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  • RyanCare Fail: Big Victory for House Freedom Caucus

    03/25/2017 5:37:34 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 24 replies
    Townhall ^ | March 25, 2017 | Arthur Schaper
    For strategic reasons, I have signed onto liberal newsletter eblasts, so that I can know what the enemy is doing in my state. After Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act (ACHA), every Democratic lawmaker, candidate, and special interest group exulted in their victory: “Your calls made the difference!” “We did it!” “You saved health care.” Uh … no. Because Obamacare remains intact, healthcare remains in morbid free-fall. Doctors are still quitting the medical field, with premiums rising, health insurance exchanges failing, and hospitals closing. Democrats did themselves no favors in fighting against reforms. Obamacare is still an...
  • Cruzing to Victory?

    02/18/2016 2:32:59 AM PST · by SmokingJoe · 47 replies
    Theresurgent ^ | February 17, 2016, 09:12pm | By Erick Erickson
    The significance of this NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is two fold. First, it is the first poll to be conducted completely after the news of Antonin Scalia’s passing and Trump’s meltdown at the South Carolina CBS News debate. Second, it is from a highly respected pollster focused on likely voters and who has a good track record of success. The poll shows Ted Cruz in the lead now. It could be an anomaly. But internal polling of several campaigns all show the South Carolina race far tighter than the public polling. This latest poll, however, does not account for Nikki...
  • CANDIDATES CRUZ BEAT SPENT $72.1 MILLION IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. CRUZ SPENT $580K.

    02/10/2016 9:39:09 AM PST · by SmokingJoe · 160 replies
    Soshable ^ | Feb 10, 2016 | J D Rucker
    There's a reason Ted Cruz didn't spend a lot of money in New Hampshire. It wasn't because he had given up on him having an impact there even though most in the media had. It wasn't because he didn’t think that the vote was an important one. It was because he's smart enough to hold back when others are going all in. In essence, Ted Cruz let them burn through their cash while he looked at the long game. To place an unexpected third in New Hampshire, Ted Cruz and his super PACs combined to spend $580,000. This is less...
  • NY tabloids mock Trump over Iowa loss

    02/03/2016 9:46:39 AM PST · by SmokingJoe · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 02, 2016 - 10:12 AM EST | Jesse Byrnes
    Donald Trump's near third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses Monday night left the outspoken Republican presidential candidate open to mocking in his home state of New York, as well as in the national media. The New York Daily News proclaimed that Trump was a "dead clown walking" who sounded "like [a] beaten man" in his measured speech congratulating Ted Cruz on his victory. The New York Post declared Trump to be "Cruz-ified" and left humbled by runner-up status. Meanwhile, The Des Moines Register, the largest newspaper in Iowa, focused on Cruz's victory: Trump had bashed Cruz for weeks leading up...
  • Trump University Was A Scam, Say Former Students

    01/17/2016 10:18:51 AM PST · by SmokingJoe · 65 replies
    Time ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 | Ethan Wolff-Mann @ewolffmann
    People say they paid $35,000 for next to nothing. Do you remember Trump University? Probably not — it didn’t really catch on. And one big reason it didn’t catch on is because it was a total scam, say a slew of former students in complaints that were filed to the Federal Trade Commission and were recently unearthed by a Freedom of Information Act recently requested by Gizmodo. “For my $35,000+ all I got was books that I could have gotten from the library that could guide me better then Trump’s class did. I just want my $35,000+ money back. I...
  • Ted Cruz: Trump Losing to Clinton and I am Beating Her

    01/14/2016 10:22:47 AM PST · by SmokingJoe · 38 replies
    NBC ^ | Ted Cruz
    In an interview after President Obama's State of the Union Address, Sen. Ted Cruz blamed Obama for the sailors that are being held by Iran and pushed back against Donald Trump's attacks.
  • Windows 8 outpaces Vista, takes third on OS popularity podium

    07/02/2013 12:32:36 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 64 replies
    Tech Radar ^ | Tuesday, July 2, 2013 | Matt Swider
    On the heels of Windows 8.1 announcements, the Windows 8 operating system is just starting to make moves as the new third most popular operating system. Windows 8 had 5.1 percent of all desktop OS web traffic in June, beating Vista for the first time, according to web analytics firm Net Applications. Windows Vista saw a smaller 4.62 percent of traffic that same month. The OS' positions were switched in May when the W8 numbers sat at 4.27 percent, edged out by Vista's 4.51 percent of web traffic. Interestingly, both operating systems gained market share between the months of May...
  • Samsung Trouncing Apple Gangnam Style

    04/26/2013 7:16:01 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 36 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/26/2013 @ 8:36AM | Peter Cohan
    Gangnam style is trouncing Cupertino’s when it comes to high tech pre-eminence. You may remember the wild popularity of Psy’s video celebrating the upscale Gangnam shopping district of Seoul, Korea. And a look at Samsung’s latest financial report suggests that Cupertino-based Apple is falling behind fast. After all Samsung — the world’s leader in computer memory chips, televisions, mobile handsets and LCD panels — took a huge chunk out of Apple’s hide in the first three months of 2013. How so? According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung took about 33% of the global smartphone market in the first quarter to Apple’s...
  • Court Denies Motorola the Billions It Wanted From Microsoft for Standards-Essential Patents

    04/26/2013 6:55:48 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 5 replies
    AllThingsD ^ | April 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm PT | Ina Fried and John Paczkowski
    A federal court in Seattle issued a ruling Thursday that could help settle the question of just how much a company can expect to reap from standards-essential patents. In the highly anticipated court ruling, U.S. District Judge James Robart determined that Google’s Motorola Mobility unit is entitled to about $1.8 million a year from Microsoft for its use of certain patents. Motorola had been seeking in excess of $4 billion in the case, which centered around patents related to the the H.264 video standard and the 802.11 wireless standard. In making its determination, the court noted that there are some...
  • Windows 8 outsells Windows 7

    12/04/2012 6:07:15 AM PST · by SmokingJoe · 83 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 Nov 2012 | Jennifer O'Mahony
    Sales of the Windows 8 operating system, which was launched on October 26, were driven by upgrades rather than users purchasing the software on new machines, according to Reuters. Microsoft sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses in two months, compare to 40 million licenses of Windows 8 in one month. Tami Reller, finance and marketing head of Microsoft's Windows division, said yesterday: "Windows 8 upgrade momentum is outpacing that of Windows 7," speaking at an investor conference held by Credit Suisse. Previous versions of Microsoft operating systems sold considerably fewer licenses than Windows 8 in a comparable period, with XP...
  • Why Microsoft's Surface Tablet is my new favorite device

    10/31/2012 1:33:52 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 32 replies
    Tgdaily ^ | October 31, 2012 | Rob Enderle
    I’ve been playing around with Microsoft's Surface tablet for several days now and suddenly realized that I’m using it very differently than any other tablet or laptop I’ve ever owned. It seemed to come to me naturally, but this little device has really improved the quality of my life. Personally, I think Surface represents more than just a new product and should be pereceived as the beginning of a new way of blending work and play. Then again, it may not come as naturally to many of you and I think that aspect of Surface deserves some further discussion. Working...
  • Microsoft Surface RT entirely sold out in the United States

    10/22/2012 8:25:23 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 9 replies
    Examiner ^ | OCTOBER 20, 2012 | R. CHASE RAZABDOUSKI
    While the base-level 32GB version of the Surface RT tablet from Microsoft sold out online in less than 24 hours after launch last week, as of yesterday all versions of the tablet have been moved into sold-out status. The backorder for the 32GB version without an included keyboard is now up to three weeks, while the 32GB version with keyboard and the 64GB model (which also includes a keyboard) are now on up to a two-week back order according to shipping estimates on Surface.com. Microsoft is planning to build between three and five million Surface tablets this quarter, on par...
  • Tokyo Court Hands Win to Samsung Over Apple

    09/01/2012 6:22:13 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 31, 2012 | By HIROKO TABUCHI and NICK WINGFIELD
    TOKYO — A Japanese court on Friday rejected patent claims made by Apple against Samsung, a victory for the company after its crushing defeat in the United States last week and a reminder of the global scope of the patent war between the two technology giants. While Apple prevailed over Samsung in the United States, winning an award of $1 billion in damages from a federal jury, the two companies remain neck-and-neck in legal disputes in almost a dozen countries. A judge in South Korea, where Samsung is based, for example, handed down a split decision in a patent case...
  • Apple vs. Samsung verdict: It doesn't matter

    08/24/2012 6:39:02 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 6 replies
    Zdnet ^ | August 24, 2012 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    The jury in Apple vs. Samsung, doubtlessly eager to be out by the weekend, rushed their way through the approximately 26 pages and 55 questions of their instructions and decided that Samsung did indeed violate some of Apple's patents just over a billion bucks. Impressive? Not really. This is not the end. This verdict doesn't even matter in the long run. This was just another clash. This case was going to be appealed, no matter who won, the second it started. This is just one more encounter on the case's way to the Supreme Court. Samsung has lost this skirmish,...
  • What Does Apple's Patent Trial Victory Over Samsung Mean To You? Nothing.

    08/24/2012 6:29:32 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/24/2012 | Robert Hof,
    Apple scored a big victory in its smartphone patent infringement case vs. Samsung late Friday afternoon as a jury awarded the victor $1.05 billion in damages. But does the closely watched verdict mean anything to consumers? No–at least not for now. Why? * This case no doubt will be appealed. That means little is likely to change anytime soon, at least until Apple files for injunctions against the Samsung products involved. And those are by no means all of Samsung’s products, let alone other Android smartphones. You won’t have to surrender your Samsung smartphones or tablets or worry that some...
  • Samsung v. Apple: The (South Korean) verdict is in

    08/24/2012 6:06:47 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe
    CNN ^ | August 24th, 2012 | CNN
    (CNN) – A South Korea court ruled that both Apple and Samsung violated each other’s patents, in a case that mimics legal battles between the electronics giants around the world. The Seoul District Court ruled that Samsung must pay $33,350 for infringing two of the intellectual property rights for Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Apple was found to have infringed Samsung’s Wi-Fi technology, and must pay $22,000 in damages. The court banned sales in South Korea of Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPad 2, Samsung’s Galaxy SII and Galaxy Nexus smartphones and Galaxy Tab and Galaxy 10.1 tablet computers. Both Samsung and...
  • Samsung keeps prior art parade marching against Apple

    08/14/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 19 replies
    CNET ^ | August 14, 2012 | Josh Lowensohn
    Samsung today brought out early technology relics in hopes of busting Apple's design patents for the iPhone and iPad — the very ones Apple has pointed at it like howitzers. The South Korean technology giant called upon a pair of experts — one in person, another by video deposition — to make the case that others had beaten Apple to the punch, effectively rendering those patents useless. Samsung’s argument relied mainly on foreign patent designs and an early prototype for a tablet that never made it into commercial production. However, Samsung also brought out a real product, Hewlett-Packard’s TC1000...
  • Samsung Challenges Key Apple Witness' Expertise

    08/08/2012 7:08:22 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 5 replies
    Informationweek ^ | August 07, 2012 10:09 AM | Charles Babcock
    Samsung attorney probes industrial design expert Peter Bressler's qualifications to judge whether Samsung phones infringe Apple's patents. Samsung attorneys drew a bead on Apple's claims about the uniqueness of its iPhone design Monday, with stronger counterclaims about preceding designs or "prior art," citing three patent applications that preceded the iPhone. Two Japanese patents and one Korean patent show a rectangular phone form with a large glass face and rounded corners. The glass face varies in size from one patent to the other, but all are much larger than older generations of phones. All three resemble the form of the iPhone,...
  • Australian CIOs sold on Microsoft's Surface tablet

    07/09/2012 7:06:08 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 13 replies
    ZDNET ^ | July 8, 2012 | Suzanne Tindal
    Australian chief information officers (CIOs) have been impressed with Microsoft's answer to the iPad — the Microsoft Surface — which was announced last month. Two tablet variants have been announced; one running Windows RT on an Nvidia ARM processor, and the other running Windows 8 Pro on an Intel Core i5 system. Both devices have a 10.6-inch display employing Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Because Microsoft is so late to the market with its tablet — the iPad was launched in 2010 — it has been stated that the Surface's only chance of success is in the business market, which will...
  • Microsoft's Surface Tablet Compatible with Xbox 360 Controllers

    06/28/2012 9:31:50 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 1 replies
    Gametrailers ^ | June 20, 2012 | Danny Gallagher
    An indie developer working on a new version of its signature title for Microsoft's new tablet said its compatibility with the Xbox 360 controllers presents some interesting advantages for the player and new challenges for designers. Creative director Jake Kazdal and the rest of the crew at 17-Bit (formerly Haunted Temple Games) are prepping their turn-based strategy title Skulls of the Shogun for the Microsoft Surface, according to a blog post on Wired's GameLife. Kazdal said players can control their game with the touchscreen display, a mouse and even an Xbox 360 controller, thanks to the USB port provided by...