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Apple’s iPhone 6 has sold so well that the company tied with Samsung as the number one smartphone market in the fourth quarter. Apple is closing the gap with Samsung. Apple and Samsung both shipped a total of 74.5 million smartphones in the fourth quarter.

The two companies each claimed around 20 percent share of the market, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. Last year Apple’s iPhone 5 devices only helped the California based company gain 17.6 percent share of the market, versus Samsung’s 30 percent share. But this has all changed since the release of the iPhone 6 devices.

Only a few days ago Apple Inc posted profits of $18 billion made in last year’s fourth quarter, driven by record sales from its new iPhone 6 devices.

The United States is the company’s largest market, but Chinese demand is surging. The Chinese market was a huge contributor to the phone’s sales in the last quarter. Sales in the region was up by more than 100 percent year-over-year. Samsung, on the other hand, is not performing as well as Apple in the smartphone market.

The company is beginning to lose its market share in China to the iPhone 6 as well as lower-end products made by Chinese smartphone makers, such as Xiaomi. Samsung was still the number one smartphone vendor for 2014 as a whole though, with a 24.7 percent share. Apple was in second place, with a 15 percent share. The world’s smartphone market grew by 31 percent in the period, with shipments hitting a record 380.1 million units.

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.

The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.

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BDF-Namibians shootings autopsy report revealed

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.

This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.

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Gov’t confused over Moitoi’s UN job application

22nd November 2021
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The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.

Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.

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