Gartner predicts a big drop in smartphone sales growth. In 2015, the smartphone market grew by 14.4 percent. Gartner believes the market will grow by just 7 percent in 2016. The 7 percent equals roughly 1.5 billion smartphones being sold during the year. The problem is consumers are not looking to upgrade from what they […]Read more "Gartner Predicts the Decline of the Smartphone"
Foxconn Technology Group has cut 60,000 manufacturing jobs at one of its factories in Kunshan, China and replaced these positions with a robot workforce. Analysts are already making predictions that companies will move towards a robot workforce to automate certain manufacturing jobs. In a statement to the BBC, Foxconn stated that the move does not threaten […]Read more "Panic! At the Manufacturing Line: Foxconn replaces 60,000 workers with robots"
Last Thursday, the Kumamoto prefecture experienced an earthquake of 6.4 magnitude. This was followed by a second earthquake of magnitude 7.3. Approximately 55 people have died from the quakes and over 1,000 people are reported as injured. While the two quakes were serious, they were not as damaging as 2011’s earthquake and tsunami. But the […]Read more "Earthquake in Japan will have an Impact on the Component Industry"
Periscope entered the market for live video streaming with a bang. Concert goers could now live-stream a show, providing viewers with a very authentic experience of what it’s like to be standing behind a bunch of people. Periscope was very popular when it first came out, but the app also had some major drawbacks. The […]Read more "4 Ways to use Facebook Live"
1) Clearpath Robotics Clearpath’s website is probably their best advertising tool. The home page shows a clip of the self-driving Otto 1500 navigating through a factory space. It turns, stops to make a scheduled delivery, and pauses to allow another Otto 1500 to pass by. The company offers solutions to automate tasks in industrial settings. The […]Read more "Six Companies that are taking on the Internet of Things"
Last Saturday, an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 was felt in southern Taiwan. Ninety-four people lost their lives, and over five hundred people were injured in the quake. The last major earthquake in Taiwan took place in 1999, and in that instance over 2400 people lost their lives. The 1999 earthquake was […]Read more "The Components Industry will not be affected by Taiwan Earthquake"