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Early CES Gifts; Apple Reckoning; Big 2019 Tech Predictions


January 4 · Issue #130 · View online
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Early CES Gifts; Apple Reckoning; Big 2019 Tech Predictions

CES. The huge Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas doesn’t officially kick off until next week, but some companies simply couldn’t wait to deliver a few early product announcements. ASUS already unveiled a new line of Chrome OS laptops and one tablet, and LG has teased its new TV lineup, which includes higher-refresh-rate-supporting HDMI 2.1, Alexa, and, yes, lots of 8K (good luck finding content). Most people, though, are still waiting for more details on the consumer version of LG’s rollable, OLED TV. Yes, the same incredible technology I saw last year, but in a consumer-friendly package – and price.
LG's 2019 TVs revealed: Alexa and Google Assistant, 8K OLED and more
Apple Reckoning. For the first time in 15 years, Apple issued an earnings warning ahead of its next quarterly earnings report. According to a letter sent out by Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday, the company had encountered unanticipated difficulties in emerging markets and China, in particular. That and other factors like supply constraints, a strong U.S. dollar and the ongoing trade war with China and, potentially, other countries, hurt iPhone sales and upgrades. Apple will still report record revenue of $84 billion, but, by Apple’s own measure, the number is a miss. The news sent its stock tumbling and led to concerns that Apple’s best days are behind it. As far as I’m concerned, that’s an overreach. Yes, this is a problem, but it’s not news that the iPhone is facing stiffer competition and that Apple’s iPhone prices, while great for overall revenue, may be turning off some consumers who think they can find more affordable slab handsets elsewhere. Is it time for Apple to introduce a major new product category? Probably. Will that be a car, TV, AR, or something completely different? Maybe.
Apple’s shock earnings warning sees AAPL stock plunge 9% in pre-market trading [U]
I see the future. Want to be prepared for all the cool, important, and life-changing tech trends that will occur over the next 12 months? Me too. That’s why I gazed into my crystal ball, realized it’s useless, and then did a whole lot of research and deep thinking to identify 2019’s major tech trends (Hints: Cryptocurrency, 5G, Regulation). Read this and get prepared.
The Technology That Will Define 2019 – The Upgrade – Medium
Tweet carefully. Perhaps you’ve noticed how, in recent weeks, you can see whether someone is Tweeting from an iPhone or an Android handset. That’s because Twitter reenabled a feature it turned off almost six years ago: the ability to identify in the tweet what type of device you’re tweeting from. Apparently, some employees at Chinese Android phone manufacturer Huawei didn’t get the memo and so they tweeted out a company New Year’s message from, you guessed it, an iPhone. Oops.
Chinese phone maker Huawei punishes employees for iPhone tweet blunder | Reuters
CES Part II. Don’t forget, I’m heading to CES on Sunday and will be delivering real-time reports on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. I’ll also post daily reports on Medium. Tune in!
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