Apple iPhone sales in India are expected to have fallen dramatically this year to two million from three million phones last year. Reuters reports that at the peak shopping season, over the Diwali holiday, Apple stores were deserted. This occurred in the world’s fastest-growing market, in which smartphone sales are increasing often by more than 20 percent every quarter. Yet Apple’s loss of the Indian market was entirely predictable. In March 2017, I wrote about Apple’s repetition in India of the mistakes it made in China: relying entirely on its brand recognition to build a market for its products there. Rather than attempt to understand the needs of its customers, Apple made insulting plans to market older and inferior versions of iPhones to its Indian customers — and lost their loyalty. The iPhone no longer stands out as it once did from its competition. Chinese and domestic smartphones boasting capabilities similar to those of the iPhone are now … [Read more...] about Why Apple failed in India — and how it can recover
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As smartphone shipment slows around the globe, Apple, like every other smartphone maker, has been compelled to explore India in recent years to scout new customers. But unlike other smartphone makers that are reporting growth in India, one of the last great markets, Apple continues to struggle to make inroads in the country — and it is highly unlikely the company’s fortunes will change in India any time soon. Fielding questions from analysts during the company’s earnings call Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company’s business in India was “flat” during the quarter that ended in September. But Cook reiterated that he remains bullish on the nation and what the company could achieve there. Apple held one percent of India’s smartphone market in the quarter that ended in September, down from 2 percent during the same period last year, according to research firm Counterpoint. India is a regular fixture in Apple’s quarterly earnings call. … [Read more...] about Apple says it’s struggling to sell iPhones in India, but it’s really not trying
The Alexa voice assistant has become synonymous with voice-controlled smart speakers around the world in just a few short years. If you want to find out why, then take a look at our roundup of the best Amazon Echo prices. If there are any Amazon Echo sales or deal promos at your favourite retailers we'll be there to bring you the latest ones on this page thanks to our price comparison technology. There are lots of different Echo speakers and screens out in the wild now, with Amazon recently refreshing a bunch of them with hot new 2018 versions too. The diminutive Amazon Echo Dot deals are a popular choice all year round as it's one of the most affordable smart speakers on the planet. We've got prices for the larger versions too including the Amazon Echo, Echo Plus and the new Echo Sub (a subwoofer accessory). If you want a visual element too, then we've got you covered with both the old and new versions of the Amazon Echo Show or the bedside table -friendly Echo Spot, all of … [Read more...] about The best cheap Amazon Echo prices, deals and sales in October 2018
The U.S. Department of Defense’s Trusted Foundry program is in flux due to GlobalFoundries’ recent decision to put 7nm on hold, raising national security concerns across the U.S. defense community. U.S. DoD and military/aerospace chip customers currently have access to U.S.-based “secure” foundry capacity down to 14nm, but that’s where it ends. No other foundries provide similar “secure” foundry capacity beyond that in the U.S. right now, leaving the U.S. defense industry at a potential technological disadvantage across the globe. The defense community uses a multitude of fabs to make chips for their systems. At the leading edge in the U.S., the defense industry relies on the DoD’s Trusted Foundry program, and GlobalFoundries is the sole leading-edge foundry vendor in the U.S. for the DoD and mil-aero customers at processes down to 14nm. There is no obligation to use the fab, but for the DoD the advantage is a secure flow for classified … [Read more...] about A Crisis In DoD’s Trusted Foundry Program?
At 19,447 people per square mile, Dhaka, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated cities. The metropolis of more than 18 million people is notoriously difficult to navigate; expensive real estate (land prices grew by an average of 100 to 125 percent in 2016) and standstill traffic (the average road speed was about 4.5 miles per hour in 2018) mean that millions have to rely on online services for basic grocery, personal care, and household items. That’s why five years ago, Tejas Viswanath, Waseem Alim, and Zia Ashraf cofounded Chaldal, a San Francisco grocery delivery startup that was one of the first in the region to offer same-day delivery. It today announced a $5.5 million Series A funding round led by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), an arm of The World Bank Group, which participation from Bangladeshi firm IDLC Finance Limited and Y Combinator. To date, it’s raised $10 million. “Chaldal is the culmination of the … [Read more...] about Y Combinator-backed delivery startup Chaldal raises $5.5 million for ‘nano-warehouse’ technology