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Google and Microsoft dominate markets worldwide

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An employee displays ASUS’s new computer products during the Computex Taipei, one of the world's largest IT expos, in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Computex will run in Taipei from June 5 to 9. VOA
An employee displays ASUS’s new computer products during the Computex Taipei, one of the world's largest IT expos, in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Computex will run in Taipei from June 5 to 9. VOA

A surge in participation by startup companies this week, at a highlight of Asia’s biggest annual tech event, shows an increased reliance on young entrepreneurs and leaders to come with the IT industry’s strongest ideas for connected devices and artificial intelligence.

The InnoVEX segment of Taipei Computex 2018 brought together 388 startups, a term usually defined as founder-owned firms of three to five years old. That number is a jump from 272 at the same event a year ago. Venture capitalists, including at least one with half a billion dollars in investment funds, evaluated them one-on-one and at formal pitching events.

Startups are catching attention as inventors of Internet-of-things technology because there’s no market leader yet, said Jamie Lin, founding partner of AppWorks Ventures, a startup accelerator in Taipei. That technology refers to software and hardware that let computers or phones communicate with everyday devices such as cameras and alarm systems.

Some connections run on artificial intelligence, which means computerized processing of the data collected from those devices. That can mean making human-like decisions.

“Computers continue to morph and there are no dominant players in IoT,” Lin said. “That’s why they need startups and that’s what makes the show relevant.”

In software, by contrast, Google and Microsoft dominate markets worldwide. Apple and Samsung, among others, lead in smartphones.

Coinciding with the tech show this week, Lin’s accelerator, another like it and a Japanese venture capital firm are all holding their own events in Taipei this week for startups.

Visitors review new MSI computer products during the Computex Taipei, one of the world's largest IT expos, in Taipei, Taiwan, June 5, 2018
Visitors review new MSI computer products during the Computex Taipei, one of the world’s largest IT expos, in Taipei, Taiwan, June 5, 2018, VOA

Expanding market

More than 20 billion things will be connected to the internet by 2020, up from 8.4 billion connected last year, market research firm Gartner forecasts. The number will pick up especially as 5G wireless services speed up connections.

By next year, Gartner anticipates, startup firms working with artificial intelligence will overtake Amazon, Google, Microsoft and IBM in “driving the artificial intelligence economy” for businesses.

Artificial intelligence, also known by its abbreviation AI, will reach a market value of $1.2 trillion per year by 2020 as investment triples between now and then, Forrester Research said.

“There’s a process, which is experimental — error and trial, error and trial – so there’s no one with a ready solution, and AI is so broad that one that can do it all,” said Tracy Tsai, a Gartner research VP in Taipei.

“With AI startups, they say ‘I’m focused, I just do some part of it and I do it well, and I do it attentively,’” she said. “For companies looking for a full solution, if you can show your part works, then they use it.”

Competitors perform speed tests using dry ice to cool hardware at OC World Record Stage 2018 during the Computex Taipei, one of the world's largest IT expos, in Taipei, Taiwan, June 5, 2018.
Competitors perform speed tests using dry ice to cool hardware at OC World Record Stage 2018 during the Computex Taipei, one of the world’s largest IT expos, in Taipei, Taiwan, June 5, 2018.VOA

Venture capitalists watching

Venture capital firms at the three-day InnoVEX show Wednesday watched a spread of mostly Asian startups with software and hardware ideas focused largely on connected devices. Healthcare and the management of drones were among the fields that companies said they could help with AI.

The show offered chances for startups to pitch their ideas to venture capital firms and accelerators, which are programs that show young firms how to improve their businesses.

Startup promotion authorities from 13 countries, including France and the Netherlands, also scanned the exhibition hall for Asian firms that might complement their own.

Visitors review Thermaltake's MFC 2 2nd Place MOD during the Computex Taipei, one of the world's largest IT expos, in Taipei, Taiwan, June 5, 2018.
Visitors review Thermaltake’s MFC 2 2nd Place MOD during the Computex Taipei, one of the world’s largest IT expos, in Taipei, Taiwan, June 5, 2018. VOA

“What we care about the most is whether these startups or smaller firms have technology, so if it’s a just a business model only, they aren’t suitable for us,” said Amanda Liu, CEO of the Taiwan government-backed business accelerator StarFab. Her accelerator takes 10 to 15 of every 100 applicants. “They need to have products and their core competence must come from technology.”

Taiwanese firms are good at altering hardware specs, Liu said, and for technology ideal for businesses rather than individual consumers, Liu said. Taiwan positioned itself decades ago as a high-tech hardware manufacturing hub for much of the world.

Qara was one AI-dependent startup at InnoVEX. The 4-year-old South Korean developer with $1 million in venture capital funding uses an AI algorithm to predict the movement of stock and cryptocurrency markets. It has earned revenues of $1.5 million and reports a profit.

“Anyone can see the predictions powered by AI,” said Qara’s global CEO Katie Bomi Son. In terms of accuracy, she said, “Some are from 70, or between 70 to 90. Most of our information [comes] from the machine.”

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Qara counts mostly companies as clients but it’s looking for a way to monetize the free app for common users. (VOA)

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Rob Booker’s Review of 2020

Twenty Twenty is a year that has opened up on the verge of considerable political turmoil

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Twenty Twenty is a year that has opened up on the verge of considerable political turmoil creating a volatile market for investments, in particular, the Forex Trade. It is this turmoil and its impact on the value of three major currencies in the market that is the main focus of the Review for 2020, given by Rob Booker, recently.  Pixabay

 Updates and projections for the upcoming year feature all kinds of data based on the political and economic scenarios. Reviewing some of the projections and concerns raised in the latest video by Rob Booker, it is evident that in the forex trading market, several anomalies could tip the balance of the currency rate either way.    

Twenty Twenty is a year that has opened up on the verge of considerable political turmoil creating a volatile market for investments, in particular, the Forex Trade. It is this turmoil and its impact on the value of three major currencies in the market that is the main focus of the Review for 2020, given by Rob Booker, recently.  

According to Booker, the three major currencies that could behave unpredictably are the British Pound, the Canadian Dollar and the US Dollar. These three are the main currency pairs that attract investment. However, the profitability of investments will depend on the response of the market to the political instability and the turmoil that may or may not result as a result of three political and economic scenarios. 

The main events that will have an impact on the currency pairs USD/CAD and GBP/USD are the Non-Formal Payroll Report (NFP) that is coming out in the context of the instability that may arise in the US as a result of President Trump’s impeachment, the potential for a war between USA and Iran,  the Bank of Canada interest rates and Brexit. 

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With the start of the new year 2020, interest in business, currencies and how they will trade in the current year is the hot topic. Pixabay

As appropriately pointed out by Rob, the successful impeachment of the 45th President of the US by the House of Representatives has opened a trial in Senate for abuse of power and for blocking Congress, against Donald Trump. How the US economy reacts to this will become evident in the Non-Form Payroll Report (NFP), which will determine how the US Dollar trades in the Forex markets. 

A second politically explosive situation is the threatened war between Iran and the US. Motivated by the airstrikes on the Iraqi airport that killed a significant Irani general, the tensions that emerged saw the Iranian head of state promising vengeance against the US. If this situation escalates, then it is evident, it would influence the value of the US dollar.   

The second event, Rob, points out as key indicators of future investments is the interest rate set by the Bank of Canada. As these interest rates will determine how much money will flow freely in the market in the current scenario.  

In this context, Rob Booker identified the trade between the currency pair USD/CAD  is poised at a critical stage. He uses the shoulder-head analysis technique to determine the bullish-to-bearish trend reversal for the USD/CAD currency pair. The currency pair are exhibiting a traditional technical pattern, where the currency exchange is set to move potentially either showing a bearish trend down to the 1.26 level or on the other hand, the pair could climb up to the 1.34 mark, which is a climb of 500 pips and which could potentially act as a great point of resistance. Here, Booker advises a wait and watch strategy as soon as the rate climbs up to the 1.32 mark and then making a decision about securing your investment.            

Finally, the third unpredictable situation that is set to create a volatile marketplace is Britain’s exit from the UK with no deal. If there is a smooth transition and confidence in the British pound remains unaffected,  then there will be no effect on the currency pair USD/GBP. However, if there is some trouble or an unprecedented reaction, to Brexit, then it will affect the value of the British Pound.   

The projection given by Rob Booker  – how you can learn more about on the Rob Booker Trading Podcast – using the head and shoulder pattern to identify the future trend for the currency pair USD/GBP for the specified period is that if there is a strong job report and there is political instability regarding the no-deal Brexit, then the value will come down to the 1.22 mark. The counterbalance figure for this currency pair in the event of a weak job report from NFP and there is no impact resulting from the British political scenario, then the pair could go up to 1.35, and it could go on increasing for some time. However, Booker advises that investors should wait and see how it pans out in the coming weeks as there is likely to be less trade based on these currency pairs. 

Analysing this information in comparison with projections made by two forex trading experts, we found that this analysis of the market for the two currency pairs USD/CAD and USD/GBP was generally held to be true and their projections of how the currencies would behave are quite similar. G10 Forex Index for 2020 predicts a bullish climb for USD/GBP to a 1.40 mark and a reversal mark at 1.29. For the USD/CAD pair targeting 1.30 as it continues its breakdown, and the risk is set at the 1.32 mark.   

 For a review of how the two currency pairs behaved in the first few weeks of January, we studied the data from a forex website. The 100forexbrokers.com highlighted the recent rise of the British Pound against the US Dollar by 10 points totalling it near 1.3100. However, they projected that “it may remain bearish because of the higher low printed in the recent upside move”. The price may also face a horizontal resistance around the 1.3144 and 1.3165 marks, and then the December 13, 2019 mark of 1.3514. Secondly, the support levels may help sustain its value with strong support around the 1.2919 and 1.2551 marks.  

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According to Booker, the three major currencies that could behave unpredictably in 2020 are the British Pound, the Canadian Dollar and the US Dollar. Pixabay

Presenting the data by 100forexbrokers.com in the analysis of the currency pair USD/CAD, the Forex market showed an increase in the price to more than 1.300. However, the website projects that this currency pair will also follow a bearish technical bias.  USD/CAD current price is set at 1.3022 and the resistance levels marked near the 1.3052. The major support levels have been identified at the 1.2950 and 1.2727 point. 

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There is a lot of material on the internet claiming to give authentic reviews of the trading trends and markets usually accompanied by the disclaimer that history is not a predictor of future trends and most advisors analysis is based on these back trends. In any event, the data speaks quite clearly for the projections and the patterns of behavior observed. Both currencies have seen little trade, as investors have generally chosen to wait and see what happens at the political end.