Blog: The pandemic accelerated some trends. Has it reversed this one?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been blamed (or credited, depending on your perspective) for accelerating a number of key trends that were already in evidence prior to the shutdown of American society earlier this year. Perhaps the most noteworthy is the shift of consumer purchase activity to the internet. E-commerce, which has been gaining share at about 1% annually for the past several years, has exploded, with some suggesting it could account for 30% or more of home furnishings sales by the end of this year.

On the flip side, there have been suggestions the pandemic has reversed trends that had been building over the past several years. The most talked about is a seeming exodus of consumers from urban centers to the suburbs.

If true, this would reverse a trend that’s been building the past several years of people, and particularly Millennials, settling into cities and inner-ring suburbs to enjoy

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NBCU Names Susan Rovner as New Head of TV and Streaming Content

As part of a restructuring, NBCUniversal named Susan Rovner on Monday as its chairman of entertainment content, a job that gives her creative control over the company’s TV and streaming properties.

The appointment of Ms. Rovner, a longtime Warner Bros. executive, is yet another move in a monthslong reshuffling at NBCUniversal’s television holdings. She will be in charge of content at the NBC television network and cable properties like E!, Bravo and USA, as well as original programs for Peacock, the company’s new streaming service.

Ms. Rovner is now effectively the creative counterpart to Frances Berwick, who was named the chairman of NBCUniversal’s entertainment networks in August. Ms. Rovner will be charged with finding the best programming for the properties she oversees; Ms. Berwick is in charge of the business operations of the networks, including marketing, communications, acquisitions and business affairs. (Ms. Berwick does not have business control over Peacock;

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SA manufacturing sector at a tipping point, says Eskom CEO



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JOHANNESBURG – The manufacturing sector has reached a tipping point and eliminating growth and investment barriers while boosting the demand for local goods are just some of the measures required to place it on the path of success.

Addressing the Manufacturing Circle AGM this week, Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter said that investing in research, embracing innovation and technology and lowering manufacturing costs are equally critical in boosting manufacturing competitiveness, as is a collaborative approach.

De Ruyter said South Africa needs an all-inclusive approach towards industrial policy that not only included incentives but also infrastructure upgrades, measures to improve labour relations as well as the issue of high-cost, low-skilled labour.

“There is also a requirement for fiscal policy to align adequately with industrial policy objectives, with more consideration given to reducing the tax burden on the manufacturing

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Outlook on the Low-Code Development Platform Industry in Asia Pacific to 2026

DUBLIN, Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “Asia Pacific Low-Code Development Platform Market By Component, By Application, By Deployment Type, By End User, By Country, Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2020 – 2026” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The Asia Pacific Low-Code Development Platform Market is expected to witness market growth of 27.1% CAGR during the forecast period (2020-2026).

Low-code platforms designed for business users distribute as fewer code as possible, offering a platform where business users can build apps. Through these platforms, company customers are citizen developers, people who do not have a functioning knowledge of any programming language or coding in general, but are able to build applications using the software. The reason these systems are called low-code platforms is that they are built to address much of the needs of citizens’ users. There will, however, be cases in which the citizen developer will need the

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Samsung Electronics (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) Earning Very Favorable News Coverage, Analysis Shows

Media coverage about Samsung Electronics (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) has been trending very positive on Tuesday, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. InfoTrie identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Samsung Electronics earned a news impact score of 3.60 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news headlines about the technology company an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Samsung Electronics’ ranking:

OTCMKTS SSNLF opened at $44.20 on Tuesday. The company has a market cap of $5.71 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.49 and a beta of 3.89. The

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New iPhone incoming? Apple announces major virtual October 13 event to show off new gadgets

APPLE has confirmed a major virtual event for October 13 – where loads of new gadgets will likely be unveiled.

Fans suspect that the long-awaited iPhone 12 will finally be unveiled.

Apple's next big launch event is finally official

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Apple’s next big launch event is finally officialCredit: Apple

Apple hosted a special Time Flies event last month, where it revealed a new Apple Watch and two iPad models.

But fans were disappointed by the total absence of an iPhone.

It’s believed that this year’s global health crisis meant the iPhone launch had to be moved back slightly.

However, fans are still expected to bag the latest iPhone just in time for Christmas.

A new iPhone is probably on the way

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A new iPhone is probably on the wayCredit: Apple

This year’s event takes place on October 13, kicking off at 10am in California.

That means Brits can tune in to the live web stream at 6pm UK time.

The stream will be

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Stashing Away Your Mask While Eating? These Accessories Have Got You Covered



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Have you ever taken off your mask during a meal, only to misplace it in the recesses of your pockets and handbag? Or worse, accidentally drop it on the floor? And we can’t help feeling a little grossed out at the thought of our masks sharing bacteria with all our other belongings. 

The solution: Mask accessories. Specifically, mask storage boxes, folders, and even straps. You might have seen the people around you using them. These are easy to find on online shopping sites and even on Carousell, but if you want something a little different from what your next-door neighbour is using, here are a few we spotted on Instagram that you can order locally.

UU Mini Mart Mask Holders

This Singapore design label, which was created by two sisters, offers waterproof mask holders in three fruity designs. DM to order

Traceyinny Mask Pouches

Available at Tracyeinny’s store in Bishan

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The best laptop cases you can buy

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You probably pick up a new phone case as soon as you buy a device, but what about your laptop? Most people hang onto computers far longer than phones, so it makes perfect sense to invest in some protection. There are plenty of specific models out there, but it would take days to list them off. Here are the best laptop cases you can get that should fit a solid variety of laptops.

See also: The best laptops you can buy in 2020 | Best laptop deals

Of course, there’s more to the perfect laptop setup than just a good case. Check out some of our favorite stands right here, and look here for even more accessories if you’re working from home.

The best laptop cases:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best laptop cases regularly as new ones launch.


AmazonBasics sleeve

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Sometimes a simple option is

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