.

35% of interviewees wish to buy a well-equipped Smart Watch, while 27% of interviewees wish to buy health or fitness device that trend to Fitbit products. Among the rest of the interviewees, 30% of them plan to buy an application, 27% of them aim to buy the smart suite and 23% of them wish to buy the sleeping tracker.

Apple is not the only publisher that produces Smart Watch. It upgraded the Apple Watch OS recently. It is said that it will launch Apple Watch 2 in the early of 2016.

Apple Watch decreased the reliability to iPhone after the upgrade. Apple works hard to improving the independence of Apple Watch. It has great potential to beat Fitbit in the near future.

According to the statistics of IDC, FitBit obtained 22.2% of the market share for the first place, while Apple took up 18.6%, ranking in second.

The sales of Fitbit doubled in the last third quarter, up to 4.7 million from 2.3 million units. Apple sold 3.6 million units of Apple Watch in the last 2nd quarter, and 3.9 million units in the third quarter.

It seems a bit hard for Apple to beat Fitbit and become the top leader in such field so far. Its upgrade for Apple Watch will help Apple to obtain more market share.