Motorola Solutions (MSI) MACDH Line Holds Above Zero – Concord Register

Motorola Solutions (MSI) shares are on chartist’s watch as the stock is edging above the MACD Histogram zero line.  Current levels place the share price around 89.94, while the MACD indicates a bullish trend.

The MACD-Histogram is an indicator of an indicator. In fact, MACD is also an indicator of an indicator. This means that the MACD-Histogram is four steps removed from the price of the underlying security. In other words, it is the fourth derivative of price.

  • First derivative: 12-day EMA and 26-day EMA
  • Second derivative: MACD (12-day EMA less the 26-day EMA)
  • Third derivative: MACD signal line (9-day EMA of MACD)
  • Fourth derivative: MACD-Histogram (MACD less MACD signal line)

The base for this indicator is the security’s price. It takes four steps to get from the actual price to the MACD-Histogram. Chartists should keep this in mind when analyzing the MACD-Histogram. It is an indicator of an indicator. Therefore, it is designed to anticipate signals in MACD, which in turn is designed to identify changes in the price momentum of the underlying security.

When undertaking stock analysis, investors and traders may choose to view some additional technical levels. Motorola Solutions (MSI) currently has a 14-day Commodity Channel Index (CCI) of 84.63. Investors and traders may use this indicator to help spot price reversals, price extremes, and the strength of a trend. Many investors will use the CCI in conjunction with other indicators when evaluating a trade. The CCI may be used to spot if a stock is entering overbought (+100) and oversold (-100) territory.

We can also do some further technical analysis on the stock. At the time of writing, the 14-day ADX for Motorola Solutions (MSI) is 26.85. Many technical chart analysts believe that an ADX value over 25 would suggest a strong trend. A reading under 20 would indicate no trend, and a reading from 20-25 would suggest that there is no clear trend signal. The ADX is typically plotted along with two other directional movement indicator lines, the Plus Directional Indicator (+DI) and Minus Directional Indicator (-DI). Some analysts believe that the ADX is one of the best trend strength indicators available.

Interested investors may be watching the Williams Percent Range or Williams %R. Williams %R is a popular technical indicator created by Larry Williams to help identify overbought and oversold situations. Investors will commonly use Williams %R in conjunction with other trend indicators to help spot possible stock turning points. Motorola Solutions (MSI)’s Williams Percent Range or 14 day Williams %R currently sits at -14.01. In general, if the indicator goes above -20, the stock may be considered overbought. Alternately, if the indicator goes below -80, this may point to the stock being oversold.

Tracking other technical indicators, the 14-day RSI is presently standing at 64.05, the 7-day sits at 70.33, and the 3-day is resting at 72.93. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is an often employed momentum oscillator that is used to measure the speed and change of stock price movements. When charted, the RSI can serve as a visual means to monitor historical and current strength or weakness in a certain market. This measurement is based on closing prices over a specific period of time. As a momentum oscillator, the RSI operates in a set range. This range falls on a scale between 0 and 100. If the RSI is closer to 100, this may indicate a period of stronger momentum. On the flip side, an RSI near 0 may signal weaker momentum. The RSI was originally created by J. Welles Wilder which was introduced in his 1978 book “New Concepts in Technical Trading Systems”.

For further review, we can take a look at another popular technical indicator. In terms of moving averages, the 200-day is currently at 85.06, the 50-day is 86.94, and the 7-day is resting at 89.55. Moving averages are a popular trading tool among investors. Moving averages can be used to help filter out the day to day noise created by other factors. MA’s may be used to identify uptrends or downtrends, and they can be a prominent indicator for detecting a shift in momentum for a particular stock. Many traders will use moving averages for different periods of time in conjunction with other indicators to help gauge future stock price action.

Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX • The Register

Blue Origin’s new and rather large rocket engine fires on first full test

Blue Origin's BE-4 rocket engine

Blue Origin’s BE-4 rocket engine

Amazon supremo Jeff Bezos’ rocket company Blue Origin has successfully tested its main engine for the first time.

The BE-4 engine is, as the name suggests, Blue Origin’s fourth generation rocket. B-1 was a wee thing that boasted 2,200 pounds of thrust. B-2 hit 31,000 pounds and B-3 reached 110,000.

The B-4 cranks things up to 550,000 pounds from a single engine. By way of comparison, the Merlin engine used in SpaceX’s rockets emit 190,000 pounds of thrust. Which is why SpaceX packs nine of them into a single Falcon 9 rocket.

Blue Origin’s New Glenn rockets will put seven BE-4 engines in harness for a total 3.85 million lbs of thrust and a payload of 13 metric tons to geostationary transfer orbit or 45 metric tons to low earth orbit. The Falcon 9’s payloads to the same spots are 8,300kg and 22,800kg.

Here’s the BE-4 in action, during a Friday test that apparently went off without a hitch.

The BE-4’s first mission won’t be a Blue Origin flight. Instead it’s slated to power a Vulcan rocket operated by the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The company currently operates Atlas and Delta rockets, but is betting Blue Origin can power its next-generation Vulcan by 2019.

The test recorded above suggests that schedule isn’t unreasonable.

Blue Origin is also working on the BE-4U, a variant of the engine for in-orbit propulsion.

All versions of the engine run a combination of liquid oxygen and liquefied natural gas, fuels that are easy to acquire and don’t require inert gases to enable pressurisation. They also burn clean, which helps Blue Origin to achieve its goal of quick-and-easy re-use of its first stage rockets. ®

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Stochastic RSI in Focus for Motorola Solutions (MSI) – Concord Register


Focusing on the indicators for Motorola Solutions (MSI), we see that the 14 day Stochastic RSI indicator is showing signs of a possible bullish divergence. Tracking this signal, traders may be watching for a developing trend to emerge or a reversal in the near-term.

Technical traders have a large inventory of technical indicators they may use when doing technical stock analysis. After a recent look, the 14-day ATR for Motorola Solutions (MSI) is resting at 1.14. First developed by J. Welles Wilder, the ATR may help traders in determining if there is heightened interest in a trend, or if extreme levels may be indicating a reversal. Simply put, the ATR determines the volatility of a security over a given period of time, or the tendency of the security to move one direction or another.

Investors may use multiple technical indicators to help spot trends and buy/sell signals. Presently, Motorola Solutions (MSI) has a 14-day Commodity Channel Index (CCI) of 85.23. The CCI was developed by Donald Lambert. The assumption behind the indicator is that investment instruments move in cycles with highs and lows coming at certain periodic intervals. The original guidelines focused on creating buy/sell signals when the reading moved above +100 or below -100. Traders may also use the reading to identify overbought/oversold conditions.

Moving averages have the ability to be used as a powerful indicator for technical stock analysis. Following multiple time frames using moving averages can help investors figure out where the stock has been and help determine where it may be possibly going. The simple moving average is a mathematical calculation that takes the average price (mean) for a given amount of time. Currently, the 7-day moving average is sitting at 89.53.

Currently, the 14-day ADX for Motorola Solutions (MSI) is sitting at 26.46. Generally speaking, an ADX value from 0-25 would indicate an absent or weak trend. A value of 25-50 would support a strong trend. A value of 50-75 would identify a very strong trend, and a value of 75-100 would lead to an extremely strong trend. ADX is used to gauge trend strength but not trend direction. Traders often add the Plus Directional Indicator (+DI) and Minus Directional Indicator (-DI) to identify the direction of a trend.

The Williams Percent Range or Williams %R is another technical indicator worth checking out. Motorola Solutions (MSI) currently has a 14 day Williams %R of -12.36. The Williams %R fluctuates between 0 and -100 measuring whether a security is overbought or oversold. The Williams %R is similar to the Stochastic Oscillator except it is plotted upside-down. Levels above -20 may indicate the stock may be considered is overbought. If the indicator travels under -80, this may signal that the stock is oversold. Chart analysts may also use the indicator to project possible price reversals and to define trends.

Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury • The Register

Review At first, it wasn’t entirely clear whether it would be worthwhile doing a review of the new Google Home Mini.

The new, cut-down version of the digital assistant could probably have been summed up in a tweet. Something like: “Home Mini: smaller, cheaper, sound worse but still fine.”

But then, and it’s not entirely clear how or in response to what, the little puck-like device implied that it could call a mobile phone. This actually sounded pretty useful: you could be in the kitchen and say something like “call my wife” and have a conversation without having to find your phone or tap any buttons.

So let’s do exactly that; let’s test just how smart this AI technology that Sundar Pichai keeps swooning over really is. “Call my wife.”

Nothing happens, of course, because you have to say “OK Google” every damn time. OK Google, what’s the time? OK Google, set a timer. OK Google. OK Google. OK Google. Aaarrrrrgh. You wish the wake word could be literally anything else: “Hey Janice…” Anything.

Anyway, “OK Google, call my wife.”

Here we go, here comes the brave new world. This machine is going to understand “call”, it’s going to know from my voice it is me (a new feature, you can “train” it by saying, you guessed it, “OK Google” multiple times), and then take the words “my wife” to carry out some incredible Google AI to make the connection between me and my spouse.

Then it will fish into my contacts, identify the right person’s mobile phone and connect me – all in less than a second. I’m going to ignore the privacy implications and just enjoy its awesomeness.

And the little puck flashes some white spots. And decides it can’t be bothered. It doesn’t even reply.


I try again: “OK Google, call my wife.”

More lights. Silence. Then after a pause, it decides not to be rude and ignore me again but says: “I’m sorry I don’t know what to do about that.” (Or something similar.)

A different tack. “OK Google, I would like to call someone.”

“You can use Google Voice to call…” Great, we’re building an understanding here.

“OK Google, I would like to use Google Voice to call my wife.”

“I’m sorry, I don’t know anyone of that name. Perhaps you can say their first or last name.”

“McCarthy.” Nothing. Have to say “OK Google”, of course. “OK Google, I would like to use Google Voice to call my wife, last name McCarthy.”

“You can use Google Voice…”

“Yes, I know…” The Mini is starting to lose me here. But we get back to the last name option and I say “McCarthy” again. “I have one McCarthy: Kieren McCarthy. Calling…” And soon after, my mobile starts ringing.

To boil down the next 10 minutes, I go into two separate apps (Google Home and Google Voice) and make sure my wife’s number is in the system, and that Google Home is connected to the same Voice account, and try it all over again.

The end result? My mobile phone starts ringing and I give up on this wonderful new feature.

Smart home?

Let’s see if the smart home features have got any better. Our house has a range of smart home devices: Nest and Ecobee thermostats, August smart locks, Ring doorbells, several smart cameras, and smart power sockets and light switches and so on.

The Google Home app offers me just the Nest thermostat. With a little exclamation sign next to it. Tap. “You need to relink your (Upgrade!) Nest account.” Not sure what this means, but I tap the “relink account” link and my phone bounces me to a Nest webpage, where I logged into my Nest account, and then to a page where you “Accept” a connection (lots of terms and conditions) and then bounces to a Google assistant webpage (not the app but a webpage) and… stalls. Nothing.

Hit refresh on the blank page. Nothing. Back to the Google Home app. You need to relink your (Upgrade!) Nest account. Zero for two.

And this is the big problem with digital assistants. They have ended up doing some things really well: playing music, telling you the weather, setting a timer. Google’s Home and Mini even does a pretty good job telling you what’s happening that day by combining what’s in your (Google) calendar and news snippets.

But the next-level stuff: the phone calls and the smart home and basically anything that requires a connection to some other system is a royal pain in the arse.

I’m sure it is possible to get them to talk to one another if I am willing to log out of everything, reinstall apps, and log back into everything in the right order. But I’m not going to because it’s just not worth the hassle.

Get it, or pass?

So should you get a Google Home Mini anyway?

Sure, if you want. It is a terrifically small size. Considering its size, the speakers are pretty good. It’s not good sound quality – playing music can be a little grating compared to the larger Home, or Amazon’s Echo, or, you know, an actual sound system. But it is good enough.

If you have a Home or Echo and like the ability to ask it questions and you find yourself walking to wherever the device is in order to ask questions, then maybe having a second device in a different part of your home is a useful thing.

Some people clearly like this: hence Amazon’s cut-down Dot that Google is blatantly copying with this Home Mini. At $49 (and £49 because in the tech world the dollar and pound have 1:1 parity), it’s not that expensive. Could be a nice birthday or holiday gift.

Should you just buy the Mini over the pricier $129 Google Home? For this reviewer at least, it wouldn’t be worth it, mostly because the most common usage for these devices is playing music. If you want one, save up and get the larger Home.

Unless you have a large house, or two floors, the Home will also hear and understand your request if you shout it. The critical test, as ever, is: does the Mini stay in place once the testing is done?

And the answer is: no. It was unplugged and the Echo regained its rightful position in the kitchen.

Now, the next question is: so where do we plug in the Google Mini – which room does it go in? My wife and I run through the options. Lounge? No, don’t need it (the lounge is next to the kitchen.)

The bedroom? A raised eyebrow that means “don’t even think about it.” The bathroom? “Why? So I can ask what the weather is while showering?” The kids room? “Not in a million years.” The office? Maybe. But not now.

So there you have it: the Google Home Mini. Sort of useful so long as you don’t try to do too much with it. ®

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Apple’s macOS reveals your encrypted drive’s password in the hint box • The Register

Video Apple on Thursday released a security patch for macOS High Sierra 10.13 to address vulnerabilities in Apple File System (APFS) volumes and its Keychain software.

Matheus Mariano, a developer with Brazil-based Leet Tech, documented the APFS flaw in a blog post a week ago, and it has since been reproduced by another programmer, Felix Schwartz.

The bug (CVE-2017-7149) undoes the protection afforded to encrypted volumes under the new Apple File System (APFS).

The problem becomes apparent when you create an encrypted APFS volume on a Mac with an SSD using Apple’s Disk Utility app. After setting up a password hint, invoking the password hint mechanism during an attempt to remount the volume will display the actual password in plaintext rather than the hint.

Here’s a video demonstrating the programming cockup:

Youtube Video

Apple acknowledged the flaw in its patch release notes: “If a hint was set in Disk Utility when creating an APFS encrypted volume, the password was stored as the hint. This was addressed by clearing hint storage if the hint was the password, and by improving the logic for storing hints.”

The Keychain flaw (CVE-2017-7150) was identified last week by Patrick Wardle, from infosec biz Synack. It allowed unsigned apps to access sensitive data stored in Keychain.

“It becomes clearer every day that Apple shipped #APFS way too early,” wrote Schwartz in a tweet on Thursday.

Other coders have said as much. Shortly after Apple released the High Sierra upgrade, aka macOS 10.13, in late September, Brian Lopez, an engineering manager at GitHub, mused via Twitter, “Legitimately wondering of Apple accidentally shipped a pre-release version of High Sierra. So much of it is unfinished and unpolished.”

Marco Arment, another developer, suggested Apple’s focus on iOS has hurt its quality control elsewhere. “The biggest problem with Apple putting less effort into macOS isn’t that it stagnates — it’s that they make buggier, sloppier updates,” he wrote via Twitter on Thursday.

Asked to comment, an Apple spokesperson directed The Register to its published security update notification and an accompanying knowledge base article. ®

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