Mae Anderson AP Technology Writer Published 5:28 PM EST Jan 3, 2019 New York – Behind Apple’s disconcerting news of weak iPhone sales lies a more sobering truth: The tech industry has hit peak smartphone, a tipping point when everyone who can afford one already owns one and no breakthroughs are compelling them to upgrade as frequently as they once did. Some manufacturers have boosted prices to keep up profit. But Apple’s shortfall highlights the limits of that strategy. The company said demand for iPhones is waning and revenue for the last quarter of 2018 will fall well below projections, a decrease traced mainly to China. Apple Inc.’s $1,000 iPhone is a tough sell to Chinese consumers unnerved by an economic slump and the trade war with the U.S. They also have a slew of cheaper smartphones from homegrown competitors such as Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo to choose from. Apple’s shares dropped 9 percent Thursday on the sales slump forecast as the company … [Read more...] about Weak iPhone sales signal smartphone market has peaked
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Mae Anderson, Ap Technology Writer Updated 2:04 pm CST, Thursday, January 3, 2019 The Apple logo is displayed at the Apple store in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Apple's shock warning that its Chinese sales are weakening ratcheted up concerns about the world's second largest economy and weighed heavily on global stock markets as well as the dollar on Thursday. less The Apple logo is displayed at the Apple store in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Apple's shock warning that its Chinese sales are weakening ratcheted up concerns about the world's ... more Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 The Apple logo is displayed at the Apple store in the Brooklyn borough of New York, … [Read more...] about With slump in iPhone sales, are we post Peak Smartphone?
Speaking at this week’s Motor Trader Summit, Karl Davis, managing director of Coachworks Consulting, said some dealers are losing vehicle sales and aftersales work by not fully utilising IT systems they already have in their facilities.“Digital utilisation in the dealer sector requires a major shake-up if an acceptable return on the digital investment is ever going to be achieved. “In a tight market some dealers are unnecessarily losing sales because they do not have simple processes to capture sufficient customer data in the first place or keep it updated and this is hitting their profitability. Davis said he frequently found that under-performing dealers do not have accurate showroom logs of customer enquiries whether they’re online, telephone or physical. “It’s outrageous that dealers are investing large sums in sophisticated dealer management systems (DMS) and software, which have significant ongoing costs, but are failing to use these tools to … [Read more...] about Dealers are failing to capture and manage customer data
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important? Longtime Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche’s replacement named, Nissan-Renault’s Carlos Ghosn isn’t going anywhere, all of you are terrible at driving and so much more on The Morning Shift for Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. Let’s do it! 1st Gear: He Doesn’t Have the ‘Stache But He’ll Have to Do Mustache enthusiast and late-in-life blazer and jeans aficionado Dieter Zetsche has run Daimler AG for the past 12 years. (Before that we Americans largely knew him as “Dr. Z”, CEO of the former Chrysler Group, and we all know how that went.) In that time he’s become one of the auto industry’s most respected and recognizable figures, but at 65 an end to his tenure as been in sight for a while. Now we know who will take the reins at this most German of companies: A non-German, for the first time ever. In May 2019, 49-year-old Ola … [Read more...] about A Non-German Will Lead Daimler For the First Time Ever
A humble drug bust in Jacksonville, Fla., could result in a landmark ruling that challenges the rising popularity of the face recognition technology used to help put a man in jail for eight years. The appeal now underway in Florida's First District Court of Appeals could also yield further evidence of what many have asserted: that facial recognition tech is itself inherently biased against people of color.The potentially historic case revolves around a typical crime: the sale of $50 of crack to an undercover officer. Police say Willie Allen Lynch sold the drugs on Sept. 12, 2015, to cops who weren't able to capture him on the spot due to concerns the arrest would blow their cover.The cops did manage to snap photos of their suspect, however, and three weeks later ran the images through a statewide police database using an algorithm designed by the company MorphoTrust that searches 22 million Florida driver's licenses and more than 11 million law enforcement photos. An analyst looked at … [Read more...] about A $50 crack sale in Florida could yield significant ruling on facial recognition