Uber and Lyft: The Good, Bad and Future News About Their Services

BAD NEWS

First Does Uber and Lyft reduce traffic?  The answer is a firm No.

In dense parts of cities, studies claim a 62% increase in congested cities like San Francisco vs 22% without them. The study claimed the ride sharing apps “are clogging roads and siphoning people from mass transit.” Surprisingly, in the more local neighbors they barely made and stastistical difference.  In Denver it was claimed Uber and Lyft added 83% more driver miles than models not having them available.

Google, Chip Manufacturers Join Huawei Ban

Tech giant Google suspended all business requiring the transfer of hardware, software, and technical services with Chinese firm Huawei, Reuters reported on Sunday. New Huawei smartphones will lose access to popular Google apps, like YouTube and Maps, as well as security updates. Those publicly available, via open source licensing, would not appear to be affected. The move comes days after the Trump administration blacklisted Huawei, prohibiting American firms from trading with the company without a license.

Litecoin and XRP Lists on Germany’s 2nd Biggest Stock Exchange

Börse Stuttgart, Germany’s second biggest stock exchange and the 9th largest in Europe, has sanctioned two new ETNs (Exchange-traded Notes)- Litecoin (LTC) and XRP. According to a company press release, this is the first kind of announcement in Germany.

Börse Stuttgart has declared that like ETFs, ETNs are also strictly regulated, a transparent and protected instrument that can be used by an investor to invest in different assets or they can buy or sell ETNs based on the cryptocurrencies Litecoin and Ripple.

Trump Declares Emergency, Blacklists Huawei

President Trump used an executive order Wednesday to declare a national emergency over threats to American technology. The move prohibits American companies from using telecom services solely owned, controlled, or directed by a foreign adversary. The order also “delegates authority to the Secretary of Commerce,” Wilbur Ross, “to prohibit transactions posing an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States.” The move clears the way for a ban on Huawei, China’s controversial telecom giant.

Is Facebook Too Powerful?

It was another wild week for Facebook. Dueling editorials in The New York Times debated the social network’s very existence. The right is still in an uproar over Facebook’s censorship of conservative viewpoints, users and scientific issues. Meanwhile, on the left, the website— or is it a utility?— has become a campaign issue on its own. Differing Democrats have begun to split on whether stringent regulation of the tech giant will be sufficient, or whether Facebook has become too big to allow to survive.

On Thursday, Chris Hughes tore in to his co-creation, and co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg, in The Times. “Mark alone can decide how to configure Facebook’s algorithms to determine what people see in their News Feeds, what privacy settings they can use and even which messages get delivered,” he said. This, Hughes argues, gives Zuckerberg “unilateral control over speech.

Donovan Flanigan and Other French Rappers Hacked

Online security is one of the biggest problems in our modern age. Large attacks on famous individuals and corporations just highlight the gravity of the problem. On April 27th, 2019 there was a massive cyber attack on several high ranking members in the French Rap Industry. This cyber attack was orchestrated towards Donovan Flanigan, Mouir Ben Chettouh, and approximately a dozen others members of the french rap community.

This widespread hacking event has been shown be several sources to be orchestrated by a group of hackers in the Middle East. Specifically, the rappers were notified that it originated from the urban center of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Why Social Media Marketing is the # 1 Way to Build Your Business Online.

Your social media content strategy should flow naturally from your social media objectives. Ask yourself how you’ll use content tactically to attain broader social media objectives. For example, if a social media objective is to extend brand recognition with millennials by 30%, your content strategy might specify a posting rate for Snapchat and embody plans for influencer takeovers Instagram live giving you more opportunities to connect with your target market. In addition to supporting your social media strategy, your content should also support and align with your organization’s general content approach, provided one exists. There are four key parts of a social content strategy. Research and analysis of current content perception and strategy, your target audience identified by platform, a list of content-specific goals and objectives and plans for the distribution of your content.

Energy Producers Boost Price, Lower Reliability, in the Name of ‘Fighting Climate Change’

You would think energy producers would always be looking for ways to lessen the costs and increase the reliability of power for their customers. This is not the case, however, with several American energy producers who are now taking advantage of the climate scare to try to force their customers to pay more. They are doing this through unnecessary conversions away from dependable, inexpensive coal-fired electricity generation to unreliable and costly wind and solar power. The Wisconsin-based utility, Alliant Energy, which provides electricity to about 960,000 customers in Wisconsin and Iowa, is a case in point.

10 Tips For a Killer Branded YouTube Content Strategy

The role YouTube plays in a branded content strategy can’t be understated. It’s consistently ranked the most popular social media site among U.S. adults, taking advantage of the massive percentage of internet users who view online video regularly.

Other social network platforms have added video capabilities in recent years, but YouTube remains the gold standard.

Setting Up Your YouTube Content Strategy

Every channel being considered as part of a branded content program needs a strategy all its own, including YouTube. That means making decisions that will impact what sort of material is posted there, what the expectations of the audience are and what metrics are being tracked to determine success. It helps to answer a series of questions.

Internet Shutdowns

The Internet is sometimes called a friend and sometimes an enemy. In th  small African nation of Chad, the internet has been closed for one year.  Chadians feel anger and  are revolting as they struggle without internet.

An internet shutdown happens when someone, usually a government, intentionally disrupts internet access to control what people say and do. Blackouts are sometimes called blackouts or kill switches.  The internet enables all our human rights.  When there is peace, people enjoy life with The Internet.  In times of war it may be better to close The Internet.

Why Do You Need a Cryptocurrency Wallet?

Crypto wallets have become the need of the hour with a tremendous increase in the use of cryptocurrency on a global scale. These virtual wallets come to combat all the limitations of a conventional wallet by way of imparting more security to your money. Hire a professional crypto wallet developer now to help you build personalized crypto wallets to cater to specific trading needs.

Source Code of Bilibili Leaked on Github

Today has been a special day for Chinese coders. According to Sina News, the source code of Bilibili, a famous Chinese ACG video sharing website, had been fully leaked on Github. Before being taken down, it had been forked more than 6,000 times, which means basically it is impossible to stop the spread of the code now. People are posting concerns on Zhihu (a Quora-like Chinese website) and Sina Weibo over potential cyber attacks on Bilibili over the next few days.

Amazon Rewards Fake Reviews – The Ebanel Case

The Numbing category on Amazon is rampant with fake reviews both positive and negative. Nowhere could we find a worse perpetrator than Ebanel Laboratories. After an in depth review of thousands of potentially false reviews, positive on their products, negative on their competitors, we filed a complaint to Amazon, and wrote an email directly to Jeff Bezos about Ebanel.

Amazon emailed us back on March 26th 2019.

5 Ways to Make Your Video Content Social Media Ready

We are going to take on what you need to know on how to create amazing video content for your marketing efforts on social media and make it go viral. As many have noticed about videos for a long time now so it doesn’t come as a shocker when we talk about that if you haven’t started publishing videos yet, it’s time to move on and get rolling as part of your overall b2b marketing strategy.

Logistics: Goods Today are Tracked at Every Step

Technology has changed the way things operate. Now you can keep track of your consignment of goods 24 /7. GPS tracking has made this possible. The vehicles are fitted with trackers so you know the real time positioning of your goods at all times. This is particularly beneficial in case of valuable goods. Companies have also begun with seamless offline mode of engagement with the clients in order to rope in higher efficiency and professionalism within the entire transportation system.

Pharmacy Delivery Apps Allow You to Keep Your Medications Coming on Time

In today’s era everyone is busy, so they don’t get proper time to take care of their health. In some cases, it happens that patients run out of the stock of their medicines. Different applications have been launched to provide the proper flow of medicine to customers. These applications save a lot of time for the customers as they don’t have to go for the trip of medical shops.

9 Practical Tips to Improve Good Reputation Management for Small Businesses

All Businesses needs loyal customers to be successful, right? Two of the most important tools in marketing goal for small businesses to prosper in 2019 is to retain loyal customers and attract new ones. Reputation Management is an amazing method for small businesses to concentrate on in order to achieve their marketing goals.

Businesses of all kinds and types have become smarter about the significance of retaining a good reputation just after the deceptive practices of some corporations surfaced.

Joyoshare Officially Launches UltFix iOS System Recovery to Repair iOS

Hong Kong – Joyoshare Studio, a creative and dedicated multimedia software developer, has recently announced a new release for its iOS utility, Joyoshare UltFix, to give a hand to fix iOS system issues in various possible situations, such as iPhone stuck in recovery mode, black screen, iPhone no service, etc. on both PC and Mac without data loss and get iOS device back to normal within only 3 steps.

Google Quarterly Businesses Breakdown

Find Nearly 9% YTM with Magnachip Semiconductor, Bonds Mature July 2021

This week, Durig Capital ventures to the technology sector to review an issuer involved in the design and manufacture of semiconductors. Magnachip Semiconductor (NYSE:MX) has been around for over 30 years and is the largest independent supplier of OLED display drivers to panel makers for smartphones. The company’s latest reported quarterly results (three months ending September 30, 2018) were excellent.

 

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 13% year-over-year.

  • Gross profits were up 10.8% over the prior year period.

  • Operating income increased by 17.9% over Q3 2017.

  • Revenues were up 16.6% year-over-year and were at the highest levels since Q4 2012.

  • Interest coverage over 3x for the third quarter.

Increasing Use of Electronic Content In Vehicles Aiding Automotive Software Market Growth

According to a new market research report published by Credence Research “Automotive Software Market (Software Type – Autopilot Software, Navigation Software, Entertainment Software, Car Safety Software, Connectivity Software, Auto Mechanical Software; Vehicle Type – Passenger Vehicle and Commercial Vehicle; Electric Vehicle Type – Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)) – Growth, Future Prospects and Competitive Analysis, 2018 – 2026”, the automotive software market was valued at $16.24 billion in 2017 and expected to reach $78.62 billion in 2026 growing at a CAGR of 19.2% during the forecast period from 2018 to 2026.

Soak Up 8% YTM from SolarCity/Tesla, Bonds Mature 2020

This week, Durig Capital reviews a bond from an issuer that was snapped up a few years ago by one of the most enigmatic figures in corporate America. In late 2016, SolarCity was acquired by Elon Musk’s company, Tesla. The acquisition made sense- combine the maker of electric cars and energy storage with a company that produces solar panels that produce energy (seemingly to ultimately charge Tesla’s vehicles). Tesla has since integrated SolarCity’s products into the Tesla portfolio. Tesla’s most recent reported quarter (Q3 2018) was truly historical.

 

  • Free cash flow of $881 million.

  • Operating income of $417 million

  • Cash flow from operations of $1.4 billion.

  • Interest coverage in Q3 of 2.4x.

Joyoshare iPasscode Unlocker Officially Released to Remove iPhone Lock Screen

Joyoshare Software announces the release of its new iOS utility member named Joyoshare iPasscode Unlocker to remove screen lock on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in mere minutes. As its name suggests, iPasscode Unlocker is specially designed to unlock iPhone passcode when users forgot password, got a second-hand iPhone with passcode, iPhone is disabled or cannot enter the password on a broken screen iPhone, etc.

CLOUD WARS: IBM Goes “All In.” What Will Microsoft, Amazon and Google Do Now?

Fly High with Triumph Group, Over 8.5% YTM, Bonds Mature August 2025

This week, Durig Capital looks to the skies as it reviews an issuer that is focused on the design and manufacture of aircraft parts and systems. Triumph Group has spent the past few years shedding non-core business assets, consolidating locations and streamlining its operations with an eye to cost reductions. Its latest quarterly results showcase its progress on this journey. Its fiscal year 2019 first quarter results included the following:

 

  • A 6.5% increase in net sales as compared to Q1 FY 2018

  • An increase of 126% in adjusted EBITDA as compared to the prior year period.

  • Interest coverage was an outstanding 2.3x for Q1

  • Triumph Group is projecting a 5% increase in net sales in FY 2019.

  • Backlog increased by 5% over the previous year period.

Bitcoin 10th Anniversary – Do Cryptocurrencies go higher? Blockchain jobs seeing robust growth !

Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery Upgrades to Recover Data from iCloud (iOS 12 Supported)

Hong Kong, Oct.23, 2018 – Joyoshare Studio, one of the best top-notching multimedia software developers, has recently announced a new upgraded version for its product, Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery, which specifically introduces the support to iCloud backup recovery, compatibility with iOS 12 devices along with some other improvements & optimization. Using it, users can get utmost liberty to recover deleted or lost iOS data from iCloud backups with only few clicks.

As a powerful data recovery tool in current market, the up-to-date Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery entitles users to easily extract data from iCloud & iTunes backups or directly retrieve data from iOS devices (iOS 12 included). During recovery process, users have no need to worry about device compatibility as Joyoshare supports all series of iOS models without problem, even the latest iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/X. Notably, not only common data but also encrypted data, in total of 20+ kinds, can be restored instantly, such as photos, videos, reminders, WhatsApp/Kik/Viber messages, Safari bookmarks, contacts, notes, calendars, etc.

Joyoshare Media Cutter Upgrades to Provide Multi-Language Interface

Hong Kong – Joyoshare Studio, one of the pioneers of the world’s first multimedia software developers, has recently announced the launch of multi-language support for their professional and popular video cutter – Joyoshare Media Cutter. Both Windows and Mac version of the program are now available in German, French, Japanese, and English as well, so that people worldwide can use it to trim and edit video and audio files in a more friendly way.

In this new release, one of the well-known video solutions, Joyoshare Media Cutter app has been translated and optimized. Besides the first displayed English, now the software also recognizes and responds in French, German and Japanese, depending on the language preference each customer requests. The feature adds flexibility to the adoption of this tool to cut, trim, split, join and edit any video and audio file through the language of their choice. Users can easily set their language preference by going to the Home > Preferences > General > Language after launching Joyoshare Media Cutter, and then select the preferred language. Done.

Joyoshare Screen Recorder Upgrades Editing Software

Joyoshare Software recently announced a new upgrade for its Joyoshare Screen Recorder, offering users enhanced video & audio recording/editing features, a customize personalized watermark, and other improvements and optimizations.

Adopted advanced screen capturing technology, the newest Joyoshare Screen Recorder does well in recording any videos and audios on Windows and Mac desktop screen, including Google Hangouts conversation, Facebook call, Netflix movie, Spotify music, YouTube audio, Twitch stream, Skype chat, webinar conference, etc. Meanwhile, users can record video with audio simultaneously and decide whether to grab system audio or microphone sound. After updating to recent version, all created recordings, no matter videos and audios, can be sliced in edit window with wanted segments left, during which users are allowed to take snapshots in JPG and PNG readily.

Joyoshare Updates iPhone Data Recovery to Restore Viber Messages Easily

Joyoshare Studio, one of the best world-leading multimedia software developers, recently announced a new upgrade of Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery with Viber messages and attachments recovery supported, as well as other optimization and improvement. With the latest version of Joyoshare Data Recovery for iPhone, you can now easily retrieve lost or deleted Viber Messages from iPhone (the latest iPhone X included) without any data loss.