Apple Halts Trading On Their Stock


Putting the blame on a weakened economy in China for low sales of the iPhone, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, sought to explain their huge drop in stock value this week, and because of this, Apple has stopped trading until they can figure out what’s going on. That’s not a good thing.

Although it’s clear the company hasn’t done great in sales over the last quarter or two, and Cook expects the next quarter results to be more of the same. Hard to believe that it was only last August when Apple became the first company to be worth a trillion dollars. Sadly after losing 10% in value, they have dropped to the #4 top company in terms of value. Even then, Apple is expecting a 38% profit margin on $84 Billion in revenue. So the loss is largely theoretical.

You can’t only blame China. People just aren’t buying new phones. They have chosen to update their batteries and keep their existing iPhones. That’s because with a price tag of over $1,000, and without a massive improvement in performance, the market is just responding negatively to that $1,000 price tag.

CES 2019 Event Happening in Las Vegas Jan 8-11


For those of you who have never heard of CES (Consumer Electronics Show), it is one of the largest tech events to take place every year around this time. The event usually introduces new technologies. Speeches are also given by some of the key people in tech, as well as government officials and sometimes celebrities. It has been said, however, that due to the recent government shutdown, certain government officials may not be able to attend and speak at the event as scheduled. Here on The Digital Blaze website, Facebook page, and Twitter page, I will be posting as many videos on the CES event as possible.
For more information on CES and what they are about, you can visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Hacker Group Claims To Have Files Relating To 911 Terrorist Attack


A hacking group known as The Dark Overlord recently announced they processed files in relation to the September 11th terrorist attack in 2001 revealing a conspiracy. The group demanded ransom money in Bitcoin or they would release the information about the New York attack. Whether or not this is true remains to be seen. Time will tell perhaps if there is any truth to this claim. Twitter has deleted their account ever since the group made the threat.

The Top Tech Stories In 2018


1. Facebook has had a very trying year. It all started with leaked information to Cambridge Analytica of up to 87 million users. It lost 19% value (up to $100 billion), the biggest loss in the history of the stock market. Mark Zuckerberg lost $40 billion personally. There was also congressional investigations. Overall, Facebook has had 21 scandals centered around privacy violations. Hands down, this has been the worst year for Facebook so far.

2. Apple became the first company ever in history to be worth $1 trillion dollars.

3. Apple lost 20% of its value. It went from being the first trillion dollar company to no longer holding that title.

4. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos became the richest man in history at $150 billion.

5. AT&T bought Time Warner.

6. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) passed in Europe.

7. Marriott faced the second largest data breach in history.

Retraction: The Digital Blaze Daily Photos Will Continue Into The New Year


After some deliberation and a bunch of drunken text messages between The Digital Blaze Crew (aka The Blazers), we have come to a unanimous decision for the daily photos to continue into 2019 and beyond. We also decided to once again reopen The Digital Blaze Accounts in Tumblr, LinkedIn, possibly Google Plus, and anywhere else we can expand our reach. We hope you all have had a great holiday season and are ready to blaze it up for 2019!!

Is AT&T Trying To Deceive Customers With So-Called 5G Phones?


With the new 5G Network underway in the next year or two, mobile providers are scrambling to become the first to provide 5G for its customers. Starting in 2019, AT&T will begin changing the LTE indicator on some of its Android phones to 5GE. Problem is, customers won’t actually be getting 5G technology. Instead, they will be connected to a network having certain speed boosting features. But make no mistake, it’s not 5G. That is why AT&T is putting the letter “E” at the end. E refers to the evolution of 5G.

Problems With The New iOS 12.1.2 Update


So iOS 12.1.2 was released last week. The update seems to have caused cellular data to stop working on some of the iPhones. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem to be an issue that has spread to far. The victims of this issue have complained that they have been unable to make calls, send texts, or access the internet unless they are connected to Wi-Fi. Here are a few possible ways you can address this issue:

(1) Go to Settings in your iPhone to turn off Wi-Fi calling. It seems that something in that setting is conflicting with the update and that could be causing the problem.

(2) Revert back to an older version of iOS ( 12.1, essentially). To do this, you will probably have to connect your device to a computer, navigate through iTunes to device settings and restore from there.

(3) Contact Apple Support to see if they have any solutions that can help you out.

Hopefully some of these issues will help you out if you are experiencing this issue. And hopefully the next version of iOS will fix these issues which will hopefully be in the near future.