Iphone’s Market Share Down Prior To 5s & 5c Launch With Windows Almost Double Digits In Europe

When Saudi Arabia asked to donate money in order to build two mosques in Norway, the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Store, clarified that he would happily receive the donation on condition that Saudi Arabia establishes freedom of religion, allowing for the building of churches. In France there are no limitations on donations for the building of mosques, despite the fact that French law forbids foreign government donations for political activity. More importantly, even without legislation, there is no country that allows foreign donations for radical political NGOs that undermine the countrys founding ethos. There is not one country in Europe that dreams of funding one of the bodies in Germany dealing with the rights of refugees from central Europe. And of course, there is not one European country that would deliver money to an NGO in the Czech Republic or in Poland promoting the German right of return (if such an organization existed). Double Standards Those are the rules in Europe. So why do official government bodies in Europe heavily fund NGOs promoting the destructive fantasy of the Palestinian right of return to Israel? Why is there a European fortune, according to a report by NGO Monitor , behind a conference of an extreme left Israeli NGO preaching the right of return? There is, after all, no right of return for the tens of thousands of exiles inside Europe who were deported in the 1940s, and certainly there is no funding for NGOs dealing with this issue. The idea of return contradicts the European Human Rights Court ruling in the matter of refugees in Cyprus and regarding Germans deported from Poland. So why are principles that are widely accepted in Europe practically and legally turned upside down when it comes to the Middle East? The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs needs to inform every country that gives aid: We embrace your norms. If you dont fund European refugee NGOs please dont do it here, and dont hide beyond the dubious excuse of human rights. And if you dont understand this in a diplomatic way, as accepted between civilized countries, we will be forced to make legislation that will turn your accepted norms between European countries into our normative standards. The proposed law will note that it is nothing but a practical application of what has been accepted between democratic countries.

What Africa can learn from medieval Europe

(Note that my family and I own Apple shares). Apple has announced that the new iPhones will be available in 100 countries and 270 carriers by the end of the year which is significantly more than the previous versions. This could have a significant impact on Apples market share over the next few months. U.S. market share is still dominated by Android and iOS Android had a 55.1% share of the smartphone market which is down from 60.7% a year ago but up from 51.1% last month. Overall for the past seven months Kantar has Androids share hovering around 50% so it will be interesting to see in a few months the impact from the new iPhones. The iPhones market share of 39.3% is the lowest since 35.7% a year ago before the iPhone 5 was available. It then shot up to 48.1% and 53.3% in the October and November 2012 surveys, respectively, showing the large impact an iPhone launch can have. With the iPhone 5s have lead times between one to eight weeks the full impact may note be seen until the December or January surveys. Windows market share has trended down to 3.0% from 3.5% the previous month and from a peak of 5.6% in the March and April 2013 surveys. I have developed a Google doc with smartphone market share data from Kantar along with comScore, Gartner, IDC and Strategy Analytics that is available via this link . Windows is making gains in Europe Windows has almost doubled its market share in Europe with it increasing from 5.1% a year ago to 9.2% in August 2013. It is also up from 8.2% a month ago. Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, commented Windows Phones latest wave of growth is being driven by Nokias expansion into the low and mid range market with the Lumia 520 and 620 handsets. These models are hitting the sweet spot with 16 to 24 year-olds and 35 to 49 year-olds, two key groups that look for a balance of price and functionality in their smartphone. Android crossed the 70% share level again while iOS experienced a decline from 17.9% in July to 16.1% in August. iOS share is also down significantly from the 25.6% share it held in December 2012.

Analysis: Success, compromise, ageing erode Europe’s Greens

September 30, 2013 10:55 AM PDT (Credit: Josh Miller/CNET) As you might expect, new research out today shows that Android is Europe’s favorite smartphone OS by a wide mile. But Windows Phone is turning into a serious contender. According to figures out Monday from researchers Kantar WorldPanel ComTech, Android featured on just over 70 percent of smartphones sold in the three months up to August across Europe’s five biggest markets: Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Equally unsurprisingly, iOS is in second position with 16 percent of the smartphone market in Europe — a year over year rise of around two percentage points for both operating systems. Windows Phone, meanwhile, continues to grow its share in the five countries, hitting 9.2 percent — around double its 5.1 percent share for the same period last year. The jump has been fueled by significant gains in the three major European markets: France, Germany, and Great Britain. In the latter, its share has risen from 4.5 percent a year ago to 12 percent today, while in Germany it’s grown from 3.8 percent to 8.8 percent — the first time it’s hit double-digit share in either country. In Germany, that puts Windows Phone only one percentage point behind iOS in market share. Related posts 15 more must-see iPhone 5S slow-motion videos “Windows Phone’s latest wave of growth is being driven by Nokia’s expansion into the low- and midrange market with the Lumia 520 and 620 handsets. These models are hitting the sweet spot with 16- to 24-year-olds and 35- to 49-year-olds, two key groups that look for a balance of price and functionality in their smartphone,” Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, said in a statement. And despite recent turbulence and a proposed $7.2 billion takeover by Microsoft, Nokia, Windows Phone’s main hardware champion, is growing its own market share across some of Europe’s biggest markets. (Nokia accounted for four in five of all Windows Phone device sales across the five markets.) For the three months to the end of August, Nokia bagged 7.8 percent of all smartphone sales, up from 6.9 percent a year ago, inching up on third-place Sony, whose share stands at 8.2 percent, a slight rise over a year ago.

Many of the issues they forced onto Europe’s policy agenda – from renewable energy to sustainable development or gay rights – have been embraced by the mainstream parties, at least in part. Fighting climate change, reducing carbon emissions and recycling waste are standard policies for European governments nowadays, albeit pursued with less zeal than the Greens demand. U.S. President Barack Obama and the European Commission both espouse “green growth” as the way to revive industrialized Western economies. Merkel’s center-right government robbed the ecologists of probably their most potent issue when she decided to phase out nuclear power plants in Germany after the Fukushima reactor disaster in Japan in 2011. In France, the Greens lost credibility with many supporters because they failed to make Hollande significantly reduce the country’s dependency on atomic energy. The government plans to shut down just one of 58 reactors in its 5-year term, and even that will take years to dismantle. Likewise, Finland’s Greens have been damaged by staying in a coalition that decided to build new nuclear power stations. Battles against new airports or rail hubs or against the use of hydraulic fracking to search for shale gas have mobilized local support for Green causes, often in alliance with middle-class “not in my back yard” campaigners. But barring another Fukushima nearer to home or the threat of a war involving nuclear weapons, it is hard to see what would prompt a major revival of the Green movement. In the few places like Austria where Greens are still on the rise, it is because they have stayed in opposition to left-right “grand coalitions” and look clean amid others’ sleaze scandals. “FAIR WEATHER” MOVEMENT? Generation change has also caught up with the Greens. The activists in jeans and T-shirts whose playful insolence blew a gust of fresh air into parliaments and local assemblies across Europe in the 80s and 90s have become pillars of the establishment in many countries.

Windows Phone gains ground in Europe

Similar patterns can be seen in pre-modern economic history, when falling per capita GDP figures in the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries wiped out earlier gains. The question that Mr Broadberry and Ms Gardner then ask is how did Europe escape from these growth reversals. They see institutional factorsmost notably the introduction of democracy and the development of state capacity for growth as the threshold conditions met in Europe, but that have generally not been in Africa. For instance, as Douglass North and Barry Weingast have argued, constitutional reforms after the Glorious Revolution of 1689 enabled these conditions to be met in Britain, producing growth in the eighteenth century that was never reversed. Increased parliamentary control over the executive and a credible commitment to pay back the public debt encouraged public and private investment which, they say, produced sustainable growth. Europes wider economic take-off in the nineteenth century can be seen in a similar light. The creation of strong and stable states in nineteenth-century Europe enabled investment in canals and railways, which increased growth rates there. The development of professional civil services and judiciaries, where promotion was based on merit rather than corruption, also helped too. These types of reforms contributed towards creating open access societies where all groups of the population have equal opportunity to access state services, such as the courts system to enforce property rights. Mr Broadberry and Ms Gardner argue that failure to fulfill these threshold conditions in most African countries have resulted in them being trapped in the cyclical pattern of growth reversals seen over the last 60 years. They argue policy makers should encourage both democratization as well as the expansion of “state capacity”in order to escape from the threat growth reversals still pose to Africa’s current phase of growth. But perhaps other lessons could be learned from this sort of economic history as well, aside from the importance of good institutions for growth. Social conditions could also be important in explaining development. Both modern Africa and medieval Europe suffered growth reversals after long-lasting epidemics: after HIV/AIDS hit Africa and after bubonic plague spread into Europe.