iOS vs. Android: When it comes to brand loyalty, Android wins

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While Apple may have a rep as the brand users would walk across broken glass for, Android users actually have a higher rate of loyalty, according to a new report.

The study from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) shows that 91% of Android owners remain loyal to that mobile OS, compared with 86% of iOS users.

The data was collected as part of quarterly surveys of 500 users that have been performed by CIRP from March 2013 through December 2017. For its latest results, CIRP measured the percentage of customers who remained with each operating system when activating a new phone over twelve months ending December 2017.

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Guillermo del Toro wins Best Director and Best Picture Oscar for The Shape of Water

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Sunday night at the 90th annual Academy Awards, Guillermo del Toro’s swoony merman fantasy The Shape of Water took home the awards for Best Directing and Best Picture. Previously in the evening, the film also won for Original Score and Production Design. The film’s four wins came out of a slate of 13 overall nominations for the film.

In his Best Directing acceptance speech, the Mexico-born filmmaker followed the lead of many other winners, immediately pivoting to issues of diversity and inclusion. “I am an immigrant,” he said, name-checking Salma Hayek, Gael García Bernal, and several other Mexican artists who were present in the room. “And in the last 25 years, I’ve been living in a country all of our own. Part of it is here, part of it…

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Netflix wins an Oscar for sports doping documentary ‘Icarus’

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Netflix didn't take home any Oscars for its critically beloved film, Mudbound, but it did get a win for Icarus, an explosive documentary about the Russian sports doping scandal. The doc, directed by Bryan Fogel, premiered at Sundance last year, after…
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Get Out wins the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay

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In an emotional acceptance speech at the 2018 Oscars, writer-director Jordan Peele said he nearly stopped scripting his debut feature, Get Out, 20 times, because he thought it was an impossible film to write, and that he wouldn’t be able to get it made even if he did write it. The film, which won Best Original Screenplay, is a racially charged horror story about a black photographer (Daniel Kaluuya) meeting his white girlfriend’s family and uncovering an eerie plot. It’s Peele’s first writing and directing project, and it makes him the first black winner in the category, and only the fourth nominated, after John Singleton, Spike Lee, and Suzanne de Passe.

Peele’s speech was a quick, emotional retelling of how he wrote the script,…

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Sam Rockwell wins best supporting actor Oscar for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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The 90th annual Academy Awards kicked off with the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and Sam Rockwell took home the award for his work as a corrupt police officer in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It was the first win of the evening for the film, which came into the show with a total of seven nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress for star Frances McDormand.

The Best Actor category was in many ways a showcase for Three Billboards, with both Rockwell and co-star Woody Harrelson nominated for their work in the film. Richard Jenkins’ performance in the Guillermo del Toro film The Shape of Water was also nominated, as was Christopher Plummer for his performance — as a last-minute Kevin…

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French activist group banned from protesting in Apple Stores wins legal fight, gears up for next event

Last month, news broke that Apple was suing the French activist group, Attac, to bar it from future protests and asking for €3,000 in compensation. Today, the ruling is in. Not only can Attac continue to peacefully protest in Apple Stores, but the group will also be awarded €2,000 for legal fees.



The Smartphone Endgame: Who wins once shipment volumes peak?

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For decades, market research firms have been confidently asserting that the "winners" in PCs, tablets, smartphones and other consumer electronics are not firms that are profitable or even sustainable, but merely those shipping the largest volumes at any given time. This has enabled them to crown a successive line of failed players, then rapidly move on to a new "winner," often within the same year. The bigger problem for this sort of flawgic is that the game itself is changing.
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SpaceX wins backing to build broadband network using satellites

Test launch approved for Saturday onboard Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX, the company founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk, has received backing from the US communications regulator to build a broadband network using satellites.

SpaceX made an application to provide the broadband services in the US and worldwide. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman, Ajit Pai, said the network would solve one of the biggest headaches in technology today: poor internet connectivity in rural areas.

“Satellite technology can help reach Americans who live in rural or hard-to-serve places, where fibre-optic cables and cell towers do not reach,” Pai said in a statement to Reuters.

To boldly go where no WAN has gone before

In a letter sent to the FCC earlier this month, SpaceX confirmed plans to launch a pair of experimental satellites on one of its Falcon 9 rockets. The launch has been approved by the FCC, and is set for Saturday.

The rocket will carry the PAZ satellite for Hisdesat, a satellite communications services provider to government agencies, based in Madrid, Spain. It will also carry multiple secondary payloads.

Pai wants SpaceX to get approval for the scheme, and for it to become the first US-based organisation to provide broadband services using low-Earth-orbit satellites.

Others have backed the move. FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel claimed that a satellite internet service would “create extraordinary new opportunities”. She urged the FCC to move quickly to approve the scheme.

In space, no one can hear you stream

Musk has previously stated that SpaceX wants to launch a satellite internet business to help fund a future city on Mars. He suggested that the move would be about “rebuilding the internet in space”, making a global communications system that would be faster than existing connections.

However, while SpaceX may be the only company to blast a roadster into space, it isn’t the only one aiming to deploy satellites for broadband services. The FCC has also approved bids by OneWeb, Space Norway, and Telesat, and is still processing requests from other businesses.

In January, Telesat launched a satellite operated by the (state) Indian Space Research Organization. Its aim is to deliver “high-performing, cost-effective, fibre-like broadband anywhere in the world”, with tests to be conducted later this year.

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These technologies could be a game changer for the broadband market, which has long been hampered by a lack of progress in boosting connectivity in rural areas. In the US, it is estimated that at least 14 million people lack mobile broadband.

In the UK – where BT’s belief that 10Mbps is “superfast” has probably done more to set back the digital economy than any other factor – the government is investigating which technologies could provide internet access to rural communities, without being cost-prohibitive.

However, many communities have been frustrated by the British government’s lack of progress, with some launching a range of independent projects that have a more earthbound perspective than Mr Musk’s.

B4RN – a fibre-optic broadband network registered as a non-profit, community-benefit society – is one such project. It is run by a dedicated local team with the support of landowners and volunteers. It offers a 1,000Mbps FTTH (fibre to the home) connection to every property in its coverage area, costing households just £30 per month.

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J.D. Power: T-Mobile wins wireless purchase satisfaction, customers happiest buying via smartphone

J.D. Power is out with its annual wireless purchase experience study and T-Mobile has topped the charts among the major carriers. J.D. Power also ranked non-contract and value carriers.