Apple sells record 13 million new iPhones

It was a good weekend for Apple. The company said that it has sold a whopping 13 million new iPhones.

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It was a good weekend for Apple. The company said that it has sold a whopping 13 million new iPhones.  This record number encompasses iPhone sales from pre-orders and in-store sales from this past weekend. Last year, Apple sold 10 million units in the first weekend.  “Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO in a statement.   “Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos.”  The new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus feature a different touch screen that is able to sense how long and hard someone is pressing. They also have a stronger aluminum body, faster and more efficient processor, as well as higher resolution cameras.  The company will open up sales for the new phone in 40 more countries on October 9.

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How the cloud actually makes IoT more secure: Arrayent founder on IoT trends

With $11 million in fresh funding for its Connect Platform, Arrayent, Inc. has serious goals to nurture a burgeoning ecosystem around the Internet of Things (Io

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With $11 million in fresh funding for its Connect Platform, Arrayent, Inc. has serious goals to nurture a burgeoning ecosystem around the Internet of Things (IoT) movement. Having helped global brands like Whirlpool turn everyday products into connected products, Arrayent is virtualizing the commercial world.  Investors on this round include Intel Capital, Opus Capital, DCM Ventures and Comerica Bank.  Arrayent currently provides connected product capability to brands like Whirlpool, Maytag, First Alert, OSRAM, LiftMaster, Pentera, Mattel and others.  With the new investment round, Cyril Brignone, CEO of Arrayent, said the company will be able to increase the number of use cases Arrayent enables for existing customers and add many new customers in 2016.

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Google Bringing Free Wi-Fi to Train Stations in India

The network is expected to grow quickly, covering 100 of the busiest stations in India before the end of 2016.

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Google today announced that it will provide high-speed public Wi-Fi in 400 train stations across India.  Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post. said in collaboration with Indian Railways—operator of one of the world’s largest railway networks—and RailTel—provider of Internet service RailWire via its fiber network—Google’s Access and Energy team aims to bring the first stations online “in the coming months” and 100 by the end of 2016, according to Pichai.  “Even with just the first 100 stations online, this project will make Wi-Fi available for the more than 10 million people who pass through every day,” Pichai wrote. “This will rank it as the largest public Wi-Fi project in India, and among the largest in the world, by number of potential users.”   Pichai promised “many times faster” access than existing connections in India, allowing travelers to stream a high-definition video, research their destination, or download a book or game while they wait for the next train.  “Best of all, the service will be free to start, with the long-term goal of making it self-sustainable to allow for expansion to more stations and other places … in the future,” Pichai said.   Why India? Even though “there are now more Internet users in India than in every country in the world aside from China…there are still nearly one billion people in India who aren’t online,” Pichai said.

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MSFT tries to clear the air on Windows 10 privacy furor

Executives in Redmond were caught flat-footed after this summer’s Windows 10 launch by charges that the new operating system is spying on customers. Several new statements for consumers and IT pros today aim to explain why those accusations are unfounded.

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Microsoft has a privacy problem.   It’s not the one you’ve read about lately, though. Instead, Microsoft’s biggest problem is that its customers don’t understand its privacy policies, and a sensational press is all too eager to manufacture outrage over policies that don’t exist.   In reality, Microsoft has been building privacy protections into its software products for years. Apple sparked a furor over ad blockers with the recent release of iOS 9, for example, but Microsoft built nearly identical tracking protection features into Internet Explorer 9 nearly five years ago.  The company felt confident enough in its privacy practices several years ago to launch an aggressive campaign against Google; the “Scroogled” campaign was widely considered a flop and quietly ended last year.   Given the long awareness of privacy in Redmond, then, the virulent attacks against Windows 10 this summer came as an unwelcome surprise. Critics have accused Windows 10 of spying on customers and collecting data for nefarious purposes, and those criticisms, despite a lack of supporting evidence, have persisted.   The trouble for Microsoft is that its only communication on Windows 10 privacy features so far has been its privacy policy, a long document written by lawyers and designed to cover a broad range of legal situations across hundreds of jurisdictions worldwide. And that is Microsoft’s problem to fix.

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Samsung throws more incentives at iPhone users

The offer excludes devices sold or running on the AT&T network. But it does apparently apply to a lease or installment plan from T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Wireless or US Cellular.

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Samsung will rebate monthly lease and installment payments for the latest Galaxy smartphones up to $120 and will kick in $100 more for trading in an iPhone.  The offer, described online on Sunday, excludes devices sold or running on the AT&T network. But it does apparently apply to a lease or installment plan from T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Wireless or US Cellular. The devices that are eligible are the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.  In one example, a Galaxy S6 through Verizon would require a $24 monthly payment for 24 months to pay off the device. Samsung’s offer covers those payments up to $120. The redemption period ends Oct. 9, according to online conditions.

For smartphone users switching to Galaxy from the iPhone, the $100 award will come in the form of a $100 Google Play gift card.  This isn’t the first time Samsung has attempted to lure iPhone customers. In August, Samsung offered U.S. iPhone users a 30-day test drive of a Galaxy phone for $1.

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Boeing’s new tanker achieves 1st flight

Boeing’s KC-46A air refueling tanker took off on its first flight Friday afternoon from Paine Field in Everett, Wash.

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Charles Ramey Boeing spokesman said the flight test crew would be checking the basic integrity of the airplane, its handling as well as testing its engines, flight controls and environmental systems.

Ramey said the next series of flights will involve deploying the airplane’s refueling boom and wing aerial refueling pods. He said aerial refueling test flights “will be a little farther down the road.”

Friday’s flight is important to Wichita Kansas because McConnell Air Force Base is slated to receive 36 of the new tankers, replacing the base’s fleet of aging KC-135 air refueling tankers. In preparation for receiving the tankers, McConnell has spent hundreds of millions of dollars for new facilities, including the construction of two new hangars to house the larger KC-46A.  Two other Air Force bases will also receive the KC-46A. Ramey said the first airplane is expected to be delivered to the Air Force in 2016.  The tanker program has suffered from delays and extra costs. In July, Boeing said it would take a $536 million after-tax charge because of higher engineering and manufacturing costs to complete certification and initial production of the airplane.  The KC-46A is based off Boeing’s twin-aisle 767 commercial airliner. Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita manufactures the forward fuselage of the airplane and other parts.

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Samsung Will Pay Your Phone Bill For 3 Months If You Buy A Flagship

With smartphone sales declining, manufacturers are doing whatever they can to make consumers buy their products and stay with their brand. Apple recently l

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With smartphone sales declining, manufacturers are doing whatever they can to make consumers buy their products and stay with their brand. Apple recently launched its first app for Android in an attempt to make users switch to iPhones and their whole ecosystem. Needless to say, most Android users rated it with 1 star as a protest for this attempt and not so much for the functionality of the app itself. Samsung is doing basically the same with some promotions that are meant to entice iPhone users to switch for one of their flagship devices, one included to try the phones for one month and a few extra goodies. The promotion was very successful and they ran out of promotional kits within hours, so there’s definitely an interest towards Samsung flagships.  Now, Samsung is releasing a promotion in another attempt to make users switch to one of their best smartphones. This time around it’s not only targeted to iPhone users, but they actually get a little bonus. For those who decide to buy a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+ or Galaxy Note 5 through an installment plan or a lease, they would get a rebate for their monthly device payments up to $120, which should be good to cover the cost until 2016. For iPhone users, they would get $100 in Google Play Credit, so that they could purchase the apps they had installed or even new ones, in addition to movies, music or games.

The promotion is valid for US residents who are 18 or older. All major US carriers are supported except for AT&T.

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Suzuki to Sell Its 1.5% Stake in Volkswagen – WSJ

The agreement largely ends a failed tie-up between Volkswagen, one of the world’s biggest auto makers, and Suzuki, a second-tier Japanese auto maker, following four years of arbitration.

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 Suzuki Motor Corp. has agreed to sell its 1.5% stake in  Volkswagen  AG to Porsche Automobil Holding SE, the German auto maker’s biggest shareholder, Suzuki and Porsche SE said Saturday, without disclosing the transaction price.  Suzuki, which holds the stake in Volkswagen as a part of a failed partnership with the German auto maker, will transfer the shares to Porsche SE on Wednesday, the Japanese auto maker said in a statement. As a result of the sales, Suzuki will post ¥36.7 billion (US$304 million) in special profit, it said.

Porsche Automobil Holding SE manages assets held by the Porsche and Piech families—descendants of Ferdinand Porsche, the inventor of the Volkswagen Beetle—and controls more than 50% of Volkswagen’s voting stock.  The agreement largely ends a failed tie-up between Volkswagen, one of the world’s biggest auto makers, and Suzuki, a second-tier Japanese auto maker focusing on small cars, following four years of arbitration.

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