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iOS 18’s AI Features Could Revive iPhone Sales in China

iOS 18’s AI Features Could Revive iPhone Sales in China

iOS 18’s rumored AI features could revive faltering iPhone sales in China, according to DigiTimes. In a paywalled report, DigiTimes explains that despite the Chinese market pivoting toward high-end devices, ‌iPhone‌ sales have reportedly struggled since the start of 2024 in the region against rival brands offering generative AI features and foldable displays. In December 2023, Apple reportedly saw a 13% decline in revenue in China, following months as the top smartphone brand in the country by shipments, and there have been further reports of even more severe declines of up to 40% in recent weeks. Chinese consumers apparently see Apple’s diminutive selection of AI features as contradictory to its image as a pioneering brand. ‌DigiTimes‌ reiterated previous rumors suggesting that ‌iOS 18‌ will contain a number of new AI features, but cautioned that Apple needs to make significant progress in the AI space to meet consumer expectations and revive the company’s popularity in China amid fierce competition from brands like Huawei, which are heavily investing in AI research and development. On an earnings call …

China’s securities watchdog opens ears for proposals to revive market

China’s securities watchdog opens ears for proposals to revive market

BEIJING/SHANGHAI : China’s securities watchdog said it held a series of seminars on Sunday and Monday with market participants who proposed tighter scrutiny of company listings and trading behaviour as part of efforts to revive market confidence. The meetings were led by the watchdog’s newly-installed chairman Wu Qing and held immediately after the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, reflecting the urgency to stabilize a market that dropped to five-year lows early this month. Participants, including small investors, listed companies, money managers and accounting firms, said regulators should tighten screws on initial public offerings and weed out listed companies that do not qualify. They also proposed a fairer trading mechanism and harsher punishment for law breakers, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said in a statement. The watchdog said it would treat all proposals seriously and implement feasible ones immediately, reiterating its intention to “resolutely maintain market stability and control market risks.” Wu, nicknamed the “broker butcher” after an earlier regulatory stint, was appointed CSRC chairman on February 7. He replaced Yi Huiman, who had failed …

To revive Britain from recession the next government must get growth right | Richard Partington

To revive Britain from recession the next government must get growth right | Richard Partington

Britain’s economy is in a deep rut. After news confirming the country fell into recession late last year, most experts agree the downturn is likely to be shortlived and shallow. Few, though, are betting on a strong recovery from the toughest period for living standards in almost 70 years. In most of the economic cycles of the past century, robust growth has typically followed each period of recession, as households and businesses get back on their feet after each setback. But as highlighted by Matt Whittaker of the Pro Bono Economics thinktank, the past two decades have been different. Gross domestic product per capita has either fallen or flatlined for the past seven quarters, and it is now 16 years since the last sustained uptick came to an end. For whoever wins the next general election, making sure Britain can escape this quagmire ought to be the top priority. After more than a decade and a half of flatlining progress, capped by the current cost of living crisis, poverty levels have risen sharply. The proceeds …

Call to urgently revive Theresa May’s plan for EU-wide defence treaty | European Union

Call to urgently revive Theresa May’s plan for EU-wide defence treaty | European Union

The former UK prime minister Theresa May’s proposal for an EU-wide defence treaty needs to be revisited urgently, the leader of Emmanuel Macron’s political group in Brussels has said, as the shadow foreign secretary, David Lammy, said his party would seek such a deal in government. If climate breakdown was top of Ursula von der Leyen’s last mandate as European Commission president, defence must now be the number one priority for the next five years of EU policymaking, said Valérie Hayer, the recently selected head of the Renew group, the third-biggest voting bloc in the European parliament. “I know that in Theresa May’s time, there was a defence treaty on the table. I think that would be very, very useful. We already have close cooperation, but it would be very, very useful to put this subject back on the table,” she said. “One of our priorities is to accelerate European defence.” Her remarks were made just before Lammy confirmed that, if elected, Labour would seek a security deal with the EU because of the war …

‘Lisa Frankenstein’ Fails to Revive North American Box Office on Slow Weekend

‘Lisa Frankenstein’ Fails to Revive North American Box Office on Slow Weekend

“Lisa Frankenstein” didn’t come to life at the North American box office in its first weekend in theaters. The horror comedy written by Diablo Cody and starring Kathryn Newton and Cole Sprouse earned $3.8 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. It debuted in second place on a very slow Super Bowl weekend, behind the spy thriller “Argylle.” Matthew Vaugn’s ” Argylle ” was in first place with only $6.5 million, which brings its running domestic total to $28.8 million in two weekends. The $200 million production is Apple’s first major theatrical flop. Universal Pictures oversaw the North American release for the streamer, where it is playing in 3,605 locations. Globally, it’s earned $60.1 million to date. Focus Features released “Lisa Frankenstein” in 3,144 locations. A 1980s-set teenage riff on Mary Shelly’s classic tale, “Lisa Frankenstein” was the directorial debut of Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda Williams. Reviews overall were mixed to negative with a 49% on Rotten Tomatoes. AP’s Mark Kennedy wrote in his review that it was “a real monster — stitched together from previous …

A push to revive vanilla where it’s from — Mexico

A push to revive vanilla where it’s from — Mexico

PAPANTLA, Mexico —  Long gone are the days when heaps of green vanilla pods were drawn into town by mules and laid out on woven mats to dry in the sun, perfuming the streets before being packed up and sold abroad. In this corner of eastern Mexico, known as “the city that perfumed the world,” the aromatic spice once dominated daily life and contributed to Mexico becoming the world’s leading supplier of vanilla more than a century ago. Markets have long since shifted and artificial vanilla is now the global norm. But in Papantla, a city in Veracruz state where the spice is still strongly tied to people’s identity, scientists, chefs and farmers are actively pushing to reassert its profile. Could a vanilla renaissance finally bloom in Mexico? Eduardo Coyote Tepoxteco smells different vanilla strains inside an in-vitro fertilization laboratory at the Gaya vanilla plantation in Gutierréz Zamora, a city near Papantla, in Mexico. The sun sets over Papantla, the center of a campaign to boost production and consumption of vanilla. In this city of 160,000, …

A bastion of liberal Britain is in trouble. But Labour has a chance to revive Channel 4’s radical spirit | Leo Watkins

A bastion of liberal Britain is in trouble. But Labour has a chance to revive Channel 4’s radical spirit | Leo Watkins

Channel 4 has just announced plans to cut almost 250 jobs (about 15% of its workforce of full-time staff), sell its London HQ and drop a number of shows. The immediate cause of its problems is the ad market. Channel 4 depends on advertising for about 90% of its revenue, and ad spending was cut back in 2023 as consumer spending was squeezed. But the station’s problems run deeper. A decade ago, TV accounted for almost half of the display ad spending in the UK, and online about an eighth. Today, online is more than half and TV is about a quarter. First the internet swallowed print advertising, now it’s coming for TV. The shift is being driven by viewing moving online, as young people in particular spend more time using video-sharing platforms such as YouTube, and subscription on-demand services such as Netflix. Live TV viewing fell from 60% of overall viewing in 2017 to 45% in 2022. Channel 4 has always sought a younger audience, yet live TV represents only 16% of the viewing …

D.U.P. in Northern Ireland Agrees Deal to Revive Power Sharing

D.U.P. in Northern Ireland Agrees Deal to Revive Power Sharing

The Democratic Unionist Party, the main Protestant party in Northern Ireland and one of its biggest political forces, said on Tuesday that it was ready to return to power sharing after a boycott of almost two years had paralyzed decision-making in the region. After an internal meeting that stretched into the early morning, Jeffrey Donaldson, leader of the party, known as the D.U.P., said at a news conference that he had been mandated to support a new deal, negotiated with the British government, under which his party would return to Northern Ireland’s governing assembly. “Over the coming period we will work alongside others to build a thriving Northern Ireland firmly within the union for this and succeeding generations,” Mr. Donaldson said. He added, however, that the return to power sharing was conditional on the British government’s legislating to enshrine a new set of measures that had not yet been made public. The decision by the D.U.P., which represents those who want Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom, will be welcomed by many …

The Relationship Tweak That Could Revive Romance

The Relationship Tweak That Could Revive Romance

Due to misunderstandings, miscommunications, and missed opportunities, many couples find themselves gradually drifting apart. Yet, when the seemingly simple solution to reintroduce flirting into the relationship is delicately proposed, it’s met with a mixture of surprised looks and raised eyebrows. Yes, flirting. Often thought to be reserved for the initial rush of a new relationship or secret romances—is, in fact, a potential tool for couples looking to reignite passion and rekindle connection. Why Flirting Matters Source: Adobe Stock | pathdoc At the core of every human being is the craving to feel desired and significant.6 Flirting is an affirmation of that desire. It’s a subtle dance of words, gestures, and lingering glances that say, “I see you, and I desire you.” Such simple acts can turn everyday routines into moments of connection and thrill. The concept of the chemistry behind romantic love and its effects on our well-being is explored in Helen Fisher’s “Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love” and suggests that couples who engage in playful flirtation report higher levels …

Macron sparks uproar with call to revive France’s birth rate

Macron sparks uproar with call to revive France’s birth rate

President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to revive France’s sluggish birth rate sparked an outcry on Wednesday, with feminists and left-wing politicians accusing him of seeking to control women’s bodies. Issued on: 17/01/2024 – 21:22 1 min During a press conference on Tuesday, Macron said France needed to pursue what he called “demographic rearmament”. The president pledged to offer a better parental leave and combat infertility – which he called “the taboo of the century”. “Leave our uteruses alone,” Anne-Cecile Mailfert, head of the Women’s Foundation, said on X, formerly Twitter. LAISSEZ NOS UTÉRUS EN PAIX — Anne-Cécile Mailfert (@AnneCMailfert) January 16, 2024 The CIDFF, an association that helps women and families, expressed “deep concern.” “The implementation of natalist policies, profoundly contrary to the autonomy of women, constitutes a worrying political and social regression,” the association said. Left-wing politicians also slammed the proposals. “Women’s bodies are not a weapon,” said Alexis Corbière, a lawmaker with the left-wing France Unbowed (LFI) party. In her criticism of Macron’s plan, Green party leader Marine Tondelier evoked Margaret Atwood’s novel “The …