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Samsung Electronics profit beats expectations as hopes rise for smartphone recovery

first_imgTech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said Thursday its first-quarter operating profit likely rose 10.4 percent from a year earlier, beating expectations and pointing to strong sales of its new Galaxy S7 smart phones.The outlook will raise hopes the South Korean firm’s struggling mobile business is on track to post its first annual profit gain in three years after a healthy start for new premium products and improved mid-to-low tier devices.The world’s top smart phone maker said in a regulatory filing its January-March operating profit was likely 6.6 trillion won ($5.72 billion), well above the 5.6 trillion won profit tipped by a Thomson Reuters StarMine SmartEstimate derived from a survey of 23 analysts.The operating profit guidance was also higher than any individual forecast in the survey. Samsung’s shares opened 1.2 percent higher following the guidance and were last up 0.7 percent, outperforming a 0.4 percent gain for the broader market.The firm will not disclose full earnings details until late April, and provided no comment in the filing on the performance of its business divisions.More than a dozen analysts have upgraded forecasts for Samsung earnings since late March amid reports of better-than-expected sales of the flagship Galaxy S7 models, which boast an improved camera, waterproofing and microSD storage support.The won’s average exchange rate also fell 8.4 percent against the dollar during the first quarter, which investors and analysts said would further boost the bottom line.As a result, several brokerages now expect Samsung’s mobile business to have been the top earner for the first time in seven quarters.Samsung also expects its first-quarter revenue to have risen 4 percent from a year earlier to 49 trillion won.last_img read more

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OPEC set for no deal as Iran rejects Saudi oil output offer

first_imgIran on Tuesday rejected an offer from Saudi Arabia to limit its oil output in exchange for Riyadh cutting supply, dashing market hopes the two major OPEC producers would find a compromise this week to help ease global glut of crude.”The gap (in views) between OPEC countries is narrowing. I don’t expect that an agreement will come out of the consultations tomorrow,” Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih told reporters.Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said earlier: “It is not the time for decision-making.” Referring to the next formal OPEC meeting in Vienna on November 30, he added: “We will try to reach agreement for November.”The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will hold informal talks at 1400 GMT on Wednesday. Its members are also meeting non-OPEC producers on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum, which groups producers and consumers.Oil prices LCOc1 have more than halved from 2014 levels due to oversupply, prompting OPEC producers and rival Russia to seek a market re balancing that would boost revenues from oil exports and help their crippled budgets.The predominant idea since early 2016 among producers has been to agree to freeze output levels, although market watchers have said such a move would fail to reduce unwanted barrels.A deal has also been complicated by acute political rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which are fighting several proxy-wars in the Middle East, including in Syria and Yemen.Sources told Reuters last week that Saudi Arabia had offered to reduce its output if Iran agreed to freeze production, a shift in Riyadh’s position as the kingdom had previously refused to discuss output cuts.WHAT IRAN WANTSOn Tuesday, several OPEC delegates said the positions of Saudi Arabia and Iran remained too far apart. Oil prices were down more than 3 percent by 1802 GMT. “There is a move forward, but they (OPEC) haven’t got to the finish,” Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said after meeting Falih and Zanganeh. Novak and Falih said a deal was still possible later this year.Three OPEC sources said Iran, whose production has stagnated at 3.6 million barrels per day, insisted on having the right to ramp up to around 4.1-4.2 million bpd, while OPEC Gulf members wanted its output to be frozen below 4 million.Several OPEC sources said Iran effectively rejected the offer despite last-minute attempts by Russia, Algeria and Qatar to rescue a deal.The Saudi and Iranian economies depend heavily on oil, but Iran is seeing the pressure easing as it emerges from years of sanctions. Riyadh, on the other hand, faces a second year of record budget deficits and is being forced to cut the salaries of government employees.BLAME GAMEIranian oil sources said Tehran wanted OPEC to allow it to produce 12.7 percent of the group’s output, equal to what it was extracting before 2012, when the European Union imposed additional sanctions on the country for its nuclear activities.Sanctions were eased in January 2016.Between 2012 and 2016, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf OPEC members have raised output to compete for market share with higher-cost producers such as the United States.As a result, Iran believes its fair production share in OPEC should be higher than its current output, which it says should rise once Tehran agrees on new investments with international oil companies. Saudi output has risen to 10.7 million bpd from 10.2 million in recent months due to local needs for summer cooling.Gary Ross, a veteran OPEC watcher and founder of U.S.-based think tank PIRA, said Saudi output had risen too steeply in recent months and even if it were cut to pre-summer levels, Iran would see an offer to freeze its own output as unfair.”It is a carefully calculated offer because Saudi Arabia knows it will not be acceptable to Iran … Saudi Arabia wants to put the blame of OPEC inaction in Algiers on Iran,” he said.Bjarne Schieldrop, chief commodities analyst at SEB Markets, said: “We cannot see how Iran could possibly accept the Saudi offer. It would be like asking a long-time prisoner who was finally released from prison to go back again.”He said the lack of a deal in Algeria would result in further downside pressure on oil as Saudi Arabia would maintain elevated output levels while Iran boosted supply too.Falih said he saw no need for significant output cuts as the market was re-balancing itself. He added that Saudi Arabia was investing in additional spare capacity and could withstand the current trend in oil prices.last_img read more

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Nation celebrates 48th Victory Day

first_imgPeople from all walks of life pay their respect to the martyrs of liberation war placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: Dipu MalakarThe 48th Victory Day of Bangladesh is being celebrated across the country on Sunday.The day begun with the paying of profound homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the country.On this day in 1971, Pakistani occupation forces surrendered after a nine-month war resulting in a free, independent and sovereign Bangladesh.President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the liberation war by placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, with the rise of the sun on Sunday.The president and the prime minister laid wreaths at 6:42am and stood in solemn silence there for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs of the great war of liberation in 1971.Sheikh Hasina also paid rich tributes to father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the capital on the occasion.After placing the wreath, the prime minister stood in solemn silence there for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the great leader and the architect of the country’s independence.Later, flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, the president of ruling Bangladesh Awami League, placed another wreath at the portrait of the Sheikh Mujib as the party chief.However, there will be no parade at the National Parade Ground in the capital this year due to the national election to be held on 30 December.Different socio-cultural and professional bodies and institutions, including Bangla Academy, Shilpakala Academy, National Museum, Muktujoddha Jadughar and Bangladesh Shishu Academy are observing the day with elaborate programmes.The day is a public holiday.The national flag will be hoisted atop government, semi-government and private offices as well as offices of autonomous bodies across the country.Important buildings and establishments will be illuminated at night. Important roads and road islands will be decorated with miniature national flags and colourful festoons.National dailies brought out special supplements.The state-owned and private televisions and radios are airing month-long special programmes highlighting the liberation war.Receptions will be hosted to freedom fighters and family members of the martyrs at city, district and upazila levels.Special prayers will be offered in mosques and other places of worship, seeking salvation of the souls of martyrs of the liberation war and peace, progress and prosperity of the country.Improved diets will be served in jails, hospitals, orphanages and vagrant homes across the country.Destitute children will be allowed to visit children’s parks and other recreational centres across the country free-of-cost.Bangladesh missions abroad will also celebrate the day through different programmes.last_img read more

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10 Things To Know For Wednesday

first_img Share AP Photo/Eugene HoshikoU.S. Vice President Mike Pence, front, waves to U.S. servicemen and Japanese Self-Defense Forces personnel on the flight deck of U.S. navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, at the U.S. Navy’s Yokosuka base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.1. GEORGIA HOUSE SEAT STILL UNDECIDEDA June 20 runoff between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is an early barometer for Trump and both parties ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.2. ‘THE SHIELD STANDS GUARD AND THE SWORD STANDS READY’From the deck of a massive aircraft carrier off Tokyo, Vice President Mike Pence warns North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military.3. TRUMP SHAKING UP STATUS-QUO IN NORTH ASIAIn trying to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, Pyongyang sees more volatility, China calls for calm and Japan weighs a retaliatory capability.4. WHAT MAY HAVE MOTIVATED FRESNO SHOOTERBefore he shot to death three people at random, Kori Ali Muhammad, a 34-year-old black man, told police he wanted to kill as many white people as he could before he was captured.5. MANHUNT ENDS IN UNLIKELY FASHIONFacebook slaying suspect Steve Stephens was undone when a worker at a McDonald’s near Erie, Pennsylvania, recognized him at the drive-thru window.6. WHERE TRUMP SUPPORT IS STRONGResidents of Androscoggin County, Maine, backed a Republican for president for the first time in decades because many support his views on immigration, AP finds, even though the town has been bolstered by immigrants.7. AP: PERU BACKSLIDING ON ILLEGAL LOGGINGThe 2015 impoundment of a freighter in Houston carrying tons of Amazon rainforest wood represents a rare victory in the battle to preserve tropical forests.8. HOW NAVY IS ADDRESSING FEMALE SAILORSDefense contractor Electric Boat is designing what will be the first U.S. fleet of Navy submarines built specifically to accommodate female crew members.9. NO SPINNING THIS ONEViewership of Fox News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor” drops without its vacationing and scandal-riddled host, Bill O’Reilly.10. WHO’S WONDERING WHETHER HE’LL ‘GET THAT ITCH AGAIN’Michael Phelps hasn’t gotten the urge to return to swimming, but the winningest athlete in Olympic history hasn’t ruled out yet another comeback.last_img read more

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Researchers engineer molecular magnets to act as longlived qubits

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Some physicists today are investigating the possibility of using molecular magnets as information storage units in future quantum computers. Molecular magnets are molecules whose magnetic moments prefer to lie along a particular axis with respect to the molecular structure. They have electron spin structures that can be magnetically tuned to more than one state and, at low temperatures, can retain this state even in the absence of a magnetic field, potentially allowing them to store information. More information: C.J. Wedge, et al. “Chemical Engineering of Molecular Qubits.” PRL 108, 107204 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.107204 Chemical structure of a molecular magnet. Image credit: C.J. Wedge, et al. ©2012 American Physical Society Copyright 2012 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Researchers engineer molecular magnets to act as long-lived qubits (2012, March 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-molecular-magnets-long-lived-qubits.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Breakthrough in quantum computing: Resisting ‘quantum bug’ Now a team of researchers from the UK have demonstrated that the phase of quantum mechanical superpositions between the magnetic states can last for more than 15 microseconds, allowing their spin states to be repeatedly switched before they lose their information through decoherence. This finding adds to the evidence that molecular magnets may be useful as qubits, the components of a quantum computer.The researchers, C.J. Wedge, et al., from the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester, have published their study on how to chemically engineer molecular qubits to increase their phase memory times in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. Previously, the researchers achieved a phase memory time of 3.8 microseconds, and studies of other molecular magnet systems have yielded times on the 1 microsecond time scale.  “Phase memory time and coherence time are very similar concepts,” coauthor Arzhang Ardavan of the University of Oxford told PhysOrg.com. “[Long phase memory time] means that it is possible to manipulate the qubit many times before the quantum information is lost. That is the greatest significance, but we were also pleased that it was possible to control the molecular structures precisely so as to determine the various decoherence mechanisms and to reduce them as far as we were able.”In their study, the researchers focused on Cr7Ni molecular magnets, which they had previously shown to have  coherence times that greatly exceed the 10 nanoseconds needed for single-qubit manipulations. Here, they have taken the next steps and investigated the specific sources of the molecular magnet’s decoherence (nuclear spin diffusion and spectral diffusion), as well as how to optimize the structures to delay decoherence as long as possible.To do this, the researchers compared different Cr7Ni structures by changing two key components, certain cations and ligands. They specifically investigated how well the different structures retained their spin states at low temperatures, as measured by the structures’ phase-coherence relaxation time. The researchers found that optimally engineered Cr7Ni molecular magnets can have phase memory times exceeding 15 microseconds, which is several orders of magnitude higher than the time required for single-qubit manipulations, and significantly longer than previous demonstrations.The researchers predict that the results will lead to the ability to manipulate quantum states within molecular magnet clusters. They plan to further investigate ways to manipulate molecular magnets in the future.“We will examine various possibilities,” Ardavan said. “Our collaborators who work on the chemistry of these molecules are able to synthesize structures incorporating several coupled molecular magnets. We will work on simple multi-qubit algorithms using these kinds of molecules. “Recently, it was proposed theoretically that electric fields could be used to manipulate the magnetic states of molecular magnets,” he added. “We are examining these possibilities experimentally.”last_img read more

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Hills to soon get slew of new tourist spots says Goutam Deb

first_imgDarjeeling: Darjeeling is all set to get a number of new tourist spots along with the revamping of existing tourist facilities. The new tourist facilities, including a location for destination weddings, is also being developed by the state Tourism department.State Tourism minister Goutam Deb, while on a two day tour of the Darjeeling Hills, stated that a number of key tourism projects are on the anvil. A high-end property will be developed by the Tourism department at Dhotoreah below Rongbul. “It is an abandoned tea garden land. We will reclaim around 25 acres for this project. It is a beautiful flat land which offers a 360 degree view. We will have high-end cottages, a multi-purpose hall where destination weddings can be held, a walk trail and a helipad. We will renovate the 5km long access road to this property,” said Deb. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Darjeeling Tourist Lodge is also being revamped, at a cost of around Rs 25 crore. “6 architects have been shortlisted from 14. They will be redesigning the tourist lodge. They are scheduled to hand in the drawings soon. Tenders will be called once the drawings are finalised,” said the minister. The revamped tourist lodge will boast of a state-of-the-art lobby, rooftop restaurant, bar, a landscaped lawn and more than 40 rooms. The Kurseong Tourist Lodge will also be revamped, with expansion of the property also on the cards. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”There is a property below the Kurseong Tourist Lodge, which can be used to expand the existing building. We will renovate the rooms, include a modular kitchen, renovate the restaurant, add a deck and landscape the surrounding areas,” Deb said. The 140 year old Botanical garden in Darjeeling is all set to get a major facelift as well. After visiting the garden on Friday morning, the minister stated: “The garden is of immense importance to students, researchers and tourists from all over the world. It has thousands of species of plants, especially of Himalayan origin. The Tourism department and the Forest department will be working together to give it a facelift. A DPR is being prepared.” The roads and drains inside the sprawling garden will all be revamped, along with the green house. A new tourist destination point will come up on an acre of land adjoining the garden. In Kalimpong, Hill Top and Morgan House will be revamped, along with a new property that will be built in Delo. In Tiger Hill, Tonglu and Phalut, trekker huts will be built. “These will be tent-type accommodations with semi permanent light construction. At each destination, the cost of construction will be around Rs 8 crore. We are also rebuilding the old British bungalow at Tiger Hill that was torched during the 1986 agitation,” said Deb. New properties are also coming up at Mongpu, Jhalong and Chalsa.last_img read more

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