Tag: Expect

13
Oct
2020
Posted in internet

Lower Richland County can expect high speed internet next year

People who live in Lower Richland should expect to have high-speed internet access at their fingertips sometime next year.

HOPKINS, S.C. — If you’re driving down Lower Richland Boulevard or Camp Creek Road, you’ll see orange wiring going through the ground. That’s because Richland County Council contracted a private company, TruVista Telecom, to lay 55 miles of fiber optic cables. The project will provide Lower Richland residents access to high-speed internet over broadband.

“The projects are transformative in the sense that the community will have world class services in a rural setting,” said Richland County Vice-Chair, Dalhi Myers. “That is what the best rural communities offer. I think we will be able to attract people who want to be in a rural environment and want to live in the modern world.”

Myers said nearly almost all the children who grow up in Lower Richland and become adults move somewhere else because there is no access to world-class services. She believes this project allows for growth without interrupting the rural lifestyle.

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“What I would like to see is a return to a level of commerce and community growth that allows the community to remain livable for the next 100 years,” Myers explained. “Hopefully, it will not result in the kind of year over year population decline that we have consistently seen.”

People who live in Lower Richland should expect to have high-speed internet access at their fingertips sometime next year.

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08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Amazon Prime Day PS5 And PS4 Deals: What To Expect

It’s an exciting time for PlayStation fans, as the PlayStation 5 launches November 12. We’re also entering peak deals season for video games, with Amazon Prime Day 2020 next week and Black Friday following not too far behind. So, the question is: What kind of PlayStation deals can we expect throughout Amazon Prime Day? There will be tons of deals on games and accessories, though it may be quite challenging to find any PS5-centric deals.

We’ll be rounding up the best PS5 and PS4 deals for Amazon Prime Day 2020 as they go live on October 13. This will include deals from not just Amazon, but the confirmed competing sales at Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Newegg, and more retailers. For now, let’s take a look and what PlayStation deals to expect (and what not to expect) throughout Prime Day 2020.

PS5 preorders probably aren’t happening

Of course, there’s practically no chance of any deals on the PS5 on Prime Day. Additionally, we doubt any units will be available to preorder. The PS5 has been sold out for weeks, and there hasn’t been any indication that more stock will be made available before it launches on November 12.

We’d also be surprised to see PS4 console deals, since interest in the soon-to-be outdated system has died down this year. Also, retailers haven’t had much stock of any PS4 model but the Pro this year, and it seems even the Pro is becoming scarce.

PS4/PS5 Prime Day 2020 game deals

Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima

Game deals tend to be featured heavily on Prime Day at Amazon and other retailers. Each year, we see discounts on relatively new releases as well as beloved hits. With the PS5 on the horizon, we might see even steeper discounts on PS4 games than normal. We’re particularly curious

08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Asia Business Leaders Show Signs Of Optimism, But Expect Layoffs To Continue

Chinese astrology has it that 2020 is a “metal rat” year, and is associated with turbulence. Covid-19 has certainly provided a quantum of it. With a steep market dive in the first quarter, and sharp worldwide economic contraction, Asian business has had a rough ride. As star signs go, 2020 has so far lived up to its ratty astrological reputation.

The results of a survey conducted from August to September of Hong Kong-based Asia Business Council’s members, who are the chairmen and CEOs of some of Asia’s leading multi-national companies, collectively valued at nearly $3 trillion, and with some 3 million employees, offer insights against the turbulent backdrop of a year dominated by Covid-19. With a response rate of 83% (58 out of 70 members), the results showed a latent optimism and the confidence to re-tool investment focus. Though the outlook for job growth remains uncertain, not surprisingly, these leaders ranked public health and geopolitics as top concerns for their businesses.

A lot of numbers follow here, but they are very telling. When asked their outlook for business conditions in Asia over the next 12 months, and in spite of significant declines in their own revenues, half said they expect to see an improvement, while 33% expect conditions to worsen. Though not a table-pounding endorsement, this is a significant change from 2019, when 55% expected conditions to worsen.

Only 16% of members foresee a prolonged downturn or depression, and just 5% anticipate inflation. The wide distribution of an effective vaccine for Covid-19 is viewed as a pre-condition for a return to pre-pandemic economic levels–an opinion expressed by 91%—that speaks well of the latent, “coiled-spring” potential of

02
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

What To Expect Of The iPhone

Regarding the iPhone, the topic of the month is likely to be Apple’s 5G-ready device, which is expected to be unveiled within the next couple of weeks. But when it comes to fiscal fourth quarter results, what will really matter are the iPhone 11 and iPhone SE.

Today, as part of our countdown to earnings day, I look at how well this very important business segment might have performed in the most recent three-month period.

An uphill battle

I find it unlikely that smartphone sales in fiscal fourth quarter will deviate too much from the previous period, considering how little the COVID-19 crisis and global recession have evolved in this short period of time. Therefore, I think it helps to use fiscal third quarter as a yardstick to set fiscal fourth quarter expectations.

Last time, Apple did not quite disappoint on iPhone sales. However, the segment was the worst-performing of them all (see chart below). It seems clear that the smartphone was not a key beneficiary of the stay-at-home economy, as one would reasonably expect, compared to products like the iPad and Mac.

Research shops keep calling for a sharp, double-digit drop in smartphone sales in 2020, although the estimates have gotten a bit better over the past few months. Should these forecasts prove accurate, Apple might have a tough time producing revenue growth in the quarter that precedes the launch of the iPhone 12 – consider how consumers may wait to buy the new model in the holiday reason.

Will iPhone SE save the day?

Some support to smartphone sales may come from the iPhone SE, launched earlier in 2020. Demand for this more inexpensive model is unlikely to be cannibalized by the higher-end iPhone 12. Remember that, last quarter, CEO Tim Cook said that the iPhone SE led