Japan’s Docomo Embarks on Aggressive Cuts to Wireless Plans

(Bloomberg) — NTT Docomo Inc. unveiled a deeply discounted mobile plan for voice and data services, undercutting many of its rivals in response to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s push to lower phone tariffs.



a man standing in front of a store: A pedestrian holding an umbrella walks past an NTT Docomo Inc. store in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Docomo this month cut prices on its mobile phone data plans, some by as much as 40 percent, responding to government pressure to reduce prices that it says are among the world's highest.


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A pedestrian holding an umbrella walks past an NTT Docomo Inc. store in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Docomo this month cut prices on its mobile phone data plans, some by as much as 40 percent, responding to government pressure to reduce prices that it says are among the world’s highest.

Docomo, which is being acquired by parent Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. in a deal worth about 4.25 trillion yen ($40.7 billion), will offer 20 gigabytes of data for 2,980 yen for customers using 4G and 5G starting in March, the carrier said in a statement Thursday.

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Japan’s three big wireless carriers, Docomo, SoftBank Corp. and KDDI Corp., have seen

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Best Walmart Cyber Monday deals still available: $199 AirPods Pro (again), price cuts on a 70-inch Roku TV, Roomba and Xbox, Switch and PS4 games

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Cyber Monday might be over, but you can still find deals at Walmart that haven’t yet gone away. The ApirPods Pro are back to $200, for example, and you can snag a giant 70-inch Roku TV for under $500. It’s little surprise that the deals Apple Watch Series 3 all quickly sold out, but keep an eye on this list as certain items have been coming back in stock.

Our favorite deals that you can still actually buy are listed below. Note that availability and prices fluctuate but were accurate at the time of this story’s most recent update.

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Who doesn’t love a crispy finish on top of their tender juicy dinner? That’s exactly what the Ninja

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Best Walmart Cyber Monday deals still available: 70-inch 4K TV , robot vacuums, price cuts on Xbox, Switch and PS4 games

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Cyber Monday is over now, but Walmart still has plenty of its deals and discounts still available, including a whopping 70-inch TV which would be great for playing those Xbox and PS5 games on. It’s little surprise that the deals on AirPods Pro and Apple Watch Series 3 all quickly sold out.

Our favorite deals that you can still actually buy are listed below. Note that availability and prices fluctuate, but were accurate at the time of this story’s most recent update.

DEALS HAPPENING NOW

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Shark’s ION Robot Vacuum is newly on sale for Cyber Monday. It has three different brush types — one for a powerful clean. It comes with Wi-Fi Control via

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Walmart Cyber Monday 2020: 70-inch 4K TV , robot vacuums, price cuts on Xbox, Switch and PS4 games

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Cyber Monday is upon us. If you’re still bargain hunting after Black Friday, you still have time to capitalize on the many deals still available and several new deals that have been added today. You’ll find discounts between now and Christmas, but this is the height of the shopping season.

It’s little surprise that Walmart’s Black Friday sale is continuing through Cyber Monday. Yes, the XboxPS5AirPods Pro and Apple Watch Series 3 all quickly sold out, but you can still get in on some great deals. Similarly, while the Nintendo Switch Mario Kart bundle has been impossible to get hold of this shopping season, it was in stock early Sunday morning at Walmart. The newer Fortnite

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10,000 Job Cuts Expected In Europe; UK, Germany Most Affected

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  • The job cut will affect 20% of the company’s staff members
  • IBM would sell off most of its IT services
  • The company fired thousands of employees in May 

International Business Machines Corp. plans to cut nearly 10,000 jobs in Europe ahead of a broad shift to a hybrid cloud approach. 

The job cuts at IBM will significantly affect the United Kingdom and Germany. Cuts are also planned in Poland, Slovakia, Italy and Belgium. IBM’s wide-ranging losses will affect 20% of staff members managing the daily support function for client data centers and IT support, sources told Bloomberg. 

IBM announced the decision in November during a meeting with European labor representatives, according to a union officer with knowledge of the conversations. 

“Our staffing decisions are made to provide the best support to our customers in adopting an open hybrid cloud platform and AI capabilities,” an IBM spokesman said. “We

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Black Friday camera deals available now: Price cuts on GoPro, Canon, Nikon and Sony

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

We’re not seeing a lot of mind-blowing digital camera and action-cam deals heading into Black Friday, but there are a few solid discounts to be had from top brands such as Canon, Nikon, Sony and GoPro. So, if you’re looking for a gift an aspiring photographer or future YouTube sensation, you might find just the ticket on our list of deals. We’ll keep adding to this list as more cameras go on sale for the holiday season. 

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If you’re looking for an entry-level dSLR, the Canon T7 kit with two lenses — the EF-S 18-55mm and EF 75-300mm — is a decent value at $500. It’s regularly $600. 

Amazon

Several retailers have

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Coronavirus cuts off travel to total solar eclipse in Chile, Argentina

If it sounds like an otherworldly experience, that’s because it’s sure to be. And it’s one that thousands have eagerly been preparing for leading up to a Dec. 14 total solar eclipse that will track across Chile and Argentina.

But virtually none will be able to go, thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Both countries have sealed their borders to international tourism and show no signs of reversing that decision before the once-in-a-lifetime celestial spectacle.

Even veteran eclipse chasers such as Jay Pasachoff, a professor of astronomy at Williams College say this year’s eclipse is far from a routine venture for those even able to go.

“This year is the worst,” Pasachoff said.

He’s one of three people globally to hold the world record for eclipse-chasing, having witnessed 35 total solar eclipses since his first in 1959. That one, which he and fellow classmates in his freshman seminar viewed from

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Apple Black Friday 2020 deals: Up to $69 off latest Apple Watch models now, iPad and AirPods price cuts coming soon

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Here’s a dirty secret about the Apple Store: It’s the worst place to buy Apple products if you want the best deal. That applies to Black Friday or any other day. That means you can already score some great Black Friday and Cyber Monday Apple deals, including the new Apple Watch Series 6, the 2020 (Intel) MacBook Air and Apple’s signature AirPods Pro headphones, so long as you check out competing stores — albeit an authorized Apple retailer — such as Amazon, Target and Walmart.

So, if you’re looking for an early Black Friday deal on an Apple device or accessory, keep reading. We’ll keep track of current prices and how they square up with discounts we’ve seen in the past.

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Black Friday laptop deals: Price cuts on Intel MacBook Air, Gateway, Lenovo ThinkPad and HP Spectre

Like so many others, you’re probably working or studying from home — and realizing your old laptop isn’t up to snuff. Thankfully, there are a bevy of laptops available at the various Black Friday sales popping up at nearly every retailer. You’ll find a whole host of discounted laptops from Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg and Walmart, featuring the hottest brands like HP, Lenovo, Apple, Microsoft and more. We’ve gathered the best Black Friday laptops deals that are available now — and those we know are coming soon. Be sure to check back; we’ll keep this story updated as current sales expire and new deals emerge.

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Important to note: This is not a sale on the new M1 MacBook Air, which showed impressive results in our first round of tests. This is the Intel-based Air that was introduced back in

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Investors finally reward General Motors’ shift to EVs even as it cuts emerging mobility plans

  • As GM profitably navigates the coronavirus pandemic, Wall Street is paying more attention to its EV operations.
  • GM has discontinued several “mobility” initiatives such as Maven and e-bikes to better concentrate on more profitable or lucrative operations.
  • Many of the initiatives were launched in an effort to spur GM’s lagging stock price and position it as a “mobility” company.

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As ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft rose to popularity and e-scooters popped up across major U.S. cities earlier this decade, industry analysts predicted the beginning of the end of car ownership.

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That meant “traditional” automakers such as General Motors would have to evolve or die.

In an effort to spur its lagging stock price and combat such exaggerated claims, GM made a series of investments beginning in 2016 that executives believed

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