Apple’s plan to start manufacturing in India

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[Original Source via Bloomberg]
Apple wrote to India’s industry ministry in Dec 2016 seeking lower import and manufacturing duties. Apple’s plan towards a bigger slice of Indian sales has encountered challenges due the India’s policy whith requires at least 30% of components to be made locally before a foreign company can sell through their own outlets. Provided that Apple makes most of its products in China, Apple doesn’t meet that criteria.

Thanks to the “Make in India”policy, Apple wants to start another round of discussion with the tax department on the future liability on its India earnings.

If this new plan is going to happen, the biggest impact will be on the Foxconn Technology Group – Apple’s main manufacturing partner in China. Most iPhones are put together in China by Foxconn.



如果這個新計劃將要發生,受最大影響的將是富士康科技集團 – 蘋果在中國的主要製造合作夥伴。大多數iPhone都是是由富士康在中國製造。



Apple Updates GarageBand With New Instruments and Sounds to Celebrate Chinese Music


This article is from MacRumors

Apple today announced a major update to its GarageBand music creation software for Mac and iOS, adding a wide range of Chinese instruments that are designed to celebrate the “rich history of Chinese music.” Today’s update also includes “extensive Chinese language localization.”

蘋果公司今天宣布了一項的重大更新到Mac和iOS的GarageBand音樂創作軟件,添加廣泛的中國樂器,旨在慶祝 “中國音樂的豐富的歷史。”今天的更新還包括“廣泛的中國語言包。”

In a press release, Apple says the update adds traditional Chinese instruments like the pipa and erhu, plus Chinese percussion offerings that include drums, wood blocks, cymbals, and gongs. 300 Apple-created Chinese musical loops have also been added to the apps.


“GarageBand is the most popular music creation app in the world and we’re excited to introduce these new features that incorporate the rich history of traditional Chinese music,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “By adding classic Chinese instruments and new Live Loop templates, the new GarageBand app makes it fun and easy to make Chinese-inspired music right on your iPhone, iPad or Mac.”

“GarageBand中是世界上最流行的音樂創作應用程序,我們很高興推出結合了中國傳統音樂的豐富歷史這些新功能,” Susan Prescott 蘋果公司產品營銷副總裁說。 “通過增加中國古典樂器和新的現場循環(Live Loop)的模板,新的GarageBand應用程序,使你更有趣味性和容易在iPhone,iPad或Mac製造中國風格的音樂。”

The new instruments are available on both the iOS and Mac versions of GarageBand, and each instrument includes different playing articulations like rapid picking and note bend for the pipa and trill, grace note, and glissando for the erhu.

GarageBand的iOS和Mac版本上都可用的新的工具,每個樂器都包含不同的播放關節(playing articulations)像琵琶和顫音,裝飾音,和對二胡滑音及兩者的快速採摘(rapid picking)和音符轉奏(note bend) 。

Apple-created loops have been created from a wide variety of instruments and styles, including guzheng, dizi, yangqin and Peking Opera, which can be combined with the new instruments for a unique sound. GarageBand for iOS also includes two new Chinese templates for Live Loops and new sharing options for popular Chinese social networks.

蘋果是從各種樂器和風格,創作出循環曲 (loop),包括古箏,笛子,揚琴和京劇,它可以結合新的儀器創作出一個獨特的聲音。 GarageBand的iOS版還包括對現場循環(Live Loops)和新的共享選項兩個新的中國社交網絡功能。

All of the new features in today’s update are automatically enabled in Greater China and for Mac users outside of Greater China. On iOS devices outside of Greater China, the features can be enabled through the advanced settings menu.


Chinese musician JJ Lin posted a YouTube video of himself using the new GarageBand app for iOS with Tim Cook, which Tim Cook tweeted.

其中Tim Cook 推文,分享中國音樂家 JJ Lin與他使用iOS新的GarageBand應用程序的YouTube視頻。

Apple has been aiming to express its support for China in recent weeks following hints of regulatory trouble in the country. Apple is reportedly being targeted for being “too deeply established” in China’s core industries and recently saw iTunes Movies and iBooks Stores in the country shut down following the Hong Kong iTunes release of the controversial independent movie Ten Years, which had been banned in China.


Apple recently announced a $1 billion investment in Chinese ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing, and this morning, he visited the country to meet with Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu. Cook also met with App Store developers at an Apple Store in Beijing.

蘋果最近宣布將在中國投資十億的 Didi Chuxing 乘車共享公司,今天上午,他訪問了該國與Didi Chuxing 主席Jean Liu見面,Cook也在北京蘋果商店會見了App Store的開發者。


Twitter to Stop Counting Photos and Links in 140-Character Limit


This article is from Bloomberg and translated to Chinese

Twitter Inc. is making a major shift in how it counts characters in Tweets, giving users more freedom to compose longer messages.


The social media company will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit for messages, according to a person familiar with the matter. The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. The company declined to comment.


It’s a step in a larger plan to give users more flexibility on the site. Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey said in January that the company was looking for new ways to display text on Twitter, and would experiment based on how people use the service. For example, some people tweet screenshots of longer text in articles, or send many tweets one after the other to tell a story.

這是一個仲大的計劃,給用戶者上更靈活使用網站。首席執行官Jack Dorsey今年1月表示,該公司正在尋找新的方式在Twitter上顯示文本,其實驗基於人們如何使用該服務。例如,有些人推較長的文本截及圖,或在其他人文章之後發送許多推文以講一個故事。

Twitter’s 140-character limit was originally adopted because it was a way to send Tweets while fitting all the information within a mobile text message — a common way for sending Tweets when the service debuted in 2006, before the proliferation of smartphones.

Twitter的140個字符的限制最初被採用,因為它是要發出推文時,同時配合手機短信內的傳遞信息的方法 -該發送推文服務於2006年推出,是在智能手機的廣泛使用前的時候。

The company earlier this year considered raising the limit to as many as 10,000 characters. But the quick, concise nature of Tweets has helped set the site apart from the competition. Executives have spent the last few months emphasizing how Twitter is a destination for live events and discussion. Removing the character requirement for links and photos may encourage users to add more media to their posts.


Twitter has been making video a priority as part of its push for live events. Earlier this year, the company agreed to pay $10 million to the National Football League for the rights to stream 10 Thursday night games during the 2016 season, people familiar with the matter have said. Twitter is working on more content deals for streaming sports, political events and entertainment.

Twitter一直在以視頻優先作為其推動使用在現場活動。今年早些時候,該公司同意支付一千萬給全國足球聯賽(National Football League)以取得2016年權利賽季週四夜場串流直播的專利,熟悉內情的人們說。Twitter 正在開發更多的運動,政治事件和娛樂串流直播的交易。

Bloomberg West Apr 6 & Tesla delivers 10,030 vehicles in Q1


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Bloomberg West Apr 6 Top Stories:
(1) Dudley: Rate hikes likely shallow
(2) Service Industries nearly match February growth in March
(3) President Obama says US will still protect Israel under new Iran deal
(4) Iran says Ayatollah was aware of Iran deal contents
(5) Greece looks fo allies as payment loom
(6) “Furious 7” has record debut, imax benefits, biggest weekend opening ever for April film

The Lead:
Tesla delivers 10,030 vehicles in Q1, which exceded CEO Elon Musk initial forecast by 530 unit. The anouncement help to boost the stock price. Analysts raising stock target to tell us about Tesla’s business.

Bloomberg West Apr 1 & GoDaddy Debut in the New York Stock Exchange


Here is Bloomberg West top headline: (Apr1)

(1) NJ SEnator Menendez indicted on corruption charges
(2) Arkanasas Gov. won’t sign “Religious Freedom Bill”
(3) McDonald’s boosting pay at company-owned restaurants
(4) Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman gets 25% comp boost in 2014
(5) Dish’s Sling TV adding HBO Now, HBO now is still to be available in Appl TV on April 12
(6) Drought prompts 1st mandatory water restrictions in California

The Lead headline: (Apr1)

(1) GoDaddy’s Market Debut in the New York Stock Exchange
GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving spoke to Bloomberg in the floor stock exchange about that cash flow. GoDaddy raises $460M in share sale.

Irving: The reason we pay so much attention to cash flow and run the business on cash is because on the gap recognition basis, you pay for everything upfront and you actually recognize revenue rapidly over the year so you creating a gap unintented between the way you bring cash and the way we reported, so we run on the cash flow basis. Frankly investor understand a SAAS basis business and cash flow management, our conversion in cash and even the cash is very strong and even with that gap differences in income.

Ruhle: Can you help us to understand GoDaddy is a brand company, so many people know who you are but they don’t understand what you do? When I look at your branding strategy and the advertisement that you put out, they seem totally disconnected from the company, so can you help us to understand it?

Irving: I won’t say that if you went back a decade. The first ad that GoDaddy ran are founder Bob the billiant marketer, actually it ran out and get a lot of attention for domain name and very few people know what a domain name was. So Bob had a method of getting people’s attention, it was more than a shock, an approach to creating an attention and awareness and brand awareness absolutely searched, the business search, Bob grew that business to a billion dollar and revenue and that attention. Now folks as you said know the GoDaddy name, we have 81% brand recognition today. And over the last two years, we took a very very big turn in our advertising strategy, how we portrait both our company and our customers. The last two years we have very different advertising, we had shown small businesses in their environment, fighting the good fight, trying to make sure that they can run by themselves. And that’s what GoDaddy does. We help their company take their ideas online and run their business as digital entity.




Yahoo’s Q3 Earnings Beat Estimates (from Bloomberg)


(via Bloomberg video : )

Jon Erlichman : Well before we get to earning, will highlight Yahoo! just said that the maximum number of shares in Alibaba we talk so much about it valuable stake in Alibaba that will end up selling as part of the IPO has been reduced. Basically this is a way of them saying, technically, we can be selling a really big chunk of our stake, were technically now gonna able to sell a slightly smaller amount of that stake, almost suggest we are gonna still be long term investors in the business. Alibaba sort of sending that message as well, so that part of the news just crossed. As for the earning, they beat Wall Street estimates 34 cents per share, 33 cents estimate. The revenue basically in line with what Wall Street looking for around 1.08 billion dollars, we say all the time with Yahoo! that the revenue story doesn’t change, generally speaking, the quarterly revenue and that billion dollars range is a lot of money, but the challenge for Marissa Mayer the CEO has to find new ad dollars to better compete with the light of Facebook and Google, couple of trend highlight, the display revenue business, looks like it has been struggling, the year to year revenue, down to a hundred twenty one million dollars, the other part of the revenue is search four hundred and twenty six million from revenue which looks like an improvement, may give us couple of metrics, display ad business, they say the number of ad, they saw in total up from last year, the fight for ad however, a little bit lower, so I think they get a trend you know, it’s challenging to convince advertisers on display ad right now, there’s a lot of competition and headline story probably not a different on from Yahoo!, but the more important story, they are unlikely to sell as many shares as in Alibaba’s IPO. We keep watching

Expedia Shifting Focus to Mobile Bookings (from Bloomberg)


(via Bloomberg video :

Dara Khosrowshahi : We are thinking about how we develop the Google glass, I think Google glass for us is gonna be more a platform for notification, I think we are continue to using a glass for example to book a trip, but if they had booked the trip for example on the Expedia mobile app, you are gonna get the notices that’s on what gate your flight is, leaving from, whether is it there is a delay or not, we build the technology, so that those same notifications can easily go to a Google glass or someone’s watches etc. so now with the proliferation of devices coming out there, you have to build your technology with very flexible architecture, so that this kind of notices can be send to basically any devices, anyone can imagine out there, you build that architecture, so now is about coding that specific hardware spec, so we like where we are at, I do see we are having a Google glass app, and pretty soon earlier or later.

Jon Erlichman : Interesting, what about the competitive environment right now. Wallstreet is paying attention to a new analytical report from Deschutes Bank, in which it said there is much more tense competition in the US market and it make it concern about your business. How would you describe your competitive market right now on how Expedia fit in to that ?

Dara Khosrowshahi : Well it’s a very competitive market, but it’s a very competitive market because it’s an anonymous market, travel is over trillion dollars global market place out there, there are a number of players out there, I say right now the advantage with all on players, and there is plenty room for one winner there, but company like ourselves over a long period of time, we are gonna gain shares, we have investigate shares, we gonna have great product to gain that kind of share. but we think the long term trend are very very good. And within the overall leisure trend, first part of travel become online, but we see great potential with corporate travel coming online, and we are specially excited about an acquisition, corporate travel tool. A tone of money by driving more user online, consumer business don’t need all an agent, but at the same time, they can get high class services for the really complex travel as well, so we like both of those transformation for long term prospective.

Jon Erlichman : When new technology allow for new ideas or concepts to build and grow. Sometimes, there can be issue, regulatory issue. AirBnB has been a battle in New York, I love to give your take on the AirBnB business.

Dara Khosrowshahi : We think this is a great business, it’s a new way for consumer to bring on new inventory for consumer to use and I think clearly like that new inventory, it’s a fairly small segment consumer out there, but I use the AirBnB to book a Paris vacation for my mum, she’s staying at Paris for a couple week, so it’s a great product to think over a long period of time, the Loft are going to catch up with AirBnB etc. So that’s what I mean, when I say it’s a big market, it’s a trillion market place, you are gonna a lot of companies to succeed, the company like ours, the company like AirBnB, there is one company wasn’t competitor Trirago that we bought, about technology. So we have to be prepare for new entrance and we absolutely think that these new entrance is gonna to grow, gonna grow very big.

Jon Erlichman : So can you give me a sense on that note, How much money did you set aside for potential quickly quickly growing companies that you might be interested in buying?

Dara Khosrowshahi : Well, the most recent example for us Trirago, which is a hotel match software, which we spend over 600 million dollars for majority acquisition of that company, we still partner with the founder, our company is very cash generative, last we have most billion dollars cash flow, so this give us the flexibility to invest both the growing business organically, we also bought back shares, but also acquiring necessarily, so I think all three of those is gonann to play a part for long term growth agenda of the company