Google and Microsoft – new video game streaming

Both big tech companies, Alphabet (GOOG:US)  with Google and Microsoft (MSFT:US), are on their way to build new video game streaming services for their customers. Google has “Project Stream” as a beta-version and Microsoft “Project XCloud” service. The idea in both of the services is to enable customers easy and working access to video game streaming.

-Scaling and building out Project xCloud is a multi-year journey for us. We’ll begin public trials in 2019 so we can learn and scale with different volumes and locations. Our focus is on delivering an amazing added experience to existing Xbox players and on empowering developers to scale to hundreds of millions of new players across devices, Microsoft comments.

Tech side is also experiencing a new event from Apple. According to company news, Apple (AAPL:US)  is having a new event at the end of October, 30th October, in New York. It is expected to cover news related to iPads and Macs.

Tech stocks have been performing well this year in the Wall Street and according to Bloomberg, Google´s one year return has been 8,78 percent, Microsoft´s 42,07 percent and Apple´s 36,88 percent.

 

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Apple´s new Watch – fitness and health

Apple-Watch-Series4_watch-front-training_09122018Apple  Inc. ((AAPL) has today launched new series of Apple Phones and Watches. The Apple Watch Series 4 include the largest Watch display yet.  According to the company, the new Watch is fundamentally redesigned and re-engineered.

Apple says that the viewing area is over 30 % larger than before, but also the new technology improves the power efficiency – meaning that it should work the whole day on a single charge.

The Watch is having a new infographic display which enables users to have different functions at the same time. Like: air quality index, UV index, Heart rate, Activity, music, workout, breathe, weather.

According to Apple, they have developed the Watch further – to include the security of fall detection and Emergency SOS calls, if needed. The heart rate is monitored by  the Digital Crown Electrode in the Watch. The application is coming later this year, company says.

According to Apple, the Watch is becoming the information centre of users health data. It could include all this information:  activity, sleep, mindfulness, and nutrition.

It seems that the new Apple Watch is the first of its kind, a new Medtech product from Apple.

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Apple to reach records with average selling price

The Californian tech company Apple  (AAPL) is making against all odds. Company announced on Thursday its quarterly figures, which showed that the average selling price hit new records during the last three monts ending on December. The new average selling price was 796 dollars.

According to the company press release, the most popular iPhone was the iPhone X. Although the shippments were down by 1 %, but the revenues were up 13 % to 88,3 billion dollars. This is also all-time-high record.  The diluted EPS was 3,89 dollars, up +16%.

Apple sold 77,3 million iPhones during the period and 65 % of the sales came from international markets. Company is also making a quidance for the next period saying that the gross margin would be 38-38,5 %.

Other products, which include also Apple Watch & Apple TV, were up +36 % from the year earlier and were 5,4 billion dollars. Research and Development were 3,4 billion dollars, up nearly 19 %.

– We’re thrilled to report the biggest quarter in Apple’s history, with broad-based growth that included the highest revenue ever from a new iPhone lineup. iPhone X surpassed our expectations and has been our top-selling iPhone every week since it shipped in November,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

The company stock ended in New York to 170,85 dollars, up 0,21 %. Apple´s market cap is 853 billion dollars and return has been over 32 % during the year.

 

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Apple building closed-loop supply chain

 

Apple (AAPL:US) is building a closed-loop supply chain in order to minimize the impact in environment. According to the company Environmental Report 2017 ” we’re going deeper to pioneer a closed-loop supply chain, where products are made using only renewable resources or recycled material to reduce the need to mine materials from the earth. ”

This statement also highlights the need to decrease the use of conflict minerals in the mobile phones & devices production. Apple´s total greenhouse gas emissions last year were 29,5 millions, 77 % was from manufacturing, and the carbon emission per product has decreased to 97 kg versus 137 kg in 2011.

Apple is investing in green data centers and the company can say that all iMessages, Facetime and Siri are run by renewable energy. And the same target is with the real estate investments & projects.

Accordign to the Report, Apple Park, the new corporate headquarter, is on track to be the largest LEED Platinum–certified building in North America. Over 80 percent of the new campus is open space with more than 9000 drought-tolerant trees and it is operated by renewable energy.

– We’re pushing our manufacturing partners to join us in the fight against climate change. Seven major suppliers have now pledged to power their Apple production entirely with renewable energy by the end of next year, the company reported.

Partners committed to 100 percent renewable energy for Apple production by 2018  are: Biel Crystal Manufactory Ltd. • Catcher Technology • Compal Electronics • Ibiden • Lens Technology • Solvay Specialty Polymers • Sunwoda Electronics

 

 

 

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Porsche Design: Developing a car-integrated luxury watch for 2020?

 

The German Porsche Design, a company in the Volkswagen Group ((VOW:GR) is on the road to develop something new,  a car-integrated luxury watch? According to people familiar with the matter, this integrated watch would be part of the company´s innovative thinking and design.

The technology transfer will take its time and this would mean that the company might be launching this connected watch at the same time as the parent company Porsche, is starting the deliveries of its first electric cars, Mission Es. This car would be totally electric and new innovation from Porsche.

According to sources, Porsche Design is  not developing a smartwatch, but they are developing a watch that can be integrated to cars., “Porsche Design is transferring car´s technology into watches and that is why they do not speak about smartwatches”, the sources said to pubplus.club.

Porsche company has been developing its Digital Lab with thousands new employees during the last years and the company says that they will invest in the digital transformation with double-digit sums of their annual revenues. Last year Porsche´s turnover was 22,3 billion euros and the result before taxes 3,7 billion euros.

For example Apple (AAPL:US) is developing its own electric car with different functions that can be integrated. The main idea with Apple is that they would like to have a car, which could be operated with Apple phone. The functionality and usability of the iPhone for driving would be integration of future-looking car technology and autonomous cars.

Porsche Design is not doing the same, but vice versa while they want a smartwatch or connected watch with a car integration.  They know that Porsche drivers like to drive the car and feel the movement but on the other hand in long distance driving some autonomous functions might be good.

The parent company, Porsche, based in Germany, near Stuttgart, has over 8000 R&D employees. According to the company strategy “The sportscar of the future will blend the history and values of the Porsche brand with innovative technologies, while at the same time ensuring sustainability. In achieving this, topics such as electromobility, digitalisation and connectivity will play an important role.”

Porsche Design launched its new Monobloc Actuator watch during the BaselWorld. In this model, titanium, which has been used in engine construction for over 50 years, is given an entirely new form. This chronograph has a single rocker switch enabling longer durability and lifetime. They are in shops from May 2017 and prices start at 6000 euros.

Porsche Design was founded in 1972 with the design innovations and inspirations from motorsports. The brand philosophy is characterised by combining design expertise and engineering excellence.

 

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Porsche Design MONOBLOC ACTUATOR TitaniumBlue_3DSoldatPorsche Design Timepieces:

1972 – the first entirely matte black wristwatch

1978 – the first watch with an integrated compass

1980 – the first chronograph made entirely from titanium  

2004 – the first watch with mechanical-digital display

2017 – the next innovative watch concept

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Apple to focus its UK operations in Battersea

Apple (AAPL) is leasing about 500.000 square feet for its new UK headquarter in London. The new location is in Battersea Power Station, on the South Bank of River Thames.

This new location will be the main office for the company operations in the UK and about 1400 employees will move there in 2021. Apple will have the top 6 floors of the buildings, of which 3 floors will be for shops. The office designers are not yet appointed.

In the transaction Knight Frank and CBRE advised the BatterSea Power Station Development Company and Cushman & Wakefield Apple.

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Apple Watch sales exceeded the first year sales of iPhones

According to Apple (AAPL),  the sales of Apple Watch have exceeded the first year sales of iPhones during their first year after the product launch. The company spokesmen said that they are very optimistic about the smartwatch and its development. Company made their remarks in the conference calls with financial markets at the end of April.

Apple also marked the new colors and styles of the Watches and said that 94 percent of the smartwatch users are very satisfied with the product itself.

The second quarter (ended March 26)  of Apple was the first time when the company noticed the overall smartphone stagnation globally. The CEO Tim Cook pointed out, that they have seen many swifters from another platforms and that they believe the markets to show more growth again. The company said it will also stay active in the capital markets in M&A  with products/services that can enhance their own offering.

Apple Services, like Apple Music and Apple Pay, showed rapid growth during the quarter and the company said that the growth is one million users per week in Asia. The company has sold over one billion devices with iOs operating system.

The company share price closed to 92,72 dollars last Friday in New York,  down 25 percent year on year.

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