Trumps China tariffs could hit Apples AirPods and Apple Watch next

first_img 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 carrierlast_img read more

Record quantity of goods imported through Benapole in 3 days

first_imgBenapole 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.last_img read more

Sri Lanka imposes state of emergency over attacks

first_imgSecurity personnel stand guard outside St. Anthony`s Shrine in Colombo on 23 April two days after the church was hit in a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Photo: AFPSri Lanka on Tuesday imposed a state of emergency hours after the government blamed a local Islamist group for a series of suicide bomb blasts that killed at least 290 people, including dozens of foreigners.Twenty-four people have been arrested over the coordinated Easter Sunday assault on multiple churches and hotels in the capital Colombo and beyond, authorities said.The carnage — which also left some 500 people injured — was the worst atrocity since the South Asian country’s civil war ended a decade ago.The attacks were also the worst ever against Sri Lanka’s small Christian minority, who make up just seven percent of the country’s population of 21 million.Investigators are now hunting for clues on whether the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) group received “international support”, said cabinet minister and government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne.The spokesman added that it was not possible for such “a small organisation” to carry out such well coordinated suicide strikes.The state of emergency, which gave police and the military special powers to counter militant strikes, came into force at midnight (1830 GMT Monday). Suspects can be detained without a court order.The country was already observing a second straight night-time curfew since the attacks.Officials are also investigating why more precautions were not taken after an April 11 warning from Sri Lanka’s police that a “foreign intelligence agency” had reported the NTJ planned suicide attacks on churches.Senaratne said that warning was not passed on to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe or other top ministers.”Intelligence sections have reported that there are international terror groups which are behind local terrorists,” President Maithripala Sirisena’s office said in a statement.Sirisena was due to meet with foreign diplomats on Tuesday “to seek international assistance to combat terrorism”, his office said.- Toll mounts, tensions high -Tensions remained high, with a bomb detonating as police prepared to defuse it near one of the targeted churches. Although there was a powerful blast, no injuries were reported.Police also found 87 bomb detonators at a Colombo bus station.The toll rose dramatically Monday to at least 290 dead.A police source told AFP that at least 37 foreigners were killed, while the tourism minister put that figure at 39 and the foreign ministry said there were 31 foreigners among the fatalities.That number was likely to shift again, as the United States reported at least four Americans killed — including a young student — and the Netherlands raised their toll to three.A Danish billionaire lost three of his children in the attacks, a spokesman for his company said.The death toll also included eight Britons, eight Indians and nationals from Turkey, Australia, France, Japan and Portugal, according to Sri Lankan officials and foreign governments.Several of those killed were dual nationals.The suicide bombers hit three Colombo luxury hotels popular with foreign tourists — the Cinnamon Grand, the Shangri-La and the Kingsbury — and three churches: two in the Colombo region and one in the eastern city of Batticaloa.Two additional blasts were triggered as security forces carried out raids searching for suspects.Interpol said it was deploying investigators and specialists to Sri Lanka, and the US State Department warned of possible further attacks in a travel advisory.”This is America’s fight, too,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters in Washington.- Memories of civil war -Ethnic and religious violence has plagued Sri Lanka for decades, with a 37-year conflict with Tamil rebels followed by an upswing in recent years in clashes between the Buddhist majority and Muslims.A memorial service and funeral were to be held Tuesday at St Sebastian’s church in Negombo, north of Colombo, where more than 100 people were killed Sunday.Among the dead were friends of 16-year-old Primasha Fernando, who was at her home nearby when the suicide bomber struck.”When I got to the church, there were people crying and screaming,” she told AFP.”I saw bodies everywhere,” she added in tears. “I saw parents carrying their dead babies.”At a government morgue in Colombo, relatives endured the gruesome task of identifying their loved ones.Janaka Shaktivel, 28, father of an 18-month-old son, sat in shock outside the building waiting for the body of his wife to be handed over.He said he escaped the blast at St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo because the baby had started crying and he had to go outside.”I recognised her body from the wedding ring that she always wore,” he said. “I have no words to explain my feelings.”Two leading Muslim groups issued statements condemning the attacks, with the All Ceylon Jamiyaathuul Ulama, a council of Muslim theologians, urging the “maximum punishment for everyone involved in these dastardly acts.”The attacks drew global condemnation, including from US President Donald Trump and the pope.last_img

Mixed Feelings Follow ExelonPepco Merger

first_imgOn 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.”last_img read more

Man hacked to death in North 24Parganas

first_imgKolkata: 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.last_img read more

How User Behavior Is Scoring Points in the Gaming Industry and Could

first_img 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.last_img read more