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Apple Smartphone Shipments Grow as Huawei Takes Top Spot in Q2 2020

Apple’s iPhone shipments have grown in Q2 2020, as Huawei overtook Samsung as the world’s largest smartphone vendor, according to new data shared by Canalys and IDC this week.

Though the global smartphone market contracted by 14-16 percent in Q2 2020, Apple was the only vendor to defy expectations and grow by up to 25 percent compared to the previous year. As Apple does not publicize exact shipment numbers, the estimated data varies between the two reports. Canalys places the number at 45.1 million, while IDC places it 37.6 million.

Both IDC and Canalys accredit Apple’s growth to the success of iPhone SE, stating that the device accounted for around 28% of its global volume, while iPhone 11 accounted for almost 40%.

“‌iPhone SE‌ will remain crucial to prop up volume this year, amid delays to Apple’s next flagship release,” commented Canalys Analyst, Vincent Thielke. “In China, it had blockbuster results, growing 35% to reach 7.7 million units. It is unusual for Apple’s Q2 shipments to increase sequentially. As well as the new ‌iPhone SE‌, Apple is also demonstrating skills in new user acquisition. It adapted quickly to the pandemic, doubling down on the digital customer experience as stay-at-home measures drive more customers to online channels.”

Huawei toppled Samsung as the world-leading smartphone vendor, with 55.8 million shipments over Samsung’s 53.7 million. Xiaomi came after Apple in fourth place with 28.8 million units, followed by Oppo with 25.8 million units. Huawei was also the standout leader in the world’s largest smartphone market, China, taking 44% market share. IDC cautions that the impact of the U.S. Huawei ban will continue to create uncertainty for the company in foreign markets.

Senior Canalys Analyst Ben Stanton stated that going forwards “geopolitical uncertainty also hangs over the global smartphone market. Countries are becoming polarized between the interests of the US and China. In India, for example, Chinese companies now face a wave of negative sentiment. Smartphone vendors need to act, and many are already directing funds to brand marketing to highlight their positive impact in a local region.”

IDC expects the launch of four new potential models to allow Apple to effectively challenge Android 5G devices that have been out for more than a year. Apple no longer discloses ‌device shipments, which means that analyst estimates cannot be confirmed by specific sales data.Tags: IDC, Canalys
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How to watch the Democratic National Convention

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Chromebooks and Google are the constant for students in the pandemic

Something came up at my gym this week that has my wheels turning. Yes, I’m still going to the gym. That’s the one interaction I’m currently willing to risk, but I digress. Many of the patrons there are teachers and an ongoing discussion in warm-ups has been about how the pandemic will change the upcoming year.Of course, the precautions and safety are the main concerns. However, the topic quickly evolved to the tech students will need if forced to stay at home. And the almost unanimous answer was Chromebooks. This is the one constant for students whether in the classroom or at home.Google has won the classroomWhen I was in school, you had one, maybe two, PCs in the class running Windows. You also might have one at home if you were lucky. Either way, Microsoft was more than likely running that machine. The company had a stronghold on the entire PC market, but specifically business and education.Over the last five years, that paradigm has shifted. IT departments in education are often underfunded for both hardware purchases and maintenance of services required to run a traditional desktop. This left a huge opening for a fairly cloud-first operating system like Google’s Chromebooks.Google recognized this need and has spent the last several years entrenching itself in the educational sector. The company offers G-Suite for education to school districts around the United States at a very high adoption rate. It’s paired this initiative with extremely affordable hardware that can handle the cloud-centric operating system making it perfect for schools.Built for the unexpectedChrome OS is much less dependent on hardware than Windows. With only your account information, you can have almost instant access to everything you need within minutes of logging into your Chrome OS device. This makes it easily manageable by admins and super clean experience for the kids too.Johnny needs to get some work done on his Chromebook at home. Easy. Just log in and get to that homework assignment in Google Docs. His laptop fails in a week or gets stolen. Just as simple to issue him a loaner or replacement. Within minutes Johnny is back up and on that same Google Doc.This also makes it very seamless to deploy if students need to work from home to complete the school year at this time of the pandemic. Many educational districts already have a one laptop per student policy and can easily translate those hardware resources for kids at home.Even if the school-issued hardware fails, the magic of Google’s cloud could technically run anywhere. As long as you can get access to a web browser, students can perform their assignments regardless of the system. Windows, iPads, or even my favorite Linux systems are all capable of using G-Suite for Education.Trying times with a familiar solutionGoogle couldn’t have planned on the COVID-19 virus shocking the globe. None of us did. However, the company has created an amazing combination of cloud software and almost disposable hardware to make sure the education of our children doesn’t stop.And in its own way, it’s given our kids a familiar option in uncharted territory. They will be forced to learn how to adapt to many of the solutions offered if they have to do at-home learning, but learning a new operating system won’t have to be one of them. They just need Google and an internet connection.

How to choose a good thermal label printer

Are you planning to purchase a thermal label printer? The market is flooded with all manner of thermal label printers, and it can be challenging to choose a printer that is ideal for your organization.Before you embark on your quest, you need to know the ideal label printer features. Here is everything you need to know.Print MethodThe print method affects the quality of your print. A thermal label printer can use three printing methods, namely, inkjet printing, thermal transfer printing, and direct thermal printing. Thermal transfer printing involves the transfer of heat to a thermal transfer ribbon made of resin and wax. It is this heat that transfers an image onto the canvas. On the other hand, direct thermal printing transfers heat directly to a label. The ink on the label is activated, and an image is produced. This is a more cost-effective method.The other printing method is inkjet printing. This method uses dots of ink in the image creation process. Unfortunately, these dots can bleed on the image. Therefore, a thermal label printer that uses the inkjet print method is not ideal.Future-Proofing and ConnectivityA slow printer is irritating and wastes time. It’s possible to find a brand with more than 30 versions of the same label printer. Therefore, you should select a printer that meets your short-term and long-term connectivity needs. For the best connectivity, choose a printer that is in the 203dpi-300dpi range. Also, check if the printer uses WIFI and Bluetooth. A printer with USB ports and Serial connections is also ideal. Finally, check if the printer is 5G enabled.The Label SoftwareThe software of a thermal label printer is as important as the hardware. You can buy a cheap printer and then realize the software costs more than the printer itself. Therefore, you should examine the software costing plan. Avoid printer software that is licensed per user because it can end up being too expensive. This is because you will need to buy a new software package for each printer. Instead, select a printer that comes with a full version of its software. Full version software is ideal because you can use it to run many printers, provided they all have the same hardware.Print ResolutionThe structure of the barcode includes a system of bars with varying width. For these bars to be legible, you need to print a clear barcode. Consequently, the resolution of a thermal label printer becomes an important factor. Resolution is measured in the number of dots per inch. Generally, the higher the resolution of a label printer, the better the quality of the barcode it prints. Ideally, you need a thermal label printer with at least 300 dots per inch.CompatibilityChoose a thermal label printer that can handle your organization’s label printing tasks. To accomplish this, audit all the software that is running on your devices. Is the software compatible with the thermal label printer you are about to buy? Also, check the network connectivity, drivers, and device inter-connectivity.Use of the LabelThe purpose of your label also determines the type of printer that you should buy. If you are printing labels that won’t have to last long, then you should purchase a direct thermal printer. However, a direct thermal printer is not ideal for printing labels that need to last long.Print VolumeYou should also consider the number of labels you are planning to print. While most thermal printers can handle a fairly large number of labels, there are printers that can handle a massive volume.Additionally, some printers are designed to handle minimal output. If you plan to use the label printer for occasional runs, then any printer will do. However, you may need a special printer if your label demand is high.Label SizeLabels come in different sizes and shapes. Similarly, each printer version can only print specific label sizes. Small printers are ideal for labels whose width is less than four inches. If you need labels wider than four inches, buy a thermal printer with a larger unit. Also, remember that you will need larger sheets.FontThe font also plays a significant role in choosing the type of printer that you need. Smaller fonts require printers with a higher resolution, while printers with a lower resolution can print larger fonts. Although high resolution starts at 600dpi, it is possible to get a high resolution with 300dpi printers. Remember to ask for a sample before purchasing a printer.Ultimately, your budget, needs, and preferences will determine the type of thermal label printer you will buy. It is also a good idea to do additional research and consult experts before making the final decision. We hope these tips can help you make the right choice.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.IMAGE: By Robert Martin from Pixabay

You can still install Fortnite on Android; here’s how

With the recent removal of Fortnite on the Google Play Store, fans are worried about being able to play Fortnite on Android devices and receiving future updates.There is good news on that front — you will have to revert to the original method of installing the game, but you will still get updates from Epic Games. Not only that, but you can continue playing on your favorite Android devices!Until things are ironed out between Epic Games and Google, you’ll have to manually install Fortnite. Here’s how you’ll want to go about doing it.Pre-requisiteThroughout the whole process, you have to keep the phone screen awake. Epic Games app doesn’t download in the background or if the screen is turned off.Let’s Go!Uninstall the Play Store version of the game completely. Simply find the app icon in your app drawer, long-press on it until you get the option to uninstall.Once you have successfully uninstalled the Play Store version of Fortnite, open up https://fortnite.com/android on the web browser on the Android device you want to install the game on. You will be prompted to download an APK file. While that is downloading, you can follow our guide on side-loading an app if you haven’t already as this is required to install the Epic Games app. Once you have the Epic Games app installed, open it up and select Fortnite. This will download the latest version of the game for you. Once the app is installed, you’ll need to start the game to finish off the installation. Once the game is downloaded, you’ll have to sit through the installation of the game. Just tap on Launch and once again, leave your screen on. This is fairly quicker than the first download of the game.Once you finish the installation, you’ll be taken to the main menu. Now you’re ready to play the game and start dropping in!How do I update the game?If you want to update the game, you can open up the Epic Games app and choose Fortnite, followed by tapping the Update button.Alternatively, you may find that when you launch Fortnite you will have to tap the Update prompt where Launch is normally found.The update will download and then install when you can press the Launch button replaced by the Update button.