Microsoft four-day work week 'boosts productivity'
Microsoft Japan said sales had been boosted by nearly 40% during an experiment in which staff worked a four-day week on full pay.Offices were closed on every Friday of August 2019 and full-time staff were given "special leave", which was paid.Meetings were restricted to a maximum of 30 minutes and online discussions were encouraged as an alternative to face-to-face.Japan has some of the longest working hours in the world.
Best earbuds 2019: the best earbuds, earphones and in-ear headphones for any budget
Earbuds. Earphones. In-ear headphones. Whatever you call them, they're undoubtably one of the most convenient ways to listen to your music, whether you opt for wired, wireless, or true wireless earbuds. They used to have a reputation for sub-par audio quality, but today's best earphones, the most high quality earbuds, can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with even the greatest over-ear headphones.
What you need to know about Black Friday 2019
It's no secret that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are some of the best times to find fantastic wireless headphone deals. Usually you'll find that mid-range brands like Optoma and Jaybird get the biggest discounts at retailers like Amazon, but it's worth bearing in mind that Sony has recently released a new pair of neckbud earphones – the Sony WI-1000XM2 – and that means older models could be discounted.
TikTok owner ByteDance has released a smartphone in China
TikTok owner ByteDance’s long-rumored smartphone has been released in China, reports Abacus News. The company has released the Jianguo Pro 3 under the Smartisan brand, after ByteDance acquired a number of Smartisan’s patents and employees earlier this year. The phone has a starting price of 2,899 yuan (around $412) and is available in China now.
Given ByteDance’s explosive growth that has come off the back of TikTok, it’s not surprising to hear that the phone comes preloaded with Douyin, the version of TikTok that ByteDance produces for the Chinese market. Abacus News reports that you get into the app by swiping up on the lock screen, after which you can apply TikTok’s effects and filters to your videos.
Google to buy Fitbit for around $2.1bn
Google is to buy the fitness technology firm Fitbit for around $2.1bn.The move comes as the internet search giant looks to enter the fast-growing market for fitness trackers and smartwatches.The deal is expected to be sealed in 2020, subject to approval by Fitbit's shareholders and regulatory approvals.The firm also moved to reassure customers over data confidentiality, amid persisting concerns over the security of personal information online and how it is used by technology companies.