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Google launches Gmail message scheduling and expands Smart Compose to more devices and languages

Despite Google’s long-standing love affair with April Fools’ fakery, fifteen years ago today the internet giant was deadly serious when it launched what would become one of its biggest products: Gmail.

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Consumer spending in apps to reach $156B across iOS and Google Play by 2023

Consumer spending in mobile apps across both Apple’s App Store and Google Play will grow by 120 percent to reach $156 billion worldwide by 2023, according to a new report out today from app store intelligence firm, Sensor Tower.

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Mount Android as a Disk Drive in Mac OS X for Easy File Storage & Access

Something that many Android phones and tablets are able to do is connect to a computer as if they were an external disk drive.

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Introducing Video on Instagram from Instagram on Vimeo.


  1. It’s no accident Facebook made Instagram’s new videos exactly as long as a television commercial
  2. Instagram Video Vs. Vine: What’s The Difference?
  3. Instagram Launches 15-Second Video Sharing Feature, With 13 Filters And Editing
  4. Instagram finally gets video: is 15 seconds too much? (hands-on)
  5. Facebook launches new Instagram video stabilization feature ‘Cinema’

印象中,Facebook 推出新產品的 Track Record 不太理想。無論係 Graph Search,還是係 Facebook home,以 Facebook 的雄厚實力而言,至今 User Acquisition 的成績實在不及格。

換上 Instagram,表面上係不同的兩個 Internet Brand,內裡其實係同一家公司,結果又如點?

大家好快就知,因為這兩日,Instagram 好可能會推出短片產品,發佈地點係 Facebook 總部:

  • The new video product is something that the service said it was planning to do for two years now.
  • In a sense, video on Instagram is not a complete surprise. After the rise of products like Viddy and Socialcam last summer, many have expected some sort of mobile video offering from either Facebook or Instagram.
  • Facebook has gone after competitors in the past with varying degrees of success. Poke has been a spectacular flop. Same with the Quora-like Facebook Questions, and the very Foursquare-ish Facebook Places.
  • In other words, just because Facebook is aping your product, doesn’t mean you’re gonna get crushed.

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「亞洲網絡廣告市場還看中小企。」Google亞太區總裁Karim Temsamani道出公司未來在亞洲的發展策略,原來不是跨國大型企業客戶,而是全力爭取中小企廣告客戶。他指出,網絡正在改變營銷活動的潛規則,更揚言以小勝大的時代即將展開!




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從數據顯示,亞洲的中小企業,比西方歐美要多,亦更成熟。以印尼、中國、澳洲和日本的中小企業為例,對國家GDP所佔比例超過60%。至於香港的約30萬中小企,亦佔整體GDP的約50%。根據資料,中小企業在搜尋引擎的廣告花費比例為66%;截至去年中,本地網絡廣告市場約值1億美元,佔總廣告支出約 5%,年增長為13%。

亞太區中小企業營運總監 Kevin O’Kane指出,網絡讓營銷不受限於企業規模和資源,其中一個原因,是由於在網絡世界,沒有了地理限制的問題,中小企業的在地市場,由從前可能是一個城市,擴大到整個亞太區甚至全球。

香港三和珍珠寶石的Franco Fung表示:「多年來面對開拓其他國家客源成本高昂、風險高的問題,在使用網絡營銷以後,可以利用Google提供的工具去探測潛在市場,讓客源已跨展至歐洲、俄羅斯與沙烏地阿拉伯等新市場,相比傳統到海外參展,或於報章雜誌上刊登廣告更加有效。」


Sundar Pichai

SVP, Chrome and Apps, Google

Can’t it be confusing having two operating systems?

It’s a world of multiple screens, smart displays, with tons of low-cost computing, with big sensors built into devices. At Google we ask how to bring together something seamless and beautiful and intuitive across all these screens. The picture may look different a year or two from from now, but in the short term, we have Android and we have Chrome, and we are not changing course.

As Android’s new head, what do you see as the biggest challenge?

I see huge opportunity, because it is just shocking how much of the world doesn’t have access to computing. In his book Eric [Schmidt] talks about the next 5 billion [the people on earth who aren’t connected to the internet who soon will be]. That’s genuinely true and it excites me.

What does that mean when a company like Facebook comes out with Home, which changes that experience?

To Mark [Zuckerberg], people are the center of everything. I take a slightly different approach. I think life is multifaceted: people are a huge part of it, but not the center and be-all of everything.

Talk about Samsung..

Historically the industry has had long stable structures. Look at Microsoft and Intel. They were very codependent on one another, but it served both of them well. When I look at where computing needs to go, we need innovation in displays, in batteries. Samsung is a world leader in those technologies.

Finally, you had a pretty full plate with Chrome and Apps, and now you’re handling the world’s biggest phone platform in addition. How are you managing?

I have a secret project which adds four hours every day to the 24 hours we have. There’s a bit of time travel involved.



Facebook Q1 業績公佈:

  1. Hit $1.46 billion in revenue up 38% from Q1 2012, beating Wall Street estimates of sales of $1.44 billion.
  2. FB reported earnings of $1.06 billion for the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per shared missed estimates, staying flat at $0.12
  3. Net income was up 7% to $219 million, versus $205 million a year ago.
  4. The amount of its 1.11 billion monthly users that returned daily, 665 million, was slightly better than last quarter.
  5. The percentage of Facebook’s total ad revenue that came from mobile surged to 30%, up from 23% last quarter.

重點:App Install Ads(Facebook推銷)

  • Facebook App Install Ads were the star of Facebook’s earnings call.
  • 3800 developers used the ads to drive over 25 million installs.
  • 40% of the top 100 iOS and Android app developers bought these ads in the last week of Q1 alone.
  • App Commerce to monetize traffics and communities.


  • Chief Accounting Officer David Spillane is leaving the company. Spillane had been the company’s revenue controller since 2008, overseeing growth and IPO. He is getting replaced by Jas Athwal effective May 10.


  • Revenue from advertising was $1.25 billion, representing 85% of total revenue and a 43% increase from the same quarter last year.
  • Mobile advertising revenue represented approximately 30% of advertising revenue for the first quarter of 2013.
  • Payments (像 Zynga 社交遊戲那樣的 In-app purchase) and other fees revenue was $213 million for the first quarter of 2013.

最大疑問 ─ 產品

  • Facebook Home first 5 days download: 500,000 only
  • Graph Search 普及和使用情況?

Robert Scoble
Rackspace’s startup liaison officer helps small teams have a huge impact with cloud computing technology.

1. I will never live a day of my life from now on without it (or a competitor). It’s that significant. 

2. The success of this totally depends on price. Each audience I asked at the end of my presentations “who would buy this?” As the price got down to $200 literally every hand went up. At $500 a few hands went up. This was consistent, whether talking with students, or more mainstream, older audiences.

3. Nearly everyone had an emotional outburst of “wow” or “amazing” or “that’s crazy” or “stunning.” 

4. At NextWeb 50 people surrounded me and wouldn’t let me leave until they had a chance at trying them. I haven’t seen that kind of product angst at a conference for a while. This happened to me all week long, it is just crazy.

5. Most of the privacy concerns I had before coming to Germany just didn’t show up. I was shocked by how few negative reactions I got (only one, where an audience member said he wouldn’t talk to me with them on). Funny, someone asked me to try them in a bathroom (I had them aimed up at that time and refused).

6. There is a total generational gap that I found. The older people said they would use them, probably, but were far more skeptical, or, at minimum, less passionate about the fact that these are the future, than the 13-21-year-olds I met.

Android 4.0大得好快, Market Share,僅7個月, 已有整體Android OS的7.1%。 究竟Google比咗咩佢食? Galaxy Sandwiches??














聯繫我,最直接是訂閱尹思哲的 Facebook電子通訊,我會盡量回覆,請多多指教!



Facebook 買 Instagram,大部份人看到10億美元的收購價,我在意的,是又一個冒險家的傳奇。明明是互聯網創業,為什麼要叫冒險家?因為,歷史給哥倫布的評價,也是冒險家。

於哥倫布身處的大航海時代,冒險家是個尊稱,但當世界上幾乎每一片土地已被人類征服,冒險家骨子裡的愛探險基因,自然會替他們找到新的戰場。來到 Steve Jobs、Mark Zuckerberg 這一代,他們挑選了電腦和互聯網,作為要征服的瀚洋。結果,兩人也像大航海時代的冒險家一樣,為舊世界的人民,建立了一個全新的世界,令人不惜改變原來的生活模式,擁抱以蘋果產品和 Facebook 為中心的新生活,而且縱使 Steve Jobs 已經離世,這新舊生活交替的速度,卻沒有一刻慢下來過。


然而,單單有條件,還是不夠。因為包括 Zuckerberg 本身,幾乎所有互聯網創業者,都有籌錢的經驗。即使當年的哥倫布,亦要到處遊說多年,才於1492年,得到西班牙女王伊莎貝拉一世的資助。可見只要有本事,就有機會籌錢,由本來沒有條件,變成有條件。



[轉貼] 史東:Adobe要感謝喬布斯



早於10年4月,喬布斯就曾於蘋果網站發表一封公開信,清楚解釋為何iOS平台選擇放棄Flash,又預測未來將是html5的天下。其後,Adobe還打出「We Love Apple」廣告還擊,企圖證明Flash的存在價值,贏取人心,可惜事實勝於雄辯,不少iOS開發者透過App








其實還有一派,他們相信即使喬布斯健健康康,不退下來,蘋果的好戲還是唱不了多久。這些蘋果大淡友,篤信歷史的周期性循環,他們的理論大概是這樣:在 1977年,蘋果創造了個人電腦 Apple II,這是第一部商業上取得成功的個人電腦,除了曾經是年收入逾 10億美元的業務, Apple II亦間接啟蒙了電腦遊戲和教育軟件行業,開拓了個人電腦的桌面運算的時代。之不過,擅於創新,卻不等於必定是最後贏家。

在 1981年, Microsoft夥同 IBM,跟隨蘋果的步伐,踏進個人電腦的領域。往後的日子, Microsoft奠定了個人電腦的標準,憑藉 Windows,進駐全球的家庭和企業,而蘋果方面,後來的 Mac桌面電腦縱然叫好,卻不叫座,市佔率維持 5%以下,遠遜於其他支持和採用 Windows的個人電腦品牌。

2007年,桌面運算到流動運算,喬布斯捲土重來,創造了 iPhone,同樣顛覆許多行業,產品甚至被《時代》雜誌選為年度最佳發明,凡此種種,都有當年 Apple II的影子。

眾所周之,蘋果並非沒對手, Google依着 Windows當年的方程式對付蘋果:建立最普及最開放的平台,讓任何軟件開發者,可專心做軟件開發。與此同時,更借助、聯合其他手機生產商的力量,對抗集平台、終端設備於一身的蘋果。

蘋果淡友都相信, Android就是下一個 Windows,無論喬布斯是否退出都好,歷史將會再重演,最後贏家總不會是蘋果。

ZDNET: Android the next Windows 95?



繼Sony、Logitech後,Samsung和Vizio宣佈加入Google TV聯盟,這代表了甚麼?

先談Google TV。不要被名字騙了,Google TV從來不是電視,它希望將電視變成電腦。說穿了,Google打算把最受歡迎的Android作業系統,套用於電視機,而你的Android手機或iPhone,正是遙控器!

安裝了Google TV的電視或機頂盒,電視屏幕頓時變成電腦屏幕,可以Google搜尋,可以上YouTube,看過節目,可以立即用facebook和微博分享。屏幕便得大了,控制器再不是鍵盤,而是特製的電視遙控或手機。

隨便問10個朋友,TVB的節目夠不夠?答案是絕對不夠,大家更想看YouTube,而更重要是,內地不少視頻網站的規模和內容,足以跟電視台平分秋色,這些內容很多人都有興趣,所以我也忍不住以舊款筆記簿電腦接駁電視機,加配一個平價無線鍵盤,於客廳自製一套山寨版「Windows TV」系統。

對上一代人來說,電視是生活必需品,時至今日,互聯網已是不可或缺。Google TV嘗試解決的問題,是滿足希望以電視機上網的人,為他們提供一個不到200美元又有效率的選擇,與此同時賦予了電視機新的靈魂。


Samsung的參與,也許是最大的變數。過去數年,Samsung一直穩踞平板顯示器市場龍頭地位,在宣佈推出Google TV之前,Samsung的高清電視用自家開發平台,「電視軟件」的下載量累積超過100萬次,感覺就像初時推出軟件商店的iPhone平台。


最重要是,Google TV說穿了是Android系統的變種,換言之,Google TV若有朝一日跟Android同樣普及,那便是互聯網降臨電視機的日子,那時候,不管是誰,都不可能再壟斷電視市場,要解決的問題,也不再是資訊夠不夠,而是如何尋找和篩選合適的資訊,毫無疑問,那又是Google和全球程式員大顯身手的時候。


又係海港城?今次輪到Android App

但朋友的《海港城 Guide for Android》原來上了架,



繼iPhone4之後,最近又輪到Nokia N8和Windows Phone登場。智能手機這個表演舞台,就像名利場一樣,新人舊人前浪後浪推推撞撞,永遠不愁寂寞。


1. 減少接觸
愛侶變心後,請別主動聯絡,向對方說「我已經為你作出改變」,對方不會因此而發現你的價值。相反,刻意保持距離,大家可有記掛 Nokia的穩定通話和貪食蛇?

2. 冷靜分析錯處
提出分手一方總有許多理由,請不要相信表面的解釋,要冷靜下來,謙虛地分析 到底那裡出錯。如果問題出在軟件,請對症下藥,不要只顧加強硬件。

3. 切忌模仿情敵
一個女人愛 你,是由於你的自信。別想靠模仿另一個男人或情敵而討回歡心,拜託Nokia不 要推出iClone或Android phone。

4. 保持風度

活動當晚我身邊有位博客朋友,他曾在某次產品活動中,在Nokia香港話事人Bruce的手上,拿走了一部N900手機作為禮物,那天晚上,這位博客用的卻竟 然是iPhone4,而且當場斷正,被滿場飛的Bruce給發現了,Bruce笑著對他說:「早知道你還是喜歡iPhone。」,這就是風度。Nokia 要從情敵如iPhone、HTC、Samsung的手上,討回用戶的歡心,沒有高質素的誠意、耐性、自信和風度,絕不可能成功。


【世說新經】華為可能是下一個 HTC(二)

因為工作關係,最近兩天用到 Samsung某部智能手機,感覺良好,也改寫了我對 Android的印象。 Android香港仍是弱勢社群,根據 AdMob報告,就 2010年首季的香港智能手機市場份額, Android僅 13%,比 Symbian更少 7%,蘋果 iOS則獨佔鰲頭 78%。縱使以上數據僅代表智能手機, Symbian在整體手機市場依然坐穩第一,但說到底,港人在高端手機市場追捧 iPhone卻是不爭的事實。

有趣的是,香港這彈丸之地,其實與全球趨勢背道而馳。不久前,研究機構 Gartner發表報告預測,以全球銷售率計, Android將於年底超越 iOS和 BlackBerry,成為僅次於 Symbian的第二大手機作業系統。既然預知道未來幾年 Android將繼續叱咤風雲,手機商豈容放過下金蛋的母雞?他們無不想借 Android乘時而起,華為只是實力雄厚的參與者的其中一個。

問題是,華為如何在眾 Android手機商當中跑出?首要是與 Google的關係,想當年 HTC就是站在 Google的肩膀上突圍。此刻 Google要搶市場,最想的是佔有率,而他們自知有技術本錢,在中國以外,不愁無合作夥伴。可是中國以內的市場,單靠技術絕對沒門兒,尤其他們早已結下樑子。華為的終端手機產品雖大部份屬入門路線, 2010年上半年出貨量位列中國廠商第一,換言之, Google不想放棄中國龐大市場,華為絕對是重開門戶的鑰匙。


其次是跟營運商的關係。我們必須明白,在全球各地,營運商是客戶與產品的中間人,不管在早期產品質素控制,或者後期的市場營銷,手機商必須得到營運商配合。 Google曾想憑一己之力直銷,結果是事倍功半,失敗告終。而營運商關係正是華為的最大優勢之一:全球 50家最大的電訊營運商,其中 45個皆華為的客仔,他們使用華為的網絡設備。更重要是,華為在流動網絡基建出貨量世界第一,流動營運商要升級網絡、要擠身三網或四網融合行列,華為是必不可缺的選擇。

舉個例,香港近年開始普及的家居流動寬頻,數碼通做得最好,其基建設備供應商就是華為,到華為推出智能手機 IDEOS,數碼通也成了華為的合作夥伴,配合推出 0機價計劃。


大家有沒有留意,最近華為 IDEOS的互聯網廣告打得非常誇張,多得能以「洶湧」來形容。在很多網站都幾乎只見 IDEOS的 Google廣告,那是不合常理,說那不是跟 Google的市場行銷合作?我就不信!



剛過去的這周,Android付費軟件終於登陸香港了,那麼使用Android智能手機的香港人也可以在marketplace下載付費軟件。透過Android Market,用戶可以購買到全球32個國家的Android付費應用程式,而且可以整體可以下載的Android軟件(包括付費及免費)超過8萬個。




縱使如此,我沒有探求真相的打算,因為Eric Schmidt早已否定了推出nexus


雖然HTC一直是微軟的忠實拍檔,然而其品牌的大躍進,很大程度在其替Google代工nexus one之後才開始出現。與Google的合作,使極其重視研發能力的HTC汲取了寶貴的經驗,並轉化成後來經營自家產品的優勢。在研發能力這方面,本身是電訊基建市場巨人的華為,近年申請專利的數量,已擊敗了飛利浦和西門子那些老牌企業,位居全球首位。縱使我們不能確定華為是否曾經替Google代工,但可以肯定的是,華為與Google的關係很好,這能從Google非常重視華為的產品發佈會並派出VP級數的高管出席看得出來。



Sony的老套Google TV遙控

我曾有幸在日本看過一次Google TV的產品示範,其實是可以支援Android應用程式作基本的控制,看過的功能示範包括搜尋、選台、輸入文字。不過,當初示範用的Android應用程式還是prototype,看上去很陽春的感覺。然而,我看至少比Sony的這個強上百倍千倍才對!

Google TV’s Remote Control Is Awful — Here’s What It SHOULD Look Like

If Google is actually serious about reinventing TV, it should have done something about the remote control, too.
The images we’ve seen about the remote that Sony will supposedly be offering for its Google TVs are mind boggling. A big hunk of plastic with a million buttons. As we said earlier, it looks like something out of a Sharper Image catalog from the 1980s.

photo source: engadget

sergey brin親自解說Android

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