PARIS: Orange, France's number one telecoms group, contained the financial damages stemming from the COVID crisis in the second quarter thanks to unexpected higher domestic sales, which helped offset a steep downturn in Spain. The company's overall second-quarter sales dropped 0.4% to 10.4 billion euros, while core operating profits over the period were down by 1.8% as COVID-triggered lockdowns in Europe drove costs higher and led to a loss in lucrative roaming fees. The company cut its forecast for core profit for the year, now expecting a drop of about 1%. It previously expected it to be "flat positive". The telecoms industry has weathered the economic impact of the virus better than other sectors as people relied on their communications infrastructure to work from home during lockdowns as well as play video games and watch videos online. "This crisis has revealed the strategic nature of telecoms networks for our economies and even society as whole," Chief Executive Officer … [Read more...] about Orange contains COVID quarterly damage with higher revenue in France
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Gen 5 improvements Pictured: Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle smartwatches There's a lot more to these new smartwatches than their stunning designs. Gen 5 has proven to be a significant upgrade over Gen 4. Fossil has finally incorporated the new Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, which is said to improve battery life and overall performance. This has been a long awaited improvement, so it's nice to see that Fossil delivered. Battery life with these watches is now said to last 24 hours or more. Of course, battery life will vary depending on your usage. … [Read more...] about Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle vs. Julianna: What’s the difference and which should you buy?
It's worth pointing out that the old measurements worked well for the French locals because these metrics were tied to physical counting systems. For example, a field's size might be measured by the 'journée' (meaning 'day' in French), which denoted the number of days it took to harvest its crop. Other times, land was measured in 'boisseaux' (or 'bushels'), to quantify how much grain-seed was needed to sow the land. "The old systems did make sense, they weren't just totally crazy," Alder said. … [Read more...] about Why doesn’t the US use the metric system?