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Latest Mobile Market Share Data Shows Android at 55%, Apple iOS 41% in the USA

Android Share Growth Slows After Historic Gains Last Period, While iOS Returns to First Growth Phase in Great Britain Since October 2015 The latest sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the three months ending in April 2016 shows Android accounted for 67.6% of smartphone sales in the US, followed by iOS at 30.7%. These survey results are being released during the same week as Apple’s annual software conference, WWDC 2016, and less than a month after Google’s I/O 2016 developers’ conference. The similarities in the services and products launched at those two conferences are noteworthy, according to Lauren Guenveur,…

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Can Modern Jetliners Be Hacked?

Is it possible for hackers to break into the control systems of airliners in flight? Aviation experts are skeptical, but APTN reports that one hacker claims to have done that. If there is any truth to the story, it raises significant implications even beyond the memories of what occurred on 9/11. A U.S. federal court document posted by APTN indicates that the FBI has seized computer equipment owned by outspoken hacker Chris Roberts, and filed for a search warrant to examine the devices. Is Roberts seeking publicity?  No doubt. How vulnerable are the flight systems on commercial airliners? APTN says…


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Why modern manufacturing still runs like a ’57 jalopy

Management accounting isn’t the sexiest field of study in the world, and probably most accountants don’t ride Harley Davidson motorcycles, they don’t go skydiving and they don’t like to do things differently. But a revolution is brewing in the world of management accounting that is making businesses take a fresh look at how they figure out how much money they’re making. The surprising fact is that they’ve been doing it wrong all these years. Typically, accounting principles measure profitability at a very detailed “margin per unit” level. And while correct, it’s not completely correct and surprisingly, it doesn’t take into…


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NEW Enterworks CEO Appointed

Rick Chavie has been hired as CEO of Enterworks, a developer of solutions for acquiring, managing and transforming a company’s product information into persuasive content for multi-channel sales. Rick Chavie comes to Enterworks after serving as SVP, Global Solution Management with hybris and SAP’s Customer Engagement and Commerce group, where he brought together digital and physical commerce and CRM assets for seamless customer experiences. Chavie brings industry experience from his leadership roles at retailers such as The Home Depot and C&A. He brings technology experience from his role as the global marketing leader for NCR’s retail and hospitality business, and…


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Money: Before Bitcoins, There Were Yap Stones

Money is among humanity’s greatest inventions. While money may be a physical object, it is an idea, a great subtle and still changing idea. No one today knows the inventor or inventors. As the idea has changed over centuries it must have had many inventors. When my physicist colleagues study an idea or theory, chewing on it until it is digestible, they pronounce it simple. Indeed, it is remarkable that when complex, subtle, deep, and broad ideas enter our minds and we feel that we really grasp them, they often appear simple and beautiful. Physicists refer to Einstein’s Theory of…


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Phablet Market Has Quadrupled in USA: Survey

Phablet-style devices represented 21% of all US smartphone sales in Q1 2015 – nearly quadrupling their 6% share from the first quarter of 2014, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel ComTech market share data. Android, in the US, reached a market share of 58.1% — a 0.2 percentage point gain over 1Q14. “LG had a good first quarter with its share growing to 10.8% from 7.4% a year ago, while Samsung was holding on to second place as it launched its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in April,” reported Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “Apple’s…