Apple Reclaims Leader Board In Smartphone Wars With iPhone 5, 4S

first_imgThat’s why in the third quarter of 2012 the report from Strategy Analytics carried the splashy headline, “Galaxy S 3 Tops iPhone 4S.” Apple had just released the iPhone 5 at the end of Q3 and the 4S was still Apple’s flagship for most of the quarter, retailing at $199 in the United States on two-year contract. When the iPhone 5 came out, the 4S was discounted to $99 on a contract. Right in time for the holidays.The difference between the Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 4S is slim. From Q3 to Q4, Samsung’s flagship declined 2.6 million in shipments. The iPhone 4S rose 1.2 million with many of those units likely targeted toward cost-conscious consumers and emerging markets. Strategy Analytics looks distinctly at individual phone shipments. It does not include Samsung’s extremely long tail of “S”-related devices that the South Korean company uses to flood the world market with affordable Android devices.When Apple started discounting old iPhones when the newest iteration was released, it defined its own long-tail strategy. Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference last week that the company would not make a cheaper iPhone for the sake of making a cheaper iPhone, but would rather focus on making older models more affordable. We see now what he was talking about.  Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski Tags:#Apple#iPhone Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The clock turns, the pendulum swings and we have a new leader on top of the Smartphone Wars scoreboard. Two of Apple’s iPhone models were the top shipping models in the last quarter of 2012. The iPhone 5 shipped 27.4 million units, making it the top-selling phone. It was followed by the year-old iPhone 4S, which shipped 17.4 million units, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. The vaunted Samsung Galaxy S 3 flagship came in third with 15.4 million units shipped. Everyone except Wall Street seems to know that Apple did extremely well during the holiday season. It sold a record 47.8 million iPhones and recorded $54.5 billion in revenue. Apple does well every quarter, really, but its business is extremely cyclical.Apple does extraordinarily well late in the year, while dipping in the summer months. This has to do with the consumer-oriented nature of Apple’s products and timing of device launches.last_img read more

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Jarencio lightens up Batang Pier mood amid playoff chase; Elite stay in quarterfinal hunt

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In only his first conference in charge, the former UAAP champion coach of University of Santo Tomas has injected a light and positive atmosphere within the Batang Pier as they make a push for a playoff spot.The Batang Pier went on to register a 108-91 victory over the Picanto as they stayed on track for a Top 6 finish at the end of the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coach is like a friend to us, but at the same time we give him the utmost respect,” Araña said in Filipino. “The atmosphere has been great whether we win or we lose. Every time we lose, he tells us to move forward and focus on the next game.”Jarencio’s approach is paying dividends with the Batang Pier improving to 5-5 for a tie of sixth spot with Barangay Ginebra heading into their final game of the elimination round against Phoenix Petroleum on March 2. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle (left) dribbles his way past KIA’ s Reden Celda. —SHERWIN VARDELEONWith more than a minute remaining and victory against KIA in the bag last Wednesday night, GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio gave Ryan Araña a free rein to call a play during a timeout, much to the surprise of the veteran forward.Although Batang Pier guard Stanley Pringle scored on the next possession, the play designed by Araña wasn’t executed, drawing a laugh from Jarencio and his players.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “The mind-set right now is to try to get into that Top 6 so we will play a best-of-three series in the quarterfinals,” said Sean Anthony, who had 21 points, eight rebounds and four steals in 27 minutes on the floor. “We want to be playoff-ready and that Phoenix game is another playoff game.”Later, Blackwater tightened up its defense down the stretch to close out the elimination round with an 83-78 trouncing of Phoenix Petroleum to keep its quarterfinal hopes alive.Mike DiGregorio, Mac Belo and Raymar Jose each finished with 14 points, while JP Erram continued his stellar showing with 12 points and 19 boards for seventh double-double of the conference as the Elite wound up with a 5-6 record.“We’re hoping that five wins will be enough for a playoff for the quarterfinals. We’re looking forward to playing more games this conference,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac.ADVERTISEMENT Altas seek 11th NCAA men’s plum vs Chiefs MOST READlast_img read more

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Giani Zail Singh sworn in as seventh President of India

first_imgThe new President, Giani Zail Singh, reads out his address in the Durbar HallIf the weather was any indication, Giani Zail Singh’s five-year tenure as the seventh President of India promises to be a stormy one. The day of his swearing-in, Sunday, July 25, opened with a heavy downpour that,The new President, Giani Zail Singh, reads out his address in the Durbar HallIf the weather was any indication, Giani Zail Singh’s five-year tenure as the seventh President of India promises to be a stormy one. The day of his swearing-in, Sunday, July 25, opened with a heavy downpour that continued till just before the official ceremony.The normally-immaculate forecourt of the Durbar Hall in Rashtrapati Bhavan, where the swearing-in was to take place, was a sea of red slush churned up by tyre tracks and hoofprints. But for all that, the Presidential mansion looked suitably imposing with the President’s bodyguard in white uniforms with scarlet sashes, lined up in an arrowhead formation on the steps of the Durbar Hall.Inside was minor bedlam as MPs jostled each other for the best seats in the house while Zail Singh’s invitees, many obviously straight from the village, were hopping over the seats like it was a movie hall. Only 300 MPs could be accommodated in the comparatively cramped confines of the Durbar Hall and those present sported a privileged air. But even they were clearly outdone by Zail Singh’s invitees and family members basking in reflected glory and wearing an air of festive gaiety. In comparison, the elegant diplomats were a subdued lot.The setting for the ceremony was in keeping with the pomp and pageantry of the office – the huge central chandelier towering over the crowds and dominating the octagonal-shaped Durbar Hall. But the centrepiece of the solemn drama about to unfold were the two, gilt-edged red velvet chairs meant for the outgoing President, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, and his successor, Giani Zail Singh.advertisementNeelam Sanjiva Reddy congratulates Giani Zail SinghThe chairs were placed on a rostrum in front of a stone statue of the Buddha. Above the statue, a red velvet canopy stretched up to the vaulted ceiling. Behind the chairs, stood five Presidential aides in full ceremonial dress, while turbaned guards lined the walls on both sides. The solemnity was enhanced considerably by the forceful and outspoken speech that Reddy had delivered the day before in which he had spoken critically of the need to have a strong Opposition in the country, an obvious if oblique warning to the ruling party.Nervous Zail Singh: The ceremony itself was conducted with split-second timing. Exactly at 11.25 a.m., Mrs Gandhi bustled into the Hall accompanied by Rajiv Gandh and her ever-present aide, the safari-suited R.K. Dhawan, Rajiv, however, preferred to sit at the rear of the Hall with his fellow MPs. At 11.30, precisely, to a flourish of trumpets, Reddy and the President-elect arrived and were escorted up the redcarpeted centre aisle by two Presidential aides-decamp. The procession was led by Speaker Balram Jakhar and Vice-President Hidayatullah followed by Giani Zail Singh in a white achkan with the Nehru-like red rose in the buttonhole. Behind him trailed Reddy, looking for lorn in the final moments of his Presidency. In contrast to Giani’s spotless white, Reddy sported a muddy brown achkan.Giani Zail Singh inspects the guard of honour after his swearing-inWhether it was the occasion or the thought of what lay ahead, Zail Singh looked decidedly nervous. Once the strains of the national anthem had faded away, he sat ramrod-straight in his seat, his hands stiff in his lap while Reddy preferred his familiar pose, slouched down in the high-backed Presidential chair, his hands resting on the armrests.Zail Singh’s nervousness was, however, more evident in the oath-taking ceremony which he made in unaccustomed and Punjabi-flavoured English. He stumbled twice over the oath and on one occasion, Chief Justice Y.V. Chandrachud had to repeat himself before Zail moved hesitantly along. With the oath-taking over, Giani switched places with Reddy on the rostrum with an air of obvious relief, while outside, the traditional 21 guns boomed out a muffled salute.Colourless Speech: There was an air of hushed expectancy as the newly-appointed President stepped up to the rostrum to deliver his Presidential address. A lot of effort had evidently gone into its composing and it had been sent to the Cabinet for the requisite approval at 11 p.m. the previous night.Reddy and wife wave farewellEnclosed in a blue folder and written in Gurmukhi, the address was delivered in Hindi, a language Zail was far more comfortable with. Even so, it was hesitantly delivered. The speech struck a jarring note when he proclaimed that “the nation has gained momentum, particularly in the preceding two and a half years” – the period since Mrs Gandhi returned to power. It was a sentence that was clearly out of context and only served to reduce the solemnity of the last obligatory sentence, that he would discharge his duties without “fear or favour”.By midday, the ceremony was over and the invitees trooped outside to await Zail Singh’s ceremonial arrival in the forecourt in the first of his Presidential perks – the gleaming carriage drawn by six carefully-groomed and plumed horses.advertisementA smiling Mrs Gandhi was forced to hitch up her pink and white printed sari and step daintily through the slush to get to the saluting base where she and Hidayatullah would greet the new President. Looking tiny and bird-like compared to the towering figures of the Presidential aides, she awaited the carriage which drew up in a flurry of shouted commands.The President steps into his official Mercedes with his new residence in the backgroundThe new President, for the first time in his life, preceded Mrs Gandhi to the saluting base where he stood in solitary but uncomfortable splendour before marching off to inspect the guard of honour. A few limp salutes later, it was all over and Zail Singh climbed into the second of his Presidential perks – a gleaming, open-roofed Mercedes, to be driven to the study of Rashtrapati Bhavan, his new home for the next five years. But as he left, there was no mistaking the wistful look on his bearded face, not so much for what lay ahead, but what he was leaving behind.last_img read more

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Bombay HC quashes orders attaching NSEL assets

first_imgMumbai: In a major victory for fintech firm 63 moons, the Bombay High Court on Thursday ruled that the National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) is not a financial institution and hence notifications for attachment of the company’s assets, including bank accounts and properties, under the MPID Act stand quashed. The court also declined to stay its order as was requested by the Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Mumbai Police. “We have considered the arguments of the learned senior counsel appearing on both sides and we are of the express view that on exhaustive discussion, we have already concluded that NSEL is not an ‘financial establishment’ within the purview of the Maharashtra Protection of Interests of Depositors (MPID) in Financial Establishments Act, 1999, and in such circumstances, we decline the prayer made by the learned senior counsel (Rafique) Dada,” the order said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn a statement, the company said: “The Bombay High Court has quashed all the notifications issued by the State Government in the year 2016 and 2018 attaching movable and immovable properties of 63 moons under the MPID Act 1999, by observing that NSEL is not a financial establishment since it did not accept any deposits as defined under the MPID Act and resultantly, the petitioner who is a promoter of the said establishment cannot be proceeded under the provisions of MPID Act.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAccording to the company, the court noted that despite the forensic audit commissioned by the EOW tracing the entire money trail to the defaulters, the State attached properties of 63 moons which was not legally sustainable. The two-judge bench of Bharati H. Dangre and Ranjit More on Thursday ruled that the Act is not applicable in terms of NSEL as it is not a financial institution. As a result of the order, the assets attached under MPID Act would be released. The company said that it is in the business of developing and selling technology products for facilitating trading on exchanges such as stock and commodity exchanges and claims to have more than 63,000 shareholders and over 800 employees.last_img read more

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Quebec minister refuses to bend on bill upping legal age to consume

first_imgQuebec junior health minister Lionel Carmant is refusing to bend on legislation that seeks to increase the legal age of cannabis consumption from 18 to 21 and ban the product from all public areas across the province.Carmant wasn’t even willing to accept amendments to his legislation during public consultations on the bill Tuesday in Quebec City. His stance led the Opposition Liberals to call the consultations — which are scheduled to end Wednesday — a “masquerade.”Despite calls to modify the bill from some of the 10 organizations that have so far testified in front of the legislature’s health committee, Carmant has refused to budge.“For one week, what I’ve heard is ‘psychosis’, ‘depression’, ‘motivation problems,’ ‘bad decision-making,’” Carmant said in the legislature. “Yes, I hear the groups: all the groups who support us in increasing the age to 21. Who are they? They are those taking care of patients on the ground.”Liberal health critic Andre Fortin said the groups who came Tuesday to testify in front of the health committee “have a greater chance of getting a sunburn than of convincing the minister to change his bill.” The Liberals used six questions in the legislature Tuesday to denounce what they called the government’s failure to listen and its incoherence on the cannabis file.Carmant also resisted calls from Montreal and Gatineau to modify his bill in order to permit the cities to maintain bylaws allowing the consumption of cannabis in most public areas. Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said Carmant’s bill violates the principal of municipal autonomy. Her city currently allows citizens to smoke marijuana in most places where tobacco is permitted.Plante added that roughly 60 per cent of Montrealers are renters, who would be disproportionately affected if the government’s bill limiting cannabis consumption to private property becomes law. The city’s renters would be barred from smoking marijuana in public and in their home, if their landlords don’t permit cannabis.Alexandre Cusson, the president of Quebec’s union of municipalities, called on the minister “to respect the autonomy and the jurisdiction of local governments.”Caroline Plante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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