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Samsung overtakes Apple in the first quarter of 2018 in the US

Samsung overtakes Apple in the first quarter of 2018 in the US

Julia C. Murguia

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Samsung has sold more smartphones than Apple in the United States in the first quarter of 2018 in the United States. It does not happen every day.

The United States is the stronghold of Apple. The Cupertino company usually reigns supreme.

It has just been preceded by Samsung. According to the latest statements from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Samsung held a 39% market share in the US.

Apple had to be content with 31% of PDM (Apple still captures more than 50% of revenue from the smartphone market).

LG comes in third with 14% and the rest of the manufacturers share 17% of the activations.

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The slowdown in iPhone sales is not the only cause of this turnaround.

It is also the consequence of the calendar of the outputs of the smartphones.

Apple was number one in the fourth quarter of 2017 due to the launch of the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus.

The demand then ran out of steam at the beginning of 2018. Samsung then unsheathed the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 +. The trend has logically reversed in favor of the Korean firm.

This good performance is not just a leverage. As can be seen from the chart, Samsung has been able to gain market share over the first quarter of 2017 or the fourth quarter of 2017.

Samsung increases its retention rate

The US market sends another good signal to Samsung. The level of customer loyalty is increasing compared to 2017. It exceeds 70% in the first quarter of 2018.

Until now Android users were switching from one smartphone to another without really worrying about the brand. Samsung has applied the same strategy as Apple.

The strong customization of its Android overlay and the quality of its devices seem to have convinced them to remain faithful.

For its part, Apple retains its huge fan base with a record fidelity rate of 90%.

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Jezero (crater) the landing site of Mars 2020 rover

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Jezero is a crater on Mars located at 18.855°N 77.519°E[1] in the Syrtis Major quadrangle. Scientists and engineers behind NASA’s rover working on where it landing in Syrtis Major quadrangle on the Red Planet.

Nasa Reveals today that they choose a 49.0 km diameter crater as a landing spot for Mars 2020, Jezero as it was named estimated to have once been flooded with water

 

 

“The lake in the crater was present when valley networks were forming on Mars. Besides having a delta, the crater shows point bars and inverted channels. From a study of the delta and channels, it was concluded that the lake did not experience times when the water went down. It probably formed when there was a continual surface runoff “wikipedia

 

 

 

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  1.  Goudge, T., et al. 2017. STRATIGRAPHY AND EVOLUTION OF DELTA CHANNEL DEPOSITS, JEZERO CRATER, MARS. Lunar and Planetary Science XLVIII (2017). 1195.pdf. Source
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What are the top 6 Self Driving Car Race

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Do you know the hottest trend all big companies pursuing right now? It is self driving car technology, the technology that allows car drive itself. All big companies, automakers, tech, software makers, want to take part in it, starting from Google, Apple, General Motor, Uber, Ford, Volkswagen, Tesla, Baidu, Samsung, Nvidia, Intel, to name a few, don’t forget startups like Zoox, autonomy, Aurora Innovation, and Drive.ai as well. What are the top 6 Self Driving Car Race ?

 Here is the current state of several companies pursuing self-driving car technology.

1. Waymo (Google)

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Google is a pioneer for a self-driving car, starting back then in 2010. At first, it was just moonshot from X, subsidiary of Google founded by Sebastian Thrun, and supervised by Chris Urmson and Anthony Levandowski. Then, because of machine learning development, a self-driving car that seemed far-fetched is now almost ready. In 2016, Google spins off its self-driving car arm into a stand-alone company called Waymo.

The analyst believes Waymo is far ahead than its competitors when it comes to the self-driving car. It has expertise in developing self-driving car software, it has logged more than 5 million self-driven miles on the road. It has a partnership with automakers like Fiat Chrysler, Jaguar, and soon Honda. It is also testing self driving car service without a human test driver in Phoenix.

2. GM

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The biggest American automaker bought silicon valley startup Cruise Automation in 2016 for $1 billion to catch up with a self-driving car race. GM CEO Mary Barra believes that Cruise team, led by Kyle Vogt and Daniel Kan, will help GM to make self driving car reality. Currently, GM and Cruise are testing more than 100 Chevy Bolt self-driving car in San Francisco. This week, Cruise gets $2.25 billion investment from Softbank Vision Fund that will help them accelerate effort for deploying self-driving car as soon as possible.

3. Tesla

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Tesla, led by Elon Musk,  is producing Model S, Model X, and Model 3 with Autopilot technology. The difference they have is Tesla cars don’t use Lidar that most automaker use for its self-driving car technology. This autopilot currently becomes a controversy as there is fatality accident in March.

4. Uber

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Ride-sharing juggernaut also develops self-driving car technology, citing the previous ambitious goal of founder Travis Kalanick. Uber lately faces unfortunate event as its car killed a pedestrian in Arizona.

5. Aurora Innovation

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It’s startup founded by Chris Urmson, Sterling Anderson, and Drew Bagnell. These 3 are veteran in self driving car technology. Chris Urmson previously led the team in Google X, Sterling Anderson previously led Tesla Autopilot project, and Drew Bagnell was founding member of Uber Advanced Technology Center. They are currently developing self-driving car software and engage in a relationship with Volkswagen and Hyundai.

6. Drive.AI

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It’s startup founded by Ph.D. students of Stanford. AI expert Andrew Ng also become its board. The main difference between drive.ai and others are it develops a car that can interact with its environment such as pedestrian through its board above the car. Drive.ai recently announced that it will launch a ride-hailing service using autonomous vehicles in Frisco, Texas, in July.

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Tech news: Facebook will show who tracking you !

Tech news: Facebook will show who tracking you !

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In Tech news today Facebook claimed Tuesday it will certainly start telling individuals which internet sites track them across the web as well as supply them the option to delete the personal data.

The social network’s website accumulates information from Facebook customers and non-Facebook individuals from internet sites that send it individual details, consisting of via Facebook “pixels” which are an item of code that tracks what people do off of Facebook.

The function, called “Clear Background” which will roll out in upcoming months will basically let customers see and also clear particular data gathered on them from 3rd party apps as well as websites that are sent out to Facebook.

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“The past several weeks have explained that people want even more details about exactly how Facebook functions and also the controls they have over their information,” Erin Egan, Facebook’s primary personal privacy police officer, stated in a post.

The brand-new function is another initiative to give users extra control over their information in action to widespread data mishandling by study firm Cambridge Analytica.

Tech news shows the company was charged in recent months of poorly accessing the individual user data of as many as 87 million Facebook customers. The allegations have actually set off a firestorm of government probes and privacy problems triggering Facebook to publicly attend to and also in some cases modify its privacy policies.

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