E-Commerce and Online Retail

We are the ones making the iPhone and Pixel more expensive – The Verge

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This year has seen a big upgrade in quality from most phone companies: Samsung’s new Galaxy Note doesn’t explode, Apple’s iPhone has a radical redesign, the OnePlus 5 is lovely, and LG’s V30 is shaping up to be a strong contender. If you love technology, you love it for precisely this inexorable march toward better, faster, and prettier devices. But one thing that’s different about the best smartphones of 2017…

Toys ‘R’ Us Is Dead, but Physical Retail Isn’t – Harvard Business Review

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The recent bankruptcy filing at Toys “R” Us has roiled the toy industry. Yet the struggles at the company are not new. The firm was taken private in a $6.6 billion leveraged private equity buyout in 2005, with the aim of turning the chain around, but the resulting debt has proved to be unserviceable. The news is part of a larger trend of closings that some are calling the retail…

Motorola’s Moto X4 is Project Fi’s first Android One smartphone – The Verge

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The United States will be getting its first taste of Android One very soon. Today, Google and Motorola announced that the Moto X4 will be coming to Google’s Project Fi wireless carrier with the stripped-down Android One treatment. The Project Fi Moto X4 will cost $399 and come in two colors: black or silver. It will be available for preorder starting today. The Android One version of the X4 is…

The best hidden features in iOS 11, Apple’s major software update for iPhone and iPad – Markets Insider

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The iPhone X is among the Apple devices that run iOS 11.Justin Sullivan/Getty Apple’s newest major software update for the iPhone and iPad, called iOS 11, is now available for everyone to download. The new software offers plenty of marquee changes, including wide support for augmented reality apps and other improvements to the camera software. But some of the most notable improvements are less apparent. They may not dramatically change…

iOS 11 update: We have good news and bad news about iPhone battery life – BGR

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Apple on Tuesday finally released iOS 11 to the public after months of beta testing. Here’s a fun little tidbit: Within about a minute of Apple’s iOS 11 release, it was already installed on more devices than the latest version of Android. But that’s neither here nor there. iOS 11 is packed full of new features, refinements of existing features, bug fixes, and plenty more for iPhone and iPad users…

Retail sales growth boosted by clothing – BBC News

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images UK retail sales grew by 1% in August compared with the previous month, with sales of clothing and non-essential items reported as strong. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) also said that compared with last August, sales volumes were 2.4% higher. It was the 52nd month in a row that sales have risen. The ONS also said that prices for non-food sales had risen at their…

iPhone X expensive? No, $999 is a ‘value price’, says Apple CEO Tim Cook – ZDNet

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook: “Our objectives aren’t big revenues. Our objective is to make products that enrich people’s lives.” Image: ABC/Facebook The iPhone X starts at $999 but Apple CEO Tim Cook would like everyone to know that it’s actually not expensive, but a “value price” product that embodies exactly what consumers have been asking for. Asked by ABC’s Good Morning America presenter Robin Roberts whether the iPhone X’s price…

The iPhone X and iPhone 8’s ‘A11 Bionic’ is just a marketing gimmick – BGR

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Back in September 2013 when the iPhone 5s became the first smartphone in the world to sport a 64-bit processor, many were quick to call it a marketing gimmick, including Qualcomm. The truth was that Apple’s accelerated chip development sent the competition into panic mode, as it realized the advancements of the A7 chip were beyond anything they made. Qualcomm quickly retracted those comments and hurried to catch up. Fast-forward…

Review: Glitzy iPhone X aside, the iPhone 8 is fine for most – The Denver Post

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WARSAW, Poland — The difference between Apple’s new iPhone models is a bit like flying first class compared with coach. We envy first class, but coach gets us there without breaking the budget. The iPhone 8 will do just fine for $300 less than the glitzy iPhone X, even though it won’t make your friends and colleagues jealous. It’s also available much sooner — this Friday — starting at almost…

You may be out of luck if you have an older iPhone or iPad — Here are the devices that can’t run iOS 11 – Yahoo News

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

(Apple CEO Tim Cook.Apple) Apple is releasing the latest version of its iOS operating system on Tuesday, but if you have an older iPhone or iPad, you may not be able to install the new software. The company did not make a version of the new iOS, dubbed iOS 11, for the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, or fourth-generation iPad. Instead, those devices will be stuck with iOS 10, which Apple released last year. …

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review: the default option – The Verge

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I was at a party the other night with several people who knew I’d just been to Apple’s annual iPhone launch event. After asking me tons of questions about the new Apple Park campus, they of course asked about the new iPhone — by which all of them meant the all-new iPhone X. More than one person didn’t even know the iPhone 8 existed. Their focus — and really, Apple’s…

The iPhone 8 Reviews: What the Critics Say – New York Times

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Several reviewers said the phones were stuck in the shadow of the iPhone X. Nilay Patel of The Verge said the phones were “not the future, and it’s not the cutting edge. It’s just the default.” While the 8 and 8 Plus share a processor, wireless charging capability, and similar camera setups to the X, they lack any truly new ideas about what an iPhone is — they’re both very…

The iPhone 8 reviews are out and here’s what people are saying – CNBC

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Corporations will flock to iPhone 8 despite lukewarm reviews, predicts Gene Munster – CNBC

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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iPhone X: Imitation Is Not Innovation – AdAge.com

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive and CEO Tim Cook view the iPhone X during an event to introduce the device at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, on Sept. 12, 2017. Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg My monthly “new iPhone every year” payment just joined my cable bill, my water bill, and my electric bill as grudge expenses. I hate paying them because the companies charge more and more…

Review: The iPhone 8 is a look into the augmented future of … – TechCrunch

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The best reason to buy a new iPhone The camera is the best reason to buy a new iPhone this year just as it has been several years running. The iPhone is the world’s most popular camera, by far, and Apple continues to take seriously the business of improving it. As I’ve mentioned before in these reviews, I have a lengthy history in photography. I’ve been a working pro photographer,…

How to download iOS 11, Apple’s big new iPhone update – Business Insider

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Business Insider Apple’s new software update for iPhones and iPads is here. The update, iOS 11, is currently available in your iOS device’s settings menu. Apple announced the update back in June, and beta testers have been putting it through its paces since then. It’s a pretty big update, especially for iPads. iPads get a new desktop-style dock, multi-tasking features, and Apple Pencil features. iPhones will get a new file…

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus reviews summarized – CNBC.com – CNBC

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Why Wireless Carriers Are Seeing Disappointing Preorders for Apple’s iPhone 8 – Fortune

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Apple may have flubbed its forecast for iPhone demand, at least in the U.S. market, according to people who work in the wireless market. Demand for preorders of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus that started on Friday have been disappointing, the people said, as more customers may be holding out for Apple’s premium iPhone X model. “We’ve never been in this situation before, where Apple has announced two devices…