Obviously the biggest piece of news in the tech world was Verizon’s announcement of the iPhone coming to their network. This will obviously be a huge boon to Verizon and Apple, but may result in a huge hit to AT&T…or be the best thing that’s ever happened to them. What’s interesting to us, though, are some of the details that were not mentioned. For example, how much will the pricing plans be? Will the iPhone 5 be coming to Verizon and AT&T simultaneously? Will AT&T retain exclusivity rights for all new iPhone models for a specific period of time? We don’t have the answers to these questions yet, but they will be forthcoming.
Our interest in the Verizon iPhone stems primarily from mobile credit card processing issues. The majority of Evolve Systems’ clients who are doing mobile credit card processing are doing it on the Android platform, but with Apple iPhone now receiving a major boost in market share, we should be seeing a sharp increase of clients wanting to perform mobile transactions on their new iPhone. We’ll see where these trends will take us.
In the world of social media, Myspace let go of about 47% of it’s work force this week, prompting the Internet joke that 47% of Myspace’s users just left the network. An early success story, Myspace found it’s niche in the entertainment sector of social media, and became the home for many artists and bands as well as a few companies. If I remember correctly, CDs started shipping with the “See Us on Myspace.com/XXX” label back in 2005. But Facebook eventually came of age, and by selective membership and a clean cut UI (compared to Myspace’s uber-customizable UI), they eventually took the social media crown from Myspace. We’re not certain what the future of Myspace will be, but with a brand that strong, it will survive in one form or another.
More and more businesses are seeing the value in having their company being on social media platforms such as Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter. Unfortunately, many companies don’t have the time or resources to devote to getting their name and image out there. Evolve Systems, recognizing this, has come up with a comprehensive Website Maintenance Plan for getting businesses online, promoting their content, engaging in the discussions, and insuring more traffic to their website and clients. Efforts are focused toward analysis, analytics, strong SEO content, website refinement, and social media interaction. Let us know if you’d be interested!
There is also some good news about the economy as well!
We’re coming back. We aren’t out of the proverbial woods, but we should be on the upswing from the long downturn. According the Labor Department, the U.S. economy added 103,000 jobs in December, bringing the unemployment rate down to 9.4 percent. Jobs are traditionally a lagging indicator, so even better.
Most importantly, this was not a one-time event. October and November each showed upticks in employment, and the revisions announced at the same time as the December numbers paint a story of improving jobs growth through the fourth quarter. The revisions looked like this: October — from +172,000 jobs to +210,000; for November — +71,000 from +39,000.
Finally, you may recall that we here at Evolve Systems are big fans of hot sauce, and we even have our own, Scovillainous hot sauce. We are always looking out for new hot sauces or recipes to try. We’ve been looking at this website a lot this past week, and we know you will enjoy it as much as we do: HotSauceRecipe.net