Stocks fell sharply at the start of last week over trade tensions, then recovered with help from strong earnings and indications that U.S.-China trade talks would continue. While the U.S. prepares its next moves, China also is preparing its response to any new U.S. tariffs, which could include manipulating its currency.
It’s a craze. They may use names like “iRulu”, “Dragon Touch”, “Afunta”, Yuntab”, “Osgar”, “Accmart”, “GaziGazi”, “Atoah”, “Weize”, “Neutab”, or “Tagital”. They may be black or white, but some are purple, blue, or red. They are simple, plain, no nonsense: they know why they are there. They are quick, easy, and down to business. They may cost you anywhere…
According to an article in Network World over half (65%) of persons choosing a new phone will not choose a smart phone, but a less featured ordinary “dumb” phone.
As a consumer advocate and somewhat self-interested business owner, my evaluation of any circumstance or potential change involves the instinctive question as to how it will affect me, or more succinctly, how it will hurt me and what I can do to protect myself. And so the mechanism that is propelling open-source software into global dominance may not be technical superiority, or freedom, or even an elitist attitude: the driving force may simply be the lust for power and control, or paranoia about what someone else could do, or perhaps just reasonable caution.
FaceBook presently seems to be demanding a cell phone number as a condition of logging on. It could be a virus forwarding mobile phone numbers to China or Siberia for posting unauthorized charges to cell phones to steal money, or it could be FaceBook actually pulling the same stunt themselves for the same reason — to place unauthorized charges on the cell phones.