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Samsara’s next generation of smart luggage is ready for take off, shown here in polycarbonate yellow. New tech features includes GPS and Bluetooth 5.1 tracking and Wi-Fi Hotspot. Now available for pre-order. (Photo: PR Newswire)

Samsara Luggage announced today the launch of its online pre-sale for their next generation of smart carry-on suitcases with Wi-Fi Hotspot capabilities, making Samsara the first to market this innovative technology.

Samsara launches pre-sales for groundbreaking new generation of smart carry-on suitcase, introduced to the market at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

Samsara unveiled its new generation of smart luggage at this year’s CES. Forbes broke the news to its online audience calling the new product line “incredible.” The review continues with, “A competitor of Away, Samsara wasn’t content to stick a battery in their bag and call it smart.”

The new Samsara smart carry-on features more breakthrough innovation including WiFi . Hotspot, IoT tracking solution that offers consumers the most accurate location data for their smart-case.
The new Samsara smart carry-on features more breakthrough innovation including WiFi . Hotspot, IoT tracking solution that offers consumers the most accurate location data for their smart-case.
Samsara’s next generation of smart luggage is ready for take off, shown here in polycarbonate yellow.

Samsara’s next generation of smart luggage is ready for take off, shown here in polycarbonate yellow. New tech features includes GPS and Bluetooth 5.1 tracking and Wi-Fi Hotspot. Now available for pre-order.

The new Samsara smart carry-on features more breakthrough innovation including an IoT tracking solution that offers consumers the most accurate location data for their smart-case. The new generation builds upon the original model’s ergonomic on-the-go workstation design with a sleeker smart unit that is accessible from the exterior of the case and features a portable wireless charging dock for cell phones. This new generation is currently available for pre-order on the Samsara website for $199 without the Hotspot feature or $279 with it.

“I’m so excited to offer our new generation of smart luggage at such a competitive price point during the pre-sale,” says Atara Dzikowski, Co-founder and CEO of Samsara Luggage. “Adding durable polycarbonate to the product line in vibrant colors and styles offers our diverse clientele the options they want leading into peak travel season. As part of the company’s continued efforts to create an effortless travel experience, we brought together exclusive tech features with an enhanced design to show our customers a better way to travel.”

Samsara Luggage recently announced its partnership with Monogoto, an affordable and reliable cellular provider, to enable its new Wi-Fi Hotspot feature. Customers will be able to subscribe to Monogoto at a preferred rate and enjoy access to a secured Wi-Fi Hotspot while traveling.

About Samsara Luggage

Samsara Luggage, Inc. (OTC: SAML) is a global luggage and lifestyle brand with a deep belief in creating a world where travel isn’t a hassle, but rather an effortless experience. By combining smart features, including IoT technology, with innovative design and quality materials, Samsara is dedicated to transforming the luggage industry with its products.

Samsara Luggage recently unveiled its next generation product line at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The Next Generation Samsara is the first to market a Wi-Fi Hotspot technology for travelers to access a secured network globally. The smart unit also features a portable and removable wireless charging dock to easily charge cell phones. Equipped with a powerful USB-C connector, the smart unit is also able to charge laptops. Using GPS and Bluetooth (5.1) technology, the IoT tracking solution gives users the most accurate location data for their smart-case.

Samsara’s safety features are unparalleled with any smart suitcase on the market today. The updated Samsara phone app sends real-time notifications to customers when the suitcase is moving out of range or opened. Partnered with the two-separate built in combination locks, this suitcase was made to give travelers the peace of mind they want to enjoy their travels, whether for work or pleasure.

The Samsara Next Generation will be available in 23″ the maximum size for US carry-on luggage and 21″ for international travel. The new product line is available in both durable polycarbonate and the same lightweight and fireproof aviation-grade aluminum that was used for its first generation.

Samsara’s Next Generation shares the same ergonomic design as the current model, with a flattop surface that doubles as a mobile desk.

Samsara’s first generation smart carry-on suitcase was named by Forbes as Best Smart Luggage of 2019, calling it the “it” bag when it comes to smart luggage.

Samsara continues to become one of the fastest growing smart luggage brands in the industry, always looking for ways to stay ahead of the tech curve. The smart luggage company continues invest in the development of new and innovative product lines with improved safety features.

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Experts Weigh In: Tech Stocks Should Boom, Fed Offers Win/Win Outcome

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Experts Weigh In: Tech Stocks Should Boom, Fed Offers Win/Win Outcome

The stock market inches closer to a full recovery from the March bear market. Many also predict that the tech industry will get back on track. Also, more and more states have started to reopen their economies. Because of these, many investors are left wondering “what’s next?”

Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s Mad Money says that many companies will continue with their work from home policies. This makes the tech industry crucial. He says this will likely happen until at least early June. Cramer also says the “Covid-era” tech companies that are mostly in the Nasdaq will do very well.

“A lot of the stocks in the Nasdaq are for companies that do better in a Covid era. Remember, we’ve got many, many institutions with 80% to 95% of people working at home, and they require a gigantic change in the supply chain of work and the supply chain of work has just generated a remarkable new wave of the cloud, of hardware, of software and the companies that are really rallying for the most part are companies that do fabulously when you have to create new factories and the factory is in the home.”

The Role of Tech Companies

Salvatore Ruscitti, U.S. equities strategist at MRB Partners, agrees with Cramer. He also thinks that the “work from home” era has made tech companies even more important to our daily lives.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the essential role that technology plays for businesses and consumers,” Cramer said. He also said “that the recession could see many of the largest growth companies become even more dominant.”

Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones warns that the rebound from the March lows was easy to predict. However, he also says talks will shift from liquidity issues to solvency issues. Jones mentioned this will happen if we don’t find a vaccine soon so that businesses can reopen.

“I think this part — the bounce — was easy to forecast. I think what happens from here again depends a lot on Covid so there’ll be a shift in focus from liquidity issues somewhere down the line to solvency issues… If we don’t find a vaccine or a cure, if we don’t find a much better way of testing at scale for the population so that we can get back to work and we start seeing daily doses of bankruptcies and other insolvencies, then I think the market is going to have a much more difficult time.”

The State of the Markets

Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic advisor at Allianz, says that the markets will win. He believes this will happen, no matter how the reopening of the economy goes. If the economy can stand on its own two legs, the markets will rally. If the economy stumbles out of the gate, the markets win. It will happen because the Federal Reserve will step in with even more stimulus money.

“The key issue is that we are reopening — we are opening in a bumpy manner, and we’ve just got to keep focused but markets are completely divorced from this reality. Because markets have stumbled into a win-win. You win if the reopening goes well and you still win if it doesn’t go well because the Federal Reserve is in there in a big way. And I think that’s why markets are in one universe and the real economy is in the other and the real economy is going to get a lot worse. We already have two officials telling us that the unemployment rate is going to go north of 20%, and it is, unfortunately.”

Echoing El-Erian’s belief that markets are “completely divorced from reality” is Doug Ramsey, the chief investment officer of The Leuthold Group.

He says the day is coming when the true state of our nation’s economy catches up with stocks.

Ramsey says “The stock market punishment doesn’t fit the economic crime. We expect it eventually will.”

“The depth and duration of this economic calamity are unknowable, but values don’t yet reflect it. S&P 500 valuations are 30-40% higher than seen at even the comparatively-shallow market low of 2002.”

He expects at least a 32% drop from here based on historic metrics.

“If the median S&P 500 stock traded down to the average valuation seen at the last three bear market bottoms, it would have to decline another 46% from April 30th levels,” he said. “If we play along and assume that valuations bottom at the ‘richest’ levels ever seen at a bear market low, there’s still 32% downside remaining in the median S&P 500 stock.”

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Video Conferencing Stock Soars As Offices Shut Down Over Coronavirus Worries

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Video Conferencing Stock Soars As Offices Shut Down Over Coronavirus Worries

As the reported cases of the coronavirus increase here in the US, a few companies are taking pre-emptive measures and shutting down their offices to everyone except the most critical employees.

On Tuesday, Google announced that all of its North American employees, more than 100,000 in total, should work from home effective immediately and plan on working from home until April 10th at the earliest.

The company also banned visitors to its New York and San Francisco Bay Area offices.

It’s the latest major company to ask its employees to stay home in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. Apple, Amazon and Facebook have already asked employees to cut back on travel and work from home if possible.

The outbreak has also had a major effect on conferences and public events. Facebook’s Global Marketing Summit and Adobe Summit 2020 were cancelled, and Google and Microsoft plan on making their upcoming conferences digital only. 

While these major companies have solutions in place to keep their employees connected and working at full capacity during the coronavirus outbreak, millions of small and mid-size businesses don’t have a go-to solution to keep employees connected if offices are shut down. 

Most will face a decision in the coming weeks: if we close our business and allow our employees to work from home, how will we maintain communication to keep the business running?

For many the solution will be video conferencing, and it presents an opportunity for investors who expect an uptick in business over the next few weeks and months for these platforms as more and more businesses take advantage of their capabilities.

Here are three publicly traded video conference companies to consider:

GoToMeeting (owned by LogMeIn, ticker: LOGM) – offers solutions for businesses of all sizes and is compatible with all operating systems and mobile devices. It can support up to 25 unique users in a meeting with a high-definition video feed (more can join with a standard definition feed) and all meetings are recorded and stored.

Xoom (ticker: ZM) – offers scheduled and ad-hoc meetings in personal meeting rooms, video webinars and conferencing rooms. All meetings are saved and stored on the cloud, and meetings can support up to 1,000 video participants and 10,000 viewers.

Skype (owned by Microsoft, ticker: MSFT) – the original and possibly the most popular video conferencing app. Skype users have the ability to call phones without the other party using Skype, an additional benefit that other platforms don’t offer. Also has high-definition video conferencing, live subtitles, screen sharing, webinars and the ability to send SMS text messages.

Of the three stocks above, Zoom has had the best return year-to-date, jumping an impressive 59.45%. Just last week the company reported Q4 2019 results and revenue increased 78% year-over-year to $188.3 million. Most importantly, the company reported that the number of customers with 10 or more employees increased 61% year-over-year.

This is the company that could grab the most business in the weeks and months ahead as more and more businesses shift to video conferencing to keep employees connected during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Amazon Profits Surge as Investment in Faster Shipping Pays Off

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Amazon Profits Surge as Investment in Faster Shipping Pays Off
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By Dominic Rushe

Amazon’s massive investment in faster shipping paid off for the tech company over the Christmas holidays with record sales and four times as many customers taking advantage of its free one-day shipping offer over the shopping season compared with last year.

Amazon is spending billions making one-day shipping the default for its Prime members and the gamble helped drive its revenues up over $87bn for the final quarter of 2019, or $29bn a month, compared with $72.4bn in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Profits increased to $3.3bn in the fourth quarter, up from $3bn in the same period last year, after a fall of 25% from July to September due to its costly shipping investments. Amazon’s shares shot up over 10% in after-hours trading.

“We’ve made Prime delivery faster – the number of items delivered to US customers with Prime’s free one-day and same-day delivery more than quadrupled this quarter compared to last year,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO.

Amazon’s bumper Christmas – the best in its history – came as other retailers including Target, Macy’s and JC Penney have reported lower sales.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), its cloud computing business, reported revenues of $9.9bn for the quarter, up 34% from the year-ago period.

Amazon also gave an update on its number of Prime subscribers, who pay an annual fee for faster shipping and access to free content on its streaming media services. Bezos said the company now has over 150 million paid Prime members around the world, up from 100 million last April.

Amazon’s share price has lagged its tech giant peers in recent months as investors have worried about its spending. The latest results push the company back into the exclusive club of tech companies now valued at over $1tn including Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft.

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