• Apple won’t try and upsell iPhone buyers on the iPhone X

    Amid reports that iPhone 8 sales are reportedly falling below expectations, with the CEO of Rogers Communications going so far as to call iPhone 8 demand "anemic," Apple's financial prospects for the next year rest heavily on the company's highly anticipated iPhone X. Set to hit store shelves on November 3, initial iPhone X supply will reportedly fall in the 2-3 million range at launch, which is to say that many interested buyers may have to wait until late 2017 or even early 2018 before getting Apple's next-gen iPhone in their hands. With so much riding on the iPhone X, one can be forgiven for assuming that Apple -- supply issues notwithstanding -- might push prospective iPhone buyers to opt for the more margin-friendly iPhone X as opposed to less profitable devices like the iPhone 8 or even iPhone 7. Addressing this question head-on, Apple retail executive Angela Ahrendts told CNBC today that Apple store employees will assuredly not try and upsell customers on the iPhone X. On the contrary, employees will simply try and recommend a device that best suits what a given customer is looking for. Wwhile in Chicago to help celebrate the opening of a new flagship store along the Chicago riverwalk, Ahrendts said the following during her CNBC interview. Internally we said the tagline was 'an iPhone for everyone. I prefer that we ask you who you're buying it for. If they're 6 or 7 years old, what do they need? If it's someone who's leaning into something else, what do they need? We do that with Mac, we do that with iPad, why wouldn't we do that with [the] phone? Drawing an analogy to the fashion world -- which the former Burberry CEO certainly understands better than most anyone -- Ahrendts also intimated that the customer relationship in the long-run easily outweighs any gains to be had by selling consumers a higher-margin device that they really don't need. "The way we look at it is building a relationship," Ahrendts explained. "It's no different from fashion. Don't you go back to someone who's taken really good care of you, who you trust, to make you a better version of yourself?" All that said, with the iPhone X representing the first real redesign to the iPhone form factor since 2014, I'm pretty sure that Apple won't be needing to convince anyone to opt for the iPhone X over the iPhone 8.

  • Judge tosses $417M award against Johnson & Johnson

    A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene. Los Angeles County Superior ...

  • Downtown Line 3 will be 'game-changer' for residents in the east: Khaw Boon Wan

    The final stage of the Downtown Line will be a game-changer for residents in the east of Singapore, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

  • User finds KFC only follows 11 'Herbs and Spices' on Twitter

    Washington, Oct 21 (IANS) A Twitter user has noticed that US fast food restaurant chain KFC has a highly selective list of accounts it follows on the micro-blogging service. A user who goes by "Edge" tweeted on Thursday that KFC is only following 11 users -- the five former members of English pop girl group, the Spice Girls, and six men named Herb, including music legend Herb Alpert and Green Bay Packers cornerback Herb Waters. "5 Spice Girls and 6 guys named Herb," the user wrote.

  • Squirrel Does Not Like Being Called Fat

    This squirrel was recently sitting minding their own business eating a nut in Ann Arbor, Michigan, when this judgemental guy came over and called them fat. Needless to say, the squirrel wasn’t too happy about this body-shaming. For what it’s worth, we think the squirrel looks lovely! Credit: Will Dart via Storyful

  • 19-year-old NSF gets 2 years' probation for punching mother with knuckle-duster

    A full-time national serviceman who punched his mother using a knuckle-duster was sentenced to a two-year probation on Friday (20 October). Rajen Zulueta Rajenthiran pleaded guilty to one count of assault and one count of being armed with an offensive instrument, reported The Straits Times.

  • 2 businessmen charged with 442 counts for sham employment businesses

    Terry Tan-Soo I-Hse, 39, and Clarence Lim Jun Yao, 30, were jointly charged by the Commercial Affairs Department and Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in the State Courts. According to an MOM media statement, Tan-Soo was the director of the employment agency Asia Recruit, while Lim was the director of Asiajobmart and UUBR International. Asia Recruit is now known as Asiajobmart while UUBR is now known as Connectsia. MOM has since imposed a ban on Lim and his firms, Asiajobmart and UUBR, from employing any new foreign workers and from renewing any work passes.