This story was written in collaboration with Forbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products and experiences we

This story was written in collaboration with Forbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products and experiences we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale. Apple’s newest tablet is a bit of a curiosity. Especially when the company already has two very capable tablets: the iPad Pro is a productivity beast while the iPad Air is more for leisure browsing. The just-announced iPad is Apple’s latest entry-level tablet. It’s more than $100 cheaper than the iPad Air and, depending on which model you get, at least $1,000 less than an iPad Pro. I’m leading with the price of the iPad, because, to be blunt, that’s its greatest advantage over the other iPads. Yes, it has a larger 10.2″ display and it can use a  Smart Keyboard, but other than those two things, this new iPad is just an upsized 6th Gen iPad. It has the same A10 chip, the same 128GB max storage, the same 8mp camera. It’s just bigger. When you look at it side-by-side with the iPad Air, it’s hard to justify not paying the extra $170 for the...

BAT to ramp up investment in e-cigarettes after missing target

British American Tobacco plans to significantly increase investment in its ecigarette products in an attempt to catch up with rivals and offset a decline in sales at core brands such as Lucky Strike and Dunhill. The FTSE 100 tobacco group said revenue growth for new products, which include its Vuse and Vype vaping products, increased 27 per cent to £531m in the first half on a constant currency basis. That fell short of a 30 to 50 per cent annual revenue growth target for “reduced risk” products. BAT hit consensus revenue forecast with turnover up 4.1 per cent to £12bn for the six months to June at constant currency rates. Profits before tax fell 2.6 per cent to £3.8bn due to payments towards a historic class action lawsuit in the US. The results, the first for new chief executive Jack Bowles, follow a disappointing trading update earlier in the year in which the company said it had lost market share for the first time in years. Shares in BAT rose 7 per cent on Thursday after it said it expected the growth rate for new products to accelerate over the next six months. The company said it had “significant” additional investment planned for its new product portfolio and expected st...

Juul Labs Inc., the controversial e-cigarette maker, is exploring plans to open its own U.S. retail

Juul Labs Inc., the controversial e-cigarette maker, is exploring plans to open its own U.S. retail shops, looking to capitalize on its early dominance of the American market, according to people familiar with the matter. The company hasn’t made a final decision on whether to open its own U.S. stores, which would admit only adults, but has already hired some staff for potential locations in Dallas and Houston, according to one of the people. The Food and Drug Administration, which says sweet and fruity e-cigarette flavors are appealing to teens, has proposed retail restrictions that would essentially prohibit convenience stores and gas stations from selling e-cigarette flavors other than tobacco, mint and menthol. Juul plans to sell only tobacco, mint and menthol flavors in any U.S. stores it opens, the person said. Juul, which also sells its vaping devices online, now commands about 75% of the U.S. retail market tracked by Nielsen, according to Wells Fargo. It is sold in more than 100,000 stores nationwide, including 7-Eleven, Circle K and many gas stations. Running its own storefronts would allow Juul to gain sales insights that could be applied at other retailers and to test...