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ThyessenKrupp AG bought 24,000 HoloLens to increase working efficiency

It has been more than a month that Microsoft officially sold HoloLens. However, many of consumers got no chance to experience this high-tech product
due to its expensive price. It costs $3,000 each.

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A general company bought 24,000 HoloLens for its employees for work.It is reported that this company named ThyssenKrupp AG which produces elevators.
ThessenKrupp AG made agreements with Microsoft that it would buy 24,000 HoloLens for its 24,000 technicians. Of course, these HoloLens are used for the
installation and testing of elevator equipment by ThyssenKrupp AG technicians.

ThyssenKrupp AG claimed that the application of HoloLens would enhance the working efficiency for technicians. With HoloLens, technicians can solve the problems in 20 minutes which was 20 hours in the past. HoloLens helps it save reasonable time and labor cost than the cost of buying HoloLens.

It is said that the technicians are working on HoloLens Skype. Skype is a customized service for all HoloLens users provided by Microsoft. With HoloLens Skype, technicians can figure out the internal problems of elevators without checking in person and make remote phone call with experts to work out a solution.

In fact, this is not the first cooperation between ThyssenKrupp AG and Microsoft. It teamed work with Microsoft CGI in last October to work out a solution of elevator application scenarios. This solution helps ThyssenKrupp AG connect all sensors in the elevators to cloud server so that technicians can obtain the real-time data.

Apple keeps poaching VR talents from other companies

Steven Troughton-Smith, who works as iOS developer, tweeted that it added the quotation of SCN 3D display rendering technique for its key framework. These files will be applied by developers for launching VR/AR features.

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Steven felt that Apple imitated HoloLens to make app platform and distribute the VR app launch to others. It verified on the framework of SceneKit 3D of iOS9.

In the meantime, Apple is seeking for competent and interesting VR talents. It hired Zeyu Li this month, who worked for Magic Leap for more than one year. According to the his profile on LinkedIn, he is interested in deep learning, VR, AR and self-driving vehicle.

Early in June, Yury Petrov joined Apple as researcher. He once worked for Oculus and Facebook in VR platform, as well as teaches in Northeastern University. His profile reads that he focuses on experimenting on psychology, human vision, OHMD, brain imaging and signal processing and analysis.

Apple poached Nick Thompson from HoloLens of Microsoft last September. Nick Thompson was the Audio engineering chef of HoloLens project. He worked over
two years in HoloLens project.

The hiring spree started from May, 2015 when Apple acquired an AR startup Metaio. Metaio CEO Thomas Alt is working for Apple now.

In September 2015, Apple acquired FaceShift company to enhance its real-time facial analysis with camera which can be used in making virtual images of animations. The well-known movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens applied the FaceShift technology to enhance the sense of reality of Aliens.

If Apple wanted to make achievements in VR/AR field, it would meet great competitions from tough rivals. Google is one of investors of Magic Leap. Microsoft is launching AR glasses HoloLens and Snapchat is also developing its AR glasses products.

Microsoft plans to stop selling Lumia mobile in December

WinBeta reported that there were rumors from the market that Lumia mobile brand would be canceled. There are only five series of mobiles of Lumia Brand left, Lumia 550, Lumia 650, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.

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Many experts feel these mobiles are lack of highlights and attractions to enhance the performance of mobile WP. However, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are exceptional as they are equipped with Continuum which turns mobile into pocket PC.

It seems that Microsoft gives up Lumia brand now. An unnamed Mirosoft employee claimed that Microsoft plans to stop selling Lumia mobiles in this December. Thre were signals that Microsoft would carry out measures for Lumia mobiles. It reducd the selling prices of Lumia series mobiles in past few months. Some of its retailed partners also offer promotions for Lumia mobiles, such as Amazon.

The stocks of Microsoft online mall and sales mode of franchise house for Lumia mobiles verified this rumor. The stocks of Lumia mobiles on shelves are fewer.The link of Lumia mobiles on Aermcian Microsoft home page has been deleted.

Microsoft makes no comment on the news of stopping selling Lumia mobiles. It claimed that no notification needs to be reported so far.

Besides Lumia brands, the public still concerns its future products. Surface Phone has been a hot topic discussed by the public. The rumor indicated that Microsoft will debut an all-in-one machine of Surface at new releases in October, 2016. While some implied that Microsoft will wait until next year to release other Lumia devices.

Apple breaks the routine: won’t release the sales volume of iPhone 7 on opening weekend

Apple released news on September 9, Beijing Time that it would break the routine this year for not revealing the sales volume of iPhone 7 on opening weekend.

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It released the new generation iPhones: iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on September 7, San Francisco time. Pre-orders of these two modes of iPhone will start from September 9. Apple will have them on the shelves on September 16.

As per customary practice, Apple will reveal the sales volume of new generation iPhone on opening weekend( Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

Kristin Huguet, Apple spokesman, claimed that they have explored the distribution outlets to 100,000 by the cooperation with operators and retailers. We assumed iPhone 7 will be sold out even though the pre-orders of iPhone 7 has not begun.

He added:” It is obvious that the sales volume of iPhone 7 in the beginning is decided by the supply instead of market demands. Thus, we assumed the sales volume of iPhone 7 on opening weekend is no longer an important measurement to investors and consumers.”

iPhone business accounts for 50 % of Apple total revenue. The sales volume of iPhone encountered two quarterly declines this year. It was the first time that iPhone sales decline since 2007.

Kristin Huguet confidently claimed the figure of iPhone 7 on opening weekend is meaningless. He indicated that iPhone 7 will be short supply. However, Colin Gillis, analyst of BGC Partners, has different opinions on this announcement. He suggested the investors need to make their decisions through the data whether iPhone sales reaches the celling point.

Box Acquires Startup Wagon and ends its service on October 3rd

Box, a cloud file sync and shared software company, announced to Wagon Analytics on September 1st. Wagon Analytics is a company that offers query of
transport bureau and data analysis.

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Wagon team will help Box to build the analysis platform when the merge is done. It will offers deep data analysis to help users to find more Box service functions. In addition, Wagon team has rich launching experience in users experience design, data modeling and visualization. Wagon will enhance the competitiveness of Box in data analysis.

Wagon application supports several databases which allow co-workers to share data analysis result with ease. At present, Wagon data analysis app supports OSX and Windows OS. Its Linux version will be released soon. It is said that Wagon primary service will be ended on October 3rd after it is acquired by Box.

This acquisition will contribute to technology sharing of Wagon and Box which leads to better support for individuals and enterprise teams. As a modern content centralized management platform, Box can help enterprises make full use of content to accomplish work.Many of industries and Fortune top 500 enterprises use Box service. The data analysis products of Box will help enterprises to know more about their business data in order to accomplish mission better.

Wagon was established in 2014 which locates in San Francisco. Its co-founders Matthew DeLand, Mike Craig and Jeff Weinstein once worked for Groupon. Its investors included Fuel Capital, Harrison Metal, Homebrew, Lerer Ventures and SV Angel. Mode Analytics is the competitive rival of Wagon.

Box also released its Q2 2016 earnings by July 31st when it announced to acquire Wagon. The revenue of Box in Q2 reached $95.7 million, with a 30% decrease of each share. The net deficiency in Q2 was $38.1 million. The good news was that it obtained more 4,000 clients in Q2.

WhatsApp Jan Koum sold over $2.5 billion of Facebook shares value this year

Jan Koum, co-founder of WhatsAPP, sold the company to Facebook in 2014. He became a member of board of directors of Facebook after the acquisition made. Koum sold his Facebook shares in accordance with the established trading scheme this year.He even sold several times a month since February.

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The documents showed Koum had sold all 22 million Facebook shares since January, amounting to $2.8 billion.

In Feb.,2014, Facebook agreed to acquire WhatsApp for $19 billion. However,its share increased a lot then. The transaction amount was increased to $22 billion in that October when acquisition was done. Forbes estimated Koum held 45% of WhatsApp stock equity when he sold the company. It meant that Koum held about $10 billion of WhatsApp book value then.

According to the proxy files of Facebook, Koum held 60 million ordinary shares of Facebook by late of 2015. Facebook also awarded Koum 19 million qualified stock shares to keep him by November, 2018.

Koum is able to sell those qualified stock shares this year in accordance with the agreements. He has sold about one third of those qualified stock shares judged by the estimation.

WhatsApp received fast increase when he opted to sell the qualified stocks. Facebook is adjusting its services to obtain more profits.

Facebook announced last Thursday that WhatsApp had been adjusted for privacy policy for the first time since acquisition so that Facebook could access the shared phone numbers of WhatsApp profiles. Facebook planned to use these details to help enterprises to contact users via WhatsApp as it did via Messenger before.

SimilarWeb revealed the statistics that WhatsApp had obtained 1 billion users in a single month in this February. And WhatsApp becomes the most popular chatting app in half of worldwide countries and regions.

Google Duo made a good start: received most downloads in a few days

Google Duo, a video chat app released by Google, becomes a popular app in United States though it has been debuted only for a few days. Google just released this app early this week and Google Duo now ranks in top 1 of free app downloads in Google Play Store.

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When you run Google Play on Android device and click the most popular free app, you will find Google Duo ranks in top 1. Facebook Messenger and Pokémon Go rank respectively in second place and third place. Some other forward free apps are Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube Music.

It is worth noting that Google Duo got 4.5 for average rating, while Facebook got 4.0, Facebook Messenger was 3.9 and Snapchat was 3.9.

When Google Duo first introduced to the public, many of experts claimed it was hard to compete with WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and FaceTime concerning users’ scale. However, Google Duo made a great hit among Android users.

Google Duo was only available in some countries when it was debuted. It is introduced to all over the world now.

A good start doesn’t mean a smooth development for Google Duo. It faces challenge to switch this devotion into daily active users. Android users have convenience to access this app, but Google has to convince them Google Duo is the best choice for video chat.

How Snapchat Make Profit with Burn After Reading?

Snapchat market capitalization is more than some listed technology companies owing to 150 million daily active users and $17 billion estimated value, such as Twitter and Yelp.

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Snapchat aims at obtaining $ 300 million in revenue for this year, while it set $50 million as goal last year. Snapcaht promised to its investors that its business scale will be up to $ 500 million –$1 billion by 2017.

How Snapchat plan to make profit then? It will carry out the same strategy as other technology companies such as Google and Facebook, that is, advertisement.

Snapchat displays many ads in the key locations of its interface.

Discover: users can view the ads through the channel that Snapchat created with its cooperative partners.

Stories: Snapchat adds advertisements in Live Stories and Stories that made by users. It meant that users can watch the ads when they switch to different friends.

Filter: Snapchat will offer filter service for specific activities, such as Recode conference and Taco Bell sponsor activity.

Snapchat faces challenges from two aspects. On the one hand, Snapchat is hard to measure whether the ads it offers to advertisers succeed or not. If users spent money on ads, then they would like to know the effects. So far, Snapchat has not offered a better measurement.

On the other hand, Evan Spiegel doesn’t like the advertisement pointing technology based on users. The attraction of digital advertisement is that marketers wish to know who it aims at.

Snapchat refuses to make customized and personalized advertisements. It will be a challenge for its future development.

Pokémon Go contributes to $268 million revenue in five weeks since release

YOUGOV, a poll agency, released an international investigative report on last Friday that players has spent over $250 million on Pokémon Go in a few weeks since release. This statistics meant that its quarterly revenue of Pokémon Go is expected to reach $1 billion.
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The statistics was concluded by the investigation of interviewing 50, 000 of British, American and German Pokémon Go players. It found one-fifth interviewed players spent additional money on this game. So far, Pokémon Go has obtained 11 million subscribed players in United States and UK.

Pokémon Go is an Augemented Reality game based on Google Map and locates players by GPS and sends out the virtual Pokémons near by. With the AR technology, players can experience the fantastic sensation about catching the Pokémon elfins through their smartphone cameras. Though Pokémon GO serves as free, players are still willing to spend much on elfins to speed up game ungrate.

YOUGOV claimed the payment of Pokémon Go reached $268 million in five weeks since release. Pokémon Go obtained over 1 million subscribed British players in four weeks since it has been introduced there. Most of them spent about £0.8 pound to £14.99.

In the meanwhile, about 29% of American Pokémon Go players and 20% of German Pokémon Go players are subscribed. Among 9% of German players, that is 142,000, spent over 100 euro.

” According to our investigation and the average revenue of these three countries, the quarterly revenue of Pokémon Go is expected to reach $ billion,” said Stephen Harmston, YOUGOV spokesman.

Sensor Tower reported that the revenue of Clash Royale and Candy Crush Saga respectively was $125 million and 25 million for the first month since
release.

YOUGOV found it that 13 % of among British, German and American adults downloaded Pokémon Go. This game is still at the early stage, it still has much potential to obtain more market share.

The daily downloads of Pokémon Go reaches over 10 million times. John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, claimed Pokémon Go will also make profit through sponsored locations, including McDonald’s, cooperative Cinemas and bars.

The whole world was crazy for Pokémon Go in past month

The well-known mobile game Pokémon Go was introduced to Australia and New Zealand on August 6th. It has been released for one month then. It contributed billions of revenue to its developers. The attractions of Pokémon Go are AR, location service and social networking.

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It has been released for a month, Pokémon Go listed No. 1 among its download ranking at App Store for three weeks. It was replaced by Bitmoji in the last week.

App Annie reported that Pokémon Go is still the most popular downloaded app among 36 countries and has highest sales at App Store in United States.

Many analysts felt it is time for Pokémon Go to say goodbye, however, Sensor Tower revealed the statistics keep the public positive. Sensor Tower reported that users average consumption and playing duration of Pokémon Go increased as it received update.

Pokémon Go brought revenue to its developers in the meanwhile. Laura Martin of Needham revealed Pokémon Go contributed half of mobile revenues 10 days after it was introduced to United States.

Japanese statistics Intage reported the operation statistics of Pokémon Go by August 3rd, showing that it obtained over 10 million users on the third day since its release in Japan. Its usage rate is equal to Facebook’s and Twitter’s. On the first day, the usage rate aging between 10-19 accounted for most, then declined a bit on the second day. While the user group aging between 20-34 increased by a bit then.

The average service time of Pokémon Go in Japan is 46 minutes. Pokémon Go brought great benefit to Nintendo and drew more attention from public. Its cooperative developers also benefited a lot from this games.