This frees up Apple to bring its $250 billion in overseas cash and securities back to the United States.Apple has about $250 billion in overseas cash, and although the company hasn't said it's going to bring it home and return it to shareholders, that's what Wall street analysts heard in yesterday's big announcement.But one important number the iPhone giant revealed was seized on by analysts: $38 billion, or the amount of tax Apple will pay on its overseas holdings, implying that it planned to bring all of its overseas money back to the United States.That makes Wall Street optimistic that Apple could spend a ton on dividends and buybacks.One analyst from Wells Fargo even suggested that Apple could spend $70 billion this year on share buybacks.Here's what Wall Street is saying about yesterday's announcement and what it means for Apple shareholders:
Sony Pictures’ jungle-adventure sequel Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle continued to make the best of the annual January movie doldrums, winning the holiday weekend box office for the second time and building on the film’s already impressive run.The film’s $27 million weekend increased its domestic haul to a hefty $283.1 million, and while the overall weekend wasn’t exactly a big one at theaters — January is typically a low-key month for movies — Jumanji has quickly solidified its status as a bona fide blockbuster.The other big story over the weekend was the expansion of Oscar-friendly drama The Post into 2,783 more theaters as the film’s Academy Awards buzz grows.This is all good news for The Post as it raises its profile in the lead-up to the Academy Awards.Jumanji: Welcome to the JungleBeyond the continued success of Jumanji and The Post, a trio of new releases also made it into the weekend’s top ten films.
To stay relevant, you must conduct marketing audits from time to time.With so many tasks to execute, you might be walking a fine line and making a few (or several) blunders.At Betaout, we've learned that these mistakes can cost you time and money you don't have to waste.Avoid these missteps to help keep your marketing strategy in sync with your brand evolution.Answer these pressing questions instead:Are you still doing mass-level personalization by simply inserting your customers' first names?
The robot is about 14-inches tall, with a design that was clearly influenced by the lovable lead in The Iron Giant.Pilot was on-hand at CES this week, showing the ‘bot to a handful of folks.We probably should have booked the Shenzhen-based startup a bit earlier, because by the time they actually arrived at the TechCrunch booth, this model was the last standing of the three models it brought to the show.No one ever said the job of a fighting robot was an easy one.Indeed, $1,600 for a robot already qualifies as an expensive hobby.When those robots’ main objective in life is beating the ever-loving snot out of one another, well, the price just goes up from there.
Hearing aids aren’t necessarily the thing you think of when you’re listing the most innovative new products of the past few years.The folks at Eargo want to change that with a pair of hearing aids called Eargo Max.These hearing aids have a collection of neat features, the most stand-out of which is a complete lack of need for expensive replaceable batteries.These hearing aids are made to be light, nearly invisible, and run with rechargeable batteries.We don’t yet know how long each charge lasts – that’ll be part of our eventual review process – but Eargo including a charging pad is a step in the right direction.One of the most expensive aspects of loosing one’s hearing is the buying of batteries for hearing aids.
TCL, maker of the Blackberry brand of Android smartphones has its presence registered at the CES 2018, and while the company didn’t wow us with any new products or even a follow-up for its flagship device, it come up with some non-ground breaking announcements: US availability for the full touchscreen BlackBerry Motion, and the unveiling of a bronze color for the KeyOne.The company hinted that the Bronze colored KeyOne might be the last color variant of the KeyOne, just as it considers bringing in new products to the market later in the year.Speaking on its plans for the latter part of the year, Alain Lejeune, Global General Manager for BlackBerry Mobile confirmed that it will launch “at least two new phones” in 2018.Back to the BlackBerry KeyOne Bronze Edition, the device more like the Black version released earlier in 2017 is mainly a new color variant of the KeyOne.Aside from bronze color accent, the Blackberry KeyOne Bronze edition has now ditched the microSD card on the SIM tray for Dual SIM slots.Design and other internal configuration remain the same including the iconic BlackBerry keyboard, a 4.5-inch 1620 x 1080 resolution display, 12 MP rear camera, Snapdragon 625, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage.
In a complaint filed against MyEx.com, the FTC and state of Nevada allege the website violates both federal and state law by featuring intimate images of people, along with their personal information, without their consent.MyEx, which the FTC describes as being “dedicated solely to revenge porn,” is a website that lets people upload photos and information about their ex partners.The complaint alleges MyEx “extorted victims by requiring them to pay fees of hundreds of dollars to have their intimate pictures, videos, and information removed from the site.” In some cases, the defendants allegedly made people pay anywhere from $499 to $2,800 to remove the photos and other personal information.A recently approved settlement with one of the defendants, Aniello “Neil” Infante, bans Infante from posting intimate photos and other personal information on a website without notice and content, requires him to destroy all the intimate images in his possession and bans him from charging people to remove the content.As part of the settlement, Infante also agreed to a $205,000 judgment, which the FTC will suspend as long as he pays $15,000 “in light of his inability to pay more.” The money he pays will go toward reimbursing the people he allegedly charged to have their images removed from the site.“MyEx.com uses reprehensible tactics to profit off of the intimate details of individuals’ private lives,” Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen said in a press release.
Toyota announced at CES on Tuesday that Amazon's Alexa would be integrated with its infotainment systems.Alexa will appear in certain Toyota and Lexus models.Voice has been a challenge for carmakers; Alexa could change that.The march of Amazon's Alexa into the automotive world continues.At CES in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Toyota announced the voice technology would be incorporated with the carmaker's infotainment systems.Alexa will debut in "select Toyota and Lexus vehicles with Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 in 2018," Toyota said in a statement.
Meryl Streep has opened up about the mishap at this year’s Golden Globes which saw her return to her seat only to discover Mariah Carey sitting in it.During the ceremony, Meryl shared a table with her co-stars from the upcoming film ‘The Post’, and was seated next to its director, Steven Spielberg.Speaking to Jimmy Kimmel about her “wild night” at the awards show, the actress specifically discussed the moment she returned to her place after a commercial break, only to find one of the music industry’s most infamous divas sitting in it.When asked about it by Jimmy, Meryl joked: “Bitch stole my seat!I came over and there she was, next to Spielberg.“She said, ‘oh my god they made me sit down’, because they make you… wherever you are everyone has to drop to their seat.”
Is the world ready for augmented reality glasses?Having tried the latest attempt at the segment, Rokid’s Glass, at CES 2018 this week I’m pretty confident in saying the answer is “kinda, maybe.”At first glance there’s a lot to recommend them.Unfortunately, that impression only really lasts until you put them on.The combination of Rokid’s projection technology – which beams the image onto the right lens using a prism above the eye – and the various other components involved in the head-worn display mean that something has to give, and in this case it’s bulk.Rokid has two versions of Glass at CES, running demo apps the company has built internally to show off some of the potential of the headset.
It's been a while since Google showed up in a big way at CES.The company's always in Vegas, of course: execs hold meetings with carriers and partners, and the halls of the convention center practically overflow with devices.For the last few years, that's been enough for Google.You can barely turn around without seeing a "Hey Google" billboard reminding you of the power of the company's voice-activated bot.It's all about Assistant, of course, Google's attempt to get its virtual helper into more places and devices.The newest new thing is a line of "Smart Displays" built by JBL, LG, Lenovo, and Sony.
Ibuprofen is a simple, inexpensive, easily purchased NSAID pain reliever, one often taken due to a combination of its perceived safety and over-the-counter availability.Ask the average person whether ibuprofen is dangerous and they’ll likely say it is safe when used properly, but that may not be true.A growing number of studies shed light on concerning health issues that may arise from NSAIDs and ibuprofen in particular.A study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America reports a concerning effect ordinary over-the-counter ibuprofen has on male fertility.The common painkiller was found to depress testosterone production, causing study participants to develop a condition called “compensated hypogonadism.”Such a condition is the result of the body increasing testosterone production because the testes stop producing adequate levels of it.
The standard depiction of a software development value stream begins with coding and ends with code in production.Taking a step back, you see many more activities involved in supplying software to customers, but current approaches to managing these activities are rooted in service delivery frameworks and not in production models.The model used in other product industries is the supply chain model, and by applying that model to software delivery, you can expand your understanding of the software delivery “system” beyond devops, giving you new insight in to how to optimize it.The extent of planning activities is often minimized by existing devops models.Lack of communication and connections between development processes using agile and nonproduction activities using waterfall can lead to waste and inefficiency across the business.In the traditional supply chain, sourcing components involves managing relationships with suppliers and developing procurement strategies for parts and materials.
Jabra has announced a trio of headphones to kickstart a brand new “Elite” franchise.These are the Elite 65t, a completely wireless in-ear pair; an “active” version of the Elite 65t, specially optimized for sport; and a Bluetooth — but not fully wired — variant, dubbed the Elite 45e.(The “e” stands for earphones; the “t” for truly wireless.)First up: the Elite 65t and its sporty cousin.Both these sets of earbuds come with 5 hours of battery life and a charging cradle that’s good for two further recharges.Jabra is promising lightweight design and superior sound quality in both products, but as ever with wireless headphones, the proof is in the listening.
The iPhone X’s embrace of Qi wireless charging has forced Powermat to concede its arch rival would be the likely standard winner.Powermat, which offers its own wireless charging standard along with providing public charging pads integrated into counters and tables in locations like Starbucks, announced this month that it would join the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).That’s the group which has pushed the Qi standard, until now one of two key players in the wireless charging space.On the one hand, there’s Qi, which has hardware support from Samsung, LG, Belkin, and more.On the other, there’s Powermat, which is the de-facto standard of the Power Matters Alliance.Rather than pushing individual charging solutions, it built out a network of chargers, with more than 12,000 spewed across the world.
Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration said hackers may have accessed the personal and confidential information of up to 30,000 Medicaid patients, including their medical records, conditions and diagnoses.The AHCA said on Friday (5 January) that one of its employees fell victim to a "malicious phishing email" on 15 November last year, resulting in the potential compromise of the sensitive data, the Associated Press reported.The agency said it learned of the incident five days later on 20 November and notified the Inspector General who launched an investigation "to identify if any protected health information was potentially accessed."According to preliminary findings from the ongoing investigation, Medicaid enrollees' full names, Medicaid ID numbers, dates of birth, addresses, Social Security numbers and medical conditions and diagnoses may have been partially or fully accessed in the breach.The AHCA said no other agency systems or email accounts were involved in the phishing attack."Prior to the review, the employee changed their login credentials to stop inappropriate access," the agency said in a statement.
Samsung still doesn't make TVs that use OLED display technology, but at CES 2018 its best LCD TVs are trying harder than ever to topple OLED's image quality dominance.Samsung's 2018 flagship LCD, which at this point remains unnamed, follows in the footsteps of its 2017 predecessors by augmenting the liquid crystals with quantum dots -- hence the "Q" in QLED.But this year, Samsung has a few new tricks up its sleeve.The company has completely redesigned the LCD panel to better block interior light leakage, an Achilles heel of LCD displays.It uses what Samsung calls a scattering pattern to control the beam form and widen viewing angles, addressing another LCD weakness.And it takes on OLED's biggest advantage -- perfectly dark black areas that create an infinite contrast -- with a full-array local dimming LED backlight and an "antiblooming algorithm" aimed at illuminating only the parts of the image that need it.
HTC started rolling out Android Oreo update to the HTC U11 sometimes last year.While users of the U11 in the US, Taiwan, and other parts of the World received the update as far back as November 2017, users in the Europe Axis were however not so lucky to get the much-needed update.The company in its resolve to calm the nerves of users in that axis has through its official HTC UK Twitter account expressed regret over the delayed Android Oreo rolls out to users of the U11 in the European region which according to it is due to some “complexities”.Worst still, the company in its apology tweet, however, did not state in clear terms when to expect the update, instead, the company sought for more time and promised to get back to users as early as possible.We’re sorry for the delay in delivering your Oreo update for the HTC U11.We have started to roll out the update globally but have had some complexities that have caused a delay to our release in Europe.
Apple confirmed on Thursday that all Mac and iOS devices are affected by the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws that have roiled the computing industry for the past 24 hours, resulting in a race to patch operating systems and cloud computing infrastructure at the highest levels.“‘All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time,” the company writes in a blog post.“Since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or iOS device, we recommend downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store.”Apple was one of the last remaining holdouts to speak up about Meltdown and Spectre, although it was already widely believed Apple devices were affected due to the company’s use of components from chip manufactures like Intel and ARM.Apple says that it has already mitigated some of the potential negative consequences of Meltdown, which is the Intel-specific exploit, with patches to iOS (11.2), macOS (10.13.2), and tvOS (11.2).The company says it plans to issue patches for Safari to better help devices defend against Spectre, which is far more widespread because it is an exploit of the kernel memory processes inherent to modern chip architecture across the board.
On Tuesday, the open source mapping company Mapzen announced it would shut down at the end of the month, with its hosted APIs and support services going dark on February 1.That’s a real pain for Mapzen users, whose ranks include civic tech organizations like Code for America, app developers, and government agencies like the Portland-area transportation agency TriMet.“Luckily, we’re staffed to help people stand things up on their own.” Users now have T minus 28 days to grab the info they need (or get Mapzen’s help to do it) and upload it to their own data portals, keeping it free and accessible.In a statement, TriMet spokesperson Tia York said the company's closure would have “no negative impact” on its ongoing, federally-funded project that used Mapzen’s Pelias Geocoder to help convert postal addresses to a point on the Earth’s map.“The Pelias Geocoder is open source software, with a significant community; therefore worldwide use of, improvements to, and maintenance of Pelias is expected to flourish as an open source project,” York said.We do know that running a mapping company ain’t cheap.