Last month, a huge public attention was drawn when a successful start-up Snapchat made a decision to refuse billions from Google and Facebook and stay, at least for now, in the hands of its founder, who are students at Stanford.
The world's richest company, Apple, will part of its more than 147 billion of cash in the account invest in the development of the manufacturing process. According to Bloomberg, the company will allocate as much as 10.5 billion dollars on "lasers and robots", in other words the most modern production equipment for their factories.
Taiwanese company MediaTek plans to invest more than $1 billion in development of more than 20 new chips in 2014 that will be built into smart phones, tablets, TVs, DVD players, and wireless devices. MediaTek usually spends about 20% of the annual amount collected from the sale on the research and development department.
Sharp, who is in deep financial problems, could soon get a significant financial injection from the several companies, particularly Dell, Intel and Qualcomm. The three companies are holding talks with Sharp in about investing large amounts of cash into the company. Sharp has reportedly asked Dell and Intel for $240 million in exchange for shares in the company or as a debt. Qualcomm investments should probably be somewhat smaller.
The sales numbers are out for “PC” shipments from both IDC and Gartner. The two fortunetelling firms differ on many numbers but both agree that the shipments of PCs (yes from Apple too) have declined by .1 % over Q2 2011. What we find interesting is how these two very different reports have been portrayed in the media. In particular we find interesting the way that most sites pick and choose the data they want to convey while citing both reports. So let’s take a look at the whole picture and see if we can have some more fun with numbers.