England’s decision to withdraw from the European Union earlier this week sent shockwaves around the globe and for good reason: many aspect of our daily lives, from the global economy to international travel, will be affected. Smartphones too, as it’s turn out, won’t be immune to the impact of Brexit.
Motorola stepped out today to announce that their 5.5-inch Moto G4 and G4 Plus Android smartphones will start shipping in the US on July 12th. Perhaps the most notable aspect of these phones is their price, which starts at $199.99 for the Moto G4 and $249.99 for the Moto G4 Plus. And both devices are universally unlocked on both GSM and CDMA networks, not tied to a specific carrier. At these price points, you’re typically looking at some sort of long term commitment with a carrier to subsidize the device but these new Moto handsets with big displays manage to pull it off contract-free.
About 8 million Filipinos are working abroad in places from Canada to Dubai, tolerating odd jobs far from their families to earn more money than they could get at home. There’s cultural isolation and racism. Some people are overworked on fishing vessels to the point of endangering their health. Others suddenly find their contracts suddenly cut and get sent back to the Philippines.
China’s Alibaba, the world’s largest online and mobile e-commerce company, and U.S. foods giant Mars Inc. have announced a partnership that will see all 17 brands Mars sold in China on Tmall.com and Ruraltaobao.com, including six brands (M&Ms, Snickers, Dove, Extra, Pedigree and Royal Canin) that produce more than $1 billion USD in revenue per year in sales in the market.