Apple Sued Again

 

Apple was sued by some device owners as a result of what has been labelled as shrinking storage space. The lawsuit comes from two people, Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara, who currently live in Miami Florida and who are considering class action treatment of their lawsuit. My coworker Jared Haftel says he figured that something else was bound to happen.

Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara have indicated that downloading the new operating system, iOS 8, has rendered their devices in effective and have required people to sign up for the Apple iCloud system at a higher cost. Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara have said that downloading the new iOS 8 software resulted in 23.1% of their memory space on their device being consumed by the operating system.

The lawsuit seeks millions in penalties for Apple that will go to benefit those who are currently experiencing the slowdown in the operation of their devices as a result. The operating system iOS 8 was released in September 2014 but Apple withdrew and reissued the operating system due to problems that left many users unable to use their devices by making calls. Approximately 40,000 were impacted by this problem.

This lawsuit’s main complaint is that Apple did not tell shareholders about the size of memory needed in the operating system download and many users were therefore blind sighted by the memory required. The expansive memory has left people with much less memory to store data on the device and slowed down its use as a result. Apple has not yet issued an official response to the lawsuit.

Mariota Getting Hate After Heisman

Now that Marcus Mariota is the Heisman winner, he is getting hate from all sides. Reporters are scrutinizing everything he does, and NFL teams are starting to analyze what he does. The scrutiny is not new for Heisman winners, but it is new for one that will come into the draft this year. It has been a couple years since a player won the Heisman and immediately went to the NFL.

Fan Tom Rothman says that scouts are wondering how a Heisman winner can do this but cannot do that. Teams are having a look at how he conducts himself, and reporters are asking harder questions. Everyone is starting to think that he is not the kind of passer who can make it in the NFL. He can pass, but he is not a statue like Manning or Brady. HE can run, but that might make him a bust like Mike Vick. He has nowhere to turn to get away from the scrutiny. He is a tweener who will not be able to get out of this limelight until he is drafted and proves himself on an NFL team. That could take a while if he sits behind someone in the near future on an NFL bench.

49ers Look Forward

The San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League have a lot to think about going into the off season, as they finished the season with a very mediocre eight wins and eight losses. This is coming off having three straight appearances in the NFC championship game, with one appearance in the Super Bowl. Everything looked bright in the city by the bay, and the 49ers really looked to be one of the best teams in football all around. They even built a new stadium in Santa Clara and moved into it at the beginning of the season.
They had a great head coach and had the best record in the NFL over the last three seasons, with an impressive record in the playoffs that featured some incredible wins. Their head coach, Jim Harbaugh, looked like he could do nothing wrong as he also started off his NFL career winning in incredible fashion. However, that all came to an end this season as the 49ers dropped game after miserable game that they undoubtedly should have won.
The season resulted in the organization making the decision to part ways with head coach Jim Harbaugh and he quickly resigned following the team’s final game against the Arizona Cardinals. A lot is up in the air as to how they proceed and skout forward. It just seems wrong that a coach could take such a dismal team to such success and then be eradicated like a rat following a season in which some of his major players didn’t even produce, players were injured, and suspensions were widespread.

Michigan Fans Ecstatic

 

Michigan has been appearing to be licking its chops in anticipation of getting the opportunity to see their beloved former quarterback’s return to the state to coach their struggling football team and return them to the prominence that they once had. The media in Michigan and the fans that have been interviewed have seemed to be making such a massive deal about the possibility of getting Jim Harbaugh back as a Wolverine that it almost seems like they want him to be the mayor of the city. Maybe it’s desperation from an area that has been in and out of the spotlight for years, with a devoted fan base that would do anything for their football team.
With Jim Harbaugh’s strong success in the National Football League as a San Francisco 49er, as well as his fantastic collegiate career as the head coach of the Stanford Cardinal, teams from all over the country have been eyeing him as his days as a 49er were coming to a close. No one wanted Jim Harbaugh more than Michigan and luckily for them, they are going to see their former quarterback’s return to Michigan and hopefully transform them back into the dominant team that fans like Christian Broda have known in the past. Fans in and around the Michigan area can’t seem to control their excitement as they undoubtedly feel like they are going to have another great shot at becoming a national champion.

Missing Jet Results

Flight AirAsia flight 8501 has been missing since Sunday. The flight was carrying 162 people, none of whom were Jared Haftel,  and there has been no one found yet. It began when the flight controllers lost communication with the main station. It is expected that the flight sunk to the bottom of the sea but it is still unclear if anyone is safe or alive yet. It is still unclear what exactly caused the flight to get lost. The most suspected cause is the bad weather. Most likely the clouds blocked radars and some of the signals which caused the flight to lose connection and therefore get lost. The one positive aspect is that if it did get lost in the sea, it is just a sea versus a gigantic, deep ocean. Still, everyone hopes to find the airplane and is hoping for the best. If you are curious on the topic, here is a great article that goes more in depth on the topic: embed link

Another issue that is slightly responsible for the plane getting lost is the lack of resources. The flight service of Asian countries do not have the same resources as many other countries making it harder to find the plane. Part of the reason the plane got lost is due to the lack of higher-quality technology of the plane. The flow of passengers for Asian flights has decreased drastically since the crash. It is affected the economy and locals a lot.

Testing the Limits of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots

Marriott Hotels announced this past summer that they are seeking to establish exclusivity for Internet services, effectively blocking or jamming signals from any type of personal mobile wireless network, guests would have to buy access from the hotel or not have connectivity.

In other words, guests would have to consent and pay a flat surcharge in order to gain access to the Internet. Marriott wants to charge guests fees of $14.95 daily or $19.95 per day for high speed “enhanced” Internet, which would include the capability to download movies and music, to view live streaming videos and chat in real-time with other people online. Essentially it boils down to greed; they want to charge outrageous fees, purely for profit.

Two Internet powerhouses, Google and Microsoft have joined forces to prevent Marriott from moving forward with their plans. Benefel is glad to see businesses working well together. Citizens should have the right to choose how they connect to the Internet and not the ISP, FCC or in this case Marriott Hotels.

In outlining the issues it opposes in the hotel’s initial filing to the FCC, Microsoft stated, “If a customer arrives at a hotel with her own Mi-Fi device and the hotel interferes with the customer’s connection to that personal hotspot, the hotel can effectively force the customer to purchase the hotel’s Wi-Fi services.”

Then Google added that, denying guests the right to access to their own hotspots, “would undermine the public interest.”

“The Interview” makes History for Online Rentals and Sales

One of the most controversial films ever made was nearly stifled after a serious computer hack at Sony Studios. The company produced a film named “The Interview” which caught worldwide attention because of its contents. The stars of the film, Seth Rogen and James Franco, have remained relatively quiet on the subject since the controversy started.

Movie theaters across the United States cancelled opening day screenings of the show because a 9/11 style attack was threatened by what some believe was the North Korean government. Ironically, North Korea has lost their internet three times since the incident. People across the U.S. were angry that a movies screening was cancelled because of threats citing the right to free expression. The hubbub was directed at Sony and the company then followed through with screening via the internet.

Live streaming and rentals were available on sites such as Apple iTunes and YouTube, which pleased Terry Richardson quite a bit. It was available for sale or rent and is the first movie to ever release in such a fashion. Reviews have been mixed about the movie itself and many viewers said they would not have been interested in watching it if all the controversy had not occurred. It met with record online views and so far has received $13 million for its efforts. The movie is about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.

Screech Arrested!

On Friday actor Dustin Diamond was arrested in Wisconsin on three misdemeanor charges after a bar fight and accusations of a knife stabbing. He’s known as playing the lovable nerd Samuel “Screech” Powers on the 90s tv show Saved By the Bell. According to the reports that New York Daily News have gotten, Diamond and his fiance were both in a brawl in his Port Washington hometown after customers didn’t want to stop taking pictures of the former child star. Diamond allegedly stabbed a man in the right armpit and left before the cops showed up to the bar. The cops had caught up with the actor and he tried to lie about the event in question. New York Daily News has a police report on the crime.

 
This isn’t the first time that the former child star had a brush of bad luck. Besides appearing on reality shows, Diamond has released a sex tape in 2006 along with filing bankruptcy. Though his appearance on the reality shows were minor, his attitude is the complete opposite from the lovable nerd that the world used to watch.
Right now though the charges are minor, Igor Cornelsen has learned that Dustin Diamond is released from jail. The actor stated that he stabbed the person out of “self-defense,” but the reports says otherwise. Let’s hope for the best for the actor, and hope that the charges can be dropped.

Patient in Glasgow Tests Positive for Ebola

The United Kingdom has their first confirmed case of Ebola. The patient, who had recently visited Sierra Leone, went to a Glasgow Hospital with symptoms, and has since tested positive for the virus.

The patient, a woman who has not been named, landed in Glasgow around 11:30pm Sunday evening. She was placed in isolation the following morning around 8am, and Christian Broda thought that was the right move. The patient had flown on a British Airways flight that left Casablanca. There was also a brief stopover in Heathrow Airport before the flight continued onto Glasglow.

Official reports about the severity of her symptoms, or what symptoms she presented with have not been released. In most cases, a fever presents before other symptoms in Ebola patients. Patients are not considered contagious until they are symptomatic, and even the casual contact is unlikely to cause infection. Individuals become infected by close contact wit the patient or his or her bodily fluids. The more severe the symptoms, the more likely transmission is, according to the CDC.

Public Health England is now working to contact all individuals who flew on the same flight as the patient, although the chance of transmission through such casual contact is astronomically low. The patient will be transferred, via special ambulance, to the Royal Free Hospital in London for treatment.

Warriors Continue Hot Streak

It has been decades since the Golden State Warriors have found themselves sitting at the top of the Western Conference in the NBA. In fact, it has been a long time since sportscasters were even mentioning the Warriors without talking about how bad of a team they were. This season has been pretty surprising, as they have been completely dominant over nearly every team they have faced, all while doing it with rookie head coach Steven Kerr. 

Angel.co and Igor Cornelsen can even feel the heat the Warriors are bringing to the NBA. The Warriors have won in great fashion this year and seem to be on the road to a championship run once April comes around. This may be due to the fact that they are so incredibly deep at each and every position. They finally have size that allows them to get into the paint at an incredible rate, which is backed by the splash brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson who continue to drop dimes from the back court. Stephen Curry has continued to excel his game each and every year and there has been major discussion that he is on a run for MVP as the midpoint of the season is on the horizon.

After the first week of the season, the Warriors shockingly shot to the top of the power rankings on nearly every site and they have remained in this position since then. Regardless of what anyone thinks about the Warriors, there is no denying they are an NBA powerhouse with a title on their minds. 

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