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BMW and Stellantis report big jumps in profit as car sales snap back.

New York Times | Aug. 3, 2021, 8:47 a.m.

But shortages of computer chips remain a problem, and could curtail production of as many as 90,000 vehicles at BMW alone this year.

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Huawei and CommScope are the Market Leaders in ABI Research’s Cellular Base Station Antenna Competitive Ranking

ABI Research | Aug. 3, 2021, 5 a.m.

Despite a challenging year for the passive base station antenna market in 2020, Huawei retained its title as leader and increased its market share to 35.1%. The updated Cellular Base Station Antenna Market competitive ranking report from ABI Research, a global tech market advisory firm, provides insights into the competitive dynamics between various vendors. The top four firms remain unchanged for 2020 with Huawei in the lead, followed by CommScope, Kathrein Mobile Communication, and Rosenberger. However, Amphenol Antenna Solutions moved up one rank in 2020 to the 5th position. The top 5 vendors made up more than 70% of the total passive base station antenna market in terms of revenue.The passive base station antenna market faced disruption in 2020 with the increased emphasis on active antennas for the 5G mobile network as well as the impact from COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic created new uncertainty globally and affected day-to-day operations for businesses. Delay in investments for rollouts and upgrades of the mobile networks further impacted the market negatively, both in developed and developing regions. The vendors are ranked and evaluated based on multiple criteria such as their market share, passive antenna portfolio, multiband antenna capability, and notable innovations which address challenges in antenna deployment among others. The top 12 companies evaluated and ranked are: Market Leaders: Huawei & CommScopeMainstream: Kathrein Mobile Communication, Rosenberger, & Amphenol Antenna SolutionsFollowers: Radio Frequency Systems, Comba Telecom, ACE Technologies, MOBI Antenna, Dengyo, Tongyu Communication, and Hengxin Technology“The market leaders both scored well but they are experiencing increased pressure from the other antenna vendors where competition is building in specific regions and in specific product segments. Huawei continues to showcase a diverse product portfolio as well as increase a range of RF spectrum and antenna design innovations. We will have to see how Ericsson’s acquisition of Kathrein benefits the antenna company. Rosenberger has seen their market-share increase significantly as the company expanded their antenna line-up and widened their regional market engagement,” says Dean Tan, Research Analyst at ABI Research.  A total of nine criteria were utilized for the assessment of various vendors. These include overall antenna market share, antenna sales geographical penetration, financial and organizational health, antenna customer contract wins, antenna portfolio, multi-band capabilities, ultra-wideband capabilities, intellectual property and R&D, antenna configurability and maintenance.“The multiband/multiport capability of a vendor is one important factor as we have observed the shift toward a higher port count antenna solution in the market,” says Jake Saunders, Vice-President at ABI Research, Asia Pacific. “What we observe is the need for the vendor to not only be innovative but also have the partnerships to deliver robust solutions, especially at this stage of 5G rollout. With 5G New Radio (NR), we can expect new requirements which will challenge the antenna vendors to innovate and adapt,” concludes Saunders.   These findings are from ABI Research’s Cellular Base Station Antenna Market competitive ranking report. This report is part of the company’s 5G & Mobile Network Infrastructure research service, which includes research, data, and ABI Insights. Competitive Ranking reports offer comprehensive analysis of implementation strategies and innovation, coupled with market share analysis, to offer unparalleled insight into a company’s performance and standing in comparison to its competitors. 

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Netgem TV reaches 200 channels milestone; adds Milkshake!

Broadband TV News | Aug. 3, 2021, 8:29 a.m.

Netgem TV is now offering subscribers 200 channels, following the addition of an extra 20 channels. The IPTV platform has also added from Channel 5’s kids brand Milkshake! including Peppa Pig, Milkshake Monkey, and Thomas and Friends Louise Bucknole, VP Kids Programming, ViacomCBS Networks UK & Ireland commented: “We are delighted to team up with […]

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Industry jobs: Roles filled at Select Car Leasing, MotoNovo Finance, FleetCheck and Paythru

Fleet News | Aug. 3, 2021, 8:01 a.m.

Select Car Leasing has appointed Graham Conway as its new managing director (MD), while MotoNovo Finance appoints Karl Werner as its new MD.

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EV adoption - time for fleets to lead the charge

Fleet News | Aug. 3, 2021, 8 a.m.

Lucy Simpson, head of product management for EV enablement at Centrica Business Solutions, looks at how fleet managers can enhance their electrification plan.

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IAA, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Business Wire | Aug. 3, 2021, 7:45 a.m.

WESTCHESTER, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IAA, Inc. (NYSE:IAA) today announced its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2021, which ended June 27, 2021. John Kett, Chief Executive Officer and President, stated, “IAA delivered strong revenue and net income for the quarter, driven by record revenue per unit, fueled by our continued service and technology enhancements as well as favorable macro conditions, including exceptionally high used car pricing. In addition, volumes benefited from t

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The voices of women in tech are still being erased

Technology Review | Aug. 3, 2021, 6 a.m.

In the middle of the night on May 24, TikTok changed its voice. The ubiquitous woman’s voice that could read your video’s text out loud in a slightly stilted, robotic cadence was suddenly replaced by one with an almost smirky, upbeat tone. Many users started calling the new one the “Uncanny Valley Girl” to express…

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Sequoia’s Surge, GGV join $2m round of gamified wellness startup

Tech in Asia | Aug. 3, 2021, 8:33 a.m.

Revery, which is founded by former Sequoia and Google employees, will soon launch a platform that combines gaming and therapy.

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Tencent Shares Drop After China Media Criticizes Video Games

New York Times | Aug. 3, 2021, 7:44 a.m.

Investors reacted after months of increased pressure from Beijing aimed at the broader Chinese internet industry.

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Volkswagen breaks new ground in automotive quantum computing

TechHQ | Aug. 3, 2021, 6:50 a.m.

Volkswagen was first automaker to demo a practical application of quantum computing for route and traffic management For almost five years, Volkswagen experts have been researching to find new ways to apply quantum computing to everyday challenges Quantum computing is still very much in its nascent phase with only a handful of organizations across various... Read more »The post Volkswagen breaks new ground in automotive quantum computing appeared first on TechHQ.

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Why Even the Fastest Human Can’t Outrun Your House Cat

Wired | Aug. 3, 2021, 8 a.m.

A new model explains the forces and body design features that limit maximum sprinting speed.

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How Accessibility at the Summer's Gaming Events Stack Up

Wired | Aug. 3, 2021, 8 a.m.

While a number of recent announcements highlighted accessibility in games, or offered great options for viewers, there's more work to be done.

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The Olympics needs esports more than esports need the Olympics

FT | Aug. 3, 2021, 8 a.m.

Gaming’s global popularity would boost the Summer Games’ ageing, declining viewership

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Twitter turns to HackerOne community to help fix its AI biases

Artificial Intelligence News | Aug. 2, 2021, 2:04 p.m.

Twitter is recruiting the help of the HackerOne community to try and fix troubling biases with its AI models. The image-cropping algorithm used by Twitter was intended to keep the most interesting parts of an image in the preview crop in people’s timelines. That’s all good, until users found last year that it favoured lighter... Read more »The post Twitter turns to HackerOne community to help fix its AI biases appeared first on AI News.

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VH1 becomes MTV 00s

Broadband TV News | Aug. 3, 2021, 7:47 a.m.

The VH1 brand, which has been present in Europe since the mid 1990s, is being phased out in favour of MTV 00s. Under the new banner the station will concentrate on music recorded during the first decade of the 2000s. The change, made on August 1, coincided with the 40th anniversary of MTV itself and […]

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German streaming platform Joyn adds HbbTV to ARD channels

Broadband TV News | Aug. 3, 2021, 7:44 a.m.

Joyn, the joint German streaming platform operated by ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery, is now offering the TV channels of public broadcaster ARD with HbbTV. Through the open standard, viewers can enter the ARD catch-up service and other ARD apps directly from the TV channel, use interactive teletext and start missed programmes. In addition to existing features […]

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Square’s $29bn bet on Afterpay heralds future for ‘buy now, pay later’ trend

FT | Aug. 3, 2021, 7:41 a.m.

Jack Dorsey’s deal comes as increasingly competitive sector faces growing regulatory hurdles

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Used car prices up for fifth consecutive month

Fleet News | Aug. 3, 2021, 6:06 a.m.

Used car residual values continued to rise in July marking five months of growth, according to Cap HPI.

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Another shipping crisis strikes, threatening delays to Black Friday shopping

CNBC | Aug. 3, 2021, 12:05 a.m.

The holiday shopping season could be marred by out-of-stock goods and shipping delays as the floods in Europe and China hit already strained supply chains.

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