Amazon reverts non-Prime free shipping minimum to 2013 levels
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From $49 back down to $35


On two separate occasions, the world’s largest internet retail warehouse has raised the minimum price of shipping on all non-Prime purchases in order to compensate for other retailers raising their minimums to quality for free shipping.

Verizon reduces Yahoo acquisition price by $350 million
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Yahoo agrees to pay half of all costs for non-SEC investigations


When Verizon announced that it wanted to buy Yahoo back in July 2016 for a large price of $4.83 billion, no one expected the delays that would result from the latter’s two undisclosed data breaches and consumer backlash for building tools that help the government spy on civilian emails.

Silicon wafer prices will rise this year due to demand increase
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After reaching 11 year low per square-inch


Prices of semiconductor-grade silicon wafers are expected to rise this year thanks to a ramp-up of demand coming from China-based foundries, according to Doris Hsu, chairman and CEO of GlobalWafers.

Wiston chairman says notebook industry facing a crisis
Published in Notebooks


Market stagnation from an industry led only by Microsoft and Intel


While most notebook brand vendors expect the notebook industry to grow steadily in 2017 as a result of increases in shipments, at least one ODM vendor is claiming that the proliferation of more feature-rich smartphones, tablets and other handheld devices is still a good reason to consider otherwise.

Amazon's tablet shipments grew 99.4 percent in 2016
Published in Mobiles


Shipments double to 11 million units


While research groups like IDC and Gartner have shown an overall 15.6 decrease in worldwide tablet shipments in 2016, the market has not gone entirely belly-up, as Amazon continues to pull ahead with a phenomenal 99.4 percent increase in annual tablet growth during the same period.

Samsung to release dedicated controller for GearVR headsets
Published in Wearables


Shipping with upcoming Galaxy S8-compatible GearVR headset

Samsung’s first handheld controller for the GearVR mobile headset has just made its way through the FCC, and several outlets now expect the controller to end up being announced by the end of the quarter.

FCC man wants carriers to activate FM radios in US smartphones
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Allows reception of emergency broadcasts in spotty coverage areas


Most smartphones sold in the United States contain a built-in FM receiver inside of their SoCs and LTE modems, but unlike their counterpart models sold in developing countries, most of them remain disabled or inactive.

SoftBank ready to sell Sprint to T-Mobile
Published in Mobiles
Saturday, 18 February 2017 08:12

SoftBank ready to sell Sprint to T-Mobile


For US market share


Last Friday, an exclusive report  from Reuters  noted that the SoftBank Group in Japan is financially prepared to give up control of recently acquired Sprint and hand over the keys to Deutsche Telekom AG’s brand in America, also known as T-Mobile USA.

Foxconn's January revenues slowly regaining momentum
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Experiencing relatively quiet off-season period after holidays


Foxconn Electronics is slowly regaining revenue momentum in January after posting its first-ever annual sales decline over the course of 2016 due to mild demand from major client Apple, its first ever since going public 25 years ago.

White House use of end-to-end encrypted apps avoids federal law
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Secure communications without paper trails prevent historical preservation


In the four weeks since the current US presidential administration took over Washington D.C., White House staffers and a myriad of policy executives appear to be using specific end-to-end encryption apps on their mobile devices for leaking confidential information without leaving any evidence of paper trails.