IBM’s New Z Mainframe Can Encrypt All its Data All the Time

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It doesn’t usually matter much to consumers what kind of mainframes a business decides to use, but maybe it should.

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Can Amazon Reinvent the Shopping Experience?


There is little doubt that the Internet has altered the way U.S. consumers think about shopping. E-commerce sales grew 15.6 percent in 2016 and now account for 11.7 percent of all retail sales. Amazon accounts for a whopping 43 percent of those e-commerce sales. Amazon, in particular, has changed the way consumers think about e-commerce sales, or etail. If you live in a major city like Phoenix, which has a major distribution center, it is not uncommon to order items sold by Amazon and have them delivered the same afternoon.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84591.html?rss=1

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Consumer WiFi Use: No Letup in Sight


Consumers use lots of data on their mobile devices. While half of consumers use less than 7 GB per month, data consumption is heavily skewed toward the upper end, recent Parks Associates research indicates. Among U.S. broadband households, mean data consumption is roughly 20 GB per month, with 14 GB used on WiFi and 6 GB through 3G/4G/LTE networks. Consumers’ monthly WiFi data consumption increased by 40 percent from 2015 to 2016. While data use overall has been increasing, WiFi use has been increasing faster than mobile data.

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Burger King Ad Creates Whopper of a Mess for Google Home


Burger King in essence hijacked the voice-activated Google Home speakers in some consumers’ homes. In a 15-second television ad, the camera zooms in on a young man wearing the company uniform who says, “OK Google, what is the Whopper burger?” The “OK Google” trigger phrase for Google’s artificial intelligence Assistant activated Google Home speakers situated nearby, prompting them to read Wikipedia’s description of the Whopper. Burger King apparently intended to prompt the Assistant to deliver the glowing description posted on the page.

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Competition and Regulation Threaten Sharing Economy Markets


Eighty-three percent of U.S. broadband households, or more than 250 million consumers, own and use a smartphone. A recent beneficiary to this mass adoption has been the sharing economy phenomenon, which includes sharing apps such as Uber, Lyft and Airbnb. These business models are augmented by real-time data including location, instant gratification, on-demand pricing, and easy payment options. Their ease and convenience have created perfect conditions for sharing economy apps to thrive.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84408.html?rss=1

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iPhone 8 vs. Galaxy S8: battle of the screens

Will consumers care if their smartphone has a curved display? Smartphones with curved displays are trying to be the next big thing. But it’s not clear if consumers care.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/03/16/iphone-8-vs-galaxy-s8-battle-screens.html

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Online Trust Alliance Launches IoT Security Campaign


The Online Trust Alliance is calling on businesses, consumers and government to share responsibility for ensuring that Internet of Things devices are not weaponized, outlining actions that businesses, consumers and government can take to ensure the security and privacy of IoT devices. It calls for a campaign to have retailers and consumers reject IoT products that pose a security threat. OTA Executive Director Craig Spiezle will meet with White House staff, and FTC and FCC commissioners to kickstart efforts to harden IoT security measures.

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Black Friday Shoppers Hungry for New Experiences, New Tech


Many consumers will rush to shopping malls and give their mobile devices a workout later this week. Fifty-nine percent of the U.S. population, or 137.4 million shoppers, is expected to hunt for bargains over Black Friday weekend, according to new survey from the National Retail Federation.
The figures are up slightly from 58.7 percent, or 135.8 million shoppers, a year ago, with both surveys ranging from Thanksgiving Day through Small Business Saturday and Sunday after.

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Here's What AT&T's Acquisition of Time Warner Means for Consumers

Now that AT&T has reached a deal to acquire Time Warner, consumers could soon be getting both their cell phone service and the next installment of “Game of Thrones” from the same gigantic company…

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/10/22/here-what-att-acquisition-time-warner-means-for-consumers.html

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Samsung urges consumers globally to stop using Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Electronics is urging consumers worldwide to stop using Galaxy Note 7 smartphones immediately and exchange them as soon as possible, as more reports of the phones catching fire emerged even after the company’s global recall.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/09/10/samsung-urges-consumers-globally-to-stop-using-galaxy-note-7.html

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Availability check: Can you buy the latest Polaris and Pascal GPUs from AMD and Nvidia?

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Two GPU families enter, but which GPUs actually leave in consumers’ hands? We check the numbers and report back.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/232575-availability-check-can-you-buy-the-latest-polaris-and-pascal-gpus-from-amd-and-nvidia

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GetHuman Hacks Through Customer Service Maze for a Fee


GetHuman last week launched a service designed to help consumers with the tangle of customer service. For between $5 and $25, one of the eight-person company’s five dedicated problem solvers, aided by bots, will call a customer service line on a client’s behalf to sort things out. The idea for GetHuman, which also offers a company phone directory service, goes back more than a decade. The problem solvers service, piloted late last year, reportedly has served nearly 10,000 people.

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Apple's iTunes Movies, iBooks Store go dark in China 6 months after launch

Article Image Chinese consumers looking to buy a movie or e-book through Apple’s iTunes services found themselves out of luck on Friday, as both stores went offline without explanation.

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Hands on with Lenovo’s IdeaPad Miix 700: Proof that Microsoft’s Surface strategy is working

The Lenvo Ideapad Miix 700 features a by-now familiar keyboard-cover-augmented tablet design
The best news for consumers looking to take the plunge into buying a hybrid Windows tablet-laptop is that there are now plenty of options. The new Lenovo Miix 700 has a lot to offer for those looking for something between the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/226465-hands-on-with-lenovos-ideapad-miix-700-proof-that-microsofts-surface-strategy-is-working

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USB-C devices can now have safety, authenticity verified with new certification program

Article Image It will soon be much easier for consumers and businesses to determine whether a USB-C device is genuine and can be trusted, thanks to the newly introduced USB Type-C Authentication specification.

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Apple Pay a hit in China with 3 million cards added in 2 days

Article Image Chinese consumers have flocked to Apple’s contactless payment solution in the weeks since its debut, with one bank reporting that more than 3 million cards were activated on Apple Pay in the first 2 days of availability.

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