Asus told Nexus 7 is selling nearly 1 million per month

Google Nexus 7

How amazing Nexus 7 is. I think Nexus 7 is not so popular in Malaysia. When I went to Lowyat Plaza, KL, it hard to find this gadget at gadgets floor. Mostly, all the shops put Samsung Galaxy Tab as a their display gadget. However, I managed to find Nexus 7 at ground floor and play with it.

For those unfamiliar with the Nexus 7, it comes with a 7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, a Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A9, 1GB of RAM, a 4325-mAh battery, NFC and Android Jelly Bean. The Nexus 7 began shipping in July 2012 and was met with high demand from the start. The device is a 7-inch, Android Jelly Bean tablet with a 1280×800 pixel display and a quad-core processor.

Asus’s Chief Financial Officer, David Chang has revealed that its 7-inch tablet, which starts at $199 in the US, is approaching 1 million sales a month. David Chang has told the Wall Street Journal.

“At the beginning, it was, for instance, 500K units a month, then maybe 600, 700K. This latest month, it was close to one million,” Chang said. These figures signal an encouraging trend for Asus and Google, though they’re still far below iPad sales, which reached 14 million last quarter.

The sales are likely to continue as earlier in the week Google announced a 32GB and HSPA+ version of the Nexus 7 which users have been asking for since the initial launch, along with a new Nexus smartphone and a 10-inch tablet built by Samsung.



Google’s Larry Page tops Fortune’s 40 under 40 list

Tech industry leaders dominated this year’s Fortune 40 under 40, nabbing the top five spots and then some.

Google’s Larry Page came in at No. 1, with the magazine citing the 39-year-old’s guidance in a $12.5-billion acquisition of Motorola, closing some of Google’s failed projects, and leading the company to an all-time-high stock price.

Page bumped Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg down to No. 2 after the boy genius topped last year’s list. Still, Zuckerberg, 28, was no slouch — he helped the social network hit a billion users and 1.13 trillion “Likes.”

Yahoo’s new chief Marissa Mayer, 37, came in at No. 3, followed by Google’s Sergey Brin, 39, and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, 35.

Other tech giants on this year’s list include Salar Kamangar, senior vice president of YouTube and video at Google, at No. 15; Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky at No. 17; and Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann and Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom in a two-way tie for No. 18.

Honors for the youngest entry on the list this year go to Ashley and Mary-Kate Olson, both of whom are 26.

The list recognizes the best leaders in business.


Instagram Beats Twitter in Daily Mobile Users for the First Time, Data Says

Pictures beat words: In August, U.S. smartphone owners visited Instagram from their smartphones more frequently and for longer periods of time than they visited Twitter.

That data comes from comScore, via a new mobile measurement report: It says that throughout August, Instagram had an average of 7.3 million daily active users — or DAUs, in Facebook parlance. That tops of Twitter’s 6.9 million DAUs over the same period of time.

What’s more, the average Instagram user spent 257 minutes accessing the photo-sharing site via mobile device in August, the data claims, while the average Twitter user over the same period spent 170 minutes viewing.

This is the case despite the fact that Twitter had approximately 29 million unique U.S. smartphone-based visitors in August, while Instagram had just under 22 million (comScore measured usage across iOS, Android and BlackBerry OS devices that accessed both sites via native application as well as through the mobile Web browser). This stems from the roughly 110 million smartphone owners who live in the U.S.

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So let’s parse this: While Twitter may have had a greater number of smartphone users visiting its site (via the mobile Web and via Twitter apps), Instagram’s users appear to be returning to the site on a more frequent basis, and spending longer on the site each time they return.

Facebook declined to comment on the data. A Twitter spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

For a number of reasons, this is a pretty big deal. That the barely-two-year-old Instagram could rocket up in user engagement and retention in such a short amount of time, eventually surpassing Twitter in the process, speaks to the sheer momentum of the photo-sharing product. Wow!


Samsung says Galaxy S III sales hit 20 million

Samsung says global sales of its Galaxy S III smartphone have surpassed 20 million in a little more than three months.

Samsung Electronics Co. launched the flagship smartphone powered by Google’s Android operating system in Europe in late May. The release schedule was about three months ahead of new phone announcement by rivals Apple, Nokia and Motorola.

Samsung says brisk sales of the S III are helping it retain dominance in the smartphone market. Strategy Analytics says Samsung overtook Apple in worldwide smartphone shipments in 2011.

The company is embroiled in legal tussles with Apple around the world over whether Samsung’s mobile devices copied Apple products. Apple last week added the S III to the “copycat” list in its complaint filed with a U.S. court.-AP

Dropbox was hacked, offers users help

The online file storage, Dropbox confirms that usernames and passwords were stolen from third party Web sites and then used to access Dropbox accounts.

“Our investigation found that usernames and passwords recently stolen from other websites were used to sign in to a small number of Dropbox accounts. We’ve contacted these users and have helped them protect their accounts,” the company wrote in a blog post today. “A stolen password was also used to access an employee Dropbox account containing a project document with user email addresses. We believe this improper access is what led to the spam.”

According to the company blog post, here are some of the steps it is taking:

Two-factor authentication, a way to optionally require two proofs of identity (such as your password and a temporary code sent to your phone) when signing in. (Coming in a few weeks)
New automated mechanisms to help identify suspicious activity. We’ll continue to add more of these over time.
A new page that lets you examine all active logins to your account.
In some cases, we may require you to change your password. (For example, if it’s commonly used or hasn’t been changed in a long time)

The file storage service also recommends that users avoid using the same password on multiple sites, since it means that if one site has a security breach then all accounts could be at risk. Few websites was hacked this year such as Yahoo and Linkedln.