Netflix vs. Hulu Plus: Who best fits your video streaming needs? (Original)
Place your bets and let’s see who wins the hotly contested battle of Netflix vs. Hulu.…
Strapped for cash? Here are 5 of the best Microsoft Office alternatives (Original)
Looking to put Microsoft Office behind you? Here are our picks for the five best, free alternatives that will leave you wondering why you waited so long to make the switch.
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Facebook reports $1.81 billion in revenue for Q2 2013, 1.15 billion monthly active users (Original)
Facebook saw its revenue grow year-over-year in its Q1 earnings reported in May, and that trend has continued for its second quarter. The company has just announced that it's pulled in $1.81 billion in revenue for Q2, beating analysts' expectations, while net income stood at $333 million. Of course, much of that money comes from ads: Facebook says that revenue from advertising now represents 88 percent of its total revenue, and that mobile advertising accounted for about 41 percent of its total advertising revenue for the quarter. Mark Zuckerberg highlighted that last bit in a statement, saying that "the work we've done to make mobile the best Facebook experience is showing good results and provides us with a solid foundation for the future."
In other numbers, Facebook also reported that it has 1.15 billion monthly active users as of June 30th, while its daily active users stood at 669 million. Mobile users were again its biggest growth area, with 819 million users actively checking in on their mobile devices each month (up 51 percent compared to the same quarter in 2012), and 469 million active on a daily basis. We'll keep you posted on any additional developments that may come out of the company's earnings call in the next hour.…
Google reports 70 million Android tablet activations as it confirms app downloads have passed the 50 billion mark (Original)
It seems like just 10 weeks ago that Google was reporting a total of 900 million Android activations. Well, now the company's back, once again outdoing itself with some fresh figures. Today, we're hearing that more than 70 million Android tablets have been activated to date. Meanwhile, Google has surpassed 50 billion app downloads in the Google Play Store across all Android devices, and there are now more than a million applications available in the store. Additionally, the company claims that in the first half of this year, one in two tablets sold worldwide was an Android product. With no way of confirming that figure ourselves, we'll stand on that tablet activation figure, as it represents a pretty sizable jump for Google: at the end of 2012, tablet activations were still somewhere below 40 million. That's all for now as far as stats go. We'll leave you to gawk at that super tempting new Nexus 7.
TalkTalk adds 160,000 TV subscribers (Original)
Announcing fiscal first quarter numbers in an interim management statement, TalkTalk said that June was its “strongest ever month for TV sales,” in spite of competition from the likes of BT and Sky who have been taking each other on with Premier League football coverage.
“We’re fast becoming the natural home for families seeking great value mass-market entertainment and starting their pay TV journey. For our loyal customers it’s a great way to upgrade from their existing TV service,” said TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding.
The firm said that early data indicates 75% of TalkTalk sign-ups are people upgrading from Freeview and Freesat – which it claimed is “strong testimony to the appeal of YouView.”
TalkTalk’s triple play offering also attracted customers, with 25% of the past quarter’s additions choosing to switch their phone and broadband in order to also take its TV service.
Some 26% of TalkTalk TV customers also bought paid for content in the quarter, the firm said, with the top-selling film rentals being Life of Pi, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Wreck-it Ralph.…
KPN sees strong IPTV growth (Original)
Dutch telco KPN added 82,000 IPTV customers in the second quarter, giving it a 24% TV market share, up five percentage points year-on-year but flat quarter-on-quarter thanks to the continued decline of its digital-terrestrial base.
KPN now has 1.21 million IPTV customers, up 1.128 million in March, and 675,000 Digitenne digital-terrestrial and analogue TV customers, down from 717,000.
KPN’s new KPN Compleet quad-play offering had signed up 55,000 customers at the end of June, up from 29,000 in March.
KPN reported consumer residential revenues of €480 million for the quarter, up 5%, and EBITDA of €79 million, down 1.3%.
Apple hits one billion podcast subscriptions via iTunes store (Original)
Eight years after bringing podcasts to its iTunes store, Apple has reached one billion subscriptions. The company is marking the milestone by highlighting a number of classic podcasts, as well as a selection of current and up-and-coming offerings.
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Japan’s Line Passes 200M Global Downloads Of Its Messaging App But Still Isn’t Reporting Monthly Actives (Original)
Line continues its apparent growth tear. The mobile messaging app that’s extremely popular in its home market of Japan has announced it’s passed the 200 million global registered users mark, some two years after launching. Line passed 100 million users back in January.
It should be noted that the 200 million figure is not monthly active users but rather refers to app downloads – combined for Line’s iPhone/Android/Windows Phone/BlackBerry/Nokia Asha/feature phone apps. The company also does not break out sent/received monthly messages, which is another useful metric to judge messaging app engagement. However it has previously told TechCrunch the proportion of active to registered monthly Line users can be as high as 80%.
That active peak is likely to be in Line’s Asian stronghold markets, like Japan, rather than the international markets it has since expanded to — including the U.S. and Europe, however.
Line competes with a raft of mobile messaging apps — including the veteran WhatsApp, which last month announced it had hit 250 million monthly active users. While relative newcomer, China’s WeChat, now has a registered user base of around 300 million — of which it reports 190 million are monthly active users. If Line continues to eschew reporting its monthly active users it’s hard to escape the conclusion it’s struggling to match the engagement levels of its biggest rivals.…
Netflix Q2 earnings show 1.2 million new subscribers; plans for original stand-up comedy, documentaries (Original)
Netflix has revealed its earnings report for the second quarter of 2013 which shows its worldwide customer base has grown by 1.2 million. The company now has "nearly" 30 million customers in the US (up 630,000) and 8 million internationally (up 610,000), with streaming revenue up 26 percent domestically and 155 percent outside the US. That compares well with the same period last year, when it added 530,000 customers in the US. This year has been highlighted by Netflix's push into original programming and just last week that initiative resulted in a bounty of 14 Emmy nominations. Expect more in the future, as Reed Hasting's letter mentions the company expand into documentaries and stand-up comedy specials.
According to the report, the new $11.99 family plan that supports four simultaneous streams has seen "limited uptake" (did anyone know it was available?), while the new individual profiles will be implemented in Q3. The company has rolled out a new streaming platform to its partners, and says its next goal is a single UI that works with various input devices, whether voice, pointer or d-pad. While we paw through the financial documents for more details, don't forget Netflix plans to live stream video of its investors call on YouTube later.…
Canary, an all-in-one smart home security system controlled with an app (Original)
Home security systems are all pretty similar, and very few of them put control in the hands of the user. Canary wants to help fix that, with an all-in-one device that allows the……