Apple Mobile Tech Industry Politics 18 Photos Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It See It Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2019 (Charging Case) Best Buy See it Review • AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements $144 $144 Amazon Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple Donald Trump Apple’s AirPods may end up in the center of Trump’s trade fights. Sarah Tew/CNET President Donald Trump’s trade war with China has already hit farmers so hard that the country’s giving out billions in bailouts to help cover losses from unsold goods. Now the electronics industry may be the next to feel the pinch. A new round of tariffs on Chinese imports is set to go into effect Sept. 1, raising prices on some electronics by 10%. That, according to Reuters, may include Apple’s popular AirPods and Apple Watch, which together are estimated to represent multibillion-dollar businesses in their own rights. The administration said Tuesday it will be delaying tariffs for other popular tech products, such as laptops and cellphones, to Dec. 15. Trump had initially planned to hit tech products with tariffs last year, but delayed that move amid industry opposition.Apple was among the companies that sent letters to the US Trade Representative asking for an exemption at that time, arguing that “because all tariffs ultimately show up as a tax on US consumers, they will increase the cost of Apple products that our customers have come to rely on in their daily lives.” Trump, meanwhile, has called for Apple to build its devices in the US. Apple does the majority of its research and development in the US, but assembles the bulk of its devices overseas. Apple and the White House didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Tags $159 reading • Trump’s China tariffs could hit Apple’s AirPods and Apple Watch next See All See It 3:55 Apple AirPods 2019 Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand The 17 best health and fitness apps for Apple Watch 4 Share your voice $144 AirPods 2nd-generation: Not really 2.0, but definitely… Apple Comments Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier
Benapole customs house. Photo: UNBA record quantity of goods was imported from India in the last three days (9 to 11 June) through Benapole port leading to revenue increase, according to customs sources.At least 354 trucks entered with goods on Sunday, 445 trucks on Monday and 382 trucks till Tuesday noon, said Mamunur Rahman, deputy director of benapole port authority.This number was only 250 to 270 last year, Mamunur Rahman added.He said also that the import increased due to the new guidelines from customs authority.Benapole Sonali Bank manager Rakibul Alam said the revenue collection was estimated Tk 110 million on Sunday, Tk 120 million on Monday and TK 80 million till Tuesday noon.In the current fiscal, the total revenue collection of Benapole customs is Tk 51.85 billion till now, he added.Importers said the customs and port operations developed after the directives issued by Benapole customs commissioner Mohammad Belal Hossain Chowdhury.Customs officials have been performing duties from 7:00am to 12:00pm in advance, keeping the slogan on day-to-day revenue under the directives.Meanwhile, India-Bangladesh customs officials have been deeply monitoring activities to bring dynamism in trade.High-level officials and businessmen including Indian High Commissioner Riva Ganguli, visited the import and export trade facility in Benapole and Petrapole on Saturday.Benapole C & F Agents’ Association president Mafizur Rahman Sajon gave the credit to the new guidelines from customs authorities for the increase of import.Benapole port director Prodosh Kanti Das said, “We have been working according to new guidelines. We work as 800 trucks loaded with imported goods can enter daily.”India is failing to provide trucks according to our demand, he added.Benapole customs commissioner Mohammad Belal Hossain Chowdhury said, several steps have been taken to speed up the import trade and revenue collection.If the import trade continues like this we could fulfill the revenue collection target this month, he added.
On March 23, the Public Service Commission voted 2-1 in favor of the Exelon-Pepco merger, creating the largest utility company in the country. Chairman Betty Ann Kane cast the lone dissenting vote. The $6.8 billion transaction is official, with Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. Justice Department supporting it. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), who previously blocked the merger in an effort to negotiate more favorable terms, issued a terse statement, after the vote. “It appears the Public Service Commission favors government and commercial ratepayers over D.C. residents,” she said. “Instead of a three-year rate increase reprieve we negotiated, it appears that D.C. residents will be hit with a rate increase as soon as this summer.”While members of the D.C. Council declined to vote on the merger, members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) voiced their opposition to the merger on Twitter.Sandra Mattavous-Frye, the District’s People’s Counsel, said the merger “appears to be a blow to District residents and the parties to the original settlement agreement.” The first settlement agreement, negotiated by Exelon and Pepco officials with the Bowser administration, included amenities like a one-time $50 credit on the utility bills, relocating some of Exelon headquarters to the District, no rate increase until 2019, and 100 union jobs in the city.However, earlier this year the commission rejected the settlement agreement. Nevertheless, Matavous-Frye said she will do her job and protect District consumers. “Despite the commission’s perplexing approval of a proposal that [our office] and most of the other settling parties rejected, the Office of the People’s Counsel is fully prepared to continue to aggressively advocate for ratepayers and fight to ensure that rates remain affordable for consumers, particularly for our most economically vulnerable residents,” she said.Power DC, an umbrella organization of progressive environmental, civil rights and citizen rights groups, has been a major opponent of the merger and said “the fight is not over.”“Our organizations and the citizens we represent will fight Exelon every step of the way to ensure that D.C and the region do not suffer the same fate as Exelon’s other customers,” a statement on Power DC’s web site said.Power DC has consistently pointed to Exelon’s acquisition of Baltimore Gas and Electric as an example. When Exelon acquired the Baltimore power company, residents in that city noticed an immediate rise in rates despite promises by Exelon not to do so immediately.“We join together as one company to play a vital role as a leader in our industry and the mid-Atlantic region,” Chris Crane, chief executive officer of the Chicago-based Exelon, said. “We’ve made a number of commitments to customers in all of the Pepco Holding utilities’ jurisdictions-the District, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey, and we look forward to getting to work to deliver those benefits to our customers.”Those benefits include a $72.8 million Customer Investment Fund, including $25.6 million in rate based credits; $11.25 million in funds for energy efficiency and energy conservation program especially for low-income residents, and $21.55 million to promote the District’s sustainability agenda through pilot projects to modernize the electric grid to accommodate more distributed energy resources.Chris Stukes is a political activist in Ward 8 and is nervous about the merger. He told the AFRO while the merged company will provide some benefits for residents in his ward; it may not be beneficial for the middle class. “I think that the merger means more rate hikes for citizens and people cannot afford that,” Stukes said. “There is already displacement taking place in this ward and the rate hikes will just turn people away from the city.”However, others embraced the deal wholly. “We’re happy with the commission’s decision for both residents and employers in D.C.,” said former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, executive director of the Federal City Council, a pro-District business advocacy group. “The merger is a win for reliability, financial integrity, sustainability, and corporate responsibility. Lifting the uncertainty around this agreement will benefit the economy and allow us to move forward with a stronger utility partner.”
Kolkata: A youth identified as Asif Gazi (35) was hacked to death by a woman on Tuesday morning at Bashirhat in North 24-Parganas.The woman and her two associates were reportedly beaten up by local residents before they were handed over to the police. According to sources, the woman identified as Maruva Bibi lives at Matia in Bashirhat. Her husband Azizul Dafadar, who is a cook, lived in Kolkata. Bibi claimed that Gazi was a Bangladeshi resident and he worked in a local bheri. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe said he frequently disturbed her as he knew that her husband lived in Kolkata most of the time. She further said Gazi told her to leave her husband and get intimate with him. Dafadar’s mother claimed that her son and daughter-in-law used to reside in a house near her home. When Dafadar used to leave home for work, Gazi used to visit her with an intention to have physical relationship with her. On Tuesday morning, Bibi along with Dafadar and one of his friend arrived at Kholapota More in Bashirhat on a bike where Gazi was having tea at a roadside tea stall. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBibi went to Gazi and started interacting with him. After a few minutes, she allegedly started slapping him. When Gazi tried to defend, Bibi took out a knife and started stabbing him. Local residents rushed to stop Bibi from attacking Gazi and managed to nab all three of them and snatch the knife. Gazi was declared brought dead after he was rushed to a local hospital. Bibi and her two associates were manhandled by the local residents. The trio was assaulted in front of the police. Later, three of them were arrested. It is suspected that Bibi stabbed Gazi as he harassed her. Cops are trying to find if there is some other angle in the case.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How Success Happens Listen Now December 15, 2017 5 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. If you think the gaming industry is represented by the somewhat pathetic image of a 35-year-old male playing Age of Empires in his mother’s basement, you are sorely mistaken, because gaming is so much more than that. Related: How Technology Will Change the Future of Gaming IndustryIn fact, this $78.61 billion industry is a poster child for modern engineering, typically adopting new technologies before other sectors do and showing itself to be one of today’s most successful industries when it comes to understanding its customers (who, yes, are typically 35-year-old men).Indeed, gaming is a technology powerhouse constantly investing in more and more powerful machines and infrastructure. That investment has created a global ecosystem of gamers and communities responsible for generating for this sector more earnings than either movies or music.So, what does the future hold for gaming? “Strong growth will continue as more online casinos open in China and other Asian countries,” predicts NewZoo, an online games market research group. “Established markets have reached maturity and have less room for revenue growth, [meaning that] new markets will open up and increase access to gaming activities.”Today’s gaming industry, in short, is still managing to grow those margins by getting smart with data. And while big data in gaming has been around for years, only recently have AI-powered SaaS platforms been able to achieve user-focused behavioral analysis.The next phase of gaming software advancements, then, will likely rely heavily on integrating behavioral analytics to understand gamers’ tendencies and preferences. Games empowered with that kind of information can be calibrated in real time to hold user attention, increase purchases and grow the bottom line, all of which are tactics I’ve covered on my podcast.Behavioral analyticsThe goal of behavioral analytics is to identify what behaviors cause what actions. What steps did the user take before he or she made an in-app purchase? Was there a point in the game that turned the user off or caused a loss in interest? How long will a user play without winning before he or she quits?This type of path analysis, attached to a time frame, is allowing game marketers to create better user experiences.Reated: 3 Growth Strategies for Mobile Gaming“Today’s current measure of KPIs in gaming are only the headlines about your players,” Dan Schoenbaum, CEO of Cooladata, a behavioral analytics platform for online gaming, said on my podcast. “The people who manage games today already need to leverage behavioral analytics. They experience a large number of players who play on free, so the ability to convert them to a paying player is huge. If you understand user behavior, you can drive up retention, which is absolutely crucial.”Optimization for retentionGame-developers don’t just want someone to download or play their game once; they want the game played again, and again, and again. Long-term engagement creates loyalty, and that is the best way to gain a competitive edge.To achieve long-term engagement, analytics and tools must be in place to measure player engagement over a period of days, weeks or other time period; they must also be accessible and easy to understand.Schoenbaum recommends looking at user behavior through the lens of product optimization: “Following user paths, combined with specific time frames, allows game managers to glean new insights for different players, optimize their path and increase conversion rates,” Schoenbaum told me.Predicting, to be proactiveAt this point, gaming companies’ data warehouses and customer databases contain a wealth of data. Not only is that data valuable for analyzing past user behavior, but it’s valuable for game marketers, to shine a light on consumer patterns. Insights like these indicate who will purchase again, how much they’ll spend and the churn rate for those customers overall.A recent illustration of the future of predictive analytics comes from the partnership between Zodiac, a cloud-based software platform provider, and Tophouse Media, a digital media company. A match-up like theirs aims to bring predictive analytics to game marketers so they can better understand their customers and fine-tune their planning and forecasting.Moves like this across the industry also allow gaming operators to be more accurate and precise in their marketing strategies, while reducing spend and maximizing return.Identifying issues Another intriguing aspect of predictive analytics is its capability to predict abuse or addiction — related to gaming in terms of the problem of gambling addiction. Understanding customers with this problem, in fact, is one of the top uses for today’s analytics activity.A leading money-gaming company in Europe, Pentaho, is an example: It’s using big data and predictive analytics to create a “360-view of customers, which, among other things, helps to identify those customers who show signs of gambling addiction.”As our world becomes increasingly more digital, identifying technology will play a significant role in moderating game mechanics.Leveraging data to stay aheadOnline games must have a unique user experience, but they also need back-end support to iterate quickly and cater to individual users.“Gaming is a hyper-competitive industry, and those who succeed are implementing unique identification capabilities, people-based approaches, and proactive behavioral campaigns,” Schoenbaum said.Related: Infographic: The Gaming IndustryIn sum, deploying analytics has transformed most brands and entire industries into tech companies. This billion dollar industry is expected to generate 2,857 petabytes of data per month in 2018. So, game marketers that take the time to understand that 35-year-old man in his mom’s basement will actually cross the threshold into a lucrative online gaming platform.