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Apple Vs. Samsung: Who Could Win The Smartphone War?


Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) conducts a quarterly survey of 500 consumers who have bought a mobile phone in the past three months. It analyzed the results over the past four quarters from July 2012 to June 2013 to determine where Apple AAPL -1% and Samsung got their customers. (Note that my family and I own Apple shares).

While having higher market share of any given market is not necessarily the best strategy, not having a mid-priced smartphone will hamper Apple’s ability to get users into the Apple ecosystem. Since its users have a high likelihood of sticking with Apple, the potential September 10 announcement of a more entry level smartphone could have major long-term benefits for Apple.

One of the biggest game changers is Apple striking a deal with China Mobile CHL +0.83% for the carrier to support the iPhone. While there are probably over 20 million China Mobile customers who have bought an iPhone and hacked it onto China Mobile’s system the iPhones run at 2G speeds for a suboptimal experience. If Apple can get China Mobile to carry the iPhone, it will help stem market share losses to Android and create tens of millions of long-term customers.

In the chart below 42% of iPhone owners had owned an iPhone previously while 43% of Samsung owners had previously owned an Android phone. Apple does a better job of getting Android users to convert to iOS with about 20% of its customers coming from Android vs. only 7% of Samsung customers coming from iOS.

Samsung makes up for not getting iOS customers to switch by having 37% of its customers coming from a basic or non-feature phone while Apple only has 26% of its customers upgrading from these lower functionality phones.

Source: Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP)

Not many users switch from Apple to Samsung at only 11%. This is critical to Apple’s long-term survival since Apple users are sticking with iOS and not defecting to Samsung, the biggest Android player by far.  Apple is having about one-third of its users coming from Android with a substantial percentage, about 14% coming from BlackBerry.

It is interesting to note that similar to all buyers first time buyers favor Samsung by about a three to one margin, approximately 6% vs. 2%, over Apple.

Source: Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP)

Brand loyalty is very important to any manufacturer but is extremely important in the smartphone market due to the quick replacement cycles. Apple has a bit higher retention rate at 42% vs. 38% for Samsung. Apple does a better job of switching Samsung customers at 19% vs. Samsung only converting 7% of its users from Apple.

Both Apple, at 79%, and Samsung, at 75%, users tend to keep their phones between one and three years with Apple turning them over slightly sooner than Samsung owners.

It will be interesting to see if Android vendors become even more price competitive and only wind up stealing customers from each other. I don’t think it will surprise anyone to see additional Android vendors such as NECwithdraw from the smartphone market since the smaller players won’t be able to capture enough market share to remain viable.

Source: Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP)

Apple could be in a better position since it seems to be retaining a higher percentage of its users and doing a better job of getting Android users to convert to iOS. While I don’t expect Samsung to falter anytime soon, if the Android market becomes extremely price competitive and it is not able to make inroads in Apple’s install base Samsung’s profitability could be negatively impacted. Samsung will need to be at the leading edge of functionality and develop its own ecosystem.

The CIRP report also includes which carriers benefit the most from Apple or Samsung along with market shares for type of location that sells smartphones (mobile carrier, Apple store, retailer or Internet site). It also has information regarding the age, income and education of buyers for each vendor.

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Samsung Debuts The New Galaxy S IV

People interact with the Samsung Galaxy S IV, March 14, 2013 in New York City. Samsung, the world’s largest handset maker, revealed their successor to the Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S IV features a five-inch 1080p screen, a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera and ships with the latest Android version, Jelly Bean.

What it is and how it operates…

http://www.miniclip.com

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Is a Mobile and  Online Games Site

Was launched in 2001 and is known for having a large and varied collection of games. It is the world’s largest privately owned online gaming website. on a budget of $40,000 and quickly grew. As of 2008, the company has been valued at over $200 million, having been profitable for six of its seven years, with turnovers exceeding $20 million only in the past two years.

Miniclip Is available in English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Hindi, Romanian, Hungarian, Korean, Chinese, Turkish, and Japanese and has a social system with registered “game players” who play games with each other and play in custom friend leagues together.

Services:

  • Game players have their own game profile pages
  • Awards are earned by performing actions on the website
  • The worldwide daily, weekly and monthly leader boards are displayed in games
  • Players are ranked worldwide with a special color – code
  • Players have a games news feed on their profile pages
  • For certain new live multiplayer games there is a real time matchmaking system
  • Avatars are called YoMe’s and can be customized to include many different looks and styles

http://www.yelp.com

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Yelp is an interesting  platform and Application for phones created to find out information

about specific businesses with a focus on user reviews.

At the beginning, (2004) Yepl was proposed as a “Business Incubator Web Site” where users could ask friends for their recommendations on local services via email but,  when its founders noticed the popularity of the “Real Reviews” feature the web site was relaunched in February 2005 with this as one of its key features.

By 2007 the web site had received one million user-submitted reviews of local businesses.
The number of reviewers grew from 12,000 in 2005, to 100,000 reviewers in 2006. That year, Yelp began a marketing campaign featuring window stickers for store windows, in 2007 provided access to business listing details, reviews, photos, and ratings and was used to add business information to a website, widget, or mobile application and by 2008, the website hadfifteen million visitors per month.

The company’s web site provides specialized search capabilities and provides information about businesses in a given area using address or ZIP code information. Each paid business listing contains a filtered 5-point rating, filtered reviews from other site visitors, and details such as:

  • The business’ address
  • Hours
  • Accessibility
  • Parking
  • Site visitors can update business listings with moderator approval
  • Business owners can access and update their listing information directly.

Listings include stores, service businesses, cultural venues, public places and more. Yelp websites and features are available for many mobile devices.

http://www.scribd.com/

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Scribd is a self-publishing platform that is also an Application for phones where you can not only publish articles, but also share files, like a viral short eBook you created.    This can include articles, eBooks, PowerPoint presentations, newsletters, pictures, and other stuff.

The idea was originally inspired when his founder was at the College and was having difficulties of publishing academic papers.
It was easy to find interested in collaborating in the project as well as investors so quickly positioned the company as one of the most popular social networks sites. Now more than 100 media companies use brand readers Scribd to embed source material in his stories.

Supported formats include:

  • Microsoft Excel (. Xls,. Xlsx)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (. Ppt,. Pps. Pptx)
  • Microsoft Word (. Doc,. Docx)
  • OpenDocument (. Odt, odp,. Ods,. Odf,. Odg)
  • OpenOffice.org XML (. Sxw,. Sxi,. Sxc,. Sxd)
  • Plain text (. Txt)
  • Portable Document Format (. Pdf)
  • PostScript (. Ps)
  • Rich Text Format (. RTF)
  • Tagged image file format (. Tif,. TIFF)

More importantly, it combines the publishing aspect with social marketing.  Scribd is  easy to use. and it’s free. 

http://www.waze.com/homepage/

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WAZE is a GPS Phone  Application which is fed with information provided by its subscribers in real time.

It was created by three Israelites and quickly spread around the world thanks to its benefits in everyday life.
Facebook tried to buy it but did not reach an agreement. Then Google negotiated with them for U.S. $ 1.03 billions, thus becoming the technology sales transaction largest in the history of the Republic of Israel.
Waze users are called wazers, and software unlike traditional GPS aided navigation, this is maintained by the users, and learns of the routes traveled by users to provide routing information and traffic updates in real time. Waze offers features that include:

  • Spoken turn by turn instructions (speech synthesis)
  • Spoken street names
  • Reports real-time traffic
  • Gasoline prices in real time
  • Possibility of avoiding tolls **
  • Free, regular updates to the map installed and automatically displayed
  • Search fate full address, category, name of the place, points of interest, or by using the contact information.
  • Integrated search target: Google, Foursquare, Bing, Contacts
  • Support for external applications insert targets using
  • multi-language support
  • Integration with social networks (Twitter and Facebook)

http://www.causes.com

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CAUSES is an Application created by Facebook in order to provide “easy-to-use tools” where users can create, join or browse causes focused on issues in which they are interested and is one of its largest applications, currently has the second largest number of monthly active users on Facebook, with over 2,300,000 monthly active users that have started over 350,000 issue-based causes. Of these, almost 40 percent are raising money for a US nonprofit or Canadian charity, with a median donations of $25.
With this interesting platform you can customize three different templates: — a petition, pledge, or fundraiser — or just find one that you want to support.

Services:

  • No cost email tools
  • Technical support 24/7
  • Uses all the tools of Facebook to spread the word about your Cause.

Through this tool, campaign creators can reach out to their supporters via email – at no cost, anytime.
For supporters, managing email subscriptions is a simple, one-click process. Besides, “causes” provides advice to nonprofit organizations on how to how to get more help from the public.

 

MySQL

What is MySQL

MySQL is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS) that uses Structured Query Language (SQL), the most popular language for adding, accessing, and processing data in a database.

Think of MySQL as a big filing cabinet where all the content on your site is stored.

MySQL Admin and Development Tools  that I recommend

As a novice in the field of web development, I think we should do everything possible to start with the “latest technology, the most recent”,in order to advance to the step of “our own time”  and that’s what I’ll do when the time comes, for now I can recommend the most simple and compatible tools.

MySQL Workbench (Win, Linux, Mac)  

I think is good because its fully featured visual database design package make it easy to understand.

 Includes database design, modeling, creation and maintenance bundled into a single environment for the MySQL database system. The free version is the Community Edition, which is loaded with features that will meet almost all your requirements.

There is also the commercial option that we can buy when we are ready for more structured projects.

phpMyAdmin

I recommend this one because has been built to handle the full administration of MySQL.

It can create and drop databases, create/drop/alter tables, delete/edit/add fields, execute any SQL statement, manage users and permissions, and manage keys on fields.

A nice feature from this legendary tool is that you can download and change the theme (not exactly a monumental feature, but a unique feature).

Is so popular and is a free tool.

 

PHP / Script Language code

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What is “PHP”.

PHP is a programming language for dynamically built web sites, is script language that can be used for creating HTLM page on server before the page filled with dynamic content is sent to client. This method of generating the content allows client to see HTML code only. Client is not able to see code (script) which generated the content.

To be able to develop applications it is necessary to have installed php, built web server and installed a database like “mySQL” on the computer. But they are easy to get besides that may be free because there are web server packages ready for usage that allow us to install everything we need for development of PHP applications on the local computer very simply.

One of the main advantages of the PHP language is the option of embedding PHP code directly into HTML pages.

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The default syntax for defining code that is written using the PHP language:  

                                                                                                       <?php

                                                                                                        echo “First Patricia’s  PHP code!!!“;

                                                                                                         ?>

All that lines between the tags  (end php code) will be treated as a PHP code and they must be stuck in the “body” of the HTML page and will be affected also by CSS.

Brief History

PHP appeared in the mid-nineties to becoming one of the most prominent languages powering the web and since then has continued to grow rapidly.

A NETCRAFT survey from January 2013 shows that PHP is used on 244 million websites. That is a total of 39% of all servers monitored.

How PHP can be applied to a website.

PHP can be used on all major operating systems,

including Linux, many Unix variants (including HP-UX, Solaris and OpenBSD), Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, RISC OS, and probably others.

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With PHP you are not limited to output HTML. PHP’s abilities includes outputting images, PDF files and even Flash movies (using libswf and Ming) generated on the fly.

You can also output easily any text, such as XHTML and any other XML file. PHP can autogenerate these files, and save them in the file system, instead of printing it out, forming a server-side cache for your dynamic content.

One of the strongest and most significant features in PHP is its support for a wide range of databases.

Writing a database-enabled web page is incredibly simple using one of the database specific extensions (e.g., for mysql), or using an abstraction layer like PDO (PHP Data Objects), or connect to any database supporting the Open Database Connection standard via the ODBC extension (Open Database Connectivity). Other databases may utilize cURL or sockets, like CouchDB.

Today, about 90% of all American television animation is produced in Asia.

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Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Asian Animation Industry: Strategies, Trends & Opportunities 2013” report to their offering.

Much of Asia’s animation production since the 1960s has been tied to foreign interests attracted by stable and inexpensive labor supplies. For nearly forty years, western studios have established and maintained production facilities, first in Japan, then in South Korea and Taiwan, and now also in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Indonesia, and China.

The economics of the industry made it feasible for Asia to feed the cartoon world, to the extent that today, about 90% of all American television animation is produced in Asia.

The usual procedure is for pre-production to be done in the United States or other European countries, after which, the package is sent to Asia for production. The work is sent back to the U.S. or other headquarter country for post-production Offshore animation has led to the creating and nurturing of a local industry, as an infrastructure is built up, equipment is put into place, and skills are transferred.

An emerging trend in the Asian animation industry is the increasing focus towards production of local animation content for television as well as production of animated movies. A number of Asian animation studios are giving importance to owning and protecting animation content by investing in intellectual property protection mechanisms. MARKET WATCH The rapid advancement of computer technology has made computer animation available to the masses.

The major animation markets include the United States, Canada, Japan, China, France, Britain, Korea and Germany. The outsourced computer animation production market is increasingly being tapped by North American and European film and television program producers. The major factors behind outsourcing of animation content to the Asia/Pacific region are the availability of trained skills at lower labor rates.

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http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/2411919/global_animation_industry_strategies_trends_and

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La noticia sorprendió a Wall Street!!!

La Energia Solar proyecta beneficios que llegarían en hasta un 28% más alto de lo esperado.

The news shocked Wall Street.

The Solar Energy is projecting that profits would come in as much as 28% higher than expected this year.

1The news shocked Wall Street.

La noticia sorprendió a Wall Street.

A principios de abril, First Solar (FSLR), fabricante estadounidense líder de energía solar fotovoltaica (FV), con US $ 3 mil millones en 2012 los ingresos, sorprendió a los analistas con orientación muy optimista – proyecta que los beneficios llegarían en hasta un 28% más alto de lo esperado este año el crecimiento de las ventas saludable. Las acciones de First Solar se disparó un 43% en un día. Recientemente, en $ 45, las acciones siguen estando muy por debajo de su máximo histórico de 273 dólares en 2008. Aún así, dice First Solar CEO Jim Hughes,

“la niebla se está levantando.”  De hecho, en los últimos años han sido un período oscuro para la industria solar. Las compañías chinas, alimentadas por los subsidios del gobierno, crean un exceso de oferta y la ayudó a reducir los precios un 75%. Eso puede haber sido una buena noticia para los clientes, pero fue un desastre para las empresas que fabrican paneles solares. Tinta roja fluía, y los principales actores – incluyendo Suntech de China y Solyndra en los EE.UU. – se declaró en quiebra.

¿Por qué tanto optimismo sobre las perspectivas de la Energia Solar ahora? Por un lado, los precios finalmente se han estabilizado. En el primer trimestre de 2013, los precios de los paneles fotovoltaicos dejaron caer por primera vez en cinco años, e incluso aumentó ligeramente. Una razón importante es que el enorme excedente de capacidad de producción está comenzando a disminuir. Según la firma de investigación de Greentech Media, en 2008 había más de 200 nuevas empresas solares VC-financiados por los EE.UU. En los últimos años, más de un tercio de ellos han sido adquiridos, cerradas o en quiebra.  Mientras tanto, la demanda se ha disparado – por una variedad de razones.
China planea instalar un ambicioso panelado de 10 gigavatios de capacidad de energía solar este año. En los EE.UU. la industria solar creció 76% en 2012 ya que los fabricantes fotovoltaicos instalados un total de 3,3 gigavatios de energía, o el equivalente a una nueva planta de energía nuclear. Generosos subsidios estatales en California y en otros lugares estan impulsando las ventas, así como el hecho de que 29 estados tienen requisitos que un determinado porcentaje de la energía provenga de fuentes renovables. Y los nuevos modelos de financiación solares – en el que los instaladores como los sistemas solares Sunrun arrendamiento a los clientes por poco o ningún dinero abajo Solar City (respaldado por Google (GOOG, Fortune 500), entre otros) y – han despegado y ahora representan una parte de rápido crecimiento de las nuevas instalaciones solares.


In early April, First Solar (FSLR), America’s leading maker of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, with $3 billion in 2012 revenues, surprised analysts with highly bullish guidance — projecting that profits would come in as much as 28% higher than expected this year on healthy sales growth. First Solar’s stock shot up 43% in a day. Recently at $45, the shares remain far below their record high of $273 in 2008. Still, says First Solar CEO Jim Hughes, “the fog is lifting.”

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