South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics has posted record-breaking earnings, putting it on course to better rival Apple's quarterly profits as it seeks to move past a bribery scandal and a damaging recall debacle.The firm said huge sales of its new Galaxy S8 smartphone and demand for its memory chips were behind the jump in April-June and predicted another blockbuster report for the current quarter to September.Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart and navigate between data series.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.Samsung v Apple operating profitsSamsung v Apple operating profits - Highcharts Cloud$bnSamsung v Apple operating profitsQ1 2009Q3 2009Q1 2010Q3 2010Q1 2011Q3 2011Q1 2012Q3 2012Q1 2013Q3 2013Q1 2014Q3 2014Q1 2015Q3 2015Q1 2016Q3 2016Q1 2017051015202530Highcharts.comHowever, Greg Roh, an analyst at HMC Investment Securities, told AFP: "Samsung has surpassed its rivals for now but Apple usually sees little fluctuation in its profits whereas Samsung's profits fluctuate largely on memory chip prices."
Southeast Asia's leading ride-hailing platform Grab announced the completion of its latest round financing of USD2.5 billion, including USD2 billion joint investments from Didi Chuxing and SoftBank.Grab operates the largest traffic network in Southeast Asia and it is one of the most active mobile platforms in this region, with total downloads of over 50 million.The company has the largest fleet in local areas of over 1.1 million drivers and it provides various ride-hailing services in 65 cities of seven countries in Southeast AsiaThe statistics also reveal that Grab has daily orders of nearly three million.It holds 95% market share of the third-party taxi market and 71% market share of the private car ride-hailing market.In December 2016, Grab launched its rechargeable payment method GrabPay Credits to free users from cash payments.
AI is basically about a computing system being smart or sentient like a human being, being able to learn and consider moral and ethical dilemmas.AI is far more complex and difficult to achieve with today’s state of technology.Teaching computers to think and understand the world the same way a human brain does is a nearly impossible endeavour.Perhaps the best way to illustrate the delicate and furious challenges that AI must meet is to use the Clint Eastwood film Sully: Miracle on the Hudson, which is about the actual heroic efforts of US Airways pilots Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles to safely land in New York’s Hudson River after its engines were struck by birds.Aside from landing and take-off, where pilots are generally in full control of the plane, the rest of the journey is characterised as “automation management” where computers control the flight.While that is not machine learning or AI, it is certainly advanced automation at the highest levels.
Several prominent titans in Silicon Valley have voiced their fierce opposition to US President Donald Trump's tweets on Tuesday (25 July) saying the US military "will not accept or allow" transgender individuals to serve "in any capacity".The decision would reverse a policy approved by the Defense Department under his predecessor Barack Obama's administration last year that allowed transgender people to serve openly in the military."After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," Trump tweeted.Many tech leaders, who have voiced objections to Trump's immigration ban and the US exit from the Paris climate deal earlier this year, also took to social media to voice their support for transgender service members and opposition to Trump's proposed ban using the viral hashtag LetThemServe.Here are some of the initial reactions from the biggest technology giants in response to the transgender military ban:Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is a member of the LGBTQ community himself, tweeted: "We are indebted to all who serve.
Microsoft on Wednesday officially launched their India specific mobile-first productivity app called Kaizala.The app is designed for large group communications and work management.Kaizala app makes it simple for organizations to seamlessly communicate, collaborate, and complete tasks bringing together desktop users and mobile- only users who may be within or outside their organizations.“Microsoft Kaizala, a made for India product, brings together the two disparate worlds of mobile only messaging apps and a digitally integrated modern workplace,” said Anant Maheshwari, president, Microsoft India. "The product will make it possible for organizations to interact with everyone both within and outside, seamlessly and with rich content.Microsoft Kaizala has been optimized for 2G networks to enable connectivity in remote locations and offers features with offline support", said Mr. Maheshwari.
This lopsided adoption is most clear when we consider that we now trust a car’s built-in collision-avoidance system to protect our lives, yet still question whether a machine can recommend what to write next in a marketing program or which customer should receive a new product offer.Over the past 10 years, marketing automation has grown into a billion-dollar industry by promising to bring personalization and efficiency to marketing programs.The siren call of automated lead nurturing, lead scoring, and triggered responses to critical prospect activities has proved irresistible to B2B organizations: There were nearly 11 times more companies with marketing automation in 2014 than there were in early 2011 (SiriusDecisions), and 60% of companies turning over at least $500 million adopted marketing automation by 2014 (Raab Associates).And every time you measure results, the outcome is that more rules need to be written.To track those looking at how to address this, Forrester recently started a new research theme it calls “content intelligence,” which it defines as “the use of artificial intelligence technologies to understand and capture the qualities inherent in any content.” As the marketing technology analyst David Raab says, “Something has to give: Either marketers stop trying to make the best decisions or they stop relying on rules.”In the face of relentlessly rising customer expectations, leading marketers are investing in AI-based tools – a category that encompasses everything from personalization tools that “learn” from individuals’ online behavior to recommend content more effectively, to tools that can detect minute patterns across massive consumer data sets and predict future behavior.
Black Friday is a boon for shoppers hoping to save on big ticket or popular items.Aside from the stiff competition from other shoppers both online and in stores, Black Friday is one of the best times of the year to get some serious shopping done.These early ads will help you identify some of the deals you want to pounce on quickly.Since stock is generally limited, knowing which deals you want and when they start is the best way to snag them.The discount ranges from 50% to 75% off.The Nerf HyperFire Blaster is $11 off for a price of $43.
Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and Lenovo are among the top five mobile brands in India, but Samsung continues to rule India’s smartphone shipments with a 25 percent market share, according to new figures from market research company Canalys.“With China suffering its own decline this quarter, India is a market of huge strategic importance to Chinese smartphone vendors,” said Canalys Research Analyst Ishan Dutt.“Samsung is under immense pressure in the mid-tier from the Chinese players.”Over 50 percent of India’s smartphone brands is currently controlled by Chinese brands, including Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Shenzhen-based Gionee, and Lenovo.The biggest winner of this year’s Q2 is Xiaomi which has more than quadrupled its shipments to 4.8 million units making it India’s largest smartphone brand after Samsung.This month, Xiaomi celebrated its third Mi anniversary in India.
David Meikle spent 16 years at Ogilvy & Mather, trouble-shooting for major accounts (think BP, Nestlé).His new book, How to Buy a Gorilla (from Lid Publishing), is about when and how to take risks, and the necessity of doing so.His message is not only relevant to the relationship between brands and agencies, but to the need for transformation across business teams, from marketing through PR to content production.A business which won't take risks (buy gorillas) is a business begging to be disrupted.And he has a whole bunch of monkeys to back him up.And here's the ad which started it all:
In recent years engineers have been developing new technologies to enable robots and humans to move faster and jump higher.Soft, elastic materials store energy in these devices, which, if released carefully, enable elegant dynamic motions.Scientists spend long hours building and testing prototypes that can reliably move in specific ways so that, for example, a robot lands right-side up upon landing a jump.A pair of new computational methods developed by a team of researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Toronto and Adobe Research takes first steps towards automating the design of the dynamic mechanisms behind these movements.Their methods generate simulations that match the real-world behaviors of flexible devices at rates 70-times faster than previously possible and provide critical improvements in the accuracy of simulated collisions and rebounds.The team will present their methods and results from their paper, "Dynamics-Aware Numerical Coarsening for Fabrication Design," at the SIGGRAPH 2017 conference in Los Angeles, 30 July to 3 August.
Hong Kong start-up Origami Labs is looking to change the way we interact with our mobile phones with the release of its innovative new wearable product Orii this month.Orii, a voice-activated ring that uses bone conduction technology to channel smartphone sounds into a user’s ear, is intended to reduce the amount of time we spend staring at our phone screens.Kevin Wong, co-founder and chief executive of Origami Labs, says Orii is the world’s first voice-powered smart ring.“We basically turn your finger into a voice-enabled smartphone.”Orii sends sounds as vibrations through the finger which go directly into the ear when the finger is placed next to it (only the user can hear them).The ring also includes a microphone that picks up voice commands to control your smartphone’s inbuilt voice assistant function.
Well here’s something you don’t see everyday — wild rabbits riding on the backs of sheep to flee rising floodwaters.The remarkable scene was captured by a New Zealand farmer who said he’s never witnessed anything quite like it.As reported in the Associated Press, the event was captured by Ferg Horne, 64, on July 22 on a farm near Dunedin, New Zealand.He was trudging through pouring rain on his way to help his neighbour rescue a flock of sheep from the floodwaters when he spotted some strange, dark shapes.On closer inspection he realised — to his shock — that the splotches were actually three wild rabbits, clinging to the tops of sheep for dear life.He quickly pulled out his smartphone to take a photo, but inadvertently began filming video.
When Walmart set up shop in a small West Virginia town, Foodland, a grocery chain of around 30 stores spanning areas of the south and southeast, buckled under the pressure.Piggly Wiggly, a larger chain with over 500 stores, followed suit shortly after.It speeds into town, horns blaring, and steamrolls any resistance it should face.But in the years to follow, Amazon quickly evolved into the web version of Walmart, only on a much larger scale.For anyone that worries about Walmart, they should be losing sleep over Amazon.Amazon is disruptive force primed for global domination, a business thats target is, as Motherboard put it, “trying to control the underlying infrastructure of our economy.”
The marriage of technology and cannabis entrepreneurship has gone from a passion-project for growers, to a full-fledged venture capitalist (VC) bonanza in just the past year and a half.Marijuana startups are no longer simply the domain of experts on cultivation and plant-strain for medical dispensaries.The profits are now measured in billions and developers are being offered increasingly high-paying positions at cannabis startups .Investors looking for an emerging industry that’s worth billions, doesn’t have stiff competition from major international companies, and is as close to a ‘sure thing’ as possible need look no further than cannabis.The Motley Fool expects a 300 percent increase in cannabis revenues, in the US alone, over the next five years.This stands in contrast to the laws of the States that have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use, or medicinal use by prescription.
It seems as Elephone have some P9000 left in stock and are ready to give them away at a super discounted price.The special promotion will take place over at Gearbest; let’s learn more about it.The Elephone P9000 is quite an old device but still packs some interesting hardware.Going from MediaTek’s power efficient Helio P10 to a good 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (expandable).The screen on this handset is 5.5-inch big and sports full HD resolution.Camera wise, the P9000 is equipped with a 13MP rear shooter (F/2.0 aperture) and an 8.0MP selfie snapper at the front.
Landing a date with your celebrity crush has never been easier - as long as you are verified on Twitter.A new dating app boasts that its users can “date celebrities discreetly” by linking blue-ticked Twitter accounts in a members-only community.The "Blue" version of the Loveflutter app claims to connect “the most happening singles on Twitter nearby” in the “largest pool of 100 per cent real users online, anywhere”.It describes itself as the “safest dating community ever”, creating an exclusive club for the nearly 200,000 verified Twitter users across the world.“In an era of catfishing and fake identities, authenticity is key, which is why we are leveraging Twitter’s world-class verification system to make dating safer,” Loveflutter said.“For those of you in the public eye, privacy and authenticity in dating are a key concern.
Television Broadcasts (TVB) is investing US$100 million in a joint venture with Hollywood film production company Imagine Entertainment to finance development of new TV projects for the United States and international markets.“TVB needs to expand its production base for television programmes as well as its distribution markets,” company chairman Charles Chan Kwok-keung said announcing the deal on Wednesday.Under their 50-50 joint venture, TVB will also have the rights to release, reproduce, distribute, broadcast and use TV programmes developed in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.Chan said the alliance will also strengthen the library of English-language programmes under TVB, one of the world’s largest commercial producers of Chinese TV shows.The broadcaster credited CMC Holdings, an investment company formed by private equity firm China Media Capital (CMC) in 2015, for helping negotiate the deal.For Imagine Entertainment, the partnership with TVB comes more than year since Shanghai-based CMC bought a minority stake in the US company.
The forthcoming electric version of BMW's next-generation Mini is to be built in the UK, as the company's bosses have decided that our Oxford base is the best place to knock them out from, despite all the UK/EU/Brexit hoo-haa that had some worrying end production might be handled elsewhere.This news comes via official confirmation that an all-electric version of the Mini is due in 2019, which is to use a powertrain built in Germany that's then to be assembled into one of the cute little cars in the company's existing plant in Oxford.BMW's only electric Mini option at the moment is a £32k hybrid Countryman with an advertised maximum battery-only range of 26 miles, so it's about due for a full electric upgrade.Business Secretary Greg Clark said of the choice: "BMW's decision recognises the strength of the excellent workforce, our record of innovation and the productive relationship between the automotive sector and the government.
With over 33 million players worldwide, soccer-but-with-cars multiplayer title Rocket League is one of the hottest games on the market right now.And while some fans might have seen its previous avatar as Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars from back in 2008, it’s fun to imagine what it might have looked like a decade before that.That’s exactly what YouTuber 98Demake has done with his latest video, which takes Rocket League back in time to the PlayStation 1 era with janky graphics, scanlines, classic canned audio and a top-down camera angle that would’ve been easier on low-end gaming consoles.The anonymous creator – who’s also cleverly reimagined modern hits like GTA V, Fallout 4, Assassin’s Creed and The Last of Us – told CNET that each simulated gameplay clip is made from scratch using 3D modeling tools like Blender, and takes about 50 hours to put together.Check out the channel for more brilliant videos of your favorite games in a time warp.Read next: Kaspersky now offers a free antivirus for PC, but do you need it?