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Broadcom can be the third largest chipmaker in the world

Samsung and Intel are big chip makers, but Broadcom can start to join the club of the best chip makers and end up being the third largest chipmaker in the world. But firsts they need to do one thing: acquire Qualcomm.

Broadcom is planning to buy Qualcomm for about $103 billion if the deal succeeds, and that will be the largest acquisition in tech history. Qualcomm are best known for the default system on a chip called SoC and cellular modem vendor in most smartphones.

Qualcomm is famous for its near minopoly on the high-end smart phone SoC market with its «Snapdragon» line of chips.

Snapdragon semiconductors are embedded in devices of various systems, including Android and Windows Phone devices. They are also used for netbooks, in cars, wearable devices and other devices.

Snapdragon is a suite of system on a chip (SoC) semiconductor products designed and marketed by Qualcomm for mobile devices. The Snapdragon central processing unit (CPU) uses the ARM RISC instruction set, and a single SoC may include multiple CPU cores, a graphics processing unit (GPU), a wireless modem, and other software and hardware to support a smartphone`s global positioning system (GPS), camera, gesture recognition and video.

Samsung and Apple does not use Qualcomm`s operating system which means they are both competing with Qualcomm. Samsung have its own Exynos line system and Apple makes it sown SoC system for its iPhone and iPad.

But in the U.S, Samsung use Qualcomm chips only for this market and Apple has packaged a separate Qualcomm chip with the iPhone, but the company recently had the audacity to use an Intel modem in some iPhone models.

Broadcomm and Qualcomm combined will be big and that can make the prices go up. Google can do something with that. They want to improve its own Android, VR and AR and have sent a list of requests to other chip makers for future SoC designs. They also want to build its own processors.

According to Reuters, Broadcom Ltd made an unsolicited $103 billion bid for Qualcomm Inc on Monday.

Qualcomm`s share price skyrocketed before the dot-com-bubble. It reached nearly $90 but have never recovered. The stock has declined in two years from 2014 to 2016 and now it is trading at $62 on Monday.

It is another story for Broadcom. The stock has gone straight up since April 2016. On Monday, the stock reached an all-time high at $277.

 

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Google will launch its brand new phone Pixel 2 within a few weeks

It is a big day for Tim Cook and Apple today. The most expensive iPhone you`ve ever bought will be launched and that is happening ten years after its first release of their iPhone. That was then in 2007, but now it is 2017 and iPhone 8.

But Apple wont be long in heaven before I introduce another new phone on the market. Googles new release of their new phone called Google Pixel 2. Google Pixel and Pixel XL were both launched in October last year, so Pixel 2 will be launched next month, October 2017.

 

 

It isnt the most innovative product I have seen so far, but what I have seen is only leaked cases. The Pixel line is new and its building on the new defunct Nexus range. Apples new phone will be expensive, but you shouldnt expect Pixel 2 to be any cheaper than the old one.

The old one from Google started at about $650, so it was already expensive.

Rumors tells us that the new Google phone will be a curved screen with a 5,6 inch 18:9 display and a 2,560 x 1,312 resolution. With its use of AMOLED it will be very similar to Samsung Galaxy S8. Further more, it is rumored it will be a Snapdragon 835 chipset for all three Pixel 2 handsets.

The competition in the phone market increase and search giant not only face big competition from Apple but also from Xiaomi and Huawei. The last one remains Chinas top smart phone brand and Xiaomis sales are still climbing.

Xiaomi shipped 15 million phones during the quarter to rank fourth in China. That`s a 60% rise from Q1 2017. Huawei shipped 23 million ahead of brother-sister companies Oppo (21 million) and Vivo (16 million). Apple completed the top 5, having been leapfrogged by Xiaomi.

Xiaomi is the opposite of Apple with its price-conscious consumers. CEO Lei Jun hailed Xiaomi`s resurgence this year, calling it this most recent quarter «a major inflection point in our growth.»

«After two years of internal recalibration Xiaomi is once again embarking on a rapid growth trajectory,» Lei Jun told the press. He added that the company is aiming to reach 100 million phone sales in 2018.

Competition from Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Huawei are placing them all in the price-conscious to mid-range devices category. They are more likely to succeed in Asia than Google and Apple in the West.

 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and may not reflect those of Shiny bull. The author has made every effort to ensure accuracy of information provided; however, neither Shiny bull nor the author can guarantee such accuracy. This article is strictly for informational purposes only. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in precious metal products, commodities, securities or other financial instruments. Shiny bull and the author of this article do not accept culpability for losses and/ or damages arising from the use of this publication.

 

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Apple have a cash hoard of $250 billion and enough software know-how to build great self-driving car technology

Apple is a big company with a market cap of $783,07 billion, and most of its success is coming from its flagship iPhone. CEO Tim Cook in May noted a «pause» in iPhone sales but Apple is expected to come out with a new and expensive iPhone in a few months.

It will be a super premium tenth-anniversary iPhone costing $1,000 or more, but that will not help the sales of their iPhone at the moment. In addition, the pause could also be delayed. Maybe into a new fiscal year.

 

 

What is an electric car actually? It is a smart phone with four wheels, because there aren`t much difference from an electric car and a smart phone. And who can enter the auto industry better than Apple?

Apple have everything they need to design a brand new electric car. They have more than enough much-needed software know-how and the company is already working with car companies on CarPlay. They have $150 billion of net cash and $50 billion of free cash flows annually.

Apple compete with Google and Microsoft and it will be very disruptive when they all enters the car industry with its brand new electric cars.

Whats funny to see is that these companies are not car companies but rather software companies. It speaks for itself. Apple is a strong brand with many fans worldwide, and Apple Car can take a large share in the auto market.

Tim Cook said in June this year that Apple has autonomous car ambitions. Apple is working to build self-driving car technology, referring to the endeavor as “the mother of all AI projects”.

But it seems like Google are leading. In December, Google launched Waymo, wich is “a new way forward in mobility.” So far, they have more than 2 million miles of public-roadway testing for its vehicles.

What will happen if Apple buy Tesla? They could quickly become a leader, but Elon Musk laughs off the idea of Apple buying Tesla. But earlier this year, Musk said “Never say never to Apple buying Tesla”.

Apple have a cash hoard of more than $250 billion, and that is giving them the opportunity to spend some of it for acquisitions or buybacks.

We know that Elon Musk earlier this year had a meeting with acquisitions chief at Apple and news regarding this case would be a bomb in the stock market.

Apple Inc is expected to report earnings on Tuesday August 01 after market close. Earnings forecast for the quarter is $1,57 versus $1,42 for the same quarter last year.

 

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iPhone is now 10 years old and on January 9, 2007 Steve Jobs unveiled a product that changed the world

iPhone is now 10 years old. On January 9, 2007 Steve Jobs unveiled a product that changed the world. A few months later, on June 29, 2007 iPhone made its way into stores. Apple have changed dramatically since then.

Since the first generation iPhone first began selling on June 29, 2007, Apples market Cap has grown from $104,3 Billion to $760 Billion. Growing from the 26<sup>th</sup> largest company on the S&amp;P 500 to the 1<sup>st</sup>. Shares of Apple have soared 744% since the iPhones debut.

 

 

Apple has sold just over 1,2 Billion iPhones in the last 10 years.

Earlier this week the European Commission fined Google a $2,7 Billion, claiming it denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate. They also claimed that Google denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefit of innovation.

What Europe should do is stop complaining and start to innovate. If there was a better search engine out there they will have competed with Google. The same can be said about the smart phone market too.

I acquired my first mobile phone in 1992 and it was a Ericsson which is a multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.

The company had a 35% market share in the 2G/3G/4G mobile network infrastructure market in 2012. They were ruling the smart phone market in the early 90`s, but something happened.

Nokia from Finland came into the market and ruled the world with their new smart phones from 1998 to 2012. That`s 14 years on top. Not bad for a company founded by Knut Fredrik Idestam in 1865.

Keep in mind that both are European companies, but something happened.

Steve Jobs changed the world 10 years ago, on June 29, 2007. He launched Apple`s iPhone which is celebrating a 10 year anniversary. In 2007, iPhone 2G were launched with a 16GB storage and 8-hour battery.

Ten years later, iPhone 7 Plus were launched with a 256GB storage and 21-hours battery. Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer said on April 29, 2007, that “There`s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No Chance.”

For how long will Apple continue to stay on top?

 

 

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Google is a success story and the European Commission fined them a record $2,7 billion today

Google is a success story and the company is up over 40% since June last year. The company is well-known for its search engine which is the best in the world. Some people in this world doesn`t like this success and one of them is the European Commission.

The European Commission have received many complaints from competitors who claimed that Google abused its search market dominance to give its own business an advantage over other retailers. This is a clear picture of the relationship between Europe and the U.S right now.

 

 

“What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules. It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate. And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation,” European Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

The European Commission has been working on this case for over seven years, and the action came after complaints from rivals such as Yelp, TripAdviser, UK price comparison site Foundem, News Corp and lobbying group FairSearch.

This is not the first time the European Commission has attacked a U.S company. Last year they attacked Apple, and at that time, Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy said: “Member States cannot give tax benefits to selected companies.

This is illegal under EU state aid rules. The Commission`s investigation concluded that Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to Apple, which enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years. In fact, this selective treatment allowed Apple to pay an effective corporate tax rate of 1% on its European profits in 2003 down to 0,005% in 2014.”

Apple has their own tax structure in Europe, which is Apple Sales International and Apple Operations Europe. Both are two Irish incorporated companies that are fully owned by the Apple group.

In 2001, the European Commission sent a sternly worded missive to Microsoft. EU accused the software maker of having illegally extended its dominance in operation systems for personal computers (PC`s) into adjacent markets, for tying Windows to programs that play music and videos.

The European Commission said Microsoft was too dominant in the market in 2001. Last year they claimed Google was too dominant in the internet search market. Google were also ruling the smart phone market with their Android system, which will be their next problem.

EU regulators in Brussels fined Google a record $2,7 billion today, ruling that the search-engine giant violated antitrust rules for its online shopping practices, and this is the largest doled out by Brussels.

Google disagreed with the EU action.

«We respectfully disagree with the conclusions announced today (Tuesday).We will review the (European) Commissions decision in detail as we consider an appeal, and we look forward to continuing to make our case,» Kent Walker, Googles Senior vice-president and General Counsel, said in a statement today.

It doesnt stop here. Next time, Brussels will attack Googles Android mobile operating system, which is a case that could potentially be the most damaging for Google.

Theodore Roosevelt led a populist party in 1912, and Ralph Nader campaigned against the power of large corporations such as auto companies. Now, 105 years later, EU is doing the same.

 

 

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