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  • Black Friday Winners And Losers: How Amazon, Walmart, Apple And More Fared

    11/30/2015 10:26:18 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 30, 2015 | by Clare O'Connor
    With the Black Friday weekend now behind us, analysts and market researchers are crunching numbers to determine how many billions Americans spent on the annual sales bonanza. (It's an inexact science, as The Atlantic noted.) Consumer insights firm ShopperTrak, for one, is estimating that shoppers spent over $1 billion less in brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday this year than in 2014, thanks to the growth of e-commerce and to retailers "successfully elongating the holiday." What is becoming clear is that some retailers and brands fared far better than others on the biggest shopping day of the year, based on both...
  • Windows Tablet Shipments Gaining Momentum at Expense of Android (Up 58% Jan-Sep 2015)

    11/29/2015 11:13:22 PM PST · by dayglored · 34 replies
    TechoBuffalo ^ | Nov 28, 2015 | Maximum PC
    Windows-based tablets may have gotten off to a slow start, but things are changing, and changing fast. According to Strategy Analytics, Windows tablet shipments jumped 58 percent in the first nine months of 2015, and with the holiday shopping season in view, they'll reach 22 million shipments by the end of the year. If that comes to pass, Windows will account for 10 percent of the global tablet market. That would still put Windows way behind Android (68 percent) and iOS (22 percent), but it's far better than the measly 1.7 percent of the smartphone market Windows owns (based on...
  • Microsoft takes PUPs behind the shed with gun in hand ('Potentially unwanted programs', not canines)

    11/29/2015 9:49:58 PM PST · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 30, 2015 | Darren Pauli
    Cute canines safe, 'Potentially unwanted programs' now nixed by System Centre or Forefront Remond has updated its paid System Center Endpoint Protection and Forefront Endpoint Protection services with a feature to kill spammy and advertising injecting programs operating from within enterprise networks. The upgrades will help system admins to eliminate potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from networks that are not explicitly malware but at minimum are annoying and will escalate corporate attack vectors. Microsoft security bod trio Geoff McDonald, Deepak Manohar, and Dulce Montemayor say the PUP destroyer will be delivered through automatic updates. "These applications can increase the risk of...
  • Black Friday: $905 million in sales came from smartphones and tablets, iOS led the way

    11/29/2015 8:40:35 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | November 29, 2015 | By Jason Hahn
    photo credit: Benjamin Child When it comes to mobile shopping on Thanksgiving, e-commerce sites probably saw nearly 80 percent of purchases come from iOS devices, according to a report from online retail analytics company Custora. Nevertheless, there was an uptick in e-commerce purchases coming from Android mobile devices this year.Online Black Friday sales revenue rose 16.1 percent from the same day last year, according to Custora. The number of orders rose 15.6 percent and the average order value grew 0.5 percent. "Retailers did a good job growing the top line without being overly promotional compared to last year," the company...
  • Technophobe needs Tech Help - Bluetooth

    11/29/2015 5:36:17 PM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    Nov. 29, 2015 | Vanity
    I'd like to get wireless speakers to enjoy MP3 music I've downloaded on my ASUS laptop but have found out I don't have Bluetooth capability.My tech savvy nephew verified no Bluetooth on my laptop and recommended I get a Bluetooth dongle.'A what, I said?'So, I looked at the Bluetooth dongles on Amazon, priced from $2.00 - $30.00+.What's a good, quality dongle to buy?And wireless speaker recommendations would also be appreciated.
  • Anyone know a good conservative business/finance website?

    11/29/2015 10:00:13 AM PST · by con-surf-ative · 31 replies
    Looking for substantive business and financial content.
  • The Official Fallout 4 Thread

    11/28/2015 7:53:03 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 301 replies
    11/28./2015 | By Laz A. Mataz
    Had to do it. Had to create the thread. The game is too damned good. This thread is reserved for hardcore gamers who play Fallout 4. Norm, KC, TADSLOS and I have hijacked so many threads discussing this game, I felt we needed our own thread.Fallout 4 is amazing. The content is excessively large. There is so much to explore, you could replay this game 10 times and not find every mission or quest. The characters are so much better fleshed out than any other game I have played. Even the radio announcer of Diamond City Radio will have you...
  • DecryptorMax Ransomware Decrypted, No Need to Pay the Ransom

    11/28/2015 6:55:45 PM PST · by Utilizer · 9 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 28 Nov 2015, 10:31 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    ... Fabian Wosar of Emisoft has created a tool capable of decoding files encrypted by the DecryptorMax ransomware, also known as CryptInfinite. The ransomware gets its name from the fact that the "DecryptorMax" string is found in multiple places inside its source code. Additionally, the CryptInfinite moniker is also used by some researchers because the ransomware adds the CryptInfinite key to the Windows registry, using it to store a list of all encrypted files and their location on disk. According to Bleeping Computer's Lawrence Abrams, the ransomware is spread via Word documents attached to spam email. These files pose as...
  • Amazon prime vs Netflix: need opinions on which (or neither)

    11/28/2015 4:35:16 PM PST · by spacejunkie2001 · 107 replies
    11/28/15 | me
    I currently have netflix for both dvds and streaming. Streaming doesn't seem to have alot of choices. Was thinking about signing up for Amazon Prime. I currently get my kindle books and vitamins there. Anyone here have input on the diff between AP and NF and if one is better than the other? Thanks!
  • Steve Jobs vs the Education Establishment

    11/28/2015 3:06:47 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 7 replies
    RightSideNews.com ^ | Oct. 18, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computer, was arguably more intelligent and capable than 99.9% of the population. In a 1980 interview Jobs gave his vision for education: 'I am a very big believer in equal opportunity, as opposed to equal outcome….Equal opportunity to me more than anything means a great education….Maybe even more important than a great family life…It pains me because we do know how to provide a great education. We really do. If we got our act together, we could make sure that every young child in this country got a great education. But we fall far short...
  • Here’s how Apple Pencil beats other iPad styluses, and your best alternate picks

    11/28/2015 2:52:49 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | November 27, 2015 | By Jeremy Horwitz
    As mentioned on an earlier Happy Hour podcast, I have a giant collection of iPad styluses, having tested dozens of them since the first iPad debuted in 2010. Earlier this week, my colleague Zac Hall reviewed the best (and most expensive) iPad stylus, Apple’s brand-new $99 Apple Pencil, which is hard to find in stores, and only works with the 12.9″ iPad Pro.Since the Apple Pencil is two to six times as expensive as some other options, I wanted to spotlight its key strengths and weaknesses relative to rivals, all of which are more broadly compatible and readily available to purchase. During testing,...
  • NSW [New South Wales] bans possession of blueprints for 3D printing firearms

    11/28/2015 7:27:33 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 12 replies
    computerworld ^ | 23 November 2015 | Rohan Pearce
    Possessing files that can be used to 3D print firearms will soon be illegal in New South Wales after new legislation, passed last week by state parliament, comes into effect. Among the provisions of the Firearms and Weapons Prohibition Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 is an amendment to the Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 stating that a person "must not possess a digital blueprint for the manufacture of a firearm on a 3D printer or on an electronic milling machine." The maximum penalty is 14 years' jail. The provision does not apply to any person with a licence to manufacture firearms or...
  • The 15 ESSENTIAL Windows 10 tips and tricks you need to know

    11/27/2015 9:01:32 PM PST · by Utilizer · 99 replies
    BIT ^ | Thursday 12 November 2015 (AUS) | Staff Writer
    Upgraded to Windows 10 and need some pointers? These are the Windows 10 tips you can't be without Having finally struck gold with Windows 10, Microsoft is really pushing its latest operating system by giving it away to upgrading users for absolutely nothing. With Windows 10 Microsoft has brought in a raft of new features and tweaks, meaning that no matter if you're completely new to Windows or have upgraded from Windows 7 or 8.1, there's plenty of new features to brush up on. And that's why we've put together this list of the 15 Windows 10 tips and tricks...
  • Is Malware all that Bad, Really?

    11/27/2015 7:10:49 PM PST · by Utilizer · 45 replies
    BIT (Business IT) ^ | Wednesday 23 September 2015 (AUS) | Stephen Withers
    ... So what are the most common types of malware? They fall into two main categories: those that are basically no more than a nuisance, and those that are aimed at getting money from the victim. Perhaps the most common example of nuisance malware is adware. According to Oh, this is typically delivered along with free software or by compromised or malicious web sites. Adware rarely does any real damage, but some examples are hard to remove. The term was once applied to 'advertising supported software.' In return for getting a useful application at no charge, you accept that it...
  • Microsoft rides to Dell's rescue, wrecks rogue root certificate (MS Defender does the trick)

    11/27/2015 6:13:55 PM PST · by dayglored · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 26, 2015 | Darren Pauli
    Windows Defender lives up to its name by dealing death to Dell's dumb DLL Microsoft has killed Dell's user-pwning root certificate and its self-reinstalling .dll with its antivirus Defender tool. The certificate is a big blunder because it opens a universal means for attackers on public networks to hose new Dell laptops. That's because bright minds planted a self-signed root CA certificate and private key on new laptops which allows attackers on public Wi-Fi to steal otherwise encrypted usernames, passwords, and other sensitive data. "An attacker can exploit a certificate using phishing or man-in-the-middle attacks to decrypt, modify or spoof...
  • I May Be Preaching To the Choir

    11/27/2015 4:39:32 PM PST · by thesligoduffyflynns · 37 replies
    today | self
    I ditched my cell phone just prior to retirement and have had a landline for a few years now along with a laptop. All my kids were like huh?? I told them if they want to call-call & if I'm not home leave a message or otherwise contact me thru email, etc... Well, OF COURSE, their age group DOESN"T EMAIL, they TEXT. but it hasn't stopped us from communicating. I took the plunge before Black Friday and purchased their cheapest tablet @ 49.99. Snot nose techies may deride & degrade it but to me it's really nice and it came...
  • 14 Windows 10 problems… and how you can fix them forever

    11/27/2015 3:53:27 PM PST · by Utilizer · 44 replies
    bit.com.au ^ | Wednesday 25 November 2015 (AUS) | by Staff Writer
    Windows 10 has lots going for it, but it's all the better with these fixes Windows 10 may Microsoft's finest operating system yet, but it needed to be. Microsoft is being assaulted from all angles: by OS X on desktop, iOS and Android on handhelds, and consoles for gaming (in this last case, ironically by itself with the Xbox One). Windows 10's positive reception – as well as a lot of glowing reviews – will have come as a relief to Redmond's anxious developers. But despite a long period of public testing, a fair number of Windows 10 problems remain...
  • Inside the Apple Inc. A9X Chip

    11/27/2015 12:51:44 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | November 27, 2015 | By Ashraf Eassa
    Thanks to the folks at Chipworks, this Fool discusses the details of the A9X chip inside of Apple's iPad Pro. Every year, the patent analysis and competitive intelligence company Chipworks tears down the applications processors found in Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) latest iPhones and iPads. As you might recall, Chipworks confirmed that the A9 processor inside of the iPhone 6s/6s was, indeed, manufactured by both TSMC (NYSE:TSM) and Samsung (NASDAQOTH:SSNLF), a fact that came as a surprise to many.Chipworks also provided chip die sizes for both the TSMC-built and the Samsung-built A9s, giving the public a glimpse into how both chip manufacturers'...

    11/27/2015 10:28:13 AM PST · by al baby · 2 replies
    Self | Today | Me
    All donations matter big and small I can't think of a better Black Friday value than a donation to Free Republic
  • Dyreza trojan evolves for Windows 10

    11/26/2015 6:20:04 PM PST · by Utilizer · 29 replies
    itnews.com.au ^ | Nov 23 2015 6:40AM (AUS) | Max Metzger
    ... Notorious banking trojan Dyreza has evolved to target the Windows 10 operating system, according to cyber-security firm Heimdall. The new feature of this pernicious strain of malware includes support for Windows 10, so cyber-criminals can stay up to date with the developments of their prey as well as the ability to latch on to Microsoft Edge, Window's 10's replacement for the much-maligned internet explorer. Heimdall also noted that this new version of Dyreza “kills a series of processes linked to endpoint security software, in order to make its infiltration in the system faster and more effective”. Nearly 100,000 machines...
  • Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

    11/26/2015 4:09:02 PM PST · by markomalley · 68 replies
    The Register ^ | 11/26/15 | Andrew Orlowski
    “Anonymity is like virginity. You don't get it back once you've lost it,” writes one Register reader on Microsoft’s latest raid on your privacy.Microsoft pulled a major update for Windows after it blew away the user's privacy settings, allowing app developers and advertisers to glean the user’s identity. But that’s only part of the story, which gets murkier by the day.We already knew Windows 10 Threshold deleted third-party data monitoring tools and cleanup tools, including stalwarts like Spybot and CCleaner. It even disabled Cisco’s VPN software. Just a bug, said Microsoft.Two bugs would be a puzzling coincidence – but something...
  • Hilton PoS systems hit with malware, customer details stolen

    11/25/2015 6:13:30 PM PST · by Utilizer · 7 replies
    iTnews.com.au ^ | Nov 25 2015 11:29AM (AUS) | By Staff Writer
    Global hotel operator Hilton Worldwide Holdings has revealed the discovery of malware in some point of sales systems in its hotels that targeted customer payment card information. A third-party investigation found that the malware targeted specific payment card information which included cardholder names, payment card numbers, security codes and expiration dates, Hilton said. It did not include addresses or personal identification numbers (PINs), according to the company. Hilton advised customers who used their card at any of the global operator's hotels during a 17-week period - from November 18 to December 5 2014 or April 21 to July 27 2015...
  • Gun magazines dominate the supermarket magazine rack

    11/25/2015 1:51:04 PM PST · by dennisw · 42 replies
    self | Nov 25 2015 | self
    I was sent to the supermarket to buy some green beans for Thanksgiving. On the way out I decided to look at the computer magazines in the magazine rack which I have not done in years. This rack is medium size. I figured I would see no computer magazines (computers are passe) but that I would see magazines devoted to smartphones and iphones. But I saw nothing.What I did see surprised me. 12 gun magazines, maybe one or two were buying guides. I also saw a model drone buying guide. On the cover was a photo of a helicopter type...
  • 'Material universe' yields surprising new particle

    11/25/2015 12:22:07 PM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    phys.org ^ | November 25, 2015 | Provided by: Princeton University
    These tungsten ditelluride crystals behave as insulators for current applied in some directions and as conductors for current applied in other directions. The researchers found that this behavior is due to a newly theorized particle, the type-II Weyl fermion. Credit: Wudi Wang and N. Phuan Ong, Princeton University --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- An international team of researchers has predicted the existence of a new type of particle called the type-II Weyl fermion in metallic materials. When subjected to a magnetic field, the materials containing the particle act as insulators for current applied in some directions and as conductors for current applied in other...
  • Apple’s Innovation is Humiliating Wall Street

    11/25/2015 11:55:54 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    CMLCiz.com ^ | November 8, 2015 | by Ophir Gottlieb
    Fundamentals< src="http://www.cmlviz.com/cmld3b/images/five_stars_small.png" width ="20%">Written by Ophir Gottlieb, 11-08-2015Follow @OphirGottlieb Update 11-18-2015 Good for Goldman Scahs, which has now added Apple to its highly coveted "conviction buy list." And why?... Well, basically becasue of the article below. The iPhone is nothing more than a luxury bauble that will appeal to a few gadget freaks. - Matthew Lynn Bloomberg, 2007 That exact ridiculous sentiment is still, today, echoed in today's media to the point of total absurdity. Apple is humiliating Wall Street's analysts and the main stream media because both lack the lexicon to understand what's actually happening in technology, and that...
  • Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner (Boundless Optimism Everywhere)

    11/24/2015 7:17:54 PM PST · by dayglored · 28 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 23, 2015 | Gavin Clarke
    Takeup will be 'significantly more rapid than seen with Windows 7' The first six months of 2016 will see an upsurge in pilot rollouts of Windows 10, Gartner has predicted. Many enterprises will then broaden their deployments later in the year with Gartner expecting at least half to have started some form of production deployment by the beginning of 2017, and looking to complete migrations in 2019. That will help Windows 10 become Microsoft's most widely deployed operating system, following in the footsteps of Windows 7 and Windows XP, Gartner said. That may, or may not, be what Microsoft wants...
  • Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs (oh goodie it's going away)

    11/24/2015 6:55:10 PM PST · by dayglored · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 24, 2015 | Chris Williams
    Dell has published a guide on how to remove the web security backdoor it installed in its Windows laptops and desktop PCs. This confirms what we all know by now – that Dell was selling computers with a rather embarrassing hole it in their defenses. New models from the XPS, Precision and Inspiron families include a powerful root CA certificate called eDellRoot, which puts the machines' owners at risk of identity theft and banking fraud. The self-signed certificate is bundled with its private key, which is a boon for man-in-the-middle attackers: for example, if an affected Dell connects to a...
  • Dell computers bundled with backdoor that blurts hardware fingerprint to websites (Mo' Badness)

    11/24/2015 6:50:06 PM PST · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 25, 2015 | Shaun Nichols
    Analysis Dell ships Windows computers with software that lets websites slurp up the machine's exact specifications, warranty status, and other details without the user knowing. This information can be used to build a fingerprint that potentially identifies a person while she browses across the web. It can be abused by phishers and scammers, who can quote the information to trick victims into thinking they're talking to a legit Dell employee. And, well, it's just plain rude. A website created by a bloke called Slipstream - previously in these pages for exposing security holes in UK school IT software - shows...
  • Never mind the ‘Steve Jobs’ movie, get ready for the ‘Michael Dell’ biopic! (Trailer)

    11/24/2015 8:42:13 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Tuesday, November 24, 2015 · 11:15 am | Conan O'Brien and Team Coco
    "Don't Think Different. . . Think Same!" That mind-closing statement is just one from the upcoming biopic, "Michael Dell." When a confused and obviously new-on-the-job Dell "engineer" shows Michael Dell the latest plastic Windows PC box to emerge from the Dell "labs," and is told to just start shipping it without even turning it on, the confused sap asks, "Bu, but, we need to make it great?" In a nearly memorable emotional highlight, Dell responds with brutal clarity, "No! You need to make it cheap!" Later, in the film’s most revealing line, Dell discloses his company’s entire raison d'etre, the...
  • Is Linux Mint a terrible desktop distribution?

    11/24/2015 2:30:32 AM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies
    IT World ^ | 11/20/15 | Jim Lynch
    Is Linux Mint a terrible desktop distribution? How bad is Linux Mint as a desktop distribution? One redditor shared his...er...frustration with the...er...horrifically difficult experience of installing Linux Mint on his computer. Itripovermyownfeet shared his thoughts in the Linux Mint subreddit: This is awful, when I install Linux on the desktop I'm expecting to be able to waste a solid 8 hours chasing down random issues that were solved on all other modern desktop systems by 2008. I went into this hoping and wishing to have to crawl through linuxquestions.org threads from 2006 to figure out why plugging in a second...
  • Dell security error widens as researchers dig deeper (Earlier problem is worse than was thought)

    11/23/2015 9:56:26 PM PST · by dayglored · 11 replies
    PCWorld ^ | Nov 23, 2015 | Jeremy Kirk
    Duo Security researchers found a second weak digital certificate on a new Dell Inspiron laptop The fallout from a serious security mistake made by Dell is widening, as security experts find more issues of concern. Researchers with Duo Security have found a second weak digital certificate in a new Dell laptop and evidence of another problematic one circulating. The issue started after it was discovered Dell shipped devices with a self-signed root digital certificate, eDellRoot, which is used to encrypt data traffic. But it installed the root certificate with the private encryption key included, a critical error that left many...
  • A ‘Star Trek’ Dream, Spread From Upstate New York

    11/23/2015 1:25:32 AM PST · by iowamark · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | OCT. 11, 2015 | PAUL POST
    TICONDEROGA, N.Y. — Capt. James T. Kirk writhes in pain, having been tortured at the hands of his Klingon captors, as his shocked and saddened crew members speed away toward unknown parts of the universe, presuming Kirk is dead after his mysterious disappearance. From Our Advertisers The action might have once unfolded at Desilu Studios in Hollywood, where the original “Star Trek” series was filmed, but it happened in a former dollar store on the main street of this upstate town, best known for its 18th century stone fort where a part of the Revolutionary War was contested over 200...
  • Yahoo Mail begins blocking users with ad block enabled

    11/21/2015 6:13:33 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    MacWorld.com ^ | November 20, 2015 | by Jared Newman
    AdBlock Plus users in Chrome and Firefox report seeing error messages instead of their inboxes. Yahoo may be hoping that access to your email is more important than freedom from advertisements.Some users of AdBlock Plus have reported that they can't access Yahoo Mail in Chrome or Firefox on the desktop. Instead of seeing their inboxes, the get the following error message: "Uh oh. . . We are unable to display Yahoo Mail. Please disable Ad Blocker to continue using Yahoo Mail." The reports, first spotted by Digiday, surfaced in the AdBlock Plus forums on Thursday. Andrei Herasimchuk, a former Yahoo...
  • Samsung wows investors with futuristic tech that Apple's iPhone is already delivering

    11/21/2015 5:29:56 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 74 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | November 20, 2015 | Daniel Eran Dilger
    Speaking at Samsung Electronics' 2015 Investors Forum, a series of company executives spent hours saying very little, while talking about "innovations" such as phase detection Focus Pixels and camera sensor Deep Trench Isolation that iPhones already have. Source: Samsung Samsung will "lead by following" Apple Watch Samsung LSI marketing team head Kyushu Hong spoke at length about "Innovation for the next mobile experience," outlining plans to introduce a "Bio Processor" chip that packed a series of components related to health related data recording. Source: Samsung Asked when the new chip would be introduced and when Samsung expected it to become...
  • Apple wins DRM patent lawsuit leveled by ContentGuard

    11/21/2015 1:36:19 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | November 20, 2015 | 3:27pm | By Mikey Campbell
    Apple came out unscathed from a legal battle involving digital rights management IP owned by ContentGuard, a subsidiary of non-practicing entity Pendrell Corp. that sued the iPhone maker for infringing on five patents. The jury handed down its decision in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Friday, finding Apple not in infringement of five DRM-related patents owned by ContentGuard, reports Reuters. While not responsible for damages, Apple was not able to prove the patents-in-suit invalid. Apple was accused of illegally applying patented DRM technologies to its digital content distribution services, including music, movies and TV...
  • Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 YEARS (and you're officially old - A Nostalgic Retrospective)

    11/20/2015 6:15:33 PM PST · by dayglored · 95 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 20, 2015 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft's cash cow celebrates three decades of PC dominance On November 20, 1985, Microsoft unveiled its graphical operating system. Windows 1.0 offered a new way to navigate a PC, clicking a cursor on various boxes rather than scrolling through lines of text in order to navigate data and applications. While arguably less efficient than a command line, the graphical user interface (GUI) was more intuitive and easier for novice users to manage. Running Windows 1.0 required a PC running DOS 2.0 as well as two double-sided floppy disk drives, 256K of memory, and a new-fangled device known as a "graphics...
  • The Most Absurd Dominance Ever

    11/20/2015 4:28:00 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    CLMViz,com ^ | November 17, 2015 | by Ophir Gottlieb
    A report was just released from Canaccord Research and in combination with research from IDC, we get these utterly absurd results. * Apple accounted for only 13.5% of total smartphones shipped globally. * Apple takes home 94% of the total smartphone industry profit. Yes, while Apple sells 1 out of every 8 smartphones, it takes essentially all of the profit from the entire industry with just that market share. Huh? For the record, Microsoft (MSFT) accounts for -1% (negative, i.e a loss). Here's an easier way to look at those numbers. MORE CONTEXT There were over 1.2 billion smartphones sold...
  • CIRP: Over 100 million iPhones now in use in U.S.A.

    11/20/2015 12:39:28 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 22 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | November 19, 2015
    Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, LLC (CIRP), today released research on the installed based of iPhones in the USA. CIRP finds that as of the end of the September 2015 quarter, 101 million iPhones were in use in the USA, including 58 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and 4 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models (Chart 1).“The analysis shows the continued strength of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, now one year old,” said Mike Levin, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP, in the statement. “We estimate a combined 60 million of these flagship phones sold in the US from...
  • What's wrong with "smart quotes" and possibly how to fix it (Vanity)

    11/19/2015 10:34:21 PM PST · by some tech guy · 47 replies
    So, I'm still seeing smart quotes mess up. There was a thread a little while ago whereby I said what the problem was, but it's still extant. Here's the problem: All the web-tier stuff is using UTF-8 (which is a great idea), but *something*, probably the database tier, is using CP-1252. I suspect either: a) Database table for posts on SQL Server is set to collate and/or store the windows-1252/CP-1252 character set. or b) something between the web level and the DB level is doing character set interpretation in an incorrect way. There's 1252 in there somewhere, and that's what's...
  • Is a Robotic Cat the Purr-fect Gift for Your Favorite Elder?

    11/19/2015 1:57:37 PM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 18, 2015 | Reem Nasr
    If a real cat isn't an option for you, this could be a way around that. Toy company Hasbro is offering a new adult toy, Companion Pets, targeted specifically for seniors. The "Joy for All" pets are robotic cats that "look, feel and sound like real cats," Hasbro says. There are three different-colored cats to choose from on the website. All are priced at $99.99.
  • Heat your home with your neighbor's computing power

    11/19/2015 12:34:49 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 16 replies
    opensource.com ^ | 19 November 2015 | Jason van Gumster Feed
    This year's Blender Conference was filled with all kinds of interesting talks about interesting uses of Blender and open source technology. A particularly novel one that caught my eye was nestled neatly within the art and pipeline presentation for the Blender Institute's open movie, Cosmos Laundromat. In that talk, Paul Benoît of Qarnot Computing spoke about his company's very unique render farm. It's common knowledge that high-performance computing (HPC) generates a lot of heat. At HPC datacenters, a lot of time and energy is spent figuring out how to cool these powerful computers. Not only does this have a significant...
  • Microsoft gets Edge on blocking ad injectors (browser now blocks devious ads, toolbars, crapware)

    11/19/2015 8:04:44 AM PST · by dayglored · 24 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 19, 2015 | Darren Pauli
    Web scum foiled in Win 10 net ship. Microsoft has nixed the ability for its Edge browser to run unsigned dynamic link libraries (DLLs) in a move that will make life hard for dodgy extensions and ad injector merchants. Edge senior program manager Crispin Cowan says the update was dropped last week in the latest Windows 10 update and follows Redmond's plan to harden its web browsing asset. Last May Microsoft killed ActiveX and Browser Helper Objects making Edge faster and more stable, Cowan says. "Web browsers are an attractive target, because in-browser advertisements can be a significant source of...
  • The future of the automobile is being reshaped in California

    11/19/2015 6:51:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/19/2015 | Jerry Hirsch
    Within walking distance of Tesla Motors' Palo Alto headquarters and across the street from Hewlett-Packard, Ford Motor Co. has set up a new Silicon Valley outpost. With a team of 100 reporting to a former Apple engineer, the Detroit giant is researching how humans experience machines, running autonomous-vehicle driving simulations and testing software that examines how bicycles and cars interact. "For 100 years, automobiles have been a mechanical engineering industry," said the center's director, Dragos Maciuca, who on his morning commute drives past a nearby research center of German automotive electronics and parts supplier Bosch. "Now, there is the shift...
  • Update: Windows smartphone shipments nose-dive after strategic retreat (down 35% from 2014)

    11/18/2015 6:25:50 PM PST · by dayglored · 29 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Nov 18, 2015 | Gregg Keizer
    ...And 80% of Windows phone owners desert the ecosystem for Android or iOS. Windows phone shipments took a nose-dive in the third quarter, plummeting 35% from the same period in 2014, researcher Gartner said today. By comparison, total global smartphone shipments climbed 15% in the third quarter. Of the 353 million smartphones shipped in the September quarter worldwide, less than 6 million were powered by Microsoft's Windows, making Windows' share 1.7%, Gartner estimated, down from 3% in the same quarter of 2014. Windows phones shipments tumbled in some of the historic strongholds for the OS, said Roberta Cozza, a Gartner...
  • Microsoft to world: We've got open source Machine Learning too (Artificial Intelligence)

    11/17/2015 10:35:27 PM PST · by dayglored · 6 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 17, 2015 | Richard Chirgwin
    Help teach Cortana to say 'Sorry, Dave' Microsoft's decided that it, too, wants to open source some of its machine learning space, publishing its Distributed Machine Learning Toolkit (DMTK) on Github. Google released some of its code last week. Redmond's (co-incidental?) response is pretty basic: there's a framework, and two algorithms, but Microsoft Research promises it will get extended in the future. The DMTK Framework is front-and-centre, since that's where both extensions will happen. It's a two-piece critter, consisting of a parameter server and a client SDK. The parameter server has "separate data structures for high- and low-frequency parameters", Microsoft...
  • Researchers have written quantum code on a silicon chip for the first time

    11/17/2015 6:53:19 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 28 replies
    Science alert ^ | 11/17/15 | FIONA MACDONALD
    Researchers have written quantum code on a silicon chip for the first time And so it begins... FIONA MACDONALD 17 NOV 2015 For the first time, Australian engineers have demonstratedthat they can write and manipulate the quantum version of computer code on a silicon microchip. This was done by entangling two quantum bits with the highest accuracy ever recorded, and it means that we can now start to program for the super-powerful quantum computers of the future.Engineers code regular computers using traditional bits, which can be in one of two states: 1 or 0. Together, two bits...
  • Windows 10 looks like a huge hit with Microsoft's most important customers -- Business & Enterprise

    11/17/2015 8:41:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Yahoo News via Business Insider ^ | 11/17/2015 | By Matt Weinberger
    Businesses and enterprise customers are very excited about Windows 10, according to a new report by Forrester Research. It's weird, because big organizations are usually the last to want to adopt any new technology, let alone a whole operating system. And yet, more than 49% of enterprises responding to Forrester's survey plan on going to Windows 10 in 2016, per the report. That doesn't sound like much. Indeed, Forrester itself says that those numbers tend to be optimistic. But compared to Windows 8, which Forrester says garnered a 22% positive response to the same question in 2012, the year it...
  • How Many iOS Devices Has Apple Sold?

    11/16/2015 10:18:46 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | November 16, 2015 | By Evan Niu
    Apple's mobile operating system iOS has not only transformed the company, but it also helped shape the mobile revolution. Image source: Apple.In no uncertain terms, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been instrumental in launching the mobile revolution. Consumers use mobile devices in ways they never could have dreamed of a decade ago, and the rise of mobile platforms created incredible new opportunities for many industries as the PC market matured.This was all made possible by the creation of iOS, which powers Apple's mobile devices. When iOS was being developed, Apple executives debated whether they should start with the iPod operating system and...
  • Apple's Tim Cook Says Mac And iPad Won't Converge

    11/16/2015 9:25:47 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 15, 2015, | By Parmy Olson
    Apple's iPad Pro, which starts at $799 without the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. (AP Photo/Eric Rosberg) The story of computing has been one of converging more and more services into one place, as the video "Evolution of the Desk" from Harvard's School of Computing illustrates below. With so much overlap now between things you can do on a smartphone and on a desktop computer, there's been much talk of convergence between the two. Google, for instance, is widely thought to be working on bringing its mobile platform Android together with its "browser only" operating system Chrome, which is found...
  • Apple Inc.’s iPhone 6, 6S Gobble Up 94 Percent Of Smartphone Industry Profit In 2015 Third Quarter

    11/16/2015 7:56:45 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 38 replies
    IBTimes ^ | November 16, 2015 | By Luke Villapaz
    Apple's record profits in the three months ended Sept. 27 were driven by strong sales of its iPhone 6 and its latest model, the iPhone 6S. Apple Inc. may not be the biggest maker of smartphones -- that distinction goes to Samsung -- but it is gobbling up almost all smartphone profits so far in 2015, according to new numbers from Canaccord Genuity. Apple took a whopping 94 percent of the total operating income of the nine top global smartphone makers in the three-month period ended in September, up from 85 percent in the year prior, according to analyst Mike...