E-Commerce and Online Retail

The Strategy Behind Apple’s $230 iPhone Targeted At Emerging Markets – Forbes

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

One of the first customers to buy a new iPhone walks out of an Apple store in Manhattan on September 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) While Apple‘s latest iPhone 7 might be its most popular model globally, the smartphone behemoth still actively produces and sells its 2013 iPhone 5S handset in many emerging markets. A recent report indicated that Apple intends to cut prices…

The iPhone 8 may be impossible to find at launch – BGR

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 is without question the company’s most anticipated product in years. Said to feature an edge-to-edge OLED display, the hype surrounding Apple’s next-gen iPhone seems to get more intense with each passing month. And with good reason: the iPhone 8 will introduce a radical new form factor, a welcome change in light of the fact that the current iPhone design has more or less remained unchanged since…

Google’s mysterious new operating system looks completely different from Android – Business Insider

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

AP Details about Google’s new mystery operating system, Fuchsia, appeared on Ars Technica on Tuesday and give us a better idea of what Fuchsia is for. Based on Ars Technica’s findings, Fuchsia is designed to work on “modern phones and modern personal computers with fast processors” with “non-trivial amounts of RAM.” That seems like an odd move for Google, as Android runs perfectly well on budget devices with lesser specs….

This might be what the iPhone 8 looks like… if we’re lucky – BGR

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

In case you haven’t heard about it by now, Apple is making a special iPhone this year to mark the device’s tenth anniversary. The iPhone 8 will have a variety of new features, including a fresh new design that might be unrivaled this year. The iPhone 8 is expected to be the first widely available smartphone to feature a fingerprint sensor under the display, a feature that would help Apple…

Google’s mysterious new operating system looks completely different from Android – Business Insider

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

AP Details about Google’s new mystery operating system, Fuchsia, appeared on Ars Technica on Tuesday and give us a better idea of what Fuchsia is for. Based on Ars Technica’s findings, Fuchsia is designed to work on “modern phones and modern personal computers with fast processors” with “non-trivial amounts of RAM.” That seems like an odd move for Google, as Android runs perfectly well on budget devices with lesser specs….

UK retail sales enjoy biggest jump since 2006 – Financial Times

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

A late Easter has seen UK retail sales register their biggest monthly increase in 11 years, according to one closely-watched measure. The British Retail Consortium-KPMG retail sales monitor rose 5.6 per cent in April from a year earlier, up from a 1 per cent decline in March and well ahead of expectations for a 0.5 per cent gain. This was the strongest result since April 2006. BRC noted that the…

Fake news: Bad rumors on the iPhone 8 – Macworld

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Have you heard the bad news? That smartphone that you think you might want to buy will be terrible. It’s true. True-ish. Well, there’s a chance it could happen. Actually, it probably won’t. But what is “news” anyway if not speculation that is probably wrong? Right? Writing for the Forbes contributor network and scratch-and-dent sale of the mind, Gordon Kelly says “New iPhone 8 Details Will Anger Users.” (Tip o’…

iPhone 8 release will propel Apple to new heights – BGR

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

With the iPhone still Apple’s primary way of making money, it’s no surprise that Wall Street analysts and investors view iPhone sales as the most important indicator of Apple’s financial health. So even though Apple saw an increase in revenue last quarter, not to mention increasing its earnings per share from $1.90 to $2.20 year-on-year, the 1% drop in iPhone sales last quarter prompted shares of Apple to drop a bit…

Warren Buffett just confirmed the death of retail as we know it – Business Insider

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Warren Buffett. Mario Tama/Getty Images Warren Buffett says that in 10 years, the retail industry will look nothing like it does now. “The department store is online now,” the billionaire investor said Saturday at Berkshire Hathaway‘s annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, as Business Insider’s Bob Bryan reported. “I have no illusion that 10 years from now will look the same as today, and there will be a few things along…

Apple’s Reported ‘iPhone 8’ Might Not Be Delayed After All – Fortune

Monday, May 08, 2017

Apple’s next iPhone release date has been a subject of debate, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be solved anytime soon. The tech giant is rumored to be working on three new iPhones this year, and at least right now, production is on schedule and they should reach store shelves in October as planned, the Economic Daily News is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of Apple’s release…

New report says the iPhone 8 isn’t delayed at all – BGR

Monday, May 08, 2017

The iPhone is one of the most desired smartphones out there, and this happens every year with every new model that Apple launches. But the iPhone 8 is probably the most anticipated iPhone release in years, given that Apple is rumored to prepare a massive design overhaul for the iPhone’s 10th birthday. Most rumors say Apple wants to offer buyers a premium iPhone 8 device that will pack a few…

Millions of Android phones could be tracked with ultrasonic spying tool – Telegraph.co.uk

Monday, May 08, 2017

Hundreds of Android apps could be covertly tracking users via inaudible sounds emitted by nearby devices, researchers have found.  Researchers discovered technology that lets devices talk to one another for tracking purposes using ultrasonic tones on 234 Android apps.  Televisions, billboards, websites and shops can emit the high frequency sounds, which can’t be heard by humans but are picked up by the apps. This signals whether a person has engaged with an advert by watching it,…

The iPhone 8 design everybody hates is back – BGR

Monday, May 08, 2017

There are two kinds of iPhone 8 design leaks out in the wild right now, and they’re fairly similar except for one critical feature: the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. A new report indicates that Apple may be forced to go with the safer approach, which unfortunately just so happens to be the one that everybody hates. Apple wants to integrate the Touch ID sensor within the layers of the new OLED…

Wall Street is expecting the worst of the retail apocalypse this week – Business Insider

Monday, May 08, 2017

AP The focus of earnings season shifts this week to brick-and-mortar retailers, with companies including Macy’s and Nordstrom set to announce first-quarter results. Analysts are not expecting to be impressed. “Of the 13 retail sub-industries in the S&P 500, just four have reported or are expected to report earnings growth for the first quarter,” John Butters, the senior earnings analyst at FactSet, said in a note on Friday. Roughly 3,500…

Stop iTunes from opening when you connect your iPhone – CNET

Monday, May 08, 2017

I try to avoid iTunes as much as possible. I keep my iPhone synced and updated wirelessly so that I don’t need to touch Apple’s bloated music-and-everything-else app. I usually charge my iPhone overnight by plugging it into the wall outlet next to my bed, but occasionally I want to charge it while I’m working at my PC or Mac. Thankfully, there is a way to prevent iTunes from opening…

New iPhone 8 Details Will Anger Users – Forbes

Monday, May 08, 2017

Exciting leaks and images about 2017’s new iPhones have users so excited Tim Cook claims they have caused iPhone sales to slow in anticipation. But the latest news from financial giants JPMorgan Chase will leave users feeling far from happy… Benjamin Geskin iPhone 8 concept based on leaks prior to the JPMorgan report is much more exciting In a lengthy report obtained by 9to5Mac, the multinational giant claims ’s plans…

App code hints that Android Pay could use facial recognition for loyalty programs – The Verge

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Google could be looking to implement facial recognition into Android Pay, according to 9to5Google, which took a close look at the code of an new version of the app. 9to5Google conducted an “APK teardown” of Version 1.22 of Android Pay, and it found a feature called Visual ID, described as “a secure way to confirm your identity at participating stores, making it easier to do things like earn loyalty points…

Millions of Android Devices Could Be Secretly Spying on Users, Researchers Claim – Fortune

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Researchers believe some popular smartphones may be listening a little too closely to your activities. A team from the German Technical University of Braunschweig (Brunswick) found 234 Android applications that contain code, known as SilverPush, that listens for ultrasonic signals embedded in media or emitted by beacons. Though primarily intended to track users’ media consumption and shopping habits to help target advertising, the research team says the apps could also…

What to expect with the iPhone 8 – myfox8.com

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Tim Cook probably wishes people were a little less excited about the next iPhone. Tim Cook probably wishes people were a little less excited about the next iPhone. SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Cook probably wishes people were a little less excited about the next iPhone. On Tuesday’s earnings call, the Apple CEO blamed a slowdown in iPhone sales on rumors about future iPhones. Apple is expected to release an especially…