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The future of the auto industry: A Thomson Reuters point of view

New Audi A4 2.0 T quattro, Audi e-tron Quattro and Audi S4 are presented during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt

Every day, Thomson Reuters touches millions of automobile aficionados around the world, including people who design vehicles, regulate their safety, invest in automakers, provide tax advice to them, sue and defend manufacturers and suppliers, and, in the case of the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show which is currently underway, marvel at the sleek lines, speed and agility of the concept cars that offer unique and wonderful views of a future of which we all want to be a part.

What goes into bringing these provocative new cars to market? The concept car is someone’s best guess at a future, yet we’re now looking at one involving cars that are not driven by people and are connected to our personal network, as well as the Internet of Things. Apple, Google, Tesla, Uber and other technology giants are emerging players in the space.

Auto manufacturing is a global industry with a sprawling web of workflows, labor forces and international supply chains. There is steep competition in every class of vehicles so the need to innovate and differentiate is high. Moreover, the auto industry is highly regulated in areas such as safety, emissions, fuel economy and dealership networks. With stakes so high – including the lives and livelihoods of people – safety issues alone can cost millions of dollars in the form of new regulatory hurdles and class-action litigation. (more…)

Apple results – graphic of the day

Apple shares dropped today due to missed targets for iPhone sales and fourth-quarter revenue forecast falling short of estimates. Today’s graphic highlights Apple’s quarterly results in three different charts.

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Apple’s premium power – Graphic of the day

The main reason behind the gap in prices between Apple and Samsung devices is that Apple’s iOS operating system and robust software and services ecosystem command a much larger premium among consumers. Analysts say that the economy of scale Apple enjoys by sticking with just one or two new models each year also plays an important role. Today’s graphic compares the retail prices of Apple and Samsung flagship devices in the US.

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Biggest companies in the DJIA since 1973 – Graphic of the day

Last week it was announced that Apple would join the Dow Jones industrial average, replacing AT&T. Today’s graphic lists the largest companies in the DJIA each year since 1973.

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Smartwatches compared – Graphic of the day

Yesterday, Apple launched its long-awaited watch, including yellow or rose gold models with sapphire faces costing up to $17,000. It will be on sale starting next month. Today’s graphic compares it to some of the top smartwatches on the market.

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Smartphone market share – Graphic of the day

Apple sold 74.8 million iPhones globally in Q4, topping Samsung in the smartphone market for the first time. And while Apple dominates where it matters most (see: profits), it still has a long way to go before surpassing the greater collection of Android smartphones in market share. Today’s graphic looks at smartphone market share by vendor in Q3 and Q4 of 2014.

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Smartphone comparison – Graphic of the day

This weekend, Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones. Today’s graphic compares a selection of flagship smartphones from major manufacturers.

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Nasdaq, then and now – Graphic of the day

As the Nasdaq closes in on the all-time high it reached in March of 2000, investors are facing a market that barely resembles the one seen 15 years ago. Today’s graphic compares the present day Nasdaq’s top 10 companies by market cap to that of 15 years ago.

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Apple sets global profit record – Graphic of the day

Apple smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of big-screen iPhones in the holiday shopping season, powering the company with an $18 billion profit, the largest in corporate history. Today’s graphic looks at Apple’s rise in net profit and revenue, as well as the company’s revenue breakdown by region.

Apple sets global profit record - Graphic of the day

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Mini tablets compared – Graphic of the day

Apple posted better-than-expected revenue yesterday on the back of a record iPhone launch that saw 39 million of the smartphones sold in the September quarter. Last week, the company introduced its new iPads. We already took at look at how the iPad Air matches up against its competition. Today we scale it down a bit to see how the iPad mini compares to its major competitors on the market.

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