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Samsung Electronics third-quarter profit falls 30 percent after Note 7 failure
- October 28, 2016

Samsung's troubled mobile business generated just 100 billion won ($87.9 million) in operating income during the quarter, compared with 2.4 trillion won one year earlier. Samsung is yet to figure out what caused the phones to burst into flames. "The longer-term impact on the Samsung brand remains to be seen". In the U.S., 13 burns and 47 incidents of property being damaged led to the Galaxy Note 7 being officially recalled , earlier in October . (more...)
Twitter kills Vine three years after launch
- October 28, 2016

The news comes after the microblogging site announced a round of layoffs as part of a restructuring move following another money-losing quarter. Users will be able to continue accessing and downloading their Vines for the time being and the website will remain online. (more...)
Volkswagen Atlas puts VW in the 3-row SUV game Volkswagen Atlas puts VW in the 3-row SUV game
- October 28, 2016

Despite the platform sharing and similar concept, the Atlas is 5.04m long, 1.98m wide and 1.77m tall. The Atlas is based on the company's ubiquitous Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture, a collection of components that also underpins the Tiguan, Golf and Passat (and a multitude of other Group cars such as the Skoda Kodiaq). (more...)
Apple's TV app doesn't work with the two best streaming services Apple's TV app doesn't work with the two best streaming services
- October 28, 2016

Basically, it's a universal search app that draws in content from the services you subscribe to. Now that you know what's in store , it's time to watch all the big announcements live as they happen. In 2015, Bloomberg reported Apple had "indefinitely" suspended plans to launch a live TV service over pricing disagreements with launch partners. You can, for example, just see what kids shows are most popular at the moment with it, or any other genre. (more...)
Massive Cyber Attacks In US: Attack Staged Through Millions Of Vulnerable Gadgets
- October 28, 2016

According to a senior US intelligence official, the case is being considered as internet vandalism, and does not appear to be a state-sponsored or direct attack. Attacking just one website can cause damage, but targeting a firm like Dyn can ensure the technological devastation is more widespread. But issues continued, and by Friday afternoon, Dyn said it was investigating a third attack. (more...)
Pakistan reels after attack on police training college leaves 61 dead Pakistan reels after attack on police training college leaves 61 dead
- October 28, 2016

Two of the men detonated their suicide vests, while the third was shot dead before he could set his off, according to The Guardian . In the chaos, cadets and trainers ran for their lives, jumping through windows and off rooftops to try to escape. (more...)
Security experts: Foreign nation not behind Friday internet attack
- October 28, 2016

At 11:10 a.m. on October 21, Dyn Incorporated began investigating an attack to their domain name services ( DNS ) system. Last week's attack brought down many popular services on the internet in the United States including Twitter , Spotify , Reddit, Amazon, and numerous others. (more...)
Vine Twitter set to discontinue video sharing app
- October 28, 2016

When it purchased Vine back in 2012 before the short video-looping social network launched, Twitter hoped that the app would help install a creative and visual niche within its heavily text-based platform. In terms of active users, it finished the quarter with a monthly average of 317 million (67 million in the U.S.). Vine officially debuted in January of 2013, allowing users to make six-second long videos to share with friends. (more...)
Microsoft introduces Surface Studio and the Windows 10 Creators Update
- October 28, 2016

We perfected every design detail. It's claiming up to 16 hours of battery life in total, which is helped by a redesigned cooling system. Over the past few years, Microsoft has turned their focus from a software and gaming devices company to create more and more hardware devices. (more...)
Q Poll: Clinton Catches Up To Trump In Georgia And Iowa
- October 28, 2016

The Trump campaign also spent more than $2 million on campaign swag - the hats, t-shirts and mugs that are popular with supporters and help drive small donations to the campaign. Early voting is surging in Arizona, normally a Republican state but one that Clinton has targeted. The AP-GfK poll found that likely voters support Clinton over Trump, 51 to 37 - a whopping margin that would all but shut the window on the prospect of a Trump victory. (more...)
Apple unveils 'TV' guide app for Apple TV
- October 28, 2016

The report says that the app expands the discovery options found on the Apple TV, allowing users to find shows that peak their interests. Apple's going to put "collections" in the store of all the apps supported by various providers like Comcast and Verizon, but it's not quite the dream of opening the TV app and signing in and just finding all the content that's possible to watch. (more...)
New Final Fantasy smartphone title teaser website launched New Final Fantasy smartphone title teaser website launched
- October 28, 2016

Regarding news that the main part of the Final Fantasy XV game has gone gold, Square Enix has announced development is now focussing on content that will be delivered for the game via Season Pass. "And then our ultimate objective after we've made all three of these characters into new, playable characters is to add Noctis, of course from the main game, in to have [.] online multiplayer co-op play". (more...)
Vessel To Sunset Service At Month's End Following Acquisition By Verizon Vessel To Sunset Service At Month's End Following Acquisition By Verizon
- October 28, 2016

Current subscribers will be provided complimentary access for the rest of the month and those with annual plans will be refunded back to the beginning of October. The move is the latest push by Verizon to bring on more content publishers, including Yahoo, AOL, and now Vessel . It also comes against a backdrop of a megamerger between AT&T and Time Warner. (more...)
Dyn Confirms Friday's Internet Outage Originated From Hijacked IoT Devices
- October 28, 2016

What's disturbing is not only was this DDoS attack capable of taking down major portions of the internet, causing intolerable latency rates, but it took down one of the most authoritative domain name system (DNS) providers in the market. Flashpoint helped Dyn analyze the source of the attack. "One of the few known personalities that have been associated with Mirai malware and botnets is known to frequent these forums". (more...)
Twitter is killing Vine 'in the coming months' Twitter is killing Vine 'in the coming months'
- October 28, 2016

That means if you want to go back and reflect on those Vines of puppies playing the air drums or people tripping and falling, you will still have the opportunity. The social media giant, which has struggled to sign up new users amid competition from number of rivals such as Instagram and Snapchat, said it expects to book about $10m to $20m in workforce restructuring charges. (more...)
Westbrook, Thunder spoil Embiid's debut for 76ers Westbrook, Thunder spoil Embiid's debut for 76ers
- October 28, 2016

Refusing to be baited, a respectable Westbrook seemingly bemused by the situation, simply motioned to the referee while apathetically pointing-out the trash-talker. Post players Enes Kanter (12.7 points, 8.1 rebounds) and Steven Adams (8.0 points, 6.7 rebounds) have opportunities to increase their production while the Thunder parted ways with troubled forward Mitch McGary on Monday. (more...)
RIP: Twitter is Officially Killing Vine - Here's Why
- October 28, 2016

On the blog post , Twitter executives revealed that they had been struggling to match the growth it attained when it first launched the app in 2013. I had no idea who T-Wayne was at the time, nor did I have any clue that his " Nasty Freestyle " was inspiring countless YouTube and Vine videos of people doing " The Whip ". (more...)
After Laying Off Employees, Twitter Announces the End of Vine
- October 28, 2016

The app said in a statement on Medium , "You'll be able to access and download your Vines". Twitter says that the Vine website will stay online to showcase the videos that have already been made, and we are thankful to them for that, because where would we be without those epic "Do it for the Vine" videos? While critics claim that the death of Vine will harm minorities the most due to the integral part the app played in the Ferguson and other similar protests, others are saddened by the ... (more...)
Turkey says gives U.S. new documents on Gulen extradition request Turkey says gives U.S. new documents on Gulen extradition request
- October 28, 2016

If there was an assassination attempt against the US president, and the perpetrator was walking free in Turkey, "What would the Americans think about this situation?" he asked. He also warned of a "growing anti-Americanism among Turkish people". The group is made up of 71 lieutenants and two colonels. He added that Turkey has "zero tolerance" toward torture, denying a recent Human Rights Watch report that alleges Turkey's security services have tortured people who were detained after the coup ... (more...)
Ondo guber: Jimoh Ibrahim, not Jegede is our candidate - PDP faction insists Ondo guber: Jimoh Ibrahim, not Jegede is our candidate - PDP faction insists
- October 28, 2016

Standing on that judgment, Abang had declared on October 14 the governorship candidate from the rival faction led by former Borno State governor, Ali-Modu Sheriff, as the authentic PDP candidate for the November, 26 election in the state. He said section 31 of the Electoral Act only allows the party to be the one contesting the said judgement and not the candidate. A source within the PDP in the state told our correspondent that Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State had arranged the state ... (more...)

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