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Daily Diversion: Earth from above

BY DSN STAFF

 

Check out these stunning satellite images of Earth, from Daily Overview founder Ben Grant. Daily Overview's mission is to replicate the phenomenon of the Overview Effect — a cognitive phenomenon that astronauts experience when they loo at Earth — in its photos of landscapes and encourages viewers to consider the impact of human activity on the planet. Grant works with satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe and color-enhances his images.

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Kodak introduces smartphone accessory line

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BERLIN — Kodak on Friday introduced a new line of accessories for smartphones that increases the image capabilities of built-in standard cameras.

The first collection of products launching as part of the planned new line include two variations of the popular selfie sticks; a portable tripod; a Bluetooth shutter release remote that works across iOS and Android operating systems and has a 10-m range; and aset of Universal 3-in-1 Lenses that clip onto most smartphone models for the ability to switch instantaneously between macro, wide angle and fisheye lenses.

The complete portfolio of products includes:

  • Universal 3-in-1 Lens Set;
  • Portable Tripod;
  • Bluetooth Remote Shutter Release;
  • Selfie Stick S; and
  • Selfie Stick M.

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Report: Retailers see 7.3% decrease in sales in BTS season

BY Lesley Thulin

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Retail analytic company RetailNext on Friday announced its monthly Retail Performance Pulse, showing a 7.3% year-over-year decrease in sales and a 9.9% decline in traffic at physical stores for August.

Retailers should not be surprised, according to Shelley Kohan, vice president of retail consulting at RetailNext.

"It not only continues the well-established trend retailers have seen this year, but it also reflects the changing nature of shoppers and their new shopping journeys," Kohan said.

But in-store shoppers are buying at a higher rate, according to increases in conversion and average transaction value.

A number of factors contributed to the dip in in-store retail, including a late Labor Day and a dip in disposable income due to automobile sales this month, Kohan said.

Driven by appeal to customers of sales tax-free holidays, the first two weeks of August were the best-performing, while the last week was the worst-performing, according to RetailNext.

"While August was a tough month for many stores, indicators suggest lots of opportunities for holiday as employment, income and interest rates remain positive,” Kohan said. “It will be important for retailers to maximize this holiday season, as Holiday 2016 will be challenging, especially with distractions around the presidential election."

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