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Gartner: 30 million foldable phones will be sold in 2023
by Paul Hill
According to the analyst, Gartner, foldable phones are expected to account for 5% of high-end phones by 2023; that is around 30 million units. Several phone manufacturers first showed off their foldable phones during MWC 2019 and other events in February, however they have high price points and aren’t likely to become mainstream just yet.
Discussing the forecast, Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner, said:
Before foldable phones really do take off in several years, Gartner predicts that manufacturers will continue to experiment with the foldable form factor in order to find the optimal layout which suits the needs of users. Gartner said that the user experience will need to be continuous and seamless across all of the foldable screens.
In the same report, Gartner stated that the global device market (PCs, tablets, and phones) will see flat growth overall in 2019 with the downward trend in the PC market being expected to continue while the mobile phone market is expected to return to growth in 2020.
IDC: Worldwide spending on 3D printing to reach $13.8bn this year
by Paul Hill
Image via Makerbot A new forecast produced by IDC suggests that worldwide spending on 3D printing will be $13.8 billion this year. This spending factors in hardware, materials, software, and services required for 3D printing, the new figure represents an increase of 21.2% from 2018. IDC expects the figure to grow to $22.7 billion by 2022.
According to IDC, the biggest markets for 3D printing will be discrete manufacturing (53.8%), healthcare providers (13.1%), education (8.6%), professional services (6.5%), consumer (4.7%), and others (13.3%). The U.S. is expected to spend nearly $5 billion, Western Europe is expected to spend $3.6 billion, while China is expected to spend nearly $2 billion.
Marianne D’Aquila, research manager, Customer Insights and Analysis at IDC said:
IDC said that the printers themselves, and the materials, will make up two thirds of the worldwide spending, totalling $5.3 billion and $4.2 billion respectively in 2019. Services such as on-demand parts services and systems integration services will reach $3.8 billion this year.
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Microsoft wants AI to detect malware attacks on Windows PCs before they happen
by Usama Jawad
Microsoft's anti-malware tool, Windows Defender, is often touted by the company as Windows' primary line of defense against threats. The firm continuously updates it to make it more secure, and often cites its methodologies for this endeavor as well.
Now, it appears that Microsoft is looking to utilize the powers of artificial intelligence to counter malware before it infects a Windows PC.
Microsoft is hosting a competition on popular data science website, Kaggle, where it is "challenging the data science community to develop techniques to predict if a machine will soon be hit with malware."
Participants will be provided with 9.4GB of anonymous data from 16.8 million real-world machines as a training set. Using this enormous dataset, data scientists will be tasked with developing a model that achieves the highest accuracy on the test data. $25,000 will be shared among the top five teams in the following way:
1st Place - $12,000 2nd Place - $7,000 3rd Place - $3,000 4th Place - $2,000 5th Place - $1,000 As of right now, the top entry has achieved an accuracy rate of 68.9%, though this will likely improve before the competition closes on March 13, 2019.
It is important to note that this isn't the first competition of its type hosted by Microsoft on Kaggle. Back in 2015, it offered the public a chance to win $16,000 in prizes using 0.5TB of training data in a malware classification challenge. Interestingly, the current contest is hosted by the Windows Defender ATP Research team in particular, which means that the findings of this competition will likely be used to improve Microsoft's own line of defense against malicious threats.
Google adds match predictions to Premier League games following use in World Cup
by Paul Hill
If you’ve been watching the World Cup this summer you might have seen Google’s attempt to predict the outcome of matches by the 90-minute mark. Now that the World Cup is coming to an end Google has decided to continue testing the feature for Premier League matches which are played around the U.K.
Google has not announced the win-draw-lose probability feature for the Premier League, which starts on August 10th, just yet but the feature is already live. It’s the only league in the U.K. that has the feature switched on, and seemingly the only league in Europe to have the feature too. Neither the French Ligue 1 or German Bundesliga have the feature switched on and the Italian and Spanish leagues have not yet announced their fixtures so it’s not possible to know if the feature will be enabled in those leagues.
The probabilities that Google has produced have been a bit hit and miss over the duration of the World Cup, for example, yesterday it said England should win (43%) or there ought to be a draw (33%) - after 90 minutes, the match was a draw rather than a win for England. Going forward, it has Belgium with a 43% chance to win in the third-place playoff against England's (30%), and it says France should win the cup with 49% against Croatia’s 22% - it’ll be interesting to see how that one turns out.
Bitcoin posts new exchange rate record, reaching $1,700
by Paul Hill
Earlier today, bitcoin reached a new high of $1,700, a 70% increase since the beginning of the year when it was at $997, and a $200 increase since last week. Some analysts think that the cryptocurrency is entering bubble territory and that it's on course for another correction but with the overall trend on the upswing.
Willy Woo, a trader and bitcoin enthusiast, said:
When bitcoin first reached $1,000 in 2013, there was a massive correction in the price. Woo believes that this time around the drivers of the rally are solid and therefore a pullback won't necessarily happen.
Andrea Medri, CFO and founder of The Rock Trading, speaking with CoinDesk, said:
As of the time of writing, the price is sitting at $1,686/€1,550/£1,304, which is fairly steady given today's news of reaching new highs.
Source: CoinDesk | Image via Bitcoin-Gator