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Apple’s secret weapon

“The technology giant will ask a federal judge this week to stop sales of a Samsung tablet for allegedly ripping off the iPad. The case rests on an increasingly vital set of assets: design patents.

By Roger Parloff, senior editor

FORTUNE — On Friday, Apple will ask a federal judge in San Jose, California to yank a popular model of Samsung tablet computer off the market for allegedly copying its iPad design. Given the central part played by Apple in the Silicon Valley industrial design renaissance, it is fitting that the company’s demand also marks the coming of age of a murky form of intellectual property that many may have never even realized existed: the design patent.

Unlike the much more common utility patent, which lasts for 20 years from application and covers the way something works, a design patent lasts for 14 years from issuance and covers the way something looks, explains Christopher V. Carani of Chicago’s McAndrews, Held & Malloy, an attorney who practices this burgeoning black art. (Apple’s (AAPL) patent suit against Motorola (GOOG) in Chicago, which was surprisingly dismissed Friday by Judge Richard Posner, acting as a district judge, involved only conventional utility patents.) The necessarily subjective test for infringement of design patents is simply whether the “overall impression” of the accused product looks “substantially the same” as the patented design in the “eyes of an ordinary observer.” The design must also be “ornamental” — that is, not “dictated by” function.

In the Samsung case, the iPad design patent at issue (on which Steve Jobs is listed as a co-inventor) is just five pages long. Four and a half of those consist of sketches, from different angles, of an object that, to the untrained eye, looks like an unopened TV dinner. The crucial “claim” is just one sentence: “We claim the ornamental design for an electronic device, substantially as shown” — referring to the sketches. In those, solid lines show what’s being patented, while dotted lines show incidental features. Like the proverbial Jackson Pollock painting, your kid could have drawn these.

On the other hand, Apple invests fortunes to come up with its minimalist masterpieces, and consumers will move heaven and earth to possess one, so is it fair to let Johnny-come-lately’s just rip Apple off?

In May, a panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit preliminarily ruled that Apple’s iPad design patent, known as D504,889, was valid, notwithstanding the existence of at least two roughly similar designs for earlier tablets—a 1994 Knight-Ridder prototype and the 2002 HP-Compaq TC1000. Circuit Judge William C. Bryson, writing for the panel, then ruled that the iPad design was likely infringed by Samsung’s popular Galaxy 10.1 Tab, which came out in June 2011. He ordered the case sent back to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to decide whether to pull the Samsung tablet from shelves immediately or wait till after she has presided over a full jury trial, currently scheduled to start July 30. That preliminary injunction hearing is now set for Friday.

In the same ruling Judge Bryson also preliminarily approved the validity of two of Apple’s (and Jobs’s, as co-inventor) iPhone design patents and found that they, too, were likely infringed by Samsung’s Galaxy S 4G and Infuse 4G smartphones—though Bryson affirmed Judge Koh’s earlier decision to order no pretrial embargo on those devices. (Samsung did not respond to requests for comment on the suit.)

Though the U.S. Supreme Court has not heard a design patent case since 1871 — that one involved the ornamentation on some pre-Civil War silver flatware handles — it might be time for a fresh look. While the number of design patents issued annually across all industries has increased only incrementally over the past decade — cumulatively, about 26% — tech design patents have shot through the roof. While Apple obtained just 10 of them in 2001, when Samsung acquired 8, last year Apple hauled in 123 (an 1100% increase), while Samsung harvested 333 (a 4000% increase).”

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Afghan Taliban attack Lake Qargha hotel near Kabul

“Fight still on as at the time of posting this piece,Info from a Journo on ground in Kabul”

Smoke rises from the hotel near Kabul. Photo: 22 June 2012 The gun battle is still continuing at the lakeside hotel

“Taliban militants have attacked a hotel outside Kabul, triggering a deadly gun battle with Afghan security forces and a hostage crisis.

Officials say insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns attacked the Spozhmai Hotel in the Lake Qargha area.

At least two people were killed. Hostages were seized, including women and children, but 18 were later freed.

The Taliban claimed the attack in the area favoured by Kabul residents.

The gunmen launched the attack on the hotel late on Thursday, the officials say.

“Police forces have besieged the hotel where people gathered for a picnic or wedding party,” Kabul deputy police chief Daoud Amin told the AFP news agency. “We will be very careful so that not to harm to civilians,” he added.

Some guests reportedly jumped out of hotel windows to flee from the attackers.

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The US-led coalition is providing support to the Afghan security forces, who are trying to flush out the insurgents from the hotel.

Reuters news agency quotes the Taliban as saying they attacked the hotel because wealthy Afghans and foreigners used it for “wild parties”.

Violence has recently increased across the country, with at least three US soldiers and about 20 Afghans killed in a series of attacks over the past seven days.

The attacks come as Nato prepares to hand responsibility to Afghan forces when the alliance’s combat troops leave in 2014.

Source: BBC News

Microsoft takes a giant step into the Tablet market as it unveils SURFACE

 

Hello,

Microsoft just unveiled their latest Tablet cum ‘notebook’ which signifies their entrance into the hardware market.

You can have a fill of  Surfacebelow;

 

About

From touch to type, office to living room, from your screen to the big screen, you can see more, share more, and do more with Surface.

Create, collaborate, and get stuff done with Office.

Explore your world with fast, fluid Windows 8 apps.

Discover new music, movies, and games in the Windows Store.1

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Always on the go

Surface is thin, light and it has a great battery. At 9.3mm, Surface for Windows RT is just thin enough to still sport a full sized USB port. Print, share, or charge your phone on the go.2 Head out knowing that you are ready for anything.

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Hands off entertainment

Surface has a 10.6″, 16:9 widescreen HD Display. Microsoft’s ClearType HD Display technology delivers a great picture for movies. An ultra-wide viewing angle makes it easy for your friends to share in the vibrant experience. The auto-adjusting screen intensity delivers great visual clarity, indoors and out. The addition of the Micro SD card slot means you can bring your entire movie and music collection with you on vacation.

Type with ease and get stuff done

Some activities call for a keyboard. Surface comes with an integrated kickstand and a revolutionary, 3mm thin, pressure sensitive cover that doubles as a fully functioning keyboard and trackpad. Your Touch Cover connects to your Surface with a single magnetic click. Now you can chat with friends and respond to emails comfortably.

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Capture life from all sides

Surface has not just one, but two cameras. Use the front LifeCam to chat with the people that you care about. The rear-facing LifeCam is angled to 22 degrees so you can flip out the Kickstand and record meetings and events hands-free. Stereo speakers and dual microphones tuned for Skype help you sound like you are right next door.

Protect what matters

Surface was designed to be your go-to-device. It comes with a precision crafted VaporMg casing that protects the vital technology inside and leaves a high quality finish and feel.

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Express yourself

Touch Cover comes in five vibrant colors. Type Cover offers classic typing experience for those who prefer a more traditional keyboard. Pick the one that best meets your needs and represents your sense of style.”

 

Source: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en/us/about.aspx

 

On the front lines of Syria’s guerrilla war

 

Exclusive account of Sham Falcons, a rebel group waging war against the Assad government from their mountain hideouts.

“Idlib Province, Syria Dawn broke over the northern mountains of Jabal al-Zawiya late last month to find a group of anti-government fighters hiding along a ridge line, waiting for their remote-controlled bomb to destroy an army convoy on the road below.

The roughly 100 guerrillas were members of a larger group known as the Sham Falcons. Like many of the hundreds of ad hoc rebel groups that have sprung up across Syria, they are loosely trained but closely knit, and armed only with Kalashnikov rifles, PKT machine guns and a few rocket-propelled grenades.

Like other armed fighting groups, they were drawn from local towns and villages that carried fierce resistance to the Damascus government of President Bashar al-Assad and claimed to have suffered from its brutality. Like so many Syrians, they decided to fight back.

In the distance, headlights approached. Dozens of government soldiers approached in a procession of pick-up trucks and an armoured infantry vehicle. The night before, the rebels had planted a roadside TNT explosive at a key point on the way to a government position.

As the convoy passed below, the designated triggerman detonated the bomb with a converted garage-door opener. The ensuing blast ripped up a massive section of road, but was detonated too soon to destroy the infantry carrier that was the target of the attack.

Return fire came within seconds. Mortars and gunfire from the pursuing government soldiers filled the mountains as the rebel fighters ran several kilometres to escape.

On this day, the men were lucky. They sustained no injuries, and rebel fighter Hamza Fatalah said the ambush had killed three enemy soldiers. The morning’s bombing was a small victory for the Sham Falcons, but its leaders were realistic.

“We are using very simple weapons against the highly sophisticated weapons of the regime,” said Fatalah, a former Syrian army lieutenant who defected at the beginning of the uprising.

Before the revolution many, like Fatalah, worked as police officers or soldiers for the government. Others were students, farmers or taxi drivers. United by the government’s alleged atrocities, Fatalah said they now fight like brothers.

In pockets of resistance across Syria, groups such as these carry out missions against an army equipped with tanks and helicopters. They fight back with homemade bombs, limited weapons and meagre medical supplies. Many of these operations are carried out on foot or on motorbikes, with the occasional pick-up truck concealed beneath trees a safe distance away.

Attack aftermath

After the narrow escape, the men regrouped and returned to their various village bases.

In the village of Shanan, the men from Fatalah’s unit discussed various aspects of the mission and plans for the next one while they sipped tea under the shade of a large fruit tree.

“I’m responsible for planning operations and discussing them with the other fighters,” Fatalah said.

“Before an operation, we first monitor the location and plan the attack, making sure we have a secure withdrawal.”

The Sham Falcons of Jabal al-Zawiya claim to number about 2,000 armed men, broken down into eight 250-man battalions.

Of the 36 villages that form the Jabal al-Zawiya region in the province of Idlib, eight are currently under rebel control. These opposition villages form the core of the Sham Falcon network, bases that control security, conduct checkpoints and carry out missions in the surrounding areas against Assad’s forces.

Most are sniper operations or roadside bombs, the Sham Falcons’ leaders said. Sometimes they launch full-scale attacks on government checkpoints and weapons caches.

“At first, we used our own money to buy hunting rifles,” said Sham Falcon commander Ahmed al-Sheikh.

“Some businessmen began to donate money for weapons, but anyone supporting the revolution was targeted by the regime and many became scared. Now, most of our weapons we capture during operations like this.”

Al-Sheikh said of the weapons and ammunition purchased, the majority is brought from the regime itself. Corrupt officers sell government weapons stocks at inflated prices. Kalashnikov bullets that once sold for $0.40 a piece have risen to $4 each.

“These men are mercenaries,” he said of his suppliers. “Their only belief is in money.”

Rest and recuperation

Back in the village of Shanan, the fighters gathered for lunch on the floor around a spread of falafel, hummus and vegetables.

The majority of the men are fathers with families living nearby. Since the uprising, their lives now centre around the fight and most of their meals are shared at the base. On any given night, around half of the men sleep at the base with rotating shifts to stand guard and man the radio.

As he dipped bread into a bowl of hummus, unit commander Asad Ibrahim said their meals are basic, but hearty.

“We eat this every day. It gives us fast legs so we can run from the enemy,” he joked.

The following day, that mobility was definitely in order. Government helicopters found the men during a meeting in an area that offered only the feeble cover of olive trees, and strafed them with heavy fire.

Helicopter attacks are frequent in these mountains, the men said. In the neighbouring village of Kafr Ruma, the smoke from air and artillery shelling rose in columns for three days. Al Jazeera witnessed as two helicopters circled the area, the deadly spray of their indiscriminate gunfire echoing in the distance.

Among those killed in the attacks were an eight-year-old boy and his father, who were shot en route to the government hospital, where the man’s wife had just given birth to their second child. In this same hospital, a 15-year-old girl lay in critical condition, injured by tank fire. Village leaders say 80 more were injured in the attacks.

Government crackdowns like these have led many men to leave the army and join the Sham Falcons in their fight to topple the Assad regime.

 

For Mohmoud Tara, who defected six months ago to the Falcons, it was one scene in particular that convinced him to leave his post in Aleppo.

“We were ordered to shoot the protesters demonstrating at Aleppo University,” he said.

“Most of the time I would shoot in the air, but many of my colleagues would use excessive force, hitting, cursing and humiliating those arrested. They dropped one student from the top of a six-storey building onto the grounds of the university. They continued as if nothing had happened. It was a horrible feeling. I felt pity but I could say nothing or I would be treated like those students.”

Tara soon defected and joined the rebel forces.

Al Shiekh said the goal of the Sham Falcons and other rebel groups operating throughout Syria is simply to protect the Syrian people, to end the bloodshed and insure a fair and democratic political system is installed.

“We want the people of the world to understand us as people, to see our revolution from a human prospective,” said Al Sheikh. “The Syrian people can not turn back. We must fight until victory.”

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Source: AlJazeera News

US to assign army brigade to Africa

“Combat brigade will be drafted to Pentagon’s Africa Command to send soldiers to countries around the continent.”

US marines are already in Uganda offering training and support to Ugandan and African Union soldiers [AFP]

The US army has said a combat brigade will be assigned to the Pentagon‘s Africa Command next year in a pilot programme that will send small teams of soldiers to countries around the continent to do training and participate in military exercises.

General Ray Odierno, the army’s chief of staff, says the plan is part of a new effort to provide US commanders around the globe with troops on a rotational basis to meet the military needs of their regions.

This pilot programme sends troops to an area that has become a greater priority for the Obama administration since it includes several nations from where it perceives an increasing threat to the US and the region.

Odierno says a brigade from the 10th Mountain Division will take on the new task.

Already US special forces have begun providing training and logistical support to Ugandan soldiers hunting Joseph Kony, leader of the Lords Resistance Army.

Military advisers are also in Uganda to draw lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan to help train African Union soldiers to fight Somalia’s al-Shabab group.”

Source: Aljazeera News

‘US expanding spying network’ in Africa

“Unmarked planes with sensors being flown between secret air bases and bush strips for surveillance, says report.”

 

“The fleet of surveillance planes is made up of single-engine Pilatus PC-12s [Wikipedia: Creative Commons]

The United States military is expanding a secret network of air bases across Africa in order to spy on al-Qaeda and other such groups, a US newspaper said.

The surveillance is carried out by small, unmarked turboprop planes with hidden state-of-the-art sensors that fly thousands of kilometers between air bases and bush landing strips across the vast continent, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

The programme, dating back to 2007, underscores the massive expansion of US special forces operations in recent years and the steady militarisation of intelligence operations during the decade-long war on al-Qaeda.

Bases in Burkina Faso and Mauritania are used to spy on al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), while bases in Uganda are used in the hunt for the Lord’s Resistance Army, a brutal guerrilla movement led by Joseph Kony, who is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

Kony hunt

The paper said there were plans to open another base in South Sudan to help hunt for Kony, who is wanted in connection with a series of atrocities and operates in some of the most remote and inaccessible parts of central Africa.

In East Africa, US aircraft operating out of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and the Seychelles archipelago spy on Somalia’s Qaeda-inspired Al-Shebab militia and have reportedly launched attacks on wanted fighters.

The paper said the fleet of surveillance planes is made up of single-engine Pilatus PC-12s, small passenger and cargo planes manufactured in Switzerland.

The newspaper said one of the secret bases is in a secluded hanger in Ouagadougou, capital of the predominantly Muslim country of Burkina Faso in West Africa.

It said dozens of service members and contractors strive to be discreet, but stand out in the city centre and are appreciated for the business they bring to bars and restaurants.

Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister Djibril Bassole, in an interview with the paper, declined to answer questions about US special forces operations in his country but said he appreciates US security co-operation.

“We need to fight and protect our borders,” the paper quoted him as saying. “Once they infiltrate your country, it’s very, very difficult to get them out,” he said, referring to al-Qaeda.”

Source: Aljazeera News

Apple’s new IOS 6, OS X Mountain Lion and the new Mac Pro will make you break the ‘vault’

Hello readers, i have just read about these products coming soon from Apple.

I am looking forward to getting them after i must have saved some dollars and read other reviews about them, before then you can also have a feel on Apple’s website http://www.apple.com and from Techcrunch http://techcrunch.com/tag/apple/

Enjoy your money.

 

Maduekwe, Bianca Ojukwu, Other Ambassadors Get Postings

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President Goodluck Jonathan

 

By Ahamefula Ogbu in Abuja

 

“Jonathan lists Nigerians’ protection, investment as priorities
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday presented letters of credence to 93 ambassadors whom he gave a marching order to protect Nigerians in their countries of posting as well as to attract more investment to Nigeria.
The president, at the occasion at State House, Abuja, witnessed by top government officials and family members of the new ambassadors, among others, reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to make Africa the centre piece of its foreign policy.
Among those that got their letters were Bianca, widow of Ikemba Nnewi, Chief Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu; former Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Ojo Maduekwe; former Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Fidelia Akuabata Njeze; former Oyo State deputy governor, Alhaji Taofeek Arapaja; former State House Chief of Protocol, Alhaji Abdullahi Tijani and Presidential Liaison Officer, Mohammed Abubakar Waziri.
However, it was gathered that Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Professor Adebowale Adefuye; High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Senator Dalhatu Tafida; Ambassador to China, Alhaji Aminu Wali; and Nigeria’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Professor Joy Ogwu, will retain their positions.
Although 93 people were presented with their letters of credence yesterday, a list of the posting obtained by THISDAY showed that only 48 of them have been posted.
A presidency source said the 48 ambassadors were the first batch whose accreditation process had been completed following the receipt of letters of agreement from their host countries.
The source said the list also omitted names of those being posted out as deputy chiefs to Nigerian missions, who though are of ambassadorial rank, they do not require Letters of Agreement.
Jonathan, while handing over the letters of credence to the ambassadors, urged them to forge a common front and de-emphasise ethnic associations for the greater feeling of oneness.
He told them to give higher priority to promoting democracy and good governance while at the same time pursuing multilateral diplomacy to the benefit of Nigeria in an ever-changing world.
He said: “You are assuming office at a critical period in Nigeria’s developmental history. As you prepare to depart to your countries of accreditation, you must always bear in mind that our foreign policy must reflect the aspirations and priorities of a democratic Nigeria.
“Economic diplomacy and Africa remain at the centre of our foreign policy agenda. In this respect, your responsibility to attract investments into the country and open up markets for our local goods and services cannot be over emphasised.
“Defending the interests of Nigerians living and operating lawfully in your countries of accreditation must be seen as a primary assignment.
“Protecting their interest through greater and more efficient consular support is also a priority to which you must remain fully committed.
“Increasingly, the Diaspora is shaping the growth and development of nations. Ours should not be different. We have a vibrant Diaspora that you need to constantly engage with so that it can effectively support and make contributions to national development, especially in the areas of finance, ICT and intellectual property.”
Jonathan explained that he deliberately included more career diplomats in the posting to underscore the need to achieve excellence in diplomacy while ensuring the gains of such positions.
“Today, we live in an international environment that is characterised by rapid change, intense competition, and driven by knowledge and technology. It is an exciting world in which only the best succeed.
“In such an environment, only a dynamic, confident and proactive foreign service can effectively and efficiently serve Nigeria’s interests.
“To build and sustain a corps of staff that can excel, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must accord priority to recruiting the best and ensuring the regular training of its diplomatic agents.
“I believe that the objective of raising standards can also be achieved if senior Foreign Service officers are given challenges that prove their worth. They should be sufficiently equipped to act as veritable change agents, and lead in positively driving Nigeria’s foreign policy objectives abroad.
“My decision to give prominence to career officers in the current appointments was informed, in part, by the imperative to incentivise the career officers and enhance commitment to professional excellence,” Jonathan stated.

 
LIST OF HEADS OF MISSION

Names Country
1. Amb. Chive Lor Ignatius Kaave  – Argentina
2. Amb. Felix Edobor Awanbor  -Belgium
3. Amb. Lawrence Olufemi Obisakin  – Benin Republic
4. Amb. Okwudili Odi Obidigbo Nwosu  – Burundi
5.  Amb. Hadiza Mustapha  – Cameroon
6. Amb. Ojo Uma Maduekwe – Canada
7. Amb. Garba Abdu Zakari  – Chad
8. Amb.Victoria Jolaade Bosede Onipede – Congo Brazzaville
9. Amb. Katherine Uyok Okon  – Chech Republic
10. Amb. Grant Okechukwu Ehiobuche  – Democratic Rep. of Congo
11. Amb. Sunday Benjamin B Bassey  – Equitorial Guinea
12. Amb. Akinyele Oladipo Fayomi  – France
13. Amb. Ademola Oluseyi Onafowokan  – Ghana
14. Amb. Ayodeji Lawrence Ayodele – Greece
15. Amb. Abdul Rahman Sallahdeen  – Indonesia
16. Amb. Tukur Mani  – Iran
17. Amb. Eric Tonye Aworabhi – Italy
18. Amb.Olatokunboh Kamson  – Jamaica
19. Amb. Taofeek Oladejo Arapaja – Jordan
20. Amb. Solomon Akintola Kayode Oyateru  – Kenya
21. Amb. Haruna Garba  – Kuwait
22. Amb. Ghigozie Fidelia Obi-Nnadozie – Liberia
23. Amb. Mohammed Lawan Gana  – Malawi
24. Amb. Zhiri James Gana  – Mexico
25. Amb. Matilda Kwashi – Mozambique
26. Amb. Biodun Nathaniel Olorunfemi  – Namibia
27. Amb. Alexander Nwofe  – North Korea
28. Amb. Akinyemi Farounbi – Philippines
29. Amb. Samuel Wodi Jimba – Poland
30. Amb. Abba Abdullahi Tijjani  – Romania
31. Amb. Assam Ekanem Assam  – Russia
32. Amb. Ayibakuro Peter Ogidi-Oke – Rwanda
33. Amb. Abubakar Shehu Bunu – Saudi Arabia
34. Amb. Katyen Catherine Jackden – Senegal
35. Amb. Eyo Asuquo – Sierra Leone
36. Amb. Femi Akenson Rotimi – Sri Lanka
37. Amb. Haliru Sodangi Shuaibu – Sudan
38. Amb. Fidelia Akuabata Njeze – Switzerland
39. Amb. Adamu Babangida Ibrahim – Syria
40. Amb. Chukwudi Newington Okafor – Thailand
41. Amb. Matthew Sunday Adoli  – Togo
42. Amb. James Shuaibu Barka  – Tunisia
43. Amb. Cornelius O. Oluwateru – United Arab Emirates
44. Amb. Frank Ngozi Isoh – Uganda
45. Amb. Ibrahim Auwalu – Ukraine
46. Amb. Francis Chukwuemeka Okeke – Vatican
47. Amb. Matthias Ojih Okafor – Vietnam
48. Amb. Sifawu Inu-Umoru Momoh – Zambia

Source: Thisday Newspaper

5 Re-Commerce Sites That Will Buy Back Your Old Mac

“Did your mouth water, your jaw drop and your eyes bulge over the beautiful new retina display MacBook that Apple announced at Monday’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference? Yeah, us too. As for the $2,199 starting price point? Well, pixels are pricey, especially when there’s 5 million of them.

But there is hope. Supplement your purchase of a stylish new gadget with money you’ve earned from selling the old ones.

First of all, don’t bother with eBay — the site is overloaded with used tech. At last check, there were 51,000 listings for MacBook Pros and 15,000 listings for MacBook Airs. Your gadget might get overlooked in the clutter.

Instead, we suggest you turn to one of these “re-commerce” sites, which specialize in trade-in and buy-back of used electronics. Simply enter information about your device, including its condition and original packaging, if applicable. Bing bang boom! The sites will give you an estimate right then and there; if you accept, they send you a pre-paid shipping label (and in some cases, even a box).

If your assessment of the device’s condition is fair, the money is yours — and your home will be less cluttered for it. I just wonder if the new and improved Siri could have told you that.

Keep in mind that when you’re trading in a laptop, unlike a smartphone or tablet, the resale value will vary by hard drive, RAM and optical drive. Those configurations will have a greater impact on the yielded value than the actual model of the device.

According to Jeff Trachsel, chief marketing officer for NextWorth, the best laptop trade-in values are for Apple, HP, Dell, Sony, Toshiba and Compaq. The highest-value laptops will likely come with Intel Core i7, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i3 or Intel Core2Duo 2.0+ GHz processors.

We’ve rounded up a selection of five re-commerce sites, each with a slightly different schtick. Pick the one that’s right for you, and sell, sell, sell!

Quick Tip: Before you send anything in for a re-sell, make sure all of your information is wiped from the device. It’s best to restore your gadget to its original factory settings to be sure everything is deleted. For full details on how to erase the contents of your devices, see Apple’s tutorials for iOS and OS X.”

 

Source: http://www.mashable.com

Scammers never give up

For the life of me, i don’t know why these scammers never give up on me as they keep trying in one form or the other. Here is another sample of a scam mail from our ‘dear Ms Usufu’, please enjoy. Thanks to the Yahoo plus  option on my yahoo account ,mails like this end up in my spam box.

I just imagine the number of scam emails the likes of Aliko Dangote, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates get on a daily basis inviting them to one investment opportunity or the other.

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From.Ms.Grase Usufu,

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:38 PM
From:
“Ms.Grase Usufu,” <slyviadominic23@hotmail.fr>

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To:
undisclosed-recipients
From.Ms.Grase Usufu,
Abidjan,Ivory Coast,
Email:(graseusufu@yahoo.co.jp)

Good day my dear,

In confidence,i have to introduce myself for i am Ms.Grase Usufu,21 years old, I am the only child of late Mr & Mrs.Herbert Usufu.I prayed before contacting you, please for God sake do not see my mail as embrassment as we do not know each other.

I wish to request for your assistance in my efforts to procure the transfer of my inherited money for investment ventures under your care and directive,while i continue my education of there in your country. I inherited Six Million four hundred thousand Dollars (US$6,400,000.00) here in my name with one of the prime bank in my country and I will require your assistance in receiving the transfer of my inherited money in your local account for investment purposes,as it is my wish to come over to your country to further my education while you take care of the investment of the money.

Please i am an orphane and i need your assistance to transfer my inherited money to your country and also your assistance to secure a nice school for me in your country where I will continue my education .
Please I am waiting to hear from you soonest
Yours sincerely, Email:(graseusufu@yahoo.co.jp)”

Ms.Grase Usufu

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