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UFO or space station? The best way to spot the ISS without a telescope – CNET

You don’t need any expensive equipment to spot the ISS, just this app, an alarm and a quick eye.
Source: CNET

Apple Arcade plays on big screens with Apple TV, but it's no Nintendo Switch – CNET

Although Arcade worked well in my hands-on with PlayStation and Xbox controllers, most of the initial games are better suited for iPhones.
Source: CNET

"Ripper"—The Inside Story of the Egregiously Bad Videogame

The 1996 title featuring Christopher Walken was held up as an exemplar of gaming’s future. But things didn’t exactly work out that way.
Source: Wired

Why Lightning Strikes Twice as Much Over Shipping Lanes

It might sound crazy, but it’s true: The heavens cast their wrath and fury on the ships more than on the fishes.
Source: Wired

A Controversial Plan to Encrypt More of the Internet

The road to routing all Domain Name System lookups through HTTPS is pocked with disagreements over just how much it will help.
Source: Wired

Google Pixel 4 event: How to watch, start time, livestream – CNET

All the Google product action happens on Tuesday in New York and we’ll have full coverage.
Source: CNET

Amazon, Walmart confront India’s slowing economy as holiday season growth stalls

Even India’s biggest festive season, featuring blinding marketing blitzkrieg and heavy discounts from Amazon India and Walmart’s Flipkart, has failed to escape the pains of slowing economy.

Online retailers in India sold goods worth $3 billion in the six-day festive sale that concluded last week, growing at an impressive 30% since last year, according to research firm RedSeer. The catch? A year before, the growth rate stood at 93%.

Forrester projected online retailers in India to generate about $4.8 billion in sales between September 25 and October 29. Satish Meena, an analyst at the research firm, said about 80% of these projected sales — $3.84 billion — were expected to occur between September 29 and October 4.

For Amazon India, which has invested more than $5.5 billion in the nation, RedSeer’s findings are more troublesome. According to the research firm’s estimate, Flipkart — together with e-commerce businesses Jabong and Myntra that it owns — commanded 63% of the market share during the festive season. Amazon India settled with just 22%.

An Amazon spokesperson in India declined to comment on the finding, but expressed concerns with the way RedSeer conducts its surveys. The spokesperson said these “speculative reports … lack robust and credible methodology.�

Amazon India did not share its internal findings, but volunteered to cite a Nielsen’s survey of 190,000 users in 50 cities. Per Nielsen, Amazon commanded 51% of all transactions during the festive sales, 42% of all orders, and 45% of all “value.�

The spokesperson added that “this event has been our biggest celebration ever.� The company received orders from 99.4% zip codes in India, and saw participation of over 65,000 sellers from 500 cities. “Over 88% new customers came from small towns,� the spokesperson said.

Flipkart did not respond to a request for comment.

Many in India have been watching the e-commerce sales as a test to see if it could kickstart the slowing consumer spending in the nation. The sales, leading up to the Hindu festival of Diwali, has traditionally been the season of lavish and reckless consumption in India.

And for Amazon and Walmart, a lot was riding on this festive season. The first half of this year has been slow for Amazon and Flipkart in India, said Meena. The e-commerce giants were subjected to disruptive changes in local e-commerce policy earlier this year, which forced both to delist hundreds of thousands of goods overnight from their marketplaces.

At a conference last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross expressed concerns over some of India’s recent regulatory changes, saying that India has become one of the most protectionist nations in the world. Indian newspaper The Economic Times reported last week that Amazon had cut investment in its India business by a third this year. Citing the report, Ross said disruptive policy changes influence the way global giants see the Indian market.

But disruptive policies is only one of the causes of concerns for international giants. India’s economy has slowed to a six-year low. Forrester’s Meena said the sales last week was the time when both Amazon and Flipkart could have bounced back. According to industry reports, e-commerce businesses generate nearly a third of their annual sales in India during this festive season.

But even as the growth rate has slowed down, Meena said the fact that both these companies along with other online retailers were able to generate so much sale is good news for them.

“Overall 2019 has been a slow year for e-commerce,� he told TechCrunch in an interview. “Two things are clear, though. One is that there remains a big opportunity for e-commerce in India. Second, consumers from smaller cities and towns are increasing their online spending.�

In the meantime, both Amazon and Flipkart have steered clear of sharing any meaningful internal data. Flipkart said that its marketplace had registered “2X sales growth.� The company said it had seen “3X transaction growth� and electronics grew over “70% from tier 2+ cities.� Amazon said “fashion grew 5X� and beauty items saw “7X� jump in sales.

The companies have never disclosed exact figures, so it is impossible to fathom how one should assess this growth.


Source: TechCrunch

Playstation 5 in 2020, Twitter privacy breach video – CNET

In today’s tech news, Sony officially unveils the PlayStation 5, Twitter makes a data privacy gaff and a Hearthstone player suspended after making pro Hong Kong comments.
Source: CNET

BT customers can upgrade to 5G from Friday, expect more fiber broadband soon – CNET

UK telecoms provider BT is trying to be better, and will offer new services and plans to prove it.
Source: CNET

3 days left to save on passes to Disrupt Berlin 2019

What does Disrupt Berlin 2019 have in common with the movie “Three Days of the Condor?� Frankly, not much except that there are only three days of the super early bird special left before prices go up. The analogy may be a stretch, but the facts are real. Right now, you can save up to €600 depending on the pass you buy.

Remember, the super early bird is an endangered species. Once the clock strikes 11:59 p.m. (CEST) on Friday, 11 October, the super early bird pricing goes extinct. And who wants to pay more than necessary? Extinction will cost you, so don’t wait. Buy your passes to Disrupt Berlin today.

Once you secure your pass, you can start thinking about all the ways you want to experience Disrupt Berlin. Join an audience of thousands to watch some of the world’s top early-stage startups go head-to head in the Startup Battlefield. Between 15-20 teams will take the Main stage to deliver a 6-minute product pitch and demo to a panel of expert tech and VC judges.

It’s a fast, furious and epic pitch competition that culminates with one outstanding startup claiming the Disrupt Cup and a $50,000 equity-free prize. And all the participants get to bask in the warm, possibly life-changing spotlight of media and investor attention.

You’ll find even more early-stage startups exhibiting a wide range of technologies in Startup Alley, our expo floor and networking paradise. Among the hundreds of exhibitors, be sure to check out the TC Top Picks. TechCrunch editors hand-picked this cohort to find up to five of the best startups representing these tech categories: AI/Machine Learning, Biotech/Healthtech, Blockchain, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy/Security, Retail/E-commerce, Robotics/IoT/Hardware, CRM/Enterprise and Education.

Have you heard about our Extra Crunch stage? That’s where you’ll find fireside chats and panel discussions focused on founder and investor success. Plus, it’s the place to go for practical insights and how-to content. We’re talking advice you can take home and put to work in your business. Straight from the mouths of the people who’ve done the hard work and earned their success.

So much to do and see at Disrupt Berlin 2019 and just three days of the super early bird left. The savings go extinct at 11:59 p.m. (CEST) on Friday, 11 October. Buy your passes to Disrupt Berlin, save a bundle, and we’ll see you in December!

Is your company interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at Disrupt Berlin 2019? Contact our sponsorship sales team by filling out this form.


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