Techno News: Nokia Disappoints Investors With Forecast

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — Shares in Nokia, the world’s largest maker of mobile phones, plunged more than 13.5 percent on Thursday after the company downgraded its forecast for the global handset market and posted lower-than-expected first-quarter earnings.

Nokia reported a net profit of $1.9 billion in the first three months of the year, 25 percent more than the $1.6 billion of the period in 2007 but below analysts’ forecasts.

Revenue grew 28 percent, to $20 billion, from $15.6 billion a year earlier, with strong growth of handset sales in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

The markets were expecting a better result, and Nokia stock closed down $4.74, or 14 percent, to $28.95 on the New York Stock Exchange.

The company, based in Espoo, Finland, said its market share slipped to 39 percent in the first quarter this year, from 40 percent in the October-to-December quarter. But it sold 115 million mobile devices in the first quarter, up 27 percent from a year earlier, and its market share was three points higher than in the first quarter a year ago.

Nokia’s strongest growth in mobile phone sales was in the Asia-Pacific region, which for the first time overtook Europe as the company’s biggest market. It sold 34 million units in the region, accounting for more than a third of the company’s mobile phone sales.

But selling cheaper handsets in emerging markets continued to push down the closely watched average selling price of Nokia’s mobile devices. It fell to $125 in the period, from $132 in the previous quarter and $141 in the first quarter last year.


Cubans Now Enjoy Cell Phone

If Filipinos are excited for the next release of the latest Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, and other top mobile phone companies, just imagine how ordinary Cubans feel now that they're already allowed to own the gadget most popular in the Philippines. Yes, it's just the first time for most Cubans to own a cellphone since the government restricted its use only for top government officials and foreigners. Not only cellphone, Cubans can now enjoy their new DVD players, computers, and even tourist hotel accommodation which were previously only available for foreigners.

Apple Fixes $10K Bug

In a recent conclusion of a hacking contest, Apple finally responded to fix a significant flaw in its Safari web browser. Apple saw Charlie Miller of Independent Security Evaluators emerge as a top finisher in the "PWN to 0WN" contest to bag $10,000 just by hacking a fully updated MacBook Air running OSX 10.5.2. The hacking contest held at the CanSecWest security conference had been an annual event for computer operating systems to test their security and vulnerability against hackers of all kind.

Smorty Gives Me Another Reason to Blog

Blog Advertising - Get Paid to Blog

Just earlier this week, I'm very happy to open my email when I saw that Smorty confirmed my application. For those who still doesn't know what Smorty is, it's a website where advertisers engage in blog advertising while bloggers like us get paid for blogging, as simple as that. Advertisers look for qualified bloggers and Smorty works kind of a middle man in this such business.

Smorty offers higher commissions to bloggers who blog for money but lower fees for advertisers who want their products to be advertised on blogs. This is my first time to apply for such business and I am very happy I applied to Smorty. Smorty does not accept all blogs for it has also rules and qualifications to keep quality reviews for their advertisers, a common practice in money business. But chin up! Smorty want bloggers to earn as much as as bloggers want for themselves, that's why Smorty sees to it their rules are easy to meet.

Not only I enjoy my usual writing and blogging, I'm also getting paid to blog. This what makes blogging more interesting. So for those bloggers who want to start earning now, sign up for Smorty now!

Software For Your Online Store

Good news for our friend entrepreneurs and businessmen who are thinking of having an online store, a very promising but simple to use shopping cart software is now available for you. I introduce to you Ashop's award-winning product that will surely help you sell all the things you want in the world wide web.

Entrepreneurs and businessmen will no longer need the services of professional web designers in order to make a good online store for this
ecommerce software will surely more than enough with its superb web integrated features such as layout and design, payment options, shipping and tax, and much more. Now that's what I call effective cost cutting! Not only that, its technical support does the job that you may find difficult to do.

Get Ashop's product now and start making money by providing your target buyers a shopping cart that is effective and efficient at the same time. Try it now for free!

What's with the Php150K?

Last week, I opened a poll about having Php150,000 cold cash. I tried to find out whether you want to buy a brand new laptop, or a secondhand car, deposit it in bank for future use, or donate it for good cause. Now that things have settled and the poll war has been over, it seems that we have a tough triple tie.

Buy A Brand New Laptop

I think that most of us now are computer literate, not to mention the growing population of techno geeks (hehehe). Having this amount of P150K will definitely buy you a great value laptop with blazing speeds that you always dreamed of. Try check LaptopKing website, its an online laptop store which offers a wide range of these machines.

Buy A Secondhand Car

This is my personal choice. My good friend, who's an automobile enthusiast, have been an talking all day and night about cars, cars, and more cars. So I ask him how much a secondhand car would cost and he said P150K is already a good price. He have given me a website where the business of buy-and-sell of cars happens: Let's go and check it out.

Deposit In A Bank

There are still people who think of future much as they think of the present. For me, I think this is still a very good choice, you got to save your money and use it for future expenses, not to mention important future expenses.

There you have it, end of the poll. Thank you to all who participated.

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