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Turns Out The Samsung Galaxy S5 Tanked Outside The U.S.

The bleeding in Samsung’s mobile business hasn’t stopped, and not even its own flagship could stanch it. The Wall Street Journal reports that, despite its strong start and popularity in the United States, sales of the company’s Galaxy S5 smartphone fell far short of expectations—as much as 40% less than projections pegged.

Now Samsung co-chief and mobile honcho J.K. Shin could have reason to fear for his job.

The Galaxy S5 reportedly sold 12 million units over its first three months of availability, about 4 million less than its predecessor, the Galaxy S4. While sales in the U.S. actually increased, the American market was the only one that saw gains. But that apparently couldn’t overcome waning interest in other regions, like China, where domestic smartphone makers like Xiaomi give the South Korean tech maker a run for its money.

See also: Samsung Reveals Its Master Plan To Connect Your Life

Bad Timing

Xiaomi, now the world’s third largest smartphone maker, claims to have no interest in entering the U.S., where Samsung still reigns. But in the Chinese market, where they go head to head, the S5 fell more than 50%.

The S5 initially debuted with a strong showing, but sales appear to have flatlined. Last May, Shin boasted to the Journal that the company moved 11 million units in its first month, topping the Galaxy S4 by a million units. The math reveals a sobering detail then: If the latest figures are true, it would mean Samsung only sold another one million S5 phones over the ensuing the two months.

See also: Galaxy Alpha Won’t Stop Samsung’s Bleed

As the 5.1-inch S5 flatlines, mediocre shipments of the huge Galaxy Note 4 don’t seem to help. The 5.7-inch “ hablet” pulled in first-month sales of 4.5 million units—half a million less than the Note 3.

For Shin, the bad news couldn’t come at a worse time. Word has it that Samsung is on the verge of some organizational rejiggering—the result of which could cut executive compensation and oust the incumbent mobile head. In his place, current co-chief B.K. Yoon may step in to run the company’s mobile division, people “familiar with the matter” told the WSJ.

Though he runs Samsung’s key home appliance and TV divisions, he’s less expensive than Shin ($3.3 million, compared to Shin’s $11 million earnings). The move, if it happens, would place phones, tablets and watches all under the same umbrella. 

Photo by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite

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Happy Birthday, Bing: Microsoft’s Search Engine Turns 5

Today marks the 5th birthday of Microsoft’s Search Engine, Bing. Here’s a brief look back Bing, from its launch in 2009, how it has grown to adapt to mobile and social media, and how the search engine sees itself evolving in the near future.

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Turns Out Galaxy Users Don’t Much Care For Samsung Bloatware

Remember all those sort of wild-sounding software features that Samsung insists on stuffing into phones like its Galaxy S3 and S4? The ones you never use? Turns out, no one else does, either.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S4—Sometimes More Is Less [Review]

A recent survey by Strategy Analytics found that Galaxy S3 and S4 users spend a mere six to 18 seconds a month on pre-installed Samsung apps such as ChatON, Group Play, Samsung Hub, and Samsung Link. Engadget reports that users spend larger amounts of on-device usage on popular apps like Instagram and Facebook—151 minutes and 11 hours per month, respectively. 

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

 

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Turns Out Galaxy Users Aren’t Using Samsung Bloatware—At All

Remember all those sort of wild-sounding software features that Samsung insists on stuffing into phones like its Galaxy S3 and S4? The ones you never use? Turns out, no one else does, either.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S4—Sometimes More Is Less [Review]

A recent survey by Strategy Analytics found that Galaxy S3 and S4 users spend a mere six to 18 seconds a month on pre-installed Samsung apps such as ChatON, Group Play, Samsung Hub, and Samsung Link. Engadget reports that users spend larger amounts of on-device usage on popular apps like Instagram and Facebook—151 minutes and 11 hours per month, respectively. 

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

 

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Ruby Turns 21: 5 Major Milestones Of The Programming Language

The general-purpose programming language Ruby is celebrating its 21st birthday today. To celebrate the occasion, ruby-lang.org released its latest patch for Ruby 2.1, Ruby 2.1.1.

Ruby is an entirely open source language that anyone can contribute to on GitHub, but the language has maintained its popularity over the last two decades thanks to a steady rate of adoption. To commemorate Ruby and its anniversary, I wanted to take a look back into Ruby’s history:

Feb 24, 1993 — Ruby Is Born

Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto coins a name for his new programming language—before he begins writing any code for it. He knew he wanted to use a jewel’s name and chose the ruby since it was the birthstone of a colleague. 

Later, Matsumoto found other reasons “Ruby” was especially fitting. His goal was to blend his favorite parts of programming language— Perl—with elements of Smalltalk, Eiffel, Ada and Lisp. He noted that ruby is the birthstone for July, coming directly after pearl, the birthstone for June.

“I thought Ruby was the good name for the scripting language newer (and hopefully better) than Perl,” he wrote on the Ruby-Talk mailing list in 1999.

December 1995 — Ruby Released

Ruby version 0.95 was publicly released in Japanese domestic newsgroups. Within those first two days, bugs were found and fixed, and not one but three later versions were released. 

Also within its first few days of existence, Ruby-Talk was born. This mailing list for Ruby programmers still exists today, and you can sign up for it here

December 7, 1998 — Ruby In English

This is the first time the Ruby website was made available in English, albeit a very simplified version. 

For the majority of Ruby’s existence throughout the 1990s, the language’s growth was spearheaded by Japanese developers, most of whom did not speak another language. But this effort made it possible for English-speaking developers to learn about Ruby and adopt it around the turn of the century.

January 2006 — Ruby-Talk Peaks

By the mid 2000s, the Ruby community was getting huge and its major mailing list was bearing the brunt of it. In January 2006, the Ruby-Talk list reached an average of 200 messages per day.

Responding to the traffic, Ruby developers split up into many different mailing lists and forums. So while the Ruby community is larger in 2014 than it ever has been, no one mailing list is as crowded as Ruby-Talk once was. 

From 2004 To Today And Beyond — The Rise Of Ruby On Rails

Ruby on Rails, also called Rails, is an open source Web application framework that’s powered by the Ruby programming language—it is also Ruby’s killer app. Rails is a framework that’s designed to make the development, deployment, debugging and maintenance of websites far simpler than environments that existed before. 

David Heinemeier Hansson first released Rails as an open source project in 2004, and it’s been picking up speed ever since. The framework reached a huge milestone when Apple announced it would ship it with Mac OS X v10.5 “Leopard” in 2007.

Today, Ruby on Rails might be even more popular than Ruby itself. GitHub, Yammer, Scribd, Groupon, Shopify, and Basecamp all use Rails, all dwarfing many of the organizations that solely use Ruby. By March 2013, more than 200,000 sites were using Ruby on Rails. 

In one of his first English language introductions to Ruby, Matsumoto wrote, “For me the purpose of life is partly to have joy. Programmers often feel joy when they can concentrate on the creative side of programming, So Ruby is designed to make programmers happy.” 

In 21 years of steady growth, it’s clear that a lot of people have found happiness using Ruby.

Lead image by John-Morgan on Flickr; lower images courtesy of Ruby

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Yahoo Turns To Yelp To Beef Up Local Search

According to a report appearing today in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Yahoo will be incorporating local content and listings from Yelp into its main search results. As the article points out, Yelp has a similar deal with Microsoft-Bing and, of course, with Apple (maps). Yelp has an API that…



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SEO Reporting As Google Turns To 100% Secure Search (Not Provided) – Business 2 Community

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With Google making all their organic search referrals anonymous, there has been quite an uproar among the SEO community regarding what to do about it. Of course we're not very happy about the move, but it's been rather inevitable since the introduction

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Yelp Turns Up The Heat: 285 Consumer Alerts Issued Over Fake Reviews

It’s been almost a year and a half since Yelp began issuing Consumer Alerts when a business on its site has been caught trying to get fake reviews; but after a cautious start, that program appears to be turning up the heat. According to an interview with CEO Jeremy Stoppelman in The…



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Google ‘Let’s Go Caroling’ Easter Egg Turns Your Smartphone Into a Holiday Karaoke Machine

Google has created a festive Easter egg for smartphone users. On your mobile browser, simply do a Google search for [let’s go caroling] and a menu will pop up allowing you to select from “Jingle Bells”, “Deck the Halls”, and other holiday favorites.

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