Chattanooga-based Echelon steps into the treadmill business

One month after notching its best sales day of 2020, Chattanooga-based Echelon Fitness is rolling out a treadmill that expands the company’s offerings beyond at-home bikes and rowers.

“We continue to diversify our connected fitness offerings by rolling out new live and on-demand classes exclusively for our new smart treadmill, the Echelon Stride,” said Lou Lentine, president and CEO of Echelon Fitness Multimedia LLC, in an announcement of the new workout device Monday.

The business sold more bikes and rowers this past Labor Day than any other day of 2020 so far, Lentine said in September. Lentine, whose company markets spin bikes and other fitness equipment along with online training, said then that he expects revenues to soar 600% this year over 2019.

Lentine, a serial inventor and promoter from New Jersey who brought his Viatek Consumer Products to Chattanooga in 2011, created Echelon in 2017. Echelon Fitness films nearly

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Exclusive: Huawei in talks to sell parts of its Honor smartphone business

By Julie Zhu

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is in talks with Digital China Group Co Ltd <000034.SZ> and other suitors to sell parts of its Honor smartphone unit in a deal that could fetch up to 25 billion yuan ($3.7 billion), people with knowledge of the matter said.

Embattled Huawei is resetting its priorities due to U.S. sanctions and will focus on its higher-end Huawei phones rather than the Honor brand which is aimed at young people and the budget conscious, they said.

The assets to be sold have yet to be finalised but could include Honor’s brand, research & development capabilities and related supply chain management business, two of the people said.

The deal may be an all-cash sale and could end up smaller, worth somewhere between 15 billion yuan and 25 billion yuan, one of the people said.

Digital China, the main distributor for

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If you own a small business, you already know the importance of using social media to gain new customers (and retain old ones). But if your business has grown beyond the kitchen-table phase, you also know that it’s nearly impossible to respond to potential customers in a way that’s both personal and timely.

Luckily, chat bots are revolutionizing the way businesses interact with potential customers. And ManyChat is the easy-to-use service

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How Digital Technology Could Lead The ‘New Business Normal’ In Latin America

Managing Director & Founder of the Biz Latin Hub Group.

The most significant technological advancements that currently shape our society and economy have emerged from challenging times. The internet, for example — without which our daily life as we know it would be possible — emerged in light of the Cold War, after the United States Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) and MIT scientists invented a method to prevent communications from being affected in the event of an attack.

According to the UN, a report from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean found that the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to result in the loss of 8.5 million jobs in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has produced new realities through which life and business have managed to get ahead. Digital technology has proven to be the great ally of humanity, facilitating the adaptation of economies

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Analysis: Indonesia is putting business before the environment and that could be disastrous for its rainforests

The omnibus jobs creation law was intended to simplify Indonesia’s complex web of overlapping regulations to make it easier for companies to do business in the country. It includes changes to more than 70 laws across the labor, business and environmental sectors.

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has promised the law will help boost the country’s ailing coronavirus-hit economy by cutting through red tape and bureaucracy to attract foreign investment and create jobs in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

Union and Muslim groups are preparing to challenge the law in court and another wave of protests is expected this week, according to Reuters.

But while the protests have focused on concerns over labor rights, environmentalists say the law loosens environmental protections and could lead to widespread deforestation and habitat loss.

Indonesia’s rainforests are the world’s third largest after the Amazon and Africa’s Congo Basin and are ecologically important for their rich

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HawkSoft Offers a Comprehensive Business Communication Platform with their Partnership with Bridge by The Kotter Group

CANBY, Ore., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — When The Kotter Group, a Georgia-based technology company, introduced Bridge to the market in 2017, it was among the first to launch integration for its VoIP components into HawkSoft’s agency management system. With the release of Bridge Version 3, the business communication platform is now using HawkSoft’s Partner API to drive a richer integrated experience for VoIP, CRM, and marketing automation. Client and policy data can now automatically sync in the background. This will eliminate double entry and fuel workflows in Bridge.

Bridge users are able to fully utilize their virtual goldmine of client and policy data in HawkSoft with Bridge’s robust marketing platform. For example, users can generate nuanced lists by combining conditions and filters, and use these lists to launch automated marketing campaigns. Bridge’s marketing options include emails, text messages, pre-recorded audio calling, video messages, and more.

“Bridge encompasses

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Festive cheer for consumer durables cos – business news

Union finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday announced two schemes for central government employees that are expected to spur festive season demand for household items such as televisions, water coolers, food grinders, vacuum cleaners, immersion heaters, hair dryers and irons.

The government has offered a ₹10,000 special festival advance as well as a leave travel concession (LTC) cash voucher scheme that can be used to buy items that attract goods and services tax (GST) of 12% or more.

“The items that come under this category are usually goods that families buy ahead of the festive season,” Sitharaman said at a press conference.

India is in the midst of a festive season that began with Onam and will end with Diwali in November. Companies are pinning hopes on shoppers returning to their stores during this period. However, the pandemic, dent on household incomes and the unrelated uncertainty has dented consumer confidence.

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IBM to split off its IT services business, to focus on cloud

Services are old

IBM originally attempted to be a one-stop-shop for IT and technology, accumulating many divisions. It branched into , services back in the 1990s under CEO Lou Gerstner. Over the last 20 years, the company has spun off various divisions including printers, networking and PCs. Now IT services, which provides sales of $19 billion, or around a quarter of IBM’s revenue, is due to go. This will allow Arvind Krishna to concentrate on growing the remainder of IBM, which is in the fast-growing cloud sector, where IBM is currently lagging behind Amazon and Microsoft.

Rival HPE was later into the services business, buying EDS in 2008, but got out quicker. In 2016, HPE spun off its services business and merged it with existing services company CSC, to create a $26 billion services company, eventually named DXC.

“IBM is laser-focused on the $1 trillion hybrid cloud opportunity,” said Krishna

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Accenture to Acquire Avenai, Ottawa-Based Business and Technology Consultancy

OTTAWA, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 7, 2020–

Accenture (NYSE: ACN ) has agreed to acquire Avenai, an Ottawa-based provider of consulting and technology services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Accenture to acquire Avenai (Photo: Business Wire)

With Avenai’s significant focus on the public sector market, the acquisition will enhance Accenture’s capacity to drive the technology transformation taking place across the public sector in Canada.

“COVID-19 is leading many Canadian organizations to accelerate their technology transformations to ensure they come out ahead in this new reality, and that’s why we are adding significantly to our team of experts in Ottawa,” said Jeffrey Russell, president of Accenture in Canada. “We look forward to working with the Avenai team to help our clients transform to meet the challenges of today and the future.”

Mark Lambert, managing director and federal public service practice lead in

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Razer enters PC case business, intros ATX and Mini-ITX cases with RGB

Razer has just introduced two new Tomahawk gaming cases, with the new Tomahawk A1 (ATX) for $199 and the new Tomahawk M1 (Mini-ITX) for $179. Check them both out in the video below:

Both of the new Razer Tomahawk cases have huge tempered glass doors that open from a swiveling mount at the rear, which looks great — and speaking of looking great you have some gorgeous RGB lighting as usual.

I should note that this isn’t the first Razer case, as the company teased its Tomahawk Elite at CES 2019 with gull-wing tempered glass doors — except, the Tomahawk Elite was only a proof of concept. Fast-forward to CES 2020 and the company showed off its Tomahawk Gaming Desktop pre-built PC, but it didn’t reach the market.

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Inside of the larger Razer Tomahawk A1 case we’re looking at a regular ATX layout, which

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