AI Ranks Apple’s Outlook ‘Least Positive’ Among Tech Companies

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In a decade of earnings calls, Apple executives spoke less positively than other tech firms and mentioned its flagship product, the iPhone, a lot. That’s according to a new report by research firm CB Insights, which used a machine learning platform to analyze 40 quarters worth of earnings calls made by tech firms including Apple, […]
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Apple tops list of most ‘intimate’ brands among millennials

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Apple has claimed the top spot among millennials in a survey designed to discover the most "intimate" brands, according to marketing firm MBLM.
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Las Vegas among US cities given grant by Smart Cities Council

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The names of the 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants winners are finally declared by the Smart Cities Council – Birmingham, Alabama; Cary, North Carolina; Las Vegas, Nevada; Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky; and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The victorious cities will get 365-day expert, vendor-neutral mentoring as well as free customised products and services from organisations including Qualcomm, Battelle, SYNEXXUS, CompTIA and IES. In addition, on-site Readiness Workshop will be carried out as part of the council’s initiative to receive information from each workshop and work towards the development of a shareable Readiness Roadmap which offers guidance for the community’s smart city programme implementation.

Using the Smart Cities Council’s Readiness Roadmap, Birmingham will provide a collaborative framework for many ongoing smart city projects including Open Data portal, smart street lighting and community Wi-Fi.  On the other hand, Cary will utilise the Readiness Roadmap to take forward several of its smart city projects including "One Cary” – a move to have a 360-degree view of the entire city via the creation of a single core platform.

With the help of the training and assistance received from the Council, Las Vegas will work towards its goal of becoming a fully connected smart city by 2025. Louisville/Jefferson County and the Council will work together to utilise smart technologies to overcome challenges related to transportation, telecommunications and public safety. With its Readiness Roadmap, the Council will support Virginia in creating the foundation for various initiatives including the establishment of a cybersecurity and privacy plan as well as the creation of sustainable funding for smart city projects.

Elsewhere, the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port by cargo tonnage, is getting ready for a digital transformation with IBM’s cloud-based IoT technologies. The preparation starts with the development of a centralised dashboard application which collects and processes real-time information related to water, weather and communications.

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Amazon Web Services causing outages to the company’s Alexa service, among others

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Amazon on Friday is having issues with its cloud-based “Amazon Web Services” system that is causing outages on several major platforms including the company’s own Alexa service.

Several large companies such as Amazon, Google, and Apple have been heavily relying on cloud infrastructure for their services for several years now. Any major outage can interrupt service for thousands, if not millions of users worldwide.

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Valuation expert claims Apple is ‘best value play’ among four biggest US tech giants

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A finance professor nicknamed Wall Street’s "dean of valuation" claimed on Monday that between Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook, Apple is offering the best performance for investors.
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Tumblr, Sonos among those backing another net neutrality day of action

A number of organizations and websites are planning an online day of action meant to garner more support for a Senate vote that would reverse the FCC's removal of net neutrality protections. The Senate is currently one vote away from overturning the…
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Superheroes, supervillains among 157 new emoji coming to iOS later this year

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The Unicode Consortium on Wednesday revealed a finalized list of 157 emoji due to arrive as part of Unicode 11 standard, offering iOS users a glimpse at the new characters they will likely have access to later this year.
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Report: iPhone X Was Among Top Three Best-Selling Smartphones Last Month In Five Major Markets

Despite continued rumors and claims by analysts that the iPhone X is showing poorer sales than Apple had anticipated, new data tracked by Kantar Worldpanel has that very same iPhone X as one of the top three best-selling smartphones for the month of December.

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IoT deployment doubles among New Zealand enterprises in 2017, says IDC

The implementation of IoT solutions among enterprises in New Zealand has increased two-fold to 25.7% in 2017 from 13.7% in 2016, according to IDC.

IDC New Zealand’s yearly Internet of Things Decision Maker Report explains how the companies understand the advantages of deploying IoT and implement the solution to boost productivity and enhance customer related experience.

Explaining the reason behind the increase, Monica Collier, research manager for telecommunications, IDC New Zealand, said: "New Zealand organisations are understanding that the value of the Internet of Things is in the data it produces and, more importantly, what that data enables companies to act upon or improve. Additionally, endpoint costs continue to decrease and the range of connectivity options is increasing; it's easier to get an IoT business case across the line."

The report highlighted that the organisations implementing IoT solutions are more influenced by improving customer experience, than fixing internal processes. 

Summarising the opportunities associated with IoT, Collier concluded: "The New Zealand IoT Alliance research says that IoT could bring NZ$ 2.2 billion of benefit to the New Zealand economy over the next ten years. Our report illustrates how companies have understood that message and are implementing IoT to increase productivity and improve customer experience."

Alongside this, another newly published report by IDC presents a detailed analysis of enterprises providing cellular connectivity management and/or other capabilities such as device management for IoT. The report titled “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide IoT Platforms (Device and Network Connectivity Providers) 2018 Vendor Assessment” profiled 11 vendors including AT&T, Cisco, Ericsson and Verizon. The report has highlighted several factors that technology buyers need to consider while evaluating providers for IoT platform connectivity.

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