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Brave dog saves kid in spite of repeated snakebites! Let's hope that it has a painless and quick recovery.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When a venomous Eastern diamondback rattlesnake appeared in the backyard of a 7-year-old Florida girl, her German shepherd came to her rescue, refusing to back down despite multiple snakebites.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 6: Specs leak reveals mammoth 256GB ROM, 4200 mAh battery and more
 International Business Times UK - 3h ago
The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 slated to be pitted against Apple's iPhone 7 has yet again generated curiosity with a new range of specs leaks.
The device is speculated to run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 823 processor.
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MacBook Pro 2016: Q2 Release Date Expected; Here's How It's Like With Specs & Features Upgrade
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 11: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller announces the new MacBook Pro during the keynote address at the Apple 2012 World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) at Moscone West on ...
With updates packed into the MacBook and MacBook Air last month, prospects are looking forward to see changes in the lineup's Pro units.
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Smart phone market squeezed down

A customer tries a Samsung Gear VR headset at one of the company's digital plaza stores in Seoul, South Korea, on April 24. Photo: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News

Wall Street Journal
SEOUL—Earnings reports this week may toll the bell for the decadelong smartphone bonanza.

Samsung Electronics Co. , the world’s biggest smartphone maker by shipments, reported strong mobile-profit gains Thursday—but goosed the results by pushing up the release of a new flagship model. Also Thursday, crosstown rival LG Electronics Inc. reported the third straight quarterly loss for its mobile division. Even Apple Inc., the world’s most profitable smartphone maker by a wide margin, earlier this week reported an earnings drop from a year earlier and its first revenue decline in 13 years as iPhone sales turned sluggish.

LG is counting on its new flagship G5 smartphone, which went on sale earlier this month, to drive market share and earnings gains, but makers are running into a new reality: For the first time, the global market is shrinking, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, which puts first-quarter smartphone shipments at 335 million, down 3% from a year earlier. Calculations by another firm, IDC, show growth, but barely—0.2%.


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Saturation in developed economies and rising competition in emerging markets like India, Indonesia and Latin America is squeezing out weaker players and pressuring the profits of those that remain.

The pain has spread to component makers. Sony Corp. ’s device unit, whose products include image sensors for smartphones, on Thursday posted an operating loss of ¥28.6 billion ($264 million) for the year ended March, after a year-earlier profit of ¥89 billion. The company now regards the smartphone business as “a low-growth industry,” Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida said.

“We have overestimated demand,” he said.

While the Samsung mobile unit’s first-quarter operating profit was up 42% from a year earlier—the biggest jump since the second quarter of 2013—and its margin rose to 14% from 11%, analysts seemed unmoved. In the medium term, Samsung will struggle to keep up its earnings growth, said Shelley Jang, Seoul-based director of credit-rating company Fitch Ratings.

Operating profit at Samsung Electronics’ core mobile business grew at its fastest pace in nearly three years in the first quarter. Here are some key numbers. Photo: Getty Images
“Smartphones are now commoditized,” she said in a note to clients. “Everyone has one, even in developing countries.” Samsung’s smartphone recovery “is likely to be short-lived,” she added, pointing to “ever-increasing competition and narrowing product differentiation as lower-cost competitors’ handsets improve.”

Investors were similarly skeptical, pushing Samsung shares down 2.7%, its biggest one-day decline in nearly a month.

Samsung pushed up the release of its well-received flagship Galaxy S7 smartphone, boosting its first-quarter impact. Last year’s release of the Galaxy S6 came nearly a month later.

Carrier partners promoted the Galaxy S7 aggressively—particularly the curved-screen variant the Galaxy S7 Edge, which was “sold out almost immediately upon arrival” in the U.S., China and the Middle East, according to Lee Kyeong-tae, Samsung’s vice president of mobile communications.

Greater China made up more than half of Apple's first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years. Here are the numbers. Photo: Getty Images
More-sobering results could come as soon as the next quarter or two for Samsung as the market becomes crowded with more rival products and it lacks a new flagship phone to drive excitement. And the South Korean won, whose weakness benefited Samsung’s first-quarter export earnings, is expected to continue strengthening.

Unlike in recent quarters, Samsung won’t get a reprieve from its semiconductor business; fears of an industrywide glut of memory chips and cooling demand sent it to its first year-over-year decline in more than three years. The chip business’s contribution to the company’s bottom line fell to its lowest level in nearly two years.

Overall, net profit for the first quarter was up 14% from a year earlier to 5.3 trillion won ($4.6 billion), after a drop of 40% the quarter before. The mobile division’s operating profit was 3.9 trillion won.

The chip unit’s operating profit was off 10% to 2.6 trillion won, with margins squeezed to 24%. At their peak, the unit’s margins ran as high as 30%.

In a separate statement Thursday, Samsung said that it would start the third phase of a previously announced 11.3 trillion won share-buyback program. Over three months starting Friday, the company will purchase and cancel 2 trillion won worth of shares.

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MacBook Pro and Macbook Air 2016 Release Date and Rumors: Will Apple Be Able To Deliver More In Less?
 News Every day - 11h ago
As Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference draws nearer, the rumors about the MacBook Pro 2016 and MacBook Air 2016 are getting louder, though the latter is unlikely to see the light of the day.
The MacBook Pro is set to shed a lot of flab and pave the way for extinction of the 'Air' brand.
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Will you use what's app on your desktop?
The other day it was speculated that WhatsApp could be working on a desktop version of its app Given that WhatsApp already sort of exists on the...
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Samsung Galaxy Note 6: Specs leak reveals mammoth 256GB ROM, 4200 mAh battery and more
 International Business Times UK - 3h ago
The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 slated to be pitted against Apple's iPhone 7 has yet again generated curiosity with a new range of specs leaks.
The device is speculated to run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 823 processor.
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Smart phone squeeze felt

A customer tries a Samsung Gear VR headset at one of the company's digital plaza stores in Seoul, South Korea, on April 24. Photo: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News


Wall Street Journal

SEOUL—Earnings reports this week may toll the bell for the decadelong smartphone bonanza.

Samsung Electronics Co. , the world’s biggest smartphone maker by shipments, reported strong mobile-profit gains Thursday—but goosed the results by pushing up the release of a new flagship model. Also Thursday, crosstown rival LG Electronics Inc. reported the third straight quarterly loss for its mobile division. Even Apple Inc., the world’s most profitable smartphone maker by a wide margin, earlier this week reported an earnings drop from a year earlier and its first revenue decline in 13 years as iPhone sales turned sluggish.

LG is counting on its new flagship G5 smartphone, which went on sale earlier this month, to drive market share and earnings gains, but makers are running into a new reality: For the first time, the global market is shrinking, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, which puts first-quarter smartphone shipments at 335 million, down 3% from a year earlier. Calculations by another firm, IDC, show growth, but barely—0.2%.


ENLARGE
Saturation in developed economies and rising competition in emerging markets like India, Indonesia and Latin America is squeezing out weaker players and pressuring the profits of those that remain.

The pain has spread to component makers. Sony Corp. ’s device unit, whose products include image sensors for smartphones, on Thursday posted an operating loss of ¥28.6 billion ($264 million) for the year ended March, after a year-earlier profit of ¥89 billion. The company now regards the smartphone business as “a low-growth industry,” Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida said.

“We have overestimated demand,” he said.

While the Samsung mobile unit’s first-quarter operating profit was up 42% from a year earlier—the biggest jump since the second quarter of 2013—and its margin rose to 14% from 11%, analysts seemed unmoved. In the medium term, Samsung will struggle to keep up its earnings growth, said Shelley Jang, Seoul-based director of credit-rating company Fitch Ratings.

Operating profit at Samsung Electronics’ core mobile business grew at its fastest pace in nearly three years in the first quarter. Here are some key numbers. Photo: Getty Images
“Smartphones are now commoditized,” she said in a note to clients. “Everyone has one, even in developing countries.” Samsung’s smartphone recovery “is likely to be short-lived,” she added, pointing to “ever-increasing competition and narrowing product differentiation as lower-cost competitors’ handsets improve.”

Investors were similarly skeptical, pushing Samsung shares down 2.7%, its biggest one-day decline in nearly a month.

Samsung pushed up the release of its well-received flagship Galaxy S7 smartphone, boosting its first-quarter impact. Last year’s release of the Galaxy S6 came nearly a month later.

Carrier partners promoted the Galaxy S7 aggressively—particularly the curved-screen variant the Galaxy S7 Edge, which was “sold out almost immediately upon arrival” in the U.S., China and the Middle East, according to Lee Kyeong-tae, Samsung’s vice president of mobile communications.

Greater China made up more than half of Apple's first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years. Here are the numbers. Photo: Getty Images
More-sobering results could come as soon as the next quarter or two for Samsung as the market becomes crowded with more rival products and it lacks a new flagship phone to drive excitement. And the South Korean won, whose weakness benefited Samsung’s first-quarter export earnings, is expected to continue strengthening.

Unlike in recent quarters, Samsung won’t get a reprieve from its semiconductor business; fears of an industrywide glut of memory chips and cooling demand sent it to its first year-over-year decline in more than three years. The chip business’s contribution to the company’s bottom line fell to its lowest level in nearly two years.

Overall, net profit for the first quarter was up 14% from a year earlier to 5.3 trillion won ($4.6 billion), after a drop of 40% the quarter before. The mobile division’s operating profit was 3.9 trillion won.

The chip unit’s operating profit was off 10% to 2.6 trillion won, with margins squeezed to 24%. At their peak, the unit’s margins ran as high as 30%.

In a separate statement Thursday, Samsung said that it would start the third phase of a previously announced 11.3 trillion won share-buyback program. Over three months starting Friday, the company will purchase and cancel 2 trillion won worth of shares.


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Smart phone a,takes squeeze felt.

A customer tries a Samsung Gear VR headset at one of the company's digital plaza stores in Seoul, South Korea, on April 24. Photo: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News

Wall Street Journal.

SEOUL—Earnings reports this week may toll the bell for the decadelong smartphone bonanza.

Samsung Electronics Co. , the world’s biggest smartphone maker by shipments, reported strong mobile-profit gains Thursday—but goosed the results by pushing up the release of a new flagship model. Also Thursday, crosstown rival LG Electronics Inc. reported the third straight quarterly loss for its mobile division. Even Apple Inc., the world’s most profitable smartphone maker by a wide margin, earlier this week reported an earnings drop from a year earlier and its first revenue decline in 13 years as iPhone sales turned sluggish.

LG is counting on its new flagship G5 smartphone, which went on sale earlier this month, to drive market share and earnings gains, but makers are running into a new reality: For the first time, the global market is shrinking, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, which puts first-quarter smartphone shipments at 335 million, down 3% from a year earlier. Calculations by another firm, IDC, show growth, but barely—0.2%.


ENLARGE
Saturation in developed economies and rising competition in emerging markets like India, Indonesia and Latin America is squeezing out weaker players and pressuring the profits of those that remain.

The pain has spread to component makers. Sony Corp. ’s device unit, whose products include image sensors for smartphones, on Thursday posted an operating loss of ¥28.6 billion ($264 million) for the year ended March, after a year-earlier profit of ¥89 billion. The company now regards the smartphone business as “a low-growth industry,” Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida said.

“We have overestimated demand,” he said.

While the Samsung mobile unit’s first-quarter operating profit was up 42% from a year earlier—the biggest jump since the second quarter of 2013—and its margin rose to 14% from 11%, analysts seemed unmoved. In the medium term, Samsung will struggle to keep up its earnings growth, said Shelley Jang, Seoul-based director of credit-rating company Fitch Ratings.

Operating profit at Samsung Electronics’ core mobile business grew at its fastest pace in nearly three years in the first quarter. Here are some key numbers. Photo: Getty Images
“Smartphones are now commoditized,” she said in a note to clients. “Everyone has one, even in developing countries.” Samsung’s smartphone recovery “is likely to be short-lived,” she added, pointing to “ever-increasing competition and narrowing product differentiation as lower-cost competitors’ handsets improve.”

Investors were similarly skeptical, pushing Samsung shares down 2.7%, its biggest one-day decline in nearly a month.

Samsung pushed up the release of its well-received flagship Galaxy S7 smartphone, boosting its first-quarter impact. Last year’s release of the Galaxy S6 came nearly a month later.

Carrier partners promoted the Galaxy S7 aggressively—particularly the curved-screen variant the Galaxy S7 Edge, which was “sold out almost immediately upon arrival” in the U.S., China and the Middle East, according to Lee Kyeong-tae, Samsung’s vice president of mobile communications.

Greater China made up more than half of Apple's first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years. Here are the numbers. Photo: Getty Images
More-sobering results could come as soon as the next quarter or two for Samsung as the market becomes crowded with more rival products and it lacks a new flagship phone to drive excitement. And the South Korean won, whose weakness benefited Samsung’s first-quarter export earnings, is expected to continue strengthening.

Unlike in recent quarters, Samsung won’t get a reprieve from its semiconductor business; fears of an industrywide glut of memory chips and cooling demand sent it to its first year-over-year decline in more than three years. The chip business’s contribution to the company’s bottom line fell to its lowest level in nearly two years.

Overall, net profit for the first quarter was up 14% from a year earlier to 5.3 trillion won ($4.6 billion), after a drop of 40% the quarter before. The mobile division’s operating profit was 3.9 trillion won.

The chip unit’s operating profit was off 10% to 2.6 trillion won, with margins squeezed to 24%. At their peak, the unit’s margins ran as high as 30%.

In a separate statement Thursday, Samsung said that it would start the third phase of a previously announced 11.3 trillion won share-buyback program. Over three months starting Friday, the company will purchase and cancel 2 trillion won worth of shares.

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After its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years, is the iPhone maker doomed or did it just hit a bump on the road to bigger things?
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