Samsung Galaxy Fold is ready to hit the market exec reportedly says

first_img Comments Now playing: Watch this: Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge People try the Galaxy Fold for the first time 5:50 Mobile The Galaxy Fold could be out soon…again.  Angela Lang/CNET Samsung’s Galaxy Fold missed its release date in April due to screen problems with review units. Since then, the company hasn’t given a new release date for the foldable phone. Now one Samsung executive reportedly says the device is ready to go. Kim Seong-cheol, vice president for Samsung Display, said during a speech Tuesday that the Galaxy Fold is “ready to hit the market,” according to The Korea Herald. “Most of the display problems have been ironed out, and the Galaxy Fold is ready to hit the market,” he reportedly said at the Korean Information Display Society conference in Seoul. Samsung Display is the subsidiary that provides displays for the Korean company. Samsung didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment. In April, review units of the Fold began experiencing issues such as bubbling under the screen and displays flickering. Samsung announced it would delay the release of the folding phone soon after these issues became public. Since then, Best Buy and AT&T canceled preorders for the phone, citing the lack of a release date provided by Samsung, which continues to say the phone will be coming out in the “coming weeks.” Samsung previously denied reports of a Galaxy Fold July release. First published at 6:12 a.m. PT on June 19.   Updated on June 20 at 4:21 p.m. PT: originally published under the headline “Galaxy Fold ‘ready to hit the market,’ Samsung exec says” Share your voice 3 Tags 60 Photos Samsunglast_img read more

Venezuela opposition leader puts more pressure on Maduro

first_imgVenezuela`s opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, on 25 January 2019. Photo: ReutersVenezuela’s opposition leader stepped up his campaign to oust president Nicolas Maduro on Friday, calling for a “major demonstration” and rejecting an offer of talks with the socialist leader.National Assembly head Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself acting president during street rallies by tens of thousands on Wednesday, said he wouldn’t attend a “fake dialogue” on a crisis that has left 26 dead this week in clashes between anti-Maduro activists and security forces.After four years of economic pain that has left Venezuelans short of food and medicine and driven more than two million to flee the country — which sits on the world’s largest oil reserves — the opposition found its voice this month in Guaido after Maduro was sworn in for a second presidential term following controversial elections.Mexico had offered to host talks between the rival leaders, and Maduro professed he was ready to go “wherever I have to.” But Guaido, who is backed by the US and several Latin American countries, told supporters in Caracas the public would remain in the streets “until we achieve an end to the usurpation, a transitional government and free elections.”He accused Maduro’s regime of only offering talks after “repression” failed to achieve its objectives.The European Union and US have ratcheted up the pressure on Maduro to agree to a new vote. An EU diplomat told AFP the bloc wanted “an immediate call for elections in the near future.”US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will underline US support for the Venezuelan people at a UN Security Council meeting Saturday and urge members to recognise Guaido as interim president, the State Department said.US issues economic warningPresident Donald Trump’s administration has spearheaded the international pressure on Maduro, who accuses Washington of being behind an attempted “coup,” by declaring his regime “illegitimate.”On Friday, Pompeo announced the US was naming a new envoy to lead efforts to help Venezuela “in achieving democracy.” Elliot Abrams was a central figure in former president Ronald Reagan’s controversial anti-communist campaigns in Central America during the 1980s.Washington’s immediate support for Guaido led to Maduro, who retains the powerful military’s backing, closing his country’s embassy and consulates in the US and breaking off diplomatic ties, giving US diplomatic staff until Saturday to leave the country.Guaido, though, urged the US diplomats to stay and keep the embassy’s doors open.Maduro’s deadline runs out on Saturday but even though it ordered non-emergency staff to leave Venezuela, the US has refused to comply fully with the order.Despite the diplomatic sparring, Maduro on Friday said his country will continue to sell oil to the United States, which private consultants say provides the largest source of cash to Venezuelan coffers.”If they buy our oil, we will sell oil,” Maduro said.But the US Treasury Department warned that “commercial transactions by the Venezuelan government, including those involving its state-owned enterprises and international reserves” must be consistent with Washington’s recognition of Guaido.Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov — whose country is Venezuela’s second-largest creditor and a military ally — denounced US policy on Venezuela as “destructive.”Spain pushed the EU to recognize Guaido’s claims to the presidency if no new elections are held, while Germany said it may follow suit.France warned Maduro against “any form of repression” of the opposition as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said more than 350 people were arrested this week during the protests.Maduro’s re-election last year was boycotted by the opposition and rejected by the US, EU and UN as a sham — but the military has repeatedly reiterated its loyalty to the socialist leader.Galvanised oppositionGuaido, 35, has galvanised a previously divided opposition and even attempted to attract military support by offering an amnesty to anyone who disavows Maduro.In a Skype interview with Univision late Thursday he went one step further by suggesting Maduro could also be offered amnesty if he agrees to step down.But such an option would have to be evaluated, he said, because Maduro is responsible for the deaths of protesters.Guaido continues to seek military support, though, and has tasked his supporters with handing out copies of the amnesty law parliament is working on to soldiers on Sunday.Analysts at the Eurasia Group consultancy noted that while international recognition of Guaido as interim president cemented his position as the main opposition leader, his failure to win over the military meant Maduro’s fall “does not appear imminent.”Venezuela’s political crisis rapidly escalated after a group of soldiers rose up against Maduro this week and sparked a number of protests leading up to Wednesday’s rival rallies of pro and anti-Maduro groups.Guaido’s proclamation of himself as acting president drew recognition from major regional players including Brazil and Argentina, as well as the US.Trump has openly mused about military intervention in Venezuela, saying “all options are on the table,” but Russia said that “violates the fundamental norms of international law.”Maduro came to power in 2013 as the designated heir to the hugely-popular Hugo Chavez.last_img

Intl Kolkata Book Fair Take part in lucky draw and win books

first_imgKolkata: The book lovers will get chance to win a book library for their homes worth Rs 1 lakh if they get selected through a lucky draw during the 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair (IKBF) which will be inaugurated on January 31 in presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Salt Lake’s Central Park. On Monday, the Publishers and Booksellers Guild announced that the reason behind the lucky draw is to facilitate the habit of reading.On Monday, Tridib Kumar Chatterjee, general secretary of the Guild, stated that the their slogan for the book lovers is ‘buy books and win a book library.’ He said: “We are going to arrange a lucky draw for the book lovers at the end of the Book Fair on February 11. Four winners will be chosen who will be given books worth Rs 1 lakh along with a designer book shelf so that they will not have to arrange for any space to keep those books. The winners will also get the chance to select the books of their choice.” The Guild authority further informed that there will three halls for the English publications which would be named after poet Nirendranath Chakraborty, writer Dibyendu Palit and author Atin Banerjee who passed away recently. The Little Magazine pavilion will be named after eminent poet Pinaki Thakur. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedApart from the focus country, the Guild has decided to highlight the literature and culture of one Indian Schedule Tribe during the Book Fair for the first time. It will help the people to come close to their cultures and get to know about them too. In the 43rd IKBF, the focus will be the Lepcha community. They will participate with a stall. Over 65 writers, including three established Dalit writers, will enrich the audience at the International Kolkata Book Fair. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseApart from the attractions of the Book Fair, a smartphone application will soon be published for book lovers to locate stalls. Also, information regarding the Book Fair will be provided in the application as well. The application is being developed by the CESC for both android and IOS platforms. The details will also be there on the website. The Guild has also got in touch with the state government and got assurance that the Transport department will provide additional 190 shuttle buses during the Book Fair days from Howrah and Sealdah stations, Ultadanga, Garia, Behala and Shyambazar to Central Park Mela Ground.last_img read more

5 Ways to Win Back an Abandoned Shopping Cart

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals April 29, 2015 Companies lose $18 billion in sales every year from customers who abandon their online shopping carts. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday alone, 79 percent of mobile phone shoppers ditched their carts, leaving a cringeworthy amount of money on the table. While shopping-cart abandonment strikes both large and small companies, it’s a much bigger concern for startups.Related: The Key to Converting Online Sales Leads: SpeedA quarter of online customers abandon their shopping carts because of complicated website navigation, and 21 percent ditch their transactions due to long checkout processes. Large retailers likely have the funds to address these problems. Startups, in contrast, often have limited resources, alongside their lower revenues. As more customers abandon their purchases, the lost sales create an unfortunate snowball effect: The rich get richer, and startups stagnate.But fear not: Applying these five simple, low-cost strategies will increase conversions and lower your number of abandoned carts: 1. Poll before you build.The best strategy for preventing shopping-cart abandonment appears early in the app-planning process. Before you build, research your customers to determine how they’d expect your app to work. Mock up the screens to put them in front of your customers before you build them. Knowing your customers and creating a user-friendly experience based on their expectations will undoubtedly increase sales.Continue communicating with your customers throughout the building process. Have them test your app’s features, and record their feedback. You’ll learn what’s most important to them — whether that means speed, efficiency, simplicity, security or all of the above.2. Simplify the checkout process.Avoid turning users off with complicated checkout systems. Some businesses make the mistake of asking customers for so much information that they decide to buy their goods elsewhere. Your customer should know how much work is left to complete his or her order. A clean interface with a short pathway to purchase will keep customers from getting frustrated.One simple way to cut the length of the checkout form is to allow a customer’s ZIP code to autopopulate his town and state. You can even automatically migrate the sign-up information you collected into the checkout form. That way, the fields are already filled out; the buyer just needs to confirm them.Related: How to Make Your First Ecommerce Sale (Infographic)3. Add security measures.A quick and easy transaction means nothing if it isn’t secure. Identity theft is a growing concern — more than 12 million Americans fall victim to it every year — and consumers are more cautious than ever. In fact, 17 percent of mobile shoppers abandon their shopping carts due to security worries.A good way to combat this is by using verification products and services that verify every transaction through a third party. These security measures ensure that all user information is encrypted and kept safe. Make sure your customers know that you encrypt their information. Customers who are nervous will look for security measures, and they’ll be less likely to ditch their purchases if they believe their concerns have been addressed.4. Send gentle reminders.One of the advantages of an app is that you can send push notifications to your customers. Use this feature to remind them that they have items in their cart, but be wary of antagonizing them. Program the app to send alerts only to users who selected high-value items or spent several minutes browsing before filling their carts.Push notifications can also be useful for providing purchase confirmations and tracking updates and informing customers of special offers.5. Encourage sales with discounts.Offer incentives to customers for making purchases through your app. Although discounts carry an initial cost, they can effectively grow your user base, boost customer satisfaction and jump-start your revenue if utilized correctly. Food delivery startup Caviar did just that by waiving its delivery fees for first-time customers. The company also offers a $20 credit to users who share the app and get friends to make purchases.These are five easy and inexpensive ways to improve your mobile experience and turn those abandoned shopping carts into sales. Listen to your customers from the get-go, and make sure they feel safe — soon, they’ll be clicking the “buy” button. Related: 4 Strategies to Stop Shopping Cart Abandonment on Mobilelast_img read more

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first_imgDriver named following fatal collision Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Key EventsFlooding causing chaos on trains07:08D-Road North closed this morning…07:0507:12Congestion at Lime KilnUsual congestion on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 07:11Update on the trains…#VTUPDATE Lines have reopened between Manchester Piccadilly and Crewe. Trains have to run at a reduced speed on all lines between these stations until further notice.— Virgin Trains (@VirginTrains) July 31, 201907:08KEY EVENTFlooding causing chaos on trainsThere are hour-long delays and some cancellations on CrossCountry, Northern, Transport for Wales and Virgin Trains West Coast services between Manchester Piccadilly, Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent due to flooding.A landslide has also forced Transport for Wales and Virgin Trains West Coast services to be suspended between Chester and Crewe. A replacement bus service is running between the two.07:05KEY EVENTD-Road North closed this morning…The A500 near TalkeMore here…07:04Good morning!Welcome to our live blog! Police search for missing womancenter_img Punter found hiding in bushes Hello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, July 31. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more