Brazil, India, China and South Africa - the ''big five'' of the developing world, have agreed, in principle, to create a development bank to fund infrastructure projects. A potentially historic challenge to western-dominated institutions such as the World Bank.
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A focus on South Africa, the newest member of the Brics http://gu.com/p/3ekf6/tw
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The iPad and iPhone 5 will sell in huge numbers, but perhaps not as high as the previous iterations. Competition from the bargain basement Kindle Fire may well erode their market share to a reasonable extent.
Of course it'd be stupid to write Apple off completely right now with the resources and reputation they have but if they are unable to find compelling reasons for Apple cultists to upgrade then this could be the start of a period of decline.
What do you reckon?
Microsoft is on borrowed time, even the US government has began to ditch I.E. and use Chrome. Each time their OS looks more and more like Apple, and the last thing Windows needs is for people to think that the two are direct competitors. However, their peak was along time ago. I don't even think Apple has peaked, what you are drawing attention to is more a cease of positive acceleration, they still have plenty of momentum left.
Marketing is everything really, the market of actual nerds who know a damned thing about technology on the inside is still small. Getting the mob worked up about it is way more important than doing a thorough job (c.f. Kony video!).
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