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NBC News’ Ken Dilanian reports on President Biden being presented with options to carry out massive cyberattacks designed to disrupt Russia’s ability to sustain its military operations in Ukraine.

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Amazon Refreshing Sees Foot Visitors Maximize As E-Commerce Giant Options More Grocery Store Openings

An Amazon Contemporary grocery store

A set of mixed fundamentals gives the backdrop for e-commerce behemoth Amazon’s continued foray into physical grocery revenue.

On the positive facet, the 18-thirty day period-aged Amazon Clean model observed foot targeted traffic boost in Q4 2021, in accordance to Placer.ai knowledge. 

“Between Q2 ‘21 and Q4 ‘21, visits grew for each solitary a single of the eight shops analyzed,” Placer.ai mentioned in a blog site posted in early February. “Though part of the advancement may well be thanks to first Covid-similar capacity limits, the fact that retail store occupancy rose throughout the board at these early places suggests that these venues are generating increased desire around time — a positive sign for any retailer.”

Amazon is setting up to open up more retailers in its quest for bodily grocery store market place share, Progressive Grocer experiences. The retail huge by now has 23 Amazon Clean places nationwide, with approximately as many under construction or in the scheduling phases for an opening this 12 months. It also has extra than 500 Full Foods Market place stores, plus 24 Amazon Go usefulness shops.

Comfort is a most important marketing position in the e-commerce giant’s bid for grocery sector share. Its numerous platforms offer a cashier-less checkout system and a browsing cart that incorporates the skill to test buyers out without the need of a cashier.

“We will carry on to make investments in technology — like our Just Stroll Out purchasing and the Amazon Sprint Cart — to make the grocery purchasing encounter extra easy for shoppers,” Amazon Vice President Jeff Helbling instructed Progressive Grocer.

Despite Amazon’s splashy acquisition of Full Meals in 2017 for $13.7B and the fast rollout of its physical outlets beneath the Amazon Refreshing model since then, the e-commerce huge continues to be a modest participant in the in general $750B U.S. grocery retail store section.

As of mid-December, Amazon’s market place share in bodily sales of groceries, combining Entire Foodstuff and Amazon Contemporary, came in at 2.4% above the earlier 12 months, in accordance to investigation business Numerator knowledge, as described by CNBC.

Market chief Walmart took in practically a fifth of all U.S. grocery retailer gross sales for the same time period (18%). Other grocers besting Amazon include Kroger (8.8% of complete sales), Costco (6.4%), Albertsons (4.7%), Ahold Delhaize (4.3%) and Publix (3.7%).

In addition, Amazon’s grocery stores tallied decreased gross sales in 2021 than in 2018, even nevertheless its footprint of leases expanded by 17% over people years.

“It’s pretty much like the grocery small business is an high-priced hobby,” Longbow Asset Administration CEO Jake Dollarhide informed CNBC.

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T-Mobile Charts Out Better Home Internet Options

T-Mobile’s home internet service provides a big boost for people in areas where they’re otherwise stuck with lackluster cable or DSL, but it could use some upgrades. In a conversation with PCMag, T-Mobile’s President of Technology Neville Ray mused about how the system could be improved in the future.

“There’s way more demand for this product than we imagined. Its performance is pretty strong, and its price point is great, and folks hate their cable companies,” Ray says.

I reviewed T-Mobile Home Internet in June, and I found its weakest point to be its Nokia home modem. My first unit failed, and I needed a replacement. Several commenters on my review agree: they say the modem is unreliable and they’ve often needed replacements.

“We’re absolutely expanding the number of vendor solutions that will be available,” Ray says, pointing out that when the service first launched, “we didn’t have a ton of choice.”

The Nokia modem also has no easy option to add an external antenna, which could really improve signal strength. (You can in fact add one, but it takes some hardware hacking.) Ray says that T-Mobile was extremely focused on ease of use at the beginning of its rollout, but it’s now trying to see how it can offer more flexible solutions.

He didn’t give any time frame for offering more options; he was just pointing out that T-Mobile is thinking about them. “We didn’t want to have to do the Verizon thing of sticking it up in the window,” he says. “We’re trying to avoid inconveniencing the consumer with truck rolls and that sort of thing. We need something…that most average consumers can deploy quickly.”

Even without extending coverage further, though, T-Mobile is pretty thrilled about the demand it’s seeing. While Verizon has taken three years to get to 150,000 wireless home subscribers, T-Mobile is aiming for 500,000 by the end of this year, the company has previously said.

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According to our review, T-Mobile’s now-$50/month home internet service offered me speeds between 150-300Mbps with no contract, installation, or equipment fees. That’s better than DSL, on par with cable, and not as good as fiber. Coverage for the best speeds is reliant on T-Mobile’s mid-band 5G network, which now covers about 185 million people.

T-Mobile has plenty of capacity on its mid-band network for more signups, and won’t need to dip into its cache of millimeter-wave spectrum soon, Ray says.

“The volume of capacity we’re generating with that mid-band deployment, and our ability to start extending the reach and availability of that 5G home router product, that’s pretty immense over the next two or three years,” he says.

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