The most profitable online celebrity: PewDiePie earns $15 million in 2016

Forbes magazine released the most profitable YouTube online celebrities list of this year. PewDiePie ranked in No.1. He obtained 50 million subscribers and earned $15 million of pretax income in 2016.

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This is the second year that Forbes made this most profitable YouTube online celebrities list. PewDiePie becomes the most popular and profitable online celebrity for second time. His individual pretax income is $ 3 million more than next year’s.

Their income data are calculated with how much they earned in a year by June. The statistics are from Nielson, IMDb, agents, attorneys and interviews of celebrities themselves.

One of top 10 celebrities called Markiplier obtained 15.7 subscribers in a year and he ranked in top 7. Among top 10 celebrities, 6 of them were ranked in this list. It seemed to be stable development among celebrities

The No.2 most profitable celebrity went to Roman Atwood which contributed to his video attraction. His pretax income increased by 70% yoy. While Rhett&Link obtained half of income in 2015 by contributing to ads.

Ad is the most direct and basic means of attracting fans on social networking platforms. Snapchat, Facebook, Weibo and Wechat and other platforms can turn their fans’ attention to ad click and purchasing power by obtaining fans through personal accounts.

For example, Scott Disick obtained 13.3 million subscribers on Instagram, each of promotion expense through his account is about $1.5to $2.

YouTube is also exploring new business sections to obtain more profits, including publish books, albums, sign manufacturing companies, run online stores and create its own brands. Michelle Pan established IPsy beauty makeup brand in 2011 and became No.7 most profitable online celebrity last year. Entrepreneur reported that IPsy has $ 120 million sales volume each year.

Rosanna Pansino published cookbook, selling $18 each with 120,000 books. PieDiePie also published his sayings called This Book Loves You. It sold 112,000 books.

PieDiePie also promoted mobile games and run online garment store to make more profit. He cooperated with game publisher to launch two games: PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist and Tuber Simulator. These two games shortly ranked top ones at App Store.

PewDiePie earned more $3 million this year by owing to the dividens of YouTube Red and the sales of This Book Loves You. Each book sells $8. YouTube Red filmed a short playet of Scare PewDiePie which became one of the newest content that YouTube Red promoted.

YouTube established a customized company to train online celebrities. It launched an independent app for PewDiePie as well. Facebook announced in June that it would spend $50 million to attract more people to do live broadcast.

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LinkedIn is expected to obtain some vitality from the acquisition made by Microsoft

LinkedIn revealed its Q3 2016 earnings lately. It obtained surprised performance but still got slow user growth. The reason for slow of user growth has connection with the acquisition made by Microsoft.

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LinkedIn announced on Thursday that its revenue of Q3 was $ 960 million, increased by 23% yoy. However, the increas of Q3 2015 was 37% yoy.

Brent Thill from UBS claimed that the increase of LinkedIn declined sharply and its business did not run as well as expected. It may give LinkedIn some vitality if Microsoft has the acquisition done soon.

The quarterly documents submitted on Thursday showed that its sales and user growth get close to the highest point and it will be hard to maintain the fast growth rate as it did before. Its growth rate will be declining.

LinkedIn is the biggest world professional networking site. It was established in December of 2002 and turned to business in 2003. It quoted share in New York Exchange Stock in May, 2011. On June 11, 2016, LinkedIn and Microsoft came into business for merging. According to the agreement, Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn at $196 per share, with a total value of $ 26.2 million. The terms of payment is full cash and this acquisition is supposed to be done by the end of this year.

The reason why Microsoft acquires LinkedIn is to make full advantage of LinkedIn’s membership data to explore more business. LinkedIn has 467 million existing subscribers, increased by 18% this year. The monthly visitors traffic of LinkedIn homepage reached 106 million times, increased by 6%. The login times of subscribers increased by 27%.

LinkedIn membership database becomes an important point from Microsoft and Salesforce competition. Salesforce sent offer to LinkedIn for acquisition before Microsoft made deal with LinkedIn. Salesforce made pressure to supervision department last month that it wasn’t fair competition to other companies that Microsoft would obtain a great amount of membership data from this acquisition. The supervision department should stop the acquisition between these two companions.

LinkedIn made new record in sales this quarter, its business of hiring solutions increased by 24%, up to $ 623 million. This business section helps enterprises to recognize target applicants so that it could attract more membership. Many of enterprises also put more money on this section. Advertising business is also one of business sections that grows fast.Its prime subscription service also increased by 17%. The net profit of LinkedIn was $ 8.6 million, with 6 cents EPS.

LinkedIn share was closed at $ 188.63 on Thursday, with a 16% accumulative decline this year.

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Supercell acquires 51% share of Frogmind for $ 7.8 million

It is reported that Supercell acquires 51% share of Frogmind. They are both Finland enterprises. The well-known mobile game released by Frogmind is Badland. Supercell paid about $7.8 million to obtain 51% share of Frogmind.

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Johannes Vuorinen,who is co-founder of Frogmind, feels this acquisition can help Frogmind and Supercell establish long-term business relationship.

Supercell released Clash of Clans and its 84% share was acquired by Tencent for $ 10.2 million months ago.

It indicates that Supercell attempts to jump out of the exisiting game scale and develop diversified policies by investing other mobile game companies.

Frogmind was established in 2012 for releasing the best games. It released the first edition of Badland in April, 2013 which made a hit.

Vuorinen stated on the blog:” The success of Badland encouraged us to build an independent Studio so that we could deal with other business at the same time. We slowed down our developing pace as we only hired top talents. We hope our team members can work independent.”

Frogmind released paid Badland 2 in the summer of 2015. The downloads of Badland two editions reached 45 million times. Frogmind is exploring the free business mode that it spent 18 months to launch, modify or abandon the original products to introduce the real excellent one to consumers. It is developing three free games now. Supercell may give it a favor so that Frogmind can release these games next year.

Frogmind will still run as an independent studio after the acquisition. Though Tencent controls the majority share of Supercell, Supercell is still an independently operated company. There are only 12 employees working for Frogmind. Supercell will give Frogmind suggestions as developer instead of publisher in the near future.

Frogmind will designate 3-5 employees to charge the business when it launch new games. Supercell has been communicating with many game developing teams in the past years, it found Frogmind is the first suitable enterprise as Frogmind has high quality demands on products and works as small team to
launch games.

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Time will tell us if iPhone sales increase

CNBC quoted from UBS latest report that iPhone sales will increase by 5% in 2017, and with about 20% increase in 2018.

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The report of UBS assumed the sales volume of iPhone would be 222 million units in 2017, which is higher than the previous prediction. In addition, it predicted iPhone sales volume would increased to 264 million units in 2018, with an increase of 18%. This reported showed the upgrade increase offset the decline of new user growth.

UBS assumed it is a must for iPhone sales increase as it has a great amount of users and high permeability. It claimed iPhone doesn’t have problem in sales growth, the key is when its sales increase.

However, Apple faces much pressure from its rivals who want to obtain more market share. Samsung Electronics released Note 7 on Wednesday in the hope of obtaining more attractions as Apple would release iPhone 7 next month.

Daniel Gleeson, senior analyst of Ovum, found there were signs showing that Apple fans got tired of its products. The signs, which he indicated, were from the sales volme of iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. If new iPhone fails to attract more consumers, Samsung might win a part of OS market share from Apple.

UBS claimed there were over 200 million iPhone users yet to upgrade, which means this group is a great potential for sales increase.

The survey which made by UBS in May showed that the demand of iPhone 7 was between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Among the Chinese and American interviews, who wish to buy iPhone are respectively 3% and 1% higher than iPhone 6s.
UBS found that consumers are extending the upgrade period of iPhone from two years to three or four years.

The new users of iPhone are mostly from those who using other brands. Only a few of them are green. It implied that 45% of sales volume was made by new iPhone users who dropped by 4% in comparison with 2015.

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Simple Steps to Reset Network Adapter (Windows 10)

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Some users encounter internet connection issues after upgrade from a previous version of Windows to Windows 10. They may be unable to connect to the Internet when the network adapters are not properly functioning. If you are stuck in the same issue but fail to troubleshoot it, the last resort try is to reset all networking devices to fix network connection issues for your Windows 10. Resetting network adapter means to roll back to its default settings, and you will need to set up the configurations afterwards. Well, there are two ways of resetting network adapter in Windows 10.

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Flash is banned by Apple Safari 10

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The Flash technology of Adobe made a great hit ten years ago. Now it is being denounced by the public. It is reported that Apple Safari browser which runs on latest MacOS will ban Flash as well.

Apple is going to release Safari 10 for latest MacOS. The browser will block Flash plug-in by default.

If a website both support Flash and HTML 5 at the same time, Apple Safari 10 will use HTML 5 automatically. Users will find the website loading speed is fast and system won’t be slowed even though it runs Flash.

As reported, a message pops up indicating” Flash is not installed” when users visit a website that runs Flash plug-in. If users click to download Flash, Apple Safari will show it has been installed. Users have to give authority to run Flash on those websites which support Flash.

Google Chrome attempted to ban Flash sharply, however, it made the flash more complicated to run on it instead completely banned it. Google claimed that other websites do not allow to run Flash by default except that ten websites in the world.

Flash has been criticized as its inefficiency. It lets pc and smartphones run slowly. Besides, it has a lots of security flaws and it fails to fix them due to the poor performance.

Flash was widely used in networking video and animation mode. With the popularity of smartphones and HTML 5, Flash lost the advantages. Some giants such as Google and Apple banned this technology made its situation even worse.

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Apple’s 2015 profit accounted for 40% of Silicon Valley companies’

The new iPhone SE draws attention at the company's product launch event Monday, March 21, 2016, at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

It is reported that Apple ranked in the first place in SV150 list of 2016 that San Jose Mercury News made. This list followed the development of Silicon Valley companies.

Even though Apple’s revenue growth slows down a bit, its growth advantage is positive compared with Google parent company Alphabet. Apple’s 2015 revenue was three times as much as Alphabet’s.

IDC John Jackson claimed Apple still has advantages to explore more markets even though it faces much challenge. It has enrich products and services to back up.

The Q1 earnings reported that Apple released was beyond the expectation, however, its revenue, iPhone sales volume and other index are under expectation.

In 2015, its revenue reached $ 23.5 million which is quite equal to the total revenue of 41 companies listed in SV150. Those companies offered IT support to enterprises. Apple ranked top one for the first time in the consumption market concerning revenue.
Its revenue is also equal to the total revenue of 14 networking companies, including Google and Facebook.
It released the first generation iPhone in 2007 and reached 1 million sales volume in third season. Times commented on first generation iPhone the best annual invitation. Till 2009, Apple’s revenue increased a lot, ranking only second to HP.

With more new iPhone released and applications introduced to App Store, Apple’s revenue was getting close to Top one’s. In 2011, Apple ranked top one in SV150, with $128 billion revenue.

The total revenue growth among the companies of SV 150 was 6.8%, however, Apple reached a growth rate at 18%. In the meanwhile, Apple’s profit was close to $54 billion, increased by 20% yoy. It surprised that public that Apple’s profit growth in 2015 accounted for 40% among the companies in SV150 list.

At present, Apple’s market value is about $ 600 billion. It seem that it is still attractive to invest on Apple.

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3 Tech Specialties with Rising Salaries – IT Salary Survey 2016

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The financial news has been good for IT professionals. According to the data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, IT employment grew 3.1% in 2015, and 44% of IT managers who participated in Computerworld’s 2016 IT  Salary Survey said they expect to expand their IT staffs this year.

Salaries are also increasing. But pay raises are higher in some IT disciplines than they are in others. “The competition for some niche skills is driving up salaries for those positions. In some areas for some skills there are rapid gains; in other areas the gains are more modest or flat,” says Time Herbert, senior vice president of research and market intelligence at the nonprofit trade organization CompTIA.  Read more…

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Hulu plans to barge into film market to rival Netflix

Bloomberg quoted from the confirmed source that American video website Hulu followed its rivals Netflix and Amazon to barge into film market. It is going to purchase the film rights at this Sundance Film Festival.

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If the news source is true, it means Hulu will provide its original film debut. It indicates Hulu carries out strategic shift.

To its consumers, Hulu’s value was from its TV programmes that is difference from Netflix and Amazon. However, such advantage might not last longer.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Hulu is now negotiating with Time Warner for importing its popular episodes to Hulu website. But Time Warner is considering the cooperation might affect the interest of its shareholders as it will lead to the loss of subscription.

If Hulu barges into the film market, it needs to purchase more original contents, such as movies and TV shows. Even though Hulu has its own original content, its quality and quantity can not compete with Netflix.

The confirmed source indicated that the film rights that Hulu purchases will be displayed at cinemas and on website. It is not sure whether they will be released on the same date.

Hulu made a deal with IFC Films last week, Hulu purchased several documentaries, inlcuding Weiner, King Georges and Cif of Gold.

By April, 2015, Hulu obtained 9 million subscribers. Besides Hulu, Netflix and Amazon will also purchase the film rights of popular movies at Sundance Film Festival.

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Security is crucial to IoT market success

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Growth of the IoT (Internet of Things) will be slowed or stunted if the industry fails to be proactive about data security, according to IoT Security Foundation.

Failure to get security right could stall the whole IoT market, according to the IoT Security Foundation (IoTSF). Read more…

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