Vendors doing battle in the global smartphone market last quarter saw the distance grow between Samsung
, the market leader, and the rest of the pack. Market research firm Strategy Analytics is always among the first to issue quarterly shipment estimates and now that Samsung’s Q1 results are on record
, the firm has made its numbers for the March quarter available. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung shipped an estimated 69.4 million smartphones globally in Q1, representing 56% growth over the year-ago quarter, to take a record 33% of the global smartphone market. The South Korea-based juggernaut grew nine times faster than Apple
, which sold “a lackluster 37.4 million iPhones worldwide.” Apple’s market share fell to 17.9% in the first quarter from 22.8% in the same quarter last year.
) is very unhappy with Detwiler Fenton analyst Jeff Johnston. The company is accusing Johnston of making false claims about BlackBerry Z10
return rates in the U.S. and it plans to ask regulators in both the United States and Canada to launch a formal investigation into the matter. Johnston on Thursday claimed
that “key retail partners have seen a significant increase in Z10 returns to the point where, in several cases, returns are now exceeding sales, a phenomenon we have never seen before.” BlackBerry Chief Legal Officer Steve Zipperstein says that these claims are “materially false
and misleading” and says that they were “deliberately purveyed for the purpose of influencing the markets.” BlackBerry’s full press release is posted below.
So, you’ve been monitoring virtually every aspect of your athletic performance and tweeting it to the world, but not your heartrate or other basic performance factors? Apparently that just won’t do, sport-o, so 4iiii has announced the chest-worn Viiiiva monitor. That’ll let you add those indicators to sportwatches from the likes of Garmin or Timex through the ANT+ interface, or iPhones and iPods using Bluetooth. To lighten your training load, you can record the data with the Viiiiva alone, then sync it up later and record, plot and analyze your stats with a clutch of iOS fitness apps like Strava or Training Peaks. You’ll be able to pick one up soon for $ 79 on at 4iiii’s site (see coverage) and select retailers, so head to the PR after the break and feel the burn.
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Your smartphone could soon become a combination personal trainer and DJ.
MusicalHeart uses three algorithms to determine heart rate, activity level, and context.
(Credit: ACM SenSys 2012 )
Thanks to headphones that can measure your heart rate and acceleration, and a smartphone app that can identify which songs on your phone will help you reach your target heart rate, you won’t have to guess which playlist best suits your next jog.
So say researchers out of the University of Virginia, who completed their initial prototype of this setup in April and plan to showcase their latest iteration at the 10th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensing Systems in Toronto next month.
According to their report, the system accomplishes several feats more or less at once — first, it measures heart rate through earbuds instead of those uncomfortable chest straps; it also combines heart rate with acceleration metrics to gauge exertion level; and finally, it determines which songs in a library will help the user reach or maintain his or her desired heart rate.
The system is still in development, but the researchers have tested it on 37 participants (grad student Shahriar Nirjon says it was hard to find a lot of people willing to… [Read more]
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