Ben Gallagher

Ben Gallagher

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Apple has traditionally had trouble with sales in India.While the company started manufacturing iPhones in the country to lower the price locally, it seems that it has a long road ahead of it, according to a report from Bloomberg: it’s sold fewer than a million devices in the first half of 2018.Bloomberg reports that three Apple sales executives left the company as it restructures its operations there.It only has a 2 percent marketshare in India, and in 2017, it sold 3.2 million iPhones, according to a report by Counterpoint Research.But those sales appear to have slowed: the same report estimates that Apple has moved “fewer than a million devices,” and even with strong sales, it’ll have trouble catching up to last year’s numbers.India is the world’s third largest market for smartphones, but its high tariffs — adding between 15 to 20 percent to the price — has pushed consumers towards cheaper alternatives, like Samsung.
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– It's so easy that it is based on the rule of ”roam like at home” – to the same rates and conditions should apply at home in Sweden as in the EU, " says Lars-Erik Axelsson, programme officer at the Post and telecom agency, konkurrensavdelning.But when the PTS have gone through the operators ' websites, they have discovered cases where the terms are separated and therefore initiated a supervision against the seven of the operators.For four of the operators – 0700, Hello Mobile, Net at Once, Teleman – is it that they seem to charge a higher fee for roamingtjänsterna within the EU – calls, text messages, and used data services.Two of the operators, the Weblink and Qall, limit the amount of data when roaming.although It is permissible to do according to a certain formula, but for PTS will be able to check it, it shall be notified in a so called fair use policy, something that the two operators have not done.– It is simply difficult for us to see what they base their restrictions, " says Lars-Erik Axelsson.
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90s rock-fury band Rage Against the Machine is once again back in the headlines, this time because of Brexit vox-pop king Nigel Farage and his niche podcast for similar middle-aged white outcasts.Farage operates a podcast that he calls "Farage Against the Machine," which is a particularly studenty name for a podcast that an old alleged politician might use.He's even copied the band's logo too.Hence the actual band Rage Against the Machine has filed a cease and desist letter with Farage, explaining: "Your anti-immigrant rhetoric, lack of social compassion and barely disguised racism and xenophobia are the antithesis of what RATM stands for.Stop using RATM's name and logo, change the name of your podcast and find some other target to troll.The band has previously referred to Farage as a failed right-wing political pisswheasel, and is also helping promote a campaign to get Green Day's song American Idiot to number one in the singles chart, seeing as Farage's wank fantasy Trump is about to land in the UK for a visit.
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the private Equity firm EQT Ventures moving into the digital construction company Bimobject through a directed new share issue of sek 240 million.It is clear from a press release.the Issue includes 7,76 million new shares, representing 15 per cent of the share capital before the rights issue.”We are extremely proud to get to do this deal.EQT Ventures is our first choice.They see the potential in our business model and increase our ability to rapidly scale-up operations”, says Stefan Larsson, ceo and founder of Bimobject, in the press release.
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Etisalat today announced that the Expo 2020 Dubai will be powered by its 5G network, making it the first commercial location in the MEASA region to experience 5G.5G networks operate at around 20 times faster than 4G, and with ultra-low latency, 5G technology will enable users to stream live 4K resolution video anywhere at any time, with virtually no lag.The network is expected to support an average of 300,000 users on peak days.Mohammed Alhashmi, Senior Vice President, Innovation and Future Technology at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Becoming the first major 5G commercial customer in the MEASA region is a major milestone for UAE and Dubai, and supports Expo 2020’s goal to be one of the most connected places on Earth, both physically and virtually.“At Expo 2020 we plan to optimise every visitor’s experience by digitally connecting them with their surrounding environment and enriching their interactions throughout the Expo journey.Etisalat’s 5G network will play a significant role in supporting this overall goal and providing a seamless digital experience to all visitors.”
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It’s finally official and there are really no surprises.Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Go, it’s smallest, lightest, and cheapest 2-in-1 tablet to date.Of course, hearing those will make you think of the compromises that were necessary to hit those marks.And while they’re undeniably there, you are getting what you pay for.The Surface Go will run on an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y.Don’t worry, that’s the semi-recent 7th gen Kaby Lake processor, though the dual-core 1.6 GHz numbers might scare some off.
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Snapchat is working on turning its camera into a visual search engine that will link users to Amazon listings.The unreleased feature was spotted in the code of Snapchat’s Android app by an app researcher who tipped off TechCrunch.It would identify objects, songs, and barcodes from users’ cameras by sending the data to Amazon, Shazam, and other companies.To use the feature, you’d snap a photo of an object, and then the app would pull up sellers of a product and reviews.You would then be able to copy the Amazon link, share, and send the info to friends.If the app can’t identify the product, it would respond by saying, “Bummer, we didn’t catch that!”
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The BBC is reporting progress made in its quest to close an embarrassing gender pay gap within the organisation, having narrowed the salary divide between men and women by close to a fifth over the past year.An updated gender pay gap report spanning 2017/18 reports a fall in the median gap from 9.3 to 7.6% while the mean differential is also down, falling from 10.7 to 8.4% courtesy of an ongoing process of ‘repositioning’ staff within their pay ranges and a simplified job ‘framework’.Further progress was achieved courtesy of a merger between BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide.Tony Hall, BBC director-general, said: “The BBC must do everything it can to ensure that everyone working for it can fulfil their potential.Today’s report will help us to achieve that.“Closing the gender pay gap is a priority for the BBC.
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Netflix is the most-watched TV service among US consumers, topping even basic cable, according to a new survey by Cowen.But its lead is particularly pronounced among younger consumers.That's good news for Netflix and its investors, Cowen analyst John Blackledge said, pointing to it as a reason for raising his price target on the company's shares.A plurality of US consumers say Netflix is the video offering they tune in most often, according to a new survey from Cowen's financial research group.They ranked the streaming giant ahead of not just digital rivals such as Amazon Prime Video and YouTube, but also the traditionally dominant TV services — broadcast and basic cable.But Netflix's lead was even more apparent when Cowen focused on younger consumers — those aged 18 to 34.
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“We’re making changes” pledges GoogleGoogle Cloud has promised to conduct a “detailed review” of its abuse prevention and account suspension processes, after a furious response from one customer to a threatened shut-down spilled into public.The post by an unnamed user in a Medium blog drew nearly 9,000 “claps”, or likes, after hitting out at the “no-warnings-given, abrupt way they pull the plug on your entire systems if they (or the machines) believe something is wrong.”The unnamed writer said they use Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to monitor hundreds of wind turbines and scores of solar plants in eight countries, using the data they get to generate immediate corrective maintenance, and algorithms on data in BigQuery.After a “barrage of emails” from GCP warning of “potential suspicious activity” the user’s system was turned off.I have an email asking me to fill in a form and upload a picture of the credit card and a government issued photo id of the card holder.
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Kodak has launched a point-and-shoot superzoom camera that it first revealed back during CES 2016.Two years have passed since that unveiling, finally bringing the digital camera to retailer shelves.This camera, the Kodak Pixpro AZ901 Astro Zoom, boasts a massive telephoto lens that enables users to get detailed shots of distant objects, as well as dabble in astrophotography.The Kodak Pixpro AZ901 is a point-and-shoot camera with a lens that is superior to most integrated digital camera lenses.The model’s key feature is a large telephoto lens that offers 90x optical zoom, meaning the quality of resulting images is superior to cameras with comparable digital zoom.At this zoom level, photographers with a proper tripod can get high-resolution, detailed shots of the moon without a telescope.
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I dag måste du vara regissör och ingenjör på samma gång.”Undersökningsföretaget Meltwater har undersökt hur partiledarna lyckas på sociala medier.I topp hamnar Centerpartiets Annie Lööf, konstaterade Sophie Hedestad som är marknadsföringschef på Meltwater.”Hon hänger med influencers och publicerar privata inlägg.Så fort något händer i partiet så lajkas och retweetas det.”Läs mer: Löser digital vård tillgängligheten?
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Social media influencers have become a centerpiece of business-to-consumer (B2C) marketing strategies, but as its popularity grows, business-to-business (B2B) brands are starting to follow suit.A recent study found that 75% of marketers are utilizing influencer marketing, 43% of whom plan to increase their spending in the next year.Of those who are yet to engage with influencers, 27% intend to do so in the next year.In spite of this significant imbalance, B2B marketers are increasingly looking to incorporate influencers into their strategies.Influencer marketing for consumer products typically requires marketers to identify social media users with large audiences that align with their target market and engage them in an advertising campaign using an influencer marketing platform.In fact, the minimum average sales cycle for enterprise software is about six months, and these days most B2B buyers only contact the vendors that make their shortlist once they’re two-thirds of the way through the decision-making process.
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Honda has revealed the 2019 Pilot and 2019 HR-V, adding more tech and more active safety systems to one of its largest, and one of its smallest, cars.The model year 2019 refresh means that the automaker now offers Honda Sensing, its suite of driver-assistance and safety technology, either as standard or as an option across its entire range.In the case of the 2019 Honda Pilot, the eight-passenger SUV gets new exterior styling to make it a little more aggressive.Honda Sensing – which includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, road departure mitigation, collision mitigation braking, lane departure warnings, and forward collision warnings – is now standard across all Pilot trims.There’s also the option of a hands-free power tailgate, while Honda says the 9-speed automatic transmission available in the Pilot Touring and Elite trims is now more refined.4G LTE with WiFi hotspot sport is available, and there are larger displays for the rear entertainment system with Blu-Ray and streaming video support.
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Creative Director’s Choice gives creative directors a chance to highlight the current work they think is the best out in the ad world – the ads and campaigns they believe are making a difference.This week, Paul Woods, chief creative officer at Edenspiekermann Los Angeles, discusses the right moves made by Collins on the recent Ogilvy rebrand.By now, you probably have already read half a dozen reviews about the Ogilvy rebrand – the new wordmark, expanded color palette and simplified organizational structure.Like so many others, the voice of David Ogilvy had a big impression on me and my career.It was while reading his Confessions of An Advertising Man on a vacation that I was inspired to go ahead and write my own book on running a creative agency (the upcoming Doing Great Work Without Being an Asshole).The past decades had seen the Ogilvy brand move from a single creative powerhouse, to a fractured ecosystem of sub-brands (Ogilvy Public Relations, Social@Ogilvy, etc), relegating the legendary agency to that of a holding company, akin to IPG or Publicis.
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Instagram could be worth more than $100 billion, and has 1 billion users a month.So it's not surprising that the company would roll out its own group video chat service, separate from its owner Facebook.What might surprise you: You'll be able to keep browsing Instagram while you chat with three of your friends -- thanks to a nifty picture-in-picture mode built into the app.The new feature is rolling out now for iOS and Android, the company announced Tuesday.Here's what it looks like, thanks to TechCrunch:Sure, FaceTime will support 32-person chat and Snapchat has 16-person chat, but Instagram has something you can all do together.
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Photo by Chris Welch / The VergeIt’s tough to stand out in the premium smartphone world, but LG may have a solution for its upcoming V40 flagship.There’s a rumor from Android Police that says the company is throwing caution to the wind and putting five cameras on its new phone, a device that will surely succeed where last year’s V30’s (and its V35 variant’s) paltry three cameras did not.According to Android Police’s source, the V40 will feature three cameras on the back of the device.It’s similar to the Huawei P20 Pro, which was the first major smartphone to offer a triple-camera system.The V40 will also feature dual cameras on the front of the device (like the HTC U12 Plus), in what’s rumored be a stereo system to follow for 3D face mapping and unlocking.
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Amazon Prime Day 2018 in the US is next month, and our exclusive reporting on the 36-hour deals day (and a half) reveals exactly when you can start saving money.Besides Amazon Echo deals, you can anticipate other Amazon gadgets on sale: Kindles, Fire TV Sticks and Fire Tablets.We wouldn't be surprised to see Amazon Prime's 2018 numbers grow dramatically again by the time Prime Day arrives.And as PwC Consumer Markets analyst Steve Barr told CNBC, “We are seeing other big box retailers use Prime Day as an opportunity to capture shoppers' appetite for deals and as way to compete against Amazon for share of wallet and mindset.”So we won't just be calling out the best Prime Day deals at Amazon, we'll keep an eye on all your favourite retailers to see what bargains they have.There’s one big blip in the graph, though: on the 2nd of July it went up to $209.10, dropping back to $129 the following day.
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The summer blockbuster season is fast approaching, and so too are changes to your MoviePass subscription.Unfortunately, they’re not all quite as exciting as the titles we’re expecting to see in theaters over the next few months.As Business Insider reports, the popular movie theater subscription service will soon be introducing its own version of surge pricing, which will apply to titles and showtimes that MoviePass determines are the most popular.CEO Mitch Lowe calls this new model “high-demand” pricing, and it will involve an additional $2 for movies that MoviePass subscribers are most interested in seeing.“At certain times for certain films — on opening weekend — there could be an additional charge for films,” Lowe told Business Insider.According to Lowe, the company hopes to help its partner theaters attract a larger audience for hit movies even beyond opening weekend.
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At the same time that everyone is talking about digital transformations, there is demand from the boardroom to lower spending on technology.If you only read business-focused or technology-focused publications, you probably think everyone is doing this and wonder what is wrong in your organization where you are not seeing the benefits of such cooperation.If there are frequent conversations in the enterprise about the same issues occurring over and over again, this is a good sign the cooperation is one-sided.If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous.| We've all been there: 7 hardware horror stories from the help desk.| Follow Off the Record on Twitter and subscribe to the newsletter. ]
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