Tor axes its secure messaging app due to lack of resources

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The Tor team unveiled its Messenger app in 2015 to boost the security of existing chat clients, but those plans are coming to an end less than three years later. The developers are ending support for Tor Messenger due primarily to a lack of support….
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Dutch case against Samsung for lack of updates finally heads to court

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Early in 2016, it was revealed that Samsung was being sued in the Netherlands for failing to update its phones. The Consumentenbond—a Dutch non-profit promoting consumer protection—was taking Samsung to court for, among other things, not adequately providing two years of updates from the time of purchase. According to Telecompaper, the case is now being heard. 

Of course, Samsung does promise updates for two years after a product is launched, but the Consumentenbond believes that Samsung should be required to provide two years of updates from the time a consumer purchases it, whenever that might be.

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Lyft faces lawsuit over lack of wheelchair access in SF

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Uber was sued at least thrice over the past year for failing to accommodate passengers with wheelchairs, but a new lawsuit proves that it's not the only ride-hailing service with poor accessibility. Non-profit org Disability Rights Advocates has file…
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iPhone owners aren’t upgrading to iPhone X due to price, lack of exciting features, survey suggests

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A recent survey conducted by Piper Jaffray suggests many existing iPhone owners are resisting the urge to upgrade to iPhone X because the latest and greatest model does not present enough of a benefit to overcome its high price tag.
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Samsung Mocks iPhone X Notch and Lack of Fingerprint Sensor at Galaxy S9 Launch Event

Samsung doesn’t leave an opportunity to take a dig at Apple, so it wasn’t surprising that at the launch of its flagship devices, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, the company mocked the iPhone X. Continue reading
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Why the lack of an iPhone X ‘super cycle’ might actually be a good thing

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Amid a slew of reports that Apple recently decided to cut iPhone X production in half, shares of Apple have predictably taken a beating over the past few days. While the idea that Apple has opted to reduce iPhone X production from 40 million units down to 20 million units seems absurd on its face, it hasn’t stopped a number of tech pundits and analysts from coming out and boldly declaring that the iPhone X super cycle has been a bust.

Some analysts, though, are viewing iPhone upgrade figures through a different lens. Specifically, Guggenhiem analyst Robert Cihra opines that the importance of the iPhone X doesn’t rest with a singular super cycle over a period of a few months, but rather that the device itself — with its new form factor and new features — will set the stage for a “multi-year” refresh cycle. Indeed, with many people not willing to take the $ 999 plunge with the iPhone X, it stands to reason that we’ll see a lot of current iPhone owners upgrade to next-year’s rumored 6.1-inch iPhone with an edgeless LCD display.

In an investor note obtained by Barron’s, Cihra lays out the case that the new design introduced by the iPhone X will result in refresh cycle that lasts anywhere from 1-3 years. Cihra also notes that a prolonged refresh cycle is preferable to a super cycle as the latter would prompt investor concerns of a huge sales drop-off in subsequent months.

The note reads in part:

We have repeatedly laid out that we do NOT see Apple’s new iPhone X setting up some one-year “super-cycle” but rather that it represents a new high-end SKU with NEW TECHNOLOGIES that can drive an elongated MULTI-year upgrade cycle as OLED, 3D cameras, on-device ML, and augmented reality/ AR features waterfall into mainstream models over the coming 1-3 years.

Another point worth noting is that the average selling price of the iPhone will likely increase thanks to the pricey iPhone X models. So even if iPhone X sales over the past quarter aren’t off the charts, the device will be hugely beneficial for Apple’s bottom line.

“[We] have long projected higher blended ASPs being the much bigger driver” for revenue growth, Cihra added.

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HomePod hands-on questions whether sound quality is worth $349, cites ‘distinct lack of mid-range’

Following a pair of hands-on looks earlier this week, Wired is the latest to share their initial thoughts on the HomePod following a “first listen.” Wired seems to have been given the same demo as other news outlets, but has slightly different thoughts…



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Assorted media venues lit up when AppleInsider, based on actually reading an analyst’s note, reported that the current iPhone X may be discontinued after one year. Unfortunately, many of those reports failed to accurately convey substance or context of the rumor, instead opting to weave a narrative they seemed intent on telling.
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2018’s entry-level iPhone might lack key features

Apple will cut key features from its upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone to reach a more affordable price tag, according to one reliable analyst. The device, which is expected to look a lot like iPhone X, could cost as little as $700. But buyers will lose luxuries like a stainless steal frame, dual rear-facing cameras, and even […]

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Executives lack confidence when it comes to Industry 4.0, says Deloitte

Executives lack confidence when it comes to Industry 4.0, says Deloitte

Recruitment and training at every level in the corporate hierarchy may need a rethink, if companies are to reap the full benefits of industrial IoT, says a new report from Deloitte. 

Senior business executives are optimistic about the potential offered by Industry 4.0, but lack confidence when it comes to investing in the industrial IoT. 

That’s according to a new report from Deloitte, The Fourth Industrial Revolution is Here – Are You Ready? Released to coincide with the World Economic Forum this week in Davos, Switzerland, this explores the business world’s readiness to  harness the opportunities offered by the Industry 4.0 trend that sees machines increasingly become connected and able to report on their status and performance, as well as the environment around them.

Sometimes referred to as ‘the fourth industrial revolution’, it is set to define the business world over the next few years, as technologies such as sensors, analytics, AI, cognitive computing are increasingly applied to industrial processes. 

Deloitte Global, part of the management consultancy firm, surveyed 1,600 C-level executives from 19 countries for its report, quizzing them on their ability to leverage these technologies. 

Read more: Survey shows IIoT has “crossed the chasm”, claims Zebra

Lack of confidence

Almost nine out of ten respondents (87 percent) said that they expect Industry 4.0 to create social and economic equality and stability for their companies. But regardless of this, many firms feel that they’re not ready to harness these changes. Only one in three said they’re highly confident about stewarding their organisations in the connected world and just 14 percent said they were ready to implement Industry 4.0 technologies. Because of these attitudes, says Deloitte, businesses and executives risk falling behind.

At the same time, executives don’t feel that their organizations have the right talent to succeed in the fourth industrial revolution, either – but they’re trying their best to build more suitable teams. Again, more than four out five respondents (86 percent) said they’re working to hire people with the right skillsets for technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT. 

And companies that are already focused on Industry 4.0 are exploring roles that allow staff to leverage “greater innovation, alternative work environments and new approaches to learning and development”.

Overall, key decision-makers are aware that they must invest in technology to succeed in an increasingly connected world. But many of them are struggling to make a business case due to a lack of comprehensive strategies.

Read more: IIoT adoption increases, but projects still early-stage, says Bsquare

A unique opportunity

Punit Renjen, CEO of Deloitte Global, has claimed that the fourth industrial revolution will have huge impact on the world as a whole, and not just the workplace. “The rapidly advancing technologies driving Industry 4.0 are bringing about social and economic change rapidly in an environment of unparalleled global connectivity and demographic change,” he said. 

“It’s a time of great opportunity, but also risk. We developed this research to better understand how executives are navigating the pervasive shift and to uncover areas where they can more effectively influence how the Fourth Industrial Revolution impacts their organisations and society.”

Our Internet of Manufacturing event is coming to Munich on 6-8 February 2018. Attendees will get the chance to learn more about how connected technologies open up new paths to increased productivity and profitability for industrial companies. 

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