Facebook introduced a new platform for TV shows on August 9 called ‘Watch’. The platform will be available initially to a limited group in the United States on Facebook’s app, website, and television apps, the company said. Programming for the platform will range from professional women’s basketball to a safari show and parenting program. “Watch is personalized to help you discover new shows, organized around what your friends and communities are watching,” Facebook said in a release. For example, users…
Samsung regained the top sales spot in the USA in the three month period ending in May 2017, with market share rising to 36.2 percent, according to the latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. But this represents a fall of 1.1 percent over the past year, with Apple holding 34 percent share, up 4.7 percent from the previous year. Kantar also revealed that iOS performance was strong in the USA, Australia and Japan, with Android making gains in…

Xiaomi becomes world's no.1 wearables vendor in Q2 2017

Written on Thursday, 10 August 2017 10:05
Xiaomi captured 17 percent of the global wearables marketshare in Q2 2017 and became the world’s largest wearables vendor for the first time ever, overtaking Fitbit and Apple, according to Strategy Analytics research. Global wearables shipments reached 22 million units in the quarter. Steven Waltzer, Industry Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global wearables shipments reached 21.6 million units in Q2 2017, rising 8 percent annually from 20.0 million in Q2 2016. Strong demand for low-cost fitness-bands in China and premium…

Global smartphone shipments increased 6% in Q2

Written on Thursday, 10 August 2017 08:43
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew 6 percent annually to reach 360 million units in Q2 2017. Samsung maintained first position with 22 percent global smartphone marketshare, while Apple dipped to 11 percent share. Xiaomi surged 58 percent annually and rejoined the top five rankings for the first time in a year. Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartphone shipments grew a solid 6 percent annually from 341.5 million units in Q2…
Better known for providing camera technology for blockbuster films like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, US company RED made waves in July when it announced plans to launch its first smartphone called Hydrogen One. Not many details about the phone have yet been released, but RED claims to have produced a device with holographic display. The device is targeted to ship in Q1 2018. The 5.7” device operates on Android OS. Its “retina-riveting” display advancement features “nanotechnology that seamlessly switches between…
Facebook had to shut down its chatbot experiment after two AIs (artificial intelligence) developed their own language to communicate. Researchers at the Facebook AI Research Lab (FAIR) were experimenting with teaching two chatbots, Alice and Bob, how to negotiate with one another. The researchers soon found that the chatbots had gone off script and were creating their own unique language without any human input. “Our interest was having bots who could talk to people,” Mike Lewis of Facebook’s FAIR program…
Intel launched its new Intel Xeon Scalable processors on July 26. The product provides businesses with “breakthrough performance” to handle tasks such as real-time analytics, virtualized infrastructure and high-performance computing. Half a million of the processors have already been sold to AT&T and others. The processors will drive “megatrends” such as cloud, analytics and 5G, said Firas Alfanney, Intel’s Data Center Group Sales Director for ME, Turkey, Africa and Russia, at a press conference in Dubai. “All of these trends…
The UK government says it will introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses for owners of small unmanned aircraft (drones). The policy will affect all those who own a drone which weighs more than 250 grams (8oz). Drone maker DJI has spoken out in support of the new measures. However, details of how the registration process will pan out have not yet been released, and the Department of Transport said “the nuts and bolts still have to be ironed out.”…
Research by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) claims virtual reality systems need to fit easily into people’s lives if the technology is to be successful, and need to be as simple and intuitive as watching television. As younger audiences move away from traditional media, the BBC justifies its increasing involvement with VR because it must ensure that it has the expertise in new mediums that young people will move to. The BBC says it wants to provide younger audiences with…
Uber has come under fire in Spain by Madrid authorities that have asked the anti-trust watchdog to investigate whether the ride-hailing app’s new cheap airport transfer service has broken competition rules, Reuters reported. The competition regulator, CNMC, last year called for the government to lift a ban on Uber. But the app’s new Uber Airport service has brought Uber back under scrutiny, since it offers a tariff of 15-19 euros for a ride between Madrid’s Barajas international airport and the…
Samsung Electronics announced an expanded strategic partnership with PayPal, adding PayPal as a payment method within Samsung Pay wherever Samsung Pay is accepted – in-app, online and in-store. Access to PayPal will be available for all Samsung Pay users in the United States and will expand to other countries soon. Additionally, through Braintree, a PayPal service, merchants will be able to accept Samsung Pay as a method of payment in-app and online. Customers will be able to use their Samsung…
Chinese messaging app WeChat has reached an agreement with European (Dutch) operator KPN to launch a new European countries roaming SIM card for Chinese tourists travelling to Europe. “WeChat GO SIM card” is the first 4G prepaid SIM for tourists officially launched in cooperation with a European operator which has exclusive privilege for WeChat users. “WeChat GO” is an outbound tourism project of WeChat – a product of Tencent, China’s largest internet services provider and one of the most popular…
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