Barclaycard research claims that managing returns is damaging profits for many British online businessesBritish online retailers are bearing the brunt of improved customer service, according to new research that found free return policies may be causing businesses to lose profits.Overall, nearly six in ten 57 percent of retailers said that dealing with the day-to-day cost of dealing with returns is negatively impacting their business, with one in five 20 percent even admitting to increasing prices to try and counteract the cost of returns.And more than a fifth 22 per cent of current high-street retailers are choosing not to sell online, because they are concerned about being able to afford the costs of managing the delivery and returns process.Time to changeonline shoppingThese solutions are grating against consumer habits, Barclaycard warns, as 30 percent of shoppers admitted to deliberately over-purchasing and subsequently returning unwanted items, safe in the knowledge they will be able to benefit from a range of quick and easy returns such as hourly courier services and local drop-off points.A similar proportion would like retailers to introduce technology to help them better visualise an item when shopping online, such as the ability to virtually try on clothing after uploading an image of themselves – a system currently being trialled by several big-name retailers.Today s time-pressed shopper expects the process to be fast, easy and free – and that applies to both buying goods as well as returning them, said Sharon Manikon, director of customer solutions at Barclaycard global payment acceptance.
Galdor's channelNokia phones are making a comeback thanks to a licensing deal struck between Microsoft, FIH Mobile—a subsidiary of Foxconn—and HMD global Oy.Those facilities, as well as Microsoft's feature phone technology, will be used to create new Nokia phones as part of an "exclusive global" licensing agreement between HMD global Oy and Nokia Technologies.The deal will allow HMD to produce phones and tablets bearing the Nokia brand name for the next 10 years.While no devices have been announced just yet, HMD plans to invest $500 million into the venture.Microsoft stopped developing feature phones—the likes of the Asha, Series 40, and Nokia X handsets—back in 2014, with one of the last to appear being the Nokia 215, which was notable for sporting a promised month-long battery life.As for the rest of Microsoft's smartphone business, the company promises that it will continue to support the likes of the Lumia 650, Lumia 950, and Lumia 950 XL.
If you haven t used your passcode to unlock your iPhone or iPad for six days, an iOS 9 restriction disables Touch ID if you don't unlock with a fingerprint within eight hours.However, it might have some bearing when a court order is issued to compel someone to use a fingerprint to unlock an iOS device, as in a recent case.Macworld was alerted to this change when reader David Shanahan emailed the Mac 911 help column about being prompted for his passcode on both an iPad Air 2 and an iPhone 6 once or twice a week in the morning after leaving them charging overnight.Researcher Jonathan Zdziarski also confirmed that he hadn t seen this requirement before, and said, It explains what the hell s been going on with my phone, though!I would love it to automatically kill the fingerprint altogether or set the expiration down to even 4 hours or 8 hours if I m not inside some geofence I ve set up, he said.Because a law-enforcement or other government agent or a malicious party wouldn t necessarily know the last time the passcode was entered, it raises the stakes higher than the 48-hour timeout.
It would be good to promote Finnish design, maybe it could be nice thing.Nokia emerged in the late 1990s as Finland s first major global corporation and symbolized the country s transformation to a technology-driven economy.No other global handset maker has fallen from the top and managed a successful rebirth.Nokia might also find opportunities in Europe, where it s one of the only home-grown brands that managed to challenge U.S. and Asian giants, he said.Nokia won t have a financial stake but is set to collect fees from brand licensing and intellectual property.Chinese brands like Huawei have shown that it s possible to challenge the leaders despite a late entry into the smartphone business.Kari Lehtonen, a 52-year-old sales representative who only owned Nokia devices until 2006 and now has an iPhone, illustrates the challenge.
Hardware specification for BlackBerry Hamburg leakedAn Android powered BlackBerry handset bearing model number STH100-x and codenamed Hamburg has been spotted at the GFXBench site with all its hardware details.Considering the specs, the device seems to fit in the mid-range segment of the smartphone market.Recently, BlackBerry CEO John Chen revealed the company has plans for two more Android devices coming by the end of 2016, without providing further details about them.Thanks to GFXBench we now have some idea about the features the BlackBerry Hamburg is equipped with.The operating system for BlackBerry Hamburg noted in the GFXBench is the latest Android Marshmallow version 6.0.1.The octa-core processor would be coupled with the Adreno 405 graphics unit.
Android Marshmallow rolling out for Galaxy Tab A 9.7in SamsungThe 9.7in Galaxy Tab A bearing model number SM-T550 is another lucky Galaxy device to make it to the list of those receiving Android Marshmallow.Earlier this month, the update was rolled out to Tab S2 8.0 starting with users in the UK; now the sweet Marshmallow treatment is seeding for the Wi-Fi variant of Galaxy Tab A.With the latest Android version 6.0.1, the update moves the build version of your Galaxy tablet to T550XXU1BPE1, which is now live for users in France.If you are in the firmware supported region head over to Settings About device Software update menu to check if the new Marshmallow build is available for your tablet.Along with the new Android version, expect a bunch of Marshmallow features including the Doze mode for a better battery life, and more control over app permissions.Firmware detailsModel name: Galaxy Tab AModel: SM-T550Country: FranceVersion: Android 6.0.1Changelist: 7931139Build date: 4 MayProduct code: XEFPDA: T550XXU1BPE1CSC: T550OXA1BPE
To get some insight, The Verge interviewed Faraday's VP of global manufacturing, Dag Reckhorn, who offered up some details about the $1 billion factory the company is building in Nevada, along with other company plans.The company is developing a "variable platform architecture," a foundation that it could scale up or down depending on a car's model and size.This means the company could attract large crowds for tours to increase brand awareness.LeEco, the so-called "Netflix of China," financially supports Faraday, but it also recently released a concept for its own autonomous electric vehicle called the LeSEE.But Reckhorn made clear that the LeSEE will have no bearing on Faraday's designs, but Faraday would try to incorporate LeEco's app ecosystem into its cars.It's just a matter of time until self-driving cars flood the streets, but the road to get there will be filled with regulatory hurdles and technological challenges.John Greenough, senior research analyst for BI Intelligence, has compiled a detailed report on self-driving cars that examines the major strides automakers and tech companies have made to overcome the barriers currently preventing fully autonomous cars from hitting the market.Further, the report examines global survey results showing where fully autonomous cars are highly desired.Here are some key takeaways from the report:Three barriers have been preventing fully autonomous cars from hitting the road: 1 high technological component prices; 2 varying degrees of consumer trust in the technology; and 3 relatively nonexistent regulations.California's regulations stipulate that a fully autonomous car must have a driver behind the wheel at all times, discouraging Google's and Uber's idea of a driverless taxi system.In full, the report:Examines consumer trust in fully autonomous vehiclesIdentifies technological advancements that have been made in the industryAnalyzes the cost of fully autonomous technology and identifies how cost is being reducedExplains the current regulations surrounding fully autonomous carsTo get your copy of this invaluable guide, choose one of these options:Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND over 100 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more.But however you decide to acquire this report, you ve given yourself a powerful advantage in your understanding of the emerging world of self-driving cars.
For now though, it s neighboring Argentina that looks to be moving faster to capture surging demand, rather than the normally investor-friendly Chile.This bickering and this back and forth in Chile is detrimental to production, said Chris Berry, president of research firm House Mountain Partners LLC and editor of the Disruptive Discoveries newsletter.In April, SQM said it will seek to block an expansion project by rival Albemarle in Chile, citing concern that the operation will have a bearing on its own environmental procedures.Corfo had announced a 27-year contract with the Baton Rouge-based Albemarle in February to expand production in exchange for a royalty of about 40 percent of sales.Admiralty Resources NL is in the pre-production phase at the Salar de Rincon, Galaxy Resources Ltd. is developing the Sal de Vida salt-bed project and Lithium Americas Corp. is working with SQM on the Cauchari venture, according to a presentation from the Argentine government.SQM agreed to pay $25 million to Lithium Americas for 50 percent of that project, which will begin construction in 2017.Prices for lithium carbonate at 99.5 percent purity in China more than tripled in the last 12 months to 168,000 yuan about $26,000 per ton from 49,000 yuan, according to Asian Metal.In 2015, Chile produced about 35 percent of global lithium output totaling 200,000 tons, according to estimates from consultancy Stormcrow Capital Ltd.It s not as if Chile doesn t recognize the potential for lithium.
First: For the first time ever, low-cost Google Chromebook laptops outsold Apple's Macs during the most recent quarter, analyst firm IDC tells The Verge.Manufacturers including Dell, Lenovo, and HP sold over 2 million Google-powered Chromebooks combined, versus around 1.76 million Macs, IDC estimates.Second: those same Google Chromebooks are getting full access to Android's Google Play store, opening the door for those laptops to run a significant portion of the 1.5 million Android apps out in the wild.For Apple, it's not necessarily great news, but it's not the end of the world, either.And Apple has always been a company that's content to completely and profitably own a small piece of a much larger pie.But for Microsoft, it means that the pressure is on — Google's slow-but-steady attack is bearing some real results, and it's not great news for Windows 10.Why people like ChromeThe key concept of the Chromebook is simplicity and portability.It means that for Chromebooks, and indeed any Chrome OS device, there's basically nothing you won't be able to do.Google is basically taking its wildly successful smartphone operating system and smashing it together with Chrome OS to make it a more useful desktop operating system.Microsoft is taking the opposite tack with Windows.Increasingly, though, the next generation of great stuff is being written for the smartphone, or for the web, because that's where the customers are.It's a future that Chromebooks will be uniquely well-positioned to take advantage of, with that all-important community of Android app developers, plus the mega-popular Chrome web browser.And while Google doesn't make its own Chromebook laptops, with the exception of the super-high-end Chromebook Pixel line, the Chromebooks represent significant new territory for Google's Android business and overall reach.
Analysts said Mr. Cook is likely to advocate for Apple s existing proposal to refurbish and sell secondhand iPhones in the country, which would be key given 70% of smartphones sold last year in India cost less than $150.In addition, Apple in January said it had sought government permission to open its own retail stores and sell products online to supplement Indian-owned distribution firms and retailers.Mr. Cook s movements this week have been tracked closely by local media, resulting in a torrent of print and TV coverage, along with commentary on social media sites.Wearing a traditional scarf and bearing an orange mark on his forehead, Mr. Cook on Wednesday met with Anant Ambani, son of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, outside a Hindu Temple in the commercial capital of Mumbai.iPhones are so far out of range for most people that they wouldn t consider them, she said.Write to Newley Purnell at newley.purnell @wsj.com and Rajesh Roy at [email protected]
Last fall, Chinese online-game developer Giant Interactive Group teamed up with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. BABA 0.60 % and held talks with SoftBank and Supercell over an acquisition, people familiar with the matter said.Tencent, Supercell, SoftBank, Alibaba and Giant declined to comment.The company s mobile games are free to download, and Supercell makes money by selling virtual goods that enhance the players game experiences.Last year, it bought minority stakes in U.S. mobile-game publishers Glu Mobile Inc. and Pocket Gems Inc. Tencent has been assembling a war chest for potential acquisitions and is raising about $4 billion for a bank loan, people familiar with the matter said earlier this month.SoftBank s portfolio of video-game companies is one area that is under scrutiny from company President Nikesh Arora, who in March was put in charge of its international investments and operations, a person familiar with the matter said.Any sale of such assets would help shore up SoftBank s balance sheet, which is saddled with more than $80 billion in net interest-bearing debt, about a third of which is tied to its struggling U.S. mobile carrier unit Sprint Corp.—--Alexander Martin in Tokyo and Matthias Verbergt in Stockholm contributed to this article.
Given how we're still quite far away from Apple's usual September affair, it's no surprise that the iPhone 7 rumors that keep piling up don't always stack up with one another, nor do they always make sense.Allegedly from an Italian accessory maker, the photos show the back case of the iPhone 7 bearing four speakers and a vertically stacked camera and flash arrangement.If four speakers sound familiar, that's because Apple's iPad Pro tablets have those as well.The iPad Pro's speakers adjust their volume depending on the orientation of the tablet.Presumably, the LED flash was moved in order to make space for the speakers, but it would still compete for space with the larger camera sensor.It could also mean that it would be competing for space with the battery, and iPhone owners might prefer a larger battery than four speakers.
System also came under hacking attacks just like everything else on the internet A report by the US State Department's Office of the Inspector General OIG has found presidential wannabe Hillary Clinton did breach record-keeping laws – by using a personal server for work emails.The 89-page dossier PDF found that three senior State Department figures had broken the rules by using personal email accounts for departmental business: Colin Powell, Hilary Clinton, and Scott Gration, the US ambassador to Kenya.General Powell, who was Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005, had a private line installed in his office and used a laptop to exchange emails with colleagues and department staff.When two staff members questioned the security of her email system they were told that the server had been reviewed and approved and that they should "never to speak of the Secretary's personal email system again."Her technical support advisor told operations staff "someone was trying to hack us and while they did not get in i didnt sic want to let them have the chance to."The OIG report isn't good news for Clinton's presidential campaign, since it contradicts several earlier statements made by the candidate and may have a bearing on whether or not criminal charges are brought.
I believe this has power to bring freedom to my country," said Jung Gwang-il, founder of the group No Chain, holding up a USB flash drive as he spoke at the Oslo Freedom Forum on 25 May Wednesday, according to CNN."A USB flash drive costs a month's wage for a North Korean worker, but despite high costs, the North Korean people desire outside info."Over 1,000 USB sticks delivered via droneDrones are being flown into North Korea bearing payloads of USB sticks and SD cards containing Western and South Korean TV shows, films and offline access to WikipediaAlthough the potential use of consumer unmanned aerial vehicles UAV has been repeatedly discussed amongst activists, this is the first time that a group has admitted using the technology.In February, HRF also launched a worldwide campaign together with Silicon Valley non-profit organisation Forum 280 called "Flash Drives for Freedom", asking netizens to donate as many working USB memory sticks as possible, and the campaign is still seeking more flash drives.The idea is to donate these memory sticks to North Korean refugee-led organisations, who will fill the drives with Western TV shows and films in order to dispel the lies and illusions the regime tells its people – such as claims that the West and South Korea are dangerous, hostile, poor and vastly inferior to North Korea.Of course, there is a risk of the drones being captured, but that risk is outweighed by the potential benefit of being able to get much more outside information into North Korea than ever before, and activists don't need to worry about having to bribe locals and soldiers on the border, or about risking capture from travelling to the territory.
With 93% of Americans admitting to eating pizza, pizza in itself as become its own food group.With the help of, NASA, an Austin, Texas-based company named BeeHex has introduced a third option: Print it.Whilst many would veer on the side of caution with regards to 3D printed food, it's worth bearing in mind that people were reluctant to use ovens upon their conception.A recent exhibition of the company's hardware at Internet of Things World in Santa Clara, California showed positive feedback in taste tests that used a vodka-sauce-based pizza recipe from Jordan French's family.It goes without saying that hygiene is of utmost importance to our food preparation.Perhaps the lower the food quality, the less focus there is on food hygiene.
With its top-of-the-line GeForce GTX 1080 now selling for £619, Nvidia has finally revealed the UK pricing for its lower-specification GTX 1070.Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070: pricing and release dateThe Founders Edition GTX 1070 will cost £399, £220 less than the GTX 1080 Founders Edition.It's worth bearing in mind that the Founders Edition will be a fair bit more expensive than the slightly less fancy-looking third-party cards.If the maths scales, that would place third-party GTX 1070s at around £340.You can currently buy previous-generation GTX 970s for around £250, by comparison.Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070: specs vs 1080 and 970Below you can see a feature comparison table for the GTX 1070, with the top-end GTX 1080 and last-generation GTX 970.
Dubbed the Owl VR Smartphone Kit , his low-tech, adjustable plastic gadget looks like a cross between a kiddie s shoe gauge and Google Cardboard.They didn t have TV or the internet or films; they had the stereoscope – and they experienced the world in a way that was totally new.I think we have gone wrong in Britain: we have the wrong kind of people governing us – people who have no concept that other people matter.I actually said this at a Starmus convention, and in the front couple of rows were about 10 astronauts.We destroy everything we touch.I hate the building that goes on senselessly to satisfy people s speculative desire to make money.
The ZenFone 3, in reality, could have been called the ZenFone 3 Lite but nominally ASUS is indeed calling it the flagship.The front cam is no underdog either with 8 megapixels and f/2.0 lens.• OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow ZenUI 3.0 • Size: 152.59 x 77.38 x 7.69 mm• Weight: 155g• Display: 5.5" 1080p SuperIPS LCD• Processor: Snapdragon 625• RAM: 3GB/4GB RAM• Internal Storage: 32GB/64GB• microSD card slot• Camera rear : 16MP ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 F2.0 with OIS, Laser autofocus Sony IMX298 • Camera front : 8MP F2.0 • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5GHz , Bluetooth v4.2 LE, NFC• Battery: 3,000 mAh• IP rating: -• Others: Fingerprint, USB 2.0 Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jackThe real flagship model is the ZenFone 3 Deluxe, at least if you put it side by side other early 2016 frontrunners.• OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow ZenUI 3.0 • Size: 156.4 x 77.4 x 4.2 7.5 mm• Weight: 170g• Display: 5.7" 1080p Super AMOLED• Processor: Snapdragon 820• RAM: 6GB RAM• Internal Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB UFS 2.0 • microSD card slot dual sim or 1 sim microSD • Camera rear : 23MP ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 F2.0 with OIS, Laser autofocus Sony IMX318 • Camera front : 8MP F2.0 • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac 2.4/5GHz , Bluetooth v4.2 LE, NFC• Battery: 3,000 mAh• IP rating: -• Others: Fingerprint, USB 2.0 Type-C, Quick Charge 3.0, 3.5mm headphone jackThe ZenFone 3 Ultra is a bit of an oddball.It makes up for it somewhat in audio, which can output Hi-Res Audio, marketed as 4x better than CD quality audio, provided compatible headphones are connected.• OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow ZenUI 3.0 • Size: 186.4 x 93.9 x 6.8 mm• Weight: 233g• Display: 6.8" 1080p IPS LCD• Processor: Snapdragon 652• RAM: 4GB RAM• Internal Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB• microSD card slot dual sim or 1 sim microSD • Camera rear : 23MP ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 F2.0 with OIS, Laser autofocus Sony IMX318 • Camera front : 8MP F2.0 • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5GHz , Bluetooth v4.2 LE, NFC• Battery: 4,100 mAh• IP rating: -• Others: Fingerprint, USB 2.0 Type-C, Quick Charge 3.0, 3.5mm headphone jackDespite the minor differences, the three are undoubtedly from the same family, sporting the same overall design and bearing some similar feature.
Here's hoping your Bank Holiday weekend went down with a bang, and to get you back into the swing of the working week, here's our Tuesday round-up of Dealzmodo daily deals.Top of today's pile is a handy device from Lumsing, currently on offer over on Amazon.It's a desktop device bearing 5 USB sockets for charging all those thirsty gadgets that we all now own, and it's had its price knocked from £29 down to £16.99.You'll notice one of the sockets is a little different: it's a Quick Charge 2.0 connection, which as the name suggests, charges compatible gadgets faster than standard – up to 75 per cent speedier!A list of devices that play nicely with QC 2.0 can be found on the Amazon listing page, where you can also nab this excellent deal.TV & videoGamingSaints Row IV Re-elected & Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell: On Xbox One now £12.91 at Amazon UKHeadphones & audioCameras & accessoriesComputingNetgear Nighthawk: AC1600 Dual Band 300 1300 Mbps Wireless Wi-Fi VDSL/ADSL Modem Router for Phone Line Connections now £89.99 at Amazon UK
Here's hoping your Bank Holiday weekend went down with a bang, and to get you back into the swing of the working week, here's our Tuesday round-up of Dealzmodo daily deals.Top of today's pile is a handy device from Lumsing, currently on offer over on Amazon.It's a desktop device bearing 5 USB sockets for charging all those thirsty gadgets that we all now own, and it's had its price knocked from £29 down to £16.99.You'll notice one of the sockets is a little different: it's a Quick Charge 2.0 connection, which as the name suggests, charges compatible gadgets faster than standard – up to 75 per cent speedier!A list of devices that play nicely with QC 2.0 can be found on the Amazon listing page, where you can also nab this excellent deal.TV & videoGamingSaints Row IV Re-elected & Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell: On Xbox One now £12.91 at Amazon UKHeadphones & audioCameras & accessoriesComputingNetgear Nighthawk: AC1600 Dual Band 300 1300 Mbps Wireless Wi-Fi VDSL/ADSL Modem Router for Phone Line Connections now £89.99 at Amazon UK
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