Amazon will fine sellers who ship products in oversized packaging

If you’ve ever received a gargantuan cardboard box with one tiny USB stick inside, you’ll know that packaging can be very wasteful. In response to this issue, Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging Program aimed to give customers “minimal, protective and functional packaging” to keep items safe without adding unnecessary waste packaging. The company hopes the program’s new…

Samsung posts 55.6% drop in second-quarter profit as it copes with weak demand and a trade dispute

As it forecast earlier this month, Samsung reported a steep drop in its second-quarter earnings due to lower market demand for chips and smartphones. The company said its second-quarter operating profit fell 55.6% year-over-year to 6.6 trillion won (about $5.6 billion), on consolidated revenue of 56.13 trillion won, slightly above the guidance it issued three…

HBO Max orders Greek mythology series ‘Circe’

The show will be written and executive-produced by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The duo previously worked on Jurassic World and Planet of the Apes, and are currently working on the live-action remake of Disney’s Mulan and the upcoming Avatar sequels. Chernin Entertainment is producing in partnership with Endeavor Content.The show is told from the…

Mobile messaging financial advisory service, Stackin, adds banking features and raises cash

When Stackin initially pitched itself as part of Techstars Los Angeles accelerator program two years ago, the company was a video platform for financial advice targeting a millennial audience too savvy for traditional advisory services. Now, nearly two years later, the company has pivoted from video to text-based financial advice for its millennial audience and…

MediaTek’s latest phone CPUs are built for gaming

The G90 chips will use HyperEngine game tech that promises to cut back on lag. and interruptions. Like some phones, it can invoke LTE to help out if you have a flaky WiFi connection. It can maintain two WiFi connections on different bands, too. Call and data concurrency keeps your internet access alive if there’s…