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Pebble valuation shrank to $40 million from $700 million

It is reported that Fitbit will acquired Pebble, the founder of smart watch.

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VentureBeat reported that the acquisition amount of Pebble is between $34 million and $40 million. The valuation of Pebble shrank a lot.

Fitbit and Pebble did not confirm the news of acquisition yet. It is said that Fitbit will take over the intellectual property and other technical reserves concerning smart watch from Pebble. This acquisition may help Fitbit to explore in other production lines.

CNET reported that the overall smart watch market shrinks fast as expected. Smart Watch was considered as the next mainstream after the release of smart phone. Venture capital firms and startups started exploring in this industry. However, the statistics and development of smart watch in the past few years showed that the need of wearable devices was not as huge as manufacturers expected.

Apple Watch did not sell well as expected in the past quarters. It failed to become a redefined product after iPhone and iPad. Smart watch shares similar functions with smart phone which seems to negative for its promising.

Pebble was considered as the founder in smart watch industry.It launched products two years earlier than Apple. It raised money through Kickstarter platform in the beginning. Pebble released several series of smart watch devices since its establishment. However, its sales scale and competitiveness were relatively weak.

In March, Pebble announced to cut 25% of workforce. Its smart watches were cheaper compared with Apple Watches. Some senior officer revealed that it only sold about 1 million smart watches in total since the products release.

Pebble failed to consolidate its dominant leading position in smart watch though it released smart watch eariler. WIth the release of Apple Watch, Samsung Gear, Pebble made itself in a difficult position.

Fitbit became a listed company last year, whose share price increased by 66.6% then. However, its share droped sharply a few months later. Its current share price is down to about $8.

Will Fitbit revive its performance and share price through the acquisition of Pebble is unknown yet.

December 2, 2016 IT News

Uninstall uTorrent/μTorrent Tips for Common Mac Users

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For many uTorrent users, it has been a headache for them to remove this app on their Macs, some are unable to remove it on the trash, and some others just continue to be annoyed by the app after uninstall, so, how could be a good way to uninstall uTorrent in OS X? Here are some useful tips you can refer to.

μTorrent, some body may call it uTorrent, it is a free BitTorrent client available for Mac OS X that can help the user to search for and download torrents directly from the software interface. As a popular app online with a miniature size, many people would like to install it and use for a try, but the problem just come out when you are not satisfied with the application or need to remove it for other reasons, because many people don’t know what’s the exact way to uninstall uTorrent completely on Mac. And you can also check the specific removal guides at this post: Simple Steps to Fully Remove µTorrent from Mac. Continue reading →

November 11, 2016 How-to-Guides , ,

GoPro Announces to Recall Karma Drone for Its Performance Issue

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“GoPro Announces to Recall Karma Drone for Its Performance Issue”

Gopro is conducting the recall of Karma drone, which was released on the market about half a month ago, as it has confirmed that there is a performance issue related to the power loss of Karma units during operation. The company stressed that all sold Karma drone are required to recall even if some of them appear to be working fine. The recall is for Karma drone only, and customers can return it for a full refund.

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November 9, 2016 IT News , , , ,

Groupon suffered $ 38 million deficit in Q3 and acquired LivnigSocial

Groupon, US group purchase founder, announced its Q3 2016 earnings by September 30 on Wednesday. The earnings showed that Groupon’s revenue in Q3 reached $720.5 million, increased by 1% from $713.6 million yoy. It posted the net deficiency to common shareholders of $ 38 million, compared by $27.6 million on the same period in last year. Groupon addressed that it signed agreements with LivingSocial that Groupon would acquire all its tradable shares.

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The Gross billings of Groupon in Q3 declined by 2% yoy, up to $ 1.43 billion while it was $ 1.47 billion last year. Excluding the affect of exchange rate fluctuation, its worldwide gross billings declined by 1%, while North American increased by 6% yoy.The gross billings from European, Middle East and EMEA regions declined by 1% yoy, from which other regions around the world declined by 24%.

Its revenue in Q3 was $ 720.5 million, increased by 1% yoy.Factoring out fluctuating exchange rates, Groupon obtained 2% increase in revenue in Q3. Its revenue in North Aermcia increased by 4% yoy in Q3.While revenue of Europe, Middle East and EMEA declined by 1%, and 19% decline to other regions of its global markets.

Groupon suffered a 5% decline of worldwide selling items in Q3, down to 49 million. While the selling items in North America increased by 45 yoy.

The billings of North Amercia increased by 10% in Q3. Its active users also increased by 1.2 million. Groupon already obtained 29.1 million active users in North Amercia by September 30, 2016.

Groupon quit some oversea markets, reducing to 15 markets. It still had 27 markets last in Q2. It planed to quit some more markets in the near future.

Groupon signed agreements with LivingSocial on October 24 that it would acquire all latter’s tradable shares. This deal will be complished by the beginning of November,2016.

LivingSocial was the major rival of Groupon in North America e-commerce platforms. LivingSocial’s value of assessment once reached $ 6 billion when it financed in 2011. In March, LivingSocial announced to cut half of its workforce.

LivingSocial transfterred its business focus to discout service in hotel and credit business. Acquiring LivingSocial would help Groupon to obtain more users as LivingSocial offers service for local merchants.

October 28, 2016 IT News

Total Uninstaller Review: Lightweight, Reliable & Efficient Removal Tool

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Many Windows users, when they are stuck into uninstall problems, are wondering if there is an all-in-one uninstall tool to help solve those issues. I used to be one of them, but now I find a way out and I benefit a lot form it. So here I want to share my experience of uninstalling programs using a reputed tool known as Total Uninstaller.

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macOS Sierra: Add Widgets to Notification Center with Siri

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Apple’s Notification Center displays an overview of alerts from apps and helps users keep track of various information about the day. You recent app notification are listed in the Notifications tab, while the widgets (such as your Calendar, Weather and Reminders) in the Today tab will provide a focused view of particular topics.

To open up Notification Center, click on its icon in the menu bar, or swipe left with two fingers form the right edge of your trackpad. You can click to switch between the tabs of Today and Notifications. To customize the notification, click the Notifications preferences icon in the bottom-right corner of Notification Center. To add, remove or rearrange available widgets, click the Edit button at the bottom of Today view.

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October 24, 2016 Mac Tricks , , ,

How to Reveal and Copy A File Path on Mac OS

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On some occasions we might need to copy the full path of a file, folder, application or anything else, but since Finder does not have an address bar, how can we reveal a file’s location path? Well, there are several ways to copy the full path of an item.

To reveal the path of a file, you can search the file in Spotlight, and hold Option + Command keys when hover your mouse over the matched search result. The path will appear in the file’s Get Info dialog. But to copy the path, you need to try other options.

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October 14, 2016 Mac Tricks , ,

Top 5 Web Development Courses, Become Professional Web Developer Easily


Are you interested in learning web development skills and becoming a high-paid web developer through online courses in your spare time? Have you been trying to learn to build websites and real mobile apps but failed? You are here because you are wishing to explore an effective way to help you become a professional web developer. As known, there are a lot of online courses available for anyone to learn about coding. But, how can you enroll a course that is perfect for you? Don’t worry, if you are interested in web development, then the following best-selling and highest-rated courses are highly recommended. Refer to more details about these top-rated web developer courses as following: Continue reading →

October 9, 2016 Shopping Tips

How to Easily Split PDF Files on Your Mac

The Preview app that comes with mac OS is a handy yet powerful image and PDF viewer. You can open multiple files in one Preview window, or manage PDF files with it. If you have a PDF file that contains a lot of pages but what you need to only a couple of them, what can you do to get the desire pages? Today I would like to share the trick about how to split PDF files into separate documents in this built-in app.

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September 22, 2016 Mac Tricks ,

Are bigger screen phones more popular?

Qutoed from reporting data of Slice Intelligence, TNW claimed that the iPhone 7 5.5-inch edition is more popular than its 4.7-inch edition. There were about 55% customers ordered iPhone 7 Plus, while iPhone 7 orders accounted for 45%.

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When iPhone 6 series were released, the smaller screen one was more popular. The ratio of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was 65 to 35. When it came to iPhone 6s series, the ratio was 59: 41 which was close to even.

The source of Slice Intelligence was from 4 million pre-orders of iPhone 7 made by American customers, including feedback of store staff and questionnaire. While the Chinese customers details are excluded.

Apple confirmed this questionnaire on its official website as well. Maybe you think the design of iPhone 7 Plus camera is not as excellent as iPhone 7. The fact is that iPhone 7 Plus is sold faster than iPhone 7.

Trudy Muller, spokesman of Apple, stated the first round iPhone 7 Plus devices were out of stock worldwide, including all colors of modules. In the meanwhile, shiny black iPhone 7 was out of stock as well.

Trudy Muller expressed the gratitude to its fans. They will do their best to help customers get their new iPhones.

Regarding the storage, Slice Intelligence figured out 67% of customers chose 128 GB edition,14% of customers chose 32GB edition and 19% of them chose brand-new 256GB edition.

It becomes a tendency to make bigger screen phones. Some media pointed out big screen phones are popular in China, Japan and South Korea, while European customers are keen on smaller screen phones.

DeviceAtlas did a search concerning mobile users in United States and some European contries, it found that 4.7 inch phone are the most popular size in United States, Italy and Spain. While customers in Indonesia and some merging countries prefer to use 5-inch or bigger phones.

September 18, 2016 IT News