Tech Review: How to Build Your Own Smartphone for $70 (video)

Tech Review (TR 2017-06-17)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech news:

Features • 1) How to Build Your Own Smartphone for $70, 2) Norway’s Electric Car Success, 3) Amazon.com Inc. to Acquire Whole Foods, 4) Android O a/k/a Android 8.0, and Google's Pixel 2,  5) Apple App Store Scammers, 6) TheRealReal.com, 7) Android Studio on Chrome OS, 8) ICYMI.

1) How to Build Your Own Smartphone for $70

Video above published Jun 13, 2017 by WSJ.com: Andy Rubin's phone cost $700; the WSJ 1 cost $70 and helps explain why the smartphone market is so tough. Take a journey to see how, with the help of Shenzhen's ready to go supply chain.

2) Norway’s Electric Car Success

Video above published Jun 14, 2017, by FT.com: Norway has become a global leader in electric cars but rapid progress presents challenges such as when to withdraw subsidies. Richard Milne reports from the world’s largest charging station on a country that shows how an electric future might look.

3) Amazon.com Inc. to Acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion: a deal that sent shockwaves across online and brick-and-mortar competitors on Friday--Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Kroger Co. shares both fell. Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) shares closed up Friday. "Dominant players like Wal-Mart, Kroger, Costco, and Target now have to look over their shoulders at the Amazon train coming down the tracks," said Charlie O'Shea, lead retail analyst at Moody's Investors Service"Amazon gets a network of stores where it can implement decades’ worth of experiments in how people pick, pay for and get groceries delivered. The Whole Foods deal is an acknowledgment that it can’t build its own physical footprint quickly enough alone. CEO Jeff Bezos will try to recast Whole Foods’ ailing business, likely starting with upgraded technology, in much the same he has upended book selling, retailing, newspapers and other industries."--Bloomberg.com

4)  Android O, the next version of Google's mobile operating system, will be Android 8.0, not 7.2, according to information in the third developer preview--forbes.com. See also: HMD Global confirms Android O for Nokia 3, 5 and 6 and Major leak shows that Google’s Pixel 2 will be just as exciting as the iPhone 8 |BGR.com and This Pixel 2 leak spills all the key secrets | SlashGear.com.

5) How to Make $80,000 Per Month on the Apple App Store | medium.com OR how scammers use deceptive security apps and abuse search ads in the Apple App Store to trick users into expensive subscriptions.

6) TheRealReal.com, a six-year-old, San Francisco-based company focused on authenticated, high-end resale items for women, men, and the home, landed $50 million in growth funding from the private equity firm GreatHillPartners,com. See also crunchbase.com profile.

7)  Thinking About Android Studio on Chrome OS | Thurrott.com: "Getting a full-blown development environment on Chrome OS (which also includes Android) is a huge step. A huge step." See also Tip: Print from Chrome OS and Android | Thurrott.com.

8) ICYMI Tech News Quick Takes:

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo  

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