Global Smartphone Production Sets Highest QoQ Growth in Recent Years with 20% Increase in 3Q20 with Apple set for Strong Calendar Q4

 

In 3Q20, the smartphone industry benefitted from the gradual easing of pandemic containment measures worldwide, the arrival of year-end holiday season, and the expanded production targets by smartphone brands looking to capture Huawei’s lost market share, according to TrendForce. These factors together drove up global smartphone production to 336 million units in 3Q20, a 20% increase QoQ, which is the highest QoQ growth in recent years.

 

Looking ahead to 4Q20, TrendForce believes that the Huawei sanctions will continue to influence the smartphone market. The competing brands will remain aggressive in component procurement and maintain a high production level.

 

In Q3-20 Apple posted a small QoQ increase of 2% in its iPhone production to 42 million units for 3Q20. This result mainly has to do with the delay in the launch of the iPhone 12 series.

 

Regarding 4Q20, Apple will substantially improve its performance. Although the models under the 12 series

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Milken Institute Launches “Early Warning” Initiative for Emerging Pandemic Threats as COVID-19 Cases Increase

Milken Institute Launches “Early Warning” Initiative for Emerging Pandemic Threats as COVID-19 Cases Increase

FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute devoted to accelerating biomedical innovation, today launched an initiative to build a global “early warning system” that detects and responds to emerging pathogens with pandemic potential. This effort aims to develop and implement a framework to monitor, identify, and track threats that could cause global harm, such as new viral or drug resistant strains.

“COVID-19 caught the world by surprise, and it shouldn’t have,” said Esther Krofah, Executive Director of FasterCures. “Our hope is that by collaborating with leaders around the world, we can leverage emerging technologies and scientific advances to better address the various risks factors that could signal the next pandemic.”

The current global infrastructure for pandemic preparedness suffers from deep fragmentation, lack of coordination, little global collaboration, and virtually no sustained governmental and organizational commitment.

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Milken Institute Launches “Early Warning” Initiative for Emerging Pandemic Threats as COVID-19 Cases Increase

FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute devoted to accelerating biomedical innovation, today launched an initiative to build a global “early warning system” that detects and responds to emerging pathogens with pandemic potential. This effort aims to develop and implement a framework to monitor, identify, and track threats that could cause global harm, such as new viral or drug resistant strains.

“COVID-19 caught the world by surprise, and it shouldn’t have,” said Esther Krofah, Executive Director of FasterCures. “Our hope is that by collaborating with leaders around the world, we can leverage emerging technologies and scientific advances to better address the various risks factors that could signal the next pandemic.”

The current global infrastructure for pandemic preparedness suffers from deep fragmentation, lack of coordination, little global collaboration, and virtually no sustained governmental and organizational commitment. In response, FasterCures is initiating this new global effort under the guidance of an

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Harnessing science, technology to increase productivity

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), the apex continental organisation responsible for coordinating and advocating for agricultural research for development (AR4D) held its Eighth General Assembly. It was done online. The spearpoint was deploying science and technology to boost productivity, DANIEL ESSIET reports.

 

The General Assembly of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is a statutory triennial event held to refocus investment in agricultural research, technology and innovation to ensure food and nutrition security on the continent. FARA is the continental apex organisation for agricultural research and innovation in Africa.

At the 8th General Assembly of FARA held   online in Ghana, speakers canvassed support for continental agricultural research to  solve food production problems. They postulated that increased deployment of technology would help to revolutionise and  improve the performance of African agriculture.

In his keynote presentation to the General Assembly, the  President, African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr

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7 Apps That Will Help You Rapidly Increase Your Productivity


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As a businessperson and entrepreneur, you know that building workplace productivity is essential. A more productive work environment means that more work gets done and more money gets made. 

So many leaders fail at building productivity because they’re not technologically savvy. How about you? Are you familiar with smartphones and mobile applications? If so, then you’re already on your way to becoming a better leader. All you need to do now is choose the right apps and use them to your workplace advantage. Mobile apps can help you do the following:

  • Accelerate communication with clients and employees
  • Simplify repetitive tasks
  • Manage time more efficiently
  • Share documents
  • And so much more

I’ve compiled a list of the top seven apps to install on your phone to help increase productivity in your business. Each app is available for

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The Easiest, Most Pleasant Way to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence, According to Science: Laugh More



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The Easiest, Most Pleasant Way to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence, According to Science: Laugh More

This is the kind of feel good, dead simple self-improvement advice we all need in 2020.

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We all know that laughter is a great way to ease anxiety in tough times, smooth tense moments, and generally make your day a little brighter. But laughter is more than just a mood boost. Studies show laughter helps us learn faster, be more creative, and even perform better at work.

And according to a fascinating recent post on The Conversation by Janet Gibson, a psychologist who specializes in the study of humor, laughter is also a powerful (and delightfully pleasant) tool to boost your EQ.

It’s not a Netflix comedy binge, it’s an EQ workout.

The post runs down

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How to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence, According to Science: Laugh More

We all know that laughter is a great way to ease anxiety in tough times, smooth tense moments, and generally make your day a little brighter. But laughter is more than just a mood boost. Studies show laughter helps us learn faster, be more creative, and even perform better at work. 

And according to a fascinating recent post on The Conversation by Janet Gibson, a psychologist who specializes in the study of humor, laughter is also a powerful (and delightfully pleasant) tool to boost your EQ.

It’s not a Netflix comedy binge, it’s an EQ workout. 

The post runs down the long list of scientifically validated benefits of humor, from training babies’ muscles and brains to acting like a non-pharmacological antidepressant, as well as the science that shows an appreciation of humor (particularly sarcasm) is a sign of intelligence. But she also delves into how adding more laughter to your

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SARS-CoV-2 mutations do not appear to increase transmissibility — ScienceDaily

None of the mutations currently documented in the SARS-CoV-2 virus appear to increase its transmissibility in humans, according to a study led by UCL researchers.

The analysis of virus genomes from over 46,000 people with COVID-19 from 99 countries is published today in Nature Communications.

First and corresponding author Dr Lucy van Dorp (UCL Genetics Institute) said: “The number of SARS-CoV-2 genomes being generated for scientific research is staggering. We realised early on in the pandemic that we needed new approaches to analyse enormous amounts of data in close to real time to flag new mutations in the virus that could affect its transmission or symptom severity.

“Fortunately, we found that none of these mutations are making COVID-19 spread more rapidly, but we need to remain vigilant and continue monitoring new mutations, particularly as vaccines get rolled out.”

Coronaviruses like SARS-CoV-2 are a type of RNA virus, which can all

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Novel haplotype-led approach to increase the precision of wheat breeding — ScienceDaily

Wheat researchers at the John Innes Centre are pioneering a new technique that promises to improve gene discovery for the globally important crop.

Crop breeding involves assembling desired combinations of traits that are defined by underlying genetic variation. Part of this genetic variation often stays the same between generations, with certain genes being inherited together. These blocks of genes — very rarely broken up in genetic recombination — are called haplotype blocks. These haplotypes are the units that breeders switch and select between plants to create new crop lines.

In the new study which appears in Communications Biology John Innes Centre researchers led by the group of Professor Cristobal Uauy show that current platforms used by breeders do not provide the resolution needed to distinguish between haplotypes, potentially leading to inaccurate breeding decisions.

They defined shared haplotype-blocks across the 15 bread wheat cultivars assembled in the 10+ Wheat Genome Project

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Climate change may increase drownings as ice thins, study finds

Falling through ice and drowning is a perennial risk in northern communities where winter ice is a defining part of the environment. But to Leary, the four-wheeler accident stuck out as an especially harrowing one, in part because of its timing: It occurred in late March 2019, a time of year when the Kuskokwim River, which runs through Bethel, should be frozen solid and safe for locals to use as a highway to drive from place to place.

“I thought to myself as I was [going] out there — this shouldn’t be happening,” Leary said in an interview. “We should have at least another month of safe travel on river ice.”

Far from an isolated incident, Leary’s experience reflects a reality facing northern communities around the world: As winters grow warmer because of climate change, seasonal lake, river and sea ice is becoming treacherous. Now, a new study is warning

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