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First-day preorders for the iPhone X sell out in minutes, Apple says demand is ‘off the charts’

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  • The iPhone X became available for preorder early Friday morning.
  • Only people who ordered in the first few minutes will get their preorder the first day it comes out, though.
  • Apple stores will also have stock next Friday, though Apple advises to get in line “early.”

Apple’s most advanced iPhone saw its shipping times slip to weeks in the minutes after it first went up for preorder on Friday morning.

The iPhone X starts at $999 and comes in two colors, with each color coming in two models with different amounts of storage.

Less than an hour after launch, models for all four US carriers on Apple’s online store were showing delivery times weeks after the device’s November 3 launch date.

In some cases, Apple’s website now says the iPhone X would be delivered in “2-3 weeks.” Other people got confirmation messages that said their iPhone X wouldn’t ship for four to five weeks.

Some people on social media reported issues with the official Apple Store app, which Apple retail officials had called the fastest way to preorder. Carriers such as AT&T also appeared to have limited inventory.

In a statement sent to media outlets, an Apple spokesperson said that demand was “off the charts.”

“We’re working hard to get this revolutionary new product into the hands of every customer who wants one, as quickly as possible,” the statement continued, mentioning that Apple stores will have stock on November 3.

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The iPhone X will be in short supply for the rest of the year, according to reports from Apple’s factories in Asia. The reason for the shortage is that several of Apple’s components, like the 3D True Depth camera, are delicate and difficult to manufacture.

One analyst predicted that only 2 million to 3 million iPhone X units would be shipped by launch time.

The iPhone X is desired by Apple fans for several reasons:

  • It’s Apple’s highest-end iPhone.
  • It features a visually different design from older iPhones.
  • The screen covers a much larger percentage of the front than that of older iPhones.
  • The screen uses a new technology called OLED that sports blacker blacks and other benefits.
  • It has a longer battery life than the iPhone 7.
  • It has a 3D depth-sensing camera on the front of the phone called TrueDepth.
  • TrueDepth is used to unlock the phone, taking the place of the fingerprint sensor.

If you weren’t lucky enough to nab a preorder, your best bet is to line up at an Apple store or another authorized retailer on Friday. Just get there early.

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The Fires are stable, the first group of first responders/firefighters are getting relief and new firefighters from all over the country are and have been arriving.

With all the acrimony today about kneeling, race, honor of soldiers, etc., the Firefighters of Santa Rosa, CA demonstrated what true values are.  When their fire station burned down and after many, many hours fighting the fires, they came back to their burned out fire station.  Their focus and purpose was to find their “Badges” and “Old Glory”.  They dug and dug among the ruble and found most of the badges and also “Old Glory”.  Their flag, our flag blows in the wind again to demonstrate hope and the importance of honoring those who serve and protect.  These are the values this nation was built on and we must never forget.

You don’t need these brave souls, until you need themThey walk into harms way with purpose and commitment to save, protect and get the job done.

May God Bless and Protect those who serve and may all people of races, creeds and cultures honor them.

SANTA ROSA (KRON) — It was once the pride and joy of Santa Rosa–considered fireproof–but the North Bay firestorm was just too much for it to handle.

We’re talking about Santa Rosa Fire Station No. 5. It was restored in Aug. 2015, but now it has been leveled.

The firestorm proved to be just too much for the station.

 

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The Bidding Process, Procedures for the Sale of certain Assets and Intellectual Property of Bambeco.Inc

Further to Gerbsman Partners sales letters of October 5, 2017, October 2, 2017 and September 28, 2017 regarding the sale of certain assets of Bambeco, Inc. (“Bambeco”), I am attaching the “Draft Asset Purchase Agreement (“APA”) and the Bambeco Dataroom “Table of Contents” for interested parties bidding on the assets and IP of Bambeco and performing due diligence, subject to the attached Bambeco NDA.  Also, please see below the wire transfer information for the refundable deposit for bidding.

Please be aware that the bid date for the Assets and Intellectual Property of Bambeco is now Friday, October 20, 2017.  Bambeco is accelerating the bid date as it has received potential order in excess of $ 2million from a large retail customer.  Shipment is projected in December 2017 and January 2018 and in order to preserve value for a potential acquirer for these orders, Bambeco has moved the bid date to insure factory production.  Subject to an NDA, the CEO is available to discuss in greater detail. 

Ken, Jim, Dennis and I will be following up to review the updated Bidding Process, schedule due diligence meetings and answer any questions regarding the “Date Certain M&A Process”.

Prior to the bid date of October 20, 2017, I would encourage all interested parties to have their counsel speak with Geoff Willard, Esq. of Cooley.  Geoff is available to discuss any questions or comments of a legal nature relating to the transactions contemplated by the APA.  Geoff’s office number is 703 456 8188 and cell 202 257 0092; gwillard@cooley.com

Wire transfer information for the refundable deposit for bidding:

Any and all the assets of Bambeco will be sold on an “as is, where is” basis and will be subject to “The Bidding Process for Interested Buyers”, outlined below.

Gerbsman Partners (http://www.gerbsmanpartners.com) has been retained by Bambeco (www.bambeco.com) to solicit interest for the acquisition of part or substantially all of Bambeco’s assets, including its Intellectual Property (“IP”), in whole or in part (collectively, the “Bambeco Assets”).

 

IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE

The information in this memorandum does not constitute the whole or any part of an offer or a contract.

The information contained in this memorandum relating to Bambeco’s Assets has been supplied by Bambeco. It has not been independently investigated or verified by Gerbsman Partners or their respective agents.


Potential purchasers should not rely on any information contained in this memorandum or provided by Gerbsman Partners (or their respective staff, agents, and attorneys) in connection herewith, whether transmitted orally or in writing as a statement, opinion, or representation of fact. Interested parties should satisfy themselves through independent investigations as they or their legal and financial advisors see fit.


Gerbsman Partners, and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, (i) disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the truth, accuracy, and completeness of any information provided in connection herewith and (ii) do not accept liability for the information, including that contained in this memorandum, whether that liability arises by reasons of Bambeco’s or Gerbsman Partners’ negligence or otherwise. 

Any sale of the Bambeco Assets will be made on an “as-is,” “where-is,” and “with all faults” basis, without any warranties, representations, or guarantees, either express or implied, of any kind, nature, or type whatsoever from, or on behalf of Bambeco and Gerbsman Partners. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Bambeco and Gerbsman Partners and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, hereby expressly disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the condition of the Bambeco Assets and any portions thereof, including, but not limited to, environmental conditions, compliance with any government regulations or requirements, the implied warranties of habitability, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose.

This memorandum contains confidential information and is not to be supplied to any person without Gerbsman Partners’ prior consent. This memorandum and the information contained herein are subject to the non-disclosure agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A.

 

The Bidding Process for Interested Buyers

Interested and qualified parties will be expected to sign a Confidential Disclosure Agreement (attached hereto as Appendix A) to have access to key members of management and intellectual capital teams and the due diligence “war room” documentation (“Due Diligence Access”). Each interested party, as a consequence of the Due Diligence Access granted to it, shall be deemed to acknowledge and represent (i) that it is bound by the bidding procedures described herein; (ii) that it has had an opportunity to inspect and examine the Bambeco Assets and to review all pertinent documents and information with respect thereto; (iii) that it is not relying upon any written or oral statements, representations, or warranties of Gerbsman Partners, or their respective staff, agents, or attorneys; and (iv) all such documents and reports have been provided solely for the convenience of the interested party, and Gerbsman Partners (and their respective staff, agents, or attorneys) do not make any representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the same.  

Following an initial round of due diligence, interested parties will be invited to participate with a sealed bid, for the acquisition of the Bambeco Assets. Each sealed bid must be submitted so that it is received by Gerbsman Partners no later than Friday, October 20, 2017 at 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time (the “Bid Deadline”) at Bambeco’s offices, located at 3430 Second Street, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21225. Please also email steve@gerbsmanpartners.com with any bid.

Bids should identify those assets being tendered for in an identifiable way. 

Any person or other entity making a bid must be prepared to provide independent confirmation that they possess the financial resources to complete the purchase.  All bids must be accompanied by a refundable deposit in the amount of $200,000 (payable Bambeco, Inc.).  The deposit should be wired to an escrow agent who will be outlined in a future update.  The winning bidder will be notified within 3 business days of the Bid Deadline.  Unsuccessful bidders will have their deposit returned to them within 3 business days of notification that they are an unsuccessful bidder. 

Bambeco reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, accept or reject any bid, or withdraw any or all assets from sale.  Interested parties should understand that it is expected that the highest and best bid submitted will be chosen as the winning bidder and bidders may not have the opportunity to improve their bids after submission.  

Bambeco will require the successful bidder to close within a 7 day period. Any or all of the assets of Bambeco will be sold on an “as is, where is” basis, with no representation or warranties whatsoever.

All sales, transfer, and recording taxes, stamp taxes, or similar taxes, if any, relating to the sale of the Bamboo Assets shall be the sole responsibility of the successful bidder and shall be paid to Bambeco at the closing of each transaction.

For additional information, please see below and/or contact:

Steven R. Gerbsman                                                  

Gerbsman Partners                                                    

steve@gerbsmanpartners.com                  

 

Kenneth Hardesty

Gerbsman Partners

ken@gerbsmanpartners.com

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How You Can Help North Bay Fire Victims

My office continues to receive requests for information on how best to help our neighbors to the north impacted by the devastating wildfires. The outpouring of generosity is humbling and speaks so well of Marin. I am proud and inspired by our community.

For now, emergency shelter operations under the auspices of the County are fully stocked with all necessary food and supplies and staffed by county employees and disaster response corps. No additional provisions or supplies are needed at this time. If and when the need arises, a call will go out through multiple channels. In the longer term, there will be ongoing need for everything from temporary housing, transportation, financial assistance, and more. Helping with these long term needs is going to be critical to supporting our neighbors as they recover and rebuild.

What to do right now: the best way to help right now is through direct monetary donation (see suggestions below) and/or by signing up with CVNL as ready and willing to volunteer when the time comes. Thank you!

Register to Volunteer/Donate

    • Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL), is the designated Emergency Volunteer Center agency in Marin and Napa counties. (The registration process is a little clunky because it is designed for general volunteers, but please have patience as CVNL is the best mobilized organizer of volunteers, and currently managing a tremendous influx.)

To register, go to https://cvnl.galaxydigital.com/user/register/, select SIGN UP (upper right hand corner of menu bar) and follow steps 1 – 5, select “contact me in the event of a disaster” by turning the toggle on.

My thanks also to everyone who is participating in the many, many local efforts happening to aid those affected—your support is recognized and so appreciated and will make a difference in helping folks rebuild and heal from these historic and incredibly devastating fires.

View the latest County News Release up-to-date information.

 

krice@marincounty.org

415-473-7825

 

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Good afternoon

Please see below – Fire Chief Welch and other Mill Valley Staff have been impacted and lost homes in Santa Rosa fire.

The Fire Department, Police and Community Staff are commited to Protect and Serve.  When we “need them” they are always there.  They need us right now.  Please think about any contribution to Crowd Funding link below for Chief Welch and other Mill Valley Staff.

With respect, honor and a thank you to all who serve and protect.

Steven R. Gerbsman

Director

Kentfield Fire District

https://www.youcaring.com/firechiefwelchsfamilyothermillvalleystaffimpacted-975272

Support Fire Chief Welch’s Family & other Mill Valley Staff

For: Fire Chief Welch’s Family & other Mill Valley Staff impacted

Mill Valley, CA

Organizer: Linn Walsh

The Story

We have learned that Mill Valley Fire Chief Tom Welch, a resident of Santa Rosa, has lost his family home due to the wildfires in the region. At this point we are still learning how other City of Mill Valley employees are impacted. Donations will go to help Chief Welch and other families. Thank you.

Thanks

 

 

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Google had to disable a feature on its new $50 smart speaker after the gadget listened in on some users

google home miniThe Google Home Mini in a Google-exclusive “coral red” color.Matt Weinberger/Business Insider

Google rushed out a fix to a glitch in its latest smart speaker last week that caused the device to surreptitiously record the conversations of its early testers without their knowledge or consent.

The bug affected a small number of the Google Home Mini devices that the company handed out to reporters at its press event last week, according to Google. The company rolled out a software update over the weekend to address the issue on those devices and is exploring a long-term fix.

“We learned of an issue impacting a small number of Google Home Mini devices that could cause the touch mechanism to behave incorrectly,” the company said in a statement, adding, “If you’re still having issues, please feel free to contact Google support.”

Google unveiled the $50 Mini, which goes on sale on October 19, at its event on Wednesday. Soon after, Android Police’s Artem Russakovskii, who was one of the reporters who received a test unit, discovered that his device was turning on by itself, recording his conversations, and uploading them to Google.

Normally, there are two ways to interact with Google’s smart speakers, including the Mini. You can say the words “OK Google,” followed by a command such as “play ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.'” Alternatively, you can press the button located on the top of the devices instead of saying “OK Google.”

But Russakovskii discovered that his Mini was listening in on him even when he hadn’t pressed the device’s button or said, “OK Google.” When he checked his personal activity page on Google, the site that shows users’ interactions with the search giant’s services and the data it collects on users, he found sound files that had been uploaded to Google’s servers from the Mini without his consent.

Google blamed the glitch on a faulty button in some of the units. The buttons on those Minis were detecting touches even when there was no touch to detect. Russakovskii apparently got one of the defective devices.

On October 7th, three days after it handed out the Mini review units, Google rolled out a software update that disables the button. The change affects every Mini it’s handed out, even those that weren’t malfunctioning. Meanwhile, the company says it’s deleted all the data recorded from alleged button pushes on the Mini review units — whether they were actual button pushes or not — from the time it handed out the devices to reviewers until it issued the update.

Ultimately, the problem appears to be a simple error, not a malicious act of spying. And the company is looking for a long-term solution.

But the glitch is one that Google would certainly have liked to have avoided for multiple reasons, as The Verge notes.

The bug could not only help undermine sales of the Mini but hamper Google’s broader effort to turn itself into a top-tier hardware maker. Smart speakers like the Mini rely on customers’ trust; it’s an act of faith for consumers to let Amazon or Google place a microphone in their houses. They generally expect the companies to only record them when they’re aware of it.

Worse, the nature of the glitch is likely to play into consumers’ worst fears about the search giant. Lots of people are already sensitive to the fact that Google is collecting tons of data on its customers. And the company has previously been taken to task for collecting data without consumers’ consent. Back in 2010, Google admitted its Google Maps Street View cars had been sucking up e-mails and passwords from unencrypted WiFi networks as the cars mapped neighborhoods around the country and world.

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                                          Image result for Ret. Marine Col. Jeffery Powers

Ret. Marine Col. Jeffery Powers wrote to the NFL commissioners the following:

Commissioners,

I’ve been a season pass holder at Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl and the Giants Stadium.

I missed the ’90-’91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. 14 of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt. Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it.

Many friends, Marines, and Special Forces Soldiers who worked with or for me through the years returned home with the American Flag draped over their coffins.

Now I watch multi-millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for. They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they’re something special! They’re not! My Marines and Soldiers were!

You are complicit in this! You’ll fine players for large and small infractions but you lack the moral courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an  immediate stop to this. Yes, I know, it’s their 1st Amendment right to behave in such a despicable manner.

What would happen if they came out and disrespected you or the refs publicly?

I observed a player getting a personal foul for twerking in the end zone after scoring I guess that’s much worse than disrespecting the flag and our National  Anthem. Hmmmmm, isn’t it his 1st Amendment right to express himself like an idiot in the end zone?

Why is taunting not allowed yet taunting America is OK? You fine players for wearing 9-11 commemorative shoes yet you allow scum on the sidelines to sit, kneel or pump their pathetic fist in the air They are so deprived with their multi-million dollar contracts for playing a freaking game!

You condone it all by your refusal to act. You’re just as bad and disgusting as they are. I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applaud those who have not.

Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads. They wear body armor and carry rifles.

They make minimum wage and spend months and years away from their families. They don’t do it for an hour on Sunday. They do it 24/7 often with lead, not footballs, coming in their direction. They watch their brothers carted off in pieces not on a gurney to get their knee iced. They don’t even have ice! Many don’t have legs or arms.

Some wear blue and risk their lives daily on the streets of America. They wear fire helmets and go upstairs into the fire rather than down to safety. On 9-11, hundreds vanished. They are the heroes.

I hope that your high paid protesting pretty boys and you look in that mirror when you shave tomorrow and see what you really are, legends in your own minds. You need to hit the road and take those worms with you!

Time to change the channel.

Powers originally sent his letter to former Florida congressman Allen West. West then posted the letter to his news website.

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