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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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23/02/2019 17:35

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

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

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