Archive for January, 2008

Creative Announces Q2 FY08 Financial Results

January 28, 2008

Revenues for the second quarter: USD$262.5 million

Net Income for second quarter: USD$7.6 million

“We continue to improve our operating results, achieving operating income of $7 million compared to $3.3 million last year and increasing gross margins to 23 percent,” said Craig McHugh, president and COO of Creative Labs, Inc. “During the quarter we also strengthened our balance sheet, increasing our cash position to $291 million and reducing our net inventory to $93 million. We were able to improve our operating results even though we had a reduction in our year-over-year revenues.”

This is the second quarter that Creative manage to stay in the black, despite not having any new product release in the past few months. Looking ahead, Creative will release the ZEN Stone/Stone Plus with built-in speaker (which sounds pretty decent & supports iTunes plus music) on 15 Febuary and a new player on 6 March.

Check out the Chinese New Year offers @ http://sg.store.creative.com/promos/cny08/ for special bundle deals and accessories for your ZEN going at only $8!

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Creative @ CES 2008

January 19, 2008

No technology company worth its salt (except Apple, who prefers to hold its own MacWorld) will give the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) a miss. Every year, thousands of companies flock to the show to introduce their latest, most advance product to the world. Never mind that not all products introduced at the show ever gets to the consumer market. The bottomline is, if people notice your product at the show, you’re almost halfway there.

Creative, as usual, made an appearance at the show, although I must say that it had the most dissapointing line-up of products. No major new Portable Media Player was announced, nothing ground breaking, hardly anything exciting. But then again, it would be foolish of Creative to release something just for the show. Word has it that Creative will unveal it’s next generation of MP3 players in March, most probably at the IT Show in Singapore. Below is a round up of Creative’s announcement at CES 2008.

Creative’s Xdock HD for iPods (Nominated for Best of CES award)

If you really love your iPod and your loved ones, the Xdock HD is for you. The Xdock will upconvert every video in your iPod into high definition and outputs videos in resolutions of 1080i and 720P. It also enhance music on the player to X-Fi and transmit it wirelessly anywhere in your house. It retails at $619 later part of this year.

ZEN Stone Plus With Speakers

ZEN Stone Plus with built-in speakers (2GB & 4GB)

These cute looking stones now come with bulit-in speakers. However, the new ZEN Stone Plus now spot a new metallic shade that makes it look less toy-ish. The battery life have also doubled from 10hrs for the previous model to 20hrs. It also supports unprotected iTunes format .AAC files. 2GB for $99, 4GB for $149.

Buy ZEN Stone Plus with built-in speakers online now

MuVo T200 (2GB & 4GB)

An upgrade to the previous T100 model, the T200 now has a colourful LCD screen, FM radio and voice recorder. This plug and play device comes in black, white and pink, plays continuously for 9hrs and cost the same as the ZEN Stone Plus with built-in speakers.

Buy MuVo T200 online now

You can be there.

Creative inPerson – You can be there

Now, here’s something weird from Creative. The Creative inPerson is a portable, wireless video conferencing device with breakthrough technology that allows you to video conference via Wi-Fi. It is a pretty decent piece of device with a 7″ 16 million colours screen, high quality video output, double up as a photo viewer with a SD card slot and best of all, you can video conference anyone on their inPerson thru the website. That said, inPerson is expected to retail at USD$820 in the US. No word on the device being available in Singapore as of yet.

Visit inPerson Microsite