20 July 2011

Apple's best ever quarter. Again - Highlights from Q3 2011 earnings

Apple announced its Q3 2011 results yesterday, and as we all are quite used to by now, folks at Cupertino just dished out another blow out quarter. Basic upshot - Highest quarterly revenue and profits ever. Record iPhone and iPad sales and highest non-holiday quarter Mac sales ever.

Overall highlights
  • $28.57 billion in revenue (+82% Y-o-Y) with $7.79 billion profit(+120%). That's up from second quarter's $25 billion in revenue and $6 billion in profit respectively.
  • Over 222 million cumulative iOS device sales ever, compared to 130 million Android devices
  • The iPad is now the number 2 business for Apple behind the iPhone, overtaking the Mac
  • International sales now account for 62 percent of Apple's quarterly revenue. Sales in greater China, which includes China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, accounted for $3.8 billion for the quarter.
  • Apple now has $76 billion in cash. That’s a nearly $10 billion surge in three months.
  • Using this quarter’s net profits alone, Apple could buy the bottom 16 countries of the world outright. Its total cash can now buy bottom 40
Read below for more business wise highlights:

13 July 2011

Darwin's orchid and moth and the fascinating world of evolution

Darwin's theory of evolution has always intrigued me. I remember when I first read it in high-school, it looked so intuitive and obvious that I questioned the need of even spelling it out. Little did I know then of the prodigious implications of that simple hypothesis.

Recently while watching a TED video, I came across this fascinating story of Darwin's orchid and the moth which presents a intriguing insight into how nature has uniquely evolved over the years.

So the picture on the left is of Angraecum sesquipedale, commonly known as the Darwin's orchid. When Darwin first saw this flower, he was surprised by one defining characteristic of this species - the astonishing length of the whip-like green spur containing the nectar in each flower.

From his observations, Darwin surmised in 1862 that in order for this flower to pollinate and survive, there must be a pollinator insect with a proboscis (tubular nectar sucking organ of insects) long enough to reach the nectar at the end of the spur.

Obviously the the notion of a pollinator with a 35 cm long proboscis was ridiculed and generally not believed to exist for the longest time. Though all of this was about to change 41 years later.

08 July 2011

Top 20 things against Indian culture

An interesting topic in trending on Twitter right now - #againstindianculture. Now topics like these are ideal bait for my sarcastic jabs, so without any further adieu, here are my top 20 things which are simply against Indian culture. (Includes some of the best from fellow Twitter mates)
  1. Lane driving
  2. Not parking at places marked as 'No Parking'
  3. Buying original software or content (songs, movies etc.)
  4. Covering up roads after digging up
  5. Government authorities completing projects on time (Delhi Metro #respect)
  6. Standing in lines for taking a bus/train
  7. Throwing trash in dustbins at public places
  8. Not-crying kids, well...at all places
  9. Wiping your Dog's poop from the pavement
  10. Getting official work done in a single visit (think passport, driving license)
  11. No bargaining
  12. Removing plastic covers from seats of a new car
  13. Keeping mobile phones on silent, or speaking slowly
  14. Not throwing Beetle projectiles on walls
  15. Seeing a hot girl and not check her out
  16. Owning up to one's fault
  17. Honest politicians, or policemen
  18. Talking bad about Sachin Tendulkar
  19. Traveling light
  20. Kids thinking of becoming something other than engineers or doctors
Also, you can always head over here if case you need more pointers.

01 July 2011

Want a free Google+ invite?


Is the precious little invite of Google's latest Plus social network (Google+) still evading you? Worry not, just drop in your email in the comments below and I'll see what I can do - I have a some 500 odd free invites lying here. And till the time you get your pass, enjoy some videos from Google on what this stuff is that you want in on so badly.