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."
The occurrence of a cyberattack is "no longer a matter of if, but when," Adam Moseley of Charles Schwab said at the Schwab IMPACT conference. Advisors need to educate their employees to use caution when opening links and attachments in emails, and the use of lengthy, unique passwords along with two-factor authentication is crucial, Moseley said.
Some users have found that Apple's iPhone X becomes unresponsive when the device experiences a rapid change to low temperatures. Users say, however, that locking and unlocking the screen fixes the problem.
Apple is working on standalone smart glasses that will use rOS, an operating system derived from iOS, Mike Elgan writes. Although smart glasses by DAQRI, Olympus and other companies are already available, none are yet ready for widespread adoption, he adds.
Competitive Carriers Association has joined a group of other trade groups serving small service providers in backing a House bill aimed at providing Federal Communications Commission regulatory relief to those carriers. Among other provisions, the bill would put a one-year moratorium on applying new rules to smaller companies unless the FCC or Congress decided otherwise.
Sprint took a pair of promotional steps this week, including partnering with Hulu to bundle free service from the subscription VOD provider for customers of the carrier's Unlimited Freedom data plan. The telecom will also reportedly take its branded credit card nationwide after a limited launch with Home Credit two years ago.
C Spire has doubled its data allotment on two of its prepaid plans as part of a promotion to new subscribers that includes free budget-minded handsets. Customers can pay $40 a month for 6 gigabytes of data or $55 for 12 GB and choose from phones such as the Samsung Galaxy J3, Motorola Moto E and Moto G4 Play.
A significant gap exists between companies that understand how to use artificial intelligence and companies that have fallen behind, say experts including James Platt, chief operating officer at Aon Risk Solutions. Companies that use AI have senior leaders who are aware of its potential impact.