Nobody will give you a free iPhone X for liking a Facebook page, so stop falling for these scams – BGR

I get it, the iPhone X is incredibly expensive at $999. And that’s just the starting price that gets you a measly 64GB of storage. But most buyers will not have to pay the price outright. There are plenty of financing option to help them deal with the wallet hit, including the iPhone Upgrade Program and various carrier offers.

But remember, iPhone fans, there’s no such thing as a free iPhone X. As a general rule of thumb, nothing in life is free. One way or another you’re going to pay for it. Falling for social scams that entice you to follow a Facebook page, YouTube channel or Instagram account, however, isn’t going to get you an iPhone X. Someone is taking advantage of you, and you won’t come away with a free phone.

There are many scammers out there looking to take advantage of the new iPhone release by promoting fake “free iPhone” offers. And the iPhone X could not be a better tool given that it’s the most expensive iPhone ever released.

According to ZeroFox, there are 532 fraudulent iPhone social accounts right now, and the number is going up.

What the purpose of these fake free iPhone offers on social media? The creators are looking to increase their follower counts. Some of the people looking to score a free iPhone X or iPhone 8 will follow, like, or share social content to have a chance of winning. However, the owners of these fraudulent social pages are only looking to quickly boost the number of followers, and then repurpose the page for something else.

Remember, there is no such thing as a free iPhone X for a like, share, or follow!

Other free iPhone offers will actually instruct users to share personal information that may be then used to steal a person’s identity.

Remember, there is no such thing as a free iPhone X for a like, share, or follow!

ZeroFox also says that free iPhones offers may also trick gullible users into clicking on malicious links and falling for phishing schemes. It goes without saying that you should never click on these links or install any apps if prompted to do so.

Remember, there is no such thing as a free iPhone X for a like, share, or follow!

Oh, and while we’re at it, nobody is looking to ditch old iPhone stock, including Apple. One of the great things about the iPhone is that it’s a valuable device. Even older models retain their value, so nobody will “ditch” them.

That’s not to say there aren’t genuine iPhone promotions that offer free iPhone models. However, before trying your luck, make sure you’re dealing with a verified company rather than an impersonator or some random person. In many cases, there may be certain conditions that must be met to make you eligible to win a free iPhone. If you’ve been a sucker for one of these fake offers in the past, you might consider going through the entire ZeroFox article and sharing it with friends. You will not win a free iPhone X offer if you do, but there’s still plenty of value in helping people steer clear of scams.

Also, consider reporting the fake pages and websites to the appropriate companies. It’s effortless to do so if we’re talking about Facebook pages or other social media accounts.

Finally, remember, there is no such thing as a free iPhone X for a like, share, or follow!

Nvidia’s Shares At Risk Of Falling 12%

When it comes to Nvidia Corp. (NVDA), the bulls were out in full force on Monday as usual. The shares have skyrocketed 17-fold in five years and were up more than 2 percent to at least $185 in daily trading. Now, the latest issue of Barron’s is offering investors a new, exotic way to profit off Nvidia: by purchasing call options as a good way to play the stock’s rise to $200.

This optimism may be unjustified, according to a detailed analysis of options trades, which indicate that Nvidia’s shares could fall as much as 12 percent as it enters a period of risky volatility for investors.

Huge Implied Volatility

The big problem: these $180 call options are trading at a significant premium due to the astronomically high implied volatility of Nvidia’s shares. That implied volatility is nearly 6 times more expensive than the S&P 500, which has an implied volatility of 7 percent. This means there is a very real risk that Nvidia’s shares could plunge below $164 a share, as explained further below.

The Nvidia November call options are trading with an implied volatility of 42 percent, which is 16 percentage points higher than high-flying Amazon, and 2 percentage points higher than even Netflix. The options market is pricing in significant levels of volatility, using the at-the-money $185 long straddle set to expire on November 17. The options strategy, which involved buying both a put and call, is pricing in nearly a 12 percent move up or down in the stock by expiration. This means the shares would have to trade below $163.50 or above $206.40 to be profitable, as indicated by options trades.

An earlier story this week looks at the challenges facing Nvidia from a technical and fundamental perspective. (See also: Nvidia Rally Is One Step Closer to Exhaustion.)

Traders Playing Volatility

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With nearly 8,500 contracts of open interest on the $185 calls and 7,000 contracts of open interest in the $185 puts, it suggests that traders with a bullish or bearish outlook are basically split. Perhaps more important, it tells us that traders are merely playing volatility in this stock, looking for Nvidia’s shares to have a big move either up or down over the next month. Options pricing is derived from time value and intrinsic value. The value of the options is expensive because the intrinsic value is being lifted by high levels of implied volatility.

Bearish Trading Patterns

The trading patterns look especially bearish for the stock over the longer-term. As noted in previous Investopedia stories, the stock is currently in a rising wedge formation, which is a bearish technical pattern, and could symbolize a decline ahead. Additionally, volume has been declining for the stock on its most recent move higher, which also suggests that buyers are not as numerous in the past.

The stock continues to trade with lots of volatility, and the options market is pricing in even more volatility in the coming weeks. Which way the stock will move from current levels is the prominent question. However, declining volume could suggest the bulls are getting tired. That, coupled with rising expectations of volatility, suggests that Nvidia’s shares could be set for a fall.

Apple View Falling to Third in Worldwide Wearable Band Shipments is No Significant Deal

In accordance to modern experiences on the quarterly overall performance of the wearables current market, Apple has slipped to range 3 in the environment in equally international shipments and quarterly current market share. While the in general wearable band current market grew 8 %, that advancement was pushed by Xiaomi (3.5 million units transported) and Fitbit (3.3 million). Apple came in at 3rd with 2.7 million units transported.

Though it lost the leading place in the most modern quarter, the figures earlier mentioned are really deceptive about Apple’s standing in the current market. For starters, there’s the basic actuality that Apple’s overall performance is based mostly on a single product—the Apple Watch—while you have firms like Xiaomi and Fitbit that are producing several diverse SKUs in the space. Much more offered merchandise is really basically likely to lead to a substantially better opportunity of flooding the market with mentioned merchandise. The actuality that Apple even ranks on this list with a single merchandise need to be noticed as an impressive accomplishment for a firm that only bought into the wearables activity 3 many years ago.

Now that the Apple apologist in me is finished ranting, there are some difficult figures that need to have to be seemed at as properly.

While the headline that Apple slipped to 3rd in the international wearable band current market is just one that reads properly, a 2nd finger need to be pointed at Fitbit. Their 3.3 million shipments did rank 2nd globally, but that figure displays a 34 % drop 12 months-over-12 months.

And some thing that the wearable band experiences go away out is precise revenue. Apple does not do properly in terms of releasing the most up-to-day revenue figures for each merchandise, but at the very least just one modern estimate set the Apple View at all around $6 billion in revenue through its 1st 12 months on the market—or about 3 situations the dimension of Fitbit, according to that company’s most modern end-of-12 months earnings report.

Xiaomi, which took the leading wearables place for the 1st time, lately stopped disclosing annual product sales figures. The firm has noticed huge good results by touting a lineup of incredibly reduced-priced wearables.

So, although they may well not ship the most wearables in a offered quarter, other firms in the space cannot even get started to contact Apple in terms of in general revenue.

Wearables to ‘Watch’

Wanting ahead, this unseating of the Apple View may well be incredibly quick lived.

The in general current market expanded to 21.6 million shipments through the most modern quarter, and that figure is only envisioned to increase, specifically as mobile linked smartwatches—like the Apple View Series 3—start to hit the current market. By 2021, that space could achieve all around 40 million units transported. An IDC report has the current market practically doubling over that exact timeframe, with smartwatches managing practically 33 % of the overall wearables current market.

And just one firm in particular could dominate it.

“Apple is poised to seize the mobile smartwatch current market by making use of its strong interactions with operators, which will turn out to be essential factors of sale for mobile smartwatches and relevant expert services,” Canalys Analyst Jason Very low mentioned in a statement. “Apple is the industry chief in permitting individuals to knowledge the diverse Apple View types and functionalities in-shop. It is critical for Apple Stores and Apple’s offline retail associates to adapt rapidly to proficiently showcase new mobile-enabled use instances as shortly as products are offered.”

Fitbit, on the other hand, now flopped with their Blaze smartwatch. And early experiences on its future smartwatch say that the merchandise appears to be like like a Blaze 2..

Google Home: Just a week and I’m falling in love with ‘her’

After just a week sharing an apartment with Google’s aptly named home assistant Google Home, we’re in love, and we’re pretty sure the feeling is mutual.

Arriving home after a long day, we say: “Hey, Google. Good evening.” Back comes, “Hi. It’s good to hear your voice.”

One of the endearing things about this clever $199 gadget is that she can figure out stuff, like that you’ve been away all day, and tailor her response to add some machine-made warmth.

It’s already obvious that after a couple of years’ development, Home will be powerful technology. But right now, it does enough out of the box to justify the spend, and even more so if you combine it with a Chromecast media dongle or Wemo internet-enabled appliance switch.

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Basic set-up takes minutes. Unbox the device, which is often compared in looks to a table top electric air freshener, plug it in and download a free app that identifies the unit and guides you through the process of connecting to your Wi-Fi network.

Hooking up with other gear like Chromecast and Wemo is a little more fiddly, but you won’t need a tech degree.

What’s to like about Home? Well, a device that can understand spoken, natural language Google queries and respond in moments turns out to be very handy.

“OK, Google. When is the next Victorian State election?” “What’s 190 degrees Fahrenheit in centigrade?” “What’s the phone number for the Melbourne Theatre Company?” More often than not, Home has a nearly instant answer.

Local knowledge

Google Home speaker looks simple but does so much.
Google Home speaker looks simple but does so much.
Google Home speaker looks simple but does so much.

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Your clever air freshener also knows where you are.

“OK, Google. Where’s the closest pharmacy?” gets the right answer at our house. “What’s tomorrow’s weather?” generates a report for our suburb. Of course, you could do all this at the keyboard, but it’s liberating to access information while making a cup of tea rather than tethering yourself to a PC.

We especially like Home’s customisable morning routine.

“OK, Google. Good morning” initiates a cheery greeting, immediately followed by the time, a localised weather report, a traffic report on our usual route to work and five-minute news updates from ABC radio and the BBC.

If the phone rings, it’s “OK, Google. Pause.” She’ll wait patiently and resume the news summary when you’re ready.

Once a couple of compatible smart devices are in sight, Home really starts to show off. We already have a lounge heater controllable via Wi-Fi or the net using a Wemo switch. Now we can operate it by voice.

“OK, Google. Turn on the lounge room heater.” For those kinds of commands, the unit always confirms the instruction so you can be sure that your direction to activate a heater in the bedroom hasn’t been misunderstood as a request for a shed light to be switched on.

There are dozens of third-party controllers on Home’s compatibility list, but most aren’t on sale in Australia, yet.

Home entertainment

Most fun is playing around with Google Home and Google’s own Chromecast dongle.

We have one connected to a sound system, imaginatively identified by the device name “Music”. “OK, Google, play smooth jazz on Music.” Sure enough, Home locates an internet radio station dedicated to easy listening jazz, and it’s playing through your lounge room speakers in a second or two. Home’s built-in speaker is adequate for music, if you’re not too fussy, and perfectly good for spoken audio.

“OK, Google. Play David Attenborough on Netflix.” “Play Beatles White Album.” “Play Frank Sinatra.” “OK, Google, skip this track.” “Turn volume down.” The instructions work most of the time, with a fail rate of maybe 10 per cent as long as you speak reasonably clearly.

Privacy advocates can fairly ask about the risks of a smart device that’s listening around the clock and talks to the internet.

We discovered just how carefully Home listens while we were trying to watch some YouTube videos about Home itself. Picking up the audio from sound tracks, she started reacting to “OK, Google” commands in the videos.

We couldn’t get to the end of one clip because the presenter demonstrated how to tell Home to turn off YouTube, which the device promptly did.

The full potential for mayhem became apparent when a visitor was playing with Apple’s Siri service on our new MacBook Pro, at just the moment we’d started an “OK, Google” command. When Google responds to Siri, you know you’re in the 21st century.

Peter Moon is a technology lawyer with Cooper Mills.peter.moon@coopermills.com.au

Why Intel Is Falling as AMD, NVIDIA Surge

Semiconductor manufacturer Intel Corp. (INTC) is one of the tech sector’s real laggards. Its shares having sunk by 4.4% for the year-to-date through Friday, while rivals Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) and NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA) have surged 22.8% and 54.5%, respectively, per Nasdaq data. Meanwhile, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSM) has raced past Intel as the biggest chip maker by market capitalization, $188.0 billion to $163.3 billion, also per Nasdaq.

Slowing Growth

Intel is still the global leader in semiconductor sales, according to The Wall Street Journal, but sales growth is slow. The consensus forecast of $60.18 billion in revenues for full year 2017 is only 1.2% above 2016 actual results, per the Financial Times. For 2018, annual revenues are expected to grow by 2.5%. Cumulatively from 2013 to 2016, Intel’s revenues increased 12.8%, also per the FT.

Intel’s lead in sales revenue may be short-lived. Extrapolating from first quarter results, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (SSNLF) is on pace to record full-year 2017 semiconductor sales of 62.64 trillion South Korean won, or about $55 billion at the current spot exchange rate. Samsung’s annual chip sales revenue increased by 36.6% cumulatively from 2013 to 2017, and is on pace for at least another 22.4% increase from 2016 to 2017, per Samsung. (For more, see also: The World’s Most Profitable Big Tech Isn’t Apple.)

Challenged in Core Markets

Intel has been hurt by declining PC sales, which have fallen for five straight years through 2016, according to technology market research firm Gartner Inc. (IT) as reported by USA Today. Meanwhile, Advanced Micro Devices, the Journal reports, has rolled out new chips this year that are gaining favor with the manufacturers of high-end PCs and servers. Also, graphics-oriented chips from NVIDIA, already preferred by avid computer gamers, are better fits than Intel’s offerings for use in artificial intelligence (AI), the Journal adds.

For data center applications, high speed ARM processors are displacing Intel’s products, the Journal says. ARM chips are cheaper and run at lower power levels than alternatives from Intel, according to technology columnist Tim Bajarin writing in Techland from Time Inc. Bajarin also noted that ARM chips are widely preferred to Intel’s alternatives for use in mobile devices such as cell phones, smartphones and tablets. Given that smartphones and tablets are displacing PC sales among young consumers, this magnifies Intel’s problems. If that were not enough, Bajarin indicated that Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) has optimized some recent versions of its Windows operating system to run on ARM processors rather than Intel’s chips. (For more, see also: Intel, NVIDIA Face Chipmaking Threat From Google.)

As a result, holding onto market share in data center applications is becoming ever more critical for Intel, the Journal notes. Intel has countered AMD’s new Epyc line of server chips with its own Xeon line. While the Xeon was formally rolled out this week, Intel indicates that it already has sold 500,000 units under an “early ship” program, according to the Journal.

Intel vs. AMD and ARM

In terms of relative size, Intel towers over AMD, with nearly 14 times the sales revenue for full year 2016, per Investopedia data. Moreover, the Journal notes, Intel’s R&D budget alone is about three times the size of AMD’s total revenues. However, AMD is growing faster in key areas. AMD’s revenue from graphics and computing applications is projected to increase by 34% this year, the Journal says, while Intel’s much larger revenues from data center applications have slowed to 7% expected growth, the lowest in the company’s history. Meanwhile, the Journal adds, AMD has negligible sales from applications in servers, so any market share that it gains will be at Intel’s expense.

As its name implies, U.K.-based ARM Holdings Ltd. is a designer and producer of ARM chips. It was acquired in 2016 by SoftBank Group Corp., a Japanese holding company whose other business segments include telecom, Internet services, robotics, and information technology, among others. For the final four months of 2016, after the finalization of the acquisition by Softbank, ARM’s sales revenue was 112.9 billion Japanese yen, per Softbank. At the current spot exchange rate, this translates to about $1 billion, or roughly $3 billion annualized. Like AMD, ARM is another small rival to Intel that is nibbling at the edges of the semiconductor giant’s market.