Today, Facebook launched a new service wherein small businesses can now effectively host paid livestreaming events right on the platform. Of course, while individual users might not find much use for the service, small businesses will benefit from centralizing their operations in fewer platforms. However, in the same launch, Facebook blames Apple for harming small businesses.
You might ask why Facebook took the time to attack Apple during their own launch event. Well, for two reasons.
The first reason concerns the new service’s payment structure. The new service includes a host of possible events like fitness classes, meet-and-greets, and pay-per-view events. Naturally, paid online events will help recoup losses from a still-ailing live events industry. To help these small business, Facebook chose to forego any revenue from hosting any events on their page. Small businesses will essentially earn 100 percent of their ticket sales from the event.
Now, Apple currently has a 30 percent cut on all transactions made through their devices. Hence, small businesses will earn only 70 percent of the revenue made from Apple users. Facebook asked Apple to either reduce the revenue cut or allow Facebook to shoulder the burden. Apple declined.
The second reason is, strangely, because of Fortnite. Lately, the still-popular battle royale game launched a crusade against the App Store’s monopolistic 30 percent cut. Epic Games migrated Fortnite’s transaction system away from Apple or Google and into Epic Games directly, earning them 100 percent of the revenue. As a result, Apple and Google kicked Fortnite from their respective stores. Now, Epic Games is suing Apple for the monopolistic practice.
Facebook’s dig against Apple is timely. In exposing Apple’s decision, Facebook can hope to change the practice in the future.
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But do you know what do tractors and smartphones have in common? John Deere’s farming machines are in a way like farming robots. Just like smartphones, they also leverage the power of data and AI — or also known as Artificial Intelligence.
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Samsung launches 1000-inch TV display
Television sets have gotten a lot crazier over the years. From rollable sets to ones that hide on the wall, the world has a lot more options on how they want to consume their media. One of the more renowned series spearheading this revolution is Samsung’s The Wall, offering sets that meld perfectly with the wall it’s set on. Today, Samsung is going big — really big — with a new 1000-inch display.
That’s not a typo. The Wall’s latest entry indeed has three zeroes. The new display uses microLED, making it lither and more adaptable. Despite being a gigantic screen, it can put out images in stunning 8K resolution and buttery 120Hz framerates. It can also be configured to maximize output to 16K resolution in a 15,360 x 2,160 arrangement.
Speaking of arrangement, interested buyers can choose different configurations for the screen besides a plain horizontal one. It can be installed in any wall type, including concave and convex ones.
However, if you’re wondering how you’re going to fit it in your home, Samsung is positioning the screen more towards business and commercial spaces, rather than consumer-friendly ones. The company has also not revealed how much it will go for.
Of course, if you happen to have the money and the space for it, why not?
Xiaomi becomes second-largest smartphone maker
As of Q2 2021
The smartphone industry has been in a shakeup for quite some time now. Since the rapid fall of Huawei, several smartphone makers have been fighting to fill in the Huawei-sized hole. The rankings have since seesawed between the two usual suspects, Apple and Samsung. Now, Xiaomi is once again climbing the ranks. According to a report, Xiaomi is now the second-largest smartphone maker in the world, as of Q2 2021.
As reported by Canalys, Xiaomi now holds 17 percent of the smartphone market, a huge 83 percent increase from the last rankings. The Chinese company edges out Apple, the third-largest smartphone maker, who just bagged 14 percent of the market. Meanwhile, Samsung is still sitting on top with 19 percent of the market. OPPO and vivo each hold 10 percent of the market.
According to the same report, the entire smartphone industry is recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It grew as a whole by 12 percent.
Besides the pandemic, Xiaomi is also recovering from American bans. Because of its association with China, the company was formerly included as part of the blacklist limiting them from engaging in American business.
Months ago, Xiaomi finally freed itself from the blacklist, making way for its astronomical 83 percent growth this quarter. Huawei, on the other hand, is still in the red, plummeting deeper and deeper down the rankings.
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