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Apple and Huawei flex their strength in a declining tablet market • IDC
<p>According to the latest figures published by International Data Corporation (IDC), the overall tablet market for Western Europe declined 10.1% YoY, shipping 6.3 million units in the second quarter of 2018 (2Q18).

Slates exhibited a degree of resilience in the commercial space, following strength in certain niche use-case deployments. However, market saturation, lengthening life cycles and a lack of innovation resulted in the ongoing sluggish demand on the consumer side, leading to an overall decline of 6.1% YoY. In terms of volume, detachables had a challenging quarter, declining by 23.3% YoY. As the market has become increasingly dominated by Apple and Microsoft, and consequently more premium-focused, the range of options available to more price-constrained customers has diminished, leading them to consider cheaper alternatives such as lower end convertibles or even traditional PCs. Furthermore, the announcement of upcoming product releases from the main players likely acted as an inhibiting factor on overall demand this quarter, as customers postponed their purchases in anticipation of these newer devices.</p>

Samsung hangs on there in second place, but it's down more than the market, while Huawei roared up into third place. It's only selling a third as many as Samsung (and a quarter as many as Apple), but it's definitely pushing hard.

Apple had a 30% share. And probably a 90% share of the profits. (To reiterate, these are the western Europe figures.)
apple  tablet  idc  europe 
14 hours ago by charlesarthur
A Lesson from Germany on How to Cover Far-Right Leaders - The Atlantic
Ultimately, the interview also highlighted the strategy some German politicians have told me they see as the most effective one against the AfD: to hold them to the same standards as other politicians, and watch them fail to deliver anything substantive. When I spoke with MPs from all the major political parties earlier this year, they were divided on whether to ignore or engage their far-right counterparts; however, most agreed that the AfD would either have to step up on political substance or else stand to lose credibility. “These should be questions that should be easy to answer for any political leader, because they are so important for the future of Germany,” Dirsus, the political scientist, said. “The AfD wants to talk about refugees because this is where they can score points, but they clearly don’t have answers on any of the other topics.”
populism  europe  journalism 
14 hours ago by corrales
How Ikea quietly tweaks its design around the world
Ikea also had to change its designs for American audiences. When the company started to expand its presence in the United States in the 1990s, it found that it was selling an uncommonly large number of vases. Eventually, executives realized that Americans were buying the vases to drink out of, as the Swedish company’s glasses were too small for local tastes. Even Swedish design-loving Americans needed their own cultural accommodation.
USA  Sweden  Europe  IKEA  culture  global 
yesterday by dominomaster
Spectacular New Floating Cycle Roundabout | BICYCLE DUTCH
The bright white 70 meters (230Ft) tall bridge pylon can be seen from far away. Attached to the top are 24 cables that suspend a large bicycle roundabout, 72 meters (236Ft) in diameter, that seems to float over a large new junction for motorized traffic. This roundabout can be found in Eindhoven and it is called Hovenring. The exceptional piece of bicycle infrastructure was built to stand out. It is to be the iconic new landmark that signals ‘you are entering Eindhoven’. At night the slender bike ring is lit from below to further enhance that floating effect.
cycling  architecture  europe 
2 days ago by ssorc
[fr] Le Parlement européen interdit les thérapies de conversion
"Jeudi 1er mars, le Parlement européen a rendu son rapport annuel au sujet des droits fondamentaux dans l’Union européenne. On peut y lire que l’institution "condamne toutes les formes de discrimination à l’égard des personnes LGBTI" et "encourage les États membres à adopter des lois et des mesures pour lutter contre l’homophobie et la transphobie".

En outre, le Parlement a pris une mesure concrète. En effet, avec 435 voix pour, 109 contre et 70 absentions, l’amendement numéro 8 a été adopté. Ce dernier encourage vivement les pays membres à interdire les thérapies de conversion. (...)"
lgbt  rights  law  europe 
2 days ago by eric.brechemier
John Paul Jones performed with his new band Snoweye in Norway - Led Zeppelin News
John Paul Jones performed with his new band Snoweye at the Varangerfestivalen in Norway on August 11.
See videos and photos of the performance below...
The band is made up of Jones, Elle Márjá Eira, and Lucy Parnell. The band formed in June 2017 when Jones performed at the Sun Station Vadsø music festival in Norway. Their first public performances were on June 22, 23, and 24. Watch some clips of those performances below...
Here’s how the band was described on the Varangerfestivalen website:
“Elle Márjá Eira, John Paul Jones and Lucy Parnell are all exceptional artists and musicians in their own right, but together as Snoweye they create a beautiful musical landscape. Ethereal, yet soulful. Elusive, yet instinctive. Performing in both Sami and English with yoik and folk inspired melodies, Snoweye draw on their collective inspirations and influences to create a unique sound that uses voice, mandolin, multi-layered guitars, electronics and field recordings. Snoweye’s voices, instrumentation and harmonies blend effortlessly to create wonderfully vibrant and haunting performances.”
There was also some initial local press coverage last year when Snoweye was formed. Jones was interviewed by Norwegian television station NRK about the Sun Station Vadsø music festival and Snoweye, and was also filmed rehearsing with the band.
music  europe  JPJ  video  concert  instagram 
2 days ago by rgl7194

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