With all the talk about LG, HTC, and Sony’s phone businesses being in trouble, there is one brand that has seemingly been ignored.To be fair, BlackBerry has long surrendered its phone-making business to TCL but its name still used to ring in Android circles.The last news we heard from its wasn’t good, with BlackBerry Messenger announced to be going away.It won’t be alone, at least, as BlackBerry’s other Android apps are reportedly riding off into the sunset as well.BlackBerry may no longer be making phones but it has realigned its focus on its software products.Most if not all of these apps were designed with enterprise users and business settings in mind.
Daxue Consulting is a market research and management consulting firm focusing on the Chinese market.The retail world is evolving at a dizzying pace, and this transformation goes far beyond online shopping.The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced a “new retail” strategy—but what does new retail mean?For Ali founder Jack Ma, the future of retail is not about new retail channels, but about new experiences.However, for years, physical network and digital sales networks were managed separately by companies, each with its own databases, customer relationships, loyalty program and KPIs.The retail giant understands that the real challenge is to succeed in following customers through the multiplicity of contact points and devices.
This is an adapted translation of this article by Wang Xinxi, originally published by Sina Tech.This month, Amazon announced that it would soon shutter its Chinese ecommerce business.As Amazon closes down in China, however, it’s doubling down on India.India’s new ecommerce regulations apparently haven’t stopped Amazon’s recruitment drive there, and a report in India’s Navhind Times suggests that the American giant has been shifting its resources and focus towards India as it sees less hope of ever catching Chinese ecommerce giants Alibaba and JD domestically.Support quality journalism and content.This content is exclusive to subscribers.
JD.com to spend over $900m on Thai fruit amid Alibaba food fight – Nikkei Asian ReviewWhat happened: JD.com plans to bring RMB 6.5 billion (around $965.8 million) worth of fresh produce into China overt the next three years.In an agreement with Chinese supermarket chain Yonghui Superstores made earlier this month, the two companies will purchase fruit, mainly durian and mangosteen, worth RMB 5 billion from Thailand.JD.com also signed memos with several Thailand-based agricultural food suppliers to buy RMB 1.5 billion worth of fruit, including longan and coconuts, on its own.Why it’s important: Imported fresh food is becoming increasingly popular with Chinese consumers.Figures from China customs show that it is on the rise: in 2018, fruit imports rose 26% year on year to 4.85 million tons worth a total of $6.9 billion, reported Yicai (in Chinese).
Anki, a San Francisco-based startup known for robotic creations such as Vector, Cozmo, and AnkiDrive, is reportedly closing down.CEO Boris Sofman told the company’s 200 or so employees at the start of this week that the business will shutter on Wednesday, Recode said.Despite raising around $200 million in venture capital over its nine-year history, the company apparently has apparently run out of funds after a potential deal collapsed late in the day.In a statement to Recode, the company said it no longer had the funds to support “a hardware and software business, and bridge to our long-term product roadmap.”It added: “Despite our past successes, we pursued every financial avenue to fund our future product development and expand on our platforms.A significant financial deal at a late stage fell through with a strategic investor and we were not able to reach an agreement.
Tech leaders are singing a different tune than their lobbyists are, Facebook is set to make more promises at their annual developer's conference, and we're here to help you with your money.Here's the news you need to know in two minutes or less.How we spend money is changingThe future of money is here.From Venmo vernacular to card-less credit cards, how we pay for things (and what we pay for) is evolving every day.But let's be real: money management is hard enough in the present, let alone in the ever-shifting future.
Apple doesn't make it especially easy to convert tracks from your own iTunes music connection into ringtones, but you can do it for free using your computer and iTunes.You can tweak the start and stop time, save it as an AAC file, and change the file extension.If you'd rather hear a song when you have an incoming call, Apple would like you to pay a dollar or more per ringtone in the Tones store.But save your money; you can create your own ringtones using music you already own in your iTunes library.How to create a ringtone for your iPhone using iTunesThe below steps are specifically illustrated for iTunes on a PC, but you'll use essentially the same process on a Mac computer.
What started out as a contentious situation between Microsoft and VMware has blossomed into a friendly, formal partnership.The CEOs of the two long-time corporate rivals stood on stage with their mutual friend, Michael Dell, and announced a sweeping deal to bring VMware's software to Microsoft's cloud.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.On Monday, Dell CEO Michael Dell, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger took the stage together at Dell's customer conference in Las Vegas.That's software that lets devices securely run Windows apps from afar without installing Windows or the apps directly onto the a computer.The two also said they are looking into bringing VMware's computer networking software, NSX — which competes with similar products form Cisco — to Azure, but didn't make any kind of formal commitment on stage.
Sanguine Security forensic analyst Willem de Groot said he found suspicious code tucked away on Puma Australia's page containing a script that logged people's credit card numbers, names and addresses when they typed them in on the website.The code sent victims' data over to a server registered in Ukraine, de Groot said.Puma is the latest in a long line of businesses hit with credit card skimming malware connected to Magecart, a massive hacking operation targeting online shops.The skimming campaign is made up of multiple hacking groups that use the same malware and techniques, and goes after popular websites with vulnerabilities.Those victims include the Atlanta Hawks, British Airways, and NewEgg, among many other businesses targeted by Magecart over the past few years."The single largest problem with Magecart is that consumers have absolutely no way to know that they got skimmed until it's too late, and that merchants lack the tools to properly deal with this," de Groot said.
You can easily delete music from your iPhone without resorting to iTunes on your computerYou can delete albums and individual tracks from in the Music app using the three-dot menu or with a deep press on an iPhone 5S or later.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.If you need to free some space on your iPhone, deleting music is a good place to start — music and videos probably take up more space than almost anything else on your phone.Or, you might just be tired of a particular song, album, or artist and want to excise it from your phone.Either way, there are two easy ways to delete music from your iPhone.
A virtual reality game and its app predecessor, intended to help detect early signs of Alzheimer’s, have accrued over 1,700 years’ worth of data in the two years it’s been on the market, according to its developers, thanks to its millions of players.Sea Hero Quest was made by game studio Glitchers and Deutsche Telekom in partnership with University College London, the University of East Anglia, and Alzheimer’s Research UK.The game was designed to help early detection of Alzheimer’s in otherwise healthy individuals, and the VR version debuted on the market in 2017 — according to Glitchers, VR allows for the collection of more precise data.The game consists of a series of exploration puzzles, in which the player is given a map, then must navigate the world with the information they gleaned but not the map itself.As the description of the game on the Play Store states, “One of the first symptoms of dementia is loss of navigational skill.” The findings, published in the PNAS, say, “Spatial navigation is emerging as a critical factor in identifying preclinical Alzheimer’s disease.” Professor Michael Hornberger, the lead researcher, stresses how early one could catch these diseases simply by identifying how someone moves around a room.However, as they point out in the paper, it’s often difficult to study this early warning sign effectively.
Alphabet missed Wall Street estimates on revenue in its first quarter, while the EU's €1.5bn (£1.3bn) advertising fine weighed on profit.Revenue rose 16.7 per cent to $36.3bn for the first three months of 2019, its slowest pace in three years, missing analyst estimates of $37.3bn according to data from Refinitiv.The parent firm of Google reported net income of $6.7bn or $9.50 per share, down from $9.4bn or $13.33 per share in the same period a year earlier.The tech giant was fined by the European Commission in March for having placed anti-competitive advertising restrictions on websites using its Search tools.Excluding the fine, the firm earned $11.90 per share.Its shares fell more than seven per cent in after-hours trading, having closed up 1.5 per cent at a record high of $1,296.20 per share.
Best Buy is having a flash sale on MacBook Pros and if you’re in the market for a new laptop, you may want to check it out.The online retailer is offering deep discounts, including a $400 discount on a 13-inch MacBook Pro .In addition to a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD), this MacBook Pro also comes with an Intel 7th-Generation Core i5 processor, a Force Touch trackpad, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a Retina display.And according to Apple, you can get up to 10 hours of battery life.It is also worth noting that while other, later versions of the MacBook Pro have a Touch Bar, this model does not.If you don’t need a lot of storage, Best Buy’s flash sale has another deal that gets you a 128GB MacBook Pro at a $300 discount .
Polymers are usually the go-to material for thermal insulation.In experiments, they found the films, which are thinner than plastic wrap, conduct heat better than many metals, including steel and ceramic.The team's results, published in the journal Nature Communications, may spur the development of polymer insulators as lightweight, flexible, and corrosion-resistant alternatives to traditional metal heat conductors, for applications ranging from heat dissipating materials in laptops and cellphones, to cooling elements in cars and refrigerators."We think this result is a step to stimulate the field," says Gang Chen, the Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering at MIT, and a senior co-author on the paper.Chen's co-authors include lead author Yanfei Xu, along with Daniel Kraemer, Bai Song, Jiawei Zhou, James Loomis, Jianjian Wang, Migda Li, Hadi Ghasemi, Xiaopeng Huang, and Xiaobo Li from MIT, and Zhang Jiang of Argonne National Laboratory.In 2010, the team reported success in fabricating thin fibers of polyethylene that were 300 times more thermally conductive than normal polyethylene, and about as conductive as most metals.
JPMorgan Chase is trying to find new ways of reaching consumers as they tune out ads, its CMO Kristin Lemkau said.Lemkau is using what it knows about customers to create premium and personalized offers for them.With the rise of ad-blocking and cord-cutting, advertisers have to find new ways of reaching consumers.For JPMorgan Chase, that's meant trading traditional ads for experiences of real value like discounts or premium offers, its CMO Kristin Lemkau told Business Insider Alyson Shontell on a MediaLink panel kicking off the Digital Content NewFronts on Monday."They don't mind the ad, particularly if it doesn't feel like an ad."For example, the bank offers a $500 reward if new customers open an account with the bank, and it uses customers' data and spending habits to create personalized prompts.
Alphabet, the parent company of internet search giant Google, fell short of Wall Street's revenue targets for its first three months of the year.The stock is down over 5% in after hours trading on Monday.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Alphabet, the parent company of internet search giant Google, fell short of Wall Street's revenue targets for its first three months of the year, and the stock is down over 5% in after hours trading on Monday.Net Revenue (excluding TAC): $29.48 billion, up 18.6% year over year, but below the $30.06 billion that analysts expected.Q1 EPS (GAAP): $9.50, including impact of a $1.7 billion EU fine.
Scientists have re-created the head of an ancient dog using CT scans, a 3D-printed skull and forensic reconstruction usually reserved for humans.The Neolithic dog, thought to have lived 4,500 years ago, is estimated to originally have been the size of a large collie, according to Alison Sheridan, principal archaeological research curator in the Department of Scottish History and Archaeology at National Museums Scotland.However, the reconstructed model looks less like a collie and more like a Game of Thrones direwolf -- or in the real world, the European gray wolf.The original canine skull was discovered at a burial site in Cuween Hill in the Orkney islands off Scotland's northeastern coast.The reconstruction, commissioned by Historic Environment Scotland, revealed the furry face of the pooch.The skull, now in the collection of National Museums Scotland, was CT-scanned by the Diagnostic Imaging Service staff at Edinburgh University's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.
On Tuesday, Facebook will kick off F8, its annual developer conference.The company is expected to focus on its big plan to merge its messaging services: Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram.Whether the company talks about its more futuristic visions will be a gauge of whether or not it thinks it's managed to move past its scandals.CEO Mark Zuckerberg's key offensive in recent months is a nominal "pivot to privacy;" a plan to merge Facebook's disparate messaging services (Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram DMs) into one unified service, protected with end-to-end encryption.Read more: Mark Zuckerberg says his vision to divide Facebook's products in 2 could put its $56 billion business model at riskThere are still huge unanswered questions about how this plan will all work — Facebook says it's still early days, and a multi-year project — but we may finally get some more clarity at F8.
It can be sustainably produced by using solar energy to split water molecules.The resulting clean energy can be stored, used to fuel cars or converted into electricity on demand.Efficient solar hydrogen production requires rare and expensive materials - for both the solar cells and the catalyst - in order to collect energy and then convert it.They developed an enhanced photo-electrochemical system that, when used in conjunction with concentrated solar irradiation and smart thermal management, can turn solar power into hydrogen with a 17% conversion rate and unprecedented power and current density.What's more, their technology is stable and can handle the stochastic dynamics of daily solar irradiation.The results of their research have just been published in Nature Energy.