Category: IT News

Smartwatches and other accessories face looming threat of new Chinese-import tariffs

The world of international commerce is a complicated one, and the particular path a product takes as it evolves from raw materials, to discrete components, to a final, assembled gadget can have a big impact on what it ends up costing. Right now, shoppers in the U.S. are concerned about what impact new tariffs on Chinese imports might have on all manner of consumer goods, from cars to portable electronics. Now some newly published rulings spell out exactly what what kinds of gadgets we may be about to see become slightly more expensive.

When we last checked in with President Trump’s plans for tariffs, there was concern that levies against fully assembled smartphones would bump up prices here in the States. Over the past few months, though, the scope of these tariffs has shifted, and Trump has reassured phone-makers like Apple that their handsets won’t be targeted.

Smartwatches and other accessories

Smartwatches and other accessories

But that still leaves a lot of other product types vulnerable to these new fees, and as companies try to work out just where they’re going to be hit (it’s a complicated question, with over 6,000 defined product types covered by the latest tariff proposal), they’re asking U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to make some rulings. Those have revealed that products like the Apple Watch, several FitBit activity trackers, and a number of Sonos speakers are all likely to be affected by the tariffs, should they go through.

That would end up costing the companies behind these devices an extra 10 percent to import their wares. The accessory market is already very competitive, and even a modest new cost like that could threaten to have a serious impact on revenue streams.

These proposed tariffs aren’t set in stone, though, and there’s still time for companies to lobby for certain categories to be excluded. Failing that, there’s the distant possibility that a product could be reclassified under another (non-tariffed) category, or even granted a specific exemption.

Still, don’t be surprised if things like smartwatch prices are slightly higher this holiday season. Maybe it’s time to get an early start on your shopping?

NETGEAR Launches GS116LP and GS116PP Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switches with 16 Ports

~ Unmanaged Switches with Flexible Power over Ethernet Options ~

India: July 20, 2018 – NETGEAR®, Inc. a leading provider of networking equipment for homes and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) has introduced new 16-port Gigabit Ethernet unmanaged switches, using flexible Power over Ethernet (PoE) integrated technology. Businesses or even home offices needing affordable solutions with a reasonable PoE budget can now easily deploy denser PoE+ devices and high-power PoE+ devices connected to a single switch, for energy efficiency as well as space and cost savings.

The PoE devices can be easily deployed by businesses or offices for energy efficiency, as well as space and cost savings. The switches can also help offices with a dense number of devices in close proximity achieve power and connectivity. It can include VoIP phones, IP security cameras, video-over-IP endpoints, sensors, LED lighting, secure access door locks, and other IoT devices, as well as pan-tilt-zoom HD surveillance cameras with features such as night vision and built-in motion tracking.


NETGEAR GS116PP Ethernet

But what is most unique about these plug-and-play switches is that they have a built-in intuitive power selector and support optional interchangeable external power supplies that allow you to easily increase PoE budget at any time to provide your devices with the power they need. With this industry-unique feature in an unmanaged switch, you can start with a lower PoE budget and then cost-effectively increase your PoE budget at any time, to grow along with your business needs. If your business has to power more medium to high-power devices in the future, you can easily upgrade just by changing the external power supply. If you already have multiple power-hungry devices, you can go directly to the high-power version switch for the best PoE budget. NETGEAR has designed these switches to adapt as your needs change.

“At NETGEAR we have constantly focused on continuous improvement and innovation and this is the reason we have remained a market leader in providing solutions to small businesses. This is why NETGEAR has introduced these flexible, cost-effective solutions to support the growth of these businesses.” said Marthesh Nagendra, Country Manager – India & SAARC, NETGEAR

Their silent operation and small form factor, combined with the rack-mount and wall-mount accessories, give you the flexibility to place a switch in small cabinets, in a 19-inch rack, on a wall, or on a desk. But what is most unique about these plug-and-play switches is that they have a built-in intuitive power selector and support optional interchangeable external power supplies that allow you to easily increase PoE budget at any time to provide your devices with the power they need.

Key Features:

  • The 16 PoE/PoE+ Gigabit Ethernet Ports provide up to 30W per port to any power-hungry device.
  • Flexible PoE Budget for GS116LP/PP is easy to increase or decrease thanks to an interchangeable external power supply unit.
  • 16 Gbps (16-port models) non-blocking switching architecture offers maximum throughput at wire speed without congestion for all the connectivity your devices need.
  • Plug-and-play, automatic connectivity to your router or modem eliminates the need for an IT expert or complicated user manual.
  • Auto-negotiation between the switch and your end devices means they automatically connect at the highest common speed.

Price and Availability:

The four new NETGEAR Smart Managed Pro Switches are available now worldwide through authorized NETGEAR partners and other reseller channels and e-commerce sites.

  • GS116LP, 16-Port PoE/PoE+ Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch with 76W PoE budget— INR 17,000
  • GS116PP, 16-Port PoE/PoE+ Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch with 183W PoE budget — INR 23000

Rapoo India launches the stylish and portable A100 Bluetooth Mini Speaker

Mumbai, India, July 18, 2018RAPOO – a leading manufacturer of wireless peripheral products, has introduced the stylish and elegant A100 Bluetooth Mini Speaker in India.

portable A100 Bluetooth mini speaker

portable A100 Bluetooth mini speaker

The A100 Bluetooth Mini Speaker has a 4W high-powered amplifier system for excellent sound quality. The compact form factor also makes it a portable and convenient device to carry along. It is powered by an 800 mAh battery which provides an excellent playback time of up to 5 hours of continuous play.

The Bluetooth 4.2 wireless audio transmission provides an uninterrupted and superior connection to the speaker.

Rapoo A100 provides for both wired and wireless mode, which in turn, gives a greater flexibility for a user. It also supports TF card play and has a call function as well.

Mukesh Chaudhary, Country Head, India, SAARC & ME, Rapoo Technology said, “With the stylish and portable A100 Mini Bluetooth Speaker, Rapoo aims to enhance offering customers, lifestyle tech products with excellent design and form factor at a reasonable price.” 

The Rapoo A100 Bluetooth Mini Speaker is now available in India via Rapoo authorized channel partners as well as online at an MRP of INR 2499/-.

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