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Apple sold fewer than 1 million iPhones in India in the first half of 2018: report

Apple has traditionally had trouble with sales in India. While the company started manufacturing iPhones in the country to lower the price locally, it seems that it has a long road ahead of it, according to a report from Bloomberg: it’s sold fewer than a million devices in the first half of 2018.

Bloomberg reports that three Apple sales executives left the company as it restructures its operations there. It only has a 2 percent marketshare in India, and in 2017, it sold 3.2 million iPhones, according to a report by Counterpoint Research.

But those sales appear to have slowed: the same report estimates that Apple has moved “fewer than a million devices,” and even with strong sales, it’ll have trouble catching up to last year’s numbers.

India is the world’s third largest market for smartphones, but its high tariffs — adding between 15 to 20 percent to the price — has pushed consumers towards cheaper alternatives, like Samsung. Earlier this summer, Apple began to build the iPhone 6S and the iPhone SE in the country — a tactic that the company hopes will help reduce the price of its phones. But it’ll take a while before Apple’s operations there get up and running at full capacity, and in the meantime, Apple is lagging further behind its competitors.

India could be a huge opportunity for Apple, and CEO Tim Cook has indicated that it’s going to move aggressively into the country. The country has expanded its 4G network and has a growing middle class, which could mean that more people will be willing adopt Apple’s products.

Despite those low sales numbers, however, Cook said in May that the company’s revenue from India has grown, setting a record for the first half of 2018.

Updated July 15th 2018, 2:50PM: An earlier headline accidentally omitted “in India.” We regret the error.

Ninebot built a kit that converts Segways into go-karts

Now that hoverboards are quickly becoming toys of the past, it seems like Segway-Ninebot is busy reinventing the wheel on rideables. After Segway introduced e-skates last month, Ninebot (Segway’s parent company) is reportedly preparing to show off a new kit that attaches to its scooters to convert them into drivable go-karts.

According to a report by Abacus News, Ninebot teased the promotional photos on Weibo this week. The kit appears to add seating, brakes, front bumper, steering wheel, and rear wheels to a Segway miniPRO.

The seat can apparently be adjusted to fit the driver’s height, with photos showing both an adult and a child driving the retrofitted Segway. The company hasn’t offered any further information on price and availability.

Hacking a Segway to turn it into a go-kart isn’t a particularly new idea. Enterprising YouTubers have previously attached chairs to their Segway miniPRO to make their scooters driveable.

Abacusreports that Segway-Ninebot could be introducing the go-kart kit as early as July 24th in Los Angeles — just a little over a month before it’s scheduled to show off the Drift W1 e-skates at IFA 2018 in Berlin.

We’ve contacted the company to confirm and will update if we hear back.

For what it’s worth, a child-friendly go-kart might be the safest thing Segway’s encouraged anyone to ride on in years given its track record for injuries, which includes former Segway owner Jim Hedelsen who died after accidentally riding the scooter off a cliff.

Ninebot built a kit that converts Segways into go-karts

Now that hoverboards are quickly becoming toys of the past, it seems like Segway-Ninebot is busy reinventing the wheel on rideables. After Segway introduced e-skates last month, Ninebot (Segway’s parent company) is reportedly preparing to show off a new kit that attaches to its scooters to convert them into drivable go-karts.

According to a report by Abacus News, Ninebot teased the promotional photos on Weibo this week. The kit appears to add seating, brakes, front bumper, steering wheel, and rear wheels to a Segway miniPRO.

The seat can apparently be adjusted to fit the driver’s height, with photos showing both an adult and a child driving the retrofitted Segway. The company hasn’t offered any further information on price and availability.

Hacking a Segway to turn it into a go-kart isn’t a particularly new idea. Enterprising YouTubers have previously attached chairs to their Segway miniPRO to make their scooters driveable.

Abacusreports that Segway-Ninebot could be introducing the go-kart kit as early as July 24th in Los Angeles — just a little over a month before it’s scheduled to show off the Drift W1 e-skates at IFA 2018 in Berlin.

We’ve contacted the company to confirm and will update if we hear back.

For what it’s worth, a child-friendly go-kart might be the safest thing Segway’s encouraged anyone to ride on in years given its track record for injuries, which includes former Segway owner Jim Hedelsen who died after accidentally riding the scooter off a cliff.

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