September 9th, 2010
03:37 PM GMT
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Check out more about the changing tends on iTunes tonight on Quest Means Business at 2000 CET.
iTunes is called that because it's about music downloads ... or is it?

By Max Foster

You can also download apps from iTunes, and the analysts Aysmco says app downloads may soon overtake music downloads. By the end of the year, music and app downloads are likely to be balanced at 13 billion each, a month. The App Store has reached this point twice as quickly as the music store, so you can only imagine where this business is heading. Steve Jobs has predicted the App Store is going to be a billion-dollar marketplace, but even that may be looking conservative at current rates.

Jobs has now taken the bold move of opening up the Apps Store to other suppliers, albeit under pressure from developers. Those developers can now use software from Apple rivals to build apps for Apple products (iPhones, iPads, etc) and sell them through iTunes.

With a wider offer, the App Store will be an even bigger marketplace, and probably and even bigger business. Maybe time for an iTunes rebrand? 'iApps' work for you?

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September 9th, 2010
01:03 PM GMT
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Are you a wine snob? Will you only drink your vino out of a glass bottle with a firmly sealed cork? Or have you already been converted by the nifty screw tops that seem to be on just about every bottle of Australian and New Zealand white, and many South African bottles of wine?

The reason I ask is because CNN recently spent time in Stellenbosch, which is one of the most beautiful places in the world, by the way. I profiled a well-known South African wine estate about their initiative to sell some of their wine in plastic PET bottles.

Backsberg Estate say that plastic bottled wine is more environmentally friendly, because you save substantially on transport costs and it’s easier to recycle. This is because a plastic bottle is smaller than a glass bottle so you fit more into a container and when it’s finished you can squash it up and so waste removal costs are also cheaper, says the winery’s marketing manager Simon Back.

They are also emphatic that it’s not their ‘plonk’ or cheap wine going into these bottles – but a decent tipple from their acclaimed vineyards. Its brand name is ‘Tread Lightly.’

So would you tread lightly when it comes to a plastic bottle of wine? Would you give it a try on your next boating or camping trip (it weighs much less that a glass bottle of wine).

Do the environmental and convenience factors matter when you buy a bottle of wine? Or would you rather have the familiar heaviness of a glass bottle of wine and the pop of a cork?



September 9th, 2010
12:17 AM GMT
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Hong Kong, China (CNN) – Roxanna Blanco was fed up with her job search in the U.S.  After sending out resumes for more than a year and coming up empty-handed, the recent graduate from San Diego State University was ready to make a bold move. She decided to leave the country.

"I was having coffee with my mom and I said, 'I think I want to move to China. I think I'm going to China'."

Blanco, 25, got online and started applying for English teaching jobs in China. She got three job offers. She chose a teaching position that paid  $24,000 a year in Shenzhen, China. She had no idea where Shenzhen was but was ready for an adventure. Blanco flew to Shenzhen where the culture shock hit immediately. " I didn't leave my hotel room for two days because I was just so scared." She eventually got over her fright to find an apartment and start her job teaching English to a classroom of 30 Chinese toddlers.

Job recruiters in Asia are not surprised to hear stories like Blanco's. The international recruiting firm Hays has seen a 30 percent increase in job applicants looking for work in Hong Kong and mainland China. Most of the applicants are from the U.S., Europe and Australia. The good news is companies are hiring.

Hays Asia Regional Director Emma Charnock says, "We're seeing demand for expatriates spike again in Hong Kong.  In Shanghai and Beijing,  predominantly it's about Chinese returnees or Mandarin speakers."

According to Hays, employers are looking to hire in these sectors:

1) Banking –  Experienced deputy branch managers are needed in first-tier cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.

2) Finance –  High demand for finance executives with IT knowledge. Demand for senior tax professionals with strong local government relationships and/or knowledge of Chinese tax system.

3) Engineers - Especially with high-speed rail experience to help with China's high-speed rail initiative.

4) Architects and Urban Planners - China's housing boom and urban sprawl.

5) Teachers - Especially math and science teachers at international schools on the mainland.

Roxanna Blanco is already on her second job in Asia. She now works in Hong Kong at an education center where she's an English language tutor. While she is a little homesick and would like to return to California, she plans to stay in Asia for at least another six months. With unemployment in the U.S. now at 9.6 percent, Blanco says she is just too nervous to test the American job market again.

"I feel like there's so much more opportunity here and I really need to take advantage of that. I  think almost every expat or foreigner you talk to here... that's been working... will tell you the same thing: It's kind of scary to go back home . It's too good to leave and they're not going to leave."



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