LUCKNOW: The fuel mafia in Uttar Pradesh (UP) have hit the headlines again as they have discovered a new and hi-tech way of duping gullible customers. In a late night swoop on petrol pump stations across the State capital, UP special task force (STF) caught eight owners using an electronic chip which fetched them profits worth lakhs per month in the State. The STF, as a result, seized all the eight petrol pump stations and arrested 23 persons while action on others continued on Friday. Union p...
(credit: Elliott Brown) You can now start filing public comments on the Federal Communications Commission plan to eliminate net neutrality rules. The FCC today opened the docket, titled "Restoring Internet Freedom." Clicking "New Filing" takes you to a form for uploading comments. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai also released the draft text of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that will be voted on at the May 18 FCC meeting. There will be another three months for public comments after that prel...
Enlarge (credit: Verizon) Verizon Wireless lost 398,000 retail postpaid phone subscribers in the first six weeks of 2017. That's when the company launched unlimited smartphone data plans and immediately turned things around. Verizon still ended up losing customers for the quarter ending March 31, the company said in earnings results released today. But a gain of 109,000 retail postpaid phone connections after the launch of unlimited data dropped the overall phone loss to 289,000. "The lau...
Asian community organizations from Chicago hold signs to protest after an April 10 United Airlines incident in which a doctor was removed from a flight. United said Tuesday that it's too early to tell how bookings have been affected. Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune via APSkift Take: United says it does not yet know if business was hurt by last week's bumping drama in Chicago. It's possible that the airline lost some customers on the margins, but United will be fine long-term. If the pr...
As Google has struggled increasingly to maintain momentum in its seven-year effort to break into the home Internet service business, competitors are sensing it may be time to pounce. Charter Communications, the second-largest home broadband provider in the country after Comcast cmcsa , has started running newspaper advertisements in Kansas City where it competes head-to-head with Google’s Fiber service mocking its rivals recent struggles. “Aband...
According to local media reports, pre-orders for both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus have hit 550,000 in just two days. This represents the highest pre-order volume in South Korean history. The post Pre-order records topple as customers new Galaxy S8, S8 Plus stir up excitement appeared first on Digital Trends.
PANAJI: Customers need to be aware about banking codes and their rights so as to get the best services, Banking Codes and Standards Board of India (BCSBI) CEO Anand Aras has said. In this context, the BCSBI, in association with consultant firm TransUnion CIBIL, organised an awareness meet for the customers here yesterday. While interacting with the participants during the meet, it was observed that most complaints are mainly due to lack of awareness about the provisions of (banking) codes amon...
A nurture program is a necessary component of any business’s digital advertising strategy. It doesn’t matter if you’re peddling alpaca flannels on a one-page Shopify site or you’re hunting boomers in need of retirement savings management, nurture can help grow your brand and your bottom line. Sometimes (most of the time) people just aren’t ready to convert, to purchase your product or become a bona fide lead, after your first interactions. Depending on your industry, it could take min...
Amazon Web Services is making the software it uses to support customers available to businesses to use as their own call center infrastructure. The news was announced Tuesday. That means a corporation (i.e. an airline) could use AWS Connect--which relies on Amazon Lex, the voice recognition technology found in Amazon’s Echo connected speaker--to determine what the caller wants and route the call accordingly. Many companies have been turning to cloud-based support capabilities offered by co...
Goldman Sachs, known for advising the world’s richest and most powerful, is building a so-called robo-adviser geared to mass affluent customers, according to a job listing posted Monday on the bank’s website. A Goldman spokesman declined to comment. The job posting for employees to help build the platform comes as Goldman gs is looking at ways to broaden its customer base outside the super wealthy, including making deeper inroads into new consu...
Mastercard is upgrading its mobile payments service. This summer, the company will let people open, manage and close their tabs at participating bars and taverns completely through their phones. MastercardSkift Take: There are probably bigger annoyances than mistakenly leaving your credit card at a bar after closing time. But it's not pleasant, and it's nice to see Mastercard doing something to alleviate the issue. — Brian SumersIt’s 1 a.m. You’ve had a few too many at a ...
Microsoft released several updates on Tuesday along with a special message for customers wanting to get their hands on Creators Update. The message appears in the Settings app once the latest patches released on Tuesday are installed. The post Windows 10 customers can reserve a seat in the upcoming Creators Update rollout appeared first on Digital Trends.
Ethiopian Airlines is among the most successful in Africa, and it has ample growth plans. Pictured are members of the airline's flight crew. Ethiopian AirlinesSkift Take: While many African carriers are struggling to stay afloat, let alone turn a profit, Ethiopian Airlines is firmly in the black and planning aggressive expansion. The magic formula? The right aircraft and routes, and a government that lets the experts get on with it. — Richard Holmes Editor’s Note: Skift launched a new s...
Verizon wants you to stream more with its Fios service, and it's now giving customers free data to do so -- a move that wouldn't have been allowed under the FCC's previous leadership. The post Verizon is giving cellular customers free data — if they stream through Fios appeared first on Digital Trends.
For the next two weeks, customers who port their number to T-Mobile are eligible for a free iPhone 7 or a 7 Plus for just $100, following trade-in of a qualifying device and a rebate, the carrier announced Friday. The post Offer lets new T-Mobile customers snag a free iPhone 7, $100 iPhone 7 Plus appeared first on Digital Trends.
Here’s something that doesn’t happen often: Amazon is offering a coupon code to all of its customers. Celebrating its win and top spot placement on the annual Harris Corporate Reputation Poll, Amazon announced on Wednesday that it will be thanking customers in return by offering a $8.62 discount for one day only. (Amazon scored a “record-high” 86.27 on the poll.) The only catch is that customers must meet the minimum requirement of $50 per order. To take advantage of the ...
Popular UK fashion brand Illamasqua is forcing its customers to take an “anti-fascism pledge” to purchase its products. In the pledge, prospective buyers must vow to “accept responsibility on challenging social and climate issues” and actively promote social justice, which it refers to as “Human Fundamentalism.” Julian Kynaston The vegan brand, which produces makeup and perfumes, says that it “believe[s] in the freedom of expression, quality and diversity” and expresses horror at...
Charter Communications lost 105,000 TV subscribers in former Time Warner Cable territory in Q4 2016, the second straight quarter of video customer losses since acquiring TWC. The loss of 105,000 video subscribers in TWC territory is in sharp contrast to TWC's premerger performance in Q4 2015, when it gained 54,000 video subscribers, according to Charter's earnings report released yesterday. Charter gained 20,000 video subscribers in its premerger territory in Q4 2016, and gained another 34,...
BUILT by the Indian Space Research Organisation, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle threw itself into the sky at 3.58am GMT on February 15th. It took with it a record-breaking 104 satellites—88 of which belonged to a single company, Planet, a remote sensing business based in San Francisco. Planet now has 149 satellites in orbit—enough for it to provide its customers with new moderately detailed images of all the Earth’s land surface every single day.The satellites Planet makes—it calls t...
 Shortly after a Bloomberg report indicating that PayPal and Amazon have been discussing ways to work together on payments, Amazon unveiled a new milestone for its own payments business. The retailer said this morning that over 33 million customers have now used Amazon Payments to make a purchase – a figure that’s up 10 million from the 23 million it had in April of last…