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Is The iPhone X The Best Smartphone

January 12, 2018 by  
Filed under Mobile

Realizing that few people were buying the iPhone X despite being told it was wonderful, the Tame Apple Press decided to carry out an investigation to discover why. 

A CNET reporter visited four carrier stores to ask their salesmen if they’d recommend an iPhone X. But after visiting stores for Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon, “I couldn’t even find a salesperson to tell me it was the best iPhone I could buy,” he whined.

Realizing that no sane customer loving sales person would recommend an Apple product he thought he would go to an Apple store instead. There, at least a Genius recommending the most expensive product on the list could reassure him.

Unfortunately not even in Apple land could he find anyone dumb or brainwashed enough to recommend the iPhone X.

“Well, it depends on what you like… The biggest problem I have with it is using Face ID for Apple Pay. You really have to put the phone at a certain angle or it doesn’t work.”

The reporter was outraged at the genius’s sales pitch. “He started with a problem. I was already suspicious. I was in something of a hurry, but I asked him: “So are you selling a lot more of these than other phones?”

The sales genius suddenly sounded like a politician, moaned the hack. “All our phones sell well,” he said. Which sounded not entirely reassuring. Indeed, it sounded like a “no.”

Another Apple store “Genius” (who was testing his iPhone 6), CNET’s reporter was told that “The X and the 8 are the same phone… Inside, I mean. With the X, you’re just paying the extra money for the design.”

The hack noted that the salesman’s $999 iPhone X was wrapped in an ugly pink case, because after four weeks he’d already cracked it. And a third Apple salesman — who touted the glories of an OLED screen — also kept his iPhone X in a case at all times “It’s glass,” he explained. “You’ll definitely need a case.”

This means that you can’t see the lovely phone and show it to your friends, so they can see how beautiful it is, moaned the hack.

“Get a see-through case,” the Apple staff member advised.

Sales of the iPhone X are proving disappointing and it looks like Apple’s get punters to pay more for less strategy is finally not working.


Amazon Ships Crosses 5B Packages Shipped In 2017

January 4, 2018 by  
Filed under Around The Net

Online retailer Inc announced that it has shipped over 5 billion items worldwide via its subscription-based Prime service in 2017 while adding more new members than ever before.

The e-commerce giant, which revealed its Prime shipment numbers for the first time, did not give comparable full-year shipment number for 2016.

Amazon claimed that its Fire TV Stick and voice-controlled smart device Echo Dot were the best-selling products among U.S. Prime members from any manufacturer in any category across all of its product offerings.

Amazon Prime, which offers its users services like free two-day shipping for certain purchases, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, has been attracting more subscribers every year.

The company said it shipped over 1 billion items worldwide via Prime during the holiday season in 2016.

Amazon Prime, which entered countries including Mexico, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Singapore last year, now is present in 16 countries around the world.

Shares of the Seattle, Washington based company were up 1.5 percent at $1,187 in afternoon trading.


is The iPhone X Selling As Expected

December 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Mobile

The numbers for the iPhone X are well down on what was expected with only 30 million units sold in the fourth quarter of 2017 and the figure is expected to drop slightly in the first quarter of 2018.

 This number was dug up by Digitimes which has been asking its chums in the semiconductor packaging and testing service industry.

The sources pointed out that the pre-orders for the iPhone X in some markets such as Taiwan, the US and Singapore, are not as strong as expected.

The poor iPhone X performance is unlikely to hurt Apple much. The markup on the phone is so high that Apple is still coining it in.  However, it does show that there is still a general slump in things Applish. 

Because of the iPhone X’s weak performance, the upstream supply chain has been rumored that Apple is planning three new smartphones for 2018 with two using OLED displays and one LCD display, and the 3D sensing functionality may be more broadly used in these devices.

Apple is also rumored to adjust its pricing for iPhone devices in early 2018 and has even started preparing a prototype iPhone with the support of pre-5G features.

Whether or not that will be enough to save the iPhone, is hard to say.  People are generally starting to wake up that the iPhone is behind in technology terms and price.


Is The New iMac Pro Worth $5K

December 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Computing

An Apple iMac Pro with Vega graphics and 10 core Xeon CPU starts at $4,999 and if you grab one of these default settings, you will get it within a week or two. The maxed-out option costs more than double that in the US and close to three times the start sum in  Europe. 

You can choose an 18 core Xeon processor with 2.3GHz clock speed and turbo frequency to 4.3GHz and this option alone increases the price for an additional $2,400. After the original article, we just wanted to see how much the maximum setting option will cost you. 

If you pick 128GB 2666MHz DDR4,  four times the memory size from the default configuration, the price increases by another $2,400.

If you need more storage, upgrading from the default 1TB SSD to 4TB SSD will cost you $2,800. A Radeon Pro Vega 64 with 16GB is additional $600. The standard configuration comes with Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8GB.

The Vesa mount adapter kit is just additional $79 and this is all the hardware you can upgrade from the default configuration. This gets you to $12,678.00 and if you add the Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X you will end up with a price of $13,177.98 and spend six to eight weeks waiting for your belloved machine.

In the UK the maximum option will cost you £12,428, while the EU lads who pay in Euros need to shell out more. 

The default option in the EU costs €5,499, due to our beloced MwST or VAT. The maxed out version in Germany will cost a whooping €16,156.98. 

The default configuration includes

2GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W processor

Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz

32GB 2666MHz ECC memory, configurable up to 128GB

1TB SSD storage1

Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8GB HBM2 memory

10Gb Ethernet

Four Thunderbolt 3 ports

27-inch Retina 5K 5120-by-2880 P3 display


Are Smartphone Hazardous To Your Health

December 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Mobile

There is some bad news for Apple fanboys who take their mobile phone to bed with them so that they will dream that Siri is a real girlfriend. It could be that this behavior is just nature’s way of taking you out of the gene pool.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a warning against the hazards of mobile radiation this week. It is asking people to stop using the devices and keeping them as far away from your body as possible.

The warning comes after findings were offered up this week from a 2009 department document, which was published after an order from the Sacramento Superior Court.

A year ago, UC Berkeley professor Joel Moskowitz initiated a lawsuit to get the department to release the findings after he started looking into whether mobile phone use increased the risk of tumours. A draft of the document was released in March, but the final release is more extensive.

According to the Federal Communication Commission’s website, there is no national standard developed for safety limits.

However, the agency requires cell phone manufacturers to ensure all phones comply with “objective limits for safe exposure.”

The CDPH recommends not keeping your phone in your pocket, not putting it up to your ear for a prolonged amount of time, keeping use low if there are two bars or less, not sleeping near it at night and to be aware that if you are in a fast-moving car, bus or train, your phone will emit more RF energy to maintain the connection.


Huawei To Launch Smartphone In US Next Year

December 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Mobile

Chinese phone manufacturer Huawei plans to begin offering smartphones through a US carrier next year, an executive for the company told the Associated Press on Monday.

Richard Yu, the president of Huawei Technologies’ consumer business, told the news agency its flagship Mate 10 would be the first handset offered but declined to discuss a price or identify which carrier or carriers would sell the phone. Yu said he will announce details at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Huawei has been best known in Asia and Europe for its networking equipment, but over the past few years its smartphone sales have skyrocketed. It hasn’t yet had a big break in the US, partly because of lack of brand recognition and partly because Apple and Samsung dominate that market.

The world’s largest handset maker has a small presence in the US, mostly through online sales of its budget phones since 2014, and earlier this year, it started selling its premium Mate 9 through sites like Amazon and Best Buy. IDC predicts Huawei will overtake Apple this year or next to become the world’s second-largest handset maker.

Yu told CNET in October that Huawei was working on a foldable phone that could launch as soon as next year. Huawei would join a growing list of companies hoping to deliver a foldable phone, considered a radical change in handset design.

Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Kasperky Challenges Software Ban In US Court

December 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Around The Net

Moscow-based security software maker Kaspersky Lab confirmed it has asked a U.S. federal court to overturn a Trump administration ban on the use of its products in government networks, saying the move deprived the company of due process.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in September issued a directive ordering civilian government agencies to remove Kaspersky software from their networks within 90 days. It came amid mounting concern among U.S. officials that the software could enable Russian espionage and threaten national security.

The appeal is part of an ongoing campaign by Kaspersky to refute allegations the company is vulnerable to Kremlin influence. The company has repeatedly denied it has ties to any government and said it would not help a government with cyber espionage.

 “DHS has harmed Kaspersky Lab’s reputation and its commercial operations without any evidence of wrongdoing by the company,” the company’s founder, Eugene Kaspersky, said in an open letter to the Homeland Security agency published on Monday.

The department did not respond to requests for comment.

The lawsuit alleges that the government largely relied on uncorroborated news media reports as evidence in a review of Kaspersky software. It asks the court to overturn the ban and also declare that the Russian company’s products do not pose a security threat to U.S. government computers.

The value of Kaspersky’s software sales to the U.S. government totaled less than $54,000, or about 0.03 percent of its U.S. subsidiary’s sales in the United States, according to the complaint.

Still, the allegations about the software have hurt its much bigger consumer software business, prompting retailers such as Best Buy Co to pull Kaspersky products.

 Kaspersky said in October that it would submit the source code of its software and future updates for inspection by independent parties. U.S. officials have said that step, while welcome, would not be sufficient.

The September DHS order applied only to civilian government agencies and not the Pentagon. U.S. intelligence agencies said earlier this year that Kaspersky products were already generally not allowed on military networks.


Amazon Prime Facing Probe In UK

December 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Around The Net

Christmas might not be so merry for Amazon’s UK shoppers.

The online shopping giant could be the subject of an investigation by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the Guardian reported Sunday, adding that the ASA said it received “a handful of complaints” pertaining to late deliveries by Amazon Prime as Christmas approaches.

Prime is a membership service by Amazon that, in the UK, promises subscribers “unlimited one-day delivery” and access to discounts and deals. The service is available as a complimentary 30-day trial and costs £7.99 (which converts to $10.66) every month after.

On its page, which lists the last order dates for Christmas, shoppers are advised that orders for one-day delivery should be submitted by 23 December so items can be delivered the following day, although Amazon adds that dates and times are “subject to availability.”

The company also advises shoppers to reach out to customer service if they do not receive their parcel by the estimated delivery date. UK consumer rights group, Which?, says a late delivery is a contract breach if a customer has already paid for delivery to arrive by a set date or time, which means the customer will have the right to terminate the purchase and obtain a full refund.

Still, with just a week left to Christmas, this situation may be enough to send holiday shoppers relying on Amazon Prime into a panic.

And as it turns out, delays are not restricted to the UK. Customers are taking to Twitter to voice their displeasure with late deliveries from Amazon Prime in the US, too.

Is Google Trying To Hack The iPhone

December 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Mobile

The Apple Press is spitting bile that the search engine outfit Google has released information which will help people hack the iPhone.

To be fair that is not exactly what Google has done. It has released a powerful tool that can help security researchers hack and find bugs in iOS 11.1.2, a recent version of the iPhone operating system.

The Apple fanboy mantra is that iOS is perfect and totally secure and so when software appears which proves otherwise that is treated with the same subtlety and restraint as Tomás de Torquemada having slightly differing views of Christianity.

In fact the tool is the work of Ian Beer, one of the most prolific iOS bug hunters, and a member of Google Project Zero, which works to find bugs in all types of software, including that not made by Google.

Beer released the tool Monday, which he says should work for “all devices”. The proof of concept works only for those devices he tested — iPhone 7, 6s and iPod touch 6G — “but adding more support should be easy”.  

Needless to say, the Tame Apple Press is having a huge sulk. After all, this tool might make jailbreaking and security research much easier.

It might mean that all those evil security experts will find more holes in their favourite software and Apple might have to waste time having to fix them. Motherboard sees it all as a terrible conspiracy by Google to attack the wonderful cargo cult.

“While it might seem surprising that Google would release a tool to hack a device from a competitor, it actually makes a lot of sense. The iPhone is one of the hardest consumer devices to hack, and researchers who can do that and are able to find bugs in it rarely report the bugs or publish the tools they use because they are so valuable”, moaned Motherboard’s Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai.

Clearly Franceschi-Bicchierai is apparently completely unaware that the iOS is dead easy to hack and is the first to fall over during any hackathons.


Will Off-Branded iPhone Chargers Put You At Risk

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Around The Net

Many of the fake or look-alike iPhone chargers put consumers at risk of lethal electric shock. 

So says experts at Electrical Safety First who, in a study carried out with Apple, found that 49 out of 50 ‘lookalike’ chargers purchased in the UK failed safety tests.

One in three chargers tested failed every part of the safety screening, while almost half failed an electric strength test, which means they post a “severe risk” of electric shock.

What’s more, internal examination of the knock-off cables revealed that almost half ailed basic safety requirements and contained sub-standard internal components or inadequate spacing.

“We tested a range of fake iPhone chargers and found that 98 per cent of them had the potential to cause a lethal electric shock or start a fire,” Electrical Safety First said in a blog post.

“It’s a scary thought, especially when you think about how often we continue to use our phones while they’re charging. And if you leave yours to charge overnight, you have even more reason to be concerned.”

The outfit has offered up some advice on how to spot a fake Apple charger. For example, a look-a-like cable could take twice as long to charge your iPhone’s battery, will likely be missing markings or contain spelling errors, and the USB port could be upside down or in a different place.

This latest warning comes just weeks after Trading Standards has warned consumers to bite the bullet and pay for official Apple charges after discovering that fake alternatives are just as dangerous as they are cheap. 

The consumer advice outfit earlier this year bought up 400 fake Apple chargers, likely costing it approximately £396, and found that 397 of them failed to pack enough insulation to protect users’ against electric shocks.


Telsa Electric Trucks Gets Vote Of Confidence From PepsiCo

December 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Around The Net

PepsiCo Inc has reserved 100 of Tesla Inc’s new electric Semi trucks, the biggest known order of the big rig, as the maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions, a company executive said on Tuesday.

Tesla has been trying to convince the trucking community that it can build an affordable electric big rig with the range and cargo capacity to compete with relatively low-cost, time-tested diesel trucks.

 Early orders reflect uncertainty over how the market for electric commercial vehicles will develop. About 260,000 heavy-duty Class-8 trucks are produced in North America annually, according to FTR, an industry economics research firm.

PepsiCo intends to deploy Tesla Semis for shipments of snack foods and beverages between manufacturing and distribution facilities and direct to retailers within the 500-mile (800-km) range promised by Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk.

The semi-trucks will complement PepsiCo’s U.S. fleet of nearly 10,000 big rigs and are a key part of its plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its supply chain by a total of at least 20 percent by 2030, said Mike O‘Connell, the senior director of North American supply chain for PepsiCo subsidiary Frito-Lay.

PepsiCo is analyzing what routes are best for its Tesla trucks in North America but sees a wide range of uses for lighter loads like snacks or shorter shipments of heavier beverages, O‘Connell said.

Tesla did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

 Tesla unveiled the Semi last month and expects the truck to be in production by 2019.

Did Consumer Report Give The iPhone X A Cold Shoulder

December 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Mobile

Consumer Reports has rated Apple’s iPhone X as rubbish and claims that Apple’s iPhone 8 was a better phone despite being much cheaper.

The publication published its results from testing the iPhone X’s display, camera, battery life, and durability.

While Consumer Reports called the phone an “innovative device with a fantastic camera and beautiful display” the iPhone X lost to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in a full comparison of the phones because it was flimsy.

The iPhone 8 proved “hardier” when it came to drops and damage. The iPhone X performed well in the initial drop tests, but it didn’t fare so well after more extensive testing.
Consumer Reports found: “We tumbled three samples of the iPhone X. The first was fine after 50 drops, but the glass on the back was significantly cracked after 100. The other two phones ended up with malfunctioning displays after 50 drops. Though the front glass didn’t crack, several bright green bars stretched across the screens from top to bottom.”

The iPhone X performed about the same as two other flagship phones, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, Consumer Reports said.

The Tame Apple Press has rushed to defend their favourite overpriced toy. After all many of them have already bought the expensive turkey.

They say that Consumer Reports’ findings differ from other iPhone X and iPhone 8 drop tests. In drop-test videos by EverythingApplePro, PhoneBuff, and JerryRigEverything, the iPhone X was found to be more durable than the iPhone 8. And drop tests published right after the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus released in September showed that the phones were more durable than Samsung’s flagship phones, but still prone to easily cracking and shattering when subjected to drops or tumbling.

However, Consumer Reports has considerably more status than EverythingApplePro, PhoneBuff, and JerryRigEverything. The last time Consumer Reports complained about something, Apple actually did something about it.

There is the serious matter that the iPhone X is hugely more expensive than its predecessors. You should, in theory be getting more for your dollar or kidney, not less.


Amazon, Walmart Price War Heats Up For The Holiday Season

November 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Around The Net

Walmart Stores Inc is moving ever so close to matching Inc’s online prices for the first time, a key milestone in its effort to regain the “low price leader” title.

Walmart has aggressively invested in making its prices more competitive against brick-and-mortar rivals since the start of the year.

Now, the shrinking gap is also becoming noticeable across a broad range of product categories online, according to a price study conducted for Reuters, as well as interviews with pricing experts, retail consultants, vendors and company sources.

 Prices at are now only 0.3 percent more expensive than Amazon on average, according to the study by retail data analytics firm Market Track, which analyzed prices of 213 products in 11 categories over a period of 700 days ending November 7, 2017.

By comparison, Walmart’s online prices were 3 percent higher than Amazon’s on average in the first 350 days ending November 7, 2016, according to the study.

In the popular wearables category, which includes fitness trackers and smartwatches, Wal-Mart’s prices are 6.4 percent lower than Amazon this year compared to 12.6 percent higher in the same period a year ago. For sports and outdoor products, Walmart is now 1.3 percent lower versus 3.5 percent higher a year ago.

These findings indicate that Walmart has managed to slash prices online across several product categories consistently, rather than with just temporary discounts.

“We are committed to having online prices that meet or beat prices at other top sites,” said Walmart spokesman Dan Toporek. He said for some items the retailer now displays two prices online to show shoppers when they can get a lower price by picking up their order in a store, but declined to comment further on the company’s pricing strategy.

Amazon spokeswoman Kate Scarpa said nothing has changed in the retailer’s approach to delivering low prices to customers.

“Amazon’s prices are as low or lower than any other retailer and we work hard for customers to ensure that’s true every day,” she said, declining to comment further on the retailer’s pricing strategy.


Thanksgiving Day Sales Set Online Shopping Record

November 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Around The Net

There’s more proof that Black Friday may not actually be the start of the holiday shopping season. Thanksgiving Day sales this year jumped by more than 18 percent from last year.

US consumers spent a record $2.87 billion at online retailers Thursday, according to Adobe Analytics. In 2016, that number was $1.3 billion.

Black Friday was always considered the kickoff of the shopping season and the day retailers offered the season’s best discounts. That hasn’t been the case in recent years, however, due to what analysts call the “graying” of Black Friday.Some Black Friday marketing campaigns now kick off as early as Nov. 1. And Thanksgiving Day deals are more and more prevalent. Consumers are apparently finding time for online shopping amid cooking, dining and dealing with relatives.

Shoppers even exceeded Adobe’s prediction that Thanksgiving Day spending in 2017 would be $2.79 billion.


Did Apple Rush The iPhone X

November 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Mobile

There seem to be more local problems popping up on Apple’s latest super expensive iPhone X.

According to Macrumors, one of the bugs is related to audio. Some people rich enough to own the latest phone are reporting buzzing and crackling from the stereo speakers.

Some people rich enough to own the latest phone are reporting buzzing and crackling from the stereo speakers.

One customer took his crackling iPhone X back to the Mac shop where he bought it and Apple replaced it with another phone which had the same problem.

So far Apple hasn’t publicly commented on the latest problem to afflict the shiny device but according to some reports the difficulty isn’t down to the hardware but to the operating system.

If that’s true, then the problem may well be fixable.

Over the weekend other buyers of the bright and shiny gadget claimed their phones were showing a green line on the devices display.

Meanwhile other news reports claim that you can beat Apple’s Face ID system by wearing an elaborate mask.  And it is an elaborate mask that you probably couldn’t knock up in your bedroom in a thrice.


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