Apple's very sorry (but probably more so about its reputation), Christmas Day sees a lot of app sales and it's the end of an era for the Android tablet. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for December 29, 2017.
Whatever you think about Apple's strategy of slowing processor clock speeds on iPhones with older batteries, there's no question that it's going to be tough to erase the impact in terms of conversations with relatives who "heard Apple really does slow down old iPhones to make you buy new ones" etc.
Which is why Apple is doing damage control, with material peace offerings including discounted battery replacement for all of 2018. It's still probably not enough to totally recover their rep long-term.
The general consensus seems to be that people are using fewer and fewer apps, but holidays are still a boom time for mobile software. Consumers spent around $200 million on apps on Christmas Day alone this year, for example. That figure includes in-app purchases, however.
Yes, the same Trump who's been golfing every day this week after saying he'd be right back to work after Christmas, has an error code in case of internal server error that criticizes Obama for golfing too much.
Critics haven't been kind to Netflix's Bright, the Will Smith-led blockbuster action flick. But audiences are still loving it, having watched it 11 million times in its first three days of availability alone. Now it makes perfect sense why they already bet on a sequel.
A digital customer journey "starts from the actual need and goes all the way to the usage of the product or brand," said Globant CTO Diego Tartara. "The journey is not only the touchpoints with the digital tool. It has to do with the end-to-end relationship between a specific user and a brand or product." There are several components that go into an effective and innovative digital journey. [More...]
SoftMaker for Linux Is a Solid Microsoft Office Alternative SoftMaker Office could be a first-class professional-strength replacement for Microsoft Office on the Linux desktop. The Linux OS has its share of lightweight word processors and a few nearly worthy standalone spreadsheet apps, but very few high-end integrated office suites exist for Linux users. Generally, Linux office suites lack a really solid slide presentation creation tool. [More...]
6 Ways SMBs Can Meet Online Shoppers' High Shipping Expectations For many online shoppers, shipping has become a pivotal issue, and one of the worst things an etailer can do is allow a shipment to be late. On-time arrival is such a high expectation that many shoppers find late delivery worse than other notoriously disagreeable things, a recent DHL survey of 1,400-plus online shoppers suggests. Also, consumers want shipping to be free. [More...]
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Instagram has begun showing users "Recommended" posts from accounts they don't follow, but that the social network thinks you might like. Spam, in other words.
This is a necessary coming-of-age garbage feature every social network eventually gets, so enjoy Instagram while it isn't too terrible for the next little while, before it becomes fully Facebook-level bad.
Fully a third of the top websites on the internet have some kind of anti-ad blocking mechanism in place, even if they're not painfully obvious, like those huge takeover alert dialogs. There's a reckoning coming in the online ad space for sure.
The great self-driving car collaboration dance continues, with the latest partners being LG and HERE. Everyone wants to work with everyone basically, at this stage. Eventually, that'll change as someone gets an edge.