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Puerto Rico Reform: Doomed before Hurricane Maria even struck, but plans to bring back prosperity begin

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On the evening of September 16 2017, Puerto Rico was struck by Hurricane Maria. With a huge economic downturn over the last decade and a $70bn debt bill from the US, this has added greatly to the Puerto Rico’s current problems. President Trump has spoken clearly about the debt problem and has shown little empathy to the US territory. The damaged infrastructure on the island has attracted  commercial interest from the likes of Google and Tesla, with companies like these speaking about plans to help  Puerto Rico reform. The Puerto… Read more

Uber: Revoking Uber’s London license prompts consumer backlash

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Transport for London is facing accusations that its decision to revoke Uber’s license in the British capital was politically motivated rather than based on safety concerns (concerns on which the capital’s transport regulator partly based its reasoning Uber’s). Uber’s cheap and efficient transport offering is popular worldwide and has been used on a mass scale within all of London’s major areas, including the suburbs and villages that surround it. With the black cab business taking a hard hit since Uber’s formation, the decision is music to their ears and also… Read more

iPhone X: After healthy sales historically, $1,000 price tag does not justify the technological difference over previous generations

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Apple was once known for its innovative developments and breakthroughs in the computer and music market. With the release of the iPhone in 2007, it broke records in terms of sales growth for a phone. Year on year growth for the past 10 years has been extremely impressive and this is due to a variety of quality factors associated with Apple’s brand. With strong brand loyalty associated with Apple, customers have become fans and many enjoy upgrading their phones every year seeing as there is a new iPhone released every… Read more

Governments to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars: Regular fueled vehicles not to be sold from 2040 onwards

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Following recent announcements to ban the sale of regular fueled (Petrol & Diesel) vehicles (RFVs) in France by 2040, the UK’s Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced plans to achieve the same goal by the same date. The UK has become heavily polluted over the years, especially in some areas in London such as Brixton, where levels of pollution are borderline illegal. There has been a greater push for the use of electric vehicles (EVs) over recent years, through financial incentives which aim to drive… Read more

Snapchat: Popularity germinates, safety concerns arise

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Snapchat, the billion dollar social media company has grown substantially in value terms and very quickly over the past five years. With an increasing amount of new developments, Snap Inc. has somewhat introduced a new development which could revolutionize users’ experience with the smartphone’s interference with regards to day to day activities. Snap Map reveals a user’s location in real time to his/her friends or public in a design friendly interface which could mean friends can track exactly where their friends are at any point of time. With some positive… Read more

M&S and Debenhams: Online retail to continue its surge while retail outlets continue to close

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The growing popularity of shopping via the internet, coupled with both the younger and older generations becoming increasingly tech-savvy, has led to a massive surge in shopping online A bit of rewording would be good so it reads better. – whether it be essentials such as food or clothes, all the way to smaller items. The convenience of doing so has meant that fewer sales have been achieved on the high street for major retailers, and sales revenue have transferred to online equivalents. After recent announcements from M&S and Debenhams… Read more

Medicaid: Trump’s budget proposal will not pass congress

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It is that time of the year, when the White House is to put forward a proposal to congress underlying the US budget for FY2018 which is to set itself up for the next ten years. It is the first budget submission since Donald Trump took up presidency and there has already been speculation regarding his gloomy views on previous policy that aimed to benefit the less fortunate citizens of America. With the Affordable Care Act (nicknamed Obamacare) set up to help millions of Americans at potential danger of further… Read more

Smart TV devices: TV dongle sales grow, Pay TV subscriptions decline

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US Pay TV subscriptions have been in decline over recent years. With advancements in technology and the way some viewers changing the way they watch their favorite TV shows, it is observable that growth in the online streaming services industry presents an opportunity to those like Sky and BT. Additionally, companies like Amazon Video & Netflix reaping in the subscribers worldwide. This has meant a huge surge in popularity for Smart TV devices which host applications allowing them to project their streaming content on pretty much any modern TV. With… Read more

Spring Budget 2017: Budget statement to address Brexit effect and to impact business rates

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The economic forecasts released by the UK government before and after the referendum, are astounding in how much they have changed: from an optimistic positive outlook quoted by George Osborn, to a more bleak negative picture for the next five years. Uncertainty playing a major part has led to the outcome of more borrowing for the UK government in order to cover the worst case scenario of lower valued tax receipts in the future. With the Spring statement being the first and last one this April (there will only be… Read more

KFC China: New facial recognition software is more offending than ground-breaking

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Poor industry performance due to bad food ratings and hygiene issues has been severely damaging for the KFC brand over recent years in China. With a significant share in the Chinese market, KFC’s parent owner Yum! have some important decisions to make in order to build back growth for the franchises once again. It is clear that the technological vanguards are forefront to many industries who wish to make their services more efficient, cost saving and increase its customer satisfaction ratings, while of course keeping consistency across its brand. With… Read more

GM & Ford: Trump threats to enforce higher border tax to car manufacturers

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During Trump’s campaign, there was definite tension alongside his controversial expression towards Mexico and his immigration policies that led to talk of a Mexican wall at the border. Well as it turns out, it is not just Mexican immigrants he is attempting to restrict from entering the US, but also vehicles that are manufactured in the neighbouring country, unless the manufacturer pays high border tax. Trump’s intentions were clear during his campaign, and any possibility to build and retain jobs in America seemed to be an important aim of his,… Read more

Amazon Go: Newfound technology will give Amazon a major chance in the food & grocery industry, at the cost of future jobs

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Late 2015, Amazon Fresh rolled out across the USA in several states and similarly was introduced in the UK mid-2016. Now with the launch of Amazon Go, it is clear that Amazon wants a proportion of the share of the food & grocery market, one of the largest industries in the world it is not being quiet about it. Innovation and technological advances will give Amazon a significant advantage over its competitors emphasizing convenience for the customer. Amazon Go is the tangible version of its online store. A 1,800 square… Read more

Nissan: Positive economy growth leads to future production of new models in the UK

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With the third quarter GDP growth rate proving to be better than predicted at 0.5% (0.2% higher than estimated), Nissan has decided to remain in the UK, agreeing to invest further in its Sunderland manufacturing plant in North East England. Even though car manufacturing was down 1%, there have been signs of positivity for Nissan that has led to this decision. Exports for the manufacturer will become cheaper due to the falling exchange rate with the European Union possessing the UK motor industry’s biggest export market (57.3% of UK car… Read more

Microsoft: $26.2bn LinkedIn acquisition its largest to date, but deal makes sense

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Surrounding this acquisition purchase came many queries questioning the future success of such a transaction. With an alarming price tag attached to the bill, Microsoft acquiring LinkedIn is by far the largest purchase it has made in history. With a pretty poor track record in large acquisitions, (with the exception of Skype of course), it remains to be seen if this one is any different. CEO Satya Nadella has been leading Microsoft since early 2014 and feels it is his job to turn the poor history of buyouts into a… Read more