E-Commerce and Online Retail

Why Android is likely safe from a WannaCry-like attack – CNET

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Enlarge Image Unlike the Google Pixel, most Android devices are running on outdated operating systems. James Martin/CNET The WannaCry cyberattack has ensnared more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries by taking advantage of outdated versions of Windows that never got Microsoft’s crucial security patches. Hmm. Millions of devices that are stuck on older versions of an operating system and don’t have access to the latest updates. Where have I heard…

Rue21 bankruptcy pushes retail default rate higher — and there’s more stress to come – MarketWatch

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The bankruptcy filing of teen retailer Rue21 on Monday has boosted the U.S. retail loan default rate to 1.7% from 0.9% and the current struggles of another teen retailer may push it to 2.7% in the near term, Fitch Ratings said Tuesday. A pending bankruptcy by Gymboree would propel the trailing 12-month institutional leveraged loan default rate to that level,…

Google Assistant could launch on the iPhone tomorrow – The Verge

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Google’s digital assistant may be about to move in on Siri’s turf. According to Bloomberg, a Google Assistant app is ready to launch on iOS and will likely be made available this week during Google’s I/O developer conference. Android Police also said the app should be available soon, but only in the US. The Google Assistant launched last year on Google’s Pixel smartphone and began expanding to phones running Android…

Audi and Volvo will use Android as the operating system in upcoming cars – The Verge

Monday, May 15, 2017

Google has taken a major step toward turning Android into a complete operating system for cars that doesn’t require the use of a phone. The company announced partnerships with Audi and Volvo today, ahead of this week’s I/O developer’s conference, that will see those carmakers build new branded infotainment systems using Android 7.0 Nougat. The manufacturer-tweaked versions of Google’s operating system will power the cars’ main touchscreen displays, as well…

Netflix will no longer work on rooted Android devices – The Verge

Monday, May 15, 2017

If you have a rooted Android device, be aware that you may no longer be able to use the Netflix app going forward. The streaming company confirmed that its latest app update will block devices that are not “Google-certified or have been altered” from accessing the mobile service. While Netflix did not specify why exactly it decided to stop playing nice with rooted devices, the fact that Version 5 of…

New iPhone 8 concept video shows off a remarkable edgeless OLED display – BGR

Monday, May 15, 2017

Although we’ve seen a number of reports with conflicting information about the iPhone 8’s upcoming release date, reputed leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer — who you might know better as @OnLeaks — took to Twitter recently and said that iPhone 8 mass production will not be delayed as previously rumored. On the contrary, Apple is expected to begin mass producing its next-gen iPhone in August ahead of a September launch. And while…

Op-ed: It’s time for Google to take responsibility for Android’s security updates – Ars Technica

Monday, May 15, 2017

reader comments 104 Last Friday, Google announced a major new initiative that promises to solve one of the many problems that keeps Android phones from being promptly updated. Coming as a part of the forthcoming Android O, Google will soon begin separating the Android operating system from the hardware-specific drivers and firmware on each individual Android phone in a move called “Project Treble.” If successful, Project Treble will prevent a…

Is The ‘RFID Retail Revolution’ Finally Here? A Macy’s Case Study – Forbes

Monday, May 15, 2017

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) I remember back in 2000, my headline was something like, “Get Ready For The RFID Retail Revolution,” or, “Wal-Mart Kicks Off The RFID Revolution.” Turns out the revolution never materialized. But it might this time around; at least that’s what retailers are hoping. After nearly 20 years of aborted takeoffs—including a much-watched failed push by Wal-Mart —radio frequency identification technology finally seems poised for widespread retail adoption, if the…

The case for Android Oreo – The Verge – The Verge

Monday, May 15, 2017

Google is expected to soon announce more details on version 8.0 of Android, which we know to be codenamed Android O. But the biggest question about Android O — more so than what new features it will bring to the mobile OS or if Google will be able to actually get carriers and hardware companies to offer the update to older phones — remains unanswered: what is Android O going…

Online retail ‘sucking share’ from traditional retail at ‘unheard of … – CNBC

Monday, May 15, 2017

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Microsoft’s Strategy To Seduce Android And iOS Users – Forbes

Monday, May 15, 2017

One of the many points of interest that has come out of Microsoft’s recent Build Conference for developers is the continued push to have Microsoft’s services include and entice iOS and Android users. Windows Story Remix – which takes your images and allows you to edit them into short sharable videos – is a good illustration of this approach. SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MARCH 30: Attendees gather during the 2016…

iPhone 8 Rumor Rollup: Cranking up the processors; 3D cameras … – Network World

Monday, May 15, 2017

Enough with the iPhone 8 (or iPhone X) rumors: News about the 10th anniversary Apple iPhone seems to be getting real… PROCESSOR IN PRODUCTION Much of the speculation about the expected 5.8-inch iPhone 8 of late has been about delays and more delays, but a report from DigiTimes that has been picked up by a slew of others states that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has started cranking out the…

iPhone 8 Leak ‘Confirms’ Apple’s Expensive Secret – Forbes

Monday, May 15, 2017

The iPhone is changing. 2017 is the 10th anniversary of the iconic smartphone range and will celebrate with a radical new design and significant feature upgrades. But the downside to all these changes is becoming ever clearer… Following independent reports for Nikkei, FastCompany and famed Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, Goldman Sachs has become the fourth major source to state the so-called iPhone 8 (also referred to as the iPhone 7S,…

The case for Android Oreo – The Verge

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Google is expected to formally announce more details on the version 8.0 of Android, which we know to be codenamed Android O. But the biggest question about Android O — more so than what new features it will bring to the mobile OS or if Google will be able to actually get carriers and hardware companies to offer the update to older phones — remains unanswered: what is Android O…

One investor’s theory as to why traditional retail is losing market share at ‘unheard of levels’ – CNBC

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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iPhone 8 Leak ‘Confirms’ Apple’s Expensive Secret – Forbes

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The iPhone is changing. 2017 is the 10th anniversary of the iconic smartphone range and will celebrate with a radical new design and significant feature upgrades. But the downside to all these changes is becoming ever clearer… Following independent reports for Nikkei, FastCompany and famed Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, Goldman Sachs has become the fourth major source to state the so-called iPhone 8 (also referred to as the iPhone 7S,…

More retail earnings; SpaceX launch; Facebook’s IPO-versary – CNNMoney

Sunday, May 14, 2017

1. More retail earnings: Walmart, Gap and Target are all announcing earnings this week. In the previous quarter, Walmart’s online sales grew faster than Amazon’s — a veritable coup for the brick and mortar mainstay. It’s not clear how much money it made off its digital business, but online growth is promising and reflects Walmart’s efforts to grow digitally: It bought online retailer Jet for about $3 billion last year,…

This online tool lets you check if your iPhone is stolen – BGR

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The best way to avoid buying a stolen iPhone is getting it from Apple, an electronics store, or a carrier. But because the iPhone comes with a rather high price tag, some people choose to purchase second-hand iPhone. These are still expensive, but the price is lower than what you’d pay in stores. In many cases, you can score a great iPhone deal, if you know what to look for….

Online retail ‘sucking share’ from traditional retail at ‘unheard of … – CNBC

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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