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  • Amazon and Microsoft just scored a huge $100 million cloud deal that can't be making IBM too happy

    08/31/2015 12:19:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/31/2015 | Julie Bort
    Amazon and Microsoft are quickly becoming the king and queen of cloud computing. Here's another case in point: the two of them just won a huge contract with the FAA, led by IT consultant CSC. This contract will consolidate the FCC's data centers, moving data to both Amazon's cloud Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's cloud, Azure. CSC says the contract is worth $108 million out of the gate, and because its a long-term contract, could be worth as much as $1 billion over the next 10 years. The FAA isn't getting rid of its data centers altogether to run...
  • John Sculley: 'Steve Jobs was misrepresented in popular culture'

    08/31/2015 11:58:02 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | August 31, 2015 | By Rhiannon Williams
    Exclusive: The former Apple chief executive on Steve Jobs, the greatest current technology leaders and why Aaron Sorkin’s Jobs biopic will tell the truth about his and Jobs’ “amazing relationship” Steve Jobs (L) and John Sculley, pictured in 1983 Photo: CAP/NFS It goes without saying that Steve Jobs is perhaps the most famous business leader of the century, if not of all time. The late co-founder of Apple has become a deified figure since his death in 2011 aged 56 from pancreatic cancer, with each new product launch incurring a rash of ‘What Would Steve Do?’ think pieces and endless...
  • Google's Android Wear gains compatibility with Apple's iPhone

    08/31/2015 11:29:54 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Monday, August 31, 2015, 08:53 am PT | By Neil Hughes
    Google on Monday announced Android Wear for iPhone, bringing support for the search giant's wearable device platform, as well as select devices, to Apple's best selling handset. The new Android Wear for iOS will also bring Google into even more direct competition with the Apple Watch. Android Wear devices have been on the market for about a year longer than Apple's first-generation wearable, but thus far the Android Wear platform has failed to gain much traction. Google's hoping that support for iOS will change that. Compatibility with Android Wear is available on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone...
  • Is Windows 10 already an enterprise success? 1.5 mn installations in a month and 75 M devices say so

    08/31/2015 11:29:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    FIRST POST BUSINESS ^ | 08/31/2015 | Arti Singh
    Less than a month after rollout of Windows 10, Microsoft has shared that its new operating system had already been installed on 75 million devices. And, interestingly nearly 1.5 million of those systems are running Windows 10 Enterprise. The company, however, didn't disclose the scale and size of enterprise customers, but said "some of them are rolling out hundreds of machines in some very large pilots." Also, it's not clear how many Indian organisations have deployed Windows 10 Enterprise edition. According to analysts, firms here will adopt 'wait-and-watch' strategy. "Many Indian organisations have recently moved from XP to Windows 7...
  • Here are the signs that point to Apple's next big innovation in computing

    08/31/2015 8:10:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/31/2015 | Lisa Eadicicco
    Apple could be working on its own augmented-reality technology, which would be a first for the company, according to Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster. Apple usually focuses on mainstream consumer products such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Munster has picked up on a few clues within the industry that indicate Apple could be working on some type of augmented reality device. For example, the company acquired a German augmented reality startup called Metaio earlier this year, which was reported back in May. Munster notes that Metaio owns 171 worldwide patents related to augmented reality technology, which would put Apple in 11th...
  • "Supergiant" Natural gas discovery could be largest ever

    08/31/2015 7:43:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 08/31/2015 | David Goldman
    In what could be the largest natural gas discovery in history, Italian energy company Eni says it has unearthed a "supergiant" gas field in the Mediterranean Sea covering about 40 square miles. The gas field could hold a potential of 30 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Eni says that's the energy equivalent of about 5.5 billion barrels of oil. The company won't know the field's true size until it begins to develop it. Found in the deep waters off the northern coast of Egypt, Eni claims the gas field to be the largest ever in the Mediterranean and possibly...
  • Obama to give 5 Million Illegals SSN's

    08/31/2015 7:07:37 AM PDT · by hapnHal · 30 replies
    Barack Obama has decided to hand out Social Security numbers to (illegal immigrants) Let's face it. Black Ovomit has decided he's above the law. With the Obama amnesty, or Obamnesty, he declared with a series of "presidential memos," TeaParty.org lawyers analyzing the action have concluded Obama simply "nullified" existing immigration laws to the detriment of those millions that stand in line, follow legal procedures, and become citizens. Barack Obama has decided to hand out Social Security numbers to maybe 5 million illegal immigrants simply because they are parents to a child that has U.S. birthright citizenship or legal U.S. residency...
  • Ben Shapiro: The Truth About Planned Parenthood

    08/31/2015 6:32:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    The Daily Wire/Youtube ^ | Aug 20, 2015 | The Daily Wire
    Planned Parenthood chops up human babies and sells their body parts for cold hard cash. Sound extreme? Then Ben Shapiro dares you to watch this video. **VIDEO ONLY ON LINK**
  • The GOP base is changing, and Trumps the only one who gets it

    08/31/2015 4:17:23 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 68 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | August 31, 2015 | Ben Bullard
    A small handful of prominent pundits and one politician are beginning to grasp that the GOP establishments concept of its present-day party base is inaccurate, insulting and most importantly hopelessly disconnected from the emerging political reality. (please see link for full article. I have quoted below, so please see the complete link) http://personalliberty.com/the-gop-base-is-changing-and-trumps-the-only-one-who-gets-it/
  • Apples Ad Blockers Rile Publishers

    08/30/2015 10:17:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 30, 2015 6:47 p.m. ET | By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI and JACK MARSHALL
    New iOS lets users halt ads on mobile devices, posing a challenge to publishers and Google Apple Inc.s move to make it easier to block ads on iPhones and iPads is troubling publishers and heightening tensions with its Silicon Valley neighbors. The next version of Apples mobile-operating system, due out as early as next month, will let users install apps that prevent ads from appearing in its Safari browser. Putting such ad blockers within reach of hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users threatens to disrupt the $70 billion annual mobile-marketing business, where many publishers and tech firms hope...
  • Donald Trump success story | Documentary | [Biography of famous people in english] ( 59m video )

    08/30/2015 7:17:19 PM PDT · by sushiman · 29 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/2/15 | Biography Channel
    Worth a watch .
  • Top US presidential candidate Trump uncomfortable about made in China (so am I!)

    A video circulating on facebook shows top U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, back in 2012, in a gotcha moment about his feelings towards products made in China. Read more: http://www.cctv-america.com/2015/08/30/top-us-presidential-candidate-trump-uncomfortable-about-made-in-china#ixzz3kLR4CQ7d Watch us live anywhere at http://www.cctvamericalive.com Follow us: @cctv_america on Twitter | CCTVAmerica on Facebook
  • First Restaurant for Dogs in Southeast Mexico Opens in Merida

    08/30/2015 1:41:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    PEEK FOOD, the first restaurant for dogs in the Yucatn Peninsula opened its doors on July the 4th, 2015. It is a new gastronomical concept that offers an experience for diners that want to spend time together with their beloved pets, have a meal themselves and feed their dogs with well balanced and healthy food options. The Restaurant was born from the idea of brother and sister Rashid Ariel and Citlali Georgina Alcocer Cortazar, who have a strong relationship with dogs since they were kids. Rashid decided to become a professional dog trainer. Rashid and Citlali noticed that Pet Friendly...
  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park Trails Coming to Google Maps

    08/30/2015 10:20:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 08/28/15 | Samantha Clark
    Hikers in Big Basin Redwoods State Park are sharing the trails this week with volunteers wearing 40 pounds of Google mapping equipment on their backs. With 15 cameras fitted on a metal sphere reaching above their heads, a team from Sempervirens Fund, a nonprofit land-preservation group based in Los Altos, is traversing the park while capturing 360-degree panoramas stitched together. And in a few months, you will be able to explore Big Basin from the comfort of your own browser on Google Maps Street View feature. The high-tech imagery is part of an effort by Sempervirens Fund to draw more...
  • Ok it is time to say a word about Bobby Jindal (seems pretty darned solid)

    08/30/2015 8:04:42 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 30, 2015
    I was just watching a portion of "This Week with George S", which was guest hosted today. She had Bobby Jindal on, and lobbed several tough questions at him. He hit them right out of the park. She stayed focused on being critical of Hillary, and refused to be critical of Donald Trump. He just refused to be goaded into an anti-Trump position, but was strongly for America and I was very, very impressed. Strongly for controlling immigration. Very well done, Mr. Jindal. Good job. Gotta pay more attention to Jindal.
  • The US Economy: Things are good and slowly getting better

    08/30/2015 6:53:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/30/2015 | Myles Udland
    The US economy continues to grow at a modest, steady rate. And this is great news. Over the last year and a half, the economic story in the US has been the same: a disappointing start to the year followed by a rebound that overall indicates the economy is growing a bit more than 2% per year. This week, we saw extreme volatility in the US stock market.And while these wild price swings made headlines, the most important news of the week came Thursday morning, when we learned that the US economy grew 3.7% in the second quarter, better than...
  • Today's Most: Would You Drink Doritos-Flavored Soda?

    08/30/2015 2:42:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Today's Most...interesting beverage currently being tested: The company that owns Mountain Dew confirms it's testing a flavor that tastes like Doritos. PepsiCo confirmed to the NY Daily News that it's testing "Dewitos" on college campuses around the country. Speculation started when someone posted a picture online with the caption, "they were giving samples of this, it actually tastes like Doritos." The soda is orange-colored. Pepsi wouldn't say if the company's thinking about actually selling Dewitos. But a company representative told the News, "we are always testing out new flavors of Mountain Dew, and giving our fans a voice in helping...
  • Sciatica

    08/29/2015 7:18:38 PM PDT · by Maine Mariner · 144 replies
    Some medical advice from Freepers is sorely needed. About two weeks ago I twisted my lower back and the result sciatica. I have been taking 3 200mg of Advil and 2 300 mg Tylenol every six hours plus alternating between an ice pack (wrapped in a towel) and a hot water bottle. I have also been doing some exercises several times a day as recommended by my physical therapist. So here it is Saturday evening and I am in a lot of pain. What is so discouraging was today at about 2 pm for a couple of hours, I was...
  • Tariff of 1789

    08/29/2015 6:23:47 PM PDT · by dennisw · 93 replies
    wikipedia. ^ | wikipedia.
    Tariff of 1789 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Tariff Act of 1789, was the first major Act passed in the United States under its present Constitution of 1789 and had two purposes as stated in Section I of the Act which reads as follows; "Whereas it is necessary for that support of government, for the discharge of the debts of the United States, and the encouragement and protection of manufactures, that duties be laid on goods, wares and merchandise:"[1] The Federal legislature, acting under the recently ratified US Constitution, authorized the collection of tariff and tonnage duties to meet...
  • Question

    08/29/2015 12:05:41 PM PDT · by MosesKnows · 47 replies
    August 29, 2015 | MosesKnows
    Question I am pondering the pros and cons of competition.
  • Gift Cards for the Homeless: A Better Idea Than Throwing Them in Jail?

    08/29/2015 12:04:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri, Aug 28, 2015 | Jeremy Lybarger
    San Francisco has had it with the homeless. First came the Chronicles obsessive summer of op-eds and thinly reported screeds; then came Mayor Lees announcement threat that the homeless must leave before the Super Bowl PR machine rolls into town; and yesterday Supervisor Scott Wiener put a semantic twist on the whole fracas, arguing its not the homeless were vilifying but unsavory street behavior." The public outcry has no real center but, like a dragnet, implicates everything from mental illness and substance abuse, to access to public restrooms and street encampments. Theres a cacophony of complaints (and rallying cries) but...
  • I'm a Woman and I Used Ashley Madison: An Alabama Wife's Story

    08/29/2015 11:37:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    Lisa not her real name said she met her first husband when she was a 21-year-old college student. She thought he was funny and driven and when he proposed, she believed she was making a "mature decision by marrying for the right reasons." Those good feelings didn't last long. "By our second anniversary, I was 23 years old and we had completely stopped having sex. My husband was deeply depressed and no matter how hard I tried to fix him, he wasn't getting better, and he wasn't showing any signs of desire or intimacy. Even though I knew...
  • The return of national fences

    08/29/2015 10:31:12 AM PDT · by SpeakerToAnimals · 6 replies
    Thetrumpet.com ^ | 8-28-15 | Brad Macdonald
    Fences are making a major comeback in America, Europe, Asia and the rest of the globe. Some, like Donald Trumps proposed fence along the United States-Mexico border, are literal. Others, like Chinas currency manipulation, are figurative. But they all serve a common purpose: preserving national interests and deterring domestic threats. These fences evidence a major global trend: the rise of nationalism. They manifest a growing shift away from globalization, and toward self-interest. Nations are focusing more on protecting their own economies, their own manufacturing industries, their own people and their own culturesbecause of uncertain and unstable global socioeconomic conditions. The...
  • Sarah Palin defends Donald Trump, open to being his running mate

    08/29/2015 10:05:08 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 64 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | August 28, 2015 | Bonnie K. Goodman
    Former Alaska Governor and 2008 GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin is again defending Republican 2016 frontrunner Donald Trump. Palin was promoting her guest hosting of "On Point with Sarah Palin" airing on the One to One America News Network on the entertainment news show "Extra" on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 where she spoke with Renee Bargh about all the Trump bashing. Palin also talked about Vice Presidential choices and attacked Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton over her continued political scandals and President Barack Obama's failed policies. Palin and Trump have long become friends and their political love affair seems a...
  • Chinas economic judders bring questions and opportunity

    08/29/2015 8:37:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | August 29, 2015 | Marion Dakers,
    There is a stark contrast between the PBOC and the US Federal Reserves approach to managing markets. The Fed tends to treat investors like the recently burgled: reassurance at every stage, no loud noises during the night. American central bankers have been signalling for two years that the crisis-era programme of vacuuming up bonds from the market, known as quantitative easing, would be wound up as the economy improved. ... Chinas abrupt interventions have therefore come as a surprise to investors who have only recently gained direct access to the countrys A-share market. By Friday night, after five days of...
  • How This New Government Ruling Destroys the Franchise Business Model

    08/29/2015 8:04:06 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 52 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 08/28/2015 | James Sherk
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) just issued a ruling likely to destroy the franchise business model. To understand how far-reaching this could be, it should be noted that almost 9 million Americans work at over 780,000 franchised businesses. From Jiffy Lube to Terminex to Wendys, franchises enable many Americans to run their own small businesses without having to design and market everything from scratch. Franchising is a particularly important opportunity for minority entrepreneurs. Franchises are almost 50 percent more likely to be minority-owned than non-franchised businesses. If this ruling stands, minority Americans wont get that chance. The recent ruling...
  • Warren Buffett just disclosed his newest $4.5 billion investment pick

    08/29/2015 7:42:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/30/2015 | Julia La Roche
    On Friday evening, billionaire investor Warren Buffett, the founder of Berkshire Hathaway, disclosed that he had purchased a massive stake in oil refinery Phillips 66 (PSX). Buffett now owns 57,975,456 shares, or a 10% stake, in the Texas-based energy company, according to a securities filing posted shortly after 8 p.m. ET. As of Friday's share price close at $77.23, Buffett's stake is valued at more than $4.47 billion. Buffett had been aggressively buying shares of Phillips 66 since Wednesday of this week. Earlier this month, Buffett had indicated in his 13-F filing that he was building a new position.
  • Lottery winners don't get largesse, but get left out

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Big-time Illinois Lottery winners aren't getting the largesse. They're getting left out. Without a state budget agreement two months into the new fiscal year, there's no authority for the state comptroller to cut checks over $25,000. That means smaller winnings can be paid out, but not the larger lottery wins. Susan Rick, who lives in Oglesby, Illinois, planned home fix-ups and a visit to her daughter after her boyfriend won $250,000 last month. But they were told to wait. Rick tells the Chicago Tribune that if the situation were reversed, the state would "come take it,...
  • Marin County Mansion Sells for Record-Breaking $47.5 Million

    08/28/2015 9:33:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/28 | Tamara Palmer
    It's a booming week for Marin County real estate, thanks to the sale of one prominent piece of property. Belvedere's historic estate Locksley Hall sold on Wednesday for $47.5 million. That's $22 million over than any previous home sold in Marin County and $12 million more than the highest home sale in San Francisco, according to Curbed SF. The listing described Locksley Hall, built in 1904, as a three-level home with approximately 9,235 square feet of living space. It has four bedrooms, six full bathrooms, three powder rooms and a one bedroom, one bathroom apartment. San Jose Mercury News reported...
  • Sausalito Marin City School District Becomes Nation's First Organic, GMO Free District

    08/28/2015 8:17:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/28/15 | Tamara Palmer
    One Marin County school district hopes to set a national example when it comes to healthy eating. Sausalito Marin City School District started serving only organic and GMO-free meals to students this week, becoming the first school district in the nation to do so. It's an extension of what is considered to be a successful pilot program begun in 2013 at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in Marin City. The other school in the district, Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito, has now joined Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in installing a permanent program. The results speak for themselves, Steve Van Zant, superintendent...
  • Trump way up in GOP race, but Hillary struggles for lead in Dem field

    08/28/2015 5:14:52 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | posted at 12:01 pm on August 28, 2015 | by Ed Morrissey
    Hot Air and Townhall Media Group commissioned their first-ever scientific poll this month, partnering with Survey Monkey on the 2016 primary races. The online survey of 1,783 random registered voters across the United States took place among a potential audience of 45 million in the Survey Monkey response database, rather than just among readers of Hot Air and Townhall Media Group sites. In the Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump has a large lead among Republicans, independents, and combined, whether likely voter controls are applied or not. Yet a majority of these voters believe that Trump does not have the temperament...
  • Hendricks v Starkist Tuna Class Action

    08/28/2015 3:35:22 PM PDT · by thesligoduffyflynns · 18 replies
    Top Class Actions ^ | today | not me
    I found this the other day by accident. I've never seen a class action lawsuit such as this . Starkist wants to avoid litigation so this is what they are offering to you. They don't require a receipt but you sign off under penalty of perjury..
  • Nine Stunning Admissions from Planned Parenthoods Nothing to See Here Letter to Congress

    08/28/2015 3:19:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    redstate.com/ ^ | August 28th, 2015 | Matthew Clark (Diary)
    Planned Parenthood is on the ropes, reeling from months of being exposed for its sickeningly evil practice of selling the bodies of murdered babies for parts. In an attempt to deflect attention from its atrocities, it has sent the several congressional committees that have opened up federal investigations into Planned Parenthoods practices a nothing to see here letter. Yet, even in its multiple deceptions and distortions, Planned Parenthood makes a number of stunning admissions about its abortion and baby harvesting practices. First, Planned Parenthood admits that abortion is a core service, meaning it is one that every affiliate is required...
  • The Central Bankers Malodorous War On Savers

    08/28/2015 8:23:19 AM PDT · by PGR88 · 10 replies
    David Stockman's Contra Corner ^ | August 28, 2015 | David Stockman
    To wit, artificial suppression of free market interest rates by the central bank is designed to cause households to borrow more money than they otherwise would in order to spend more than they earn, pure and simple. Its nothing more than a modernized version of the original, crude Keynesian pump-priming theoryexcept it dispenses with the inconvenience of getting politicians to approve spending increases and tax cuts in favor of the writ of a small posse of unelected monetary mandarins who run the FOMC and peg money market interest rates at will. But the whole enterprise is a crock. The consumer...
  • Audio suggests Jorge Ramos 'hunted' Donald Trump to stage Iowa confrontation

    08/28/2015 4:40:45 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 19 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 28, 2015 12:01 AM MST
    On Thursday, former GOP congressional candidate Jorge Bonilla suggested in both English and Spanish that Univision's Jorge Ramos pre-planned and staged his confrontation with Donald Trump for "maximum impact and ratings." The same day, we obtained a piece of audio that would seem to vindicate Bonilla's concern. The audio is part of a Spanish-language program based in Colombia, and in it, an individual appearing to sound like Ramos is heard talking about "hunting" Trump for some time before confronting him in Iowa. Full article here: http://www.examiner.com/article/audio-suggests-jorge-ramos-hunted-donald-trump-to-stage-iowa-confrontation
  • Vanity. "Ask Donald Trump"

    08/27/2015 5:47:31 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 23 replies
    Me | 08/27/2015 | Zeneta
    Dear "The Donald", I love what you have brought to this election and I wish you well. There is however a few questions that I'd like you to address in your business mind, from your gut. Yes, no, or we need to look deeper into that, are all acceptable answers. I'd like to get a deeper understanding of who I may be supporting in this upcoming election. Best regards.
  • WATCH: Trump Is Teaming Up With Another 2016 Candidate To Fight Obama In A BOLD Way (Ted Cruz)

    08/27/2015 5:38:21 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 31 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | August 27, 2015 at 4:58pm | Randy DeSoto
    They are doing "something very big" within the next two weeks in Washington. -- This could be interesting.
  • Donald Trump: Its my hair. I swear (Yup today we found out that Donald Trump has real hair)

    08/27/2015 4:52:45 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 31 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 8/27/15 | Chris Matthews
    Donald Trump has woman touch his hair to verify that it is real during a campaign stop in South Carolinathis as he tops the polls in the largest lead of his campaign. -- Hey it beats, the real news today. :D
  • Heres the first thing President Trump will need to do.

    08/27/2015 1:35:38 PM PDT · by Mier · 9 replies
    http://www.michaelsavage.com ^ | August 27, 2015 | Michael Savage
    Dr. Savage explained to his audience that issues such as illegal immigration and the weakening of Americas military were nothing new and not unique to Obamas administration. He added that the last thing America needed was another Clinton in the White House and offered a suggestion for President Trump. The emasculation of Americas military didnt begin with Obama, Savage told his listeners. It started with George W. Bush. The leftist machine has long been embedded in the Defense Department. But through Obama has done more damage to our military than al-Qaida has done. His military evisceration plan has seen hundreds...
  • Believing Failed Industry Analysis

    08/27/2015 12:36:52 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    TechNightOwl ^ | August 27th, 2015 | Gene Steinberg
    If you can believe what some industry analysts have been saying, Apple should now be playing third fiddle in the smartphone wars. Android and Windows Phone would be ahead of iOS. Apple would, I suppose, be destined to fall back into niche status. Have you looked at the Windows Phone and BlackBerry market shares lately? Have you noticed how Microsoft is quickly unraveling the failed Nokia handset division purchase? Have you noticed how thousands of brand new Microsoft employees are being consigned to the unemployment lines? So do you believe those predictions? Theres one more. IDC, part of IDG, which...
  • Apple announces Sept. 9 event for 'iPhone 6s,' updated Apple TV at massive new venue

    08/27/2015 11:57:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 60 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | By Neil Hughes
    Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to members of the media, making official its anticipated Sept. 9 event at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. It's expected to showcase not only a next-generation "iPhone 6s" handset, but also a new Siri-enabled Apple TV set-top box. via CNBC. This year's event comes with the tagline "Hey Siri, give us a hint," likely alluding to the voice input expected to be a part of this year's revamped Apple TV. The new set-top box is also widely anticipated to feature a redesigned controller with touchpad, as well as a dedicated App Store for...
  • The top ten most unexpected words added to the online Oxford dictionary

    08/27/2015 4:07:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/27/15 | Lucy Clarke-Billings
    The online Oxford dictionary has added 1,000 new words to its database. The latest additions have been announced, highlighting the things British people have been talking about in the summer of 2015, such as inconsiderate commuters, solidified waste and unacceptable service charges. Here are ten of the most unexpected words on the list: manspreading (noun): the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seat awesomesauce (adjective): extremely good; excellent bants (noun): playfully teasing or mocking remarks...
  • Second-Quarter Growth Rate Revised Up to 3.7%

    08/27/2015 6:30:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Fox/Reuters ^ | August 27, 2015
    The GDP report, which was released in the wake of a global stock market sell-off, should offer assurance to both investors and cautious Fed officials that the United States was in good shape to weather the growing strains in the world economy. Concerns over slowing economic growth in China sent global equity markets into a tailspin last week, raising doubts that the U.S. central bank would raise its short-term interest rate next month. On Wednesday, New York Fed President William Dudley said that prospects of a September lift-off in the central bank's key lending rate "seems less compelling to me...
  • Trump's flawed policies would threaten the global economy, say analysts (or bring back jobs)

    08/27/2015 4:20:21 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 97 replies
    The Guardian.com ^ | Wednesday, August 26th | Tom McCarthy
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump accused China on Tuesday of one of the greatest thefts in the history of the world and said he could fix the problem by drawing on the negotiating skills laid out in his 1987 bestseller The Art of the Deal. I do great with the Chinese, Trump told an audience at a campaign rally in Dubuque, Iowa. And theyre great people. The problem is their leaders are too smart for our leaders. Im a big believer in free trade. I like free trade. But its not good if we have dummies. The China lines, which...
  • Who Are You Calling a Honky? Gaffe-Prone Fuji TV Stumbles Again

    08/26/2015 6:38:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | Tomohiro Osaki
    July 29Internet users were snorting in derision after participants on a Fuji TV entertainment show wore T-shirts with a bizarre English slogan incorporating a word that some Caucasians might find offensive. The shirts read: No Fun No TV Do Honky. The overall phrase left viewers baffled, while the word honky has racial connotations. The T-shirts were worn by individuals such as comedians and presenters taking part in a marathon entertainment show that aired Saturday through Sunday.
  • Meet the Fast, Tough War Machine That's Replacing the Humvee

    08/26/2015 4:22:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Why go with Oshkosh? Think back to 2006-7 and you'll remember that American Army soldiers and Marines were getting clobbered by improvised explosive devices in Iraq. In fact, IEDs accounted for 60 percent of American casualties. The situation was so dire that units were bolting steel plates to their Humvees for protection. That led to the development of heavy Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, which worked well in Iraq but not in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan. There, the Pentagon's solution was the lighter M -ATV or MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle built by Oshkosh Defense. ... The L-ATV differs from...
  • Burger King Wants McDonalds Help to Make the McWhopper: All For The Sake Of World Peace

    08/26/2015 2:55:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    TIME ^ | 08/26/2015 | Jon Chew
    Burger King has offered McDonald’s a golden opportunity to come together and make one burger to rule them all — in the name of world peace, of course.In full-page ads running Wednesday in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune – the hometown paper of the Illinois-based McDonald’s – the fast-food chain is proposing the “McWhopper,” a hybrid of each company’s signature Big Mac and Whopper burgers that will be sold for one day in one pop-up store in one city.That city, Burger King is proposing, would be Atlanta, a meeting point between both company’s headquarters. The marketing...
  • TSMC wins Spy Case against a Former Employee who gave Secrets to Samsung

    08/26/2015 1:36:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 1 replies
    Patently Apple ^ | August 26, 2015
    TSMC wins Spy Case against a Former Employee who gave Secrets to Samsung that helped Win Apple's Chip Business (full title) In February we posted a detailed report titled "TSMC Sues Former Employee for Giving Samsung Trade Secrets". The report was about TSMC suing a former employee by the name of Liang Mong-song for giving away their crown jewels to Samsung. With TSMC and Samsung fighting it out for Apple's business every year, this story was an interesting one being that Samsung came out the winner with Apple, of all companies, rewarding Samsung unknowingly. Dick Thurston, former chief counsel for...
  • Congressional Republicans To Keep Organ Harvesting Alive and Babies Dead

    08/26/2015 12:46:20 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    redstate.com ^ | August 25th, 2015 | Erick Erickson (Diary)
    Congressional Republicans are coming up with every excuse imaginable to avoid having to defund Planned Parenthood. Right now theyre going with the lets investigate card. They think that if they just probe deeply enough theyll have enough ammunition to attack the Democrats. Yes, that would be the exact same Democrats who have seen the same videos everyone else has seen and decided it is no big deal. Conservatives in Congress are gearing up for a fight on this issue against their own leadership. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 58% in the Senate is convinced that a government shutdown by President Obama...
  • Burger King asks McDonald's to make 'McWhopper' for peace

    08/26/2015 11:24:31 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 32 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | August 26, 2015 | AP
    NEW YORK -- This probably isn't what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is asking McDonald's to join forces to create a "McWhopper." In full-page newspaper ads Wednesday, Burger King says it's calling for a truce with McDonald's so that they can create a mashup of their most famous burgers -- the Big Mac and the Whopper. Burger King says it wants to serve the concoction for a single day at a popup location in Atlanta, a midway point between the headquarters of the two chains. Burger King is tying...