Nokia and iTel enter top 5 rankings in Vietnam’s Smartphone market

Duong Hoa Vietnam

Vietnam’s Handset Market grew 17%, but the smartphone shipment were flat in Q3 compared to the same period of last year, indicating growth in feature phones, Counterpoint Research announced. 

Feature phones still account for a sizeable market for OEMs to target, and Q3  saw some dramatic shifts and the expansion of new players in the country, where smartphone penetration in terms of shipments reached 51% . Nokia HMD and iTel, which entered the Vietnamese market at the beginning of the year, escalated positions very quickly. In a market where over 30 smartphone players are competing, Nokia escalates to #2 position in the overall handset rankings and #4 in the smartphone segment, while iTel is in #5 position in both markets.

“Vietnam’s smartphone market is driven by the fast-growing $100-$150 price segment which is contributing to almost third of the shipments. Apart from this the premium smartphone segment (> $400) continues to do well in Vietnam, mainly driven by Samsung and Apple. The success of the premium segment is due to a growing trend of paying for flagship devices on installment schemes at zero interest. Samsung led the premium segment in Q3 2017 with 43% market share followed closely by Apple with 41% market share”, said Shobhit Srivastava, Research Analyst at Counterpoint Research.

Samsung still dominates the country with  a market share of 43%, making Vietnam the only country in the APAC region where the company has a solitary lead over the competitors.  In Vietnam’s Bestselling Smartphone of Q3 we have 4 Samsung’s smartphones: Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (14% market share); Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime (10% market share); Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro (6% market share); Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 (5% market share).

Exhibit 2: Vietnam’s Bestselling Smartphone Model Rankings – Q3 2017
Source: Counterpoint Research: Quarterly Market Monitor Q3 2017

 

China’s Big Brother is here and will grow fast in the next years

Digital technology has become increasingly pervasive in China, with the government planning to cover the entire nation with surveillance cameras capable to gather personal information in real time.

Beijing promised to build the world’s largest surveillance system, and in the next three years 400 million new cameras will be installed, along with the 170 million already in use. These cameras will also contain the most sophisticate technology available: the surveillance system’s AI can read faces,  age, gender and ethnicity.

The BBC’s John Sudworth meet the Guangdong’s police to demonstrate if China’s Big Brother is really effective. The surveillance system took 7 minutes to discover Sudworth in the city centre and to send the alarm to police officers.

“Citizens has nothing to fear”, said a policewomen to Sudworth, explaining they “will only extract their data when they need our help”. Although not everyone is convinced by the surveillance system. Ji Feng, a poet and government critic, thinks the surveillance on dissidents may intensify.

Ford announces plans to shift productions of electric SUV to Mexico

Ford Michigan Assembly Plant

Thursday 7 December, Ford announced plans to make electric SUV at its Cuatitlan factory, in Mexico. The company declared that shifting production of an electric SUV from the U.S. to Mexico will allow to make more self-driving vehicles in Michigan.

The automaker said in March it would not build a new plant in Mexico and it announced to expand the production of EVs and autonomous cars in Flat Rock, a move that would created 700 jobs, as the company said. The plan was prepared after Donald Trump threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement. The United Automobile Workers (UAW) told to Free Press that “the latest decision by Ford to produce the EVs in Mexico will not result in fewer jobs at home because the union already negotiated future job commitments”.

Furthermore, Ford  announced to add a second autonomous vehicle to the Flat Rock Assembly Plant and to increase the investment in Flat Rock to $900 million as well as hire a total of 850 workers.

5 weird experiments made by governments or institutions

Project QKHILLTOP

Project QK-Hilltop was a human experimental program developed by CIA in 1954. The goal of this project, leaded by Dr. Harold Wolff of Cornell University Medical School, was to gain entrance of the human mind and manipulating it. The CIA studied ancient Chinese brainwashing techniques , which they then used to develop new methods of interrogation.

The project, also known as MK-SEARCH or MK-UKTRRA, leads to a series of experiments on humans subjects, at times illegal. CIA was obsessed with mind control and human manipulation and in that period conducted similar experiments, often using drugs such as LSD.

The CIA conducted at the time other two similar projects: Project Artichoke and Operation Midnight Climax.

Electroshock Therapy on Children

From early 1940 to 1953, Dr. Lauretta Bender experimented extensively with electroshock therapy on children who had been diagnosed with “autistic schizophrenia.”  Her experiments, however, didn’t bring the expected results: a child started acting increasingly aggressive and violent after the therapy; another child following five electroshock sessions had become nearly catatonic. Other Bender’s young patients, later in adulthood, reportedly were in and of trouble and prison for a battery of petty and violent crimes (one was convicted in court as a “multiple murderer”).

Lauretta Bender administered electroconvulsive therapy to at least 100 children ranging in age from three years old to 12 years. Her work brought her into contact  with others physicians, some of the working for the CIA’s MK/ULTRA.

In 1960 Bender stared to experiment LSD on children within the Children’s Unit, Creedmoor State Hospital in Queens, New York.

The Monster Study

The Monster Study was conducted in 1939 in Davenport, Iowa on a group of kids at the University of Iowa. The experiment was conducted by the graduate student Mary Tudor under the supervision of Dr. Wendell Johnson, a speech pathologist who wanted to get to the bottom of the underlying cause of stuttering .

Johnson divided 22 children in two groups and gave each group separate speech therapy. One group received positive speech therapy, and the other received negative speech therapy (the groups were mixed in a way that only half in the stuttering group actually had stutters). Many children who received bad therapy retained speech problem for the rest of their life and had psychology problems.

Johnson kept the experiment hidden to the public for years and the University of Iowa apologized for the Monster Study only in 2001.

Tuskegee Syphilis Study

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study involved hundred of poor African-American men. The experiment lasted 40 years, from 1932 to 1972, in Macon County, Alabama. All the subject in the experiment had the syphilis, a sexual transmitted infection, however the doctors didn’t diagnose the real disease. Instead, the men were told they were being treated for “bad blood”, a generic condition which can  be assimilated to syphilis, anemia, and fatigue.

None of the subject was ever treated, even after 1947,  when the penicillin had become the standard treatment for syphilis.

The experiment wanted to observe the natural progress of the disease. President Bill Clinton publicly apologized for the experiment in 1997.

Vanderbilt “Nutrition Study”

The Vanderbilt “nutrition study” was conducted at the Vanderbilt University. The experiment, funded by the U.S. Public Health Service, exposed 820 pregnant women to radioactive iron though the use of “vitamin drinks”. The women were told the drinks would improve the health of their unborn babies, however the cocktail contained radioactive iron. Nobody inform them what the drink really was, nor were they informed that they were part of an experiment.

The researchers,  under the direction of Dr. Paul Hahn, wanted to find out how quickly the radioisotope crossed into the placenta and to study the absorption of iron during pregnancy.

The experiment caused at least seven dead babies from cancers and leukemia, and the women themselves experienced rashes, bruises, anemia, loss of hair and tooth, and cancer.

 

Supermoon 2017: When it will appear and where to Watch it live

Supermoon Howrah

On Sunday at sunset (3 December), people around the globe will see a full cold supermoon rising in the east .The moon will be at full phase at 10:47 a.m. EST on Sunday and at perigee on Dec. 4th at 3:42 a.m. EST. This is the only and closest supermoon of the year.  Do you wonder if the supermoon will be visible in your city? To give an idea, “the moon will still be full when it rises at 4:49 p.m. EST Sunday in Springfield, Massachusetts — or, for example, 5:13 p.m. in Buffalo, New York”, masslive.com reports.

The supermoon will also be brighter then usual. “Because the Earth will be at its closest to the sun (called perihelion) in early January, the sunlight reaching and reflecting off the Moon this time of year is about 7 percent more intense (than at aphelion in early July), making wintertime supermoons even brighter”, as NASA reports.

In case you’ll miss this event you could enjoy a similar phenomena in January, when will have other two supermoons.

In this day (3 Deecember), Slooh will air a special supermoon webcast starting at 9 p.m. EST. You can watch the show here or on Space.com.

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4 amazing things Tesla has already achieved

Tesla roadster 2020 prototype

1. Tesla and Musk proved that the electric cars are competitive and performing

The Tesla roadster was a revolutionary car and Tesla’s first battery electric vehicle (BEV). Produced from 2008 to 2012, only 2.500 cars were made. The Tesla roadster is a high performance sport car which can  accelerate from 0 to 97 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in 3.7 or 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 201 km/h (125 mph), numbers that are comparable with cars of the same category.

The Tesla roadster can travel  more than 320 kilometres (200 mi) per charge, and in 2009 it sets the world record distance of 501 km (311 mi) on a single charge at an average speed of 40 km/h (25 mph).

The company proved to the world that the electric cars are serious staff and it is a valid alternative to fuel cars.

2. Musk forced the whole car’s industry to electrification

Musk was successful in pushing the whole car’s industry to electrification. In 2016 the sales of electric cars reached 260.000 units, compared to 41.000 in 2013. Now every player in the industry is pushing for the electrification to not lose the competition against Tesla.

Analysts now say that by 2040, 54% of the cars will be electric.

3. Tesla’s autopilot sets the future for the industry

Similarly the Tesla’s autopilot, released in October 2015, sent a clear signal to the rest of the industry about the future. Now, all the major automakers have  their own projects to roll out semi-autonomous or highly automated systems. Autonomous systems are gonna totally change the way people interacts with the vehicles.

4. The most innovative company of the world with a market cap of $51 billions.

In 2015 Forbes declared Tesla as the most innovative company of the world. Currently is in second position, behind Salesforce.com and ahead of Amazon. With a Market Cap of $51 billion, Tesla becomes one the most valued company in the car’s industry, overtaking giants like BMW, General Motors, Ford, Honda. In August 2017 the company becomes the #4 ranked automaker globally and the #1 maker in America.

The MUSE revealed 72 new galaxies

Space Station View of Auroras

MUSE revealed 72 galaxies never seen before in this very tiny area of the sky. These galaxies are all located in a relatively small area of space known as the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF).

The astronomers conducted the deepest spectroscopic survey ever using the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. This portion of sky had already been observed,  but it wasn’t until scientists were able to look at it using MUSE that these 72 galaxies became visible. This open a new debate for other life forms and for planets similar to the Earth.

You can read more information on space.com here.

How Tesla looks after Semi: is the company a sinking ship or a golden spaceship?

Tesla
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Tesla supercharger battery – CC0 License – Pixabay

 

Elon Musk has presented recently the new electric truck called Semi, the first truck in the line of Tesla electric vehicles. The truck has been long awaited from both investors and electric enthusiasts, as it is an important test for Tesla and the electric market. The truck fleets represent more that 50% of the total vehicles circulating in the United States, and they are one of the first causes of Co2 emissions, in the country as in the rest of the world.

What we have heard during the conference sounds appealing. The Semi should be available from 2019 and it will run 500 miles with a single charge (30 minutes are required to fully charge the truck). The futuristic truck (the aerodynamic and the appearance are truly impressive) should be less cheaper then the diesel counterpart, and of course it will help to contain the pollution. Semi should operate $1.26 a mile to run, versus $1.51 for a diesel. At least, this is what Musk has promised.

A future between dream and reality for Tesla Semi: will it find a market?

It is important to states that Musk hasn’t revealed yet a price for the Tesla Semi, and it is unlikely that – many – transport companies will invest on this vehicle with blind eyes. An analysis published on ACS Energy Letters underlines that such vehicle would require a $400.000 battery pack. If we think that the whole truck will cost more then of $500.000, it will be necessary to drive more then one million miles before break even against a diesel truck, as stated by technologyreview.

We can rationally assume that a company thinks in terms of economic advantages, so the environment variable will not play the same role as in the others Tesla models. Tesla Semi will require strong government subsides, and I personally don’t think that the Trump administration will be favourable.

With all this said, the Tesla Semi looks like a technology gem. The (semi) autopilot will be without a doubt something that will affect the market, however, even other car manufacturers show progress on this field. That’s why I’m skeptical on the future of Semi.

Ok, Tesla is not profitable but the electric cars are gonna save the World. Or not?

The story of Tesla and of Elon Musk is quite funny. Tesla is one of the few companies, if not the only one, that runs from more then a decade without making one single dollar of profit (and has received tons of dollars). Behind Tesla there is an environment of investors that believe in a project rather then short term profits. And actually this is totally fine. Every business should run looking at the long term. So, what’s the problem here?

The problem here is that we can’t postpone the future indefinitely. Tesla is not a charity or a volunteer foundation. It is a business and as any business it should prove that it is profitable, since the investors can’t continue to lose money forever. And after 15 years of promises the future is about to knock the doors of Tesla headquarters. The release date of Tesla Semi (2019) will be crucial for the future of the company. This could have an impact on all Musk’s businesses.

Every business of Musk regards something about the future and the salvation of humanity, which makes this business man quite unique and extravagant. It’s also good to stress the fact that meanwhile he is making a lot of money out of it. We are talking about the same man that once said: “odds that we are not living in a simulated universe is one of millions”. A declaration that have no valid scientific support and it is incoherent with the rest of his plans.

Remaining in the electric car ecosystem, Tesla at the moment is proving that the production for the mass market is hard staff.

Car manufacturers will be happy to have a mass market for the electric car

If we think at the best case scenario – with EVs invading the market – it will be impossible for Tesla to serve the whole market. At that point other car manufacturers will jump in the electric revolution, and they couldn’t be more happy.

The numbers in the sector continue to shrinking, as the total fleet of vehicles in the United States declined in the last decade. It is a trend that was well anticipated by a report of Lester Brown. Forget the story that car manufactures want to defend the oil economy. At least, not anymore. They make money by selling  cars and a law that would force all the citizens to buy electric vehicles will make them happy.

On the other side we don’t have a clear picture of all pro and cons of this mass conversion. The analysts converge on the fact that the electric cars are the best option if we look at the entire life cycle, however, we know that any activity has its externalities, and the same is true for electric vehicles and renewable energies as well. The public expenditure required to turn all this into reality seems just too big, especially if we consider that the world population will continue to growth. Giving a car to almost every person doesn’t sound a good option. The video below shows the dramatic situation in China, just to give you an idea of what we are talking about.

At the contrary, the option of electric cars seems more in line to preserve the current life style instead of giving us a real solution for serious problems, and handle the mobility issues once and for all.

Tesla looks like a golden spaceship but it stinks (and the bad smell becomes more strong each passing year). It’s just a matter of few years before we’ll know if Musk’s plan is gonna succeed or not. The Semi will tell us a lot on the future of the company. Tesla is an impressive innovative company, and it will remain so even if the electric car will fail to hit the mass market. After all, It’s not impossible for Tesla to start to be profitable. It has just to accept its true objective: to serve the richest people on the planet. This goes for Tesla as the rest of Musk’s projects.

If you want to know more about Tesla vehicles you can read the monster article published on Absolute Reg.