Retailer says as of right now, pandemic has had “minimal” impact on product deliveries
GameStop today reassured investors that the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic does not yet seem to be threatening the year-end launches of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
In a post-earnings conference call with investors, GameStop CEO George Sherman said there was no indication yet that the pandemic would have an impact on the planned fourth-quarter launches of the two consoles, either in when they go on sale or when GameStop takes delivery on them from the console makers.
Sherman added that as of right now, the impact on product deliveries of all kinds has been “minimal.”
It bears noting that those comments were made in the context of a discussion of the pandemic’s impact on GameStop business, which has led to country-wide closures of its stores in Italy, France, and Canada, and limited operations to curbside pick-up of online orders in numerous other countries.
The retailer cautioned that there was so much uncertainty around how the pandemic would play out that it has decided not to issue any guidance on future results for shareholders. However, Sherman did say to expect a challenging environment for the first three quarters of 2020 followed by an improvement in the fourth quarter as the new systems launch.
If you hadn’t already heard have of Zoom Video Communications, there is a decent chance you’ve made its acquaintance over the past few weeks.
Millions of people are now working from home as part of the intensifying fight against the coronavirus outbreak. In addition to using the video conference for work, many are also tapping it to hold virtual playdates for their kids and virtual happy hours with friends and family banned from gathering in public places.
The crisis has cast a spotlight on Zoom, a company founded nine years ago by its CEO Eric Yuan after he defected from Cisco Systems and took about 40 engineers with him. He wanted to refine a concept he first dreamed up during the 1990s as a college student in China, when he dreaded the 10-hour train trips to see his then-girlfriend, now his wife.
Now Zoom is booming, just 11 months after it made its debut on the stock market. While the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has fallen by 25% since its record high on Feb. 19, Zoom’s stock has soared 46% as investors bet on its service becoming a mainstream staple in life after the coronavirus.
Yuan, 50, recently spoke to The Associated Press during an interview conducted on Zoom. The conversation has been edited for clarity and length.
Q: Are these strange times providing a glimpse at how we are going to be working and living in the future?
A: I hope this crisis can be over very, very soon, but one one thing I know for sure is that companies will learn this is the way to work. I am pretty sure almost every company will be thinking about it and say, “Hey, maybe working from home makes sense,” and maybe let every employee work from home, maybe once a week. Previously, a lot of businesses didn’t even want to try.
Q: Do you think we will find out that people can be more productive at home?
A: It’s too early to tell whether it’s more productive or less productive, at least for me. I am finding I have even more meetings, and every day I miss the launch time, so I am also learning how to adapt to all this working from home.
Q: Zoom primarily has been used by businesses. Are you discovering new social applications now that people are using it to virtually hang out too?
A: That is not our intention. But kids are pretty smart, they always figure out new use cases. There are some very cool consumer use cases. For now, I am just telling my team and reminding myself this is a very critical time because we are in a crisis. So we are focusing on two things: To serve our existing customers and make sure our service is always great quality and is always up. The second thing is how can we help the local community, like the K-12 schools, handle this crisis. Anything else, I told our team, that’s just a distraction.
Q: Zoom’s stock has been soaring while most of the market has been plunging. How are you managing that?
A: It’s good that I am 50 now. If you had asked me this question when I was 25, I would tell you, “Yes, we are very excited about the stock price!” But, now, seriously, I can tell you the truth, it don’t matter. So the stock is up, it’s good for our investors. If it’s down, we keep working hard. I really do not focus on the stock price.
Q: Do you still see personal, physical interaction as an important element in society?
A: I think for the foreseeable future, that’s absolutely right. We still haven’t been able to have cool features like a virtual hug that you can actually feel. We talk about that, but we don’t have that. Or when you drink tea or coffee, with one click you can digitize a smell. Those features will be available with AR (augmented reality) technology, but for now it’s too early. That’s why you have to have the personal interactions.
All-American kicker Noel Ruiz is transferring to Georgia State for his final year of eligibility.
The North Carolina A&T standout announced the move this week on Twitter. As a graduate transfer, he is eligible to play for the Panthers in 2020.
Ruiz said he was leaving North Carolina A&T after three “unforgettable years” because the school does not offer the masters program he wants to pursue.
Ruiz earned American Football Coaches Association All-American honors at the Football Championship Subdivision school in 2019. He made 23 of 27 field goals and 47 of 52 extra points. He led the FCS with 1.92 made field goals per game and smashed the previous school season record of 15.
For his career, Ruiz made 37 of 51 field goals and 139 of 155 PATs.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 series has lived up to the hype in some ways but has been a letdown in others, especially in terms of early bugs and high prices. So it’s not a surprise that some are already looking ahead to the Samsung Galaxy S30.
Of course, it’s still very early in the Galaxy S30 rumor cycle, but we’ve already seen some leaks for Samsung’s next flagships. And we also have our own wishlist for the Galaxy S30 series.
Here’s what we’ve heard so far about the Galaxy S30 and what we would like to see from Samsung for its 2021 phones.
Samsung Galaxy S30 release date
The Samsung Galaxy S20 series was launched this year at a Samsung Unpacked event February 11 and the phones went on sale March 6. Pre-orders started Feb 21. If Samsung followed a similar schedule for its next phones, the Galaxy S30 release date would be March 5, which would be the first Friday in the month.
If Samsung stuck with similar timing for the Unpacked 2021 event as well, the Galaxy S30 would launch February 9, which would be the second Tuesday that month. And pre-orders would begin as soon as Feb. 19.
Samsung Galaxy S30 price
Samsung made a gamble with the Galaxy S20 line by not offering a cheaper Galaxy S20e variant in the $700 to $750 range. Instead, the cheapest Galaxy S20 was $999. The Galaxy S30 price will presumably be in the same ballpark, with the prices starting at $999 / £899 / AU$1,499 for the regular Galaxy S30.
The Galaxy S30 Plus would presumably costs $200 more and the and Galaxy S30 Ultra $200 more than that.
Galaxy S30 cameras
The Galaxy S30 is rumored the up the ante even more when it comes to camera resolution. A report from SamMobile says that Samsung may be developing a new 150MP sensor for flagship phones. This would be even sharper than the 108MP sensor in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Not much is known about this sensor, but apparently it has a footprint of 1 inch and it uses the same Nanocell technology that the S20 Ultra does with its ISOCELL Bright HM1 sensor. The new 150MP sensor will likely show up in phones for the first time in Q4 2020, possibly a Xiaomi handset.
Other phone makers could also beat the Galaxy S30 to the punch in employing this camera, including Oppo and Vivo, but Samsung will likely make the most noise. What’s not know is whether Samsung will reserve the sensor for the Galaxy S30 Ultra or employ it for the Galaxy S30 Plus or Galaxy S30.
Galaxy S30 design
Samsung has been working on a “perfect full-screen phone” design for well over year, and the Samsung Galaxy S30 could make this vision a reality. Samsung Display started talking about the possibility of eliminating the punch holes on the front of its phones in March 2019.
The idea is that the camera hole would be invisible, “while not affecting the camera’s function in any way.” Samsung is also eyeing technology that would leverage the display as a speaker. However, it’s not clear whether Samsung will be able to deliver this type of design in time for the Galaxy S30.
Galaxy S30: What we want
The Galaxy S30 will be fighting the iPhone 12 by the time it is released. And it will also face competition from the Pixel 5 as well. Both those phones are expected to debut this fall, several months before the S30 would arrive.
Here’s how Samsung can improve on the Galaxy S20 while staying one step ahead of the competition.
A lower starting price
Not having a direct answer to the $699 iPhone 11 with the Galaxy S20 has been Samsung’s biggest mistake with its phone lineup. The Galaxy S20 starts at $999, which is $300 more. Samsung should find a way to make the Galaxy S30 more affordable so that there’s a least one device in the lineup that’s priced for the masses. A Galaxy S30e would not be a bad idea at all.
120Hz done right
As smooth as the 120Hz screens are on the Galaxy S20, we’ve found that they take a heavy toll on battery life. Plus, the resolution steps down from quad HD to full HD when you want to jump up from 60Hz to 120Hz. We would like to see Samsung adopt technology like Apple’s ProMotion display, which is smart enough to automatically scale the refresh rate based on what content is on screen and what you are doing.
Longer battery life
Despite packing larger batteries across the board in the Galaxy S20 lineup, Samsung’s phones did not all last as long as their predecessors on our web surfing battery test. For example, the regular Galaxy S20 lasted 10 hours and 19 minutes, compared to 9:31 for the S20. And the Galaxy S20 Plus lasted 10:31, compared to 10:56 for the Galaxy S10 Plus 5G.
Only the Galaxy S20 Ultra made our best phone battery life list with a max runtime of 12:13. However, that time dropped all the way down to 9:13 with 120Hz mode enabled. Our best guess is that the addition of 5G took a toll on the endurance of these phones, so perhaps it will take a more efficient modem from Qualcomm to deliver more juice for the Galaxy S30.
A true full-screen design
Samsung has been doing a better job than Apple at minimizing the eye sore on the front of its phones. The punch hole at the top of the Galaxy S20 is tiny compared to the notch on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. However, we would still like to see a a true full-screen look on the Galaxy S30.
The good news is that Samsung has issued a software update for the Galaxy S20 that addresses some early reviewer and user complaints. The bad news is that the company didn’t catch those issues before launching the phones. The biggest problem we had was with the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which was slow to focus when shooting video. Here’s hoping Samsung does more internal testing and quality control before releasing the Galaxy S30 lineup.
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