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Samsung purchase of Harman signals the future

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The takeover of Harman has placed Samsung among the leading players in the connected car industry; the Korean technology company has access to a raft of deals with major car manufacturers, expertise from a range of companies acquired by Harman and a huge $24bn order backlog. Infotainment, acoustics, display and other systems are all due to expand in value in the coming years, and Harman has systems already installed in over 30 million cars worldwide. Taking over the company presents Samsung with a highly valuable market position. CarPlay (the system… Read more

Ford’s autonomous cars due for release in 2021

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Ford, one of the world’s largest automotive and mobility companies, announced that it will be developing autonomous cars for use by 2021. As part of this goal, Ford will be investing in several startups, continuing its trend of making investments in technology in recent years. For example, Ford’s recent technology investments include Easy Access Door System, Active City Stop, Hands-Free Tailgate, and Active Park Assist. In the announcement, Ford said that it will also be investing in companies developing advanced algorithms, 3D mapping, LiDAR, and radar and camera sensors. These… Read more

Self-driving to the future

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The line between the auto and tech industries is rapidly blurring, with the pursuit of autonomous driving and a shift from car ownership towards car sharing and ride sharing. China is widely viewed as the next frontier for growth and many market players are looking to establish a foothold in this country, which requires significant investment. To keep up with changing market trends, most major auto makers are investing in their own driverless-car technology, which is less costly if done in cooperation with high-tech companies, like Google or Apple. The… Read more

Apple’s security flaw and ad-blocking decision highlight two key technology trends

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In quick succession, Apple has been subject to some perfect examples of two key current issues in the technology industry. Firstly, much of the free content on the internet is driven by advertising revenues and the long-term implications of using ad-blocking software could see the end of free content provision together with a shift to more and more online subscription services. On the flipside of this, the obtrusive use of data-heavy adverts across websites slows down internet use for consumers and can spoil the browsing experience. Secondly, the battle between… Read more

What do Google and Apple’s latest devices tell us about the tablet market?

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It has been a big week for new tablet releases, with both Google Inc. (Google) and Apple Inc. (Apple) revealing new devices that could become market leaders. Notably, Google announced the Nexus 9, an 8.9-inch tablet manufactured in partnership with HTC, alongside a new phablet, the Nexus 6, manufactured by the previously Google-owned Motorola on October 5, 2014. A day later, Apple took to the stage to announce the iPad Air 2, its latest flagship tablet, as well as the iPad mini 3, an update to its range of smaller,… Read more

Apple Watch – Leapfrogging competitors?

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Yesterday, Apple took to the stage to reveal two new iPhone models – the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – and its own smart watch – dubbed the Apple Watch. Both new iPhone models represent an attempt to take on competitor devices with larger screens, referred to as “phablets” – such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note range – which are gaining traction in the smartphone market. The Apple watch, meanwhile, represents a movement into the burgeoning wearable technology industry, in typical Apple style. The Apple Watch shares much in common… Read more

Samsung and Google: A happy partnership?

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Google’s CFO, Patrick Pichette, has previously dispelled rumors of a rocky relationship between Google, the owner of the Android operating system (OS), and Samsung, the world’s most successful manufacturer of Android smartphones. However, new reports claim that new tensions have been felt between the two companies due to Samsung’s focus on its own OS, Tizen, which it has used for its Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smart watches. As discussed in the MarketLine case study, “Wearable technology: The new tech battleground?“, Google is keen to establish Android as the… Read more

Samsung aiming to take bite out of Apple’s tablet dominance

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With the launch of its Galaxy Tab S, Samsung has signaled its intent to take on Apple head-on in the premium tablet. Priced at the same level as Apple’s flagship iPad Air the Galaxy Tab S could be the Korean company’s last attempt to compete with Apple at the higher end of the tablet market. If rumours are to be believed, Samsung may exit the high-end tablet market if the Galaxy tab S fails to make significant inroads against the iPad. Although Samsung has been able to compete effectively in… Read more

BlackBerry: clinging onto consumers through BBM

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BlackBerry’s dire financial results have dominated headlines over the past year, leading to speculation about its future as a business. BlackBerry 10, its latest operating system, has failed to recapture the consumer market, and recent rumors of the company exiting the hardware market, have been circulating. Although it appears that BlackBerry has lost the consumer hardware battle to Apple and Google, there remains one artifact of its original popularity: BBM. As discussed in the MarketLine Case Study, BlackBerry Limited: Does it have a future in the consumer market?, BlackBerry is… Read more

Apple’s new iPads to offer greater profit opportunities?

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Apple Inc’s (Apple) latest additions to its iPad tablet range show that it continues to focus on the high-end of the market. The addition of a Retina display to the iPad mini, in conjunction with a price increase, demonstrates that the company continues to value premium, profitable products. The replacement of last year’s flagship iPad with the new iPad Air also marks an attempt to continue premium profitability, as the company continues to offer its iPad 2 at $399. Further premiuzation of the iPad mini This time last year, I… Read more

Kindle Fire to Challenge Apple iPad

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According to third-party reports available online, the growing sales of the Amazon Kindle Fire potentially took away revenue from sales of anywhere between 1 and 2 million units of the iPad in the fourth quarter of 2011. The comparison between Kindle Fire and iPad 2 may seems a little unjustified in technical aspects, as the latter’s technical features are way ahead, but when it comes to market statistics Amazon Kindle Fire is challenging Apple’s tablet. Despite not having as many high-end features as the iPad 2, Kindle Fire has been… Read more

The iPad mini is official, but does its price place it out of touch of the competition?

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  Cupertino technology giant Apple, Inc. (Apple) has officially unveiled its new iPad mini, a 7.9 inch screen version of its tremendously popular tablet computer to go against rival hardware from Amazon and Google. However, the higher price of Apple’s latest offering compared to its competitors’ products may serve to limit its competitive impact within the small tablet market space. At its press event last night, after a huge degree of industry speculation and now seemingly genuine product design leaks, the company lifted the lid off its latest expansion into… Read more

Tax avoidance by large multinational companies in the UK is unfair to small businesses

  Starbucks has recently been in the news after it came to light that they have reportedly paid no tax in the UK for the last three years. Reuters has suggested that the company is making use of offshore licensing, steering profits to Switzerland, and intra-group funding to reduce the profits they earn in the UK. This has resulted in the company reporting losses, whilst expressing to investors how successful the UK arm of the business is. This contradiction is the result of tax avoidance through the use of an… Read more

Amazon continue to pursue the lucrative tablet computer market

  Amazon’s Kindle Fire has seen great success in the US since its launch last November: according to Amazon, it has captured a 22% market share of the US tablet computer market. So, with rumors of an Apple iPad mini, speculated for announcement on September 12th, and the entry of Asus’s Google branded Nexus 7 tablet into the fray, an update to Amazon’s product seemed inevitable. Amazon did not disappoint. On September 6th, we saw three new Kindle Fire tablets revealed to the world: an updated version of the original… Read more