The Internet - The first Worldwide Tool of Unification ("The End of History")

" ... Now I give you something that few think about: What do you think the Internet is all about, historically? Citizens of all the countries on Earth can talk to one another without electronic borders. The young people of those nations can all see each other, talk to each other, and express opinions. No matter what the country does to suppress it, they're doing it anyway. They are putting together a network of consciousness, of oneness, a multicultural consciousness. It's here to stay. It's part of the new energy. The young people know it and are leading the way.... "

" ... I gave you a prophecy more than 10 years ago. I told you there would come a day when everyone could talk to everyone and, therefore, there could be no conspiracy. For conspiracy depends on separation and secrecy - something hiding in the dark that only a few know about. Seen the news lately? What is happening? Could it be that there is a new paradigm happening that seems to go against history?... " Read More …. "The End of History"- Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“…5 - Integrity That May Surprise…

Have you seen innovation and invention in the past decade that required thinking out of the box of an old reality? Indeed, you have. I can't tell you what's coming, because you haven't thought of it yet! But the potentials of it are looming large. Let me give you an example, Let us say that 20 years ago, you predicted that there would be something called the Internet on a device you don't really have yet using technology that you can't imagine. You will have full libraries, buildings filled with books, in your hand - a worldwide encyclopedia of everything knowable, with the ability to look it up instantly! Not only that, but that look-up service isn't going to cost a penny! You can call friends and see them on a video screen, and it won't cost a penny! No matter how long you use this service and to what depth you use it, the service itself will be free.

Now, anyone listening to you back then would perhaps have said, "Even if we can believe the technological part, which we think is impossible, everything costs something. There has to be a charge for it! Otherwise, how would they stay in business?" The answer is this: With new invention comes new paradigms of business. You don't know what you don't know, so don't decide in advance what you think is coming based on an old energy world. ..."
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

Etiquette mavens say the book on manners must be rewritten, literally, to take into
account new technologies and social media (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)

A 2012 survey by Intel found that in several countries, a majority said they were put
off by "oversharing" of pictures and personal information on the
internet and smartphones (AFP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri)

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls
Logo No Hate Speech Movement

Bundestag passes law to fine social media companies for not deleting hate speech

Honouring computing’s 1843 visionary, Lady Ada Lovelace. (Design of doodle by Kevin Laughlin)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

iPhone 5 hits China but Apple fever seen to be cooling

Want China Times, Xinhua 2012-12-15

Staff show the black and white iPhone 5 models at a store in Wuxi,
Jiangsu province. (File photo/Xinhua)

Apple on Friday officially released the iPhone 5, the latest version of its iconic smartphone, in its second-largest market of China. The highly anticipated debut, three months later than the product's initial launch in nine countries and regions, is widely expected to boost Apple's sales in the fourth quarter as well as its share price.

Customers can order the new iPhone through Apple's online store and its retail outlets, and also buy it from resellers and stores of operator partners China Unicom and China Telecom.

Yet unlike the release of the previous iPhone 4S, no long lines of customers were seen outside Apple's seven official retail stores in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. The cheerless scenes were partly a result of the reservation system that people buying the iPhone 5 off contract must use, a move Apple applied to avoid the chaos seen with earlier iPhone launches.

When the iPhone 4S hit China on Jan. 13 this year, big crowds of customers and scalpers queued for hours or even overnight for the official release at Apple's official outlets in Shanghai and Beijing. A store in Sanlitun in downtown Beijing did not even open that day after scuffles broke out among the crowd. Hours after its release, Apple halted iPhone 4S sales at its retail stores due to "supply problems and chaotic crowds."

More customers, however, swarmed to China Unicom and China Telecom stores this time to buy subsidized iPhone 5 models with contract plans for fast 3G networks.

Although the iPhone 5 could still become a popular product, Chinese consumers' fever for the latest model has cooled as it offers few exciting upgrades from the earlier model. "The iPhone 5 boosts no big innovations and is not very different from the iPhone 4S," said a woman surnamed Lou at an Apple store in Beijing's Xidan shopping street. "I might wait for the next model," the iPhone 4S user added.

"The iPhone 5 is undeniably a good product. However, among the high-end smartphone category, it has a smaller screen and few bright spots, but has a high price," said Wang Yanhui, secretary general of the China Mobile Phone Alliance.

Smartphones with bigger screens or lower prices from Apple's chief rival Samsung and local phone makers in China are eating away at Apple's market share.

Apple slipped out of the top five spots in China's smartphone market for the third quarter of 2012, according to research firm Canalys. Samsung maintained the top spot, with a 14% share in shipments while Apple ranked sixth with an 8% share.

Meanwhile, unlike other brands, Apple has been locked in talks with China Mobile, the country's largest mobile operator with 703 million subscribers and 80 million 3G users, for years and is yet to reach an agreement to offer iPhones compatible with China Mobile's homegrown 3G network.

The widespread disappointment over the minor product upgrade and fierce market competition has dragged Apple's share price down 25% from its record high of US$705.07 in September.

Apple's stock price will not get an effective boost unless it shows signs of unveiling products with major innovations, said Wang.

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