Wal-Mart Opts for Free, Faster Shipping on Necessities

Wal-Mart is replacing a program that offered free shipping but had an annual fee with one that has a lower free shipping threshold and faster delivery as it hopes to answer Amazon’s powerful Prime membership success.

The retailer says it will reduce shipping time to two days on 2 million of its most popular items including essentials like diapers and pet food as well hot toys and Electronics. Wal-Mart’s average shipping time has been three to five days. Starting Tuesday morning, it’s also reducing the spending necessary for free shipping to $35 from $50.

Wal-Mart’s ShippingPass had allowed members to buy more than a million items for free shipping at Walmart.com. Last year, it trimmed its shipping time frame to two days from three, and it cut the annual fee by a dollar to $49. Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart said the service worked well, but that it concluded shoppers shouldn’t have to pay a membership fee for free shipping.

The strategy shift is one of the first big moves by Walmart.com’s CEO Mark Lore, who joined the company when Wal-Mart bought online retailer Jet.com last year. And it’s an illustration of how Wal-Mart is trying to figure out a way to compete with Amazon and its dominant Prime plan.

Amazon’s membership program costs $99 a year, but includes services like streaming music and video that have created fierce loyalty. Analysts say Amazon Prime members buy more frequently and spend more money. Amazon doesn’t disclose a Prime subscriber total, but it’s estimated to be around 65 million. Wal-Mart wouldn’t say how many ShippingPass subscribers it had, but all will receive a refund of their membership fee.

Lore declined to comment on Amazon, but said lower prices, a wider assortment of eligible goods and faster shipping alone can build loyalty. Lore promised more moves ahead to spur Wal-Mart’s…
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Dropbox Rolls Out Google Docs Competitor

Already a major player in enterprise file sharing and hosting, Dropbox is launching a public version of its new Paper service to make a name for itself among collaborative productivity suite providers such as Google Docs and Microsoft’s Office 365.

Paper, which has been available in beta since last year, is aiming to win converts from the big names in the space with a user interface that the company said makes collaboration between coworkers easier. The cloud-based platform will allow users to manage shared documents by assigning different tasks and deadlines to various collaborators.

Making Collaboration Easier

The service also includes a variety of features designed to make collaboration between team members easier, no matter where in the world they’re located. A Paper app is coming to iOS and Android devices to enable users to work on documents even while offline.

The Web interface, meanwhile, is currently available in 21 languages, an important feature for multi-lingual teams. These new capabilities join other recent additions such as presentation mode, a feature that turns documents into presentation slides and integration with Google Calendar to make it easier for teams to create and share notes.

Paper has already reached early enterprise adopters such as InVision, Ben & Jerry’s, Shopify, Campaign Monitor, Getaround and Patreon, according to Dropbox. But the company appears to be positioning Paper to steal market share away from Google Docs and Microsoft Office 365.

New Business Plans

Going head-to-head with such well-established players will likely be a tall order. To help make Paper more attractive to its enterprise clients, Dropbox is also making its file hosting environment more enterprise-friendly. The latest version of the Web interface, which was released in conjunction with Paper, is more streamlined and potentially easier to navigate.

Dropbox has also introduced a new feature that allows users to…
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AT&T Throwing 5G Tech at the Wall to See What Sticks

AT&T today said it plans to test a wide variety of potential 5G technologies throughout the year as it evolves from 4G LTE to next-generation mobile broadband. For example, the company intends to kick off field trials of AirGig later this year. AirGig relies on transporting mmWaves over powerlines. AT&T engineers have invented low-cost plastic antennas, a Radio Distributed Antenna System (RDAS), mmWave surface wave launchers, and inductive power devices. These technologies push broadband signals along or near power lines, not through them, and deliver multi-gigabit wired and wireless broadband. AT&T believes this approach will pay dividends, as it can be deployed on existing power deliver infrastructure with no need to build new towers or bury new cable. The field trials aim to determine how inclement weather might affect signal delivery as well as asses real-world costs. AT&T is also testing small cells throughout San Francisco. AT&T is testing a Centralized RAN (C-RAN) architecture, which pulls the individual basebands normally associated with each cell site and consolidates them in a single location. The small cells themselves can be installed on light posts and other existing infrastructure around the city. AT&T says this approach reduces the amount of gear needed at each small cell site and lets technicians easily update lots of sites at once due to the centralized basebands. The C-RAN tests also rely on mmWave technology. Other technologies on AT&T’s testing roadmap this year include G.fast and Fixed Wireless Internet. G.fast boosts the capacity of existing copper lines to that of fiber, while FWI will target some 400,000 rural areas by the end of the year. The International Telecommunications Union has yet to technically define what 5G will be, but that hasn’t stoped carriers such as AT&T and others from exploring a number of potential 5G technologies.

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Starbucks Has a Reactionary Response to Trump’s Temporary Travel Ban

Starbucks has issued a somewhat reactionary and illogical response to Trump’s temporary travel and immigration ban policies. It says it will hire 10,000 refugees over the next 5 years in response to Trump. So instead of being served by hardworking Americans or Filipino immigrants, every time you enter a Starbucks in any part of the…
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Top 10 Tech Jobs in America to Watch Out for in 2017

Increase in population means increase in occupation demand. With the vast possibilities and international standards set by schools worldwide, one can be equipped to battle the challenges ahead. In today’s world, job popularity is determined by three factors: number of job openings, earning potential or salary, and overall job satisfaction rating. Here, we listed the…
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New and Improved NASA Space Rockets Made Possible with the Help of Special Paint

 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the department in charge of United States’ Science and Technology pertaining to vehicles for air and space. Situated in Silicon Valley, The Ames Research Center is getting pretty busy for a while. They have been whipping up something new to enhance their journey to infinity and beyond. Latest news…
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Hover Boards: Top Picks for January 2017

Technology has created a sharp turn, making advancements in daily living unimaginable. Citing concepts from the 1967 film “back to the future”, who would have thought that those make-believe inventions will later on come to life? One example is the Hover Board. Hover boards are drawn from the concept of skate boards, a board having…
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TopSpin Unveils Enterprise IoT Security Platform DECOYnet

MAHWAH, N.J., and HERZLIYA, Israel, Jan. 31, 2017 — TopSpin Security, Inc., the leader in intelligent deception and detection solutions, today introduced the industry?EU?s first enterprise internet of things (IoT) security solution based on leading deception technology, now available in the latest version of the DECOYnet intelligent deception solution.

Deception offers a unique solution to protecting IoT environments. One of the main problems with IoT security is devices?EU? minimal computing resources, which make the use of antivirus, encryption and other forms of protection within IoTs extremely challenging. IoT security poses a growing concern for organizations worldwide. Approximately 3.9 billion connected things were in use in 2014. Gartner expects this figure to rise to at least 25 billion by 2020. 1

TopSpin?EU?s approach overcomes the limitations seen today for IoT security. The company?EU?s unique traffic and security analysis engine enables it to uniquely discover all types of IoT systems in the enterprise. Leveraging the ability to create the industry?EU?s most diverse set of deception traps, TopSpin can emulate enterprises?EU? unique IoT systems for attackers to find, resulting in a tripped alarm and alerts to IT. The new solution will be unveiled and demonstrated publicly for the first time at the RSA Conference 2017, Feb. 14-16 in San Francisco, in TopSpin?EU?s Booth Number 4715 (North Hall).

?EU?The Internet of Things is an increasingly attractive early link in attack chains,?EU? said Ray Wagner, Ph.D., Managing Vice President of the Secure Business Enablement group at Gartner. ?EU?By 2020, over 25 percent of identified attacks in enterprises will involve IoT, though IoT will account for less than 10 percent of IT security budgets.?EU? 2

DECOYnet offers the most comprehensive security for the enterprise IoT environment powered by deception technology. Supported systems include: printers, cameras/DVRs, TVs, access control systems to doors/gates, employee attendance systems, VoIP devices, industrial control systems, central…
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