Technology

Amazon Unveils ‘Fire Phone’

Amazon put the rumors to bed on yesterday and announced the Fire Phone, the company’s first smartphone. The market is already full of high-end handsets, so it’ll be tricky for Amazon to stand out from the herd. The Fire Phone starts shipping on July 25, and will cost $200 with 32 GB of storage, or $300 with 64 GB of ...

Read More »

Usian Bolt Stars in FIFA World Cup 2014 Visa Commercial

Jamaica’s global sprint legend Usain Bolt has reunited with Visa Europe, an official FIFA partner, in its latest advertising campaign. The Six-time Olympic champion is Visa Europe innovations ambassador. According to Visa, the campaign showcases its payment technologies and how they empower consumers – helping their lives ‘Flow Faster’.

Read More »

Apple is Buying Beats For us$3 Billion

Apple is officially buying Beats for $3 billion, just shy of the rumored price leaked a few weeks ago, the companies announced today. Apple will pay us$2.6 billion up front, plus another us$400 million over time. Apple’s getting stylish hardware from Beats Electronics and a streaming service with Beats Music. Apple expects the deal to close in late summer or ...

Read More »

LIME Invests Billions in Their Mobile 4G Network

4G is investing US$79 million or J$8.7 billion to upgrade its mobile network to deliver more of its fast 4G broadband speeds to more places across Jamaica. LIME is also seeking closer collaboration with the Government to enable more Jamaicans to access the Internet, which is increasingly becoming a tool for earning additional or fresh income.

Read More »

Twitter To Roll Out ‘Mute’ Feature

You know that friend who has an opinion or a joke about everything? Sure, they’re entertaining, but sometimes you wish you could get them to shut up. Now on Twitter, you can. Twitter is rolling out a “mute” feature that will let you silence certain users in your feed. Once you’ve muted them, their tweets and retweets will no longer ...

Read More »

Samsung Told To Pay Apple us$120M

A federal jury ruled yesterday that Samsung must pay us$119.6 million more to Apple over patent infringements, according to court documents filed by the U.S. District Court of Northern District of California, San Jose division. The ruling is the latest development in the long-running legal battle between the two tech giants. An appeal of yesterday’s ruling is possible.

Read More »

Twitter Records a Loss

The social networking site Twitter has announced that it made a net loss of US$132 million in the first three months of 2014. However, it posted quarterly revenue of $250 million, $226 million of which was made through advertising. The number of active users grew to 255 million, up 5.8% on the previous quarter, but lower than expected.

Read More »

JPS Customers To See Roughly 7% Decrease in Bills For April

This month, JPS customers will benefit from a 6.85% decrease in their electricity bills. Fuel & Independent Power Producers charge decreased from $28.83 in March, to $24.38 in April. As a result, the overall impact on the bill of a typical residential customer using 165 kilowatt hours per month, will see the bill moving from $7,071.57 for March, to $6,586.80 ...

Read More »

No Customs Duties on Phablets

The Government of Jamaica has taken a decision to remove customs duties from phablets, which are considered to be a cross between a telephone and a tablet. (Eg. Samsung Galaxy Note3) It is expected that this change will provide greater access and widen the use of technology products for learning and productivity. The measure will come into effect on May ...

Read More »

Government To Tax Bank Withdrawals

Persons withdrawing monies from deposit-taking institutions will be hit with taxes as of June 1, 2014 as the Government of Jamaica hunts revenue to help it meet its 7.5% of GDP primary-surplus target this fiscal year. Withdrawals less than one million will be subject to a 0.1% tax. This measure will mean that persons withdrawing JMD$109,751 will have to pay ...

Read More »