Market research company IDC reported that Apple (AAPL) Watch shipments rose 38.4% YoY (year-over-year) to 4.7 million units in the second quarter, much higher than overall wearables market growth of 5.5% in the period. Apple’s share in the wearables market rose from 13% in the second quarter of 2017 to 17% in the second quarter 2018 and replaced China’s (FXI) Xiaomi as the leading player in the space. Its market share fell from 12.8% to 9.5%.
Google surprised many of its billion-plus Chrome users when decided that Chrome 69, released last week, would no longer display the www. or the m. of a site's address because they were just "trivial subdomains". While the address bar looked cleaner, some argued that hiding the www could expose users to phishing threats, citing examples where two different sites would now look identical, such as www.pool.ntp.org and pool.ntp.org. Apple's Safari likewise hides the www and m but it hasn't caused as much concern, likely because of Google's outsized influence over the web and Chrome's dominance of the browser market. In any case, springing the change on Chrome users didn't do Google any favors, with some suspecting the ad giant's ulterior motive was to broaden the reach of its own AMP subdomain. Google is now taking a different approach to the issue, first by rolling back the change in Chrome 69, and then starting a public discussion about the treatment of www and m. "In Chrome M69, we rolled out a change to hide special-case subdomains "www" and "m" in the Chrome omnibox. After receiving community feedback about these changes, we have decided to roll back these changes in M69 on Chrome for Desktop and Android," Chrome product manager, Emily Schechter said on the Chromium bug tracker.
Anglo American asks Angola for permission explore for metals.
LUANDA, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Anglo American (LSE: AAL.L - news) , one of the world's largest commodities miners, has written to Angola's government requesting permission to explore three areas for base metals, the country's mineral resources ministry said on Friday.
London-listed Anglo, which operates diamond, copper and platinum mines around the world, submitted a letter of intent to invest in the southern African nation's mining sector, the Angolan Ministry of Mineral Resources and oil said. (Reporting by Stephen Eisenhammer; Writing by Mfuneko Toyana and Mark Potter).
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Apple criticised for designing phones ‘too big’ for women’s hands. Apple has come under fire for creating phones which are too large to fit in the average woman’s hand. The tech giant recently announced the launch of the iPhone XS Max, its largest and most expensive model yet, which boasts a 6.5” screen size, an inch larger than the iPhone 8 Plus, which came out last year. However, campaigners have argued that the company’s latest product - and several of its predecessors - ignore the needs of its female consumers, whose hands are on average an inch shorter in width than the average male. “Apple has once again failed to update the only phone it makes that fits the average woman’s hand size,” she wrote on Twitter.
Critics of the law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019, say it gives Hanoi more power to crack down on dissent because it would require Facebook, Google and other global technology firms to store locally personal data on users in Vietnam and open offices in the country. "Acting information minister Nguyen Manh Hung suggested Facebook, given its successful business in Vietnam, should reserve revenue to invest in research and development and soon open an office in Vietnam," the official government website said late on Thursday. Global tech firms have pushed back against the provisions for locally-stored data, but they have not taken the same tough stance on the parts of the law which bolster the government's ability to crackdown on online political activism. Phuc said Facebook should be responsible for the security, safety and protection of its 60 million user accounts in Vietnam, the government website quoted the prime minister as saying at the meeting.
Here’s how the RBS share price could help you beat the State Pension. There was a time when banking was considered a thoroughly reputable business and shares in banks were thought of as among the most solid investments you could make for your pension. Sir Howard Davies, chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland(LSE: RBS), has this week spoken of the near certainty that the government is set to make a big loss on its £45bn bailout of the bank in the depths of the crisis. RBS has lost almost £130bn in the 10 years since its rescue, and its lowly share price values the entire bank at just £30bn.
LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers on Friday accused Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Chief Executive Ross McEwan of withholding information when he gave evidence to their committee in January, a charge the CEO disputes. Nicky Morgan, chair of Parliament's Treasury Committee, said McEwan failed to disclose, when asked whether there had been any criminal activity at the state-controlled bank, that one of its former employees was under investigation by police, despite RBS (RBS.L) having been aware of this since 2017. McEwan said in a statement he did not disclose the information because he did not consider it related to the subject under discussion with lawmakers. Britain's Financial Conduct Authority investigated the unit for the period from 2008 to 2013 and concluded that many aspects of its culture, governance and practices were "deficient," although there had not been criminal activity. As the police investigation into the employee related to a later period, McEwan did not consider it relevant to the committee's inquiry.
Apple iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Watch Series 4 pre-orders start soon. Snagging Apple's latest and greatest iPhone costs a bit more than it did in previous years, but some of you early adopters will surely be lined up to secure a device right away. As usual, preorders via Apple and the various wireless carriers will open shortly, at 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET. Last year the OLED-screened iPhone X quickly sold through its predicted initial shipments, but one would expect that supply will be more predictable this year for iPhone Xs / Xs Max variants (ranging from $999 to $1,449, with shipments beginning in a week) -- if you're hoping for a $740+ iPhone Xr, that won't be ready to pre-order until October 19th, with shipments beginning on the 26th. Whether or not you're upgrading your handset right away, there's also a new wearable to consider, as the Apple Watch Series 4 arrives with the first big change in screen size since the device first appeared in 2015. It's $399 with just WiFi, and $499 with LTE, and like the Xs will start shipping on September 21st. If you're hoping to snag one of the devices, then Apple.com, or, (at least in the US) the websites for carriers like AT&T / Sprint (phone, watch) / T-Mobile / Verizon are good places to start.