Apple's new lineup of iPhones didn't have a happy holiday. And a rare sales forecast slash may bode poorly for the rest of the year.In a letter to investors, Apple CEO Tim Cook warned the company's fiscal first-quarter revenue would be weaker than previously expected. It now sees revenue of $84 billion, well below the prior range of $89 billion to $94 billion that it forecast in November. Its gross margin is now expected to be 38 percent, a tick below the high end of the 38-percent-to-38.5-percent range it previously forecast, suggesting a shift to lower-priced, less profitable products.A warning from Apple, one of the most valuable and profitable companies in the world, is a rare occurrence that hasn't happened in at least 15 years. The weaker holiday season -- a critical period in which most of Apple's iPhones are sold -- will fan growing belief the company is struggling with fatigue for its popular smartphone and sales may be on a downward slide. The company raised a red flag in … [Read more...] about Weak iPhone demand forces Apple into rare sales warning
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Facebook exposed personal photos of millions of people in its latest privacy gaffe disclosed on Friday. The debacle happened due to a bug in one of the company's application programming interfaces for image management which allowed hundreds of app developers to access much broader photo sets than what users agreed to share with them. The vulnerability period ran from September 12 to September 25 and affected up to 6.8 million users who provided access to their photos to some 1,500 apps from 876 developers. Only users who explicitly granted access to their photos to apps via the vulnerable API could have been compromised by the bug which essentially allowed developers of those services to access any photo from their profiles, including those attached to incomplete posts, i.e. those that were never published, Facebook Engineering Director Tomer Bar revealed earlier today. "We're sorry" The said photos API is generally only used for granting apps access to one's Timeline photos on the … [Read more...] about Facebook Exposes Photos Of Millions Of People In Latest Gaffe, Says ‘Sorry’
Internet & TV vs. InternetThe question of "when does it make sense?" can easily be rephrased as "how much money can I save?" and one of the biggest factors will be the price difference between combined internet and TV service or just internet. These are also the options that vary the most widely based on where you live, and the availability of promotions or contracts that can keep prices down for a short time.As cord-cutting has picked up steam, many cable companies are offering their own "skinny bundle" packages with internet and a few channels for less. It seems counterintuitive, but in 2018, "cutting the cord" can still mean sticking with your current cable company. The important thing when comparing these services is to look at the contract requirements and extra fees. Even if a service price looks the same as many all-streaming packages, if you need to tack on an extra TV box or two the monthly fees will add up quickly.HardwareFiguring out which streaming service to use also … [Read more...] about When does it make sense to cut the cord?
From the moment I became involved in the creation of new technologies, their ethical dimensions have concerned me, but it was only in the autumn of 1998 that I became anxiously aware of how great are the dangers facing us in the 21st century. I can date the onset of my unease to the day I met Ray Kurzweil, the deservedly famous inventor of the first reading machine for the blind and many other amazing things. Ray and I were both speakers at George Gilder's Telecosm conference, and I encountered him by chance in the bar of the hotel after both our sessions were over. I was sitting with John Searle, a Berkeley philosopher who studies consciousness. While we were talking, Ray approached and a conversation began, the subject of which haunts me to this day. I had missed Ray's talk and the subsequent panel that Ray and John had been on, and they now picked right up where they'd left off, with Ray saying that the rate of improvement of technology was going to accelerate and that we were going … [Read more...] about Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us
Performance levels in traditional or hyperscale data centers are being limited by power and heat caused by an increasing number of processors, memory, disk and operating systems within servers The problem is so complex and intertwined, though, that solving it requires a series of steps that hopefully add up to a significant reduction across a system. But at 7nm and below, predicting exactly how a chip will actually operate is quite challenging. And in the high-performance computing market, where the goal is to design the highest-performing chips, power now dominates as the primary limiting factor. This has caused a significant shift in how chips are designed for this segment of the market, particularly for cloud-based data centers where always-on or rapid power-up is required. Unlike in the past, where overdesign was a commonly used approach for ensuring uptime in server racks, that is no longer an option because it affects both power and performance. Energy is expensive, particularly … [Read more...] about Power Issues Grow For Cloud Chips