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Funny Organizational Chart for Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Oracle

Funny Org Chart for Technology Companies like Apple and Facebook.

Yes, Although it looks like a just for fun organizational hierarchy chart from bonkersworld. But this chart is drawn up with understanding or at least some understanding of how the technology company operate.

Apple is a one man company

Just look at how Apple’s Org chart is, is it centered around 1 man, and branched out as a company. Honestly this is how everyone feels that Apple is being run. We are pretty sure most of the products need to be approved and reviewed by Steve Jobs before its product launch. So he is the man.

Microsoft kills its own product

Microsoft have departments building products that will kill another product they are building. Products like kin when already have Windows Phone 7.

Google is a 3 man team

Google has been a 3 man team for quite a while, with its 2 founders and their CEO running the company. Although things have change slightly, but I doubt the influence have changed.

Facebook has no structure?

Honestly, I don’t know about Facebook’s Company’s Structure, or should I say no one understand it clearly yet. Thus this kind of chart was drawn?

Oracle buy and buy company.

For the past years, Oracle has transformed from a Database Empire to a Buying Empire. They have been buying and buying tech company non-stop. So that’s why they need such a strong legal team?

Are the charts similar to your view on how the company is being managed now. Tell us what you think!

 


Microsoft’s Biggest Flops and Failures

Microsoft’s Biggest Flops and Failures

We don’t really blog about Microsoft, but our friends at Money.co.uk blogged about Microsoft’s Biggest Flops and Failures, honestly it is very interesting! It remembers me of some stuff that I really hate about Microsoft… Yes, the paperclip, although I kind of like Comics san. Haha!

10. Windows CE 1996 – Present

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A buggy operating system

Why so awful?

The name alone is enough to make you WinCE. This lightweight operating system was supposed to be a pocket-computing epiphany in 1996, allowing PCs to become truly personal. Rather than just a slim version of Windows, it’s an operating system and kernel in its own right, making it ideal for mobile devices.

At least, it is on paper; in reality, forums are filled with developers and users expressing (in strong language) exactly what they think of it.

Any saving graces?

In its defence, it has survived for fifteen years and has recently been released with dual-core CPU support and advanced touch input.

 

9. Zune 2006 – Present

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

An MP3 player nobody has heard of

Why so awful?

Apple’s iPod dominates this arena and the Zune accounts for just 3% of the standalone MP3 player market. It doesn’t look quite as pretty, its battery life is below average, there’s no Mac support, it’s completely awful from a technical point of view and compatibility can be problematic. However, while it’s marginally less impressive than the iPod it arguably deserves more of the marketplace than the 3% it currently enjoys. This is unlikely to change, however.

Any saving graces?

Unlike the iPod, it doesn’t scratch in long grass and comes with an FM tuner.

 

8. Internet Explorer 1995 – Present

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A dying web browser

Why so awful?

Feature-packed and simple to use, Internet Explorer was the most popular browser in the world by 2001 with a 95% usage share. Upon realising this, however, Microsoft made the mistake of resting on its laurels, and the world’s hackers and script kiddies set to work targeting its ubiquitous software, making it dangerously vulnerable by 2004.

By the time Microsoft got around to releasing IE7, competitors like Opera and Mozilla’s Firefox had already started to gain an advantage and left the mortally wounded browser with less than a 50% usage share.

Any saving graces?

The later versions are actually rather good, but not good enough to reverse its heavy fall from grace.

 

7. Kin Born and died in 2010

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A half-baked phone

Why so awful?

Microsoft withdrew this failure after just 48 days on sale. It was almost a good idea – a mobile aggregator with constant connections to social networks like Facebook and Twitter – but some estimates suggest it sold as few as 500 units in its first week.

It was late onto the market having been converted from Sidekick to CE, and there were some clear holes in functionality; it didn’t support reTweeting on Twitter, there were no instant messaging packages available, its GPS was only for geotagging photos, and there was no way to transmit contact details between devices.

Any saving graces?

It still sells in the US, albeit as a ‘feature phone’ rather than a smartphone and at a much reduced price.

 

6. Windows ME 2000 – 2003

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

Another failed operating system

Why so awful?

Possibly the most unpopular operating system ever released, ‘Millennium Edition’ served as an ineffective stop-gap between Windows 98 and Windows XP. PC World referred to ME as the ‘mistake edition’, given that it crashed more often than not, offered no real improvement on Windows 98 and would constantly ‘help’ by restoring deleted malware.

It lasted thirteen months before being usurped by the NT-based XP.

Any saving graces?

None that we can think of.

 

5. Comic Sans MS 1995 – Present

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

An irritating font

Why so awful?

This much-maligned font was created for use with Microsoft Bob, another critically unpopular output from Microsoft HQ. Times New Roman looked too severe in the cartoonish speech bubbles of Bob’s drawn world.

It was completed too late for inclusion in the software, but debuted in Microsoft 3D Movie Maker before being released as part of every Windows OS since. Criticised – along with Papyrus – for relentlessly inappropriate use, the “Ban Comic Sans” movement is several thousand strong in the USA.

Any saving graces?

While it’s a monument of technological unpopularity, it hasn’t lost Microsoft any money (though it hasn’t made them any either).

 

4. MSN Smart Watch 2004 – 2010

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A gaudy watch with email support

Why so awful?

This tacky-looking creation was supposed to connect to the MSN network wherever the wearer needed to read his or her e-mails.

The screen was basic, less than an inch wide and made of the same liquid crystal as mobile phones circa 2000. What further dissuaded potential buyers as the prohibitively high data fees at the time of its release making it too expensive for most people to run.

It soldiered on for some time with the last subscriptions being taken out in November 2010, but the service will be discontinued next January.

Any saving graces?

Email on the go was fairly advanced back in 2004.

 

3. ActiMates 1997 – 2000

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A terrifying children’s toy

Why so awful?

Sold as educational toys, Actimates were capable of giving positive affirmation for correct answers to questions. The idea sounded good, but their failure stemmed from the inherent creepiness.

With the dolls modelled on popular children’s TV characters (the Tellytubbies, Barney and the anthropomorphic gang from Hey Arthur) and would suddenly come to life if they heard their own programme or theme tune in the background. The eeriness lead to poor sales and Actimates were pulled altogether in 2000.

Any saving graces?

Intentions were good.

 

2. Microsoft Bob Born and died in 1995

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A bona fide disaster

Why so awful?

Microsoft Bob was released in 1995 and was met with almost universal scorn. Even Microsoft themselves, who aren’t very vocal about their failures, admitted Bob was a disaster.

Ostensibly a user-friendly version of Microsoft’s Windows, it featured a household whose various accoutrements represented the programmes likely to be needed by a nineties computer user – for instance, if you clicked on the grandfather clock it would tell you the time, and if you selected the stack of envelopes you could send an e-mail. In reality it was a completely unworkable mess.

Any saving graces?

Not only were there no positives with Microsoft Bob, but it also saw the origins of the worst Microsoft flop of all time. Speaking of which…

 

1. That Damned Paperclip 1997 – 2007

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A public hate figure

Why so awful?

What can be said about the Microsoft Office Paperclip that hasn’t already been written before? The ‘assistant’, nicknamed Clippy, was designed to offer help on a wide variety of tasks but instead was intrusive and never seemed to get the hint that nobody wanted his help with writing a letter.

Microsoft were essentially press ganged into removing him due to a wave of criticism and bile, and it remains the most hated feature we’re yet to see on any operating system or program.

Any saving graces?

They did kill him eventually, albeit 10 years too late.

Read more: http://www.money.co.uk/misc/microsofts-biggest-flops-and-failures.htm#ixzz1Ombo8Wkq


Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac in Mac App Store

Sync Windows Phone 7 and Zune on Mac

Not everyone Mac users are iPhone users, so what if you are holding a Windows 7 Phone or a Zune  and your only computer is Mac? Worry no more because Microsoft just launched Windows Phone 7 Connector which is free and available on the Mac App Store!

Syncing from Windows Phone 7 Connector

Windows Phone  7 Connector not allows you to sync media files like songs and podcast, you can also sync the photos and video you took on your Windows Phone 7. The interface of the connector is very iTunes-like, so it gives Mac users a very familiar usage.

So if you are holding a Windows Phone 7 or a Zune, go on to the Mac App Store and download Windows Phone 7 Connector now for Free!


Microsoft don’t want you to use Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 is launching very soon, and Microsoft launch 2 ads to advertise their Windows Phone 7. But Microsoft don’t want you to use their phone at all.

In this series of ads, they shown us how “addicted” to our smartphone as ignore the rest of the world. Thus Windows Phone 7 will be “helping” you use your phone less and focus on your life.

Windows Phone 7 Ad 1

Windows Phone 7 Ad 2

So we using our iPhone too much?


iPhone 4 VS Windows Phone 7

We have seen iPod Touch vs iPhone 4, so how about the up and coming Windows 7 Phone? Android and iPhone have been fighting quite some time. Let’s see how the early version of Windows Phone 7 is compared to iPhone 4.

In this video from Pocketnow, you will be able to see how different iPhone and Windows Phone 7 in Concept and behavior.

iPhone 4 vs Windows Phone 7

So after watching the video which kind of phone concept do you prefer? I think Windows Phone 7’s Concept is very new, it is something that we haven’t seen from any smartphone out there, but it is really as usable as iPhone? It is very hard to tell now.


This is how China Media look at Apple and Steve Jobs?

I have to admit it is funny. I’m Sorry if you don’t understand chinese, I can’t really do a translation about it to make it as funny as it is just a video created to make him look like a joke. But honestly, we know how Steve Jobs works, and how great a CEO he is. Nevertheless, it is fun to watch stuff like this sometimes ya? Sorry Steve!

Check out the video:


ARSoccer: Juggle Soccer Ball with your Feet on your iPhone! [Video]

Augmented Reality Apps are going to be huge on iPhone? With iPhone 4, better camera, better processing power and even better battery life. AR can really be huge on iPhone, now we have a App for AR and it is for Soccer, ARSoccer!

It is a game where you will be juggling a soccer ball, with your feet, yes your real feet infront of your iPhone and that’s it. It is fun and it seems abit like Microsoft’s Kinect, where you can do actions with your body and it will be reflect on your screen in a game.

Check out the demo of the game:

Download ARSoccer in Apple App Store for $0.99!


Apple spent $249 million last year on Advertisement

Apple always has been good in their  commercials, leaving strong impressions in viewers and making them want to buy their products.

It is reported that they spent $249 million last year, but it is less than half of what Microsoft spent.

It seems like Apple is a big spender in advertising, either on TV, printed, online or radio. But look at how much Microsoft spent, almost double of what Apple actually spent. To my opionion, I think Apple’s commercials are more effective, and left a better impression on viewers.