The fall of iPhone, the world’s largest source of cyber attacks and the Pentagon blockchain
Apple continues to lose market share
IPhone sales in the second quarter of 2019 decreased by 11.9% year-on-year to 41.3 million smartphones, according to a report by Counterpoint Research. Apple smartphones account for 10.1% of the global market, putting the American giant in third place. Previously, Apple had reported on financial results for the third quarter of the 2018–2019 financial year. According to the report, iPhone gave the company less than 50% of revenue for the first time since 2012.
Only sales of South Korean LG felt lower than that of Apple in the II quarter, LG managed to sell only 8 million smartphones — 18.5% less than a year earlier.
South Korean Samsung remains the largest supplier of smartphones in the world market, managing to sell 76.6 million units in the second quarter of this year. Samsung accounts for 21.3% of the global market share. China’s Huawei is in second place, which, despite a conflict with the US authorities, has won 15.8% of the global market, selling 56.7 million smartphones.
The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi crept in close to Apple, selling 32.3 million smartphones in the second quarter, and gaining 9% of the world market.
US and UK are leaders in cyber attacks
Great Britain took first place in the ranking of European countries for the number of cyber attacks that were launched from the territory of the state. Such data is contained in the ThreatMetrix EMEA Cybercrime report, written on the basis of cyber attacks recorded by the ThreatMetrix Digital Identity Network between January and March 2019. Germany is in second place in Europe and Ireland are in third. The United States remains the leader in the number of cyber attacks emanating from its territory.
In Europe, the risks of cyber attacks are lower than the global average. 235 million bot attacks were recorded worldwide in the first quarter, 87 million of which occurred in the European region, with 43 million attacks accounted to people in Europe, and 90 million in the world. E-commerce services have become the most popular target for cybercriminals.
The most popular type of cyberattacks are the spoofing of someone else’s device or identity.
Opinion: half of the US will be covered by 5G networks as early as 2020
Deploying the next-generation 5G mobile networks in the United States will take longer than many major players in the telecommunications industry believe, said Verizon CEO Hans Westberg. According to him, in 2020 only half of the US territory will be covered by 5G networks, which will be managed by dynamic spectrum separation (DS)), which will allow 4G and 5G to share the same radio equipment. By 2024, only half of Americans smartphones will use 5G technology.
Qualcomm previously suggested that almost all new Android smartphones launched on the market in 2020 will support 5G, leading to a faster transition to the new standard. Apple also plans to release a new version of iPhone with 5G support in 2020.
AT&T and T-Mobile — the main competitors of Verizon in the USA, have previously announced plans to deploy 5G networks throughout the country.
US Department of Defense mentions blockchain on technology development roadmap
The U.S. Department of Defense is developing blockchain solutions to enhance cybersecurity as part of its digital modernization strategy. Blockchain technology is included in the roadmap of the Ministry of Defense, designed for 4 years.
The US Department of Defense has published a roadmap for technological development for the next 4 years. The document is called “The US Department of Defense Digital Modernization Strategy: US Department of the Treasury Information Resource Management Strategic Plan for 2019–2023.” According to the document, the US Department of Defense’s research unit, together with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is currently engaged in at least two projects related to blockchain solutions aimed at enhancing cybersecurity. For example, DARPA is creating a communication blockchain platform for secure messaging between units and headquarters and are working on a faster information transfer between intelligence officers and the Pentagon, also trying to develop an unhackable code using blockchain, “because this technology provides information about hackers who are trying to break in secure databases. ”
EncryptoTel Updates Roadmap
We are pleased to announce that we have defined a new time frame for the development of our project to create the first virtual PBX with an increased level of confidentiality EncryptoTel.
The key idea of the updated EncryptoTel roadmap is to focus on B2B sales. Thanks to this approach, we will not try to cover all possible categories of users, but will focus on the most profitable direction in terms of sales and economic feasibility. We have always advocated the rational use of attracted investments and are not going to spend them on achieving goals with a small prospect of profit.
According to the new roadmap, in addition to technological development, priority areas also include extending marketing support and sales. We will continue to technologically refine our product, launch new functions and services every month, but we will direct some of our efforts to ensure that EncryptoTel occupies a significant niche in the telecommunications market.
Despite the fall of the cryptocurrency market in 2018, work on the EncryptoTel project did not stop. We continued to refine our product to the needs of the market. Now we can see that investors and industry players turn their heads towards blockchain startups again, which, of course, is a result of the Bitcoin price rally. We hope that this will be an additional positive motivation to the development of our project.