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  • Facebook and Google: Enemies or Friends?

    By Umang Patodia - April 15, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FB, GOOG, MSFT

    The technological war between Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) has intensified as the days pass by. Facebook has been the king in the social networking arena whereas Google has been the czar of search engines. But they have a fierce competition to be on top, in the online advertising market. This revenue is triggered based on the number of visits or the usability of their websites. This is more »

  • Is Google Up for Facebook’s Challenge?

    By Umang Patodia - January 29, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, MSFT, YHOO

    Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) has ruled online advertising for the last few years. They have provided the required database in order to lure the advertisers towards them. Not only that, they have also provided the best possible tracking system in order to pin down the number of clicks per ad displayed. This is quite visible with its performance in the last few years:

    Net US Digital Ad Revenue Share at Major more »
  • How Hub, Peek, and Flow Could Help Research In Motion Rise Again

    By Umang Patodia - January 29, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, NOK

    Critics predicted that Research In Motion (NASDAQ: BBRY) was a sinking ship, but it might actually be heading towards the coast with the help of its latest Smartphone –Blackberry 10, due for release on Jan. 30. 

    RIM has seen a steep downfall in 2012. This is quite visible from the graph showing the performance of the top 5 Smartphone vendors in 2012.

    <img height="471" src=" Five WW Smartphone Vendors_1Q2012.gif" width="480" />

    Y-Axis - Market Share for Sales of Smartphones (In more »

  • Who Stole Apple's Great Chinese Dream?

    By Umang Patodia - December 10, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, NOK

    China, with its huge population, is one of the most lucrative markets for all industries. Thus all the smartphone and tablet market players would like to expand their horizons by entering into the Chinese market. But the journey isn’t smooth, especially for Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone 5.

    Apple got an early success with iPhone 5 as they managed to take a booking of 2 million iPhone 5's more »

  • Why is This Surface Screeching?

    By Umang Patodia - December 7, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has been the czar of the operating system market. From MS-DOS to Windows, they created a monopoly over the market a few years back. But things have changed drastically over the last few years. The entrance of Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android and Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS in the smartphone market has led to different ball game altogether. Microsoft, with a sense of panic, has forced more »

  • HP: Is The End Near?

    By Umang Patodia - November 26, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, DELL, HPQ

    Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HPQ) has had a disastrous performance for the last two quarters. In the previous quarter they showed a record loss of $8.86 billion. This was attributed to a write off for the Electronic Data System (EDS). This quarter they reported a loss of $6.85 billion. This time they have accused the fraudulent display of data by Autonomy, which they had acquired for a mammoth $11 more »

  • Do You Have This TRUMP Card?

    By Umang Patodia - October 26, 2012 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, VELT

    A company when purchased during its nascent stage will give the highest possible returns. This was one of the key reasons for the huge success that Warren Buffett had achieved as a stock investor. An eye for details helps you in picking a company which can possibly give you huge returns in the near future. Velti's stock is one such trump card  which could possibly offer a good return more »

  • Software to Hardware: How Tough is It?

    By Umang Patodia - October 15, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), a multinational company, is known for its search engine, the mobile operating system Android and its advertising technologies. Google has always been an aggressive player and never backed out from trying something new. This time Google has decided to dive into a new arena. Hardware Manufacturing is the new game. They had proposed to manufacture their very first tablet, Nexus Q, a media-streaming entertainment device, at the more »

  • Tablet Turnaround: Too Much or Too Late?

    By Umang Patodia - October 8, 2012 | Tickers: EBAY, HPQ

    Meg Whitman is a Silicon Valley legend. She grew eBay  (NASDAQ: EBAY) from a start up to an $8 billion behemoth. Two years ago she entered into an expensive but unsuccessful political campaign. Today, she is back in the Silicon Valley at one of the world’s largest technology companies, Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), trying to revive it and her own reputation.

    Since the year 2002, the company has struggled to more »

  • Facebook’s Next Money Minting Machine!

    By Umang Patodia - September 28, 2012 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, YHOO

    Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) has gone through various ups and down since its inception in the stock market. Investors have raised a lot of questions on its sustainability in the near future and consider the stock to be heavily overpriced. This is the reason that the stock has dropped to the low $20’s from its initial price of $38, a drop of around 35-37 percent.

    The performance of this more »

  • India Shows the Red Rag to U.S. Retail Bulls!

    By Umang Patodia - September 18, 2012 | Tickers: SHLD, TGT, WMT

    The Indian government announced the opening of FDI (Foreign Direct Investments) in multi-retail brand to as high as 51%. This allows international players like Wal-Mart to partner with the local player and sell its goods directly to the consumer. The government not only increased FDI in the retail sector, but it also announced FDI as high as 49% in the airlines industry. This is one of the biggest economic reforms more »

  • Microsoft to Google - BING IT ON!!

    By Umang Patodia - September 12, 2012 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, MSFT

    You heard it right! Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has thrown an open challenge to Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) for the “Search Engine War”. Microsoft has launched the new ad campaign which they call “Bing it On!”. They have claimed that in a blind test done by a third party, people prefer Bing over Google in a 2:1 ratio.

    If this is the case then why don’t we see any improvement more »

  • Google+ Storming Stronger – Can Facebook Handle It?

    By Umang Patodia - September 4, 2012 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, MSFT

    When the hot magma from a volcano explodes it causes tremendous hazards to its vicinity. In social enterprise networking the hot magma is Google+ owned by Google (NASDAQ: GOOG). In its vicinity, we have its competitors, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) and Yammer (recently acquired by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT)).

    Google+ is like the lava burning below the surface since its launch in June 2011. They have not been a real threat to more »

  • Wake up HP…..Before You Miss the Bus!!

    By Umang Patodia - September 3, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, HPQ, IBM

    Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HPQ) one of the corporate giants in the computers and printing group is on the verge of a great fall. This is quite evident as they had one of the worst ever performance in the third quarter of this financial year. The shares are at one of its all-time lows and has plunged 33.5% in the last year. 

    Overall the performance of the PC sector has more »

  • Google Setting Up its Line of Wildfire Against Facebook!!!

    By Umang Patodia - August 4, 2012 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, LNKD

    Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is moving its vehicle at the top gear with a clear intention to challenge its arch rival Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) in the social networking world. Facebook clearly had a dismal showing last week while announcing its Q2 results, which is quite an advantageous situation (in an indirect way) for Google.

    Google takes this advantage to the next level with the announcement of the acquisition of Wildfire, one more »

  • Facebook: Is This the Beginning of the End? – Part 2

    By Umang Patodia - August 2, 2012 | Tickers: BBRY, FB, GOOG, MSFT

    From $38 (initial offering) to $31.60 (part 1 of the article) to $21 (this week)!!!!! The shares fell from $26.85 to $23.71 (a drop of around 11%) in just one day after the release of the Q2 statement by Facebook (NASDAQ: FB). But is this just the effect of the statement?

    Revenue in Q2 did rise by around 32%, touching the $1 billion mark for the first more »

  • Apple’s untold story on EPEAT!

    By Umang Patodia - July 17, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, DELL, HPQ

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is making some decisions which are very hard to understand for all of us. First they say we are out of EPEAT and then again they announce that we are back to EPEAT ratings. A company as reputed as Apple making such horrendous decisions and then making public announcements that it was just a mistake?? Was it really a judgmental error or a political gimmick??

    Just a more »

  • Microsoft Acquires Perceptive Pixel – But Why?

    By Umang Patodia - July 13, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, CSCO, MSFT, ORCL, SLB

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) at a worldwide conference in Toronto announced that it will buy Perceptive Pixel Inc. (PPI). Along with that they also announced that Windows 8 will be released to manufacturers in August and commercially available from October.

    Perceptive Pixel Inc., specializes in research, development and production of multi-touch interfaces. It gained major popularity when CNN used one of its displays as one of its large display interactive U more »

  • Can Facebook be the Gateway for You to Get a Job?

    By Umang Patodia - July 11, 2012 | Tickers: FB, LNKD, MWW

    We all use Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) day-in and day-out to mostly stay connected with our friends or to entertain ourselves with various applications. This is not the situation anymore as Facebook is looking forward to take the social connection of its 900 million user base to the next level.

    Now Facebook is making serious efforts to create the professional connectivity by having tie-ups with companies like BranchOut, Jobvite and Work4Labs more »

  • If the "Big 4" are Not trustworthy, then Who is?

    By Umang Patodia - July 9, 2012 | Tickers: BCS, HBC, LYG, RBS

    Whenever it comes to financial decisions we either go with our basic instincts or consult some investor with a sound background. In cases of small and medium-sized businesses with such relatively huge capital involved they cannot obviously just rely on their own instincts. They have the choice of either going to a private investment firm or approaching a top bank. Mostly people rely on banks as they are trustworthy.

    But more »

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