The Daily Populous

Thursday December 12nd, 2019 evening edition

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The main point of concern raised by the NPD report, though, is 5G adoption.

5G phones will likely be unaffordable for many consumers at first, with the first wave of mainstream 5G phones in 2020 likely to cost at least $1,000 in most cases.

And speaking of cities and regions, the report also found notable differences in smartphone buying habits across different designated market areas (DMAs).

For example, the NPD claims that Americans in major urban centers like New York City or Los Angeles are more likely to spend $1,000 or more on a smartphone.

It's unclear from the data whether this is a result of comparatively high average incomes in those areas or other factors.

Consumers in developing markets may be even more unlikely to spend $1,000 or more on a smartphone.

This NPD report on gadgets, of all things, provides some evidence to back up that diagnosis, at least in part. »

Queensland school runs out of water as commercial bottlers harvest local supplies

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Water miners in the Mount Tamborine area supply roughly 130m litres of water each year to commercial bottling operations.

“We had an award ceremony at the school yesterday and earlier in the day [the school] sent out an SMS about the water situation.

“Now the government is buying water back from Coca-Cola to bring here, which is where it came from in the first place.”. »

Citizenship Bill: India military deployed to Assam and Tripura and internet shut down as protests rage

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Security personnel use batons to disperse students protesting against the government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), in Guwahati on December 11, 2019.

On Thursday, Indian military and paramilitary forces were deployed across the two states.

People walk past vehicles set on fire by demonstrators protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Guwahati, India, Wednesday, December 11,. »