UBreakiFix will provide post-sale Google Pixelbook support under a partnership between the companies. As part of the deal, uBreakiFix will replace out-of-warranty Pixelbooks at its North American locations for a lower cost than that of a new Pixelbook.
Co-working firm WeWork has announced that it is acquiring community platform Meetup for an undisclosed sum. WeWork has also recently acquired a number of smaller startups and purchased the Lord & Taylor building in New York to serve as its global headquarters.
The way your food gets from the farm to your fork is changing -- and technology is playing a vital role. The global food tech market is estimated to reach more than $250 billion by 2022. This growth suggests that the food and agribusiness industries are on the cusp of a tech-driven transformation. The next several years will provide a glimpse of how businesses will evolve, what it will mean for consumers, and the unforeseen risks that could accompany such rapid progress. How can technology and data improve food safety, boost customer satisfaction, and offer new ways to manage risk? Read more.
Nine out of 10 smartphone owners plan to stick with their phone during the holiday season, according to a Puls survey. However, 33% of participants reported being unhappy with their smartphone's battery life, said Puls, which noted phone batteries tend to start to deteriorate after 18 to 24 months. Phone Arena (11/21)
T-Mobile is primed to report major fourth-quarter subscriber gains, said Chief Financial Officer Braxton Carter, who referred to "significant" gains in the carrier's porting ratio -- subscribers gained from rivals versus those lost. Braxton predicted that the new iPhone X would further improve T-Mobile's quarter.
Officials in California have yet to make a final decision on FirstNet but last week issued a request for proposals and set a Dec. 6 deadline for responses from vendors interested in building a first responder network. North Carolina and Georgia have decided to "opt-in" to the FirstNet-AT&T partnership, bringing the total number of opt-in states to 31.
Smartphone repair firm iSmash will launch three new locations inside Maplin stores in the UK, says Julian Shovlin, founder and managing director of iSmash. The company also plans to open seven standalone stores before the end of 2017.
Liquipel has debuted an invisible liquid screen protector at US Walmart stores. The screen protector, which bonds with the smartphone's glass, is backed by a product guarantee that will pay up to $100 if a customer's screen breaks.
Retailers must be aware that consumers are using their smartphones to research products before buying, write Arun Tom, Leslie Ament and Ram Sangadi. This holiday season, three out of five smartphone users will buy products using their mobile devices, according to Deloitte's 2017 Holiday Survey: Retail in Transition.
Mesh networking can centralize internet of things devices in smart homes and make them easier to manage, per Qualcomm's Connectivity Business unit lead, Rahul Patel. Carrier-class mesh networking could resolve connection issues, and Patel urges internet service providers to consider mesh networking, saying, "If you don't move fast, you lose out on the home becoming a cloud providers' and have no control over what happens in the home."