Why You Should Not Give Up On Symantec Corporation (SYMC), Ball Corporation (BLL)?

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) attracted a lower number of shares in volume with 3.36 million contracts traded on 13-Oct-17. However, its trading capacity stayed around 6.72 million shares in normal days. The first sale was made at $32.14 but later the stock became weaker, and closed with a gain of 1.44%. It was last traded at $32.36 apiece.

Symantec Corporation (SYMC): Hold Candidate With 2.84% Upside Potential

Symantec Corporation is maintained at an average hold rating by 29 stock analysts, and there are at least 3.62% of shares outstanding that are currently legally short sold. The shares went down by -1.79% in value last month. Year-to-date it jumped 35.45%. Analysts are turning out to be more optimistic than before, with 11 of analysts who cover Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) advice adding it to buy candidate list. Wall Street experts also assign a $33.28 price target on Symantec Corporation, pointing towards a 2.84% rally from current levels. The stock is trading for about -5.38% less than its 52-week high.

Symantec Corporation Reports 2.43% Sales Growth

Symantec Corporation (SYMC) remained successful in beating the consensus-estimated $0.31 as it actually earned $0.33 per share in its last reported financial results. Revenue, on the other hand, scored 2.43% growth from the previous quarter, coming up with $1.2 billion.

SYMC Retreats -4.6% In A Week

This company shares (SYMC) so far managed to recover 42.18% since collapsing to its 52-week low. Over a month, it has seen its stock price volatility to stay at 2.12% while shortening the period to a week, volatility was 1.91%. The share price has yet to cross its 20 days moving average, floating at a distance of -1.92% and sits 4.28% higher versus its 50 days moving average. When looking at the past five sessions, the stock returned -4.6% losses and is up by 8.74% compared with its 200-day moving average of $30.54. Also, Symantec Corporation (SYMC) needs to expand a 33.28% increase it experienced over the past twelve months.

Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL) Consensus Call At 2.2

As regular trading ended, Ball Corporation (BLL) stock brought in a $0.1 rise to $42.35. The day started at a price of $42.34 but then traded as high as $42.62 before giving part of the gains back. As for this week, analysts appear content to stick with their neutral outlook with the consensus call at 2.2. Ball Corporation is given 4 buy-equivalent recommendations, 0 sells and 6 holds. The company shares sank -1.65% from their peak of $43.06 and now has a $14.8 billion market value of equity.

Ball Corporation Could Grow 6.73% More

BLL’s mean recommendation on Reuter’s scale improved from 2.08 thirty days ago to 2.17 now, which indicates a hold consensus from the analyst community. They see Ball Corporation (BLL) price hitting a mean target of $45.2 a share, meaning the stock still has potential that could lift the price another 6.73% Also, the recent close suggests the stock is underpriced by 10.98% compared to the most bullish target.

Ball Corporation (BLL) Returns 12.83% This Year

The company had seen its current volume reaching at 1.89 million shares in the last trade. That compares with the recent volume average of 2.04 million. At the close of regular trading, its last week’s stock price volatility was 1.01% which for the month reaches 0.86%. Ball Corporation dipped to as low as $42.3 throughout the day and has returned 12.83% in this year. At one point in the past year, the shares traded as low as $35.65 but has recovered 18.81% since then.

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!

Why AMD’s Latest Win Should Give NVIDIA Sleepless Nights | Business Markets and Stocks News

Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD) and NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) have been locked in an intense battle for GPU (graphics processing unit) supremacy. AMD has momentum on its side as its market share has shot up to almost 30% from just 18.8% in 2015, thanks to its focus on selling budget GPUs.

AMD now wants to take itself a notch higher, which is why it is targeting the high-end GPU space with the new Vega GPUs for consumer and professional grade PCs. But this isn’t the only front where the chipmaker is looking to engage NVIDIA. AMD’s latest contract win indicates that it is now making inroads into the lucrative data center business that’s been a big catalyst for NVIDIA so far.

AMD scores a win at a NVIDIA customer

Cloud services leader Amazon has decided to tap AMD’s FirePro server GPUs and its multi-user GPU technology to power its Graphics Design instance type. The Graphics Design instance type will allow users of Amazon AppStream 2.0 to run graphics applications in the cloud while reducing the cost of streaming such applications by as much as 50%.

AMD is providing Amazon with four different varieties. The different sizes and scales of the configuration that AMD is offering can be selected by users based on their requirements to run use cases pertaining to gaming, media, design, and engineering, among others. This is, undoubtedly, a big win for AMD as Amazon has usually tapped NVIDIA for its GPU requirements.

For example, the other two instances of the AppStream 2.0 — Graphics Desktop and Graphics Pro — are powered by NVIDIA’s Tesla GPUs and accelerators. The adoption of NVIDIA’s cloud-focused GPUs has boosted the company’s data center revenue substantially of late, with revenue from the segment rising 175% year over year in the latest quarter.

But AMD’s latest splash in the segment should have NVIDIA worried as this isn’t the first time that one of its customers has decided to multi-source its GPUs. Google, for instance, uses NVIDIA’s Tesla GPUs on its Compute Engine, but AMD has made inroads over here as well. In November last year, AMD announced that Google will deploy its FirePro server GPUs in 2017 for accelerating the performance of the Google Compute Engine and Google Cloud Machine Learning.

Alibaba is another cloud computing player that has decided to tap AMD’s technology for deployment across its data centers globally. This was after Alibaba had signed a strategic pact with NVIDIA in early 2016 to offer GPU as a service.

But AMD’s Amazon contract could turn out to be its biggest win as Amazon Web Services currently leads the cloud service provider (CSP) market by some distance. This puts AMD in a strong position to tap the GPU acceleration market, which seems set for solid growth thanks to the rise of tech trends such as the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

These trends will lead to a data explosion in the future, and stand-alone server CPUs won’t be powerful enough to perform huge calculations in a short time. This is where the GPU accelerators will come into play as they can compute a lot more data in less time and at a fraction of the cost. AMD, therefore, can expect a big boost to its data center business.

AMD’s EPYC server chip could be another catalyst

AMD enjoys an advantage over NVIDIA thanks to its recently launched server chip — EPYC. This new server CPU (central processing unit) has received a good response from OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and CSPs; AMD claims that it can outperform rival chips from Intel.

In fact, AMD has already tied up with key cloud players in China such as Tencent and JD.com, as well as infrastructure providers such as Sugon and Lenovo for its EPYC server CPUs. In all, the company claims to have received commitments from 20 companies for the new chip. These partnerships could be a gold mine for AMD as China’s data center market is expected to clock an annual growth rate of 13% until 2020.

Therefore, AMD will have the opportunity to cross-sell its FirePro GPUs to its server CPU customers. This could knock the wind out of NVIDIA’s data center sales, as AMD looks set to win more market share provided its execution is as strong as it has been in the PC business.

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Shareholders force Zuckerberg to give up plan for non-voting shares

Enlarge / CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook’s 2016 “F8” conference.

Mark Zuckerberg is giving up on an audacious plan to sell most of his Facebook shares without diminishing his total control over the company. The plan, which Facebook announced last year, would have given shareholders two new non-voting shares for each voting share they owned. Zuckerberg hoped to sell these shares to finance his charitable ambitions.

But shareholders sued, arguing that the plan would further consolidate power in Zuckerberg’s hands with no benefits to other shareholders. Zuckerberg was scheduled to testify in court in the case on Tuesday. Abandoning the plan saves Zuckerberg from having to do that.

Most companies operate according to a one-share-one-vote principle. But several high-profile technology companies, including Google, Facebook, and Snap, give extra per-share voting rights to founders and early investors. These extra votes give Larry Page and Sergey Brin a majority of Google’s voting power even though they own much less than half of Google’s shares. The same is true at Snap, where co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy together exercise a majority of the company’s votes, giving them total control over the company’s management.

Facebook’s corporate structure is even more concentrated: Zuckerberg alone controlled a majority of Facebook’s shares when the company went public in 2012.

You might wonder why anyone would buy shares in a company where they had no influence in how it was run. Partly, investors were betting on the business savvy of the companies’ legendary founders. But they also knew that Page, Brin, and Zuckerberg had a strong incentive to do a good job since most of their fortunes would be tied up in the companies they ran. If they tried to sell too many of their shares, their voting power would fall below 50 percent and other shareholders would gain the ability to fire them. Whatever else you might say about the arrangement, investors at least went into the deal with their eyes open.

But then Google decided to change the rules in a way that made things even more favorable to the co-founders. In 2012, Google proposed creating a new class of non-voting shares and distributing one for each share outstanding. That would have allowed the Google founders to sell half their shares without diluting their control of the company, and it also would have allowed them to issue new non-voting shares to use for acquisitions—again, allowing the company to grow without affecting Page and Brin’s control.

Normally, a change like this has to be approved by shareholders. But Brin and Page controlled a majority of Google’s voting shares, virtually guaranteeing that Google’s board would approve the arrangement.

So shareholders sued, arguing that the stock split benefited Page and Brin at the expense of other shareholders. With a smaller stake in Google, shareholders said, the co-founders would have a reduced incentive to manage Google well. But Google settled the lawsuit in 2014, allowing the stock split to go forward, and the courts never ruled on the legality of the proposal.

Zuck’s turn

Zuckerberg hoped to follow Google’s playbook with an even more ambitious three-for-one stock split. If successful, it would have allowed Zuckerberg to sell more than two-thirds of his shares without losing control of Facebook. That would have helped him fulfill his pledge to give away 99 percent of his wealth to charity.

But the plan hasn’t gone smoothly. As with Google’s plan, Facebook shareholders sued. Information uncovered during litigation revealed that one of Facebook’s board members, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, was coaching Mark Zuckerberg via text message on how to win over other board members at the same time he was supposed to be representing the interests of all shareholders.

If the lawsuit had continued, Zuck could have faced awkward questions about this potential conflict of interest. Instead, Facebook is giving up the fight. “This is an unconditional surrender,” shareholder attorney Stuart Grant told BuzzFeed. “I do think the message is loud and clear: you can’t just run over the stockholders.”

Zuckerberg explained the decision to drop the proposal in a Friday post on Facebook, writing that last year he thought the stock split was “the best way to do both of these things. In fact, I thought it was the only way. But I also knew it was going to be complicated and it wasn’t a perfect solution.”

“Today I think we have a better one,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Over the past year and a half, Facebook’s business has performed well and the value of our stock has grown to the point that I can fully fund our philanthropy and retain voting control of Facebook for 20 years or more.”

Still, dropping the stock split limits how many shares he can sell if he wants to maintain his lock on the CEO job. If he ever gives away the bulk of his shares, he’ll lose his majority of Facebook’s voting power, creating the possibility that other shareholders could fire him if Facebook starts to under-perform expectations.

To buy a $1,000 iPhone X, here’s what I’d have to give up

Apple’s new iPhone X is the most advanced phone the company has ever built, but it’s also the most expensive.

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Starting at $1,000, £1,000 or AU$1,579 for the basic version, this freshly designed iPhone that’s packed with all kinds of new technology isn’t meant for the average consumer. It’s an exclusive product meant for a certain kind of customer. But is it really worth it?

In this edition of Ask Maggie, I offer my thoughts.

Dear Maggie,

I am in the market for a new smartphone and I am absolutely lusting after the new iPhone X. I don’t have another phone to trade in since I’m giving my current iPhone to one of my kids. But $1,000 seems like a lot of money to spend. Is it really worth it?

Thanks,

Tempted but cheap

Dear Tempted,

I hear you. But to be clear, it’s unlikely you’d get the 64GB version of the device, which costs $999. Instead, if you’re spending that kind of cash on a super high-end phone, you’ll want the 256GB version for $1,149 (that’s £1,149 in the UK and AU$1,829 in Australia).

As my colleague Roger Cheng put it, “Buying the 64GB iPhone X is like buying a Porsche with half a fuel tank: It looks good, but you’re not going too far.”

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Apple’s iPhone X is its most advanced phone to date. And its most expensive.


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I agree. If you’re going to drop that kind of dough on a new phone, why not spend the additional $150 for four times more storage?

But now we’re just splitting hairs. The real question is whether you think it’s worth spending $1,000 to $1,149 on a device that most Americans get rid of after a couple of years.

For one, you have to determine if you can actually afford to spend that much money on a new phone when you can easily get the same basic functionality in a device for a third of the price tag. (The iPhone SE now costs $349, £349 and AU$549. You can get a cheaper Android phone, like a Moto G5 Plus, for even less.)

For the sake of argument, let’s say you can afford it without forgoing your mortgage payment or food for your kids. The next question comes down to whether you’re willing to spend that much on a phone that you will use every day, but will likely replace within a couple of years.

The price of luxury

There’s no question that the iPhone X offers more features, a newer design and more cutting-edge technology than less expensive phones.

Aside from its looks, the display is noticeably better than other iPhones. And there are loads of other premium features, including wireless charging, an improved dual-lens camera system, a faster processor, better battery life and a new facial recognition feature for unlocking the device and Apple Pay.

Keep in mind that the iPhone X isn’t a device for the masses. It’s a luxury item. And like other luxury models of utilitarian products, like watches or cars, you have to think about how much you’re willing to spend for style, comfort and functionality. For instance, some people will spend $10,000 or more on a Rolex while others will spend $50 for a Swatch watch. They both tell time.

But of course, owning a luxury product says something about the owner and what he or she values.

I’m not really sure I can justify the hefty price tag. I’m just a bit more practical. To give you an idea of my lifestyle, I don’t own a Rolex or any expensive piece of jewelry other than my engagement ring. I proudly sport a Swatch watch. I drive a Honda Odyssey. And my personal cell phone at the moment is a year-old Moto G, purchased unlocked on Amazon for $229 in the US.

I’ll admit that I do get phone envy from time to time, especially when it comes to camera quality. But is it enough for me to spend $1,149? I’m not sure I can stomach that.


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Adjusting my lifestyle

To justify that kind of expense, I’d have to find a way to cut something out of my budget. Here’s a look at what I’d have to give up and for how long to justify the cost of a 256GB iPhone X.

  • Stop drinking my daily Starbucks latte for 274 days.
  • Unsubscribe to HBO Now for the next six years. (“Game of Thrones” is almost over anyway, right?)
  • Give up my family’s gym membership at a fancy sports club for four months.
  • Forgo music lessons for my kids for the next eight months. (Piano lessons are so passe.)
  • Stop coloring my hair for the next year. (Yikes! I don’t think anyone wants to see that.)
  • If my husband wants a new fancy iPhone X, too, I guess we could give up our family vacation next year.

Ugh. That just seems unrealistic and sad.

Budget shmudget

Some people might say that a new premium phone is worth the splurge. After all, it’s a device you use every day.  It’s arguably the most personal possession you own. You use it to capture intimate family moments. It knows your schedule and tracks your whereabouts. And in comparison, it’s really not that much more than many other products you’ve likely come to depend on in your home, like a nice laptop or big screen TV. Even a super nice Bosch dishwasher can run you almost as much as the new iPhone X.

But here’s the thing, these other premium products and even the luxury items I talked about above will last you much longer than your typical phone. A Rolex, for instance, can be thought of as a family heirloom, meant to be passed down to the next generation. It actually goes up in value.

That fancy Bosch dishwasher? It should last on average about seven to 12 years. A 65-inch flat screen TV won’t be replaced for at least seven years on average. Even your $1,300 (£1,249, AU$1,900) Apple Macbook will last you three to five years. By comparison, most American consumers keep their phones only 18 months to two years.

The bottom line

Of course, you could think of your iPhone X as an investment. Apple products have historically held their resale value well, allowing you to trade in an old device to defray the cost of a new one. And there’s always the option to lease or finance a device, which might alleviate the immediate sticker shock.

But for me, I think I’ll pass on the iPhone X for now. I’ve got kids to put through college.

Ask Maggie is an advice column that answers readers’ wireless and broadband questions. If you have a question, I’d love to hear from you. Please send me an email at maggie dot reardon at cbs dot com. And please put “Ask Maggie” in the subject header. You can also follow me on Facebook on my Ask Maggie page.

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Xbox, Mountain Dew, And Doritos Team Up To Give Away Xbox One X Consoles In ’Every 60 Seconds’

  • Collect: Anyone who purchases specially marked Mtn Dew and Doritos products can collect codes necessary to bid.
  • Bank Codes: Starting Sept. 25, participants can enter codes at Every60Seconds.com to start banking points. And starting Oct. 23, each code also gives you one entry into a sweepstakes to try to win an Xbox One X. Fans can check out the website now to register for updates.
  • Bid to Win: From Nov. 6 to Dec. 15, participants can use banked points to bid for a chance to win an Xbox One X and other prizes. Auctions begin at 9 a.m. ET each morning and close nightly between 9:01 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. ET.

“The DEW and Doritos gaming platform has become a staple of the gaming community, and as we looked back on some of the best programs we’ve done together, the online auction with Xbox stands out,” said Chauncey Hamlett, senior director, marketing, Mountain Dew. “We’re excited to be bringing back the auction in a new way, and giving our fans a chance to get their hands on the hotly-anticipated Xbox One X.”

Fans will also have offline ways to acquire the new console.

“Last year, Doritos had a big presence at E3 and has been to numerous conferences before that to engage with the gaming community,” said Ryan Matiyow, senior director, marketing, Doritos. “We encourage our fans to stay tuned for more news on events where they can compete in real life and win an Xbox One X.”

The on-package codes for the auctions will be available on favorite Doritos snacks and new Mtn Dew products. Mtn Dew will introduce two new limited-edition flavors of Mtn Dew Game Fuel – Arctic Burst and Tropical Smash. The product and packaging will feature imagery from upcoming games Middle-earth: Shadow of War and Forza Motorsport 7. On shelves this fall, the gamer-go-to will be available in 20oz. bottles and a 12-pack of 12oz. cans.

DEW and Doritos have brought gaming to the next level since their first partnership in 2007. The brands collaborated in 2013 on an online fan auction for Xbox One that generated over 8 million bids from consumers across the country and have been key players in the release of fan-favorite games, including Titanfall 2 and Halo 4. Earlier this year, DEW announced the sponsorship of three global esports powerhouses – Dignitas, Splyce and SK – and launched the second season of the Mountain Dew League, giving amateur esports competitors a chance to become pros.

DEW and Doritos will offer consumers even more chances to win an Xbox One X later this year, with more details set to be released in the coming weeks.

Join the conversation at @mountaindew or @Doritos #Every60Seconds.

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Mountain Dew, a product of PepsiCo Americas Beverages, is the No. 1 flavored carbonated soft drink in the U.S. With its one-of-a-kind citrus taste, Mountain Dew exhilarates and quenches with every sip. In addition to original Mountain Dew® and Diet Mountain Dew®, the permanent DEW product line includes Mountain Dew Code Red®, Mountain Dew LiveWire®, Mountain Dew Throwback®, Mountain Dew Pitch Black™, Mountain Dew Voltage®,  Mountain Dew White Out® and Mountain Dew Kickstart™. For more information, check out www.mountaindew.com, www.facebook.com/mountaindew or follow on Twitter @mountaindew.

About Doritos
Doritos believes there’s boldness in everyone. We champion those who are true to themselves, who live life fully engaged and take bold action by stepping outside of their comfort zone and pushing the limits. Doritos is one of the many brands that makes up Frito-Lay North America, the $14 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. Learn more about Frito-Lay at the corporate website, http://www.fritolay.com/, the Snack Chat blog, http://www.snacks.com/ and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/fritolay. 

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated approximately $63 billion in net revenue in 2016, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our fundamental belief that the success of our company is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world around us. We believe that continuously improving the products we sell, operating responsibly to protect our planet and empowering people around the world is what enables PepsiCo to run a successful global company that creates long-term value for society and our shareholders. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

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Pokemon Go Safari Zone news: Niantic give big update on new events | Gaming | Entertainment

Like Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago and the Stadium launch in Japan, Trainers in Europe are set to get their own chance of attending specially themed  events across the continent.

This week has seen Niantic release a big update on the upcoming Pokemon Go Safari event, arriving soon in multiple locations.

On September 16, official Pokémon Go Safari Zone activities will be taking place at Unibail-Rodamco Shopping Centres located at CentrO in Oberhausen (Germany), Les Quatre Temps in Paris (France) and La Maquinista in Barcelona (Spain).

New in-game medals and special 2 km Eggs will be available from various PokeStops found at each of these shopping centres.

But one of the biggest boosts will be the Pocket Monsters spawning around these areas.

Lures will be activated all day at each PokeStop at the event, which willl see the likes of Kangaskhan, Chansey, Larvitar, and others popping up throughout the day.

Trainers in the area may even get to catch a few Shiny Pikachu, Shiny Magikarp, and various forms of Unown.

This is much in line with what happened in both Chicago and Japan, although it’s not all the same.

Niantic have confirmed that Gym and Raid Battles will not be available at these shopping centres during these events.

This would suggest that Niantic are not planning on launching any new Legendary-types, like they did in Chicago and Yokohama.

“The Pokémon Go Safari Zone events will give Trainers the chance to meet one another and catch up in the team lounges,” a message from Niantic explains. 

“Attendees will also receive Trainer kits for joining the day’s Pokémon-catching activities. Throughout each of the participating shopping centers, special offers for Pokémon GO Trainers will be available in select stores.

“Trainers will soon be able to reserve free, nontransferable tickets to each of the Pokémon GO Safari Zone events taking place on September 16. 

“To receive a QR Code, which is required to participate in the event, the person who claims the ticket must be over the age of 13 and be present with a valid photo ID.”

For those who don’t manage to nab a ticket, some of the Pokemon found at the Pokémon Go Safari Zones events will be spawning throughout the city where the shopping centre is located.

More was also revealed on the upcoming Pokemon Go Safari Zone events being hosted in Denmark, Czech Republic, Sweden and The Netherlands. 

These dates now include:

October 7, 2017

  • Fisketorvet—Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Centrum Černý Most—Prague, The Czech Republic

October 14, 2017

  • Mall of Scandinavia—Stockholm, Sweden
  • Stadshart Amstelveen—Amstelveen, The Netherlands

How Google Home, Amazon Echo give a new twist to the home phone

The death of the landline has been well-documented for years, as cellphones have become the primary phone for the majority of Americans. But now, thanks to tech companies’ obsession with the smart home, the home phone is making a comeback.

Well, sort of.

Google has announced that starting Wednesday it is adding hands-free calling to its Google Home smart speaker and Home Hub. Those with a Home Hub will now be able to use the device as a stand-alone speakerphone. You can have it call someone in your Google account’s contacts list, for example, or ask it to search for and place a call to the “nearest florist.”

The Google Home won’t necessarily have its own phone number; right now, calls placed through Home will show up in caller ID as unknown numbers. But users will eventually be able to display their mobile numbers on the Home. Those with Google Voice or Project FI can also assign those numbers to the Home.

The calls, which are free, are not tied to your smartphone, meaning you could actually call a different contact on each device at the same time. The Google Home can also distinguish between voices, meaning that it should be able to call the right “Mom” based on whether you or your kids are making that request.

Google now joins Amazon, Microsoft and Samsung in powering smart speakers with calling capabilities. (Amazon chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post.) And fans are hoping that Apple will include an audio version of FaceTime, its WiFi-enabled voice chat program, in its upcoming HomePod speaker.

What these companies are doing is putting a new twist on the old home phone, which has steeply declined as cellphones have soared in popularity. A majority of American homes, 50.8 percent, rely solely on cellphones for their phone service, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. (The center has been tracking this trend for years as part of an in-person survey that looks at health-care access.)

“Calling friends, family and businesses is something that we all do every day,” Google said in a statement, “and it’s one of those tasks your Assistant on Google Home should be able to help you with, especially when your hands are full at home and you just can’t dial that number!”

As Google hints at, having a stationary device to place calls could be convenient for consumers whose cellphone is lost somewhere in the couch cushions, or who are unable to use a touchscreen. In that way, the home hub is more convenient than a traditional home phone — no pesky dialing.

Of course, there are some disadvantages. For one, the speaker’s sound quality during a phone call tends to be worse than that of a traditional home phone. (We’ll have to see how well Google handles this once the feature rolls out.) Plus, having a conversation blaring from a speaker isn’t exactly private.

And there’s another, more urgent issue to note: Google Home, like other Internet-based calling services, does not support emergency calls. So if you need to reach 911, Google Home won’t be able to make that call for you.

How Google Home and the Amazon Echo give a new twist to the home phone

The death of the landline has been well-documented for years, as cellphones have become the primary phone for the majority of Americans. But now, thanks to tech companies’ obsession with the smart home, the home phone is making a comeback.

Well, sort of.

Google has announced that starting Wednesday it is adding hands-free calling to its Google Home smart speaker and Home Hub. Those with a Home Hub will now be able to use the device as a stand-alone speakerphone. You can have it call someone in your Google account’s contacts list, for example, or ask it to search for and place a call to the “nearest florist.”

The Google Home won’t necessarily have its own phone number; right now, calls placed through Home will show up in caller ID as unknown numbers. But users will eventually be able to display their mobile numbers on the Home. Those with Google Voice or Project FI can also assign those numbers to the Home.

The calls, which are free, are not tied to your smartphone, meaning you could actually call a different contact on each device at the same time. The Google Home can also distinguish between voices, meaning that it should be able to call the right “Mom” based on whether you or your kids are making that request.

Google now joins Amazon, Microsoft and Samsung in powering smart speakers with calling capabilities. (Amazon chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post.) And fans are hoping that Apple will include an audio version of FaceTime, its WiFi-enabled voice chat program, in its upcoming HomePod speaker.

What these companies are doing is putting a new twist on the old home phone, which has steeply declined as cellphones have soared in popularity. A majority of American homes, 50.8 percent, rely solely on cellphones for their phone service, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. (The center has been tracking this trend for years as part of an in-person survey that looks at health-care access.)

“Calling friends, family and businesses is something that we all do every day,” Google said in a statement, “and it’s one of those tasks your Assistant on Google Home should be able to help you with, especially when your hands are full at home and you just can’t dial that number!”

As Google hints at, having a stationary device to place calls could be convenient for consumers whose cellphone is lost somewhere in the couch cushions, or who are unable to use a touchscreen. In that way, the home hub is more convenient than a traditional home phone – no pesky dialing.

Of course, there are some disadvantages. For one, the speaker’s sound quality during a phone call tends to be worse than that of a traditional home phone. (We’ll have to see how well Google handles this once the feature rolls out.) Plus, having a conversation blaring from a speaker isn’t exactly private.

And there’s another, more urgent issue to note: Google Home, like other Internet-based calling services, does not support emergency calls. So if you need to reach 911, Google Home won’t be able to make that call for you.

Google Home and Amazon Echo give a new twist to home phone

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By Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post

The death of the landline has been well-documented for years, as cellphones have become the primary phone for the majority of Americans. But now, thanks to tech companies’ obsession with the smart home, the home phone is making a comeback.

Well, sort of.

Google has announced that starting Wednesday it is adding hands-free calling to its Google Home smart speaker and Home Hub. Those with a Home Hub will now be able to use the device as a stand-alone speakerphone. You can have it call someone in your Google account’s contacts list, for example, or ask it to search for and place a call to the “nearest florist.”

The Google Home won’t necessarily have its own phone number; right now, calls placed through Home will show up in caller ID as unknown numbers. But users will eventually be able to display their mobile numbers on the Home. Those with Google Voice or Project FI can also assign those numbers to the Home.

The calls, which are free, are not tied to your smartphone, meaning you could actually call a different contact on each device at the same time. The Google Home can also distinguish between voices, meaning that it should be able to call the right “Mom” based on whether you or your kids are making that request.

Google now joins Amazon, Microsoft and Samsung in powering smart speakers with calling capabilities. (Amazon chief executive Jeffrey Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post.) And fans are hoping that Apple will include an audio version of FaceTime, its WiFi-enabled voice chat program, in its upcoming HomePod speaker.

What these companies are doing is putting a new twist on the old home phone, which has steeply declined as cellphones have soared in popularity. A majority of American homes, 50.8 percent, rely solely on cellphones for their phone service, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. (The center has been tracking this trend for years as part of an in-person survey that looks at health-care access.)

“Calling friends, family and businesses is something that we all do every day,” Google said, “and it’s one of those tasks your Assistant on Google Home should be able to help you with, especially when your hands are full at home and you just can’t dial that number!”

As Google hints at, having a stationary device to place calls could be convenient for consumers whose cellphone is lost somewhere in the couch cushions, or who are unable to use a touchscreen. In that way, the home hub is more convenient than a traditional home phone — no pesky dialing.

Of course, there are some disadvantages. For one, the speaker’s sound quality during a phone call tends to be worse than that of a traditional home phone. (We’ll have to see how well Google handles this once the feature rolls out.) Plus, having a conversation blaring from a speaker isn’t exactly private.

And there’s another, more urgent issue to note: Google Home, like other internet-based calling services, does not support emergency calls. So if you need to reach 911, Google Home won’t be able to make that call for you.