Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Chinese consumers sent letters of demand to Apple related to the slowdown in performance of the old model iPhone

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After getting demands from DGCCRF France and U.S. The Senate Commerce Committee, China's oversight body, is now filing a lawsuit against Apple over its decision to slow down the iPhone with old batteries without notifying users.

Chinese media Xinhua reported China's consumer group had sent a letter to Apple. The letter demands additional information related to the iPhone's slowdown performance and plans to resolve the issue in the future.


This consumer group also demanded that Apple give an answer before January 19th. A number of such claims are also from the Shanghai Consumer Council, claiming to have received 2,615 complaints related to Apple products and services during 2017.

The number of complaints received by the Chinese consumer watchdog in 2017 was reported to increase significantly compared to the number of complaints in 2015 of 964 complaints.

Following the dissemination of information related to Apple's action to slow down device performance due to battery consumption, Apple last month offered a replacement battery at a more affordable cost of US $ 29, from its previous cost of US $ 79.


Apple has also released an apology related to the issue, and explains that slowing down the iPhone processor with long battery support is not doing to encourage users to buy newer model iPhones.

This action is called Apple to prevent problems causing the device to disable unexpectedly, because the battery can not handle applications with high power consumption requirements.

Until now there are many parties voiced disagreement related to Apple's actions. In the country of origin, Apple faces lawsuits filed by a number of groups related to this issue.
 

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US lawmakers pressured AT & T to cut ties with Huawei and China Telecom

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After Huawei's deal with Verizon and AT & T related to the Mate 10 line distribution was canceled earlier this month, US lawmakers are now reportedly pressuring AT & T to stop commercial cooperation with Huawei.

In addition, lawmakers also oppose China Mobile's plan to enter the US market. MPs urged AT & T to cut ties with Huawei and China Telecom over security concerns.


Another US-based company that is thought to have ties with the two Chinese giant companies is also advised not to continue their cooperation deal with both.

One member of the senatorial and House relations division presses AT & T to end collaborations with Huawei regarding the next generation 5G high-speed network standard. MPs also banned the use of Huawei devices by a subsidiary of AT & T, the Cricket.

AT & T declined to comment officially on the matter, but AT & T has not decided on a 5G supplier. AT & T also revealed earlier this week it has sold equipment to more than 45 out of 50 operators and put customer privacy and security a top priority.


US lawmakers are concerned that various data compiled from Huawei devices, for example user locations, can be overseen by the Chinese government. In 2012, Huawei and ZTE are subject to investigations by US security agencies.

The investigations linked to the equipment owned by the two companies provided a loophole for foreign surveillance and espionage, and threatened the US infrastructure. The allegations were strongly denied by Huawei.
 

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Google releases accessories to embed Google Home Mini on the wall

Google Home Mini wall mount
Google is working with Incipio mobile accessory manufacturer, releasing a wall buffer for smart Home Mini speakers. Unique accessories for these small sized speakers are available at Google Store retail stores.

The buffer is made of a simple plastic material with a slot to support the device. In addition, this accessory is also equipped with a number of screws and screws for drywall in the box packaging sales.


Google and Incipio also equip sales packaging boxes with 3M adhesives, allowing attached accessories without piercing walls for screw buffers.

This Google Home buffer is marketed at an affordable price of US $ 15. In addition, Google also reportedly will also present Nest Secure's work system on the Google Store, offered for US $ 499 for the overall package.

Meanwhile, a recent survey released by National Public Radio (NPR) and Edison Research revealed the number of owners of Amazon or Google smart speakers in the United States increased by 128 percent since January 2017.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

BlackBerry for Jarvis to help car makers search for software weaknesses

BlackBerry Jarvis
CEO of BlackBerry Limited, John Chen introduced BlackBerry Jarvis in NAIAS (North American International Auto Show). Jarvis is a cloud-based static-based binary code scanning solution that can identify weaknesses in software used in cars.

Although BlackBerry originally marketed Jarvis to car manufacturers, the Canadian company also mentioned that Jarvis could be used in other industries ranging from health, defense to industrial automation.
 
"Autonomous and connected vehicles require some of the most complex software ever developed, creating a significant challenge for car manufacturers who must ensure that the code complies with industry standards and factory standards, while at the same time, enhancing cyber security on very surface tempting for cybercriminals and hackers, "said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry.
 
A vehicle uses hundreds of software. Many of these software are made by third parties. Indeed this method offers various advantages.

However, there are also possible problems, such as the increased likelihood of human error and a slowing or degrading quality of the production cycle.

Chen said Jarvis was made with the intention of helping automakers so that they could not only fix software vulnerabilities, but also predict weaknesses and ensure that they are always one step ahead of the criminals.
 
BlackBerry uses pay-as-you-go payment system. After subscribing, the car manufacturer will be able to access Jarvis online and use it to scan binary files on software development, either software that is still in the planning or software stages already created.

The developer team can see the scans via the dashboard, which will also show suggestions and warnings.

Jarvis has been tested by several world-renowned car manufacturers. One of them is Jaguar Land Rover. Jarvis's goal is to help automakers save time in software manufacturing and ensure the software meets industry standards.
 
 

Artificial intelligence Alibaba defeat humans in reading tests

Artificial intelligence
The AI (Artificial Intelligence) program created by Alibaba and Microsoft has managed to score higher than humans in a Stanford University reading test.

"This is the first time the machine has beaten humans in such a test," Alibaba said in an official statement.


This test is made by AI experts at Stanford to know the ability to read robots. AI made by Alibaba is the first to get higher values than humans.

Chief Scientist of Natural Language Processing at AI Alibaba research group Luo Si said that this achievement is a great pride. However, he also admitted, this will probably make more and more people lose their jobs because it was replaced by a robot.

This technology can slowly be used in many areas, such as customer service, museum tutorials and online responses to patient medical questions, reducing the need to employ human beings in a way that has never existed before, "Si said.


Alibaba has successfully used AI to help them in Singles Day, the world's largest shopping festival, letting AI answer most customer questions.

In a tweet, Pranav Rajpurkar, one of the Stanford researchers who developed this reading test mentioned that achieving Alibaba as a good start in 2018 for AI.

On January 11, AI Alibaba scored 82.44, slightly higher than the value of human participants, 82.304. The next day, Microsoft's AI also scored higher than human participants with a value of 82,650.


"These tests are useful benchmarks to find out how sophisticated our AI is," said Microsoft spokesman Andrew Pickup.

"However, the true benefits of AI will be seen when it is used side by side with humans."
 
 

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Xiaomi announced plans to increase the company's valuation through an IPO to a value of $ 100 billion

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Last month, Xiaomi's executive Wang Xian said his company, which is rumored to be in discussion with US operators, soon confirmed its presence in the country within two months.

To help speed up revenues for these financial needs, Xiaomi plans to Initial Public Offering (IPO) to raise its finance to US $ 100 billion.


In the past four years, Xiaomi has secured US $ 1 million in funding thanks to a deal that makes the company's value to $ 45 billion. One year earlier, Xiaomi's valuation was worth US $ 13 billion.

2017 is a good year for Xiaomi after a difficult year in 2016. The expansion of coverage to India is called the best strategy for Xiaomi, because not only as the second largest market in the world of smartphone world.

The move also reveals the value of Xiaomi's device price in accordance with per capita income countries of US $ 1,670 in 2016.


Xiaomi and Samsung are currently competing for the biggest market share in India. Xiaomi also reportedly targeted revenue of $ 15 billion in 2017, which it achieved in October.

Xiaomi has also announced that it is partnering with banking companies Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs to help with the preparation of the IPO. Both will work with Credit Suisse Group AG and Deutsche Bank AG to finalize the deal.

Xiaomi is also reportedly planning to have China's investment banking firm in the group that is in charge of helping him with the IPO. Meanwhile in China, Xiaomi lost its market share, as a form of defeat with Lenovo, Oppo and Vivo.


This prompted Xiaomi to change the distribution method from fast online sales to more traditional platforms. Xiaomi plans to set up 1,000 Mi Home stores by 2019.

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iPhone 7 Plus became the second best-selling mobile phone in China

Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Although China has many brands of smartphones, Apple remains one of the most popular producers. Not getting a rating of 1, in fact the iPhone 7 Plus still managed to become the best-selling smartphone in the country.

iPhone 7 Plus has sales of 2.8 percent in China, according to research by Counterpoint Research. iPhone became the only foreign brand that made it into the top 10 best-selling smartphone in China during 2017 yesterday.


However, the iPhone 7 Plus must admit defeat of Oppo R9s who managed to rank 1 in the list. Analyst Counterpoint Research James Yan said that sales of the iPhone 7 Plus in the early mid-2017 is very good in China, especially in the middle of the second year the price began to be trimmed with the presence of the latest iPhone.

For the iPhone 7 of Counterpoint research results mentioned that the iPhone 7 is in the fifth position in the rankings with sales that control the market share of 2.4 percent.

"Looking at the iPhone 7 Plus is more popular than the iPhone 7 shows that China's smartphone market that the price is not the only major consideration of consumers in the country .Specifications are still seen as the value sought by consumers," said Yan.


In the last two years Apple is in a position that is difficult enough to penetrate the Chinese market. So many local brands in the country are growing up.

But from four quarters of revenue, Apple managed to gain sales growth from the Chinese market by 12 percent year-on-year. Samsung itself that once controlled the Chinese market is now not included in the list of best-selling smartphone in the country throughout 2017.

Apple's achievement in China is a major achievement, let alone as a smartphone brand from the United States. In fact, Chinese brands themselves are still difficult to penetrate the smartphone market in the United States and overthrow the dominance of Apple as in the Asian region.
 

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Monday, January 15, 2018

ZTE is ready to launch 5G phone early next year

5G Network
5G is not going to be present and tried on smart phones in the near future. Many parties who said the deployment of 5G networks will be first for industrial needs and new in 2020 will be commercialized.

However, some operators in various countries are preparing 5G to start tested as soon as possible. Component manufacturers such as Qualcomm itself some time ago already showcased the processor and modem for the phone to run on 5G.


ZTE already has plans to release a 5G phone in early 2019 later. ZTE is ready to release 5G smartphones in late 2018 or early 2019 depending on network availability and 5G components for smartphones. The move follows operators AT & T and Verizon who say they will start deploying 5G networks by the end of 2018.

Other operators Sprint and T-Mobile themselves chose to start starting the 5G network in 2020. If 5G is ready then ZTE can be one of the leading smart phone vendors in the position of Apple and Samsung which has been considered the leader of the smart phone market in the world.


However, given that ZTE itself is a China-based company then their struggle will still be heavy to penetrate the United States market because the country is included in the country ready to start 5G.

As it is well known that the US government is very protective to screen Chinese companies planning to do business in the country. The problems circulating not far from the alleged spy through technological devices.
 

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TAG Heuer launches a new smartwatch named Connected Modular 41

Connected Modular 41
Manufacturers of luxury watches, TAG Heuer, announced a new smart watch that carries the name Connected Modular 41.

Not only offered at a more affordable price, TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 also comes with smaller dimensions when compared with its predecessor model. Connected Modular 41 will be marketed at a price of US $ 1,200.


The price is more affordable at US $ 350 than the price of its predecessor watches. As the name suggests, Connected Modular 41 comes with a surface diameter of 41 mm, and is available in seven basic versions.

Consumers will be able to pair this luxury smartwatch with one of nine different strings that will be marketed separately. The nine ropes include three new rope colors like pink, blue and white.

TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 is developed as a collaboration between TAG Heuer, Intel and Google, so this product uses the Android Wear operating system.


For specifications, this smartwatch uses a 390 x 390 pixel AMOLED display panel with a pixel density of 326 ppi and better brightness, a maximum of 350 nits.

In addition, TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 also comes with 8GB of internal storage space, 1 GB RAM and is rumored to be supported by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor chipset.

This clock also supported waterproof capabilities to a depth of 50 meters and features GPS and NFC support for payments via Android Pay.
 

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Ownership of intelligent speakers in the United States increased by 128 percent

Google home and Amazon echo
A recent survey released by National Public Radio (NPR) and Edison Research revealed the number of owners of Amazon or Google smart speakers in the United States has increased by 128 percent since January 2017.

Most of the sample of research that is equal to 51 percent call now more use of intelligent speakers when compared when the first time the device.


The survey also mentions that now more people spend time interacting with Assistant or Alexa on intelligent speakers, when compared to smartphones or televisions.

In addition, researchers also estimate as many as 39 million Americans or about 16 percent of the population has intelligent speakers. Eleven percent of some survey responders have Amazon Echo and four percent own Google Home, but no percentage owners are reported for both devices.

The survey also reported that 71 percent of respondents mentioned more listening to audio since having smart speakers, while 39 percent said they prefer to spend time with smart speakers compared to traditional radio.


Meanwhile, 60 percent of others call playing music into activity that is often done by utilizing intelligent speakers when gathered with family and colleagues.

Percentage of music listening activity with colleagues doubled, when compared with other activities such as asking general questions by 30 percent and 28 percent voices.

In addition, the survey also found that 31 percent of users use intelligent speakers to control smart device equipment around their homes for a week before the survey. As many as 30 percent of owners of intelligent speakers are also reported to want to buy a second unit to control more smart home products in other rooms.

The survey was conducted by asking questions to 1,010 adults of the United States through an adult phone call, and 806 adults of the United States via online.
 

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Mark Zuckerberg lost $ 3.3 billion due to changes in Facebook news feed

Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg's decision to change the way Facebook operates a news feed the user requires it to lose $ 3.3 billion, with his personal fortune down by 4.4 percent.

After Facebook announced a news feed update on Thursday, its share value declined nearly four percent, before the US market opened on Friday.


The stock value of Facebook closed on Friday with a value of US $ 173.37, lower by 4.4 percent when compared with the stock price on Thursday for US $ 187.77.

Previously, Zuckerberg explains why news feed algorithm changes to uploads on Facebook. Zuckerberg calls his site to prioritize uploads from colleagues and family, compared to uploads from businesses and brands.

However, some have argued that the change is also influenced by Facebook's rumors of desire to neutralize its corporate appraisal, which is believed to refer to a context collapse.


Contrast collapse is rated as a phenomenon due to users stopping sharing a lot of information related to their personal lives on Facebook, so the data that can be used for advertisers who count on Facebook to profit even less diminished.

This news feed change is intended to encourage people to talk more about their personal lives, thereby increasing the commercial value of Facebook.

Meanwhile, the market reportedly reacted negatively to the news feed changes, albeit in a short period of time. Some analysts say this change will have good benefits for Facebook in the long run.
 

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US communications agency investigates fake missile warnings in Hawaii

Fake news
On Saturday, there was a warning message that the missiles were on Hawaii. However, not long after that, a second notification stating that the previous warning was wrong.

"Hawaii is a false warning, no missiles going to Hawaii," Hawaii congressman Tulsi Gabbard wrote on Twitter. "I have confirmed to the authorities that no missiles are attacking."

In his tweet, Gabbard includes a screenshot of his cell phone, showing the wrong warning sent to everyone in Hawaii. The warning message appeared on Saturday morning local time.

"A missile threat to Hawaii, find a sanctuary, this is not an exercise," the message said.

The message is also broadcast on Hawaiian television. "If you're outdoors, quickly find refuge in the building, stay indoors, away from the window If you're on the road, get close to the edge and look for protection in the nearest building or down on the ground We'll give you an announcement after the threat has passed. This is not training. "

This warning comes amid the tense relations between the United States and North Korea. In November, North Korea tested missiles despite being banned.

In the same month, Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency said in an official statement that they began testing statewide warning systems and were discussing what we were doing to prepare our region from nuclear threats.


Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz said that this false alarm came from human error. "We are relieved to know that this is a wrong warning," he said.

"From what I hear, and I'm not 100 percent sure, it's the result of human error, no matter whether it's a human error, a glitch or a hacked system, whatever the reason, it should not happen again."

Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai said via Twitter that the agency he leads will conduct a thorough investigation of the false alarm. On Sunday, the FCC issued an official statement stating the investigation process had begun.
 

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