By Josh Horwitz
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Two of Apple’s latest iPhone 12 models went on sale in China on Friday, after early pre-order data showed strong consumer interest in the 5G-enabled device in the firm’s second-largest market.
The short queues outside Apple stores in the business hub of Shanghai struck a contrast with the crowds that flocked to past launch events, as most ordering has now shifted online.
“I feel great being the first customer to get the new iPhone,” said Yan Bingqing, 30, who arrived before the store opened, and was in a line of about 20 people. “I’ve been waiting a long time.”
A new green shade for the iPhone 12 was also a top trending topic on Chinese app Weibo on Friday, prompting positive reactions.
Apple’s announcement last week initially drew mixed reviews in China, but analysts expect a surge in orders this year, as loyal iPhone owners finally buy new handsets compatible with an upgraded 5G network infrastructure.
Chinese e-commerce retailer JD.com saw pre-orders for all four models of the iPhone 12 hit 1.6 million on the first day of the announcement.
“From the bottom of my heart, it’s a little bit late for Apple to release the 5G iPhone,” said Zhu Lin, another Apple fan who had queued. “I was expecting it last year.”
Apple and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd are the only top phone makers racking up shipment growth in China this year, with an annual rise of 35% for Apple in the second quarter, research firm Canalys says.
Apple’s store launch follows that of Huawei’s Mate 40 flagship device on Thursday, which some in China had said they would wait for before deciding on the iPhone 12.
(Reporting by Josh Horwitz; Editing by Karishma Singh and Clarence Fernandez)
Westland Insurance marks 40th anniversary with charity campaign – Insurance Business Canada
In celebration of its 40 years of business, Westland Insurance Group will be handing out grants to various charities across Canada – specifically local charities in the communities the broker operates in.
The broker’s “40 Weeks of Giving” campaign will see Westland support a cause every week for the next 40 weeks. The campaign began last week, and two charities have already received donations from Westland – the first recipient being the Burns Bog Conservation Society, which works to protect Canada’s fragile ecosystems; and the second recipient being the Canadian Mental Health Association, which works to reduce the impact of mental illness and addiction.
Westland Insurance, founded in 1980, has over 150 locations across five provinces – BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.
Recently, it acquired Calgary-based Diamond Insurance Agencies. The acquired brokerage focuses on residential, auto, life, travel, recreation, farm, and commercial insurance services.
The Hennessey Venom 800 wants to give Ford's F-150 an edge over Ram's TRX – Driving
Ram’s new TRX is a factory-built monster truck, with a 703-horsepower Hellcat V8 that tops the charts in terms of truck performance. Neither GM or Ford can rival that performance in a stock truck — but what they lack in factory support, they gain in aftermarket enthusiasm.
Yes, that’s where Hennessey comes in, with its new Venom 800 supertruck. Based on the latest generation F-150, the Venom 800 features a 5.0-litre V8 fitted with a 3.0-litre supercharger bigger than the engines of some cars.
The supercharger produces eight pounds of boost, helping to produce 805 horsepower and 727 lb-ft of torque when running on E85. Other horsepower aids include an upgraded stainless-steel exhaust system and new intake, fuel pump, and fuel injectors. All these tweaks make the truck pretty quick, with a quoted zero-to-96-km/h time of 3.6 seconds.
It also has massive six-piston Brembo brakes with 15.1-inch rotors on the front to bring it to a stop, as well as a six-inch lift kit, 20-inch wheels with 35-inch tires, and more aggressive shocks with external reservoirs.
Visual upgrades include a new front bumper, special Hennessey grille, LED light bar, and a numbered plaque on the interior. The Hennessey Venom 800 will be limited to 100 units, and costs US$149,500. That price includes the donor vehicle, as well as a three-year 36,000-mile warranty.
Hennessey already makes a 6×6 variant of the Ram TRX that makes 1,200 horsepower, and it’s only a matter of time before the performance brand takes the regular TRX to the next level as well.
$2M from angel donor helps Edmonton toddler receive life-saving treatment – CTV Edmonton
It was July 17 and Kaysen Martin’s second birthday had come and gone.
A day that had more significance than just adding another candle to the cake. It was also the deadline for Kaysen’s family to raise $2.8 million for a one-time gene therapy treatment to combat a rare disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1 (SMA 1).
Fast forward four-and-a-half months.
An “angel donor” donated the remaining $2 million Kaysen needed to receive the therapy drug Zolgensma to treat the disease that affects the muscles used for lung support, swallowing, and crawling.
“It was a huge sigh of relief,” Kaysen’s mom, Lana Bernardin, told CTV News Edmonton. “It did take longer and, you know, it was complicated, but at the end of the day, we’re here, it’s done, (the drug) is in him and that’s all that matters.”
His family raised hundreds of thousands of dollars before the July 17 deadline thanks to community, and celebrity, donations.
Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds donated $5,000 to the cause while Edmonton-born actor Nathan Fillion put out a call for help on Twitter.
“To be able to come forward today and say that this has happened, we made it happen as a community is like amazing,” said Bernardin.
Which means adding more candles on Kaysen’s birthday cakes for years to come.
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