Neowin: Microsoft's Windows Phone Business 'Is Dead'

An anonymous reader quote Neowin:
If you’ve been expecting Microsoft to issue a press release formally announcing the end of its Windows phone business, you’re probably hoping for a bit too much. But make no mistake: its phone hardware business is dead. RIP-dead. Send-flowers-dead. Worm-food-dead. Some fans, and even some in the media, have consistently refused to acknowledge this, despite the clear signs in recent quarters. Now, Microsoft’s own figures, and its statements regarding its phone division, should make it irrefutably clear that there is no life left in its Windows phone business.
During the quarter ending in December, Microsoft’s phone revenue dropped to just $200 million, which included some sales of feature phones, before the company completed its sale of that business unit to Foxconn in November. That figure has now dropped to virtually nothing… Today, as Microsoft published its earnings report for Q3 FY2017, it revealed that its “Phone revenue declined $730 million”. Based on its earlier financial disclosures, that means the company’s phone hardware revenue fell to just $5 million for the entire quarter ending March 31, 2017. During Microsoft’s earnings call today, its chief financial officer, Amy Hood, acknowledged this, stating that there was “no material phone revenue this quarter”. The outlook for the next few months is similarly bleak, as Hood predicted “negligible revenue from Phone” in the coming quarter.

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See Logan in black-and-while in theaters for one night only

It seems it’s becoming a bit of a trend recently for certain movies with dystopian or western themes to get special edition cuts in monochrome. The most notable example is last year’s Black and Chrome Edition of Mad Max: Fury Road, but now the recent hit Logan is getting the treatment. James Mangold, director of the final Wolverine movie with … Continue reading
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Intel-Powered Broadband Modems Highly Vulnerable To DoS Attack

“It’s being reported by users from the DSLReports forum that the Puma 6 Intel cable modem variants are highly susceptible to a very low-bandwidth denial-of-service attack,” writes Slashdot reader Idisagree. The Register reports:
Effectively, if there’s someone you don’t like, and they are one of thousands upon thousands of people using a Puma 6-powered home gateway, and you know their public IP address, you can kick them off the internet, we’re told… According to one engineer…the flaw would be “trivial” to exploit in the wild, and would effectively render a targeted box useless for the duration of the attack… “It can be exploited remotely, and there is no way to mitigate the issue.”
This is particularly frustrating for Puma 6 modem owners because the boxes are pitched as gigabit broadband gateways: the devices can be potentially choked and knocked out simply by receiving traffic that’s a fraction of the bandwidth their owners are paying for… The Puma 6 chipset is used in a number of ISP-branded cable modems, including some Xfinity boxes supplied by Comcast in the US and the latest Virgin Media hubs in the UK.

The original submission also notes there’s already a class action lawsuit over the performance of cable modems with Intel’s Puma 6 chipset, and adds “It would appear the Atom chip was never going to live up to the task it was designed for.”

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6 free iPhone games that just launched on the App Store this week

Best Free iPhone Games

Whether you’re in the mood for fast-paced action or thoughtful, deliberate strategy, the Apple App Store has you covered this week with a killer selection of free games. I’ve always been a sucker for the Robot Unicorn Attack games, so a sequel is at the top of my list of things to download this weekend, but Super Senso — a turn-based strategy game in the vein of Advance Wars — is a close second.

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If you’re looking for an alternative option to Google Voice you should check out Hushed

You probably use your phone every day to make calls and send messages for work, dating, and lots of other things. But all that calling and texting gets your real phone number out, and you don’t want that in the wrong hands. With Hushed Private Phone Line, you’ll rest assured that your real number stays hidden. A lifetime subscription to Hushed is just $25.

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