Facebook Beats Street 4Q Earnings, Revenue Forecasts

Facebook blew past Wall Street’s expectations yet again with its quarterly earnings report, despite some concerns that its “ad load,” or the number of advertisements it can show users without clogging up their feed, has reached its limit.

Facebook on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $3.56 billion, up sharply from $1.56 billion in the same period a year earlier.

On a per-share basis, the Menlo Park, California-based company said it had net income of $1.21, up from 54 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were $1.41 per share in the latest quarter.

The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 16 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.34 per share.

The social media company posted revenue of $8.81 billion in the period, which also beat Street forecasts. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $8.47 billion. That’s up 51 percent from revenue of $5.84 billion a year ago.

Shares rose $3.08, or 2.3 percent, to $136.31 in after-hours trading. The stock had closed up $2.91, or 2.2 percent, at $133.23 in the regular trading session.

As of Wednesday’s close, Facebook Inc. shares had increased 16 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased almost 2 percent. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $133.23, a rise of 16 percent in the last 12 months.
Source: Mobile Tech Today

More SIM only deals – 30GB on Three for not that much

Yesterday we offered up some Vodafone deals for you big data users, but over on Three UK there’s yet more SIM only and contract plans for data hogs. Plus, when you use cashback sites like Quidco, things get even better.

As an example, £22 per month gets you a massive 30GB of monthly data…
More SIM only deals   30GB on Three for not that much

If you add all those monthly payments together it’s £264 per year and this is a 12 month contract. However, with the Quidco cashback you get £50.25 off that, making it £213.75 for the year or (rounded up) £17.82 per month for 30GB of data!

The 30GB SIM only deals might be a bit extreme for some, so let’s take a look at the 4GB plans. The good news is that Three have doubled your data allowance on this particular offering, so you get 8GB instead. Even better news? They’ve reduced it from £18 to £15 per month.
More SIM only deals   30GB on Three for not that much

The only negative point about this particular one is that it looks to be the excluded from the Quidco cashback…

More SIM only deals   30GB on Three for not that much

But, with the £50.25 cashback you can take £4.18 per month off any of the other prices for the SIM only or contact plans provided you’ve chosen one with 4GB or more of data.

That means you can get the 8GB plan with all-you-can-eat data and texts for £15.82 per month. Normally it’s £23 per month, but Three have knocked it down to £20 per month and then you get a further £4.18 off with the Quidco cash back. That’s a deal.

Head here for the Three SIM only offers but, if you want to buy, don’t forget to click on the Quidco site first.

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    Apple, you’re losing the battle for the home

    I’ve waited so long for home kit. Not even a resonable amount of time, a really long time. HomeKit is great and Apple’s approach to creating the most secure home products that all work well is without doubt the correct approach. With that said there are so many great devices out there now it’s just not feasible for me, and no doubt many others, to hold on any longer.

    My home automation seal has been well and truly been broken with the purchase of two echo dots, a Philips hue starter kit and more Wemo smart plugs that I can shake a stick at. What’s more is they all work together with ease, the only thing that is missing is come kind of iPhone software to make it all easy….

    Apple, youre losing the battle for the home

    If you have used HomeKit on iOS 10 you will know the true advantage of having everything under one roof. The quick toggles in control centre and the overall app is something to be truly praised. There just is hardly anything available!

    The HomeKit Way

    Understandably, manufactures are put off by the cost of producing Home Kit devices. They have to include particular chips and networking options that are more expensive than others. There is also a bug to bear with the complex approval process, that can take up to 6 months for Apple to approve the devices. Leading to a drought of devices, that is particularly evident outside of the US.

    I’m not entirely convinced that speaking to your home is the answer than most people will want, but it is a start and certainly much easier than worrying about opening an app all the time. Apple clearly already know this, due to their reliance on Siri to do anything on the new AirPods. This may choose to bite them going forward as it highlights once again the fact that Amazon and to an extent Google Home have Apple already beat hands down.

    The Assistant

    As every tech company imaginable scrambles to mention AI and machine learning in almost every press release, it is Apple that follow the crowd. Not to mention every manufacturer striving to have their own assistant make every feature of your life easier. From contextual awareness to control of your home, collecting data is the key. Yet Apple know the least about you.

    Privacy and security definitely have their markets (which are actually growing) but Apple simply can’t make their mind up what they want to do with your data. Steve Jobs believed that whatever you signed up for should be clear and transparent, which is an honourable approach. But not one that rule’s out contextual awareness without surrounding it in complicated mathematics, Apple still refuse.

    Apple, youre losing the battle for the home

    If Samsung can pull off their Assistant, and they sure as hell have the know how and the user base, Apple are trailing almost last and may have a problem on their hands. Apple truly believe the best assistant is the one you have with you , unfortunately more people might start carrying something else because Apple and Siri are lacking.

    Whereas Amazon have somewhat quietly kept improving their service and their product for a long time now. The ‘works with Alexa’ brand was everywhere at CES. From smart home devices that don’t have to jump through hoops, to phones that are building Alexa straight in – its boom time. A quick Amazon search tells the extent of the home products that work with Alexa – and they are rapidly growing.

    Security

    There is one concern and that is provides a sticking point with any works with Alexa devices, security. Not to say that all devices are unsecured, but these concerns are wide ranging ones. There is definitely an issue with the security of IoT devices, leading to the DDOS attacks that took down much of the internet in 2016. By far the most creepy is the fact that so called smart devices have been people homes for years and are often lacking even basic security .

    Apples approach to insist on specific hardware and throughly test each device before they let it work with HomeKit is the best approach to take. There is no argument against this, yet you have to balance this against lack of product. Companies are unwilling to release specific version for HomeKit or build in specific requirements to lower profit margins. There is next to no devices available outside the US, and these are often 2-3 times the price.

    Apple, youre losing the battle for the home

    If Apple are already behind on the amount of devices that are available, and also the interface which will provide the most convenience. Why would users spend a considerable amount more

    There ultimately needs to be a trade off between security and convince, not just in devices actually being available. Include into this the convince of a manufacturer to produce the device in the first place.

    The ease at which the Home app works on iPhone is a clear advantage, providing your whole family use iOS devices. Unfortunately for most users security is just not enough to persuade those wanting to set up their home to spend more. So unless that compromise is found, fast, you’re going to loose the battle for the home.

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