#California #ProfitB4People As Hundreds of AT&T Wireless Workers and Supporters Plan To Protest at iPhone 8 Launch at Apple HQ over low wages & constant wage cuts, outsourcing of work, while they stand to make billions #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Hundreds of AT&T wireless workers and members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) will protest outside the launch of the iPhone 8 at Apple HQ on Tuesday, we were told #AceNewsDesk reports

Published on September 11, 2017 at 06:05AM: “Marking the start of a critical sales period that’s expected to bring in billions for the telecom giant, workers are calling out AT&T’s pay cuts for its retail employees and the company’s rampant outsourcing and offshoring that undermine their job security and ability to provide quality customer service,” the Communications Workers of America said in a press statement……………Over the years, AT&T has increasingly handed over the operations of its retail operations to third-party dealers that now represent over 60 percent of all AT&T branded stores…….On top of this, AT&T retail employees allege that they are seeing their pay decline by thousands of dollars because the company manipulates their commission structure #AceNewsDesk reports are provided by Sterling Publishing & Media News

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#NSA ” Too Close to Home – Please Update Your iPhone’s, iPad’s and Apple Computers’ NOW!

#AceSecurityNews says `Apple Security flaw could be a back-door for the #NSA

"How We track Your Every Move"

“How We track Your Every Move”

Was the National Security Agency exploiting two just-discovered security flaws to hack into the iPhones and Apple computers of certain targets? Some skeptic’s are saying there is cause to be concerned about recent coincidences regarding the #NSA and Apple.

Within hours of one another over the weekend, Apple acknowledged that it had discovered critical vulnerabilities in both its iOS and OSX operating systems that, if exploited correctly, would put thought-to-be-secure communications into the hands of skilled hackers.

An attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS, the company announced.

Apple has since taken steps to supposedly patch up the flaw that affected mobile devices running its iOS operating system, such as iPhones, but has yet to unveil any fix for the OSX used by desktop and laptop computers.

As experts investigated the issue through the weekend, though, many couldn’t help but consider the likelihood — no matter how modicum — that the United States’ secretive spy agency exploited those security flaws to conduct surveillance on targets.

On Saturday, Apple enthusiast and blogger John Gruber noted on his personal website that information contained within internal NSA documents leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden last year coincide closely with the release of the affected mobile operating system, iOS 6.

According to a NSA slideshow leaked by Mr. Snowden last June, the US government has since 2007 relied on a program named PRISM that enables the agency to collect data “directly from the servers” of Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook and others. The most recent addition to that list, however, was Apple, which the NSA said it was only able to exploit using PRISM since October 2012.

"Tracking Your Every Move"

“Tracking Your Every Move”

The affected operating system — iOS 6.0 — was released days earlier on September 24, 2012.

These facts, Gruber blogged, “prove nothing” and are “purely circumstantial.” Nevertheless, he wrote, “the shoe fits.”

With the iOS vulnerability being blamed on a single line of erroneous code, Gruber considered a number of possibilities to explain how that happened.

Conspiratorially, one could suppose the #NSA planted the bug, through an employee mole, perhaps. Innocuously, the Occam’s Razor explanation would be that this was an inadvertent error on the part of an Apple engineer,” he wrote.

Once the bug was in place, the #NSA wouldn’t even have needed to find it by manually reading the source code. All they would need are automated tests using spoofed certificates that they run against each new release of every OS. Apple releases iOS, the #NSA’s automated spoofed certificate testing finds the vulnerability, and boom, Apple gets ‘added’ to PRISM.

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#NSA Money Pak Locks Your Computer and Demands a Ransom – Here is How to Remove it!

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“Pay To Unlock Your Computer”

#AceSecurityNews says  how to remove National Security Agency virus (NSA MoneyPak Virus) as it is extremely dangerous ransom-ware that locks your PC to demand $300 ransom money and silently collect your banking details. National Security Agency virus could only be removed with manual solution, please follow this video tutorial to get rid of NSA virus and unlock your PC quickly and safely.

Alerts such as this will flash across your screen- National Security Agency virus,National Security Agency Central Security Service Virus, NSA MoneyPak virus, NSA Ransomware, NSA PRISM ransomware, PRISM MoneyPak Virus, NSA “YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN LOCKED!” Virus, PRISM YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN LOCKED!” Ransomware, PRISM COMPUTERCRIME PROSECUTION SECTION virus, NSA Internet Surveillance Program Virus.

 

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” Smartphones Are All About Business and Getting Smarter by the Day”

#AceMediaNews says ” Smartphones Are All About Business…Funny Business” 

“I have always known about man. From the evidence, I believe his wisdom must walk hand in hand with his idiocy. His emotions must rule his brain.” – Dr. Zaius,  “Planet of the Apes,” 20th Century Fox, 1968

Have you noticed that Apple and Samsung have both lowered their sales projections?

Have you noticed that companies like Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Coolpad, Xiaomi and Oppo have all raised their projections?

O.K., they aren’t household names but they will be soon, at least household names in certain parts of the globe.

That’s because these firms (and probably hundreds of no-names you’ll never hear of) are doing something Apple and Samsung won’t or don’t want to do … make a cheap – really cheap – smartphone.

Sure, we know you don’t care. You love your iPhone or Galaxy because it lets you do just about everything and be in touch with just about everyone.

Got something to do?

There’s an app for that.

Want to avoid something you need to do?

There are hundreds of apps for that.

The problem is, worldwide, more folks who can’t afford to drop the equivalent of a year’s plus salary for one of those two phones than there are of people who can afford them!

Emerging Share – While the industrial countries account for more of the expendable income, people in emerging countries are making it known they are ready for technology. China and India both have populations of about a billion each. Add the people in Brazil, Russia and a few other countries and you’re talking serious markets who are smart phone  ready!

The folks most interested in getting their hands on a smart phone to do everything are those individuals living in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries.

The Chinese like the sleek look of the iPhone and Galaxy and everything you can do with them; but cripes, the iPhone 5 costs about $780 in China and the Galaxy S4 costs about $850 … jeezz!

And they have to pay full price because Chinese carriers didn’t buy into the idea of a phone subsidy to get you into the habit of using their service.

So the ingenious Chinese figure they can knock there socks off and give their countrymen – and the world – what they really want…a cheap look-alike smart phone.

Analysts at Bernstein figure that could mean about 300M phones a year in China and an equal number in the rest of the BRIC.

Sure, they could use their old flip-phones to make calls but they want to do what you do …look cool… play games.

Look at U.S. mobile gamers as an example – 17.7 percent will use their feature phone for gaming by 2017, but 90 percent of smart phone users will do the same with their everything device.

Don’t you think the ROW (rest of the world) will want to do the same?

Well Yeah!

As George Taylor said, “Chalk up another victory to the human spirit.”

That’s great news for Japanese mobile social gaming firms DeNA and GREE. When it comes to monetizing their users they’re more efficient than anyone else.

That’s probably why Zynga bribed Don Mattrick, the head of Microsoft’s Xbox business, with a pay package that could be worth about $50M to give them a more global look at the market.

Despite all the business and store apps that are available to you and me, just remember the one thing we (O.K., you and my kids) want to do is play games.

Keeping Limber – Smartphones let people do a lot of things and stay in touch with a lot of people; but the thing most users add are a few dozen games to keep them from getting bored. Ironically, most of the game play on their go-anywhere mobile device is at home.

Gamers are gamers, no matter where they live; or, as Julius said, “You know the saying, “Human see, human do.”

No wonder DeNa and GREE are glad to see those cheap smartphones coming out and why Zynga went on a staff diet and wrote a big check for a new boss.

Global Potential – The game industry has always been strong with all age groups, even though Boomers and Gen Xers don’t admit it. In the emerging economies, the potential for mobile game play is very strong because the device is often their first and only computing/communications device and the potential for mobile games – especially with less expensive smartphones – will be tremendous for developers.

While console and PC games made healthy contributions to the 39 percent gaming growth that showed a respectable $960M in sales last year in the U.S., mobile will take the lead–especially in developing countries where the phone is their primary computing/communications device.

Researchers at Newzoo project that much of the growth will come from the Asia-Pacific and Latin American countries and that the new lower-cost smartphones could help game developers rake in about $12.3B by the end of the year

There’s no reason the model that has worked so well in the EU and Americas won’t work just as well (translation – profitably) in countries where kids play games even more than ours.

All Segments Strong – With the introduction of new game consoles and ultralight notebooks, the console/PC market segment should continue to be good. But new generations of mobile devices (especially low-cost smartphones) should kick mobile gaming into high gear.

In the U.S., game developers make their money from a combination of paid downloads, in-game purchases of virtual goods and in-game advertising.

And the market is rapidly evolving to free, platform-agnostic games supported by a combination of ads and virtual goods sales.

Multiply the U.S. figures by even 10 and suddenly you’re talking about a serious pocket of change!

Profit Play – Whether they are paid or free games, creative developers have also figured out how to turn a profit with the games people play. With the rapid ramp-up of cheap smartphones that have a good “look/feel,” the open platform games could become even more profitable.

Yep, the market is going to be big, huge even; and there’s nothing out there to make me believe that the new potential gamers will be any different from the people doing it right now … yes, right now!

According to eMarketer, more than half of the U.S. and EU mobile phone users will play games on their phones this year. (The other half will lie about it.)

Even though 44 percent primarily play games at home, 22 percent said they played “while waiting for something” and 21 percent played while traveling.

While females tended more toward puzzles, guys preferred action and sports games (about 3 to 1 in each category).

Game Categories – Game developers don’t really develop new games, new segments, new features for themselves, they design them for the guys/gals so they buy more and more and more. While males tend to prefer sweaty palms and brutal action, the ladies prefer finesse, talent and eye/hand/mind coordination to win.

At the same time, the tastes in game play changes with the various age groups.

Adrenalin- pumping action games tend to appeal more to the younger crowds while older players of both sexes tend to migrate to puzzle games.

Both GREE and DeNA have a very broad user base by offering games to fit every age group and play preferences.

With more smartphones being designed for consumers in emerging markets, the growth potential for the Chinese device manufacturers – and mobile game producers – should be very strong in the coming years.

According to Canalys, Samsung presently has 20 percent of the Chinese market, and several “hometown” companies have surpassed Apple’s 8 percent market share.

Local competitors are going to make it tough for Apple and Samsung because Chinese smart phone shoppers are concerned about brand image and the look/feel, but they are still concerned with price.

Both market leaders will have to deliver lower-cost units to retain and grow their market share without diluting the value (and profit) from their high-margin units.

The move is important for Apple and Samsung because Chinese switch phones far more often than folks in the West — generally after about six months, compared with every two years or so in developed economies.

And doing well at home will help the Chinese smartphone producers export their devices to the rest of the emerging countries around the globe.

As more of the economic smartphones are sold, more kids will download games and the mobile game market that can be monetized will continue to get bigger.

As George Taylor exclaimed, “It’s a mad house! A mad house!”

While the device manufacturers are happy to boost the mobile gamer market, they do draw the line as Dr. Zira did when she said, “All right, but you’re so damned ugly.”

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Severe Storm Heading for the UK Worst Since 1987 According to Met Office

Severe storm heading for the UK – Video

26 October 2013 – The Met Office is a warning of the risk of a significant storm bringing exceptionally strong winds to parts of England and Wales on Sunday night into Monday morning.

Lighthouse and stormy seas

Currently forecasts suggest a low pressure system will rapidly deepen just to the south-west of the UK on later on Sunday, before moving across the country to be out over the North Sea by the afternoon on Monday.

This is expected to bring gusts of 60 – 80 mph widely across the southern half of the UK, with gusts of more than 80 mph possible in places – especially on exposed coasts.

Any major storm which occurs in early autumn has the potential to cause widespread severe disruption through falling trees, structural damage, transport disruption or power cuts and possibly flooding.

Frank Saunders, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: “We are confident that a severe storm will affect Britain on Sunday night and Monday. We are now looking at refining the details about which areas will see the strongest winds and the heaviest rain.

“This is a developing situation and we’d advise people to stay up to date with our forecasts and warnings over the weekend, and be prepared to change their plans if necessary. We’ll continue to work closely with authorities and emergency services to ensure they are aware of the expected conditions.”

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The storm is also expected to feature heavy rain for some parts of the country, which also has the potential to cause some localised impacts.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “Environment Agency teams are out working to minimise river flood risk, clearing debris from streams and unblocking culverts. We will continue to closely monitor the situation ready to issue flood warnings if needed. We are supporting local authorities who will respond to any reports of surface water flooding.”

“Seafronts, quaysides, jetties should be avoided due to the risk of over-topping by waves and wind-blown shingle. People are advised to sign up to receive free flood warnings from the Environment Agency website, check weather reports on the Met Office website and be prepared to change travel plans.”

Martin Hobbs the head of Asset Resilience at the Highways Agency: “We are working closely with the Met Office to monitor conditions ahead of the weather being forecast over the weekend.  Drivers, especially those considering a trip with a caravan this weekend, are encouraged to think carefully before setting off as driving conditions are expected to be difficult on Sunday evening and Monday. If you do have to make a journey by road, be prepared, plan your jour­ney in advance and check the lat­est weather conditions along your route.

“Be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space. In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close certain bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow sign-posted diversion routes.”

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