E-Commerce and Online Retail

Surprise surge in UK retail sales powers pound to eight-month high – The Guardian

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A surprise surge in retail sales in April helped push the pound to its highest level in eight months as Britain’s consumers shrugged off concerns over falling living standards. Warm weather and the Easter holidays encouraged shoppers back onto UK high streets, with retail sales up 2.3% over the month according to the Office for National Statistics. It was more than double the 1% rise forecast by economists, and the…

Google’s best new features are in apps, not Android – The Verge

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Yesterday was the day Google was expected to announce the big new features coming to Android this year. It had already announced some basics back in March, but the I/O conference is usually when we hear about the real highlights — the stuff consumers are actually going to look forward to. But the presentation came and went, and the most exciting thing Android got was app notification badges. Seriously. Barring…

Apple’s iPhone 8 will basically bring back the headphone jack – BGR

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rumors surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 have been swirling for months now, and it seems like most of the major bases have been covered. The tenth-anniversary iPhone will seemingly sport a bold new design with glass panels on the front and back, and a stainless steel mid-frame sandwiched between them. There will not be a physical home button on the front of the phone. Instead, the display will barely have…

Retail sales in April beat forecasts with a 2.3% rise – BBC News

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Warmer weather helped retail sales to rise by more than expected last month, according to official data. Sales volumes jumped 2.3% in April from the month before, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, and were 4% higher than a year earlier. April’s rebound contrasted with March, when sales saw the biggest fall in seven years. “Anecdotal evidence from retailers suggests that good weather contributed to…

Apple Is Now Assembling a Low-Cost iPhone in Southern India – Fortune

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Android O is shaping up to be exactly what Android needs – The Verge

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Today’s Google I/O presentation was as wide-ranging as the company’s various ventures into future technology, though the biggest cheers of excitement were inevitably reserved for Android. I just got my first taste of Google’s next iteration, codenamed Android O, and it looks like it’s targeting exactly the areas where Google’s mobile OS needed improvement. Battery life, a thing that matters to all users at all times, is getting a nice…

Android O beta is available today – TechCrunch

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

It’s already been available for a few months as a developer preview, but now the rest of us can finally get our hands on an upcoming version of Android. Android O Beta starts shipping today, if you point your browser over to android.com/beta. The company used the opportunity to show a number of features that have already been available in the developer preview. Notifications have gotten number of key updates,…

The rise of the Android-powered car – The Verge

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Google’s thesis to the automotive industry came packaged in a red glinting Maserati Ghibli. The luxury sedan, parked outside last year’s Google I/O developer conference, might have looked like just another sports car — a ubiquitous sight in Silicon Valley. But what was inside captured the interest of automakers. And now, some automakers are buying into what they found, despite long-held fears of giving up too much control to outsiders…

Morgan Stanley raises Apple price target to $177, says it sees no sign of an iPhone 8 delay – CNBC

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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Apple May Have Unprecedented Pricing Power For The iPhone 8 – Forbes

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Apple is prepping to launch its 10th anniversary iPhone (potentially called iPhone 8) this fall. The device, which is expected to sport the company’s first complete redesign since 2014, is likely to set off a super-upgrade cycle. There has been speculation that the phone could be priced starting at $1,000 – well above the current iPhone 7 line up, which starts at $650. While we will likely have to wait…

How the iPhone triumphed in business circles – Financial Times

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

How the iPhone triumphed in business circles

Android superfans: Win* this entire set of Android pins! – CNET – CNET

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The most beautiful phone ever has one wildly annoying issue he Samsung Galaxy S8’s fast speeds and fantastic curved screen make it a top phone for 2017, but the annoying fingerprint reader could sour your experience.

Apple May Have Unprecedented Pricing Power For The iPhone 8 – Forbes

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Apple is prepping to launch its 10th anniversary iPhone (potentially called iPhone 8) this fall. The device, which is expected to sport the company’s first complete redesign since 2014, is likely to set off a super-upgrade cycle. There has been speculation that the phone could be priced starting at $1,000 – well above the current iPhone 7 line up, which starts at $650. While we will likely have to wait…

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…