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For the third edition of the “Small & Medium Business Trends Report,” we analyzed responses from 2,000+ small and medium business (SMB) owners and leaders to determine:SMB leaders’ motivations, challenges, and goalsHow demographics shape the SMB experienceThe role of technology in satisfying customer expectationsThe survey was conducted online by the Harris Poll on behalf of Salesforce, between February 11 and March 7, 2019, among 2,011 SMB owners and leaders in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.Respondents were 18 years of age or older, and their businesses had between 2–200 employees.
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This is an excerpt from a story delivered exclusively to Business Insider Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers.Google's smart speaker ecosystem just got bigger and more diverse with two new announcements involving third-party manufacturers.Here's how device-manufacturing partners are embracing Google's smart home tools:Google Assistant is now available on select Bose and Sonos smart speakers.Previously, both companies' smart speakers only supported Amazon's Alexa.Bose's integration of Google Assistant follows a similar announcement by Sonos last week that it too would integrate the voice assistant into its lineup of smart speakers.Sonos' and Bose's smart speakers expand the range of devices available in Google's smart home ecosystem to include devices with first-rate audio quality and higher price points, which gives consumers more options that suit their preferences — Google's flagship Google Home smart speaker sells for $99, Sonos speakers start at $199, and Bose at $399.
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File this one under "I can't believe nobody did this sooner": there's an Uber submarine, and it's called ScUber.The sub has been launched by ride-sharing company Uber and Australian tourist group Tourism Queensland.For the next few weeks, it'll take two intrepid passengers 30m underwater to explore the Great Barrier Reef, for just AU$1,500 (roughly $1,000 or £815).And of course, you book it through the app just like a regular taxi.Let's dive in for a closer look:Australia's oceans have suffered environmental damage in recent years, but technology is helping to repair and rejuvenate the Great Barrier Reef.
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Following the same formula it has used in the past, Apple has registered a large collection of new iPhones with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) in advance of official releases later this year.Assuming the collection of 11 devices follows precedent, we’ll see three new iPhone models divided into multiple variations, all debuting simultaneously this fall.Spotted by Indian blog MySmartPrice, this year’s collection includes model numbers A2111, A2160, A2161, A2215, A2216, A2217, A2218, A2219, A2220, A2221, and A2223, all listed as Apple smartphones running iOS 12, with registration dates of April 30, 2019.This parallels last year’s filing on April 10, which included 11 Apple smartphones running iOS 11.There was speculation that the timing and older iOS version might signal the release of a new iPhone SE2, but that didn’t happen.Instead, the 11 listed models wound up divided amongst the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, each offered in separate versions for the United States and Canada, Europe and Asia, and Japan and China.
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5G has been talked about for years, but the super-fast mobile technology has only just begun to get into people's hands.That's poised to change this year as carriers start to roll out mobile and home-based 5G in select cities around the country.So far 5G availability has been limited, it hasn't performed as fast as expected, and it remains to be seen if carriers will be able to deliver on the hype.We've rounded up all our 5G coverage to get you up to speed.You can read most of these stories all by subscribing to BI Prime.Here is a list of recent stories, organized by subject:
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Today, British audio company RHA announced a new(ish) pair of earbuds dubbed the MA650i.If that name sounds familiar, it’s because the company has had some decent success with both wired and wireless versions in the past.Now, RHA has released a model that ends in a Lightning connector in the hopes of providing a well-built alternative to the ‘buds that comes in the box of most iOS devices.They feature the same attention to detail and build quality that you’ll find in the MA650 that Lily Katz reviewed a while back, except now you won’t need a dongle in order to plug into iOS devices.The earbuds have an aluminum housing that, when paired with the included Comply memory foam ear tips, can work wonders with noise isolation if you plan to use these on your morning commute or around the office.Along with switching between tracks, you’ll be able to quickly and seamlessly access “Hey Siri” thanks to the three-button mic and remote.
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Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, one of the world’s premier streamers and esports pros, has filed a lawsuit against esports organization Faze Clan over a ‘grossly oppressive, onerous and one-sided’ contract, according to THR.The complaint alleges that Faze Clan’s Gamer Agreement relegates up to 80 percent of the streamer’s earnings from branded content (sponsored videos) to Faze Clan, and that the contract hinders Tfue from pursuing and earning money from sponsorship deals that Faze Clan hasn’t approved.Tfue’s lawyer, Bryan Freedman of Freedman + Taitelman, took the complaint to the California Labor Commissioner with issues that span far beyond financial contracts.Freedman wrote that Faze Clan takes advantage of young artists and actually jeopardizes their health and safety, noting an incident where Tfue was allegedly pressured to skateboard in a video and injured his arm.Freedman also wrote that Faze Clan pressured Tfue to live in one of its homes where he was given alcohol before being 21 years old and encouraged to illegally gamble.In one instance, Tenney suffered an injury (a deep wound that likely required stitches) which resulted in permanent disfigurement.
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Masters of both front- and back-end development, full-stack engineers are some of the most sought-after professionals in the tech sector and receive handsome salaries to boot.If you want that kind of demand and compensation coming your way, then you better start with the Beginner’s Full-Stack Engineer Certification Bundle.It’s on sale right now at over 80 percent off, just $24.99, from TNW Deals.The package include nine separate courses, each covering a corner of the full development process.From servers and databases to user interface and design aesthetics, these courses explore the steps and tools needed to complete every stage of a project’s lifecycle.The Complete Responsive Web Design Course (a $50 value)
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NASA continues its push for a return trip to the moon: On Thursday, it said it has selected almost a dozen aerospace companies to help it get closer to a new lunar lander.The space agency revealed the names of 11 companies that will begin studies or production of human lander prototypes for its Artemis lunar exploration program.Making the list are Elon Musk's SpaceX, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, Boeing and Lockheed Martin."To accelerate our return to the Moon, we are challenging our traditional ways of doing business," Marshall Smith, director for human lunar exploration programs at NASA Headquarters, said in a press release."We will streamline everything from procurement to partnerships to hardware development and even operations."On Monday, NASA announced the Artemis name for the lunar missions, which it expects will put humans -- including the first woman -- on the moon by 2024 and will have sustainable missions by 2028.
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You're now one step closer to hailing a ride in a flying taxi.German startup Lilium has carried out a series of successful test flights, putting its automated, all-electric aircraft through its aerial paces.So far the full-sized vehicle has only been shown taking off vertically, hovering and then landing, but Lilium hopes that eventually it will be able to whisk passengers to their destinations at up to 186mph, with a range of 186 miles on a single charge.The craft takes off in a similar way to a helicopter, but it works very differently, with 36 engines built into four tilting wings, giving it a weirdly serrated appearance when seen from above.It's also much quieter than a chopper, thanks to a ducted engine design that dissipates noise and minimizes vibration.No shouting to be heard over noisy rotors while you're soaring from point A to point B.
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Google has just ripped the beta label off Rivet, its free mobile app designed to help young children learn to read.Designed by the company’s Area 120 incubator for employees’ big ideas, Rivet comes with more than 2,000 books for children, categorized by topic and reading level.It also listens to kids read, and assists with pronunciation when necessary.When Rivet’s Android app hears your child read aloud, it encourages them with subtle visual cues; if they mispronounce a word, a button pops up, prompting them to hear the word pronounced correctly and to try again.When they’re ready, they can proceed to read the rest of the page.That’s a smart idea, and from my brief tests with a handful of supported books, I found it to work surprisingly well.
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Unfortunately, OnePlus didn’t follow Google in returning the headphone jack.Instead, it rolled out the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 earbuds.These are a huge improvement over the first-gen Bullets Wireless.Sound quality is phenomenal thanks to the updated drivers and aptX HD support.Let’s find out if the price hike is justified in our OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 review.This altered design makes room for the three-unit driver arrangement, which divvies up frequency reproduction between the three components.
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Starbucks’ China rival Luckin seeks to raise up to $586.5 million in IPO – ReutersWhat happened: Chinese coffee chain Luckin is planning to raise up to $586.5 million in its US IPO according to its latest filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday.The company expects to offer 34.5 million shares priced between $15 and $17 apiece, giving it a valuation of between $3.48 billion and $3.95 billion.It had set a placeholder amount of $100 million in a filing submitted last month.Why it’s important: Luckin Coffee is touted as a Starbucks competitor, but its business model differs from the coffee giant in many aspects, from user acquisition to marketing strategies.Adopting a growth path similar to many of China’s internet startups, Luckin’s strategy is to expand at a blinding pace, powered by a highly subsidized marketing model and a tech-forward purchasing experience.
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The Huawei furore has taken another twist after the Chinese ambassador to the UK weighed in on the matter.He urged the UK to ‘make decisions independently‘ and avoid any ‘discriminatory measures’ against firms involved in building 5G networks.An internal investigation is reportedly underway in the heart of the British government, after a decision last week by the secretive National Security Council about Huawei’s 5G participation was leaked to a newspaper.The Daily Telegraph had reported that the UK’s National Security Council (NSC) had agreed on Tuesday to allow Huawei limited access to help build parts of the network such as antennas and other “non-core” infrastructure.But Huawei is to banned from the “core” parts of the network.And that now seems a very real possibility, after the BBC last week reported that the culture secretary, Jeremy Wright, as telling MPs that it is possible there could be a criminal investigation of the leak.
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There are a couple of reasons why Google Assistant is not working on your Android device.Fortunately, most of the problems are minor and can be fixed within a few minutes without any technical knowledge whatsoever.To get Assistant back up and running, just follow the steps below.Editor’s note: is your problem related to Google Home, and not an Android device?I’m sure you all know how to reboot your Android device, but I’ll go through the process anyway just in case.All you have to do is press and hold the power button on your device for a second or two, after which a few options will show up on your screen.
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Facebook has posted robust quarterly results, but its profits have halved after the social network set aside billions for looming regulatory penalities.The number of the monthly and daily users of the main Facebook app rose 8 percent compared to last year, and advertising revenues rose a healthy 26 percent, despite the controversies at the firm which last year Facebook admitted that had caused some “pausing” of advertising spending.Earlier this month it admitted that it had “unintentionally uploaded” email contacts of 1.5 million new users since May 2016, without their knowledge or consent.The firm is also in hot water over the Cambridge Analytica scandal from 2018.The firm for example had to react quickly recently when it was discovered that public databases contained data on 540 million of its users were being held on an Amazon cloud server.And then last month Facebook admitted that “hundreds of millions” of passwords were stored on its internal server in plaintext, unprotected by any form of encryption whatsoever.
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And with the expansion comes the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.On Thursday, the largest wireless carrier in the US said that it will begin taking pre-orders for Samsung's first 5G phone, with pricing starting at $1,300 for the 256GB S10 5G.A 512GB option will also be available for $1,400 and both phones will come in either a "crown silver" or a Verizon-exclusive "majestic black."As was previously revealed by noted leaker Evan Blass the phone will be available on May 16.Announced alongside the 4G LTE Galaxy S10s in February, the S10 5G will start as a Verizon exclusive before heading to the other major US carriers later in the second quarter.The Galaxy S10 5G is Verizon's second 5G phone, following last year's Moto Z3, which gained 5G capabilities through a "Moto Mod" accessory earlier this month.
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Amazon customers can now return unwanted products at any Kohl’s store across the US.This is an expansion of the deal Amazon formed with the retailer a couple years ago, making it more convenient than ever to return items.The return service will be free — users won’t even have to package their items — and it’ll go live everywhere starting in July.Unlike Amazon, Kohl’s has hundreds of stores across the United States, making it an excellent partner for the Internet giant, which previously formed a deal to sell its hardware products through the retail stores.In 2017, Amazon and Kohl’s kicked off a pilot program that allowed Amazon customers to return products via select stores in LA, Milwaukee, and Chicago.In an announcement on Tuesday, Kohl’s revealed that it will expand the Amazon returns program to all of its 1,150+ stores, which are spread across 48 states.
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