New national statistics report shows over 5m fraud and computer misuse offences in 2016

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New figures from the Office of National Statistic’s ‘Crime in England and Wales: year ending Sept 2016’ report, showed an estimated 6.2 million incidents of crime in 2016.

In addition to covering a wide variety of crimes, such as burglary and theft of vehicles, new for the 2016 results is the inclusion of statistics on fraud and computer misuse.

There were 3.6 million fraud and 2.0 million computer misuse offences for the first full year in which such questions have been included in the CSEW.

“The inclusion of these new offences yields a new headline estimate of 11.8 million incidents of crime covered by the survey, but it will be another year before a comparable time series is available,” the report stated.

“The new fraud and computer misuse estimation of 5.6 million offences highlights the challenge forces face to be better equipped to fight cyber enabled crime and the need for all of us to better protect ourselves,” said Andy Lea, Head of Policing at KPMG. “These figures also show the difficult decisions forces will need to make when prioritising their use of resources.”

Fraud and computer misuse details

The survey results show that adults aged 16 and over experienced an estimated 3.6 million incidents of fraud, with just over half of these (53%; 1.9 million incidents) being cyber-related.

The CSEW classifies a crime as being ‘cyber-related’ when the internet or any type of online activity was related to any aspect of the offence.

Key findings include:

  • The most common types of fraud experienced were “Bank and credit account” fraud (2.5 million incidents; 68% of the total).
  • “Non-investment” fraud – such as fraud related to online shopping or fraudulent computer service calls (0.9 million incidents; 26% of the total) was the second highest.
  • There were an estimated 2.0 million computer misuse incidents reported.
  • Around two-thirds (66%; 1.3 million incidents) of the computer misuse incidents were computer virus-related and around one-third (34%; 0.7 million incidents) were related to unauthorised access to personal information (including hacking).
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CSEW fraud and computer misuse – numbers of incidents for year ending September 2016 (Experimental Statistics).

Financial losses to victims

The report shows that, although a high number of cyber crimes were reported, in just under two-thirds of incidents resulting in financial loss, the victim lost less than £250 (61%).

Two-thirds of fraud incidents involved initial loss of money or goods to the victim (66%), independent of any reimbursement received. This equates to an estimated 2.4 million offences, compared with 1.2 million incidents of fraud involving no loss.

Incidents of bank and credit account fraud were more likely to result in initial loss to the victim (73%, equivalent to 1.8 million) than other types of fraud.

In the majority of these incidents, the victim received a full reimbursement, typically from their financial services provider (83%).

Traditional crime blurs into virtual crime

“We see a blurring between traditional, real world crime and virtual crime; criminals are happy to blend their techniques across the two and so ‘cyber’ can no longer be seen as a separate compartment of crime,” said David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab.

“It is important to note that an accurate year-on-year comparison from the ONS, to demonstrate the growth of fraudulent cybercrime, will not be possible until January 2018. However, we agree that bank and credit account fraud is one of the most problematic areas with the continuing rise of e-commerce,” Emm continued.


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Kantar’s latest smartphone market share report sees Windows Phone dip below 1% in the U.S.

Kantar has released its monthly report on the smartphone market for the three months ending in November 2016, and things continue to look down for Windows Phone. Compared to the same period in 2015, Windows Phone’s share of the market decreased across the board. Perhaps most notably, Windows Phone’s share of the U.S. market in particular dipped below 1%, dropping to a 0.8% share from 2.3% during the same period the year prior.

Kantar reports that the biggest drops occurred in Great Britain and Italy, which saw declines of 7% and 5.2%, respectively. Meanwhile the 5 European countries tallied together ended up seeing an overall decrease of 4.1% compared to the same period a year ago.

Windows Phone has been on a steady decline for a while now, and that’s likely to continue as Microsoft winds down its Lumia production and switches focus to whatever the next big thing could be.

If you’re interested in more, you can check out Kantar’s full report, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!



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Apple Q3 2016 financial results | Apple earnings report: iPhone and Mac sales fall, overall revenue down, but Tim Cook talks up ‘encouraging signs’

Apple announced its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 (the three months ended 25 June 2016) on Tuesday 26 July. Here, you’ll find out how many iPhones, iPads, Macs and Watches Apple sold during the past few months, how to listen again to Apple’s earnings call, and what the numbers mean – for you, for Apple’s product portfolio, and for Apple’s corporate health

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: Summary

For Q3 2016, the quarter ended June 2016, Apple reports:

  • Quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion, compared to revenue of $49.6 billion in the equivalent quarter a year ago.
  • Quarterly net income (profit) of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share, compared to profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share a year ago
  • Gross margin of 38 percent, compared to 39.7 percent a year ago
  • International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
  • Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.57 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on 11 August.

Not brilliant numbers, in other words, even though (as we’ll see in the next section) Apple predicted this a while ago. And Tim Cook said the results were “way better than we expected from so many different points of view”.

Cook went on to argue that there were “encouraging signs” and offered some explanations for the dip in revenues overall and in many key product areas, including the economic slowdown in China, a key growth market for Apple.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: Podcast discussion

The UK Tech Weekly Podcast team discuss Apple’s latest financial results – among other things – in their 25th episode, embedded below. The Apple earnings section starts at the 26-minute mark.

The UK Tech Weekly Podcast comes out every Friday. Follow them on Twitter for links to new episodes.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: How does this compare with Apple’s predictions?

It’s about what was expected. While posting Apple’s Q2 results back in April, Tim Cook offered the following guidance for Q3:

  • Revenue between $41 billion and $43 billion
  • Gross margin between 37.5 percent and 38 percent
  • Operating expenses between $6 billion and $6.1 billion
  • Other income (expense) of $300 million
  • Tax rate of 25.5 percent

In other words, as Cook pointed out in this quarter’s earnings call, Apple performed near the top of its expectations.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: How many iPhones did Apple sell?

Apple sold 40.4 million iPhone units in Q3, generating revenue of $24bn. That compares to 47.5 million units in Q3 last year for a revenue of $31.4bn: the iPhone’s performance is down 14.9 percent in terms of unit sales and down 23.6 percent in terms of revenue.

Apple financial results: How many iPhones did Apple sell?

The iPhone is by far the most important and valuable product in Apple’s portfolio, and it’s worrying for Apple shareholders that the meteoric rise in iPhone sales appears to have peaked. Particularly worrying since these lower numbers take into account the launch of a new iPhone (the iPhone SE), while Q3 2015 did not.

But Tim Cook was keen to emphasise that the iPhone SE is doing well, and that customers who are new to the iPhone ecosystem account for a very high proportion of buyers: Apple has added millions of first-time smartphone buyers to its ecosystem, Cook stated. “Switchers accounted for the highest percentage of quarterly iPhone buyers we’ve ever measured,” he said.

Cook added that the active iPhone install base “is up, double digits, year over year”.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: How many iPads did Apple sell?

iPads sales have looked stagnant in recent years, but Q3 was a little brighter for Apple’s tablet division. Cook called it “our best iPad compare in 10 quarters”.

Apple sold 10 million iPad units in Q3. That’s a drop of 9 percent compared to Q3 2015 – when Apple shifted 10.9 million iPads – but because of the higher unit price of the new iPad Pro, Apple actually made more money this time round. iPad revenue in Q3 was $4.9bn, up 7.4 percent on the $4.5bn made by the iPad department a year ago.

Cook said that roughly half of iPad Pro purchasers are buying them for work, which bodes well for its future as a business device and laptop replacement.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: How many Macs did Apple sell?

Apple sold 4.3 million Macs in Q3, generating revenue of $5.2bn. That compares unfavourably to 4.8 million units in Q3 last year for a revenue of $6bn.

Apple financial results: How many Macs did Apple sell?

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: How many Apple Watches did Apple sell?

We don’t know for sure, since Apple continues to fold Apple Watch sales into its Other Products category, which we report on in a later section. (Of course, this does tell us that the absolute maximum revenue Apple can have made from the Apple Watch this quarter is a pretty minor $2.2bn, and that the true figure is presumably considerably lower than this.)

According to research from IDC, Apple sold 1.6 million units of the Apple Watch in Q2 2016, which corresponds to Apple’s fiscal Q3. That would generate revenue of at least $478m, based on the cheapest available model.

Tim Cook put a positive gloss on all this by pointing out that “Apple Watch continues to be the best-selling smartwatch in the world”, but that isn’t saying much right now. The same piece of IDC research cited above suggests the smartwatch market is in a bit of a slump, with shipments down 32 percent year on year.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: Services

Apple’s Services division, which includes iTunes and the App Store, Apple Pay, and the AppleCare warranty and repairs division, continues to perform well. Services revenue for Q3 2016 was $6bn, up from $5bn a year ago. This is down to a 37 percent revenue jump from the App Store and “strong increases” in Music, iCloud and AppleCare revenue.

Cook said that for the past 12 months, services revenue is up almost $4bn year on year to $23.1bn.

Services earnings pale in comparison with the iPhone, admittedly, but this is still an excellent showing from Apple’s up-and-coming division. Tim Cook boasted that the company expects Services to be the size of a Fortune 100 company next year.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: Other Products

Apple reported Q3 revenue of $2.2bn for Other Products (which includes the Apple Watch and Apple TV, as well as iPods, mice and keyboards, routers, accessories and the like). That’s a drop of 16 percent compared to Q3 2015, which saw Other Products revenue of $2.6bn.


[Source: Macworld]

Google Outlines the Amazing Opportunities of Data in New Report

As we get caught up in the daily excitement of the latest trends, functionalities and changes in social media and digital marketing, it can be easy to overlook the wider, more significant advances being made possible by increased global connectivity and the pervasiveness of online data. Facebook recently released a report on social media and its impact on cultural trends which outlined how the advent of social media has provided more access to information, which, in turn, has lead to greater understanding and progress on many issues.

Google Outlines the Amazing Opportunities of Data in New Report | Social Media TodayWhen viewed in a broader context like this, it becomes easier to see the impact that technology is having on our everyday lives, and this week, Google released a blog post to coincide with Earth Day (April 22nd) which examines how Google sources are being used to advance sustainability initiatives around the world.


The first example Google presents highlights how scientists at the University of Minnesota are using the Google Earth engine – “a multi-petabyte catalog of satellite imagery and geospatial datasets with planetary-scale analysis capabilities” – in their efforts to help restore tiger habitats in key regions.

Google Outlines the Amazing Opportunities of Data in New Report | Social Media TodayTo better focus their conservation efforts, the research team measured habitat loss in the world’s 76 tiger habitats over the past 14 years.

“They found that forest loss was much lower than anticipated across all tiger landscapes (roughly 8 million hectares, or less than 8 percent of the total habitat). Thanks to preservation of habitat in countries like Nepal and India, tiger populations in those countries have already increased 61 and 31 percent, respectively.”

One of the most amazing elements of this research is that it’s largely been conducted using satellite imaging information which is freely available via Google’s Earth Engine (though it does come with some use restrictions). For example, right now you can go to the Earth Engine website, enter in the global location of your choice, and you can watch how that area has evolved over time via landsat satellite imagery.

It’s fascinating to consider the ways in which such data insights can be used, particularly when looking at the example provided, in regards to mapping de-forestation and the impact that can have on native wildlife – and how such impacts can be negated in future.


Another interesting Google research project is Project Sunroof, a solar calculator that estimates the impact and potential savings of installing solar on the roof of your home”. Through the use of Google Earth imagery, overlaid with annual sun exposure and weather patterns, Project Sunroof aims to “assess viable roof space for solar panel installation, estimate the value of solar and savings based on local energy costs, and connect you with providers of solar panels in your area”.

Google Outlines the Amazing Opportunities of Data in New Report | Social Media TodayIt’s another great use of our ever-expanding data pool to make more informed decisions about important projects – in this case, energy consumption. Project Sunroof is now available in 42 U.S. states, with data available for more than 43 million rooftops, providing an indicator of the possible savings and benefits that could be gleaned from wider adoption of solar energy – customized to your own house and/or region.


And the third example highlighted by Google is a project being spearheaded by Google Earth Outreach and the Environmental Defense Fund which looks at ways to map methane gas leaks from natural gas pipelines beneath our streets.

As detailed in the video, Google’s able to do this by fitting Google Streetview cars, which are constantly traveling around and mapping our roads, with methane gas analyzers. This means that as the cars drive around capturing image content for Google Maps, they’re also measuring methane concentration every half-second as the car moves. With that data, the research team is then able to map both where and how big methane leaks are.

Google Outlines the Amazing Opportunities of Data in New Report | Social Media TodayMethane gas emissions can cause significant environmental impacts, and correcting them can provide a range of benefits. As per Google’s post:

“What we found ranges from an average of one leak per mile (in Boston) to one leak every 200 miles (in Indianapolis), demonstrating the effectiveness of techniques like using plastic piping instead of steel for pipeline construction. We hope utilities can use this data to prioritize the replacement of gas mains and service lines (like New Jersey’s PSE&G announced last fall). We’re also partnering with Aclima to measure many more pollutants with Street View cars in California communities through this year.”

Projects like these underline the expanded possibilities of technology and connectivity, which is providing new ways to live and work smarter through increased tracking of an ever-expanding range of measures. And this is the big thing with data – with 90% of the world’s data only being created within the last few years, we’ve not had the chance to fully explore what all this insight means, there’s simply too much to take in all at once, too much to factor into your decision making to effectively utilize all these new inputs. But we are learning, and one the key things we’re coming to realize is that the core of effective big data use lies in breaking it down into small data – working within the wider dataset to pinpoint the insights and information of relevance to you and your needs, rather than being overwhelmed by everything.

When you consider these insights in the scope of the other data sources available – Twitter data’s being used to map earthquakes and flood damage, Facebook insights are being used to glean better understandings about who we are and what we’re interested in. When you match up all the various data points, the potential for insight is amazing – the opportunities available to all people to track and measure important trends and behaviors relevant to you, your business, your community – the capacity of such analysis is virtually endless. It all comes down to how you target your research, how capable you are in narrowing down the data respective to your needs. Because it’s all there, you just need to know what you’re looking for.

And once you know that, the data opportunities from our hyper-connected world are beyond anything you can imagine.



[Source:- Socialmediatoday]

Facebook Releases New ‘Topics to Watch’ Report Based on Trending Mentions 

Now this is interesting.

Facebook has released a new report this week called ‘Topics to Watch’. As the name implies, Topics to Watch highlights emerging topics of discussion that are gaining momentum across The Social Network, along with a range of insights into the surrounding context of the conversation, associated topics, a measure of the increase in mention volume over time and demographic oversight as to who’s talking about it.

Facebook Releases New ‘Topics to Watch’ Report Based on Trending Mentions [Infographic] | Social Media Today  And while the topics may seem somewhat unusual now, that’s kind of point – Facebook’s using their data insights to showcase the issues which they believe are likely to drive more conversations on Facebook in future. So maybe you haven’t heard of ‘Buddha’s hand’ or ‘Kalamkari’ yet, but if Facebook mentions are anything to go by, you soon will. Such insights could help marketers stay ahead of the curve and catch onto the next brand-relevant big trend before it becomes ‘a thing’.

As this is the first report of the new series, it’s hard to know yet whether these trends will come to fruition, but it’s definitely an interesting initiative, and it might enable you to stay in the know – maybe you can even spark the relevant trend in your own area, noting that ‘all the cool people in New York are talking about…’.

Below is the first listing of topics in Facebook’s Topics to Watch reports (in infographic form) – each month, Facebook will highlight another six issues to watch based on increases in conversation volume over the past year.

Facebook Releases New ‘Topics to Watch’ Report Based on Trending Mentions [Infographic] | Social Media Today

[Source:- Socialmediatoday]

Microsoft provides new ways to report on usage in SharePoint, OneDrive, Skype, and Yammer

If your organization is using Microsoft’s cloud services, it’s likely that you have some interest in knowing how your users are accessing them. Whether it’s because you need to predict the resources you’ll need as your organization grows and shrinks, or you have security and privacy issues around how your data is accessed and shared, being able to determine usage is vital.

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Office 365 usage reporting sample.

Today, Microsoft announced at the Office blog that some new usage reports are available for a variety of Office 365 services. Specifically, SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, and Skype can now access the following usage reporting tools:

  • Activity dashboard (also called reporting dashboard)—Provides you with a high-level overview of how many people in your organization are using Office 365. Each service in the suite, such as Skype for Business and Exchange, has its own tile that surfaces key activity data, making it easy for you to get a quick understanding of the activity within that service. To view detailed information by service or by individual user, simply click the specific tile or use the drop-down menu at the top of the reporting dashboard.
  • Email activity report—Enables you to understand email usage, such as send, receive and read activity. It also enables you to monitor trends in email traffic, and can be especially helpful in scenarios such as user migration.
  • Office activations report—Shows which users who have been assigned an Office 365 license have signed into Office 365 on at least one device, including a breakdown by device type. This report helps you identify users who have been assigned a license but have not yet activated it, so you can provide assistance as necessary.
  • SharePoint site usage report—Provides you with storage consumption details across all your SharePoint sites. The report helps you see activity across sites, how much storage is available per site and how the sites are being used for file storage.
  • OneDrive for Business usage report—This report helps you understand storage and sharing activity across OneDrive for Business, including number and size of files stored, in aggregate and per user.
  • Skype for Business report—Shows Skype for Business usage, with details such as minutes spent in a Skype Meeting and with breakouts on peer-to-peer activity such as IMs and calls, meetings organized and meeting participation.
  • Yammer report—Provides details on Yammer engagement—breaking out Like, Read and Post activities.

The reports are available both en masse and on a per-user level, providing some flexibility in how much detail are provided by reports. Reporting timeframes also vary, with 7 day, 30 day, 90 day, and 150 day options, and reports can be exported to CVS and Excel formats.

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Usage reporting detail and timeframes can be dialed in.

You can find additional information at the Compliance Center, and Microsoft promises more reports will become available in the future. Right now, the usage reports are available to Office 365 customers in the U.S., Australia, and Canada, and other regions will start receiving them in May, 2016. Finally, APIs to allow customers to develop their own reports will be coming this fall.

[Source:- Winbeta]