Roundup: Amazon’s financial report doesn’t meet expectation, Apple releases iPad 128 GB

Amazon’s financial report for Q4 2012 is not as good as expected. Source: TechCrunch

Amazon and its Q4 2012 financial report

Amazon announces Q4 2012 financial report with lower-than-expectation result. The sales is up, but the net income is down. Still, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos raises his optimism as this is the transition they are expecting, raising ebook’s percentage to 70%, while physical books hit the new low. For the highlight, Kindle Fire HD is Amazon’s biggest hit, while Cyber Monday 2012 was the biggest day ever for Kindle worldwide.

Apple releases 128 GB variant of fourth generation iPad

Apple has released the new variant of fourth generation iPad, 128 GB. It’s the first iOS device to be embedded with such amount of capacity. it adds the current models that offered in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. The sales will begin in February for USA only for $799 (Wi-Fi only) and $929 (Wi-Fi + cellular). As always, it’s available in black and white color.

Microsoft Office 2013 is in the house

Microsoft unveils the availability of Office 365 Home Premium, flagship bundle of Office 2013 series. Office 365 Home Premium is a cloud service and work across up to five devices, including PCs, Macs and Windows tablets. It comes extra with SkyDrive storage and Skype calling for $99.99 annual subscription. Still available, the more traditional approach with Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013 and Office Professional 2013. Office 365 for Business will be launched with more capabilities on Feb 27.

YouTube to introduce paid subscription

It’s reported that the largest video streaming site YouTube to introduce paid subscription this Spring. This move is aimed to lure content producers and advertisers from traditional TV. Some sources said the subscription will cost between $1 to $5 a month. Hulu+ has been perfect example for this business model and seems YouTube will mimic this formula. The revenue split is said to be 45-55, that is common for ads on YouTube.

Microsoft Surface Pro has least amount of usable storage

There are two variant of Surface Pro, 64GB and 128GB. Turns out customers will not able to get as much amount as promised since Windows 8 that powered this Windows Tablets may grab up to 41GB of capacity. The similar story also occurred with Surface, which utilizes Windows RT. Still, customers who’s willing to buy Surface Pro can extend the memory by using external devices as it supports USB 3.0 port and microSDXC slot.


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