China Just Overtook the U.S. in Scientific Output for the First Time

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For the first time, China has surpassed the United States in terms of the number of scientific papers each country has published, according to the 2018 Science and Engineering Indicators report published by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

According to the list of papers logged by Elsevier’s Scopus database, in 2016 China published over 426,000 studies, while the United States published 409,000. While China published more research overall, in regards to various areas of research, the United States, the European Union, and China all have their different strengths. China and South Korea prevail in engineering, whereas the EU and U.S. top biomedical science research.

China may have the advantage in terms of sheer volume, but the U.S. had higher scores in terms of citations — which could suggest the general standard of research is slightly better. However, neither country is the world leader in citations: Sweden and Switzerland rank first and second, respectively.

The NSF suggests that the amount of money a country invests in research and development is reflective of its commitment to developing its science and technology sectors. The U.S. is said to have topped the global rankings at $ 496 billion. China placed second with a total of $ 408 billion.

Crucially, China’s investment has grown at an average of 18 percent each year since 2000. Investment in the U.S. has only grown an average of four percent in the same timeframe. These numbers illustrate how China is proactively growing its research interests, which could ultimately translate to a greater global influence. While it’s normal for emerging economies to grow rapidly by this metric, the press release that accompanied the NSF report described China’s growth rate as “exceptional.”

“This year’s report shows a trend that the U.S. still leads by many S&T measures, but that our lead is decreasing in certain areas that are important to our country,” said Maria Zuber, the chair of the National Science Board and vice president for research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “From gene editing to artificial intelligence, scientific advancements come with inherent risks. And it’s critical that we stay at the forefront of science to mitigate those risks.”

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Apple Receives Another Investor Downgrade In Just a Week

Yet another Wall Street analyst firm has downgraded Apple’s stock, as sales expectations for the iPhone are set to disappoint this year.

According to CNBC, Atlantic Equities has become the second analyst company to lower its rating for Apple shares. It made the decision on Monday, downgrading shares to neutral from overweight.

The company believes that the tech giant will have a disappointing 2018 in terms of iPhone sales. Longbow Research made a similar action last week.

James Cordwell, an analyst at Atlantic, said he’s seeing “signs that iPhone demand is starting to soften, limited visibility into the potential for future iPhone cycles and emerging challenges to the smartphone’s dominance at the centre of consumer technology.”

In a client note, he said declining sales will have a negative impact on stock. Cordwell wrote: “We believe the stock’s multiple will compress, limiting upside potential.

He added that data points from the supply chain recently “turned negative.” Cordwell explained: “Tougher ASP comps and the lack of a volume ‘supercycle’ with the iPhone X will leave it difficult to build conviction in future cycles.”

“Meanwhile, there also appears potential that concerns could increase over Apple’s position at the centre of consumer technology, particularly given the growing consumer interest and rapid innovation in voice-based devices.”

Last week, Longbow Research lowered Apple’s stock amid fears that iPhone sales may begin to slip.  Analysts at the firm predict that Apple will sell less iPhones in the 2018 financial year.

Shawn Harrison, who works at Longbow, unveiled these claims in a briefing. Harrison said his firm is “seeing only a good, not great iPhone cycle”.

He wrote: Apple found iPhone price elasticity with the introduction of the X blunting some demand. Reception of the iPhone 8/8Plus was lukewarm with Apple shifting production back toward the iPhone 7 as a result.”

He expects Apple to ship 233 million handsets this year, as opposed to the previous estimate of 238 million. Other analysts predict that the firm will ship 239 million iPhones in 2018.

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Apple might retire iPhone X next year… just like it did iPhone 5 in 2013

Often, in the Apple rumor space, the what gets conflated with the why. If Apple retires iPhone X later this year, it wouldn’t be unprecedented. Just ask iPhone 5.

KGI Securities financial analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a history of getting information out of Apple’s supply chain, has clarified an earlier “prediction” about Apple’s 2018 product line.

According to MacRumors, which obtained a copy of Kuo’s note:

iPhone X would hurt product brand value & lineup of 2H18 new models if it continues to sell at a lower price after 2H18 new models launch: Lowering iPhone X’s price after the 2H18 new models launch would be a negative to product brand value given 3D sensing and OLED display are features of the new high-price model. Additionally, to sell iPhone X at a lower price may have a negative impact on shipments of the new 6.1″ LCD iPhone in 2H18. Thus, we estimate iPhone X will reach end-of-life (EOL) around the middle of 2018.

Often, in the Apple rumor space, the what gets conflated with the why. Someone comes across some information and instead of just reporting the information, it gets spun into a larger narrative that, at times, is partially or completely out of context. Multiply that through a chain of broken reblogs, and hilarity can and often does ensue.

Back in 2013, Apple chose not to follow its typical strategy and reduce the price of iPhone 5 by $ 100 to sit below the new, flagship iPhone 5s. Instead, Apple introduced iPhone 5c. It was a product that better suited the market and manufacturing goals Apple had at the time.

(In 2016, Apple did the same with the original Apple Watch: It was retired in favor of Apple Watch Series 1, which was introduced alongside the new, flagship Apple Watch Series 2.)

2018 could easily be similar to 2013, where iPhone X gives way to the new, cheaper LED form factor that better suits the market and manufacturing goals (and realities), which then sits beneath the new, flagship iPhone XI devices (whatever Apple calls the second generation and larger size versions.)

Apple doesn’t set out to make one or two or three new iPhones in a year. The company sets out to make the best product line up. Often that entails keeping the previous year’s device on the market at a slightly reduced price. But not always.

Forget competing for customer attention — or OLED supply. If Apple really wants to offer a less-expensive and larger sized edge-to-edge iPhone as part of this year’s product line up, then retiring current iPhone X to make way for it is the way to do it.

(Let’s just hope it finds higher attraction among its intended customer base than iPhone 5c did.)

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New Live TV Streaming Numbers Place YouTube TV at Just Over 300K Subscribers and Hulu at 450K

Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV both launched in the spring of 2017, offering customers over-the-top live television streaming options in line with established services like Sling TV and DirecTV Now.

Today, sources revealed to CNBC that Hulu with Live TV now has 450,000 paid subscribers — “not including recent promotional customers” — while YouTube TV has just over 300,000 as of the beginning of 2018.

Although neither service has been on the market for one full year, the sources delivering the subscriber numbers said that each company is “making some progress” in convincing users to cut the cord. However, analyst Rich Greenfield commented that any company offering a live TV streaming service may have trouble substantially growing their subscriber base “because canceling is so easy” and basic on-demand versions of Hulu and YouTube could be enough for many users.

“If you don’t care about live sports, the original Hulu product is awesome,” Greenfield said. “You can get all of the programming you want for more than $30 less. And YouTube is free. It actually shows you how poor the value proportion is for live TV.”

[…] cable and satellite TV are stickier businesses than web-based services because they’re so difficult to cancel, Greenfield said. “You can cancel these live streaming services with four clicks of a button,” Greenfield said. “Have you tried canceling your cable?”

Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV are both beaten out by Sling TV and DirecTV Now, which were previously reported to have reached 1 million and more than 2 million paid subscribers, respectively. Another contender is PlayStation Vue, reported at 455,000 subscribers in Q3 2017. The subscriber numbers reported by CNBC today have not been confirmed by Hulu or YouTube, so there is still no official word regarding how accurate the data might be.

In terms of price, Hulu with Live TV starts at $39.99/month and YouTube TV starts at $35/month. Hulu’s service is also technically still in the beta phase, and on the FAQ section of its website Hulu states, “While we are truly proud of Hulu’s live TV offering, we know that introducing any new service can come with “hiccups” from time to time, so we are first opening it up as a “Beta” to be transparent with our viewers.”

The upcoming Apple TV app for YouTube TV

Since some of these over-the-top services are still new, many of them are in the process of adding a few user-requested features following their launches. At CES, Hulu announced Live TV will get a more traditional guide interface for browsing channels, and DirecTV Now customers are waiting for its cloud DVR to launch sometime in 2018. In the first quarter of 2018, YouTube TV also plans to debut an app for the Apple TV.

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