Why people trust Apple with their health data more than Google or Amazon

Tim Cook was the second highest-paid executive of 2016, pulling in $150,036,907

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Tim Cook was the second highest-paid executive of 2016, pulling in $150,036,907

Would you trust a technology company like Apple, Amazon or Google with your health data?

More than 1,000 people participated in my Twitter poll on the topic, and the majority of people responding that they would. Only 37 percent of people responded that they would not share their data.

Among those who opted to share their health data with a tech company, one clear winner emerged: Apple.

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Small Businesses Sold 40 Million Items on Amazon Prime Day — Twice Last Year’s Total

Small Businesses Win Big with Prime Day 2017 Sales

Are you selling your products on Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN)?

If you are not, here’s a good reason to consider the platform. During the recently held third annual Prime Day event, customers ordered more than 40 million units from hundreds or thousands of small businesses. This was up from 20 million units sold last year.

Small Businesses Win Big with Prime Day 2017 Sales

Small businesses offered deals on everything from apparel to toys, household goods and handmade items. Many businesses, in fact, experienced their largest sales day ever.

Small business owner, Lawrence Bibi, CEO of LightAccents, a seller of lights and decor, said, “LightAccents had a fantastic Prime Day. It was our best sales day in over two years.”

What Prime Day Has to Offer to Small Businesses

An increasing number of small businesses are leveraging Prime Day to boost sales during a historically slow time of the year. But that’s not the only reason for small businesses to look forward to the event.

Prime Day also helps small businesses prepare for the upcoming holiday season.

Ben Arneberg, co-founder of Willow & Everett, said, “Overall, for the Prime Day event (all 30 hours), we saw about 20 times more overall sales. This is a huge benefit to our business, as it gives us exposure to thousands of new customers, and helps us with cash flow as we ramp up on inventory for the Holiday Season.”

Why Small Businesses Should Consider Selling on Amazon

As one of the largest ecommerce companies in the world, Amazon provides a lucrative platform for small businesses.

Not surprisingly, therefore, a growing number of small businesses (73 percent) today are considering selling on Amazon.

If you are interested in sourcing products to sell on Amazon, you must remember that it’s somewhat different than looking for products to sell on eBay and similar auction websites. Depending on the type of products you are trying to sell, there are certain things you need to keep in mind.

If you want to source products overseas, you may try online wholesalers such as Alibaba (NYSE:BABA). It’s important for you to look into Amazon’s FBA service to handle the fulfillment side of your business and also secure a good rank on Amazon.

With a well-defined strategy, you can make the most of Amazon and reap benefits during events such as Prime Day.

[“Source-smallbiztrends”]

Third party speakers may help Google Home take on Amazon Echo

google home 3-Google IO 2016

As we gear up to Google’s launch event in San Francisco next week, eyes are not only on the company’s new line-up of Pixel phones, but also on the extended range of smart home accessories expected to be on display. Google Home, a WiFi-connected smart speaker, could turn out to be one of the more important announcements made at the event, as Google prepared to ramp up its efforts in the smart home space and prepares to take on the increasingly popular Amazon Echo.

HiFi audio sales have been rejuvenated by the introduction of wireless Bluetooth and WiFi systems, and the early success of Amazon’s Echo suggests that there’s a growing consumer appetite for tying these systems in with virtual assistant and smart home products. Amazon has reportedly already sold 3 million Echo speaker systems this year, and is aiming to ship 10 million units in 2017. Google clearly does not want to be left behind, and already has an extensive ecosystem of virtual assistant based technologies, including search and app integration, that Google Home will be able to make use of.

According to a report by Variety, Google has been in talks with manufacturers to begin building other devices that will work just like Google Home. Apparently, details were discussed at a closed-door talk with some 50 participant from the home audio market. This suggests that we may end up seeing smart speakers from a variety of manufacturers, all powered by the Google Home could-based assistant.

 

Iportantly, another source alleges that Google may not allow these companies to combine their hardware with other virtual assistance, not that this demand is particularly uprising. Although manufacturers may be reluctant to put all their eggs into Google’s technology. However, some of the companies involved are said to have already worked with Google to produce speakers powered by Google Cast, a list which includes major brands such as Sony, Philips, LG, JBL, and Bang & Olufsen. However, Google has declined to comment on whether it will be working with any third-party manufacturers on this.

Google Home was originally announced back at I/O 2016, so we already know quite a bit about it. The little hub integrates a built-in Bluetooth speaker and microphone, which is paired up with Google Assistant to answer questions and respond to commands. The system is also integrated with Cast, so consumers can launch audio from compatible devices and apps, including Spotify, Tunein, Pandora, and more. Cast capabilities also mean that customers will be table to launch YouTube videos and other steaming services on their TV just by issuing a command to Google Home.

Essentially, Google Home is the company’s big play to bring its mobile assistant services to the home. Google’s portfolio of smart products may also assist the company in catching up with and leapfrogging Amazon Echo. Nest technologies have been incorporated to work on the project, opening up the possibility that other products around the home could be controlled from your speaker system.

According to an insider at the meeting, companies may be ready to unveil speakers with built-in Google Assistant integration as early as next summer. 2017 could be the year that smart homes really hit the mainstream.

 

 

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