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.


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.


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.


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.


Simple Steps to Reset Network Adapter (Windows 10)


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


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.


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.


3 Tech Specialties with Rising Salaries – IT Salary Survey 2016


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…


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.


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.


Security is crucial to IoT market success


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…


Microsoft’s Sway app will now save your hard work from deletion


Now users of Microsoft’s new Sway presentation app can rest easier knowing their work will not get accidentally deleted, thanks to a set of new features the company released Friday.

When users go and delete a Sway that they’re working on, it’s sent to the service’s Recycle Bin, where it can be recovered within 30 days, rather than disappearing forever right off the bat. It’s good news for users who put hours of work into creating presentations by using Sway, only to have them disappear in the blink of an eye when users clicked or tapped the wrong button. Read more…


The Best Furla Candy Handbag, Furla Bags Review

Furla Candy handbags are always loved by most women in the world, which expresses the colorful and contemporary, it’s the perfect handbag for every day out with friends. Furla brand new handbags feature on the colorful and styles, which can be said a perfect expression of the positive energy, and the Italian styles and lifestyle. If you want to enjoy the most contemporary aesthetic and aspirational qualities for everyday in an easy way, then the Furla candy handbag definitely is a superb choice delivering you the best value, beauty, and creativity. If you are one of those women who pay attention to the modern, confident, and understated elegance, why not get one Furla handbag as your own. If so, all that fantasies of the fashion-forward style, versatility, and timeless elegance can be carted with the maximum satisfaction. There are a lot of features you can get when you shop a Furla candy handbag, read more as following. Read more…