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The Dollar Store Backlash Has Begun

The U.S. has added 10,000 of these budget retail outlets since 2001. But some towns and cities are trying to push back. From a report: A recent research brief [PDF] by the Institute of Local Self Reliance (ILSR), a nonprofit supporting local economies, sheds light on the massive growth of this budget enterprise. Since 2001, outlets of Dollar General and Dollar Tree (which bought Family Dollar in 2015) have grown from 20,000 to 30,000 in number. Though these "small-box" retailers carry only a lim...
Tags: Tech, Walmart, Mcdonalds, Institute of Local Self Reliance ILSR, Jerry Shannon, University of Georgia CityLab


Xiaomi Mi A1 Android 9.0 Pie stable update starts rolling out, brings Dual 4G VoLTE, FM Radio and more [Download Link]

Update - December 25,2018: Xiaomi has started rolling out Mi A1 Android 9.0 (Pie) stable update for more users widely, including users in India. It has build number PKQ1.180917.001.V10.0.3.0.PDHMIFK, compared to v10.0.2.0 that rolled out earlier this month and is 1069.1MB in size, slightly smaller than the 1074.9MB. It brings December Android security patch. If you haven't received the update, you can download it from here (or here) and flash it manually. If you have already reveived or flashe...
Tags: Android, News, India, Blogging, Netherlands, Xiaomi, Airtel, Jio, Xiaomi Mi A1, Xiaomi Mi A1 Android Pie, PDHMIFK


Xiaomi Redmi 5 Android 8.1 Oreo Stable update with Dual 4G VoLTE starts rolling out [Download Link]

Xiaomi India launched the Redmi 5 running MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1 Nougat back in March. Last month it was updated to MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM which was based on Android 7.1 (Nougat) only but the company started rolling out Android 8.1 (Oreo) based  MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM towards the end of last month. Now, Xiaomi has started rolling out Android 8.1 (Oreo) based MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM for the smartphone. [gallery size="full" ids="271516,271518,271517"] The new Android Oreo-based upda...
Tags: Android, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, Xiaomi India, Redmi, Xiaomi Redmi, MIUI, Global Beta, Redmi 5 Android Oreo, Xiaomi Redmi 5 Android Oreo, Global Stable ROM, Redmi 5 Android 8.1, Xiaomi Redmi 5 Android 8.1, ODAMIFI, Mi Community Xiaomi


The Role of Customer Service Agents in a Chatbot Dominated World

The Role of Customer Service Agents in a Chatbot Dominated World The emergence of AI and other new technologies is making the world more automated, and customer service is no exception. Gartner, a prominent IT research company, predicts that by the year 2020, chatbots will manage 85% of customer service relationships. With chatbots seemingly taking over customer service, will customer service agents still be needed, and if so, how will they fit into this chatbot-dominated world?   Companies are ...
Tags: Technology, Sales, Customer Service, Customers, Gartner, Customer Service Agents, Chatbot Dominated World


Salesforce keeps rolling with another banner year in 2018

The good times kept on rolling this year for Salesforce with all of the requisite ingredients of a highly successful cloud company — the steady revenue growth, the expanding product set and the splashy acquisitions. The company also opened the doors of its shiny new headquarters, Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, a testament to its sheer economic power in the city. Salesforce, which set a revenue goal of $10 billion a few years ago is already on its way to $20 billion. Yet Salesforce is also...
Tags: Google, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, San Francisco, Tech, CBP, Salesforce, Jack Dorsey, Sap, Marc Benioff, U S Customs, Swisher, Mulesoft, Border Protection CBP


Ride Sharing Service Grab is Messing up the World's Largest Mapping Community's Data in Southeast Asia (slashdot)

Remote teams incorrectly overwrote data developed by volunteer mappers in Thailand. TechCrunch reports: Grab, Southeast Asia's top ride-hailing company, has hit a roadblock in its efforts to improve its mapping and routing service after running into trouble with OpenStreetMap, the world's largest collaborative mapping community, through a series of blundering edits in Thailand. Grab, which gobbled up Uber's local business in exchange for an equity swap earlier this year, has busily added details...
Tags: Google, News, Southeast Asia, India, Thailand, Bangkok, OSM, Grab, Msmash, GlobalLogic, Thailand Southeast Asia, OpenStreetMap OSM


Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 vs. MacBook Pro 15: Can Apple be toppled?

We pit the Asus ZenBook 15 with its tiny bezels and diminutive chassis against Apple's flagship, the MacBook Pro 15. Which of these two premium notebooks has the upper hand? The post Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 vs. MacBook Pro 15: Can Apple be toppled? appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Asus, Trends, Computing, Notebooks, MacBook Pro 15, ZenBook 15


Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 vs. Apple MacBook Pro 15

We pit the Asus ZenBook 15 with its tiny bezels and diminutive chassis against Apple's flagship, the MacBook Pro 15. Which of these two premium notebooks has the upper hand? The post Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 vs. Apple MacBook Pro 15 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Asus, Trends, Computing, Notebooks, MacBook Pro 15, ZenBook 15


Using Data To Determine if 'Die Hard' is a Christmas Movie

Stephen Follows, a writer and producer who also researches data and statistics on the film industry, writes: Today we're going to use data to answer the question "Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?" Along the way, we're going to test Die Hard's Christmas bona fides against all movies in US cinemas for the past thirty years, using a variety of methods. I have put details of my sources and methodology at the end of the article. The short story is that unless I say otherwise, the data for 'all movies' ...
Tags: US, Tech, Santa, Jingle Bells, John McClane, Stephen Follows, Hollis Winter Wonderland


My product launch wishlist for Instagram, Twitter, Uber and more

‘Twas the night before Xmas, and all through the house, not a feature was stirring from the designer’s mouse . . . Not Twitter! Not Uber, Not Apple or Pinterest! On Facebook! On Snapchat! On Lyft or on Insta! . . . From the sidelines I ask you to flex your code’s might. Happy Xmas to all if you make these apps right. Instagram See More Like This – A button on feed posts that when tapped inserts a burst of similar posts before the timeline continues. Want to see more fashion, sunsets, selfie...
Tags: Ios, Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Apps, Twitter, Spotify, Pinterest, Instagram, Opinion, Tech, Snapchat


Why One Tiny Island is Still a Domain Name Giant

The small Pacific island Tokelau is still the most populated country-level domain in the world, outnumbering the 20.8 million domains that use China's .cn. From a report: UK registry for .uk domains has published its latest topsy-turvy map of the world, with land mass weighted according to the number of registered country-level domains. As it was two years ago, Tokelau remains the world's 'largest' country, thanks to its free registration policy; the number of .tk domains reaching nine million i...
Tags: UK, China, Tech, Pacific, Tokelau, Tiny Island


A long-time investor shares his 3 picks for tech stocks to bet on in these tough times for the market (AMZN, MSFT, CRM, WDAY)

The stock markets have tanked lately, and tech stocks have been hit particularly hard. Not long ago, betting on the biggest tech companies was a winning strategy, but no more. Going into next year, investors are going to have to be more selective about their tech bets, said Dan Morgan, a longtime tech backer. Morgan's advice: Bet on the cloud. With the markets in turmoil, shedding loads of value seemingly by the day across the board, it's no longer a sure thing to bet on the tech sector or ev...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Netflix, Donald Trump, Oracle, US defense department, Amazon Web Services, ADP, Marc Benioff, Morgan, Jedi


50 Years Ago Today, Apollo 8 Changed Humanity's Vision of Earth Forever

No one told them to look for the Earth. It was Christmas Eve 1968 and the first manned mission to the moon had reached its destination. As Apollo 8 slipped into lunar orbit the crew prepared to read passages of Genesis for a TV broadcast to the world. But as the command module came around on its fourth lap, there it was visible through the window -- a bright blue and white bauble suspended in the black above the relentless grey of the moon. The Guardian: Before that moment 50 years ago, no one h...
Tags: Florida, Tech, Nasa, Moon, Hasselblad, Anders, James Lovell, Kennedy Space Centre, Bill Anders, Anders Frank Borman, Pacific Earthrise, Time and Life


Domain Registrar Can be Held Liable for Pirate Site, Court Rules

The Higher Regional Court of Saarbrucken (a city in Germany) concluded Key-Systems, a German-based registrar, can be held secondarily liable for the infringing actions of a customer if it fails to take action if rightsholders point out "obvious" copyright infringing activity online. From a report: This means that, if a site owner is unresponsive to takedown requests, Key-Systems and other registrars can be required to take a domain name offline, even when the infringing activity is limited to a ...
Tags: Germany, Tech, Saarbrücken, BVMI, Rene Houareau BVMI


Google's 'Duplex' Could Be Your New Personal Assistant

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to technology and science writer Annalee Newitz about Google's "Duplex" — an app that acts as your personal assistant.
Tags: Google, News, Npr, Annalee Newitz, Ailsa Chang


6 Ways To Leverage Social Media And Grow Your Business

Whether you’re a small town shop owner or a huge online eCommerce platform, social media plays a huge role in keeping your business relevant in today’s digital age. Social media is one of the most powerful means of engaging potential clients and to increase your brand awareness. If you don’t have a marketing strategy in place for social media, then you are losing out on a huge customer base. For those who do have a social media presence, the question then becomes: How do you leverage social med...
Tags: Google, Business, Microsoft, Nelson, Twitter and Instagram, Larry Hryb, Social Media Networking SMM, Social Media Advice, Desi Perkins, Tweeting Customer Service, Adobe Customer Care Source


OS by Google: Fossil Gen 4 Venture HR Smartwatch in beautiful Rose Gold

Disclaimer: All posts must include the following disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product. If you are looking for a beautiful smartwatch, then look no further than the OS [.]. OS by Google: Fossil Gen 4 Venture HR Smartwatch in beautiful Rose Gold first appeared on BargainBriana.Brought to you by: Frugal Focus
Tags: Google, Frugality


3 Key Metrics Boost Sales From Online Customer Reviews

With 85% of consumers saying they trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, online customer reviews on major sites like Google, Yelp and Facebook have tremendous potential to drive sales for local businesses. In fact, study after study shows local business star ratings have a huge, measurable impact on sales. Cornell University found that hotels could increase total revenue by 11.2% simply by gaining 1 extra star in their Travelocity reviews from 3.3 to 4.3 stars. And UC Berkeley...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, Sales, Customer Service, UC Berkeley, Online Reviews, Cornell University, Travelocity, Customer Reviews, OUTA


A longtime investor shares his 3 picks for tech stocks to bet on in these tough times for the market (AMZN, MSFT, CRM, WDAY)

The stock markets have tanked lately, and tech stocks have been hit particularly hard. Not long ago, betting on the biggest tech companies was a winning strategy, but no more. Going into next year, investors are going to have to be more selective about their tech bets, said Dan Morgan, a longtime tech backer. Morgan's advice: Bet on the cloud. With the markets in turmoil, shedding loads of value seemingly by the day across the board, it's no longer a sure thing to bet on the tech sector or ev...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Netflix, Donald Trump, Oracle, US defense department, Amazon Web Services, ADP, Marc Benioff, Morgan, Jedi


Silicon Valley’s year of reckoning

Tech companies have always branded themselves as the good guys. But 2018 was the year that the long-held belief that Silicon Valley is on the right side of progress and all things good was called into question by a critical mass. As startups grow bigger and richer, amassing more power and influence outside of the Valley, a reckoning has played out in government and business. Mission statements like “connecting the world” and “don’t be evil” no longer hold water. A look at a few of this year’s mo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Congress, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Softbank, America, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Chicago


10 great minds we lost in 2018

We lost a great deal of internet pioneers and geniuses of physics in 2018. Creations of fiber optic cables, men on the moon and the unsung heroes of the life sciences made their mark on the scientific enterprise. The loss of men like Stephen Hawking leaves a hole in the sciences, but his work and many others will continue to inspire the generations to come. Death is an inevitability every passing year. As time marches on to the eternal beyond, we look to some of the great minds we lost in 2...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Business, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Computers, New York Times, Innovation, Stephen Hawking, Heart, Albert Einstein, Invention, Cheney, Neil Armstrong, Francis Crick


UAS in the USA: A History of Drone Regulations

Recently, a drone operator near London’s Gatwick airport caused chaos by flying in the vicinity of airline traffic. The result was a 32-hour suspension of flights with diversions for airplanes already airborne and a flurry of media coverage. The public was left wondering how a drone pilot could operate near a major airport, and if something similar could happen here in the United States. The story of drones, or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is that of a rapidly expanding technology, the necessar...
Tags: Usa, London, Education, New York City, Spotlight, Drone, Quadcopter, United States, Drones, Editorials, Gatwick, San Diego, Aviation, Faa, Columnists, Federal Aviation Administration


Four ways to bridge the widening valley of death for startups

Shahin Farshchi Contributor Shahin Farshchi is a partner at Lux Capital. More posts by this contributor Building a great startup requires more than genius and a great invention Investing in frontier technology is (and isn’t) cleantech all over again Many founders believe in the myth that the first steps of starting a business are the hardest: Attracting the first investment, the first hires, proving the technology , launching ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Business, Entrepreneurship, Softbank, Tech, Economy, Getty Images, TNT, Advisors, Startup Company, Corolla, Shahin Farshchi, Lux Capital More, Start-Up Chile


Google in 2018: The good, the bad, and the ugly (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google launched a ton of exciting new technologies this year. The company was also the center of several different controversies in 2018. With 2019 right around the corner, we looked back at the highlights — and the lowlights — from another full year of Google. SEE ALSO: Apple's price hikes went way too far in 2018 DON'T MISS: These were the top YouTube videos of 2018, according to Google Google introduced a ton of new hardware in 2018. Google unveiled a $130 gadget called Google Home Hu...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Google Google, Google Home Hub, Pixel Slate, Pixel Slate Keyboard, Google s Home Hub Google


In Rwanda, zippy drones deliver quick fix, but gloss over deeper needs

New technologies, like medical delivery drones, can offer quick solutions to urgent problems. But lost in the excitement are the infrastructure woes that make such deliveries useful in the first place.
Tags: Tech, Rwanda


Australia made third highest number of requests for Apple data in the world

In the first half of 2018 Australian authorities made 2,375 requests, more than China, Singapore or the UKApple received 2,357 “device requests” from the Australian government and law enforcement in the first half of 2018, the third-highest rate of requests in the world.The tech company published its twice-yearly transparency report on Friday, which reveals how many times governments asked Apple for data and information about iPhone, iPads, computers and Apple accounts. Continue reading...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Technology, Australia, Australia news, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Telecoms, Data Protection, China Singapore


Stock markets suffer their worst Christmas Eve trading day

Twas the last trading day before Christmas, and on the trading floor Most stocks were falling, and then falling some more; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin all the banks had called, In hopes that full coffers were still in their vaults; Bruising #stock selloff continues, as Treasury sec #Mnuchin tries to calm jittery #markets https://t.co/Ejcurl74nV via @WSJ — Cameron McWhirter (@cammcwhirter) December 24, 2018 The analysts were shaken by news of the call; which initially caused the stoc...
Tags: TC, Finance, Christmas, Tech, Economy, United States, President, Flash, Treasury, Bank, Financial Services, Stock Market, Paul Krugman, Chairman, Trump, Fed


Facebook. Sigh.

I’d rather like to inveigh against Facebook right now as it would be convenient, given that ever since I raised money for my school from the company, it keeps sinking deeper in a tub of hot, boiling bile in every media story and political pronouncement about its screwups. Last week’s New York Times story about Facebook sharing data with other companies seemed to present a nice opportunity to thus bolster my bona fides. But then not so much. The most appalling revelation in The Times story was t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Spotify, Publishing, London, Obama, Congress, Russia, Uncategorized, Journalism, Dave, Netflix, New York Times, Oxford, Silicon Valley, Times


The Top Free Online University Courses of 2018, Ranked by Popularity

Free online courses -- also called Massive Open Online Courses -- have quite a year. An anonymous reader shares a blog post: It's been seven years since these courses rose to prominence, when a few Stanford professors decided to offer their courses online free. Since then over over 900 universities have launched over 11,000 courses. And in its seven years these Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) have achieved new milestone: 100 million plus learners. [...] At the end of every year, I do an exte...
Tags: Stanford, Tech, Mooc, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Harvard University Read, Stanford University The Science of Well Being


Let Amazon Save You Money By Cutting the Cord

This post was sponsored by Amazon as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. One thing that I love to do when I’m not working is watch TV. Besides some documentaries and a couple of series of TV, you’ll catch me in front of any sports channel. You can say that I’m obsessed with sports and I’ll probably agree with you. Despite my love of sports, I’ll go without it because my refusal to pay unreasonable prices that come w...
Tags: Amazon, Money Matters, Technology, Featured, Product Reviews, Jazz, Alexa, Netflix Hulu, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Amazon Fire TV Recast Fire TV Stick, Ultra Thin Indoor TV Antenna, ABC CBS NBC PBS Fox



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