How to Sell More B2B-- via Amazon Business...

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Amazon Business will run a workshop at IFA Global Markets, Station Berlin, Sept. 3-6th.

Amazon BusinessNow sellers can expand their B2B sales via Amazon Business and benefit from new features that tailor offers to the needs of business customers--offers like business-specific pricing, quantity discounts and exclusive business offers.

The free workshop (registration required, limited to 40 at a time) will show you how to get new business customers using Amazon Business-- and how to tailor your business offers and increase your sales conversion.

Amazon Business wants you to benefit from higher visibility of your business offers and from lower fees on high volume transactions.

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The "Bothie" Taking Nokia 8

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HMD Global hopes to introduce a new word with the launch of the Nokia 8, its first Nokia-branded Android flagship-- "bothie," or a photo taken by both front and rear cameras, simultaneously.

Nokia 8Attempts at terminology aside, the Nokia 8 is the Finnish company's take on the likes of Apple and Samsung. It is a 5.3-inch device with an aluminium unibody, inside of which are a 2560 x 1440 resolution LCD display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage (expandable to 256GB via microSD card) and a 3090mAh battery. The software of choice is stock Android 7 (aka Nougat).

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IDC: W. European Tablet Market "Almost" Returns to Growth

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According to IDC the contraction of the W. European tablet market felt on Q2 2017 is of "just" -0.5% Y-o-Y as shipments reach 70 million units, an "almost complete recovery of the market in the region."

Driving such recovery are Apple tablets and improvement in the macroeconomic situation of several countries. In general, detachable see 1% Y-o-Y growth, while regular slate tablets show "resilience" with a decrease of just -1% Y-o-Y. Interestingly, the commercial segment shows positive 2.8% Y-o-Y growth, mainly driven by Apple and Android-based detachables (whose growth is 29.3% and 34.9% Y-o-Y respectively).

IDC Q2 2017 W. European tablets

"Detachables are showing particularly strong growth within the corporate business, facilitated by the introduction of more commercially oriented models," the analyst remarks. "These models are geared toward operating primarily as a portable PC with the secondary benefit of a tablet, helping to compete against the growing commercial trend toward the adoption of convertibles."

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Twelve South Brings Curve Stand Back

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Accessory maker Twelve South announces the Curve-- a comeback of the iCurve stand, feauturing an "elegant" design promising to elevate an Apple notebook to an ideal angle.

CurveLaunched back in 2003, the original iCurve was the first stand designed by Twelve South co-founder Andrew Green. The Curve is a similar offering, built out of aluminium with a matte black finish to match the new Space Grey MacBooks. It elevates the notebook by 16.5cm and keeps 70% of the base exposed through an open bottom, allowing for better cooling.

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DigiTimes: Apple Watch Shipments to Reach 15m in 2017

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According to upstream supply chain sources speaking to DigiTimes overall Apple Watch shipments are to reach 4.4 million in Q4 2017, before growing to 15m for the full year 2017 and 20m by 2018.

apple watch digitimesSuch results bode well for Apple and its plans for the 3rd generation Watch. Other vendors do not have such luck, though-- the anonymous sources say demand is weakening for wearables from the likes of Xiaomi and Fitbit. Also seeing weak demand are Samsung, LG, Huawei and Motorola, while Asus and Intel have essentially given up on the device category.

Why did smartwatches-- aside from the Watch-- fail to capture the imagination? DigiTimes points out "high prices, weak battery life, overlapping functionalities with smartphones, and not yet fully integrated ecosystem have prevented demand from reaching expected levels."

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