San Francisco: Some Apple products like AirPods, Apple Watch, HomePods and iMac computers were likely to get costlier as the new 15 per cent US tariffs on Chinese products came into effect from Sunday. Apple has its products assembled by Foxconn in China. “For products covered by Annex A of the August 20, 2019 notice (84 FR 43304), the rate of additional duty will be 15 per cent on the current effective date of September 1, 2019. For products covered by Annex C of the August 20 notice, the rate of additional duty will be 15 percent on the current effective date of December 15, 2019,” read the statement from US Federal Register. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Apple iPhones may also be around $100 more expensive in the US once the next set of 15 per cent tariff comes into place from December 15. “TVs, speakers, digital cameras, lithium-ion batteries and flash drives are just a few of consumer electronics that will be subjected to a 15 per cent tariff beginning Sunday,” reports TechCrunch. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently told US President Donald Trump that tariffs on China will help South Korean tech giant Samsung gain more as it does not need to pay any tariffs. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Trump, in a conversation with reporters, said he has “had a very good meeting with Cook.” “I have a lot of respect for Tim Cook, and Tim was talking to me about tariffs. And one of the things, and he made a good case, is that Samsung is their number-one competitor, and Samsung is not paying tariffs because they’re based in South Korea,” Trump recently told the media. The ongoing trade-war between the US and China has caused Apple’s iPhone production costs to rise as much as 3 per cent because of the new retaliatory tariffs imposed by Beijing. Trump earlier met Cook during a dinner, saying that Apple would be spending “vast sums of money in the US.” “It’s tough for Apple to pay tariffs if they’re competing with a very good company that’s not. I said, How good a competitor?’ He said they are a very good competitor. So Samsung is not paying tariffs because they’re based in a different location,” said Trump. Samsung has most of its manufacturing base in South Korea and Vietnam. “iPhone sales in the US, China and other markets could fall by 8 million to 10 million,” CBS News reported earlier this month. Apple XS Max starts at $1,099 and new 10 per cent tariff would mean a roughly $110 hike. In May, Fortune quoted a Wedbush analyst Dan Ives as telling investors that tariffs on the device’s Chinese-made batteries and other components would increase Apple’s manufacturing cost by 2 to 3 per cent.
SpaceX The fairing is part of the protective cover at the top of the Falcon 9, which shields payloads as they’re lifted into orbit. Once the rocket punches out of the atmosphere and into space, the fairing breaks in half and falls back to Earth. A droneship, stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, then attempts to catch the fairing with a giant net. We’ve seen SpaceX capture a fairing on its most recent launch and before that we’ve seen it fail a few times. It seems practice makes perfect and it’s finally getting the hang of nabbing the nosecone like a ship-sized Mark Waugh stationed in the slips (that’s one for our Aussie readers).A New Zealand-based spaceflight company, Rocket Lab, announced on Tuesday it would also begin attempting to reuse rockets. It won’t be capturing any fairings, but it will try and snag the first stage booster from the sky with a helicopter. Post a comment Sci-Tech Tags 13 Photos Share your voice Number two. SpaceX SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 two-stage rocket to orbit on Tuesday, offering a free ride for the AMOS-17 communications satellite. It was the third flight for the Falcon 9 booster and to get the satellite to orbit SpaceX had to do away with the booster — so we don’t get to see SpaceX pull off another dazzling booster return. However, we have got the next best thing: A droneship capturing the rocket’s fairing.Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, posted a video of the daring fairing capture to Twitter on Tuesday. 0 Meet the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket Rocket fairing falling from space (higher res) pic.twitter.com/sa1j10qAWi— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2019
This week has been so terribly busy that I’ve literally had no time to breathe. Well, almost. It’s been raining intermittently in Calcutta, and all the associated paraphernalia – lethargy, love, longing and such- are taking over our senses slowly and gradually. To be working indoors while fresh rains are making sweet love to the parched earth outside feels criminal. I, for one, have to constantly fight the urge to rush out every time the rains come calling, and splash around with gay abandon. Maybe, sing a line or two, too. But as they say, such things happen only in dreams. Or, in the movies. Now, I’m pretty sure the latter will never happen to me, but who’s to stop me from dreaming? So, this past week I’ve mostly been in the studio writing songs, while imagining that I’m holding hands with the perfect man, singing the 1969 classic Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head from the Paul Newman and Robert Redford (perfect men!) starrer Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and getting drenched in some heavenly elixir! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This is the story on most days, but nights bring with them a different hazard altogether- football. I’m Bengali. Our love for football is a part of our DNA. I just read a joke that’s been doing the rounds on social media sites- Indians getting excited about the football World Cup is like Brazilians getting excited about Diwali. Well, a) it’s ridiculous to compare an annual, regional, religious festival with a quadrennial, international, sporting extravaganza that gives joy to everybody who watches. b) There’s no difference between Bengalis and Brazilians when it comes to our love for the game. Don’t believe me? Ask Pele. He’s played in Calcutta in front of maddening crowds! So, jokes such as the one I mentioned don’t apply to my fellow bong brethren. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnd, like a true-blue Bengali, I’ve been religiously following every match. Of course, the Dutch proved that revenge is a dish best served (mercilessly) cold when they annihilated defending champions (and, one of my favorites) Spain last Friday, and that crushed me to such an extent that I continued to weep bitterly long after the match was over. But, that did nothing to break my indomitable spirit, and Pirlo’s magical skills during Italy’s convincing win over the valiant English made sure I stayed hooked. It’s been a week of fantastic, unpredictable football (and, very little sleep), what with underdogs turning the tables, and lions turning into mice, but one can’t say the same about the theme songs this year. Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull’s insipid anthem We Are One has not found many takers, and WAG Shakira’s uninspired Dare You failed miserably in creating Waka Waka (Shakira’s 2010 anthem) Part 2. But, what has caught our eyeballs (and, looks poised to take the world by storm) is our very own disco-king Bappi Lahiri’s offering Life Is Football. After capturing our hearts and imagination with his tribute to Michael Jackson (King Of Pop Don’t Say Goodbye), Bappi Da has now come up with a befitting reply to JLo-Pitbull-Shakira. Don’t believe me? Please go look it up on Youtube! You can thank me later. And, here are the words, so we can sing along to Bappi da ka mewjik!Who-ee aar all one/Dreams aar haaaai/Threeell and faaan…that’s football!/Rheethem ees football/Speed ees football/Akshun ees football/And thee whole waarrld laavs football/O ole ole/Ole ole o/Oooway oo. Bappi da, take a bow. Jlo & Co., baaju hato!Malini Banerjee is a snotty single child, mountain junkie, playback singer, Austen addict, hopes to soon finish writing her debut novel, and dreams of singing alongside Buddy Guy.