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To: sylvester80 who wrote (32109)4/30/2017 5:14:07 PM
From: Intelim
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Well, it's clearly used in a sarcastic way.

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (32110)5/3/2017 9:59:01 PM
From: zax
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Qualcomm is seeking to block the sale of iPhones in the U.S. after Apple decided to stop paying them billions of dollars in licensing fees for smartphone chips. Bloomberg reports:

Qualcomm is preparing to ask the International Trade Commission to stop the iPhone, which is built in Asia, from entering the country, threatening to block Apple's iconic product from the American market in advance of its anticipated new model this fall, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. The ITC is a quasi-judicial agency in Washington that has the power to block the import of goods into the U.S. and processes cases more quickly than federal district courts -- the venue in which the companies are accusing each other of lying, making threats and trying to create an illegal monopoly. The escalating legal dispute revolves around patents Qualcomm holds that let it to charge a percentage of the price of every modern high-speed data-capable smartphone, regardless of whether the devices use its chips. Apple argues the system is unfair and Qualcomm has used licensing leverage to illegally help its semiconductor unit.

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From: zax5/3/2017 11:17:36 PM
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On the sidelines of Windows 10 S and affordable Chromebook-like laptops announcements, Microsoft also announced the newest addition to its Surface computing lineup. Dubbed the Surface Laptop, the laptop starts at $999, and is for everyone, the company claims, though the focus is on students and professionals. From a report:

The Surface Laptop includes a 13.5-inch PixelSense display (Microsoft's branding for its unique screen technology) and a keyboard draped in Alcantara, a smooth cloth-like material. It's powered by Intel's most recent Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs, and it can pack in an SSD up to 1TB (that's notably integrated directly onto the motherboard). Performance-wise, Microsoft's Surface head, Panos Panay, claims the Laptop is 50 percent faster than the Core i7 MacBook Air while also being lighter. (Editor's note: Panos added that the Surface Laptop also outpaces the MacBook Pro on performance.) You can also expect up to 14.5 hours of battery life, thanks to Windows 10 S's battery savings and more efficient hardware. One thing you won't see on the Surface Laptop: Speaker holes or grills. Microsoft managed to fit the speakers behind the keys, which Panay claims delivers a more enveloping sound. Microsoft says it has also improved the standby time -- so much so that "you could go away on spring break and still have the same battery life when you returned."

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From: Jon Koplik5/5/2017 10:19:52 AM
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China mkt: Local vendors ramp up smartphone shipments at the expense of iPhone in 1Q17

Claire Sung, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES [Friday 5 May 2017]

Apple suffered a serious setback in shipments of iPhone devices in the China market in the first quarter of 2017 as China-based brands including Huawei, Oppo and Vivo managed to continue ramping up their shipments, according to data released by IDC.

Apple saw its iPhone shipments in China slide 26.7% on year to 9.6 million units in the first quarter, accounting for a 9.2% share compared to 11% of a quarter earlier and 12.7% of a year earlier, the data showed.

Echoing the data, Apple revenues generated from the China market declined 12% on year to US$16.2 billion in the January-March period, according to Apple's latest financial report.

However, Huawei managed to ramp up its shipments by 25.5% on year to 20.8 million units in the first quarter and reclaimed the top-vendor position from the local rival Oppo. Huawei also saw its share climb to 20% in the quarter, up from 16.8% a quarter earlier and 16% a year earlier, IDC said.

Oppo ranked second with shipments totaling 18.9 million units for an 18.2% share, while Vivo shipped 14.6 million and took third position with a 14.1% share.

Huawei has established more than 1,000 experience shops in core cities in China recently to counter the established channels set up by Oppo and Vivo, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain. Huawei also aims to set up over 15,000 retail shops globally, the sources added.

Oppo currently has a total of over 200,000 online and offline sales outlets in China, while Vivo has 250,000 offline sales outlets, indicated the sources.

Overall, 104.1 million smartphones were shipped to the China market in the first quarter of 2017, representing a mere 1% on-year growth, IDC said.


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To: zax who wrote (32114)5/5/2017 6:45:11 PM
From: Intelim
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An expensive toy but worth considering I think. I was just thinking about getting a new laptop.

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From: sylvester805/8/2017 5:22:28 AM
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BURNER iPHONE Dad reveals horrifying moment his iPhone suddenly burst into flames and speared his hand with shards of glass
Lee Hayes, 42, says his phone exploded as he swiped the screen and injury has forced him to take time off from darts career
By Sarah Ridley
8th May 2017, 1:54 am
Updated: 8th May 2017, 7:32 am

A DAD has told how his iPhone suddenly exploded — spearing his hand with shards of glass.

Lee Hayes, 42, says it burst into flames as he swiped the screen to take a call.


Lee Hayes says his iPhone burst into flames when he swiped right to take a callHe had owned the new iPhone 7 for just three days when it blew up. The dad of four was left with burns and is still picking glass out of his hand.

He said: “It was on the bench in the kitchen and I heard it ringing. As soon as I touched the screen to answer it the phone just exploded.

“There was a loud bang and a sizzling noise and the force of the blast shattered the screen.


He had owned the iPhone for just 3 days when it blew up


The dad of four was left with burns and is still picking glass out of his hand“Loads of tiny shards of glass were embedded in my hand and my girlfriend has been picking them out for days.

“It was a nasty injury – my hand was bleeding quite heavily – but it could have been so much worse. I could have lost my hand.

“My girlfriend’s two-year-old son was in the house so it could have just as easily been him.

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From: sylvester805/8/2017 5:23:28 AM
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Website of Popular Mac Software Hacked to Spread Malware
Sunday, May 07, 2017 Swati Khandelwal

If you have recently downloaded the popular open source video transcoder app HandBrake on your Mac, there are chances that your computer is infected with a notorious Remote Access Trojan (RAT).

The HandBrake team issued a security alert on Saturday, warning Mac users that one of its mirror servers to download the software has been compromised by hackers.

In case you aren't aware, HandBrake is an open source video transcoder app that allows Mac users to convert multimedia files from one format to another.

According to the HandBrake team, an unknown hacker or group of hackers compromised the download mirror server ( and then replaced the Mac version of the HandBrake client (HandBrake-1.0.7.dmg) with a malicious version infected with a new variant of Proton.

Originally discovered in February on a Russian underground hacking forum, Proton is a Mac-based remote access trojan that gives attackers root access privileges to the infected system.

The affected server has been shut down for investigation, but the HandBrake team is warning that anyone who has downloaded HandBrake for Mac from the server between May 2 and May 6, 2017, has a "50/50 chance" of getting their Mac infected by Proton.

How to Check if You're Infected?
The HandBrake team has provided instructions for less technical folks, who can check if they've been infected.

Head on to the OSX Activity Monitor application, and if you see a process called "Activity_agent" there, you are infected with the trojan.

You can also check for hashes to verify if the software you have downloaded is corrupted or malicious. The infected app is signed with the following hashes:
SHA1: 0935a43ca90c6c419a49e4f8f1d75e68cd70b274
SHA256: 013623e5e50449bbdf6943549d8224a122aa6c42bd3300a1bd2b743b01ae6793If you have installed a HandBrake.dmg with the above checksums, you are infected with the trojan.

How to Remove the Proton RAT?
The HandBrake developers have also included removal instructions for Mac users who have been compromised.

Follow the following instructions to remove the Proton Rat from your Mac:

Step 1: Open up the "Terminal" application and run the following command:
launchctl unload ~/Library/LaunchAgents/fr.handbrake.activity_agent.plistrm -rf ~/Library/RenderFiles/
Step 2: If ~/Library/VideoFrameworks/ includes, remove the folder.

Step 3: once done, you should remove any installations of you may find.

However, instead of stopping here; head on to your settings and change all the passwords that are stored in your OS X KeyChain or any browser password stores, as an extra security measure.

Meanwhile, Mac users who have updated to HandBrake version 1.0 or later are not affected by the issue, as it uses DSA signatures to verify the downloaded files, so malware-tainted version reportedly would not pass the DSA verification process.

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To: zax who wrote (32114)5/14/2017 12:14:08 AM
From: Heywood40
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Market Cap updates:

AAPL ...................813

MSFT/LNVGY ......532

WMT ....................230

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From: zax5/17/2017 10:09:44 AM
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Qualcomm on Wednesday sued the manufacturers that make iPhones for Apple for failing to pay royalties on the chip maker's technology, widening its legal battle with the world's most valuable company. Qualcomm's lawsuit, filed Wednesday in a federal district court in San Diego, accuses Compal, Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron of breaching longstanding patent-licensing agreements with Qualcomm by halting royalty payments on Qualcomm technology used in iPhones and iPads.

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To: Heywood40 who wrote (32119)5/17/2017 10:59:49 AM
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It never fails... you show up and POS CRAPple down 3%....ROTFLMFAO... too funny... best contrarian indicator EVER... thanks for the money...

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