Amazon is continuing to define what consumers expect
More recent Amazon initiatives such as Prime Now and Flex Delivery aim to deliver orders to your doorstep in two hours or less. When Amazon (AMZN) began offering free two-day shipping to Prime members,that fast shipping time became the new expectation for many customers who were previously accustomed to waiting much longer for their packages. Now, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant issetting the bar even higher withinitiatives such asPrime Nowand Amazon Flex, which ship goods to you in two hours and in some cases promise one-hour delivery.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:32:30 -0400
India says no to most of Apple's demands
Apple is not getting any special treatment from the Indian government. Despite the companys imminent plans to begin manufacturing iPhones in the country, the Indian government remains committed to not folding to the Cupertino giants demands. SEE ALSO: Apple had its best year ever in world's fastest growing smartphone market When asked if the government has accepted the iPhone makers demands, commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman told Rajya Sabha (Council of States) that the ministry has said "no" to "most" of them. Apple has put up an "unprecedented" list of demands before the government. "Apple India has sought concessions, including duty exemptions on manufacturing and repair units, components, capital equipment including parts and consumables for smartphone manufacturing and service/repair for a period of 15 years," Sitharaman added. Apple sees big potential in India. The companys CEO paid his maiden visit to the nation last year and expressed desires to bolster the companys business in the country. Even though India remains one of the few places that has shown strong iPhone sales, there is no easy way for Apple to continue the momentum. For one, more than 50 percent of iPhones sold in the nation last year were iPhone 5s models. The four-year-old iPhone sells for under $300 in the country. Analysts say the company needs to lower the prices of the iPhone, which are higher in India due to domestic import laws. Apple's solution of sorts was to try to convince the Indian government to permit sales of refurbished iPhones a proposal India was quick to discard. Now Apples biggest bet at making iPhones affordable (and possibly to get India to say yes to refurbished iPhones) is if it could start manufacturing locally. The Indian government offers various benefits to overseas companies to setup manufacturing plants in India as such efforts help in creation of new jobs and foster the development of cities and states.
Mashable was first to report about Apples plans to manufacture iPhone SE in India starting as early as April. It appears Apple will have to make do with the same usual incentives that other international brands get. WATCH: You can now take selfies... with your feet?
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:50:31 -0400
Youre not as secure online as you might think
The problem with our grasp of cybersecurity isnt so much that we remain dangerously illiterate its that we think we know what were doing anyway. The Pew Research Center was a little more diplomatic than that though in characterizing the findings of a new survey of Americans understanding of online security. Many Americans are unclear about some key cybersecurity topics, terms and concepts, wrote Kenneth Olmstead and Aaron Smith in their introduction to What the Public Knows About Cybersecurity.But its that thinking that probably leads manyinternet users to make choices that they think make them more secure, but, in reality, leave them as exposed as ever.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:55:07 -0400
LinkedIn is a getting a Facebook-like feature
LinkedIn has announced Trending Storylines, a new section for web and mobile that shows news and content it thinks youll find relevant and interesting. In some ways, it's more useful than Facebook's newsfeed.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:59:35 -0400
You can now search for a doctor using emoji, because 2017 is sorrow
Feeling heartburn? Just type . Zocdoc, an online service that helps you find doctors and schedule appointments, has revamped its search to be more user-friendly. It's calling the initiative "patient-powered search," and it's all about finding ways to help those in need speak naturally, according to the company's blog post. SEE ALSO: Google's new messaging app translates your voice into emoji The revamp aims to address the "disconnect between medical speak and patients' own colloquial languagethink 'gyno' not 'obstetrician-gynecologist.'" This also means you can search for doctors with emoji. There's for allergies, for heartburn and for travel medicine. You can even use the emoji to find and book with a gastroenterologist. "We see it more as a fun addition to the experience, rather than a core feature of the product" a representative from Zocdoc said via email. Is this really necessary, though? The emojification of apps of every kind is far from new, and it's getting a bit ridiculous. While it's important especially in areas like health care to make experiences as user friendly as possible, we don't need Zocdoc to behave like our actual friends do. Forcing emoji into apps results in combinations like for dermatologist and for primary care physicianat which point, they're not even useful. Sorry Zocdoc, we give this one a . WATCH: Indulge your fear of heights with China's latest glass bridge
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:00:31 -0400
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