Friday, March 24, 2017
Top Mobile phone brands
Mobile phones have become an increasingly integral part of our lives. Such huge is the market that every single day we say new brands being aggressively being launched in the market looking to take a pie in the market share. With the increasing use of apps, smartphones have become a lifeline in day to day activity. The list of top mobile brands consists of Samsung, Apple, followed by Huwaei, Lenovo Motorola, Xiaomi & LG. ZTE & TCL Alcatel are prominent brands, with Vivo and Oppo phones making a huge impact. Here is a list of top 10 global mobile phone brands in World in 2016 based on shipments data.
Vivo mobile was recently founded in the year 2009 in China, and has become a prominent worldwide name in mobile phones within a short span. It is based in Dongguan in China and makes smartphones, softwares, peripheral mobile devices etc.
BBK Electronics is the parent company of Vivo mobile phones. Vivo phones became an overnight rage when they released the world’s slimmest phone, thus capturing the imagination of the world. By 2015, the company became a recognizable brand, and started gaining popularity worldwide. The company has focused on innovation and R&D and has a strong workforce of over 1500 employees. The product portfolio of the company consists of the following series:
- X series (expensive phones)
- V series (middle priced phones)
- Y series (low end smartphones)
Ever since the company has focused on global growth, it has been able to capture a market in over 100+ countries. The brand has focused on extensive advertising and marketing strategies, and has partnered with several events for sponsorships. As far as advertising is concerned, the company has pumped in huge investments in TV commercials, print ads, online ad campaigns etc, which have boosted the brand image, and has given a tough competition to its competitors.
London Police investigating the deadliest terror attack to hit the UK in 12 years named the perpetrator Thursday as a 52-year-old British man, Khalid Masood.
As the inquiry into the atrocity gathered pace, Prime Minister Theresa May revealed the attacker was once linked to violent extremism. He was thought to have been inspired by Islamist ideology, she said.
In an address to the House of Commons -- reconvened less than a day after it was placed in lockdown as the attack unfolded outside -- May vowed that Britain's freedoms and values would remain undiminished.
Four people died in the attack. An American man and a British woman of Spanish origin were killed when Masood rammed a rental car onto the sidewalk on Westminster Bridge.
Masood then stabbed an unarmed police officer in as he stood guard at Carriage Gates, an entrance into a cobbled courtyard frequently used by Members of Parliament and staff. A fourth victim died Thursday night after his life support was withdrawn at a hospital.
An ISIS-affiliated news agency claimed that the extremist group was behind Wednesday's outrage, which left 29 people requiring hospital treatment. Six people remain critically ill.
• Khalid Masood had previous convictions for violence but not terrorism offenses, police said.
• Kurt Cochran, from Utah, is named by family and his church as having died in the London attacks.
• Injured include 10 nationalities besides the British, among them French, South Korean and American.
• London Mayor Sadiq Khan led tributes at a vigil at Trafalgar Square, near the scene of the attack.
• Addresses were searched in Birmingham and elsewhere and a number of arrests were made.
• Queen Elizabeth II voices her "thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy" for all those affected.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Met Office global temperature forecast suggests that 2017 will be another very warm year globally but is unlikely to be a new record due to the absence of additional warming from El Niño.The global average temperature for 2017 is expected to be between 0.63 °C and 0.87 °C above the long-term (1961-1990) average of 14.0 °C, with a central estimate of 0.75 °C.Using the 1981-2010 long-term average of 14.3 °C, the forecast range is between 0.32 °C and 0.56 °C, with a central estimate of 0.44 °C.Professor Adam Scaife, head of long-range prediction at the Met Office, said: “This forecast, which uses the new Met Office supercomputer, adds weight to our earlier prediction that 2017 will be very warm globally but is unlikely to exceed 2015 and 2016: the two warmest years on record since 1850.”
The forecast is based on the key drivers of global climate, but it doesn’t include events such as large volcanic eruptions – which can cause temporary effects.The Met Office's forecast for the 2016 global mean temperature, which had a range of 0.72 °C to 0.96 °C and a central estimate of 0.84 °C (relative to the 1961-1990 long-term average) agrees closely with the latest observations of global temperature so far this year. Data from Jan-Oct shows the global mean temperature is 0.86 °C (+/- 0.1 °C).
The forecast for 2017 – including the range of uncertainties – also places the coming year among the warmest on record. 2015 and 2016 are the warmest two years on record and are consistent with the outlook given by the Met Office in 2015.Professor Chris Folland, Met Office research fellow, said: “2016 was well forecast as the methods used detected the warming influence of the strong El Niño. However, last year's El Niño only accounts for around 0.2°C of the global mean temperature rise for 2016, when compared with the long-term average between 1961 and 1990. Increasing greenhouse gases are the main cause of warming since pre-industrial times.”