Samsung vs Xiaomi offline store fight: Retailers get hurt as Samsung-Xiaomi war intensifies

KOLKATA: Samsung is said to be unhappy with two leading retail chains for promoting rival Xiaomi’s smartphones with store-front signage and in-store branding as its battle with the Chinese company for control of the retail channel intensifies.

The two companies have been trying to dominate the retail space since July when Xiaomi, till then focussed only on e-commerce, stepped up efforts to rope in leading offline stores as preferred retail partners.

Officials of the two retail chains refused to comment due to the sensitivity of the matter.

An email sent to Xiaomi India did not elicit any response. Samsung India, too, did not respond to an email.

“Samsung is trying to sort out the issue with the two retailers ahead of the festive season,” an industry executive said without wanting to be named.

This comes at a time when several neighbourhood cell phone stores are teaming up to take Samsung to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for not supplying handsets for almost two months after they tied up with Xiaomi, three industry executives said. They will approach the CCI arguing that Samsung and its distributors are not allowing them to do business with other brands, impacting their business, the executives said. About 300 retailers in Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Haryana, Indore, Lucknow, Kanpur, Gujarat and Kolkata have been affected after they signed up with Xiaomi as its preferred retail partner, they said.

The owner of a cellphone store in Delhi said the retailers took legal opinion and decided to approach CCI after Samsung and its distributors categorically told them there will be no supplies till they stopped selling Xiaomi smartphones, which already account for 35-40 per cent of their business.

Retailers get hurt as Samsung-Xiaomi war intensifies

“In fact, Xiaomi is helping the affected retailers with advice and additional business support. This is a good opportunity for Xiaomi to get retailers’ confidence, now that it is betting big on brick-and-mortar retailers to grow in India,” one of the executives quoted above said.

The CEO of a retail chain said Xiaomi has informed retailers that it will support them by changing its business strategy. The Chinese smartphone maker is introducing its new models like Mi A1 and Mi Max 2 in offline stores along with their online launch, as compared to its earlier strategy of launching them online first.

Xiaomi India managing director Manu Jain had recently tweeted that the company’s offline sales have grown 10 times since January after it roped in retailers as preferred partners, and around 20 per cent of the sales now are offline. He also tweeted that all those offline retailers who have joined hands with the company have reported massive jump in traffic and sales.

As per Hong Kong-based market tracker Counterpoint Research, Samsung is the smartphone market leader in India with 24.1 per cent share for the April-June period, followed by Xiaomi at 15.5 per cent.

8 hurt in Myrtle Beach shootings streamed on Facebook Live video

Multiple shootings left eight people injured in South Carolina over the weekend.

“Multiple people down!” Bubba Hinson shouted as he streamed video of the mayhem in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Facebook Live early Sunday morning. Within hours, more than one million people had watched what was the third shooting in 12 hours near popular tourist areas.

Hinson, a volunteer firefighter who was visiting for the SC Fire-Rescue Convention, told Myrtle Beach Online that he started filming when he saw a large group of people blocking traffic on Ocean Boulevard.

“I thought they were dancing. That’s why I started filming it,” he said Sunday after checking out of the Holiday Sands North. “Then, they started fighting. Then, they started shooting.”

Graphic video shows punches and kicks being thrown. Then a gun is pulled out, firing and causing the crowd to scatter.

CBS reports an armed security officer witnessed the shooting and shot the gunman, but he carjacked a vehicle and got away. The stolen vehicle was later found and the suspect was arrested.

Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Joey Crosby told WBTW-TV in Florence, S.C., that no police officers were shot but a patrol car was hit by gunfire.

A total of eight people were hurt in the mayhem, which included shootings at the Coastal Grand Mall parking lot and at the Crown Reef Resort. Both incidents occurred Saturday afternoon in Myrtle Beach.

Several people were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said the name of the suspect in the third shooting “will be released once he has been medically-cleared and the warrants can be served.”

As of Monday morning, Hinson’s Facebook Live video remained on the social network, where it now has 3.2 million views. Facebook has not said if it will remove the content.

Facebook was previously criticized after video posted by Steve Stephens showed him executing a 74-year-old man in Cleveland. The clip was not streamed on Facebook Live, but remained online for hours.

Hinson and other tourists said they likely won’t return to Myrtle Beach soon after the incidents. John Lee, visiting from North Carolina, told Myrtle Beach Online that he couldn’t get to his hotel room or car, now damaged with bullet holes and blood, because of crime scene tape.

“We’re just here on vacation,” Lee told the publication. “This sucks.”

PS4 games news boost will hurt Xbox One X where it hurts in 2018

The PS4 games list for 2018 is bad news for Xbox One fansSONY / MICROSOFT

CONSOLE WARS: The PS4 games list for 2018 is bad news for Xbox One fans

The list got a big boost at E3 2017, with four exclusives – Spider-Man, Days Gone, God of War and Detroit: Become Human – all confirmed for release during 2018.

However, the vast majority of Xbox One exclusives coming out are penciled in for on or before the Xbox One X release date of November 7.

Big name exclusives Forza Motorsport 7 and Crackdown 3 will all be released on the day the Xbox One X launches.

Super Lucky Tale, only for Xbox and Windows, will also launch then.

However, the exclusive line-up in 2018 is looking much slimmer.

Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 are penciled in for next year, but with no confirmed release date.

Microsoft did announce another exclusive – the stunning looking Ori and the Will of the Wisps – at E3, but no release date or release window has been confirmed.

The outlook for the rest of this year also does not make good reading for Xbox One fans.

While Xbox One fans will get Forza Motorsport 7, Crackdown 3, Cuphead and Super Lucky Tale, the PS4 exclusive release schedule is looking quite full.

PS4 and PS4 Pro owners get to look forward to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, GT Sport, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Ni No Kuni 2, Yakuza Kiwami and Knack 2, among others.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently revealed that Microsoft do have a number of Xbox One exclusives in the pipeline.

However, they chose not to reveal them at E3 2017 as they didn’t want to show the games too early.

He said: “Our first party is a critical part of that equation. Yesterday, I know people want to see what we’re investing in new.

“We are investing in new things, we signed things just recently that I thought, ‘Hey, from a PR standpoint it would be really easy for me to put a trailer on screen’, but then I know the game is not coming for another two and half or three years, so I didn’t want to do that.”

He also responded to anyone suggesting that revealing those exclusives now would help breed confidence in the future of Xbox.

Speaking to Waypoint, he said: “I understand some people would say, ‘Hey, that would give me confidence in the future of Xbox’… This is a cheesy line, but I’ll just say, trust that this is important to us as a platform.

“From the top CEO of the company down, if you talked to Satya [Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO] he would say ‘I understand, we need to invest in content in the gaming space’.

“That is important and we are going to invest. We have Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Lucky’s Tale, Ori and the Will of the Wisps…But I know what you’re asking about. Big, triple A console games, I hear that and I’m committed to that.

“Today I wanted to talk about things that if you’re going to buy the console you will be able to play, but I’ll continue to work to deliver games. We did on hardware, we did on platform and [backward] compatibility and we will do this on first-party as well. It is critically important.”

Nintendo were one gaming giant to reveal a number of exclusive Switch games early at E3, including Metroid Prime 4 and a brand new Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch.

In an Effort to hurt iPhone 8 Sales in Korea, Samsung Plans to Flood the Local market with Refurbished Note 7s

 

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled “Samsung Backtracks and is Reportedly Planning to Sell Refurbished Note 7 Smartphones in Q3.” Samsung’s President of Mobile Communications, D.J. Koh, announced during a special presentation surrounding the findings of the Note 7 fires by independent sources, that 4.7 million Note 7 smartphones were produced and that 96% of them had been returned to them. Samsung further noted that they would sell refurbished Note 7s at a later date.

 

2AF 96% OF NOTE 7S RETURNED

At the time the rumors were that Samsung would use the refurbished Note 7’s to excite sales in emerging markets with cheap Note 7s. But Samsung really had a much more detailed plan than that.

 

With the iPhone 8 capturing the imagination of global consumers as they delay the purchase of a smartphone this year until they see what innovation Apple could be bringing to market, Samsung has decided that they would sell the refurbished Note 7’s just prior to the release of the iPhone 8 in order to hurt sales of the iPhone 8.

 

It’s a strategy designed to say that the Korean market didn’t think much of the iPhone 8. It’s devious considering the volume of business Apple throws their way and are seeking to win Apple back for their processor business. But they can’t help themselves. Their hatred for Apple runs so deep as Apple fans know. Samsung continues to this day to fight Apple’s patent infringement victory going back to 2012.

 

Today a Korea Herald report confirms that “Samsung is gearing up for the upcoming launch of Apple’s new iPhone, tentatively called iPhone 8, in September.” Samsung will launch a refurbished version of the Note 7, dubbed Galaxy Note FE, or Fandom Edition, at about US$625.30 in South Korea. They already have 15,000 preorders for the devices.

 

The report further noted that Samsung would add color options of gold and rose for the Galaxy S8 line-up in August and believe that this move could also sway more consumers their way instead of the iPhone 8. This is kindergarten thinking that this would have any effect over the advanced iPhone 8. But their grasping at straws at this point. It’s nice to know that the level of fear they have concerning Apple is still alive and well.

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Mets top Marlins 11-3 with early burst but Cabrera gets hurt

Asdrubal Cabrera tried for a diving stop in the shortstop hole , landed on his left thumb and rolled onto his back, grimacing.

Given their crowded disabled list, the New York Mets are bracing for the worst.

“I don’t know how bad it is, but he’s certainly hurting,” manager Terry Collins said after Saturday night’s 11-3 rout of the Miami Marlins. “He was in quite a bit of pain on the field.”

Cabrera, whose RBI double sparked a five-run first inning against fill-in starter Odrisamer Despaigne (0-1), had X-rays, which were negative. He is scheduled for an MRI on Sunday, which could reveal ligament damage.

“That’s so unfortunate. He is one of the main cogs that kind of keeps this thing going,” said Jay Bruce, who drove in three runs with a pair of doubles.

Cabrera landed on his thumb diving for Marcell Ozuna’s third-inning single, just before a 39-minute rain delay.

If Cabrera is sidelined for a long period, New York could bring up 21-year-old shortstop Amed Rosario from Triple-A Las Vegas. Rosario entered Saturday hitting .381 with 15 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 28 games.

“It’s nice to be put in the situation where there’s expectations, so that you don’t get caught up in, ‘Well, it doesn’t matter how I do.’ It does matter how you do. It always will,” Collins said. “You come up here and the intenseness of what we’re going through right now, I think you learn from it. You learn how to focus. You learn how to stay focused.”

Signed by the Mets in 2012, Rosario is ranked as the club’s top prospect and one of the best in baseball.

“I got an opportunity to play with him last year in the minor leagues and this year in spring training. I think the guy — he’s ready,” said Jose Reyes, who moved from third base to shortstop after Cabrera’s injury. “He plays the game so relaxed. We want to see that here. … He’s going to be fine, I think, because he knows what he can do and his talent is going to take over.”

Despite the loss of Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud from their batting order, the Mets have scored seven or more runs in five straight games for the first time since September 2007. And they did it without any home runs.

“With Ces out and now with Cabby out, we’ve got to spread the wealth around and we’ve got to get everybody to chip in,” Collins said.

Michael Conforto forced home runs with a pair of bases-loaded walks — he leads the major leagues with four bases-loaded walks — as the Mets won for the sixth time in eight games. Miami has lost nine of 11.

Marlins first baseman Justin Bour and third baseman Martin Prado botched easy grounders for errors that led to five unearned runs. Prado let another grounder hit the heel of his glove, losing the chance for an inning-ending double play as New York went on to score three runs in the eighth.

J.T. Realmuto had a run-scoring passed ball , and Ozuna dropped a fly to left for another error and overran a single on a miserable night for the Marlins’ defense, which had committed an NL-low nine errors coming in.

“It was one of those games,” manager Don Mattingly said. “We’re a good defensive club, but tonight wasn’t our proudest moment.”

Robert Gsellman (2-2) allowed home runs to Giancarlo Stanton and Ozuna but won his second straight start, pitching out of near-constant trouble to allow three runs and five hits in five innings. Stanton’s solo shot in the second was his 18th at Citi Field, five more than any other visiting player.

Despaigne (0-1) came up from the minor leagues to make his first big league start since Sept. 13, 2015, for San Diego at San Francisco. Pitching in place of ailing Wei-Yin Chen, he allowed eight runs — three earned — five hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings. Despaigne, who came within four outs of a no-hitter against the Mets three years ago, needed 38 pitches to get through the first.

“I did kind of lose it after the error at first base,” he said through a translator.

PLUNKED

Four batters were hit by pitches, two on each team, raising the series total to eight — including five Marlins.

GLOVE GEMS

Mets center fielder Curtis Granderson ran in for a sliding catch on Adeiny Hechavarria in the eighth , then sprinted a long distance for a backhand grab of Realmuto’s drive to the warning track.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: CF Christian Yelich missed a start for the first time this season. “He got a little bit of a tight hammy last night and felt kind of the same today,” Mattingly said. “You don’t want to lose him for four to six weeks, so we’re going to try to give him a day, resolve this and then get him back in there tomorrow if everything’s OK.”

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard will not throw for six weeks because of a torn muscle behind his right shoulder, a timetable that means the star pitcher won’t return until after the All-Star break.

UP NEXT

Matt Harvey (2-2) enters Sunday’s series finale after giving up six or more runs in consecutive starts for the first time in his big league career, a pair of losses to Atlanta that raised his ERA from 2.84 to 5.14. Jose Urena (0-0) makes his first start of the season for Miami after six relief appearances.

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StarCraft 2: Thor Armor Doubled, Tempest Hurt Nerfed

If you’re a StarCraft II Terran participant, then definitely you know the battle of deploying a large, enormous Thor mech only to enjoy it be torn to shreds by a horde of Zerglings. You must now be capable to rest somewhat simpler as the Thor’s established to get double the armor.

Of training course, it really is very uncomplicated to double your armor when the value was “a single” in the initial put. But as a final result, its capacity to sweep anti-air units is being lowered again to its previous values.

Moreover, the Tempest is accomplishing wonderful in its purpose in getting down large air units, like the Provider and Mothership, but it looks to be accomplishing it just a small little bit also properly – as a final result, Blizzard is going to check out out some nerfs. 

These alterations will head to Equilibrium Tests Matchmaking in advance of producing their way to the ladder, so be sure to queue up and depart the stability crew some notes on the alterations.

Here is the comprehensive listing of updates from Blizzard.:

Thor

We would like to check out out a distinct route with alterations to the Thor for the subsequent update. Modifying its anti-air weapon to flat damage does make the Thor really potent in sweeping air units, but we truly feel it also lowered counter enjoy vs the Thor a little bit also substantially. So in its place of flatly expanding its air attack we would like to check out a buff to the Thor’s survivability and a minimal usability improvement. To this end we will be hoping the next:

  • Reverting Thor anti air attack to its prior values.
  • Bringing again Significant Effects Payload
  • Growing base armor from 1 to 2
  • Decreasing transformation time among anti air sorts

This boost in armor must really significantly improve the Thor’s longevity towards speedy attacking units like Zerglings therefore strengthening its purpose in absorbing damage though dealing significant damage in return throughout overcome.

Tempest

We like the present-day way of the Tempest acquiring additional damage towards enormous air units but would like to tone its damage again really somewhat.

  • Lower Tempest +enormous damage from 25 to 22

What do you feel of these alterations to Terran? Do you feel it’ll affect the Zerg matchup in StarCraft II too substantially, or will the boost in armor be negligible? Permit us know in the comments.

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Cespedes hurt in Mets’ 6th straight loss, 7-5 to Braves

Yoenis Cespedes reached down and golfed a knuckleball on a bounce against the right-center field wall, then while running at third-quarters speed started hopping toward second. He bent over when he reached the base and put hands on both knees.

In a series of setbacks for the New York Mets on Thursday, they scratched Noah Syndergaard because of biceps and shoulder discomfort, lost their top slugger to a strained hamstring that will send him to the disabled list, then watched substitute starter Matt Harvey get whacked.

Their 7-5 defeat to Atlanta was their sixth straight loss and 10th in 11 games, dropping them into last in the NL East at 8-13, 7? games behind division-leading Washington. With the Mets on their longest skid since June 2015 , manager Terry Collins felt compelled to give his first postgame speech to the team this year.

“We can no longer sit back and say, ‘Hey, look, you know what: It’s ugly weather. We got some guys hurt.’ No one cares,” Collins said. “They’ve got to care. They’ve got to come out, play with some energy and get this thing going, and I truly believe we can do it.”

On a day of downers, Collins tried to prop up his players with an inspirational message.

“Last year we lost David Wright — he’s out again this year,” he remembered telling them. “We lost Cabby. We lost Walk. We lost Duda. We lost Ces. We lost Harvey. We lost deGrom. We lost Matz. OK, we still made it through. We can do that again. But it’s got to start now.”

Despite season-ending injuries to Wright, Harvey, Neil Walker and Steven Matz and knocks that sidelined Asdrubal Cabrera, Lucas Duda, Cespedes and Jacob deGrom for stretches, the Mets still reached last year’s NL wild-card game. Cespedes injured his right quadriceps on July 8 and had 10 homers and 34 RBIs during the rest of the season around a lengthy layoff coinciding with the All-Star break and an August stint on the DL. He became a free agent and the Mets signed him to a $110 million, four-year contract

He left last Thursday’s loss to Philadelphia with what was called a left hamstring cramp and returned to the lineup Wednesday. After pulling up Thursday, he needed a full minute to hobble to the dugout. He made it alone only to the first-base line, then wrapped his left arm around the back of first base coach Tom Goodwin and draped his right on the shoulder of head athletic trainer Ray Ramirez. Cespedes was sent for an MRI, and Collins said a DL stint was certain.

“You can write all you want, well, we should have put him on the DL. Well, we didn’t, because we didn’t think it was necessary, because he said he was going to be able to play,” Collins said.

Harvey (2-1) didn’t know he was going to start until 10 a.m., when he received a telephone call from pitching coach Dan Warthen. Syndergaard, the hardest-throwing starting pitcher in the major leagues, had been scheduled to take the mound for the homestand finale.

“Kind of started irritating me a couple of days ago,” Syndergaard said. “I was able to throw through it, and then I took some anti-inflammatories and woke up the next day, I was feeling good as new. … I played catch yesterday and felt great, playing catch, and then it kind of stiffens up once it gets cold. I couldn’t really lift my arm above my shoulder at that point, but took another anti-inflammatory last night and I felt really good this morning. I felt like I could go out there and compete, but right now it’s a precautionary thing.”

Syndergaard hopes to start Sunday at Washington.

Harvey, not expecting to pitch against the Braves, had worked out hard with weights on Wednesday and seemed to short out like a 220-volt appliance plugged into a 110-volt outlet.

Harvey walked three in an inning for the first time in his big league career in the second, when Jace Peterson singled in a run and R.A. Dickey (2-2) hit a run-scoring grounder.

New York tied the score 2-2 in the fourth on Neil Walker’s RBI double and Kurt Suzuki’s run-scoring passed ball, but Atlanta needed just two pitches to take a 3-2 lead in the fifth. Adonis Garcia singled leading off and scored on Freddie Freeman’s double. His velocity down, Harvey intentionally walked Nick Markakis to pitch to Suzuki, who hit a slider for his first home run this season, a three-run drive.

“Overall mechanically, it just felt really tight on the mound and couldn’t get loose,” Harvey said. “I wasn’t really physically prepared for starting today.”

Harvey allowed six runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings, tying a career high with five walks. He had made a surprise start against Washington last week when deGrom was scratched with a stiff neck.

“It’s happened before once. I have to be ready for it to happen again,” Harvey said.

Jose Reyes homered off Dickey in the fourth, his first of the season in his 71st at-bat, and had an RBI single in a two-run ninth that raised his average from .114 to .137.

“We don’t have no energy out there,” Reyes said. “We feel down 2-0, 1-0, we feel like we already lost. As a baseball player, when you have that attitude, that’s bad. Hopefully, we can change that.”

UP NEXT

DeGrom (0-1) is slated to start Friday’s series opener at Washington in his first appearance since losing to the Nationals on April 22.

How making its iWork and iLife apps free could hurt Apple and its users

“Free” seems like a good thing, right? After all, who doesn’t like not paying for things? This week’s announcement that Apple’s productivity and creative software—namely Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GarageBand, and iMovie—is now free to all users was mainly greeted with a positive reaction from pundits and consumers alike.

I’ll agree that making these apps (which were already provided no charge to people who bought new Macs, iPhone, and iPads) free across the board is largely a positive move. But that decision does have some consequences that could be a downside for end users, developers, and even Apple.

Not-so-fierce competition

The effect is probably most pronounced for small and indie developers. Since Apple can afford to fund the development of these apps and then just give them away, it’s a tough proposition for small businesses to invest the time and money into building competing apps. Those developers generally have to charge for their apps, and consumers may wonder why they should pay when they can get Apple’s offerings for free.

That said, in the case of these particular apps, that ship pretty much sailed long ago. Most Mac and iOS users only ended up paying for an app like Pages or GarageBand when it was time to upgrade the version. Apple’s essentially been the 800-pound gorilla in these markets since it first started giving away these apps with new devices.

That’s not to say there’s no competition for these apps. On one side you’ve got open-source software (Audacity remains a popular audio editor, for example), while on the other you’ve got similar offerings from other giant companies, like Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Microsoft’s Office 365. So while consumer choice isn’t eliminated, it does certainly make it harder for a new player to enter the market. This might seem like a minor issue, when you have these wealth of choices…except for the niche users.

You get what you pay for

Here’s the thing: free can be a not-so-great price to pay. Sure, it feels satisfying, but when it comes to getting that one feature you want, or fixing that annoying bug, the gap between user and customer can feel broad. It’s easier to argue or advocate for a missing or broken feature when you’ve shelled out hard-earned cash for it.

That can be tough if a piece of software largely, but not completely, meets your needs. For example, take GarageBand. It’s a remarkably competent audio editor, and I use it for all the podcasts I produce. But a few years ago, Apple removed the app’s podcast-specific editing features, and there are other features that would aid in podcast editing that the company never added in the first place—and there’s a good chance that it never will.

That makes it tough if you’re looking for that one specific feature that really sells an app for you. Because if Apple isn’t likely to add the feature, and third-party developers can’t compete enough to make money, what are your options left? (Aside from building your own software, which, let’s be honest, is beyond most of our capabilities.)

Experts Warn That Trump’s Lies About North Korea Hurt America’s Credibility

President Donald Trump shake hands after speaking at Snap-On Tools on April 18, 2017 in Wisconsin (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

“We are sending an armada, very powerful,” President Donald Trump said over a week ago when asked about the tensions in North Korea. As it turns out, that “armada” wasn’t heading anywhere near North Korea. And sadly, some very important allies are now nervously laughing at Trump’s lies.

On April 10th, the US Pacific Command announced that the USS Carl Vinson had left Singapore on April 8th, and that rather than conduct planned exercises with Australia, would be heading for the Western Pacific. From there, things swirled out of control, and quickly. We now know that the USS Carl Vinson was nowhere near the Korean peninsula and was instead conducting exercises near Australia.

We know this because the US Navy posted a photo of the USS Carl Vinson fleet in Indonesia just a few days ago. It’s not expected to arrive near North Korea until later this month or maybe even next month. Who knows? We certainly don’t, after the Trump regime made Americans look like chumps.

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Sunda Strait near Indonesia on April 14, 2017 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano/Released)

The White House let the world believe that the USS Carl Vinson was heading to South Korea when it wasn’t. And yet the Trump administration refuses to own up to the lie.

“The president said that we have an armada going towards the peninsula. That’s a fact. It happened. It is happening, rather,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer told the press yesterday.

But it’s not a fact. It’s a lie. A lie that’s incredibly embarrassing to watch:

And it’s a lie that has hurt credibility overseas. South Korea’s conservative party, which is staunchly pro-US and hopes to win during the upcoming elections on May 9th, even chimed in to say that, “If that was a lie, then during Trump’s term, South Korea will not trust whatever Trump says.”

Again, this is coming from one of America’s best allies, not some fringe anti-American group.

“This seeming misrepresentation of the Carl Vinson strike group’s intended purpose in Asia really hurts US credibility on this issue and will make implementation of any sort of policy toward North Korea harder in the long run,” Jenny Town, Assistant Director of the US-Korea Institute at John Hopkins University, told Gizmodo.

The part that confounds experts is that this was completely unnecessary. If your goal is to promote peace, this isn’t how to do it.

“It was also unnecessarily inflammatory at a time when tensions were already high and counterproductive for trying to reassure our allies,” Town told Gizmodo. “The Trump administration needs to better understand that consistency in messaging is extremely important when dealing with sensitive geopolitical matters.”

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily briefing at the White House on April 19, 2017 (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The South Korean papers are also having a field day with the lie, bolstering anti-American sentiment.

“Trump’s lie over the Carl Vinson,” the Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo’s headline declared yesterday according to the New York Times’ translation. “Xi Jinping and Putin must have had a good jeer over this one.”

“Like North Korea, which is often accused of displaying fake missiles during military parades, is the United States, too, now employing ‘bluffing’ as its North Korea policy?” the article continued.

The English-language Korea Herald was cautiously optimistic that Trump’s lies were simply the way he does business, but warned that such a style could accidentally send the region into war.

“Any sudden escalation in saber-rattling coupled with misleading statements could spawn a needless flare-up in tension and public anxiety,” the Korea Herald said. “And in a worst-case scenario, it may culminate in a miscalculation and armed clash, which no country, and no people in the world could afford.”

A man in Seoul, South Korea looks at posters showing candidates for presidential election on April 20, 2017 (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Experts on US-Japanese relations are also concerned. At this point it appears that Japan, a country with close military ties to the US, cooperated with the lie by simply staying mum.

“Whatever the case, whether it was deliberate misinformation or a miscommunication between the Pentagon and the White House, it’s quite serious,” said Narushige Michishita, a international security expert at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo told the New York Times. “It undermines the credibility of US leadership.”

The world stands on the brink of war, and it seems like the only thing saving us is the gross incompetence of both Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Let’s just hope that their idiocy doesn’t also trip us into nuclear holocaust.