Internet Users To Hit 3 Billion By End Of The Year

Internet Users To Hit 3 Billion By End Of The Year

The amount of people using the Internet is expected to hit 3 billion by the end of 2014, the news comes in a report from the ITU (United Nations International Telecommunications Union).

The report says that by the end of the year close to 3 billion users will be online, and around two thirds of these will be in the developing world.

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Hotel owners complain of being held ‘hostage’ by TripAdvisor users

Hotel owners complain of being held ‘hostage’ by TripAdvisor users

Detailed by The Telegraph this week, a group of hotels and restaurants in England are noticing an increased number of direct blackmail threats from patrons in regards to leaving a negative TripAdvisor review. Much of the hotel industry, especially bed & breakfast lodging, is dependent on sites like TripAdvisor to increase booking volume during the year. To initiate the threat, the customer usually mentioned that they are a regular TripAdvisor user and will post a negative review about their visit if a demand is not met. Demands include freebies during a meal like a bottle of wine or dessert, a reduction of the total bill or room upgrades.

Speaking about the blackmail threats, British Hospitality Association deputy chief executive Martin Couchman said “ While it’s very difficult to put an exact figure on how widespread the problem is, it is clear that a small minority of online reviewers are directly blackmailing – or sometimes subtly blackmailing – restaurants for their own gain .”

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Apple targets iPhone 4, 4S users in new trade-in program

Apple targets iPhone 4, 4S users in new trade-in program

Detailed by Apple enthusiast blog 9to5Mac this week, Apple has rolled out a new promotion targeted at iPhone owners that are still using the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Starting on May 8, 2014, Apple is offering up to $99 for an iPhone 4 trade-in and up to $199 for an iPhone 4S trade-in when upgrading to either the iPhone 5c or iPhone 5S.

This promotion is pretty much in line with other retailers. Amazon, for instance, offers between $65 to $75 for a base model iPhone 4 and about $140 for the base model iPhone 4S. It’s likely that Apple has a similar pricing structure between the base models and the more expensive models with increased storage space. 

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