The above title and picture do not do this sale justice. SanDisk must be having a big inventory blowout, because their sale on Amazon is crazy. It's for today only, (ends at midnight on June 9th, 2014), and includes a huge variety of all of their devices. Discounts range from 25% off to 79% off on microSD cards, USB Flash drives, and even SSD Internal Desktop Drives.
The Amazon ad claims up to 60% off, but they are really underselling some of these deals. Be sure to hit up the source link below to check out these stellar deals.
The bad guys are really becoming a "pita"! Another high profile company was just hacked, so it's time to change your passwords again. This time eBay was the victim of the "Black Hats." They just issued a press statement detailing their security breach. The gist of it was this,
No kidding?!? Why is it becoming so difficult for these companies to keep their databases secure?
“[C]hanging passwords is a best practice, and will help enhance security for eBay users.”
Here's a link to the rest of their statement on the matter: eBay Inc. To Ask eBay Users To Change Passwords | ebay inc
May 06, 2014 - 10:40 AM - by dgstorm
Could this be one of the moments when Samsung's lawyers don't know when to walk away from the poker table? Just yesterday we reported that the Apple vs. Samsung patent dispute retrial concluded last Friday. Although technically Apple won the lawsuit, the final damages awarded of $120 Million were so paltry compared to the previous victory from the first trial, that it basically amounted to an indirect win for Samsung. In fact, it is likely that Apple's legal costs will come close to that $120 Million figure.
Despite this, Samsung is planning to proceed with another appeal. Apparently, the reason why Samsung won't remain satisfied with the results is a matter of principle. According to Samsung's legal team, Apple purposefully omitted "real world evidence" that would have exonerated Samsung completely. Here's a quote from John Quinn, a lawyer on Samsung's legal team.
While it's easy to see why Samsung might want to keep pursuing this to achieve what it believes would be "real justice," it's hard not to see the bigger picture and wonder why they don't just let it go and move on. Plus, the damage award is so small overall that Samsung wouldn't even blink paying such a relatively minuscule price.
"Of course we're pleased that the jury awarded Apple 6 percent of what they were asking for. But even that can't stand, because Apple kept out all the real world evidence and didn't produce anything to substitute for it, so you have a verdict that's unsupported by evidence – and that's just one of its problems."
What do you think? Should Samsung quit while they are "basically even," or is it important to keep fighting until Sammy gets its perceived justice? The Kenny Rogers song, The Gambler comes to mind...
May 06, 2014 - 10:39 AM - by dgstorm
We meant to get this posted yesterday, but just missed it. Sorry about that!
The retrial court case between Apple and Samsung concluded last Friday (May 2), with Apple pulling out the win. It turns out their ultimate victory was pathetic compared to the last time though. The jury awarded Apple with only $120 Million dollars in damages compared to the nearly $1 Billion from the first trial over patent disputes. What's particularly weak about this victory is that the damages awarded will barely cover the legal costs Apple incurred while fighting to achieve this victory. Here's a quote explaining this further,
There's more that makes Apple's victory particularly hollow though. While the jury found that Samsung had infringed upon two of four Apple patents, the jury also found that Apple infringed on one of two Samsung patents. This basically means that one side stole "more" than the other, but how can you really say that someone is more of a thief? You either are a thief or you aren't. This isn't good for the reputation of either company (although realistically it will probably amount to nothing in the public's eye.)
“It is hard to view this outcome as much of a victory for Apple,” Brian Love, an assistant professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law, said in an e-mail. The amount of damages “probably doesn’t surpass by too much the amount Apple spent litigating this case,” he said.
The jury rejected Apple’s claim on the patent it counted as the most valuable of the group, one that enables updating of applications while other features of the phone are in use. Apple also lost its claim over a patent that allows a user to perform a “universal” search for information with a single click.
During the trial, Apple made an "absurd" request regarding the patent damages amount they asked for, which obviously didn't pan out. Here's a quote with the details,
May 05, 2014 - 10:46 AM - by dgstorm
Mother's Day is almost upon us. It's one simple day of the year when we get a chance to celebrate and/or give thanks for one of the most important people in our lives. She gave birth to us, clothed us, fed us, wiped our faces and our butts, worried when we were sick, showered us with love and affection and much much more. It's an easy thing to do to come up with a card and/or a gift for her compared to all of that.
To that end, we thought it would be handy to share a few links to online retailers to make it super-easy for our members to share their appreciation for their Mom. Here are several links to retailers with gift offers and a few generous discounts to get you started:
- 1-800-Flowers - Special Offer = Save 20% on orders over $49.99 with MDAY49 or save 15% on select items with MTHR15. Valid until 5/12
- Groupon - No specific special offer since Groupon itself is the special offer.
- Target - Special Offer = Save 20% on Women’s Heels and Flats, and Buy One, Get One 50% off Jewelry & Accessories. Valid 5/4-5/10
- Walmart - Special Offers depend on the product or individual sale - see online site for more details.
- Zappos - Special Offers depend on the product or individual sale - see online site for more details.
- bergdorfgoodman.com - Save up to 40% off 5F Contemporary read-to-wear at Bergdorf Goodman! Free Shipping and Returns, every day. Feel free to indulge! Valid until 5/7
- Best Buy - Special Offers depend on the product or individual sale - see online site for more details.
Some of these deals are only good for a limited window of time, so you may want to check them out ASAP. Make it a Happy Mother's Day!!!
May 02, 2014 - 7:10 PM - by da2zoe
It looks like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook are getting much braver when it comes to facing off against the NSA spying. They are basically thumbing their noses at the U.S. Government over the issue. All three companies recently formally requested that the US government give them permission to publish federal data requests. They have since received no response from the Department of Justice, so they took it upon themselves to solve the problem "in absentia. " They did this by updating their privacy policies to reflect their intention to inform individual users about how often and when the government requests their data.
Supposedly, the way Google, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook have reworded their policies, these three tech companies will only withhold the info when/if they receive a gag order from a judge or some other legal authority. To be clear, not all of the companies have completely finished rewriting their policies, but all of them are at least working in it. Here's a quote with a few more details,
Google updated its policy this week, adding that data is only withheld when there's "imminent risk" of physical harm to a potential crime victim, while an Apple spokesperson said that later this month the company will update its policies so it can notify customers in "most cases" when law enforcement requests their personal information. Neither Apple nor The Social Network or Redmond, however, have finalized their updates just yet. If it helps you sleep a little better at night, the Post reports that companies that notify their users have a little more sway with the fuzz: apparently investigators would rather drop their data requests entirely rather than suspects learn they're being watched.
Sound off and let us know what you think of this move from the tech titans?
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Apr 29, 2014 - 9:48 AM - by dgstorm
Samsung's newest flagship phone-camera hybrid was just officially announced last night. The Galaxy K Zoom marries the concept of a powerful smartphone with an actual physical lens-equipped camera, capable of 10x Optical Zoom and...
Continue Reading @: Samsung Officially Announces the Galaxy K Zoom
Apr 22, 2014 - 1:02 PM - by dgstorm
It's intriguing to see how one small phrase in a document can alter the tone and final perception of the document in profound ways. Apple recently released a print ad meant to showcase their "green energy" and "environmental friendly" policies and business practices; however, because of the main phrase they began the ad with, the media has done nothing but focus on the fact that it takes a veiled jab at Samsung.
As you can see from the pic above, the first line of the ad says, “There are some ideas we want every company to copy.” Obviously this is an indirect attack at Samsung since the two companies have been locked in a legal war regarding ideas and patents that Samsung copied (some would argue allegedly) from Apple. The rest of the ad is innocuous enough, and basically is just Apple sharing how they are committed to improving the environment and they wished other companies would follow their lead. Here's a quote with the rest of the ad,
To be honest, we can't blame Apple for using attack ads aimed at Samsung. Samsung did a remarkable job attacking the iPhone with their own attack ads throughout last year. Still, we can't help but wonder if this was a poorly chosen reason/method on Apple's part. Instead of focusing on the merits of their "environmentally friendly" achievements, they have basically turned the attention away from what they have done and end up sounding overly smug about it. What do... [Read More]
There’s one area where we actually encourage others to imitate us. Because when everyone makes the environment a priority, we all benefit. We’d be more than happy to see every data centre fueled by 100% renewable energy sources. And we eagerly await the day when every product is made without the harmful toxins we have removed from ours.
Of course we know we can continue to do better. We’ve set some pretty ambitious goals for reducing our impact on climate change, making our products with greener materials and conserving our planet’s limited resources. So the next time we come across a great idea that can help leave the world better than we found it, we look forward to sharing it.
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