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Author: Tan KW   |   Latest post: Sat, 23 Feb 2019, 05:15 PM

 

Apple to give new iPhones three cameras, top analyst predicts

Author: Tan KW   |  Publish date: Sat, 23 Feb 2019, 05:15 PM


Apple looks set to jump on the industry trend towards even more cameras in its next iPhone models. According to renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities, the next iPhones will get an ultra-wide-angle lens in addition to the two ones on current models – and he's known to get it right.
 
Apple won't be the first to a camera feature like this, however. Other manufacturers such as Samsung and Huawei are already incorporating three – and in some cases four – cameras into their smartphones to improve image quality and camera versatility.
 
Google, on the other hand, has so far stuck to only one lens in its Pixel phones in an effort to prove that its AI-based software can deliver better photo quality (an approach that has many tech bloggers convinced).
 
Ming-Chi Kuo also writes that Apple wants to give new iPhones "reverse charging", a feature that lets you wirelessly charge other devices by putting two phones together, another thing we saw last year on Android phones.
 
In addition, Apple wants to improve the FaceID facial recognition function with advanced hardware. The range of models – two versions with OLED displays, one with a cheaper LCD screen – looks set to remain unchanged, however.
 
To the lament of people using USB-C chargers on other devices at home, Apple will likely stick to its Lightning chargers and will not – as with the iPad Pro – switch to the more widely used USB-C.
 
It's unclear if such features, which are largely already familiar to smartphone users of rival manufacturers, will be enough to restore dwindling iPhone sales, which are a key source of Apple's revenue (contributing more than 60%).
 
But anything can change in the six months between now and September, when Apple traditionally launches its new iPhone models.
 
A recent slump in sales in China led to Apple missing its forecast for the entire Christmas business. Competition in the Asian market has become tougher and tougher in recent years – especially from Chinese suppliers who sell technically advanced phones at lower prices.
 
Ming-Chi Kuo is considered to be well networked in the supply chain and in recent years has repeatedly provided correct information on future Apple devices. Although his reports are intended for paying customers, his predictions are typically made public by tech blogs like MacRumors and AppleInsider.
 
According to the analyst, Apple also plans to expand the MacBook Pro laptop model range this year by releasing a larger version with a 16- to 16.5-inch display alongside existing models with 13- and 15-inch screens.
 
For the new Mac Pro desktop computer Apple is also said to be planning its own computer monitor, a product we haven't seen from Apple in years.
 
Finally, the long-awaited AirPower charging pad will finally come onto market in the first half of this year. Despite being announced by Apple a year and a half ago, the handy charger for AirPods, iPhone and Apple Watch still has not appeared. We can also expect an update to the beloved wireless AirPods to come soon.
 
 
 
– dpa
 
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The 'Huawei Issue' hangs over mobile industry's biggest show

Author: Tan KW   |  Publish date: Sat, 23 Feb 2019, 05:15 PM


BERLIN (Feb 22): The mobile industry’s biggest show is shaping up to be a proxy for a U.S.-China battle over the future of Huawei Technologies Co, putting telecom executives in an awkward position.
 
Huawei and the U.S. government are bolstering their presence at MWC Barcelona, formerly called Mobile World Congress, setting the scene for a showdown next week as both sides try to win over politicians and company leaders. Telecom executives will come together at a Sunday meeting of global industry group GSMA to discuss ways out of the stalemate that’s expected to disrupt deal-making in Barcelona and could delay 5G in Europe.
 
“Mobile World Congress has always been about commercial deals and things like 5G use cases, and now executives are dragged into this political food fight,’’ said Paul Triolo, a technology analyst at Eurasia Group. “It’s putting a damper on the conference — things won’t move forward as quickly until it’s clear how Europe will handle the Huawei issue.”
 
European CEOs are pushing back against U.S. demands to ban Huawei, because the region is so dependent on the company’s technology, Triolo said. Carriers still don’t know if they will be allowed to use its gear when building next-generation wireless networks, as governments from the U.K. to Germany weigh restricting the supplier, which has been accused of enabling Chinese espionage.
 
Huawei rejects the allegations. The company will focus on showcasing its technology and continue conversations with government officials, said Joe Kelly, a spokesman for Huawei. “We have been actively talking to all countries about who we are, what we do and what we don’t do,” Kelly told reporters Thursday in Vienna.
 
Some 100,000 industry aficionados will roam the LED-lit conference halls to check out the latest gadgets — from smartphones and tablets to artificial intelligence and robots.
 
Foldable Phones
 
Samsung Electronics Co and Huawei are among handset makers expected to show off foldable phones. The South Korean technology giant is also bringing its first 5G smartphone, the Galaxy S10 5G. Vodafone Group Plc has installed a 5G network in the centre of Barcelona for attendees to test.
 
Drones will be a major talking point after the devices caused chaos at airports, including a one-day closure of London’s Gatwick in December. MWC Barcelona has dedicated part of its NextTech Hall to drone and robotics companies.
 
The latest generation of augmented reality headsets and smart appliances, cars and wearables under the “internet of things” umbrella will round out the gadgets on display.
 
M&A Chatter
 
Behind the scenes, MWC Barcelona becomes a place for dealmakers to retreat to back rooms or hotel suites to hunt for ways to gain a bigger slice of the market. Politicians in Germany and France are stepping up their campaign for laxer antitrust rules, which could enable larger deals in the industry.
 
The towers that carriers use to relay wireless signals around networks are becoming a popular target for bidders and eyes are on Vodafone, which is carving out the assets and may do deals.
 
Potentially pricey 5G buildouts are spurring dealmaking. Telecom Italia SpA and Vodafone will explore building networks jointly in Italy to share the costs and accelerate construction.
 
Then there’s the ongoing question of French consolidation.
 
Regulation
 
Deutsche Telekom AG’s Tim Hoettges, Vodafone’s Nick Read and Orange SA’s Stephane Richard are expected to demand friendlier regulation — to better compete with big U.S. and Chinese tech companies. Most of the continent’s biggest carriers are tackling share declines and mounting competition.
 
Germany’s planned auction of 5G mobile frequencies is under attack from operators, who slam requirements that they cover 98% of homes, every highway and all federal roads in the country with 100 megabit-per-second coverage as unreasonable.
 
 
 - Bloomberg
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EU said ready to target Caterpillar, Xerox if U.S. hits cars

Author: Tan KW   |  Publish date: Sat, 23 Feb 2019, 05:15 PM


BUCHAREST (Feb 22): Caterpillar Inc trucks, Xerox Corp machines and Samsonite International SA luggage are among U.S. goods that would face retaliatory European Union tariffs should President Donald Trump follow through on a threat to impose automotive duties against the bloc, according to a senior EU official.
 
The person commented Friday on the condition of anonymity because the tit-for-tat list drawn up by the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm in Brussels, is still a confidential draft.
 
The EU’s warning of targeted duties reflects its two-pronged approach to Trump’s “America First” agenda. The 28-nation bloc is working in parallel toward a limited trans-Atlantic commercial accord in a bid to keep at bay new U.S. levies on cars and auto parts.
 
“Should there be tariffs on car and car parts, which we don’t want, we have started internally to prepare a list of re-balancing measures,” EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told reporters on Friday in Bucharest, after a meeting of the bloc’s commerce ministers. “There is full support to do this.”
 
The commission said last month the EU would hit 20 billion euros (US$22.7 billion) of U.S. products, should Trump impose duties on European automotive goods on the same national-security grounds that he invoked last year to tax foreign steel and aluminum.
 
In response to Trump’s metal levies, the EU imposed tit-for-tat retaliation on 2.8 billion euros of imports of a range of U.S. products, including Harley-Davidson Inc motorcycles, Levi Strauss & Co jeans and bourbon whiskey. The commission has declined to disclose any American products that would be subject to EU duties prompted by any U.S. auto levies.
 
Caterpillar, which announced earnings last month, had its biggest profit miss in a decade on worries over trade tensions. The Deerfield, Illinois-based company generated about 22% of its 2018 revenue from Europe, Africa and the Middle East, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
 
Shares of Caterpillar traded down 0.4% at 3:30 in London, while Xerox was up 0.4%.
 
Caterpillar “competes best in a free-trade environment” and is “hopeful that the government leaders can work toward a positive outcome for all parties,” spokeswoman Corrie Scott said in an emailed statement.
 
Lynne Berard, president for Samsonite’s North American division, did not immediately respond to a voicemail seeking comment.
 
Europe is following through on a political accord reached at the White House seven months ago between Trump and commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, to work toward reducing trans-Atlantic market barriers, including industrial tariffs. The pact last July put on hold the threat of U.S. auto-import curbs.
 
A 25% U.S. levy on foreign cars would add 10,000 euros to the sticker price of European vehicles imported into the country, according to the commission.
 
Malmstrom on Friday stressed a readiness to work speedily toward a trade deal by saying it could be achieved before year-end, and that she expects EU governments to give her the go-ahead in March to start formal negotiations with the U.S. A final agreement with the Trump administration could be reached before the commission’s term ends on Oct. 31, she said.
 
“I think it can be done during this mandate,” she said. “We’re not delaying anything.”
 
Trans-Atlantic Escalation
 
With EU exports of cars and auto parts to the U.S. valued at 58 billion euros in 2017, the bloc as a whole and Germany in particular are very jittery about the possibility of those shipments being targeted by Trump.
 
“There is something at stake for a lot of employees in the whole of Europe,” Austrian Economy Minister Margarete Schramboeck said on Friday in the Romanian capital.
 
What our economists say...
 
“With U.S. President Donald Trump mulling higher auto tariffs, the risk to Europe isn’t the dollar impact — which would be relatively small. It’s the timing — coming as growth is already weak, and the targeting — with a stumbling Germany set to face the biggest shock. Based on our calculations, U.S. auto tariffs would put about US$30 billion of European GDP at risk. With the bulk of that coming from Germany, German growth already fragile, and markets fearing a sharper slowdown, a US$30 billion blow could have an outsize impact.” — Maeva Cousin, Bloomberg Economics. 
 
U.S. tariffs on European cars and auto parts would mark a significant escalation of trans-Atlantic tensions because the value of EU automotive exports to the American market is about 10 times greater than that of the bloc’s steel and aluminum exports combined. As a result, European retaliatory duties would target a bigger amount of U.S. exports to Europe.
 
Should the U.S. slap tariffs on foreign vehicles and auto parts, the action would make the American levies imposed in 2018 on steel and aluminum “look like a picnic”, Mike Jackson, the chief executive officer of car-dealership group AutoNation, said in an interview.
 
“It’s almost so unthinkably, draconianly disruptive to everything he’s trying to do with the economy that, at the end of the day, I don’t believe it will happen,” Jackson said of Trump. Higher car duties would be “the nuclear-tariff option”, Jackson said.
 
 
 - Bloomberg
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S&P 500 posts highest close since November 8 on trade optimism

Author: Tan KW   |  Publish date: Sat, 23 Feb 2019, 05:15 PM


NEW YORK: The S&P 500 posted its highest closing level since Nov. 8 on Friday as investors clung to signs of progress in the ongoing trade talks between the United States and China.
 
Investors assessed a slew of headlines on the talks, with top trade negotiators from the two countries meeting to wrap up a week of discussions on some of the thorniest issues in their trade war.
 
If the two sides fail to reach a deal by midnight on March 1, then their seven-month trade war could escalate.
 
"People are expecting some sort of positive news on trade and tariffs with China fairly soon," said Peter Tuz, president of Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Virginia.
 
"But we won't know until the end of next week," he said, and, "there has been a lack of specifics."
 
Optimism on the trade front and dovish signals from the U.S. Federal Reserve have driven the recent gains and left indexes well above their lows of December, when the market swooned on fears of an economic slowdown. The S&P 500 is now up about 19 percent since its late-December low.
 
The S&P 500 technology index was up 1.3 percent, leading gains among the 11 major S&P sectors, while the trade-exposed industrials index climbed 0.6 percent.
 
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 181.18 points, or 0.7 percent, to 26,031.81, the S&P 500 gained 17.79 points, or 0.64 percent, to 2,792.67 and the Nasdaq Composite added 67.84 points, or 0.91 percent, to 7,527.55.
 
All three indexes registered gains for the week, with both the Dow and Nasdaq posting a ninth week of increases.
 
The number of New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq stocks hitting 52-week highs hit 367, the most since mid-September and outnumbered those hitting year lows by the widest margin in six months.
 
Stocks briefly pared gains after U.S. officials briefed on the negotiations said more time is likely needed in the talks given China's resistance this week to American demands for specific steps by Beijing to end forced transfers of U.S. technology and certain other policies.
 
Afterward, President Donald Trump said there was a very good chance the United States would strike a deal with China to end the trade war, and that he was inclined to extend his March 1 deadline to reach an agreement.
 
"Right now the downside risk has been not as steep, but there's always a concern that something happens last-minute," said Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial in Newark, New Jersey.
 
"Having a Chinese economy that stabilizes is constructive for global markets," she said. "That's what is key in terms of the market looking at the results."
 
Kraft Heinz Co tumbled 27.5 percent, and was the biggest drag on the S&P along with a 1.7 percent fall in Class B shares of the company's controlling stakeholder, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
 
The packaged food company posted a quarterly loss, disclosed a Securities and Exchange Commission probe and wrote down the value of its iconic Kraft and Oscar Mayer brands.
 
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 2.99-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 2.45-to-1 ratio favored advancers.
 
The S&P 500 posted 64 new 52-week highs and three new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 112 new highs and 21 new lows.
 
About 6.9 billion shares changed hands on U.S. exchanges. That compares with the 7.3 billion-share daily average for the past 20 trading days.
 
In the UK strength in miners on growing optimism over global trade talks helped FTSE 100 inch higher and bid news lifted Dairy Crest and Provident Financial among mid-caps on Friday, while online trading platforms slumped after CMC's surprise revenue alert.
 
The FTSE 100 crept up 0.2 percent but booked losses for the week. The FTSE 250 also rose by the same amount.
 
Mining companies climbed to their highest in eight months as falling inventories and optimism around the Sino-U.S. trade talks pushed copper prices higher. Glencore and BHP added more than 2 percent each.
 
Consumer good makers Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser gave up 1.5 percent after U.S. food company Kraft Heinz posted a quarterly loss and highlighted the tough environment for the packaged food industry.
 
Investors are awaiting any signs of breakthrough in the U.S.-China trade talks, while Britain and the European Union negotiate over a Brexit compromise that could pave the way for an agreeable divorce deal.
 
CMC Markets analyst Michael Hewson said that with a week to go until the March 1 trade deadline, an extension seemed to be the most likely outcome.
 
"We expect the (UK) market to trade in a relatively narrow and low range of returns as economic data stabilise and central banks remain patient," Goldman Sachs analysts wrote.
 
Dairy Crest surged 15.3 percent - its biggest one-day gain since it floated in 1996 - after agreeing to be bought out by Canada's Saputo for about 975 million pounds.
 
Sub-prime lender Provident Financial also jumped over 15 percent after a takeover offer from smaller rival Non-Standard Finance despite the bid not offering a premium to its closing price on Thursday.
 
Non-Standard Finance surged 16.3 percent after tabling the unsolicited offer.
 
"This (NSF's offer) will come as a total surprise to the market ... It will take some time for the market to work through the potential merits of the offer," said Jefferies analysts, who noted PFG shareholders were being asked to accept a nil premium offer for better management.
 
Online trading platform CMC Markets tanked nearly 23 percent, dragging its rivals Plus500 and IG down by 5 percent, after forecasting a bigger fall in fourth-quarter CFD and spreadbet revenue due to tighter rules by European regulators.
 
Metro Bank jumped 10 percent after gaining funding as part of Britain's Banking Competition Remedies scheme, which is intended to increase competition among banks.
 
CYBG shed 5.7 percent, biggest loser on the mid-cap index, after it was turned down for funds under the scheme.
 
Support services provider Interserve sky-rocketed 52.4 percent after it said it was considering a proposal for its debt reduction from largest shareholder Coltrane Asset Management.
 
- Reuters 
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[转贴] 信任的死角 - 水星

Author: Tan KW   |  Publish date: Sat, 23 Feb 2019, 04:12 PM


Friday, February 22, 2019 

 

看到英国广播公司BBC举办过的一档名为《Golden Balls》的节目视频。经过许多轮的角逐后,最后只剩下NickAbraham两名选手,以及累积的13600英镑奖金。

游戏的最后一轮,其实也是对两名选手的人性和良知的最后考验。规则很简单:主持人分别给两人两个球,其中一个写“split”,另一个写“steal”,两个人需要从中选择一个球。

如果两个人都选择“split”,那么他们就可以平分奖金;如果其中一个人选择“split”,另一个人选择“steal”,那么选“steal”的人可以拿走全部奖金;如果两个人都选择了“steal”,那么他们一分钱都拿不到。

在作出各自的选择前,主持人给NickAbraham几分钟时间沟通。

Nick一开始就坚决地表明了自己的态度,他100%会选择“steal”,但他同时也保证,游戏过后他会和Abraham平分奖金。

Abraham则觉得不能理解,既然如此,两个人都选择“split”,一起分享奖金就好。可是Nick很固执,任由Abraham怎么说,他都坚持说自己会选”steal”以及事后平分奖金。

一旁的主持人见状,提醒两人,唯一能保证他们都能带回6800英镑的,就是两人都选择”split”

Abraham此时看着Nick也开始恼怒的吼道:“如果我也选”steal”,我们半毛钱也拿不到!如果我们最后空手而归,都是你这个白痴害的!“可Nick还是不改初衷。

僵持不下的时候,主持人催促:“两位必须做决定了,“split”还是“steal”?请选择。三,二,一,开!”

此时全场观众都看到了结果:NickAbraham都选择了“split”,他们各自赢得了一半的总奖金,场内也响起了一片热烈的掌声。

事后AbrahamNick说:“你为什么不直接和我商量好一起选择“split”?“

Nick回答:“理由很简单,我不信任你,你也未必信任我。与其如此,不如我当一次的坏人,把你先逼到信任的角落。”

Abraham:”信任的角落?“

Nick:“对,信任的角落。如果我坚持选“steal”,再许给你平分奖金的承诺,那么你只能选“split”,因为要是你选了”steal”,我们什么都得不到,而选“split”,或许真的会分到我承诺分出的一半奖金。”

Abraham:“………….谢谢你的用心,我很惭愧。“

这句话,是Abraham的真心话,因为在事后的采访中,他也承认从一开始,他确实就有选“steal”独享奖金的打算。不过因为Nick先声夺人的“使坏”逼他来到只有信任Nick才有机会分得奖金的死角,弄得他无法得逞,Nick也达到了他本来就想平分奖金的目的。

这场心理战相当值得玩味,见识到了要和陌生人达致互惠互利的结局,有时需要靠的不是真诚反而是谎言。

提到信任,之前有人提到,星座运程说他今年财运好能赚大钱,但生肖运程却说他今年犯太岁财运差投资要谨慎,搞到他不懂相信西式的十二星座还是中式的十二生肖好,水星熊则说,当然是信任自己的能力最好。
 

 

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[转贴] 20190223 中美贸易战秋后算账 - Leo Ting

Author: Tan KW   |  Publish date: Sat, 23 Feb 2019, 04:11 PM


Friday, 22 February 2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
中美贸易战要结束了吗?
看起来要结束了,
听起来要结束了,
但是还不知道是不是要结束了。
美国和盟友对中国的包围,
主要是要排斥中国的华为5G系统,
但是目前看起来已经土崩瓦解。
5G目前领先的是华为,NOKIA和ERICSSON。
美国自己并没有在5G领域领先,
以性价比和规模来比,
华为有中国和部分非洲,东南亚的市场,
除了先发,也将有规模优势。
所以,特朗普已经松口要美国企业自己争气。
至于贸易部分,中国会大量从美国进口,
特别是农产品,机械,飞机,科技产品等等。
假设中国购买了更大量的大豆,
可以预期其他植物油的部分将减少,特别是棕油部分。
毕竟,大豆不止可以提供油脂,
豆渣还能成为畜牧的饲料。
如果贸易战结束了,
那中国要开始算账了。
谁在中美贸易战的时候,
在中国背后插刀?
排名第一的是加拿大,
紧接着是澳洲。
作为马前卒,加拿大逮捕了孟大小姐,
将遭遇中国的报复。
澳洲作为最大的矿物出口国,
中国已经暂停了它的煤矿,
搞到澳洲政府里外不是人。
另两个国家嗅到风像不对,
英国和纽西兰最近忙对中国释出善意,
说不排斥中国在他们国家测试5G。
其他零零总总在中美贸易战时,
对中国背后插刀的国家也非常紧张。
大马虽然在中美贸易战的时候,
没有站到美国阵营,
但是对中国采取了一些不友善的作法。
此时了解国际政治的人,
都了解立刻要立刻修补和中国的关系。
老X将第二次出访中国,
表面上是去和中国继续合作一带一路的工程,
但是最好的时机已经过去。
第一次出访中国的时候,
支持中国理应可以拿到最大的好处,
却在人家家里宣布停止工程,
所以。。。。。。
第二次出访,依然是大马去中国,
从顺位来说,已经知道究竟是谁比较需要谁。
谁能提供大量的投资于大马?
谁能消耗大量的棕油,农产品?
谁需要科技供零件和大量的液化天然气?
后话,
作为普通百姓,我们只能冷眼看时事。
当然,报纸将会报道我国出访中国大丰收,
但是,我国已经失去了最好的开价时机,
所获得的利益将胜于无。
(完)
 

 

 

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