Internet provider Cox Communications maintains that it’s not responsible for copyright infringements carried out by its subscribers. The company has announced that it will appeal the $25 million damages verdict in its case against music publisher BMG.php snippet=11]
Beginning “as early as next year,” Samsung may start selling refurbished smartphones directly to consumers. The new resale program is aimed at strengthening Samsung’s earnings as global phone sales slow down, according to report today citing “a person with direct knowledge of the matter.”
Offering lower-cost refurbished phones could also help Samsung better compete against Chinese manufacturers whose cheap devices have cut into its sales, especially in developing markets.
The report from Reuters from comes on the heels of Samsung’s latest smartphone release, the Galaxy Note 7. While the Note 7 has earned strong reviews, it’s also noteworthy for its steep price, which starts at $849.99. By comparison, the company’s flagship Galaxy S7 (pictured above) and the Galaxy S7 Edge, launched earlier this year, are priced starting at $670 and $770, respectively.
Resale a ‘$17 Billion Market’
Samsung plans to refurbish and resell high-end devices that come back to the company from customers on one-year upgrade programs that are offered in the U.S., South Korea and other markets, according to Reuters. No details were available on how refurbished phones would be priced or how many might be made available.
The report cited research from the financial services firm BNP Paribas that said the average resale value of a refurbished Samsung Galaxy phone is about 51 percent of its original price, compared to the Apple iPhone’s higher resale value of 69 percent. Reuters noted that Apple does not provide detailed sales information about refurbished iPhones.
In a forecast for 2016, the auditing and advisory consulting firm Deloitte called the sale of used smartphones “the $17 billion market you may never have heard of.” It predicted some 120 million used smartphones would be resold this year, compared to the 80 million sold in 2015.
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Set to arrive on September 30, iOS 10, the latest update of Apple’s mobile operating system, will offer a number of new features, including a redesigned lock screen, a more intelligent Siri digital assistant and new looks for other apps.
One improvement to Siri will be especially welcome for at least one famous iPhone user: Barbra Streisand. In an interview over the weekend, the singer told NPR that she called Apple CEO Tim Cook to request that the next update for Siri corrects how the assistant pronounces “Streisand.”
“She pronounces my name wrong,” Streisand noted, after NPR’s Scott Simon had Siri say her name as “Streizand.” The correction pronunciation is “Streisand with a soft “s,” like sand on the beach,” the singer said.
“What did I do? I called the head of Apple Tim Cook and he delightfully agreed to have Siri change the pronunciation of my name finally with the next update on Sept. 30,” Streisand said. “So let’s see if that happens because I will be thrilled. ”
Raise To Wake, More 3D Touch
For the rest of the iPhone-using population, Apple is billing iOS 10 as “the biggest release ever” of its mobile operating system. The next version will also introduce a native app for Home automation, new animations and personalization options for Messages, more gender-diverse emojis and something called “Differential Privacy.”
Differential Privacy is a technology to “help discover the usage patterns of a large number of users without compromising individual privacy,” according to Apple. “In iOS 10, this technology will help improve QuickType and emoji suggestions, Spotlight deep link suggestions and Lookup Hints in Notes.”
iPhone users will notice the differences arriving with iOS 10 from the moment they pick up their devices, as the new Raise to Wake feature automatically wakes their screens when they pick up… [php snippet=11]
Blocking torrent portals and other pirate sites is nothing new in India, but a recently updated blocking message is causing panic among torrenters. According to a new blocking notification, torrent users face a prison sentence up to three years and a hefty fine if they continue downloading copyright infringing content.php snippet=11]