A lifelike Polar Bear wandered through the streets of the British capital on Tuesday morning (January 27th), leaving commuters bewildered at the sight of the unusual acquaintance.
The eight foot tall puppet animal first stunned joggers and caused quite a stir when strolling through the Hampstead Heath Park in North London before making his way to Charing Cross Underground station attempting to board a train. Commuters on the train turned their heads when they noticed the giant polar animal walking along the platform.
It eventually reappeared in between crowds of tourists who were crossing the Thames river via Millennium Bridge towards London's Southbank. Many people stopped to take a picture of the animal with many people commenting how realistic it looked.
The giant animal was unleashed as part of a promotional stunt to mark the launch of channel Sky Atlantic's latest TV offering, "Fortitude" Filmed both in the UK and Iceland, "Fortitude" sees an all star cast including Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon and Christopher Eccleston. Fortitude will premiere on January,29th on UK and US television. Check out the video below to the see the "Bear" in action.
Final results for Samsung's financial standings at the end of the first quarter of 2016 have been revealed and it looks extremely good, especially in a market which is facing a standstill from many aspects. A 12% increase in operating profit along with a 5.7% boost in overall revenue has actually exceeded even Samsung's own optimistic expectations. Samsung's earnings guidance had predicted an operating profit of $5.7 billion/KRW 6.6 trillion and total revenue of $43.3 billion/ KRW 49 trillion for this quarter. The actual figures exceeded those predictions as the total revenue turned out to be $43.46 billion/ KRW 49.78 trillion, while the operating profit at the end of Q1 stands at $5.82 billion/ KRW 6.68 trillion.
In addition to attributing these numbers to the early launch decision and the consequent success of the S7 series, the Korean Electronics giant also mentioned "improved memory product mix, expanded 14nm supply of System LSI products and increased sales of OLED panels." In its mobile business alone, the operating profit has gone up by a whopping 42% in year-on-year comparison, as the number stands at $3.4 billion/ KRW 3.89 trillion. The consolidated revenue of Samsung Mobiles was reported to be $24.12 billion/ KRW 27.60 trillion in Q1 2016, an increase of 6.6% when compared with Q1 2015.
The company also mentioned that they expect smartphone demands to go down as the year progresses, while the market for tablets will continue to diminish even further. When asked about Samsung's plans for the rest of the year, it was mentioned that Samsung "will reinforce its leadership in the premium smartphone segment on the back of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, while continuing to increase volume and improve profitability in the mid-to-low-end segment."
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)