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Facebook Earnings Review: What Wall Street Thinks

Facebook Earnings Review: What Wall Street Thinks

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Facebook’s (FB_) second-quarter earnings focused on mobile revenue. Shares were soaring in premarket trading Thursday as Wall Street raised price targets and upgraded shares.

 The Menlo Park, Calif.-based social networker earned 19 cents a share on $1.813 billion in revenue for the quarter, as mobile advertising revenue accounted for 41% of advertising revenue this quarter. Total advertising revenue was $1.6 billion, 88% of total revenue, and up 61% year over year.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters were expecting Facebook to earn 14 cents a share on $1.62 billion in revenue for the quarter.

The company ended the quarter with 1.15 billion monthly active users (MAUs), up 21% year over year. There was a 51% annual increase in mobile MAUs, which drove the strength in mobile revenue. Daily active users (DAUs) were 699 million, up 27% annually.

Following the earnings, many analysts were bullish, with several upgrading shares and raising price targets. Here’s what some analysts on Wall Street had to say:

JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth (Overweight, $44 PT)

“Facebook delivered its strongest quarter yet as a public company–results that we think could be thesis-changing for many–and we would continue to buy Facebook shares even after the ~17% move up in the after-market. Our revenue and nonGAAP EPS estimates increase 12% and 38% for 2013, and 22% and 46% for 2014.”

Topeka Capital Markets analyst Victor Anthony (Buy, $40 PT)

“Facebook needed to, and delivered, a blowout quarter. What is clear from the results is advertisers have validated Facebook as an advertising platform. For full year 2013, our revenue and Adj. EPS increases to $7.196B and $0.71, resp, from $6.733B and $0.63. We still see more upside for the stock and recommend purchase. There are several well defined catalysts over the next two years that should lead to further share price appreciation, including: 1) monetizing Instagram, which, per CEO Zuckerberg, will generate “a lot of profits”, 2) launch of auto-play video ads, 3) monetizing Graph Search, 4) a bigger push into e-commerce, and 5) the potential for S&P 500 inclusion. Further, only 1mm or 6% of FB’s 18mm potential advertisers are buying ads, implying a huge runway for advertiser uptake exists.”

Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia (Buy, $37 PT)

“We are incrementally bullish on FB’s prospects following 2Q results and believe the stock should be a core holding in Internet portfolios. 2Q’s highlight was Mobile advertising (+76% q/q versus consensus +20%). Overall revenue (53% y/y) and EBITDA (+57% y/y) accelerated from 1Q’s 38%/35% revenue/EBITDA growth. Better than expected user engagement, strong monetization and good cost control helped FB outperform even the most bullish expectations on the Street. Reiterating Buy.”

Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein (Outperform, $36 PT)

“Following materially better than expected 2Q results, we are increasing our estimates and price target, and are reiterating our Outperform rating. 2Q upside was driven by higher advertiser demand for newsfeed, both on volume and price, and since mobile Newsfeed pricing is similar to desktop and advertisers are largely indifferent between mobile and desktop, revenues are tracking the consumer shift to smartphones. We believe this dynamic is an important differentiator vs. other ad-supported internet companies, that are being hurt by the mobile mix shift. As such, we are increasing ’13E and ’14E revenue by 3% and 5%, and non-GAAP EPS by 7% and 9%, respectively. Raising target to $36 from $32.”

Shares of Facebook were soaring following earnings, tacking on 30.48% to $34.59 in premarket trading.

Leap Motion Controller, Great Hardware in Search of Great Software

Leap Motion Controller, Great Hardware in Search of Great Software

By now, we all know what the future will be like; movies and TV shows have described it in detail. We know about the flying cars (thank you, “Blade Runner”), holograms (thank you, “Star Trek”) and robot butlers (thank you, “Jetsons”).

The Leap Motion Controller is a solution in search of a problem: its hardware is simple, but it needs a killer app.

So when will we really get those technologies? Probably on the 11th of “Don’t hold your breath.”

There is, however, one exception. As of this week, you can buy your own little piece of “Minority Report” and “Iron Man”: controlling your computer by making hand motions in the air.

The Internet has been buzzing about the much-delayed Leap Motion Controller ($80) since its first public demonstrations over a year ago. Imagine controlling on-screen objects just by reaching into empty space, just like Tom Cruise! Imagine gesture recognition just like Microsoft’s Kinect game controller, but on a much smaller, more precise scale! Imagine the future, plugged into a USB jack on the Mac or Windows PC you own today!

The Leap Motion sensor is beautiful, tiny and self-contained. If Wrigley’s ever comes out with a Juicy Fruit Designer Pack, it might look like this: a sleek, glass-and-aluminum slab (1.2 by 3 by 0.5 inches), with nonskid rubber on the bottom. A single USB cable (both a long one and a short one come in the box) stretches away to your computer; a light comes on when it’s working.

(Please note that Leap Motion has nothing to do with Leap Pad, the children’s toy. That gadget is educational in a completely different way.)

If you have a desktop computer, you put the sensor between your screen and keyboard. If it’s a laptop, you park it on the desk just in front of the keyboard. Soon, Leap says, you’ll be able to buy a PC from H.P. or Asus that has the sensor built right in.You download the Leap software, and presto: a somewhat buggy tutorial instructs you to insert your hands into the space — an invisible two-foot cube — that’s monitored by the Leap’s cameras and infrared sensors.

This device is like the Kinect in that it recognizes body parts in space. But not only is the Leap far smaller and less expensive, it’s also far more precise. According to the company, it can detect the precise positions of all 10 of your fingers simultaneously, with a spatial accuracy to a 100th of a millimeter — 200 times as accurate as the Kinect.

And remember, the Leap adds gesture recognition not to your TV, but to your computer. A machine that can run millions of different programs for all different purposes. Games, sure, but also office work. Creative work. Communication. Entertainment. Surely this little wonder is a very big deal.

Unfortunately, it’s not. The Leap’s hardware may be simple, attractive and coherent — but its software is scattershot, inconsistent and frustrating.

The first crushing disappointment is that no software recognizes your hand motions unless it’s been specially written, or adapted, for use by the Leap.

There are 75 such apps already on the Leap’s app store, Airspace; some are free, some cost a few dollars. Not all work on both Mac and Windows.

Most are games. In the best of them, you control the action in 3-D space, just as with the Kinect but without having to stand up. For example, Boom Ball ($5) is the classic Breakout game, where you try to knock out bricks by bouncing a ball against them — but your paddle is attached to your finger in vertical space.

In Disney’s clever Sugar Rush ($2), a spin off from the “Wreck-It Ralph” movie, you bake yourself a racing car shaped like a wedge of cake, and then steer it by holding both sides of an invisible steering wheel. When you play Dropchord ($3), you hold two index fingers out in space; you’re defining a line between them that you use to slice dots and avoid X’s. Cut the Rope is here, too (free).

There are some interesting music-making programs, which makes sense, since hand motions are generally associated with playing instruments. Air Harp ($1) is just what it sounds like. Chordion Conductor is a sweet-sounding arpeggiator (generates music from chords you select).

A few simple educational apps are available, like Molecules (rotate molecules on the screen; free), Cyber Science 3D (pull apart a skull; free) and Frog Dissection (you guessed it; $4).

Smartphone Advan Vandroid S5

Smartphone Advan Vandroid S5

Unggulkan Big Screen

The success of one of the Korean manufacturer to sell millions of smartphone unit have made a great sailing inspired many other manufacturers. However, to be sold at more competitive prices, various gadgets “rival” comes with fewer features. This is carried by Vandroid S5 from Advan.

u4-435-S5 AdvanAdvan Vandroid by PCplus quite on par with ZA987 OneScribe of Zyrex that appeared almost simultaneously. ˝ 5.3 capacitive screen with a resolution of 480 × 800 pixels here look quite a contrast and not inferior to similar products from leading brands. Advan S5 Vandroid called as “Smart Note” which is interpreted as a smart gadget with a variety of features that support mobile activities. This seems to be a campaign to educate consumers.

Smartphone MediaTek MT6575 is powered by a 1GHz processor (ARM v7) plus 512MB of main memory is actually not very special and still like most other large screen smartphones. Booting the system fairly quickly became hallmarks Vandroid Advan S5.

Here also 4GB of internal memory available. Unfortunately, only 2.2 GB of available capacity that can be used. It was only by the system / application alias can not be accessed directly by the user. As a result, users must add a microSD card (up to 32GB) as a storage media to store data.

The process of exploration in the menu Vandroid Advan S5 with Android 4 systems is quite smooth because of the PowerVR SGX531 GPU to handle graphics side. Advan smartphone also includes six important sensor that is not provided other competitors. With all those fittings plus dual SIM support, he can be had for less than Rp. 2 million. This makes it an attractive alternative products in the ranks of the many large screen smartphones on the market today.

Maybe not as perfect Advan S5 Vandroid similar smartphones from popular brands. When held casing feels slippery. However, to simply live day-to-day activities of this product is sufficient. At more competitive prices, even compared to other local brands, this smartphone is certainly attractive alternative option for on a budget.

BlackBerry A10 Full Specifications Revealed

BlackBerry A10 Full Specifications Revealed

After physical appearance photographs circulating on the Internet, this time turn the hardware specs leaked BlackBerry A10. Successor Z10 previously known by the code name “Aristo” is called will be positioned as the most advanced smart phone from BlackBerry with the main focus on the aspects of performance and gaming capabilities.

As quoted from TechRadar, BlackBerry A10 specs revealed by an image capture of a document that was first circulated by a member of the CrackBerry forums.

In the document dated May 23, 2013 it was explained that this device will have dual-core processor Qualcomm MSM8960 (S4) 1.7 GHz speed.

The processor paired with 2 GB of RAM and an internal memory capacity of 16 GB which can be expanded with a micro SD slot up to 64 GB.

Called A10 screen size of 5 inches or 0.8 inches larger than the screen on the BlackBerry Z10. 1,280 x 720 resolution with pixel density of 295 PPI.

Other fittings include an 8 megapixel main camera, 2 megapixel front camera, NFC connectivity, DLNA, Wi-Fi A / b / g / n as well as 4G LTE, and a 2800 mAh battery. The operating system used is the latest BlackBerry OS 10.2.

BlackBerry A10 arrival time is not yet known for sure, but the device is expected to be introduced in November.

Facebook rallies 30%, logs best day ever

Facebook rallies 30%, logs best day ever

Facebook shares rallied an impressive 30% Thursday, allowing the stock to book its best one-day gain ever. And while shares remain about 10% below the May 2012 IPO price of $38, analysts are predicting that Facebook is finally on its way to reaching, and even crossing, that threshold.

“Facebook delivered its strongest quarter yet as a public company — results that we think could be thesis-changing for many,” said Doug Anmuth, a JPMorgan analyst who boosted his price target to $44 a share from $35.

Investors and analysts are most impressed by Facebook’s growing strength in mobile advertising — a part of the business they were initially most concerned about since Facebook lacked a clear strategy for mobile advertising despite the rapidly growing number of people using Facebook on their mobile phones and tablets.

“One year into Facebook’s mobile advertising efforts, mobile has increased from zero to 41% of total ad revenue,” Anmuth highlighted in a note to clients.

While the improvements have been gradual, Facebook blew everyone away this past quarter by generating 50% more in mobile ad revenue than what Wall Street was expecting.

Even after that stellar quarter, analysts say growth should remain strong as Facebook continues to shift toward more social ads that will become increasingly valuable to advertisers.

Analysts at JMP Securities, who increased their share price target to $38, said that social media giant’s second-quarter results suggest that “Facebook is increasingly becoming a ‘must buy’ for advertisers.”

Goldman Sachs analysts were also excited by Facebook’s significant improvement in mobile advertising. They put a bullish price target of $46 on Facebook shares.

“We continue to believe Facebook is at the center of the mobile ad revolution and see considerable opportunity for it to drive higher pricing on its ad units as brand and direct marketers alike take advantage of its broad reach and precise targeting,” said Goldman analyst Heather Bellini.

As Facebook (FB) shares surged, a number of investors were getting in on the action. Over 360 million shares of Facebook had exchanged hands Thursday, more than seven times the stock’s average daily trading volume.

The day’s surge pushed the value of Facebook to more than $80 billion, up from just over $60 billion as of Wednesday’s closing bell.

Facebook’s advance was also getting plenty of attention on Twitter.

Digital Storm VELOCE, 13.3-inch Gaming Laptop With Intel’s Haswell CPU & GPU NVIDIA GTX 765M Plus 8GB RAM

Digital Storm VELOCE, 13.3-inch Gaming Laptop With Intel’s Haswell CPU & GPU NVIDIA GTX 765M Plus 8GB RAM

Soon the market will be the arrival of a new gaming laptop models known as Digital Storm VELOCE.
With stretcher panel 13.3-inch screen that supports a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, 1.25 inches thick laptop weighs 4.6 kg and is fully supported by an Intel Core i7-4800MQ who collaborated with NVIDIA GTX 765M GPU and 8GB of RAM.
And even to support jitunya storage solutions, gaming notebooks running Windows 8 has been providing hard drive plus 750GB 7200RPM 8GB SSD. Not only that, this powerful gaming laptop has also been supported by the 3 USB 3.0 ports, a DVD burner, HDMI, VGA, WiFi, Bluetooth, and much more.
Concerning the availability and price, the Digital Storm gaming laptop VELOCE which will soon be released on July 17, 2013, is reportedly going to be priced at $ 1,535 or the equivalent of 15.34 million dollars per unit.

Toshiba Introduces Satellite Notebook E Series with Screen 14 Inches and 15 Inches

Toshiba Introduces Satellite Notebook E Series with Screen 14 Inches and 15 Inches

Japanese electronics manufacturer, Toshiba has just introduced the new E Series Satellite notebook is priced cheaper than Kirabook. The latest notebook was not only comes with an Intel Haswell, but also uses AMD A6 chip.

The first new product is the Satellite E45t. This notebook has a 14-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Inside are Intel Haswell processors Core i5-4200U, 6GB RAM and 500GB HDD. This notebook also uses touch screen and voice recognition software.

Meanwhile Satellite E55 comes with an option of Intel or AMD processors. This notebook has a 15.6-inch screen size with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Satellite E55t will use Intel Core i5 processors, while the E55D and E55Dt will use AMD A6 chip.

According to Engadget, E55D who does not have a touch screen will be priced around 580 USD, while the E55Dt priced at 700 USD. For Satellite E45t itself is now sold exclusively in the United States with the official BestBuy 700 USD.

The Hunger Games Film Review

The Hunger Games Film Review

Directed by: Gary Ross Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth “A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it’s contained.’ President Snow This was one of the well-known quotes within the pic “The Hunger Games.” Katniss Everdeen, the picture’s hero, best encapsulated this minor spark that the President was talking about. He might be right in communicating that more than enough hope is hazardous. But he is wrong in positing that even a flash of hope can be contained. Story “The Hunger Games” happened in Panem, a modern city made out of twelve destroyed Districts serving a totalitarian legislature, settled at the Capitol. The people from the twelve Districts once tried to oust this savage legislature, but they fizzled. To punish this disobedience, the government decided that each year, kids from 12 to eighteen years would be taken from every District, to battle in an outdoor arena until only one of them remains standing. Yearly, this rivalry was televised to be seen by the whole country, to the happiness of the occupants of the Capitol. One of the 2 selected for District was Katniss Everdeen. The picture rotates around her experiences. Actors and Characters The picture was full of interesting and great actors and they were brilliant in their depictions. Jennifer Lawrence was perfect as Katniss, radiating enough engagingness. Woody Harrelson was amazing as Katniss’ coach. Donald Sutherland was stunning as President Snow.

Violence For a PG-13, this is violent. It is best to not let kids watch this picture, in my assessment. The director did his best to show less violence in this picture, in any case I still think it isn’t for teenagers. Soundtrack It would’ve been extraordinary to get Taylor Swift’s ‘Safe and Sound’ in one scene, regardless, the music that were utilized were flabbergasting. Here’s the soundtrack list:

1. “The Hunger Games” 1:10 2. “Katniss Afoot” 1:49 3. “Reaping Day” 1:35 4. “The Train” 1:27 5. “Entering the Capitol” 1:28 6. “Preparing the Chariots” 1:05 7. “Horn of Plenty” 1:59 8. “Penthouse/Training” 3:36 9. “Learning the Skills” 1:41 10. “The Countdown” 1:58 11. “Booby Trap” 2:37 12. “Healing Katniss” 3:04 13. “Rue’s Farewell” 5:00 14. “We Could Go Home” 1:15 15. “Searching for Peeta” 1:27 16. “The Cave” 3:13 17. “Muttations” 4:45 18. “Tenuous Winners/Returning Home” 3:25 19. “The Hunger Games”

On the whole, the film is enjoyable to watch.

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Gamblers spend their money 7 times faster at online casinos

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Jon Hingston, Customer Satisfaction Manager at Casino Genie, says, We recently surveyed 2,500 online gamblers and the result were startling. All nearly 78% of those asked said that they would change casinos immediately for a more realistic player experience, irrespective of bonuses accrued or how long they had played there. We think that this should worry all online casinos. There are several new products ready to launch to market this year which will change the way players interact with online casinos. Companies like Crunchy Frog are introducing 3-D gaming experiences similar to that which the thumb nation (youth market) experience in their gaming.

So why is player experience the way forward? Hingston says, Currently online gamblers play several games at once to maximise their online experience which is great for casinos and is a good adrenaline rush for the player. However, once the adrenaline rush is over and the computer is switched off the player feels used. They have, more often than not, spent more money than they intended to and have slightly negative feelings towards that online casino. He goes on to explain that the innovators in this sector will try to bring more realism to the whole player experience and slow the game down.

Slow the game down? Wont that reduce the casinos profit? The truth is that online casinos, say Hingston, will have more loyal customers this way. Sure customers will spend more slowly, but the richness of the experience will mean more to them and engender a longer more loyal customer base. It is worth pointing out that obviously some players may decide that 3-D gaming is not for them and return to their previous tried and tested casino. So 3-D operator need to offer a 2-D version too.

So it is clear that, as with all sectors before it, customers are starting to shape the online gambling sector. The customer is King. But this year only those companies who understand that and do something about it will benefit.

And our advice to online gamblers is to look around and dont be satisfied with average. There is a world of options coming to market this year which could just change the way you feel about online casinos.

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