KnownHost Debuts Managed Cloud KVM Server VPS Hosting

Birmingham, AL — Today, KnownHost announced immediate availability of the fully managed solid-state storage (SSD) based Cloud VPS, built upon kernel-based virtual machine (KVM), an enterprise technology designed for maximum performance and availability, enabling new and existing customers to enjoy premium technology not typically affordable to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

“We’ve had so many requests from our customer base, for a cloud computing hosting plan, we couldn’t possibly ignore that kind of pressure from within,” said Robb Sands, Marketing Manager at KnownHost LLC.

Demand for Performance and Availability

“Maintaining KnownHost’s reputation for having the best uptime on the planet is a huge pressure,” said Daniel Pearson, Chief Operating Officer at KnownHost, “and building a custom cloud solution that continues that tradition of outstanding uptime was our top priority.”

Combining the flexibility and availability of a cloud solution with the performance of SSD architecture, the new KnownHost plans will enable businesses of any size to compete against the biggest brands in the world of eCommerce, website hosting and desktop virtualization.

“At the very least, this levels the playing field for our clients to compete against big brands — and put them way ahead of their day-to-day rivals of a similar size and budget,” said Sands.

Full product details and pricing can be found on the KnownHost.com website.

Product Availability

The new SSD Cloud KVM VPS product is part of KnownHost’s commitment to deliver dependable, fully managed, ultra-high performance hosting at an affordable price — and deployed across multiple datacenters in the USA. The managed Cloud VPS is available to order immediately on the KnownHost.com website.

About KnownHost

Founded in 2005, KnownHost LLC is the worldwide leader in maximum uptime VPS hosting solutions. The company offers a wide range of fully…
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Top Five Flagship Handsets of 2017

The last twelve months have given us some of the most compelling smartphones ever made. New screen shapes, advanced cameras, and waterproof bodies have improved the everyday experience of those willing to fork over lots of cash for high-end handsets. Here are our picks for the top five flagship smartphones of 2017.

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Apple Drops Price of iPhone Battery Replacement In Wake of Slow-down Kerfuffle

Apple today said it will significantly drop the cost of replacing iPhone batteries in order to appease customers upset about their device’s performance. “We’ve been hearing feedback about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize,” said Apple in a letter posted to its web site. Apple explained that it tweaked some performance parameters in older iPhones in order to prevent battery-related shutdowns. The result is sometimes-slower speeds on devices such as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Apple maintains that it took steps necessary to account for the behavior of lithium-ion batteries as they age. “We have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades,” explained Apple. “Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.” Even so, many customers felt they had been misled over the performance degradation issue, while some have filed lawsuits against Apple. In order to address customer concerns, the company is dropping the out-of-warrany cost of replacing the battery in an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, or SE from $79 to $29 beginning late next month through December 2018. Further, Apple plans to issue a software update with new features that will give iPhone owners more visibility into the health of their handset’s battery. Apple says this will let people see for themselves if the battery’s condition is impacting the iPhone’s overall performance. Replacing the battery in an older iPhone should fully mitigate the speed issue experience on some handsets. More information regarding the specifics of the replacement battery program will be available early next month.

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Smartphones in 2017: All-Screen with Baked-in AI

At the beginning of 2017 you could have been forgiven for thinking that smartphone innovation had died, with most phones looking the same and doing the same things, changing very little from the year before.

But by the end of 2017 two things were clear: manufacturers needed to go all-screen or go home, and artificial intelligence had finally made its way into the phone, not just feeding everything you said to a server somewhere over the horizon.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 introduced the new minimal bezel design in April, shrinking the non-screen parts of the front down to the bare minimum and as a result putting a bigger screen in the same sized smartphone.

It was clearly the future. Even Apple agreed, launching the iPhone X [seen here] in November.

While there are many upsides to the so-called “bezel-less” smartphone design, increased fragility is not one of them. As drop tests of the iPhone X showed, an all-screen design and the ground do not mix.

Despite these worries, the elongated screens with ratios around 18:9, rather than the regular 16:9 widescreen ratio of phone screens and TVs before, are expected to extend to the middle ranges in 2018 — so no longer the preserve of the top-tier smartphones.

Being Smarter To Be Faster

On the inside, the big smartphone trend for 2018 will be greater use of AI to make devices faster and smarter.

Google’s vice president product manager Mario Queiroz, said: “We’re getting to the point where photo quality is already so good that the focus is turning to the smarts that you build beyond that.”

Augmented reality is one such task, overlaying virtual items and information on to the real world through the screen. Using AI to do things faster is another.

“How many times do you long press on the word and it just selects…
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LG Packs Google Assistant Into Its Smart ThinQ Speaker

LG today showed off a new smart speaker that will be available in early 2018. LG is calling the ThinQ Speaker its “first premium smart AI audio product” thanks to the addition of the Google Assistant. With Assistant on board, the Thinq Speaker will behave a lot like the Google Home product by performing voice-based searches. In addition to playing music, the ThinQ Speaker can interact with LG’s other smart home appliances, such as television sets, air purifiers, and refrigerators. LG says the speaker includes Meridian Audio technology to ensure support for high-quality, lossless file playback for the best possible sound. LG will share more information about the ThinQ Speaker during its CES press conference scheduled for January 8. Google is encouraging its hardware partners to put Google Assistant, which first launched on mobile devices, in a variety of products. Amazon has done the same with its Alexa artificial intelligence.

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Instagram to Put Pix from People You Don't Follow In Your Feed

Instagram has turned on a new Recommended for You tool that will automatically insert photos from other accounts into your feed. “These posts are suggested based on posts liked by accounts you follow,” according to Instagram. It has been testing the feature since earlier this month. Instagram says users can temporarily hide Recommended for You posts if they wish, though it doesn’t specify for how long. As always, users can report photos that are offensive or violate Instagram’s terms of service. Instagram insists the feature is meant to improve the experience by serving up more photos people may like but might otherwise miss. The change is coming to the Instagram Android and iOS mobile apps through an update this week.

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Snowden's New App Lets You Spy Back on Would-Be Spies

How do you prevent authorities or malicious actors from snooping through your laptop or other belongings when you’re not around? Surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden and his associates say the answer is an app that lets you spy back on the spies.

Just before Christmas, Snowden, the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and the Guardian Project announced the release of an Android app called Haven. Available in beta, the open source software turns the many sensors found in a typical smartphone into a security system that “watches” its surroundings and lets the phone’s owner know when someone has gained unauthorized access to that person’s possessions.

Haven is designed for journalists, human rights activists, and others who are concerned about protecting their personal spaces and devices from intrusion, whether it’s by nosey housekeepers, thieves, police, or intelligence agencies. The Android app not only detects unwanted visitors but notifies the phone’s owner with text alerts and encrypted records of everything the device’s sensors have logged.

‘A Kind of Herd Immunity’

“When you think about a smartphone today, they’ve got an incredible amount of surveillance equipment that is built into them: typically, two cameras, they’ve got three microphones, they’ve got barometers, accelerometers, light sensors, always-on Internet connection,” Snowden said in a video accompanying Friday’s announcement about Haven. “They have the power to understand everything that’s going on around them.”

Once installed and activated on a phone left behind in a user’s personal space, Haven uses all of the device’s built-in sensors to detect any changes in the surroundings, whether that’s a light being turned on or off, the sounds of someone entering the room, or an intruder passing in front of the phone’s camera. When any such activity is detected, the app instantly sends a text notification to the owner’s main phone. The owner can…
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A Very Echo Christmas: Amazon Sells 'Tens of Millions' of Devices

Amazon enjoyed its “biggest” Christmas yet, powered by a holiday sales surge of its Amazon Echo products, the company said Tuesday.

The Seattle-based e-commerce giant sold “tens of millions” of Echo devices worldwide, and its Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote were its most popular products across all categories, the company said in a press release.

Amazon does not disclose exactly how many devices it sells.

“Since Day One we have obsessed over what we believe our customers care about — incredible deals and low prices, fast and free shipping, and a wide selection of top products — and we continue to provide all three, all the time,” said Jeff Wilke, Amazon’s CEO of Worldwide Consumer. “Thank you to the millions of customers and hundreds of thousands of Amazon employees all around the world who made this holiday better than ever before.”

Amazon Echo’s popularity on Christmas was corroborated by the Apple App Store and Google Play, two virtual stores for the iOS and Android mobile operating systems. Both placed Amazon Alexa — the voice-based assistant software behind Amazon Echo — as the most downloaded app on Christmas Day. Since both list popular apps in real time, it is likely the app was downloaded soon after people unwrapped their Amazon Echo presents.

Other best-selling items through Christmas on Amazon included former White House photographer Pete Souza’s book “Obama: An Intimate Portrait”, Fitbit Charge 2, the 23andMe DNA Test, Philips Hue White A19 Single LED Bulb and Instant Pot DUO80.

Since Thanksgiving, more than a billion items were ordered from Amazon.
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Garmin Vivofit 4 has a Color Display and 1-Year Battery Life

Garmin today announced the Vivofit 4, a new activity-tracking wearable device that sports an always-on color display and battery life up to one year. The wrist-mounted, waterproof device performs all of the functions of a digital watch, including timer, stopwatch, and alarms, while counting steps and encouraging the wearer to stay mobile and active. The Vivofit 4 can be paired via Bluetooth with a phone (iPhone or Android) for additional functions, such as sleep tracking, detailed and automatic exercise tracking, and weather reports. It also includes a “find my phone” feature. The phone app connects to Garmin’s cloud service and lets users compare activity with selected family and friends. It also lets users customize the wearable’s display with various watch faces and themes. The always-on display uses a special kind of LCD technology called MIP (memory-in-pixel) that retains an image without power, much like e-ink displays. It’s readable in daylight without a backlight, and can display eight different colors across its 88 x 88 pixels. The wearable comes in three sizes and three different colors. The interchangeable rubber bands are available in three additional colors as well. The Vivofit 4 is available starting today for $80, exclusively from Amazon.com.

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Apple Hit with Sanctions in Qualcomm Antitrust Case

Apple is being fined $25,000 per day for missing a court-imposed deadline to produce evidence in a government lawsuit that alleges mobile chip supplier Qualcomm has been imposing unfair licensing terms on the makers of smartphones.

The fine imposed [last week] by a federal magistrate judge in San Jose, California, is retroactive to Dec. 16 and will remain in effect until Dec. 29. If Apple hasn’t produced all 1.3 million documents covered by an order issued in October, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins intends to increase the fine.

In a statement, Apple said it plans to appeal Cousins’ ruling in a case pitting the Federal Trade Commission against Qualcomm, whose technology is used in most of the world’s smartphones.

“We have already produced millions of documents for this case and are working hard to deliver the millions more which have been requested in an unprecedented timeframe,” said Apple, which is based in Cupertino, California.

San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. declined comment.

Although it isn’t directly involved in the FTC’s suit against Qualcomm, Apple has been cooperating with the U.S. government in its investigation. Qualcomm is seeking Apple’s documents as part of its effort to prove the FTC’s allegations are wrong.

As the maker of the iPhone, Apple also has an ax to grind against Qualcomm. Apple sued Qualcomm in a different lawsuit shortly after the FTC lodged its complaint. Apple is accusing Qualcomm of abusing its power to extort royalties from iPhone innovations that have nothing to do with its technology. Qualcomm has denied those allegations and is countersuing Apple, raising the rancor between the two companies.

Even if Apple is fined the maximum amount of $350,000 through Dec. 29 under the court ruling, it will barely faze a company that has about $270 billion in cash.
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