first_imgThe long-term water supply projects in Rajasthan will be completed on time to ensure the availability of water in the geographically difficult areas. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has given instructions for speeding up implementation of water supply schemes for both drinking and irrigation.Mr. Gehlot said at a review meeting here after the appointment of committees for the Rajiv Gandhi Jal Sanchay Yojana that the long-term projects would permanently resolve the issue of paucity of water caused by scanty and erratic rainfall in the State. “The projects should be formulated to meet the local needs and regularly monitored,” he said.The progress of projects financed by institutions such as the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, Japan International Cooperation Agency and New Development Bank as well as the dam, canal and small irrigation projects was reviewed on the occasion.The committees appointed at the district, block and village panchayat levels for the Yojana will coordinate the activities of various departments and monitor the progress of work for water conservation.last_img read more

first_imgOver 300 teams will compete at the four day event, including teams from Kambala Girls School and Reddam House School in New South Wales and Papanui High School in New Zealand. Round games will be played for the first three days of the event, with finals to be played on Sunday, 10 October. Six divisions will be contested at the tournament, including the following divisions: Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Junior Mixed, Open Boys, Open Girls and Open Mixed. Benowa State High School will be going for its third title in a row in the Junior Boys division, while it will also be looking to win back-to-back Junior Mixed titles. In the Junior Girls division, last year’s runners up, All Hallows, will be looking to go one place better than in 2009, with last year’s winner, Cavendish Road State High School, not attending. In the Open Boys division, Keebra Park State High School will be looking for its third consecutive title, following wins in 2008 and 2009. Keebra Park will also be hoping to go one place better in the Open Girls division, with last year’s winners, Caboolture, not attending. The Open Mixed division is back in 2010, after not being played at last year’s event. The finals will be played on Sunday, with the Open and Junior Mixed finals to be played at 1.00pm, the Junior Girls and Boys finals to be played at 1.40pm and the Open Girls and Boys finals to be played at 2.20pm. For more information, please visit the Queensland All Schools Championships website: www.qldallschools.comlast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Valencia, Atletico Madrid battle for Man Utd striker Alexisby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez is wanted in Spain.The Chilean winger, who has struggled to make any impact at Manchester United, could have a route out of the club.Sanchez is wanted by Valencia and Atletico Madrid.And Spanish publication El Gol Digital suggests he is determined to leave United on a permanent deal.One stumbling block would be the player’s wages, which are reportedly £350,000-per-week before bonuses.Sanchez may also want to prove himself under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before deciding on his future in the summer. last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd winger Daniel James admits drawing inspiration from Eden Hazardby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United winger Daniel James admits he draws inspiration from Eden Hazard.Hazard established himself as one of the best players in the world during his time at Chelsea before leaving for Real Madrid in the summer.And United forward James has admitted he’s tried to learn from the Belgium international.“The way Hazard was at Chelsea – his movement in behind, when to go and when to stay – he’s so quick, but the way he stops people and goes, and little one-twos, getting shots off quickly is something he’s done his whole career,” he said.”Getting in the box for tap-ins is something I need to improve on.“When Hazard does a one-two you can’t get anywhere near him.”When I was younger, people said to me you won’t always be able to rely on speed. I used to just kick it past players and run – but nowadays that won’t happen, especially when people bank up on me.” last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh met the Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik at Police Headquarters at ITO on Monday and demanded security review for Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who was attacked recently in a public rally in Motinagar.Speaking to reportes Sanjay Singh said that they have given a demand letter to the Police chief for the necessary action. Raising concerns over the increasing attacks on Arvind kejriwal, Singh said that the Chief Minister has been atacked multiple times which is an area of concern. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”Delhi CM has been attacked 9 times, this is not normal, who would be held responsible if something unfortunate happens with him? We have asked the Commissioner to analyse his security,” Sanjay Singh said. Sanjay also said that the family of the accused man has already confessed that they have an inclination towards the BJP so there is no question of this man being a part of AAP. He also attacked both Congress and BJP for accusing AAP of self-staging the attack. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”Rahul Gandhi’s silence on the issue is also questionable when almost all are condemning the attack on Delhi CM,” Sanjay Singh said. Asked why did the police say that the accused belong to AAP, Sanjay Singh took a jibe at Delhi Police and said that when the incidents will happen with the protection of the government the language of the police would be like this only. The accused, Suresh, has been booked under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and has been sent to 2 days of judicial custody.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, there are several town board, committee and commission meetings scheduled for the week of Sunday, September 8, 2019.Sunday, September 8, 2019No MeetingsMonday, September 9, 2019The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. (An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:15pm.) Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm at the Harnden Tavern/Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, September 10, 2019The Wilmington Planning Board meets at 7:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, September 11, 2019The Wilmington School Committee meets at 6:30pm (EARLY START TIME) in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. The agenda will be posted HERE.Thursday, September 12, 2019No MeetingsFriday, September 13 2019No MeetingsSaturday, September 14, 2019No Meetings(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

first_img It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service • Apple Tags Apple iPhone XS Apple purges parental control apps it says pose a security… See it Over the past year Apple said it became aware that several of the apps utilized mobile device management (MDM) software. This “gives a third party control and access over a device and its most sensitive information including user location, app use, email accounts, camera permissions and browsing history.” MDM software is often used by businesses to easily manage and control their employees’ devices, but Apple said that in mid-2017 it updated its guidelines about the use of MDM for non-enterprise purposes.”It is incredibly risky — and a clear violation of App Store policies — for a private, consumer-focused app business to install MDM control over a customer’s device,” Apple said. “Beyond the control that the app itself can exert over the user’s device, research has shown that MDM profiles could be used by hackers to gain access for malicious purposes.” Share your voice 2 Apple said it gave the app developers 30 days to fix the guideline violations. Several did, but the others that didn’t had their apps removed from the App Store. “Apple has always supported third-party apps on the App Store that help parents manage their kids’ devices,” the company said. “Contrary to what The New York Times reported over the weekend, this isn’t a matter of competition. It’s a matter of security.”The iPhone maker introduced its own screen-time and parental-controls features last year when it unveiled iOS 12, the most recent major update to its mobile operating system. On Friday, CEO Tim Cook discussed screen addiction at the Time 100 Summit in New York.Apple’s Screen Time feature came following backlash from investors and users over concerns about phone addiction among children. Two of Apple’s major shareholders published an open letter in January 2018 that asked Apple to take a socially responsible approach toward children’s device use. It cited concerns about mental health problems and other issues that come from heavy phone use. The Times report on Saturday said the makers of two of the App Store’s most popular parental control apps filed a complaint Thursday with the European Union’s competition office, with one saying Apple compelled it to alter its app in ways that made it less effective than Apple’s parental controls.Last month, music-streaming service Spotify filed a complaint about Apple with European Union regulators, saying the Apple Music purveyor uses its grip on the App Store to stifle innovation, weaken competition and unfairly tax its rivals. Apple called Spotify’s claims “misleading.” $999 Related stories $999 Best Buy See It Apple, App Store again face accusations of anticompetitive behavior Screen time is rising and it’s ruining us: 11 ways to cut back Apple helps you kick iPhone addiction with iOS 12 Spotify: Apple’s App Store abuses its power to ‘stifle’ rivals Sprint See It reading • Apple says it removed parental control apps for security reasons, not competition Apple CEO Tim Cook has made privacy a priority for his company. James Martin/CNET Apple on Sunday fired back at a New York Times report that said the company has been using its hold on the App Store to hurt competitors’ products.A Saturday report in the Times said that in the past year, Apple has targeted 11 of the 17 most downloaded third-party apps designed to help phone users limit screen time or oversee their children’s phone use. Apple either removed the apps from the App Store outright or restricted them in some way, the Times said.But Apple on Sunday published a statement in its newsroom titled, “The facts about parental control apps.” In it, the company said it recently removed several parental control apps from the App Store because “they put users’ privacy and security at risk.”center_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Comments Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 iOS 12 Apple See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 97 Photos See All $999 Boost Mobile Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Phones Mobile Apps 2:12last_img read more

first_img 1 E3 2019: The weirdest stuff from the show floor E3 2019 Tags Why 2020 could be the best year for video games reading • Cyberpunk 2077 delivers with Keanu Reeves and its next-gen open-world vision Share your voice Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action E3 2019 Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw 23 Photoscenter_img Comment After sitting through an extended gameplay demo at E3 2019 it’s become incredibly clear that Reeves’ role in Cyberpunk 2077 (as Johnny Silverhand) is no mere cameo. He’s more like a perennial companion, implanted in your brain in this cyberpunk future. Think Navi, from Ocarina of Time, minus the “HEY LISTEN.” Keanu exists to guide you through missions, provide advice and presumably run tutorials. His performance is also… good?Part of the credit has to go to CD Projekt Red’s writing team. CD Projekt Red As a medium obsessed with technology and improved visual fidelity, video game writing is often an afterthought. It’s understandable. The act of video game creation is sort of like trying to build a plane whilst actually plummeting to your death at 122 mph. Sometimes good writing gets lost in the mix.But that’s not the case with CD Projekt Red.CD Projekt Red’s last major release, The Witcher 3, was something of a unicorn: a tremendously huge open-world game with incredible visual fidelity, that was somehow also rich with detail. And yeah, it also featured great writing for both its central quest and side missions. Cyberpunk 2077 seems to be blessed with the same level of craft in all aspects of its creation — and then some. The best part? The world itself. It’s insane.Cyberpunk 2077 is a game that feels like an old-fashioned generational leap. It’s been awhile. Remember when jumps from console to console heralded a complete rewiring of what was possible? Cyberpunk 2077 seems built in that same spirit. Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know In Cyberpunk 2077, Keanu Reeves is everywhere. Literally. Because he’s inside your head. CD Projekt Red Last year Cyberpunk 2077 dominated E3 with a debut trailer (featuring an absolute bop of a song) that perfectly encapsulated the entire aesthetic CD Projekt Red was trying to project with its upcoming dystopian video game nightmare.This year Cyberpunk 2077 came armed with Keanu Reeves.And of course the crowd went wild. The internet went wild also. He’ll play a major part in Cyberpunk 2077, but Reeves is also at the eye of a perfect storm of online conditions. He played himself in a perfect, Twitter-friendly performance in a new Netflix movie and got memed hard as a result. Then he came onstage at E3 and screamed “you’re breathtaking” to an enraptured audience in perhaps the only truly wholesome celebrity appearance in E3 history. It went about as viral as E3 can get. • The sheer density of the world, sprawling in scope, is almost shocking. Cyberpunk 2077 feels large but is also precisely designed, steeped in considered lore. Almost as if the stories being told were seamlessly tied to the game world, like they should be.It reminded me of the jump from Grand Theft Auto III to Grand Theft Auto IV, a leap that felt gargantuan back in the day. Instead of being an empty playground where the player is the impetus for all action, Cyberpunk 2077 makes its protagonist feel like a bit player in a broader universe. A disturbingly huge number of NPCs stroll past, you interact and scan the environment. Conversations occur in multiple languages. It’s overwhelming to the point where I question the ambition at work here: Is this game possible? Can it live up to the promise of these demos? Time will tell.The only concern? The combat itself. Large-scale open-world RPGs typically struggle with moment-to-moment combat — the Fallout series, Grand Theft Auto and, yes, even The Witcher 3 are good examples of that fact. Cyberpunk seems leaps ahead of those games but, less than a year from its release in April 2020, gunplay did feel a little unpolished. It’s a complaint I’ve heard from a few people lucky enough to check out this year’s E3 demo. Cyberpunk 2077 is no Doom Eternal, but it still feels eons away from, say, Fallout 4. And when you add the ability to hack enemies and the environment during combat situations, I’m confident Cyberpunk 2077 will provide unique, rewarding avenues for players to experiment. If CD Projekt Red pulls this off, Cyberpunk 2077 could be legendary. But celebrity performances in video games haven’t gone well traditionally. Game writing is traditionally bad — extremely bad. Celebrity acting performances are often phoned in. In the case of Kiefer Sutherland and Metal Gear Solid 5, his limited performance meant that the main character, Snake, barely spoke at all.Thankfully this doesn’t seem to be the case with Cyberpunk 2077. In Cyberpunk 2077, Reeves is everywhere. Literally.Because he’s inside your head. 40 Photos See All Culture Gaminglast_img read more

first_img.Detectives arrested seven people from different parts of the capital on Friday night for their alleged involvement in the leak of questions of the recruitment test of Department of Narcotics Control, reports UNB.Dhaka Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Masudur Rahman said a unit of detective branch of police conducted raids in different areas and arrested them following allegations of question paper leak.The details will be disclosed later at a press briefing.The recruitment test was held on Friday.last_img read more

first_imgStudents of seven colleges affiliated with Dhaka University continue demonstration for the second consecutive day on Wednesday blocking roads in Nilkhet area, Dhaka. Photo: Nazmus ShakibStudents of seven colleges affiliated with Dhaka University demonstrated for the second consecutive day on Wednesday blocking roads in the capital’s Nilkhet area, reports UNB.They blocked the Nilkhet intersection and New Market roads to force the university authorities accept their demands that include publication of exam results within 90 days.About 400 students took to the streets around 11:30am, halting vehicular movement on the busy road, leading to huge gridlocks and public suffering.The protesters say they want the university to explain mass failures of students and review exam papers.They also demand separate administrative building for the seven colleges, at least 14 monthly classes by Dhaka University teachers, launching of separate academic calendar and crash programmes to cut session jam.The students also protested on Tuesday to press home their demands.last_img read more

first_imgPool revenue using the Selfsh-Mine strategy for different propagation factors, compared to the honest Bitcoin protocol. Simulation matches the theoretical analysis, and both show that Selfsh-Mine results in higher revenues than the honest protocol above a threshold. Credit: arXiv:1311.0243 [cs.CR] . Explore further (Phys.org) —Bitcoin is a digital currency that has, well, gained currency, as a medium of exchange. Now two computer science researchers from Cornell find that this extensive ecosystem can be undermined and they outline how in a paper that they have posted on arXiv. More information: Majority is not Enough: Bitcoin Mining is Vulnerable, arXiv:1311.0243 [cs.CR]: arxiv.org/abs/1311.0243hackingdistributed.com/2013/11 … /faq-selfish-mining/www.newscientist.com/article/d … irtual-currency.html New fund launched for bitcoin investors The paper, “Majority is not Enough: Bitcoin Mining is Vulnerable,” is by Ittay Eyal, a postdoc member of the Computer Sciences department at Cornell and Emin Gun Sirer, associate professor at Cornell. According to the two researchers, “Empirical evidence shows that Bitcoin miners behave strategically and form pools. Specifically, because rewards are distributed at infrequent, random intervals miners form mining pools in order to decrease the variance of their income rate. Within such pools, all members contribute to the solution of each cryptopuzzle, and share the rewards proportionally to their contributions. To the best of our knowledge, so far such pools have been benign and followed the protocol.” Nonetheless, they describe a strategy that could be used by a minority pool to obtain more revenue than the pool’s fair share, that is, more than its ratio of the total mining power. “The key idea behind this strategy, called Selfish Mining, is for a pool to keep its discovered blocks private, thereby intentionally forking the chain,” they wrote. This selfishness can come out of people getting together to siphon off more money than a fair share for mining activities.The authors wrote that central to Bitcoin operations is a public log called the blockchain where all transactions are recorded. The security of the blockchain is established by a chain of cryptographic puzzles solved by a loosely organized network of participants called miners. The two researchers present an attack with which colluding miners obtain a revenue larger than their fair share. “This attack can have significant consequences for Bitcoin,” they warned, where rational miners join selfish miners and the colluding group increases increase in size until it becomes a majority. At this point, they said, the Bitcoin system ceases to be a decentralized currency. A Scientific American report on their findings further explained how damage might occur: Instead of releasing solutions to solved cryptopuzzles. The selfish crew can mine a branch in secret, hiding it from honest miners. The group would then get a higher share of coins than is fair for the resources they have contributed because they have forced other miners to waste computing power on the original chain. The problem gets worse as the selfish group recruits extra members.Elsewhere, the two were asked if they were trying to take Bitcoin down with their sober warning. “We’re Bitcoin supporters,” they blogged, ” and are working to make the currency stronger against a broader set of possible misbehaviors than what has been considered so far.” They proposed in their paper a practical modification to the Bitcoin protocol that protects against selfish mining pools. Can Bitcoin remain a viable currency? Sirer said, “Probably. We have shown that as long as selfish miners are below a certain threshold, they will not succeed.” Citation: Cornell researchers teach Bitcoin attack lesson in selfish mining (2013, November 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-cornell-bitcoin-lesson-selfish.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Workers of Burn Standard Company Limited staged a demonstration outside the factory in Howrah protesting against the Centre’s decision to close down the company.Trinamool Congress workers and supporters led by Arup Roy, the state Cooperation minister, also protested outside the factory in Howrah. The decision to close the factory was taken considering the poor physical and financial performance of the company in the past 10 years. The protest continued for several hours and they demanded withdrawal of Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsthe decision. Besides the permanent ones, there were temporary workers in the factory as well. In that case, the future of the temporary workers remains in dark as to what they would do with the closure of the factory. Hundreds of Trinamool Congress supporters and workers gathered outside the factory and staged a demonstration as a support to the workers and against the decision of the Centre to close it down.It may be recalled that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had repeatedly protested against the steps to close the factory and the state government had even written to the Centre requesting steps for revival of the company. Moreover, an all-party resolution was also passed in the state Assembly against the Centre’s attempt to close Burn Standard Company Limited. Congress, Left Front and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha MLAs also extended their support protesting against the attempt after Partha Chatterjee, the Parliamentary Affairs minister, had raised the issue of the Centre’s “politically motivated” move to close down the factory.last_img read more

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — It will be a jam-packed summer for Contiki next year when it launches its highly anticipated Europe Summer 2018/19 program. In addition to 26 new trips, the tour operator will introduce its first foray into river cruising with the launch of U by Uniworld, as well as a new “revolutionary” travel style called ‘Independent Insider’, which will replace its current ‘Easy Pace’ style.The program will also include an increased emphasis on culinary offerings through a partnership with social eating platform VizEat, as well as the increasingly popular ‘Limited Edition Series’ trips that give Canadians an even closer look into local cultures.“Europe was the birthplace of Contiki 55 years ago, and it remains a leading destination for young adventurers,” said Gabrielle Nydam, president of Contiki Holidays Canada. “We celebrate 35 years in Canada this year and by developing over 26 new and improved itineraries for 2018, we are demonstrating not only the constant innovation we bring to our European experiences, but also our dedication to young Canadians from coast to coast to coast. No matter what type of traveller your client might be, if they’re 18-35, Contiki has a European trip for them.”The Europe Summer 2018/19 program includes the following highlights:Independent Insider: This new travel style offers clients more freedom and flexibility. Itineraries are based in Europe’s most popular locations including Nice, Copenhagen, Budapest, Mykonos, the Amalfi Coast and Porto, and include hotel accommodation throughout, No Regrets Experiences and a choice of Free Time Add-Ons. Trips range from 3-13 days, with three nights in each city.In-Depth Explorer: There are three new and improved In-Depth Explorer trips, including the brand new ‘The Best of Britain’, a 10-day, summer-only itinerary that visits London, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and Cardiff. There’s also the 11-night ‘Fiestas & Siestas’ that travels to Porto, Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona.High Energy: A new High Energy trip has been added: the nine-day ‘Ibiza & Beyond’. This trip kicks off in Barcelona then travels to Ibiza, Valencia and Madrid, and includes eight nights in quad-shared hotel and hostel accommodation, standard breakfasts, a cooking class in Valencia and more.Winter & Ski: Another new trip titled ‘Fire & Ice’ is launching in the Winter travel style. This six-day trip is based in Iceland and visits Reykjavik, Vik, Selfoss and Skaftafell. Highlights include the Blue Lagoon, horseback riding, buggy and glacier adventures and caving, with twin-share hotel accommodation throughout, all breakfast and three dinners included.Short Trips & Festivals: Four new Insider trips have been created as part of the Independent Insider travel style. These three-night breaks are ideal for those short on time and looking for a city escape.Sailing, Cruise & Beach: Contiki is offering river cruises for the first time through its sister company Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. Designed for travellers between the ages of 21-45, U by Uniworld features sunrise yoga on deck, bikes on board, expert cocktail mixology classes and DJs on deck. There are four eight-day itineraries: ‘The Seine Experience’, ‘All in on Germany’, ‘The Danube Flow’ and ‘Rolling on the Rhine’. The summer program will also see new and updated ‘Sailing & Cruise’ trips, including the nine-day ‘Idyllic Aegean’.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksTo entice clients to book a Europe summer trip, Contiki is extending its Early Payment Discount program by an extra month. Now until Feb. 21, 2018, clients who book and pay in full can save up to $895 or 10% off. In addition, clients enjoy a further 5% off (the lower cost trip) with the brand’s new ‘Mix & Match’ program, where they can mix and match a selection of two Contiki trips seven days or longer.Moreover, groups of 10 or more guests can save 10% off (or the 11th person travels for free), 7.5% with seven or more guests, and 5% with four or more. Posted by Contiki announces new travel style, 26 new trips for Summer 2018/19 Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Contiki, Europe Thursday, October 19, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

first_imgContent discovery specialist ThinkAnalytics has launched two new enhanced metadata libraries, ThinkMovies and ThinkTV.The new modules integrate with ThinkAnalytics’ Recommendations Engine and can be applied across EPG and VOD/OTT libraries.ThinkMovies includes over 500,000 movie titles worldwide, in over 20 languages, with new content to be added at a rate of around 10,000 titles a month. ThinkTV includes over 10,000 moods, tags, keywords and synonyms for regional TV shows across and supports ten languages.“As the pool of content available to consumers continues its inexorable rise, service providers understand the benefit of using a Recommendations Engine that has been designed from the ground up to handle live linear TV, and not just static VOD/OTT content. By integrating ThinkMovies and ThinkTV with ThinkAnalytics’ advanced and proven Recommendations Engine, service providers have yet another tool at their disposal as they strive to offer consumers even more relevant, personalised content. Adding ThinkMovies and ThinkTV to the mix can further boost our service provider customers’ ability to cross- and up-sell and to reduce subscriber churn,” said Eddie Young, chairman, ThinkAnalytics.ThinkAnalytics’ Recommendations Engine has been deployed by more than 25 service providers including the UK’s BSkyB, Virgin Media, ITV and Belgian operator Telenet.ThinkAnalytics will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 1.D93last_img read more

first_img Gross profit (billions $) 14.7 Other 16.7 Addition of carriers. Currently, Apple has relationships with and supplies about 250 carriers in over 100 countries. However, there is significant potential for growth with telecoms that do not have relationships with Apple. China Mobile – China’s largest telecom with over 700 million subscribers – is a prominent example. We’ve concluded that adding carriers in emerging markets could provide Apple with an incremental 60 million units of iPhone sales annually. However, carrier expansion will likely be pushed out toward the back half of 2013 and into 2014. In the following calculation of gross profit for Apple’s iPhone segment for 2014, we have assumed a unit volume of 185 million. We’ve also modeled the impact that a low-cost phone will have on average sales price and gross margins. High customer satisfaction around other Apple products (iPods, iPhones, and iPads) creates a halo effect, which drives customers to Macs when they are ready to buy a PC. For these reasons, we think Apple’s Mac sales will continue to resist the overall trend, and at worst, remain flat for the next 18 months. We also foresee little change in average sales price and margins. Here’s our resulting forecast for the PC segment: Gross profit % 46 Units (millions) 18.2 The case presented above yielded earnings per share of $50.32 for fiscal year 2014. Currently, Apple’s share price multiple is about 10 times, well below the current market multiple of 18. This may seem too low; however, we think this is a good number to apply to our estimate. Multiples are usually a reflection of anticipated growth. Because Apple faces the law of large numbers, the market is apt to be perpetually nervous about its ability to grow, and therefore will continue to assign it a low earnings multiple. Nevertheless, 10 times our earnings estimate would result in a share price of $503, a return of about 25% in 18 months. This is by no means a spectacular return, but it is based on conservative projections. So it is, in our view, very achievable. What Will Move Apple Just as a stationary ball needs a push to provide it initial momentum, the undervalued stock needs a catalyst to fuel its price move. With Hewlett-Packard, a stock we recommended in the October issue of BIG TECH, one catalyst we foresaw was breakup speculation. Our thinking was that Hewlett-Packard had become so grossly undervalued, that it was only a matter of time before activist investors and Wall Street analysts began calling for a breakup of the company as a way to unlock shareholder value. That’s exactly what happened. We were also helped along by another catalyst: the Dell buyout news. When it was all said and done, our strategy yielded a 50% profit in just shy of five months. Never let it be said value investing is boring. With Apple, there are a handful of short-term catalysts that could send the stock higher. The ones that immediately come to mind are: The successful launch of a new product – such as the long-rumored smart TV and/or the iWatch – that catches fire in the marketplace. A deal to distribute iPhones with China Mobile, China’s largest mobile network provider with over 700 million subscribers. A sizable dividend hike and/or a sizable share buyback. On the flip side, a disappointing earnings report could send shares lower. But that’s probably baked into the cake. And besides, CEO Tim Cook will probably have some good news in his hip pocket (i.e., a big dividend hike) if he thinks earnings will disappoint. Of course, there’s always the possibility of a major market correction. If that happens, almost every stock will get hit. But since Apple is down big over the last few months, it will probably withstand a downturn better than most. Long story short, Apple possesses the characteristics we look for in a stock. Given its future earnings prospects, it looks undervalued, and it has multiple short-term catalysts. For these reasons, it looks like a decent buy at current levels. Bits & Bytes The Alibaba Phenomenon (The Economist) When thinking of e-commerce companies, Alibaba is probably not one of the first names that comes to mind… but that may soon change. Rumor has it that China’s e-commerce king is planning to go public, with valuation estimates ranging from $55 billion to more than $120 billion. That would make it one of the most valuable publicly traded companies in the world. Bitcoin ATMs Coming Soon (CNN Money) Bitcoins are taking a step into the real world, with an entrepreneur planning to introduce ATMs for the virtual currency. The Bitcoin ATMs will accept dollar bills and instantly convert the amount to Bitcoins and deposit the result in your account. Aereo Could Bring Down Broadcast TV (CNN Money) Aereo, an upstart online service which provides low-cost access to broadcast TV over the Internet, could be a huge step toward a future when programming options come à la carte, divorced from the expensive packages assembled by cable and satellite carriers. Tablets The tablet computer – a cross between a laptop, a smartphone, and a personal digital assistant – is not a new concept. Computer scientist Alan Kay began advancing ideas about component miniaturization, touchscreens, and WiFi technology way back in 1968. However, not until 2010 did any version of the tablet meet with meaningful commercial success. That’s the year that Apple launched the iPad. On launch day, 300,000 iPads were sold. Over the next year, more than 15 million were sold. The era of the tablet had arrived. Why did it take so long? Well, there were some attendant and powerful circumstances that prevailed in 2010 that either did not exist or were not sufficiently mature during earlier attempts to market tablets. Though inferior to the PC for content creation, the tablet is ideal for content consumption. Thanks to the advent of the Internet and WiFi and the spawning of thousands of apps, there is now a lot of content to consume. In addition, battery life has been extended from three hours on early versions of the tablet to over 12 hours on some current models, making these devices more portable and, therefore, more appealing to consumers. Those circumstances have driven astonishing adoption rates every year since 2010. In fact, the market for tablets has ramped up faster than any technology in history. 38.7 Personal Computers Much has been written in recent years about the decline in sales of personal computers (desktops and notebooks). As we all know by now, mobile computing devices are the cause. As consumers shift their time away from their PC to tablets and smartphones, they no longer see their PC as a device that they need to replace on a regular basis. According to Gartner, PC shipments peaked in 2011 at 364 million units, a 3.7% increase over the prior year. In 2012, year-over-year shipments decreased by 6.3%, and the slide is expected to continue in 2013 and 2014, with decreases of 7.6% and 4.1% respectively. However, Apple’s Mac division has experienced no such letdown; unit sales of Apple personal computers actually increased by 9% for the 2012 fiscal year. We think Apple is defying the PC trend for two main reasons: Apple serves the high end of the PC market. Because these high-end users are content creators, they are less likely to abandon the Mac for a tablet. Revenue* 108.3 Operating expenses* (Click on image to enlarge) This is not a fad. Rather, it is structural and will prevail for many years. Technology research firm IDC estimates that tablet shipments will reach 191 million units in 2013 and grow at a compounded annual rate of 16.6% for four years thereafter. Upon reinventing the tablet category in 2010, Apple dominated the market with a whopping 70% share. Since then, several formidable competitors have entered the fray, including Samsung, Amazon, and Microsoft. For the fourth quarter of 2012, Apple’s share had dropped to 46%, owing to the increased number of competitors and to Apple’s unwillingness to participate in a race to the bottom on pricing. IDC estimates that by 2017, the company’s share will drop to 43.5%. Conservatively, we have built our projections on the assumption that its share will be 40% for next fiscal year (September 2014). For fiscal year 2012, the average sale price of an iPad was about $531. However, in November 2012, Apple released the iPad Mini with a retail price of $329. Estimates are that the Mini will comprise 40% of total iPad sales. We estimate that that will lower the average sale price to about $450. Gross margin on iPads was 42.7% during fiscal year 2012, but the shift in sales mix to the Mini will put downward pressure on those margins. We estimate margins will fall to 38% for tablets in 2013 and stabilize at that level for 2014. Putting this all together, here is our projection for tablets down to the gross profit line for 2014: PCs Tablets Gross profit % 24.5 Apple units (millions units) 86 Gross profit % 38 When the market turns against a stock, watch out. Just ask Apple investors. From its peak just seven months ago, Apple is down over 40%. That’s an incredible move for a company of Apple’s size. Several factors have contributed to the decline, including: management departures, low-cost competition, and concerns that Apple’s well of innovation may have run dry with the loss of Steve Jobs. Each of these factors is cause for concern. However, healthy skepticism can quickly give way to a herd mentality, causing an overreaction in share price. Could that be what we’re seeing with Apple? To find out, we decided to take a look at the prospects for each of Apple’s major business segments. Smartphones Worldwide shipments of smartphones topped 700 million units in 2012, according to tech research firm IDC, an increase of 46% over 2011. Torrid growth is expected to continue; in 2013, IDC expects a 27% increase in smartphone shipments and another 17% in 2014, lifting sales to over 1 billion units annually. Analysts look for Apple’s smartphone growth to stay pretty much in lockstep with the market: fiscal year 2013 iPhone shipments are estimated to increase by about 25% (from 125 million to 156 million units), while a 19% increase is foreseen for FY 2014 (from 156 million to 185 million units). These estimates look very achievable and possibly even conservative. Here’s why: Introduction of a low-cost phone. In the US, Apple depends heavily upon a carrier-subsidized business model. Under this model, Verizon, AT&T, and other telecoms buy iPhones from Apple, then resell them to consumers well below their costs. In exchange for the discount received on the phone, the consumer signs a long-term contract (typically two years) with the carrier. In many regions outside the US, the subsidy model is not utilized. In order to penetrate the market in those regions, Apple needs a low-cost phone. Speculation has it that such a phone is on the way and will be introduced sometime around mid-year. In addition to driving growth internationally, an iPhone in the $300-$400 price range should help Apple capture share with non-contract (known as prepaid) US carriers. Pre-tax income* Revenue (billions $) 23.2 26.1 Units (millions) 185 Putting It All Together In the table below, we aggregate the information for the segments we discussed above. We add in the combined revenues from the iPod, iTunes, and accessories segments with the assumption that the iPod segment will decline at a 25% annual rate, while iTunes and accessories will increase at about a 12% annual rate. And finally, we assume that operating expenses and income taxes, consistent with the last two years, will be 8.5% of sales and 25% of pre-tax profits, respectively. 39.5 Income tax* Gross profit % 46.0 Refresh of iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 is due for a refresh. One is expected at mid-year, about the same time as the low-cost phone introduction. If that’s the case, it will be just in time for the upgrade cycle, as iPhone 4 customers who bought phones in the fall of 2011 will be coming off their two-year contracts and looking for new subsidized phones. It’s a safe bet that most of these customers will stick with Apple. A recent survey from Morgan Stanley and AlphaWise found that Apple leads the smartphone industry in customer retention. Among those surveyed, 83% of iPhone users said they plan to buy another iPhone. Total 63.8 Average sale price     450 23.2 Revenue (billions $) 108.3 Average sale price 585 Addressable market (millions units) 214 24.5 10.3 14.7 41.0 * Numbers in billions Gross profit (billions $) 5.7 Gross profit* 49.8 Average sale price 1,275 Net income* Revenue (billions $) 38.7 196.3 Smartphones 38.8 5.7 Apple share 40% 80.5 47.8 16.0 Gross profit (billions $) 49.8last_img read more

first_imgIn This Issue. * Dollar fights back yesterday * But currencies try to rally again this morning. * Foreign Investment flows into India soar! * Money can’t buy you love, but Gold can! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Eurozone Starts Negotiations With A Tough Stance. Good Day!…  And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! I’m greeted this morning with a song from the late 70’s while Chris was dancing at a mixer to disco music, by Ambrosia. That’s How Much I Feel..  Yes, there was “other music” being made besides disco in the late 70’s. Chris and I always have fun claiming the other one liked disco music. But I KNOW I didn’t! Now, Chris? I think the possibilities are great!   Remember me whining and complaining about the lack of volatility in the currencies the past 3 to 4 years? Well, I whine no more! Volatility has returned, and the leader of the pack is the euro, which is trading with the most volatility that it has seen since 2011!  And that volatility has been brought to the euro by the goings on in Greece. Funny, isn’t it, that the last time we visited problems in Greece it was 2011. Hmmm.  So, since the euro trading is all about the goings on with Greece, we might as well take a stab at those goings on, eh?  Well, the rug was pulled out from under the euro’s rally yesterday. After a good start to the day, the news from the Eurozone / Greece meetings became very dark, and pulled the rug with a quick, strong yank! So for those of you who want to get into all this drama coming from the Eurozone, I’ll get into it. For those of you who could do without it, because life is so full of drama on a daily basis, go on and skip ahead. At its non-monetary policy meeting yesterday,  the ECB’s Governing Council decided to lift the waiver that allowed bonds issued or guaranteed by the Greek government to be eligible at the Eurosystem’s refinancing operations (you know the LTRO’s we’ve discussed and other forms of refinancing that is used)  despite their sub investment grade rating. As a consequence, such bonds are not eligible anymore as collateral to the ECB’s regular liquidity operations, starting from the maturity of the current main refinancing operation on February 11. So, the Greeks have to go back to the drawing board, and figure out if they want loans or not, because if they do want loans, and they’ll run out of money by the end of this month, they’ll have to accept and maintain austerity programs. The news on the Bloomberg this morning, say the Greeks are going to keep their “anti-austerity” talk. YIKES! Obviously, these are the opening salvos being thrown out to see where the negotiations start, but to me, this is going to get ugly, folks.  There are other things going on, that really get pretty hairy with their description of what’s going on, but in essence, this main point that I’ve discussed here, is what it all boils down to. So don’t let all that other stuff, about eligible or non-eligible get in the way of what’s important here. The euro got whacked on this news, but in reality, I would ask why?  Here is a governing body that represents 17 countries and they decided that one country has not done anything close to what they were asked to do, and now wants more, and the governing body, decided to say “no mas”. We won’t accept your bonds any longer, unless you agree to adopt our terms.  The great 70’s rock group, Foghat, had a song called. Take it or leave it.  Take it or leave it, tell me what you’re going to do.. Take it or leave it, now the choice is up to you.  I can’t wait until tomorrow, tomorrow may be too late. take all the sorrow, I can’t wait! I bet you’re wondering, where the heck does he come up with these bands? Foghat? Ahhh, grasshopper, Foghat songs were the soundtrack of many a party in the 70’s. Slow Ride, Fool for the city, Drivin’ Wheel, and so on. So there’s your Rock history for today.. A changeup was badly needed folks. Don’t you agree?   Today. believe it or don’t, the euro is rallying, along with the Aussie dollar (A$), N.Z. dollar / kiwi, Norwegian krone, and well, heck most of the currencies except the Chinese renminbi, and Gold. With the renminbi weaker this morning, what does that indicate the performance of Indian rupees will be? That’s right! If you were paying attention in class yesterday, I told you that these two currencies (renminbi & rupee) should in my opinion trade together, but in recent trading they move in opposite directions. So that means the rupee is rallying today. I have to say that one of the first things I check each morning, are the prices of Oil, Gold, the 10-year Treasury and the euro.  And this morning, I noted that the price of Oil had dropped again, losing the $50 handle, making the two-day run in Oil earlier this week a thing of the past, and I thought to myself, that the petrol currencies must be under pressure.  But then when I switched over the full currency screen I was stunned and amazed to see not only the Norwegian krone rallying, but too the Russian ruble, Canadian dollar / loonie, Brazilian real, and so on.  So, what gives with that? The price of Oil drops, but the petrol currencies rally?  Well, I’ll tell you sometimes you get ½ the answers and have to live with it. and this is one of those times. So, let’s just move along here, there are not the droids we’re looking for.   Getting back to the Indian rupee for a moment. I saw some stuff on the Bloomberg this morning regarding investment flows to India, which would go a long way toward the rupee rally. And investment flows to India and Indian Gov’t bonds in January were the biggest since last July. Recall that last July we had the euphoria in India about a new PM.   For those of you keeping score at home, foreign investors bought $464 Million more rupee-denominated bonds at the auction yesterday, and in January the total was $3.3 Billion!  The yield on the 10-year Gov’t bond is around 7.7% (for institutional buyers) That’s nearly 600 Basis Points greater than the same tenor U.S. Treasury.  Sure, India is no match to the U.S. as far as size, strength, and safety, but. 600 Basis Points would certainly make me think twice about opting for an investment in India. Now, I’m not saying you should go right out and buy Indian bonds. I’m simply pointing out why the foreign investment flows into India are strong right now, and when that happens, the rupee should be the beneficiary. There’s a report out this morning from Citigroup regarding Denmark, and I have to say I love it!  Citigroup says that it’s unlikely that Denmark will scrap the peg to the euro.  So, wait a minute Chuck, didn’t you say something opposite to that in the Daily Reckoning? (www.dailyreckoning.com)  Well, thank you for being on top of this!  Yes, I did say something opposite of that in the Daily Reckoning, but. You know me. Citigroup has probably dozens of researchers that contributed to this report, and here it’s just little old me.. So, when someone says something opposite of what I’ve said, I take it as they read what I said, and decided to prove me wrong. Yes, it’s a very myopic viewpoint, but what the heck! Now we have to wait-n-see who turns out to be right. Well, Gold can’t seem to find a bid again this morning. UGH!  The Beatles are singing “Money can’t buy me love” on the iPod, right now, and that may be true, but I bet Gold can buy you love! HA!  And then that song was followed by Pink Floyd’s song: Money.  strange how that all came about, eh?  Money, so they say, is the root of all evil today.  Notice they didn’t sing: Gold is the root of all evil today!  Silly stuff, I know, but so is watching the price manipulators take the price of Gold lower. Ed Steer’s daily letter just showed up in my email box, and clicking on it, I see the headline is: “Buy Gold and Short Federal Reserve, Says Marc Faber Once Again!”  Have I ever told you the story about me sitting on a panel at the New Orleans Investment Conference, the granddaddy of all investment conferences, and this is the first time I ever met him.  I was totally impressed with his ponytail, and then at one point of the discussion, he even told the crowd that they should listen to me.  So, now when I see something he has written or a video interview, I click on it immediately, for this guy must know what he’s talking about, he told people to listen to me! The U.S. Data Cupboard is gearing up for tomorrow’s Jobs Jamboree. Just the usual Tub Thumpin’ Thursday stuff for us today, like the Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, we’ll see if last week’s drop was a “true drop” or one that was a result of the week being short a day. Yesterday’s Data Cupboard, printed a weaker than expected ADP Jobs report. Hmmm. 230,000 was expected and only 213,000 printed. Hmmm. On a sidebar. I had the TV on yesterday while I was doing some reading, and the funny Geico commercial with Pinocchio as a failing motivational speaker was on, and it made me laugh, and immediately my mind began thinking about this. Pinocchio is asked to be a motivational speaker to countries.. And he begins by pointing to a country, like Japan, and saying “and you have a strong economy” and his nose grows, then points to the U.K. and repeats “you have a strong economy” and his nose grows, and then points to the U.S. and says, “I really see potential because of your strong economy” and his nose grows a foot!  Now, tell me how many people would have thought of that? For What It’s Worth. I have something different for you this morning. Just something else to think about. Thanks to dear reader Bob for sending along to me, and you can read the whole article here: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/04/japanese-bank-introduces-robot-workers-to-deal-with-customers-in-branches “Japan’s biggest bank is preparing to unveil robot employees with a human touch. Nao, a 58-centimetre (1ft 11)-tall humanoid developed by the French company Aldebaran Robotics – a subsidiary of the Japanese telecoms and internet giant SoftBank – will begin work on a trial basis at one or two branches of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group from April. Depending on his performance, more robots could appear at other branches in the coming months. Equipped with a camera on his forehead, Nao is programmed to speak 19 languages. He analyses customers’ emotions from their facial expressions and tone of voice, enabling him to greet customers and ask which services they need. The 5.4-kg robot, who was “born” in Paris in 2006, lived up to his billing with a faultless interaction with an English-speaking customer, during a presentation in Tokyo this week.” Chuck again. WOW! Robots in bank branches! I doubt that it catches on here for many years, but in my opinion, if I was concerned about online banking before, I wouldn’t be now!  Where’s a good online bank I hear you asking?  Ahem. you’re reading this letter that’s sponsored by such a bank! To recap. Well, the playing nicely in the sandbox ended up with some sand being kicked in the faces and kids crying and pointing fingers at who started it. Germany opened the negotiations with Greece by dropping Greek bonds from the lending facility (LTRO) and the Greeks answered by saying they were keeping their anti-austerity stance. Needless to say the euro got whacked and led the rest of the currencies lower yesterday. But today is different, and the currencies for the most part are rallying, led by the euro.  The renminbi and Gold are down today, while the rest of the currencies dance. Currencies today 2/5/15. American Style: A$ .7805, kiwi .7390, C$ .7980, euro 1.1430, sterling 1.5245, Swiss $1.0780, . European Style: rand 11.4205, krone 7.5425, SEK 8.2600, forint 269.45, zloty 3.6520, koruna 24.2915, RUB 67.26, yen 117.35, sing 1.3460, HKD 7.7525, INR 61.73, China 6.1366, pesos 14.79, BRL 2.7295, Dollar Index 93.94, Oil $48.98, 10-year 1.77%, Silver $16.94, Platinum $1,246.48, Palladium $791.50, and Gold.. $1,260.22 That’s it for today. It’s a downpour outside this morning, so no going out to see the ocean while I wait for the review for me this morning. This is the first day that it’s rained in the early morning since I’ve been here. And it’s pouring outside!  So, how is your tax accounting going this year? Sorry to bring up such a nasty subject, but it something that has to be done once a year for most, so we might as well face up to it! Mine is not coming along too well, but that’s OK. it’s always a last minute thing with me! I have no idea what I started talking about that. UGH!  I guess I had a pain somewhere and that reminded me. HA!  Well, it was announced yesterday that two more baseball teams will play close to me down here. The Astros and Nationals are moving near here, which is a good thing. I had to laugh right now, I just saw a LinkedIn message that was featuring the story I had for yesterday from the CEO of Gallup, talking about how the Unemployment Rate is a fabrication. So, I run it one day, and LinkedIn runs it the next day. Hmmm. that has to be a co-inkee-dink!   Emerson Lake and Palmer (ELP) is playing their song: Lucky Man, on the iPod right now, this was the first song I remember hearing a synthesizer being played.  I used to play this song on my guitar, so those song are always special for me to listen to..  And with that. it’s time to go! I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler Managing Director EverBank Global Marketslast_img read more

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first_img Ex-Apple exec Scott Forstall is best known as one of Steve Jobs’s most trusted lieutenants, and a co-inventor of the iPhone. Forstall told the story of how he first met Jobs — and how Microsoft went to extreme measures to win him over instead — at an event at the Computer History Museum on Tuesday night celebrating the 10th anniversary of the release of the first iPhone. Circa 1992, Forstall had just gotten his graduate degree, and lined up interviews with two big tech companies: Microsoft, where he had previously been an intern, and NeXT Computer, the computer startup that Steve Jobs had founded after his ouster from Apple. A few minutes into Forstall’s job interview at NeXT, Jobs rushed in, pulled his first scheduled interviewer aside, and took over. Jobs “peppered me with questions,” says Forstall. The two talked for 15 minutes before Jobs seemed to make up his mind. “I don’t care what anyone says the rest of the day, we’re giving you an offer. Pretend you care in the interviews, though,” Jobs told Forstall. “I’m giving you an offer, and I know you’re going to accept it.” In this April 4, 1991, file photo, Steve Jobs of NeXT Computer Inc. poses for the press with his NeXTstation color computer at the NeXT facility in Redwood City, Calif.Image credit: AP ImagesAt that time, NeXT was already struggling financially. As Forstall noted, it had amazing technology, but very few customers. Still, as a young upstart, he was intrigued by the possibility of working for Jobs and the team of experts he had assembled. And so, he did indeed take the job at NeXT, and politely turned down an offer from Microsoft. Big fishThe very next day, a package showed up on his doorstep: A “very large dead fish,” on ice, with no message, but a return address on the Microsoft campus. This caused Forstall to freak out a little bit, and he called the Microsoft recruiter with whom he had been speaking.”You know, I watched movies about the mafia,” Forstall remembers telling the recruiter. “What the hell?” It turns out there was an innocent explanation. Microsoft thought that a deeper appreciation of Seattle and Washington state, where the company is based, might get Forstall to reconsider the offer. So the recruiter went to Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market, picked out the biggest fresh fish they could find, and had it overnighted to Forstall.Seattle’s Pike Place Market.Image credit: ShutterstockIt didn’t impress Forstall: “I will clearly change my mind because there are no fish in the [San Francisco] Bay Area,” where NeXT was based, he joked. “I did barbecue it that night,” he says. The postscript here is that Apple would go on to buy NeXT for $429 million in 1997, in a move that brought Jobs back to the company he co-founded, paving the way for him to become CEO. Forstall came along for the ride, leading the user interface team for what would become Mac OS X. When the iPhone project began, it was Forstall who was chosen to lead the iOS team. That one funny interview with Jobs ended up leading to much bigger things. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Ex-Apple exec Scott Forstall is best known as one of Steve Jobs’ most trusted lieutenants, and a co-inventor of the iPhone. This story originally appeared on Business Insider Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 3 min read –shares Image credit: Getty Scott Forstallcenter_img iPhone Add to Queue June 23, 2017 A Co-Inventor of the iPhone Explains His Funny Job Interview With Steve Jobs and the Time Microsoft Sent Him a ‘Very Large Dead Fish’ Matt Weinberger Next Article Enroll Now for $5last_img read more