Clarifying criteria & new timing extension for App Store Improvements process – Latest News

User trust in quality apps is the basis for all we have done in building and running the App Store.

Back in 2016, to ensure a great user experience and at the suggestion of developers, we launched the App Store Improvements process to remove apps that no longer function as intended, don’t follow current review guidelines or are outdated. This helps us ensure apps work for the vast majority of users and support our latest innovations in security and privacy. Over the course of the past six years, we have removed almost 2.8 million apps as part of this process.

Users and developers alike have benefitted from this effort, including:

  • Discoverability. Users are able to find great apps that fit their needs more easily when outdated apps are no longer on the App Store. This in turn helps developers’ apps become more easily discoverable on the store.

  • Security and privacy. Apple hardware and software are constantly evolving, and we frequently provide developers with new tools to enhance performance, security and privacy. When developers update their apps to incorporate such technologies, they’re doing their part to help safeguard user safety and security.

  • User experience. Keeping apps up to date to conform with modern screen sizes, SDKs, APIs, and all of the other features offered on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS ensures users can have a great experience with any app they get from the App Store.

As part of the App Store Improvements process, developers of apps that have not been updated within the last three years and fail to meet a minimal download threshold — meaning the app has not been downloaded at all or extremely few times during a rolling 12 month period — receive an email notifying them that their app has been identified for possible removal from the App Store.

Apple always wants to help developers get and keep quality software on the App Store. That’s why developers can appeal app removals. And developers, including those who recently received a notice, will now be given more time to update their apps if needed — up to 90 days. Apps that are removed will continue to function as normal for users who have already downloaded the app on their device.

To learn more, visit the revised App Store Improvements Support Page.

Elon Musk sold $8.5B in Tesla stock after agreeing to $44B Twitter deal

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk standing with his arms crossed.
Enlarge / CEO Elon Musk at SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on October 10, 2019.

Elon Musk has raised $8.5 billion from selling part of his stake in Tesla, boosting his cash position ahead of his planned purchase of Twitter.

The sales were made between Tuesday and Thursday, after Twitter’s board agreed to Musk’s $44 billion all-cash takeover approach.

The electric car maker’s share price slumped in the wake of news of the deal, with the drop blamed on concerns about potential share sales by Musk to finance the acquisition, though it also came amid a sharp fall in the wider stock market.

Musk sought to head off worries that the sales would be the start of a spate of divestments, writing on Twitter after the first filings were published on Thursday: “No further TSLA sales planned after today.” Regulatory filings disclosing $4.5 billion of the sales came late on Thursday, with the rest early on Friday.

Musk did not say how long he would hold off selling any more Tesla stock or whether his plans would change in the future, leaving open the question of whether or when he would return to the market to raise more money. The terms of the Twitter deal require him to come up with about $21 billion in cash, though it is not expected to close for another six months.

Under the terms of a settlement with securities regulators in 2018, any of Musk’s Twitter messages that could have an impact on Tesla’s stock price must be vetted by one of the company’s lawyers. Musk fought to have the settlement overturned in court, but a judge this week ruled against his request.

The sales of almost 9.7 million shares, made at prices ranging from $822 to $999 a share, were the first by the Tesla chief since a burst of selling late last year that raised more than $16 billion.

Some of last year’s sales were prompted by a large personal tax bill resulting from the exercise of some of Musk’s stock options in Tesla. He also promised to sell part of his stake after conducting a poll on Twitter about whether he should realize some capital gains in order to pay more tax.

Tesla’s shares were up 4.7 percent on Friday morning to $918.72, after a volatile week of trading.

The deal for Twitter allows Musk to bring in other backers, potentially leaving him on the hook for only part of the $21 billion equity investment he has promised. Despite discussions with private equity groups, however, he has yet to reach an agreement with any other investors.

Musk has also promised to put up part of his Tesla stake as security for a $12.5 billion loan to help finance the Twitter acquisition, with banks backing another $13 billion of loans that would be taken on by the company itself.

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Intelli StepUp Charging Station review: Retractable charging gimmick spoils a good charger

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The Intelli StepUp Charging Station attempts to stand out from the multitude of 3-in-1 chargers with awkward pop-out charging pads.

There are a few aspects to like about the Intelli StepUp, from its dark aluminum finish to its 15W MagSafe charging. However, the 3-in-1 charger has a convertible gimmick that introduces more problems than it solves.

The MagSafe charger is front and center, with a dedicated AirPods Qi charger and an Apple Watch charger built into the base. When everything is set to charge, it displays your products smartly, with screens showing charging information and notifications at a good viewing angle.

Intelli StepUp Charging Station design

The stand has an outer shell made of soft brushed aluminum with plastic parts around the chargers and a rubber base. It is incredibly light, but maybe too light given it uses magnets to hold the iPhone in place.

The glossy plastic cover on the top isn't ideal

The glossy plastic cover on the top isn’t ideal

The MagSafe charger section is covered by a glossy plastic material that can easily collect fingerprints. When an iPhone isn’t on the charger, the plastic is oddly distracting with how it catches and reflects light.

There are two charging pads hidden in the stand meant for the AirPods and an Apple Watch.

Each pad can be hidden within the stand when not in use. They can be pressed into the stand, locking with a click, while another press frees the pads so they can be pulled out.

The base has a blue LED that lights up when charging begins

The base has a blue LED that lights up when charging begins

These charging pads are hard plastic and don’t sit perfectly in their slots. You can easily wiggle the pads around as if they are not entirely set in place.

Overall, the construction doesn’t seem as premium as other desktop chargers in its price range like those made by Satechi or Nomad. The materials, weight, and rickety design might be excusable if only for the 15W MagSafe charger, but it is priced high given the material design.


  • iPhone MagSafe Charger — 15W
  • Apple Watch charger — 2.5W
  • AirPods charger — 5W

Using the Intelli StepUp Charging Station

We like the 40-degree angle the iPhone sits at while charging via MagSafe. It uses the full 15W wireless charging capability of MagSafe, and it even shows the charging animation played when using certified Apple MagSafe charging pucks.

Pushing in the charging pads makes the stand take up a little less space

Pushing in the charging pads makes the stand take up a little less space

Because there isn’t any lip or support structure, you can rotate the iPhone freely on the MagSafe charger. So, you could turn the iPhone to landscape to watch a video while it is charging.

The Apple Watch is also displayed on the stand at a decent angle. Tapping somewhere on the desk near enough to wake the Apple Watch gives us a clear view of the charging level and time.

How the iPhone and accessories are displayed on the charging station is nice and looks great on our desk. However, the large Intelli logo on the front might be an eyesore to some who prefer not to see heavy branding on their accessories.

If this were a stationary charger priced more competitively for its build, it would make a great desktop charger. However, a few problems with general use make it a worse experience overall.

The iPhone sits at a 40-degree angle

The iPhone sits at a 40-degree angle

The charging station is too light. You’ll pick up the entire charger if you attempt to remove your iPhone from the MagSafe charger without applying pressure to the base.

However, there is a trick to it in that the iPhone can just slide off if you pull it down a certain way, but that isn’t ideal.

The pop-out chargers for the AirPods and Apple Watch take away from the charger in multiple ways too. We already mentioned the construction isn’t of good quality around the pads, but the experience of using the pop-out mechanisms is lacking too.

Pressing one of the charging pads to free it from the stand pops loose from a spring mechanism holding it in.

You’re then expected to grab the pad and pull it out until it locks in the open position. However, the pad barely pops out in the first place, requiring you to pinch a tiny bit of plastic to begin pulling out the pad.

While we don’t expect the pad to spring to a fully locked and open position, we’d like it to pop out at least enough that there’s something to grab. Again, the lightweight base means the entire stand moves around while you press and pull the pad.

Should you buy the Intelli StepUp Charging Station?

We're not sure what problem retractable charging pads are trying to solve

We’re not sure what problem retractable charging pads are trying to solve

There are many 3-in-1 charging stations with a magnetic iPhone charger, Apple Watch charger, and AirPods charger built-in. The only redeeming factor of the Intelli StepUp is it has 15W MagSafe charging, while other chargers in its price range often only have 7.5W.

We’re not entirely sure what problem Intelli is trying to solve with hideaway charging pads that spring out from the base. It isn’t exactly a travel-friendly charger, nor is it saving much desk space with the pads hidden.

Perhaps, if the charging station were solid aluminum, with aluminum charging pads that don’t move, and the entire thing was much heavier — we’d be more interested in this charger. However, we can’t recommend the Intelli StepUp charging station to anyone unless they find this is the cheapest way to get a 15W MagSafe 3-in-1 charger.


  • 15W MagSafe charging
  • Good viewing angle


  • Too light
  • Construction doesn’t feel solid
  • Glossy, fingerprint-magnet iPhone charging pad
  • Sliding pad gimmick doesn’t seem to serve any purpose

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Where to buy

Buy the Intelli StepUp Charging Station from the Intelli website for $119.99.

Hamlin respects NASCAR punishment for crass anti-Asian meme – 104.5 WOKV

DOVER, Del. — (AP) — Denny Hamlin said someone sent him a crass anti-Asian meme that poked fun at Kyle Larson’s driving and out it went without a care — from his mobile phone to Twitter.

“I thought it was hilarious,” Hamlin said. “Also, it’s insensitive. I understand.”

He didn’t laugh long. NASCAR and scores of fans and casual observers who lashed out at Hamlin for linking Larson’s ancestry — he’s half Japanese — with an offensive stereotype linked to Asian drivers certainly didn’t find the meme funny.

Hamlin is headed to NASCAR-mandated sensitivity training after he posted the anti-Asian meme from the television comedy “Family Guy” to criticize Larson’s driving last weekend on the last lap at Talladega Superspeedway.

“I respect their decision. I understand where they are with it,” Hamlin said Saturday at Dover Motor Speedway.

Hamlin deleted the tweet Monday night and apologized.

Larson moved up the track multiple lanes in an aggressive move that caused a wreck at Talladega.

“I saw the correlation in the driving. That was it,” Hamlin said. “I didn’t even think twice about the other (part). That’s the insensitive part, right? Whoever created it, I guess, put his name in front of a woman who’s speaking Asian. I guess you’re making fun of that.”

Hamlin is a three-time Daytona 500 winner who drives a Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. He also owns 23XI Racing with Michael Jordan and fields two cars supported by the Japanese automaker — one driven by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver at NASCAR’s top level.

In the meme, an Asian woman speaks in choppy English before moving across six lanes of traffic with no warning, reflecting a racist stereotype about Asian drivers. It has long been removed on all streaming platforms but the clip can still be found on YouTube. Larson’s name was superimposed over the female driver in the meme.

Hamlin’s tweet was up nearly seven hours before he deleted it.

“I definitely understand how some people could find it offensive,” Hamlin said. “If it’s one, then it’s one too many.”

Hamlin wanted to keep private his conversation with Larson.

“No hard feelings from me,” Larson said. “I think after he put it out there, he realized how offensive it could be.”

Larson, of course, was suspended for most of the 2020 season for using a racial slur and lost his ride driving for Chip Ganassi, his sponsors and needed to complete a sensitivity training course for reinstatement. Larson returned to the sport driving for Hendrick Motorsports and won the 2021 Cup championship.

Larson is friends with Hamlin and said of the meme, “I personally wasn’t offended by it.”

“I think NASCAR did what they had to do and I appreciate Denny going through the steps to learn from that,” he said. “Obviously, it was just poor judgment on his part. I think being in the position that we’re in, you have to be very careful with what you put out into the public. I know he’ll learn a lot from it here the next couple of weeks. I think we’re all ready to move past it and get back focused on racing.”

Larson said Hamlin has learned that “there’s millions of other people, that a tweet like that could offend.”

NASCAR’s rulebook has a section that says its members “shall not make or cause to be made a public statement and/or communication that criticizes, ridicules, or otherwise disparages another person based upon that person’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, or handicapping condition.”

“I understand it all. I didn’t think this fell into that category,” Hamlin said. “Certainly, I understand their decision.”

Hamlin volunteered to attend proactive diversity training when he launched 22XI Racing for a deeper understanding and sensitivity toward racial and complex cultural issues.

“I went with the best in the country,” he said.

Hamlin might want to ring them up again.


Kyle Busch wore a black T-shirt with “clickbait” printed on the front.

The two-time Cup champion sparked NASCAR headlines — and clicks — when he griped last week about his unsatisfactory contract talks with Joe Gibbs Racing and his cloudy future in the series.

Busch gave a series of terse, cryptic answers about his 2023 plans, saying he wanted to know his plans “yesterday” and “If it happens, it happens. If it don’t, it don’t. Goodbye.”

Owning perhaps NASCAR’s most prickly personality, Busch was vague Saturday at Dover about conversations he had this week with JGR.

“There were some discussions and such,” he said. “Nothing to elaborate on. All good.”

Busch has been with JGR for 14 years and the team was rewarded with the 2015 and 2019 Cup championships. Busch leads all active drivers with 60 Cup wins, and he has 223 victories across NASCAR’s three national series.

Busch grew visibly frustrated last week at Talladega when pressed on a possible retirement.

“It frustrates me that short comments are sometimes taken out of context,” he said before Saturday’s practice. “I answered the question, you know — questions. I didn’t elaborate. It takes elaboration to kind of tell the story. And you can tell the story as you want with less words.”

Busch has been sponsored by M&M’s since he joined Joe Gibbs Racing in 2008, but the company informed the team ahead of the season that it was leaving NASCAR at the end of this year. That started a sponsorship search at JGR that will be key in retaining Busch. Busch is tied with Richard Petty for a win in 18 consecutive seasons.

Will he make it 19? Busch loosened up when asked about his Hall of Fame qualifications. Drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and have been retired for two years are eligible for nomination to the Hall. Is Busch, who certainly has the credentials, Hall of Fame worthy?

“I guess I’ll know in 12 years,” Busch said, then waited a beat, “or in three.”


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Businesses are adopting Windows 11 more quickly than past versions, says Microsoft

Businesses are adopting Windows 11 more quickly than past versions, says Microsoft

Data suggests that gamers are moving to Windows 11 at a steady pace but not nearly as quickly as they warmed to Windows 10 a few years ago. For historically change-averse businesses, surprisingly, the opposite may be true—Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said during the company’s Q3 2022 earnings call that enterprises were “adopting Windows 11 at a faster pace than previous releases.”

That’s just one highlight from an overwhelmingly rosy earnings report for Microsoft, which reported revenue of $49.4 billion (up 18 percent from the same quarter last year) and net income of $16.7 billion (up 8 percent year over year).

Sales of Windows licenses to PC manufacturers increased by 11 percent; revenue from consumer and commercial Office products increased by 11 and 12 percent (respectively); revenue from Xbox content and services increased 4 percent; Surface hardware revenue increased by 13 percent; and LinkedIn revenue (of all things) increased 34 percent. But the biggest driver of growth continues to be Microsoft’s cloud business, which reported 26 percent higher revenue year over year for a total of $19.1 billion in earnings. That growth is thanks in large part to Azure cloud computing services.

Nadella didn’t dive into details as to just how quickly Windows 11 was being adopted in businesses or what was driving the faster adoption, though we can speculate. Microsoft’s security-focused system requirements for Windows 11 were made with businesses in mind, and many of those requirements (including Secure Boot and TPM 2.0 support) were already being deployed and used more consistently in business PCs than in consumer models. Windows 11 is also similar to Windows 10 in how it deploys and manages the operating system.

Microsoft’s Q3 earnings report is the latest in a string of impressive performances, and the company is forecasting more growth for the next quarter. Microsoft predicts it will earn between $52.4 billion and $53.2 billion in revenue for Q4 2022, which would be an increase of between 13 and 15 percent compared to the $46.2 billion it earned in Q4 of 2021.

Best Monitor for MacBook Pro: Apple, Dell, LG Displays

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Apple’s MacBook Pro computers are powerful tools with fantastic displays. If you need more real estate, however, consider adding another monitor to the mix.

After all, sometimes you’re going to need a bit more screen real estate than the MacBook Pros offer, even in their largest variations. Chances are, if you’re looking for a great MacBook Pro monitor, you’re using the device for work of some kind.

That means you’re going to want to look out for a variety of things, including screen size, screen resolution, and even color quality. Finding one of the best MacBook Pro monitors can be difficult, especially with so many monitors out there to choose from. That’s why we’ve done most of the legwork and put together this list of the best MacBook Pro monitors, including a budget option for those who don’t want to break the bank with their latest accessory.

Best overall monitor for MacBook Pro

The Dell UltraSharp U2723QE.

The Dell UltraSharp U2723QE has a built-in USB-C port.

The Dell UltraSharp U2723QE is a newly-upgraded model that comes sporting excellent color coverage. Once you’ve seen it in action, you’ll never want to go back to another monitor. This delightful display comes with support for 4K resolution, and 98% DCI-P3, 100% sRGB, and 100% REC 709. That means you’ll have vibrant, sharp, and naturally beautiful visuals no matter what you’re doing on your MacBook Pro.

The panel here is also 27 inches, which means plenty of screen real estate to spread out your windows and make use of. The included ergonomic stand can also tilt, pivot, and adjust vertically, which means you can easily set it up any way you like it without having to move the monitor stand around a lot.

On top of great resolution and color quality, the Dell UltraSharp U2723QE also comes with a built-in USB-C port. That means you can charge your MacBook Pro even while running it at its full potential. The brightness could be a little bit better, but with so many other things going for it for under $700, it’s hard to beat this great monitor from Dell.

Best budget monitor for MacBook Pro

The Gigabyte M27Q.

The Gigabyte M27Q offers an abundance of features for a budget-friendly price.

If you want to add a monitor to your MacBook Pro setup, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, there are still some good options. One of the best budget options is the Gigabyte M27Q. This monitor features a max refresh rate of 170Hz an an IPS panel with a full resolution of 1440P. That makes it crisp enough to handle most work you’ll throw at it. The color support here isn’t as great as you’ll find in higher-priced monitors, but it’s still more than good enough for most of what you’ll do with it.

The peak brightness, on the other hand, is extraordinary, and it handles reflections really well, too. That means you can work in bright rooms without having to worry so much about them causing glare on your screen. Additionally, the picture quality is good overall, and the accuracy of the image is fantastic right out of the box. If it had checked a few more boxes, it could easily have been a possibility for our best overall MacBook Pro monitor. But, since it falls somewhat short, and the included USB-C port doesn’t have enough power to charge your MacBook Pro, it will have to settle for the budget spot on our list.

Best ultrawide monitor for MacBook Pro

LG 34BK95U-W Ultrafine display

The LG 34BK95U-W Ultrafine display has ample ports to connect accessories.

If you want to maximize screen real estate, while also taking advantage of a colorful and bright screen. At 34-inches, this 5K monitor is a great option for anyone who needs a large screen with a high resolution. It also comes with ample viewing angles and great build quality. Overall, it’s hard to beat the LG 34BK95U-W Ultrafine and its bevy of features.

On top of sporting a higher resolution panel, the 34-inch monitor also comes with a ton of ports, including a DisplayPort, two HDMI ports, as well as a USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) port, and even some regular USB-A 3.0 ports. That makes it great for accessories, which most MacBook Pros may struggle with. One of the real standout parts of this monitor, though, is its three year warranty for parts and labor. That means you won’t have to worry about dropping such a large sum on a monitor again, at least for a good few years. The LG 34BK95U-W retails for $1,649, but is currently on sale at Amazon and at B&H Photo.

Best Apple monitor for MacBook Pro

Apple Studio Display on desk with Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

The Apple Studio Display connects easily to your MacBook Pro

If you don’t mind spending a pretty penny and want to keep everything in the Apple ecosystem, then pair your MacBook Pro with the Apple Studio Display. The newly released 5K monitor comes with a bevy of features, including multiple USB ports, which should help you accessorize as needed.

Like the Pro Display XDR, the Studio Display is geared towards creative professionals. That means multiple reference modes, and P3 wide color gamut support, too. You’ll also find a built-in six-speaker sound system, as well as a 12MP ultra-wide web camera enclosed in the front of the device. The entire thing is powered by an onboard A13 chip, and comes with a nano-texture display that does great at cutting down on glare.

There are better 5K displays out there, but if you really want to keep it in the Apple family, then the Studio Display is the monitor for you. Read our full Apple Studio Display review.

AppleInsider readers can also save $50 on AppleCare for the Studio display with this activation link and promo code APINSIDER at Adorama. Step-by-step coupon instructions can be found here.

Best MacBook Pro monitor for multitaskers

Dell UltraSharp U4021QW 40-inch Curved Monitor

The Dell UltraSharp U4021QW offers enhanced screen real estate.

If you’re planning on multitasking, then going with an ultrawide monitor can be a great way to give yourself some extra screen real estate. It might not be the best ultrawide out there, but the Dell UltraSharp U4021QW does come close, and it gives you a ton of features to take advantage of during usage for under $2,000.

First, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. This monitor is massive. At 39.7 inches, the Dell UltraSharp U4021QW will take up a lot of desk space. But, it makes up for all of this with an absolutely stunning picture quality you aren’t likely to find on many other monitors. The ports that it comes with are also fantastic, and you’ll probably never need to use them all.

But what makes it so special for multitaskers? We’re glad you asked. Let us introduce you to the Dell UltraSharp U4021QW’s various multitasking modes, including picture-by-picture, picture-in-picture, and KVM (which stands for keyboard, video, and mouse). These features allow you to connect two separate laptops or computers and view them on that single screen. So, if you need to collaborate with a teammate who has their own MacBook Pro, the Dell UltraSharp U4021QW can let you both work side by side whenever you need to.

‘Great Resignation’ sees more companies offer equity to staff

Companies in North America and Europe plan to give more employees an equity stake in their businesses to help retain talent amid a pandemic-induced “Great Resignation”, a survey showed on Wednesday.

Global Equity Organization (GEO), a not-for-profit body tracking global share plans and executive compensation, said 25% of North American companies and 22% of European firms surveyed said they would make more share grants in the future as part of their long-term incentive programmes (LTIs).

The global survey of 181 companies across 10 industries – including in technology, industrial and financial services – comes as the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted more employees to quit their jobs and rethink their work-life balance.

As concerns about wealth inequality grow amid an energy crunch and cost of living crisis, sharing profits could also have a positive impact on wider society.

“By granting condition-linked shares to more employees as part of an LTI, companies are… supporting potential wealth creation for the longer term and helping to stop some workers living from paycheck to paycheck,” said Danyle Anderson, chief executive at GEO.

“If this trend continues beyond the immediate future, the pandemic will have helped to lay the foundations of a more sustainable and equitable compensation system than during the whole of the last forty years,” Anderson said.

Of the companies surveyed, 54 shared their budget for long-term incentive plans, worth a combined $6.6 billion.

Despite the increased largesse, many companies said they were also paying close attention to where staff carried out their work and could use the information to change worker pay.

Of the 119 companies that responded to a question about whether they had electronically tracked employees’ work locations during the pandemic, 42% said they had done so, mostly to ensure tax compliance, as many staff left the city for the countryside or to move closer to their families.

Of the companies to track workers’ locations, 9% also said they had adjusted staff pay accordingly, particularly in cases where they were working from another state or country.

“The message for workers is: by all means temporarily leave the place you work, but don’t necessarily expect to take your original compensation package with you if you are planning to permanently live outside your region or area,” said Sheila Frierson, president employee share plans for North America at Computershare and one of the survey’s sponsors.
Source: Reuters (Editing by Simon Jessop and Toby Chopra)

One of the most powerful DDoSes ever targets cryptocurrency platform

One of the most powerful DDoSes ever targets cryptocurrency platform

A cryptocurrency platform was recently on the receiving end of one of the biggest distributed denial-of-service attacks ever after threat actors bombarded it with 15.3 million requests, content delivery network Cloudflare said.

DDoS attacks can be measured in several ways, including by the volume of data, the number of packets, or the number of requests sent each second. The current records are 3.4 terabits per second for volumetric DDoSes—which attempt to consume all bandwidth available to the target—and 809 million packets per second, and 17.2 million requests per second. The latter two records measure the power of application-layer attacks, which attempt to exhaust the computing resources of a target’s infrastructure.

Cloudflare’s recent DDoS mitigation peaked at 15.3 million requests per second. While still smaller than the record, its power was more considerable because the attack was delivered through HTTPS requests rather than HTTP requests used in the record. Because HTTPS requests are much more compute-intensive than HTTP requests, the latest attack had the potential to put much more strain on the target.


The resources required to deliver the HTTPS request flood were also greater, indicating that DDoSers are growing increasingly powerful. Cloudflare said that the botnet responsible, comprising about 6,000 bots, has delivered payloads as high as 10 million requests per second. The attack originated from 112 countries, with about 15 percent of the firepower from Indonesia, followed by Russia, Brazil, India, Colombia, and the United States.

“Within those countries, the attack originated from over 1,300 different networks,” Cloudflare researchers Omer Yoachimik and Julien Desgats wrote. They said that the flood of traffic mainly came from data centers, as DDoSes move away from residential network ISPs to cloud computing ISPs. Top data center networks included the German provider Hetzner Online GmbH (Autonomous System Number 24940), Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia (ASN 262186), and OVH in France (ASN 16276). Other sources included home and small office routers.

“In this case, the attacker was using compromised servers on cloud hosting providers, some of which appear to be running Java-based applications. This is notable because of the recent discovery of a vulnerability (CVE-2022-21449) that can be used for authentication bypass in a wide range of Java-based applications,” Patrick Donahue, Cloudflare VP of Product, wrote in an email. “We also saw a significant number of MikroTik routers used in the attack, likely exploiting the same vulnerability that the Meris botnet did.”


The attack lasted about 15 seconds. Cloudflare mitigated it using systems in its network of data centers that automatically detect traffic spikes and quickly filter out the sources. Cloudflare didn’t identify the target except that it operated a crypto launchpad, a platform used to help fund decentralized finance projects.

The numbers underscore the arms race between attackers and defenders as each attempts to outdo the other. It won’t be surprising if a new record is set in the coming months.

Notes of interest from Apple’s Q2 2022 earnings report and conference call

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Apple posted another record-breaking quarter, beating the street consensus in nearly every regard. Here are some notes of interest from the report, including remarks from Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri.

Ahead of the usually-scheduled conference call with analysts, Apple reported $97.28 billion in revenue for the quarter ending March 2022, an increase year-over-year from the $89 billion reported in Q2 2021.

The quarter’s gross margin reached 43.7%, up from the year-ago quarter’s 42.5% figure. Operating expenses shifted from $10.6 billion in Q2 2021 to $12.6 billion in Q2 2022. The diluted earnings per share is set at $1.52.

Apple’s board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.23 per share, an increase of 5 percent. The dividend is payable on May 12, 2022 to shareholders of record on May 9, 2022.

The board of directors also authorized an increase of $90 billion to the existing share repurchase program.

As he usually does, Apple CEO Tim Cook had a statement on the earnings.

“This quarter’s record results are a testament to Apple’s relentless focus on innovation and our ability to create the best products and services in the world,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in reference to the financial report.. “We are delighted to see the strong customer response to our new products, as well as the progress we’re making to become carbon neutral across our supply chain and our products by 2030. We are committed, as ever, to being a force for good in the world — both in what we create and what we leave behind.”

Apple CFO Luca Maestri chimed in on the earnings as well.

“We are very pleased with our record business results for the March quarter, as we set an all-time revenue record for Services and March quarter revenue records for iPhone, Mac, and Wearables, Home and Accessories. Continued strong customer demand for our products helped us achieve an all-time high for our installed base of active devices,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “Our strong operating performance generated over $28 billion in operating cash flow, and allowed us to return nearly $27 billion to our shareholders during the quarter.”

Highlights from the earnings report, and the conference call

  • Immediately after the report, Apple stock climbed about $3 in after-hours trading, in a day that saw gains before the market closed
  • Q2 was Apple’s third-highest revenue of all time, eclipsed only by the last two holiday quarters
  • CNBC reports that China Tim Cook noted that China shut downs did not impact Q2 as they started just as Apple was closing out fiscal Q2.
  • Cook talking about donations to Ukraine humanitarian aid, without naming figures
  • Touches on China and COVID, but we expect more of that in the analysts’ questions
  • “We will never stop striving to be a force of good in the world” – Cook
  • “Slight constraints” on Mac, M1 MacBook Pro main driver, says Maestri
  • The last seven quarters have been the best ever for Mac
  • “Nearly half” of Mac buyers in the quarter were new to Mac, same for iPad
  • Wearables business alone about the same size as a Fortune 100 company
  • More than 825 million paid subscriptions across Services, up 165 million in the last 12 months
  • $193 billion in cash and marketable securities, total debt $120 billion
  • Annual increases in dividend going forward
  • Given “continued uncertainty” – no revenue guidance
  • YOY revenue performance for June impacted by supply constraints, silicon shortages
  • Constraints to be in the range of $4 billion to $8 billion, more than experienced during March
  • Forex expected to be a headwind, additionally Russian sales have ceased
  • Double-digit Services growth expected in June quarter, but deceleration expected
  • Question time!
  • Katy Huberty – Morgan Stanley : Consumer spending questions, what metrics is Apple watching?
  • Cook: “Monitoring daily sales very closely.” Apple is seeing inflationary impacts, assumed in the guidance provided
  • Huberty: “How will that impact the consumers in the business, and influences purchases.”
  • Cook: “Our main focus is on the supply side.”
  • Huberty: China impacts?
  • Cook: Q2, restrictions in China had not started but there were still supply constraints.
  • Cook: Legacy nodes still most impacted, but looking ahead COVID disruptions, and continued silicon shortages
  • Cook: Constraints around Shanghai corridor
  • Cook: Final assembly factories have restarted
  • Amit Daryanani – Evercore : Would like more detail geographically
  • Maestri: Happy in US, good quarter in Europe including Russia sales loss for a month of the quarter
  • Maestri: In-line with expectations in Europe, China March quarter record.
  • Maestri: Year-over-year launch timing of iPhone had an impact (later in 2020 than in 2021)
  • Maestri: Japan impacted by foreign exchange with dollar appreciation against most currencies
  • Daryanani – Is the supply constraint causing deferred demand or destroyed demand?
  • Cook: It will effect most of the categories. There’s a percentage that’s recapturable, and some likely not
  • Cook: Ratio of captureable to lost difficult to estimate, and won’t be shared
  • Chris Caso – Raymond James : Are constraints going to be mostly on supply or labor?
  • Cook: “Hard to answer a question about unannounced products”
  • Cook: The up to $8 billion in impact for the June quarter is being worked around as best as possible
  • Caso: Inflation. Is it possible to deal with inflation without gross margin impacts or price increases?
  • Cook: Some of this is in the last quarter, and some of it is in the guidance. Some components falling, some rising
  • David Voight – UBS : Product disruption. Should we expect similar impacts to the past?
  • Cook: “It will affect most of the product categories.” Apple will optimize to minimize the effect on the user.
  • Voight : Anything to share about demand that may be out of the ordinary?
  • Cook: Apple was happy with iPhone growth in the quarter, and the year-over-year comp
  • Cook: US was quite strong in the quarter
  • Jim Suva – CitiGroup : What’s Apple thinking about the future for the supply chain after COVID ends?
  • Cook: “Our supply chain is truly global. The products are made everywhere.”
  • Cook: “Will probably do more in the US when more chips are here”
  • Cook: Top issue is the silicon shortage
  • Cook: “In this business, you don’t want to hold a ton of inventory.”
  • Cook: “In today’s world, it’s not really possible for us to have a buffer on silicon.”
  • Suva: Is there a timetable from suppliers for recovery?
  • Cook: “I don’t want to predict that” citing economy and other unpredictable factors
  • Cook: “Varying levels of outcomes” as it pertains to the when and where of post-COVID supplies
  • Samik Chatterjee – JP Morgan : iPhone SE, how does it compare to previous SE cycles?
  • Cook: “We don’t get to that level of granularity. We view it as sensitive data.”
  • Cook: “When you look at iPhone as a total, we could not be happier with the iPhone 13 family of products”
  • Chatterjee: Services. Is this margin a good range for services longer-term?
  • Maestri: Speaks about momentum, including install base growing “very nicely” – but doesn’t really answer the question
  • Maestri: Growth rates can change a bit, based on lockdowns, and reopenings.
  • Krish Sankar – Cowen & co : Supply constraints – does the up to $8 billion imply a drop year-over-year? Buffer of semiconductors?
  • Maestri: Constraints limited to silicon shortages in the last quarter. That won’t be the case next quarter.
  • Maestri: Different constraints for the June quarter than the previous
  • Sankar: Have the app stores increased as lockdowns have increased?
  • Maestri: Too early to tell this quarter
  • Wamsi Mohan – Bank of America : Are you expecting a year-over-year revenue growth for the next quarter?
  • Maestri: We’re not guiding to a specific revenue number, repeats statements on supply chain shortages
  • Maestri: Foreign Exchange expected to be an increased headwind for the June quarter.
  • Maestri: On the positive side, product demand and services revenue are very strong
  • Maestri: Most of the iPad and Mac models are constrained today
  • Mohan: Why is this not the right time to buy companies instead of buying back stock?
  • Cook: “We’re looking, and we always look.” Standard disclaimer about when and why Apple buys companies
  • Kyle McNeely – Jefferies: When can Macs be delivered within a week?
  • Cook: Working hard to get it done. Result of COVID disruptions and silicon shortages. Apple is not really forecasting when silicon shortage will end
  • Ben Bollin – Cleveland Research : Product mix between consumer and enterprise, how has strategy evolved with respect to freight and geographic production footprint
  • Maestri: “We do appreciate that enterprise is a great opportunity for us.” Repeats what Apple Business Essentials is
  • Cook: “Freight is a huge challenge and today both from an inflationary point of view and an availability point of view.” Right now the focus is on getting hardware to the customers however Apple can.
  • Cook: Hoping that both ocean and air freight rates will drop in the short term
  • Cook: “Constantly making tweaks here and there” as it pertains to geographic production.
  • Call ends 5:58 PM ET

Socket Mobile Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

NEWARK, Calif., April 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Socket Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), a leading provider of data capture and delivery solutions for enhanced workplace productivity, today reported financial results that are determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”) for the three months ended March 31, 2022.

First Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights:

  • Revenue increased 31% to $6.3 million, compared to $4.8 million in the comparable prior-year quarter, and increased by 3% sequentially compared to $6.1 million in Q4 2021.
  • Gross margin decreased to 49.7% compared with 53.5% for the prior-year quarter and 52.1% in the preceding quarter. Rising component costs and freight costs contributed to the lower Q1 2022 margin.
  • Operating income was $0.5 million compared to an operating income of $0.2 million for the prior-year quarter, and $0.7 million in the preceding quarter.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $0.04 compared to $0.03 for the prior-year quarter, and $0.11 in the preceding quarter.

“I am proud of the strong performance delivered by our team through the first quarter of 2022,” said Kevin Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer of Socket Mobile, Inc. “We remain focused on strengthening and expanding our software development tools for our application partners, particularly CaptureSDK. We recently announced our CaptureSDK for Flutter, to support the many developers who are using the Flutter development environment. According to the latest figures, Flutter is used by over two million developers, with 500,000 using it monthly. 42% of software developers have used Flutter, and it has quickly become the popular cross-platform mobile framework amongst developers, according to a 2021 developer survey. In Q1, we also announced our SocketCam product, C820, a software-based barcode scanner, which offers a free, flexible, quick, and reliable data capture solution to our application partners who can include the C820 in their applications to provide free scanning to their end-users. The SocketCam C820 is the first member of the SocketCam family and turns any mobile device into a high-performance barcode scanner. Application developers today are challenged to service a wide range of customers with various data capture requirements, from the price-sensitive to the performance-sensitive, and even multiple data types. The addition of the C820 seamlessly enables these diverse requirements. End-users whose data capture requirements exceed the capabilities of the free camera-based scanners will have the choice of purchasing a Socket Scanner or using an advanced version of the camera-based scanner which is scheduled to be available in the second half of the year.  

“We have been able to support all our customers thanks to our Operations team which continues to manage the challenges associated with supply chain disruptions, higher component costs, and shipping. The additional costs in Q1 impacted our margins. In Q2, we expect to recover some of our margin loss by reducing some of the discounts we currently provide and increasing the volume of sales in our lowest discount channels.

“We have seen that data capture requirements evolve over time, and we have adjusted our strategy and capabilities to better service these requirements by providing our partners with solutions that enable them to deal with both different technologies such as barcode and NFC, and to support their most price-sensitive and most performance-sensitive customers with a single development cycle. We look forward to continuing to work and deliver solutions that help our application partners grow their businesses,” continued Mills.

“I look forward to discussing our first quarter financial results and outlook on our upcoming earnings call and webcast,” concluded Mills.

Conference Call
Management of Socket Mobile will hold a conference call and webcast today at 2 P.M. Pacific (5 P.M. Eastern) to discuss the quarterly results and outlook for the future. The dial-in number to access the call is (866) 374-5140 passcode 11783511#. A live and replay audio webcast of the conference call can be accessed through a link

About Socket Mobile, Inc.                   
Socket Mobile is a leading provider of data capture and delivery solutions for enhanced productivity in workforce mobilization. Socket Mobile’s revenue is primarily driven by the deployment of third-party barcode-enabled mobile applications that integrate Socket Mobile’s cordless barcode scanners and contactless readers/writers. Mobile Applications servicing the specialty retailer, field service, transportation, and manufacturing markets are the primary revenue drivers. Socket Mobile has a network of thousands of developers who use its software developer tools to add sophisticated data capture to their mobile applications. Socket Mobile is headquartered in Newark, Calif., and can be reached at +1-510-933-3000 or  Follow Socket Mobile on LinkedIn, Twitter @socketmobile, and on our sockettalk blog.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding new mobile computer and data collection products, including details on the timing, distribution, and market acceptance of the products, and statements predicting trends, sales, market conditions, and opportunities in the markets in which we sell our products.  Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from the results anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including, but not limited to, the risk that our new products may be delayed or not rollout as predicted, if ever, due to technological, market, or financial factors, including the availability of necessary working capital, the risk that market acceptance and sales opportunities may not happen as anticipated, the risk that our application partners and current distribution channels may choose not to distribute the new products or may not be successful in doing so, the risk that acceptance of our new products in vertical application markets may not happen as anticipated, and other risks described in our most recent Form 10-K and 10-Q reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Socket Mobile Investor Contact:

Lynn Zhao

Chief Financial Officer


[email protected]

Socket is a registered trademark of Socket Mobile. All other trademarks and trade names contained herein may be those of their respective owners.

© 2022, Socket Mobile, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Socket Mobile, Inc.

Condensed Summary Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

(Amounts in thousands except per share amounts)

Three months ended Mar 31,




$  6,293

$  4,813

Cost of revenue



Gross profit



   Gross profit percent



Research & development



Sales & marketing



General & administrative



   Total operating expenses



Operating income



Interest expense



Other income


Deferred income tax benefit (expense)


Net income

$  342

$      203

Net income per share:


$ 0.04

$      0.03

   Fully diluted

$ 0.04

$      0.03

Weighted average shares outstanding:




   Fully diluted



Socket Mobile, Inc.

Condensed Summary Balance Sheets

(Amounts in Thousands)


March 31, 2022

December 31,


$        5,423

$     6,096

Accounts receivable






Deferred costs on shipments to distributors



Other current assets



Property and equipment, net



Deferred tax assets



Intangible assets, net



Operating leases right-of-use assets



Other long-term assets



Total assets

$      25,893

$   25,575

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$        2,961

$     2,862

Bank non-formula loan



Subordinated convertible notes payable, net of discount



Subordinated convertible notes payable, net of discount-related party



Deferred revenue on shipments to distributors



Deferred service revenue



Operating lease liabilities



Total liabilities



Common stock



Accumulated deficit



Total equity



Total liabilities and equity

$    25,893

$  25,575

*Derived from audited financial statements.

SOURCE Socket Mobile, Inc.