19 September 2013

BlackBerry To Slash Workforce By Year End

Somebody needs to get BlackBerry (or its assets) sold before its value is all gone --

BlackBerry to Slash Its Workforce by Up to 40%
Wall Street Journal
TORONTO—BlackBerry Ltd. is preparing to make deep staff cuts by the end of the year via layoffs that could cost up to 40% of its employees their jobs, people familiar with the matter said. The layoffs will cut across all departments and will occur in waves, ...

LG G2 deep-dive review: Extraordinary hardware in an ordinary phone
The new LG G2 Android smartphone has an outstanding screen and top-notch performance, but is that enough to make it worth buying? By JR Raphael. September 18, 2013 06:00 AM ET. Computerworld - We're reaching an interesting point in the evolution ...

Orbital Sciences Launches Cargo Capsule for Space Station
Wall Street Journal
Orbital Sciences Corp. launched an unmanned capsule on its maiden voyage to the international space station, hoping to become the second commercial entity to transport cargo to the orbiting laboratory. The 40-meter Antares rocket, which blasted off without ...

Phone Unlocking Will Be Legal Again, With Help From the White House
After a brief stint of illegality, it now seems increasingly likely that Americans will regain the right to unlock their phones. The White House sent a petition to the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, seeking to rewrite its rules and to force mobile ...

FTC Settles With 'Gift Card' Text Message Spammers
PC Magazine
The Federal Trade Commission this week cracked down on a text message scheme that resulted in 42.5 million spam text messages. Under the deal, affiliate marketing company Rentbro, Inc., and its two principals — Ft. Lauderdale residents Daniel Pessin ...

Google eyes big change in online tracking for ads: ""We believe that technological enhancements can improve users' security while ensuring the web remains economically viable. We and others have a number of concepts in this area, but they're all at very early stages," a Google spokesman said. He declined to comment further. Google's move will be closely watched by the ad industry because the company is not only the leader in online advertising, its Chrome browser is now the world's most popular, having surged ahead of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's Firefox and Apple's Safari in recent years."

Google launches Calico, a health company focused on extending life
Los Angeles Times
Levinson is also chairman of Apple and will remain in that position, leading to a statement of support from Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook. “For too many of our friends and family, life has been cut short or the quality of their life is too often ...

Review: Apple's iOS 7 is much more than a pretty face
For instance, Siri is still only available on the devices that shipped with support, so don't expect Apple's virtual assistant on anything before the iPhone 4S, 2012's iPad 3 (with Retina display), and the aforementioned fifth-gen iPod touch. Other ...
Microsoft ships upgraded preview of IE11 for Windows 7
The Windows 7 browser also omitted support for SPDY -- the Google-designed page load acceleration protocol -- won't sync open tabs between machines, as does Google'sChrome, Mozilla's Firefox and IE11 on Windows 8.1; and cannot keep as many tabs open ...

Windows 8.1 to cost the same as Windows 8 for U.S. retail customers
Microsoft continued apologizing for its past behavior by announcing that retail copies of Windows 8.1 will be available in standalone, full versions of the software, rather than as upgrades from previous versions of Windows. Unfortunately, pricing for ...

Apple's Free iWork Pressures Microsoft Office
Research firm IDC projects tablet shipments will exceed PC shipments this quarter, and Apple's new iPads, expected later this fall, will almost certainly be a huge success. Given this context, will Apple's free iWork force Microsoft's hand? Here are ...

Microsoft joins the buyback bandwagon
Microsoft's announcement of a 22% increase in its dividend Tuesday contained an even bigger potential present for investors: a $40 billion stock buyback program. By announcing its massive buyback program, Microsoft joined a legion of companies opting...

Microsoft to Develop More TV Programs as It Readies Xbox One
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) said it will expand its TV programming beyond the show based on its best-selling “Halo” game as it tries to position the new Xbox One console as a portal for games, videos and music. Phil Spencer, corporate vice president at ...

Microsoft reveals new look for Bing
New York Daily News
Microsoft, which last revamped Bing in May 2012, is aiming to lure Internet searchers from Google. Google leads the industry with a 67% share of the market, followed byMicrosoft with 18% and Yahoo with 11%, according to ComScore. The No. 1 software ...

Google Doodle illustrates the importance of pendulums (beyond Miley Cyrus ...
Google Doodle featuring the pendulum conceived by León Foucault in the mid-1800s. Whether well planned or by coincidence, Tuesday's Google Doodle arrives right on time to reeducate us all on the purpose of giant pendulums. Honoring the 194th birthday ...

Google BigQuery Adds Data Streaming
Similar offerings from other companies include Amazon Elastic MapReduce, IBM BigInsights and Microsoft Azure HDInsight. While BigQuery was designed to perform SQL-like queries on large datasets quickly, speed can still be an issue: It can take a long ...

Google strikes energy deal with Native American firm
Google strikes deal with a small, Native American-owned firm called Chermac Energy, which is developing the Happy Hereford wind farm outside Amarillo, Texas. google. People line up for registration at Moscone Center for the Google I/O 2013 in San ...

Is Apple The Great Short?
Let's take Apple as a case study. First off, I don't like buying stocks at $500 a share even if they hold a boodle of cash on their balance sheet. After all, Polaroid and Xerox Xerox rode pretty flush in their day along with Eastman Kodak, even IBM IBM ...

Microsoft Windows 8.1 free to Windows 8 users, $119.99 and up for others
(In the past, Microsoft offered those running a previous version of Windows an upgrade version, and others a full version.) Microsoft officials said they're making this change due to feedback from customers "in specific technical scenarios ...

Google Expands Chrome Data Compression Feature On iOS
To some extent, the feature is similar to Opera's “Turbo” mode in its desktop and mobile browsers, as well as the compression capabilities that ship with Amazon's Silk browser, though Google's technology is designed to not slow down browsing quite as ...

Microsoft Isn't As Stingy With Its Cash As You Might Think
Microsoft deserves every slam it takes for its many bone-headed strategic blunders (the billions of dollars lost on Bing and aQuantive), but it may not deserve the criticism over the way it disperses its cash stash to investors. Microsoft's ...

Microsoft to face many questions from analysts
Nobody's going to stop the momentum of Google, Apple or Samsung. They're not going to change the generational shift in consumer buying behavior.” ...

Microsoft and AT&T to provide VPN-to-Windows Azure service
"Customers of the (new Microsoft-AT&T) solution are expected to benefit from the enterprise-grade security of virtual private networking, with as much as 50 percent lower latency than the public Internet, and access to cloud resources from any site ...

Apple continues decade of domination in personal computing customer ...
Apple Insider
The American Customer Satisfaction Index's 2013 rankings are out, and Apple has maintained its stranglehold on the top spot of the personal computing sector for the tenth year in a row. Source: ACSI. Apple's customers continue to be the happiest of any ...

Apple's Memory Markup Puts Margins Ahead of Market Share
The premium fee for memory illustrates how Apple is choosing to maintain its industry-leading profit margins (AAPL:US) over cheaper pricing for a broader audience -- even if that means giving up market share to rivals. “Apple has never followed the ...

Google Buys Bump Info-Sharing App
Google's discussions with Waze began after previous talks between Waze and Facebook failed to reach a similar agreement. Those discussions came after yet another rumored deal arose in late 2012 when Apple purportedly was about to purchase Waze.
Microsoft Boosts Dividend by 22%, Sets $40 Billion Buyback
Wall Street Journal
But the stock dropped again following word of the deal to buy the handset business of Nokia, which has been outdistanced in smartphones by Apple, Samsung Electronics Co. and others that use Google's Android operating system. Write to Ben Fox Rubin at ...

How Google helps people seek refuge from Colorado floods
Christian Science Monitor
When Nick St. George needed to give his girlfriend directions from South Dakota back home to Denver last Saturday, he relied on Google Maps. But with the northern route into Denver riddled with massive flooding, road closures, and power outages, Mr. St.

Apple patents self-aware iPhone
Fox News
Seemingly following Motorola's footsteps, Apple has patented technology that would allow your iPhone to make hardware and software adjustments based on your location, the weather and other factors. The patent's description sounds similar to the ...

Apple's 'App Resurrection' Feature Great For Customers, But ...
By Matthew Panzarino
In the early hours today, a user on Reddit discovered that Apple had updated the App Store to allow users on old iOS versions to download the 'last known compatible' version of apps. At first glance, this is a great feature and should benefit ...

Google and Former Genentech Chief Announce New Biotech ...
Arthur D. Levinson, 63, a former chief executive of Genentech and the chairman of Apple, is the chief executive and a founding investor. Google is also a major investor, and Larry Page, Google's co-founder and chief executive, announced the ...
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Google ready to toss cookies as ground shifts for online ad rules ...
By Jeff John Roberts
According to USA Today, Google plans to abandon third party cookies (mini programs that track your web browsing) in favor of an anonymous ID system that it will share with those advertisers and ad networks that abide by its guidelines.

UPDATE: Apple releases iOS 7, users plagued with error messages ...
UPDATE 12:49 p.m. - Trying to update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 7 and only getting an error message? You're not the only one. AppAdvice.com is reporting Apple's servers are getting inundated with users trying to get the newest version.

AT&T Signs Deals With Microsoft, America Movil - Ina Fried - Mobile ...
By Ina Fried
AT&T Signs Deals With Microsoft, America Movil...Ahead of an analyst meeting on Wednesday, AT&T said it is expanding its alliance with Latin American carrier ...

Apple Updates 'Apple Store' iOS App for iOS 7 - Mac Rumors
By Eric Slivka
In what is undoubtedly the first of many Apple iOS apps to receive updates for iOS 7 today, the company Apple Store app [Direct Link] has been... ... Google is launching a new, entirely separate company called Calico. The firm will be ...
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors...

Disturbing Google Street View Photos - Business Insider
By Christina Sterbenz
With Google facing an impending lawsuit for its street view function, BI compiled a list of the most disturbing images snapped in real-time. ... 23 Startling Side-By-Side Comparisons Of How Apple's New iPhone Software. ... Wal-Mart, Amazon, And Sears Pull Dead Dog Halloween Prop After Public.
Business Insider

iPhone 5s to be constrained at launch as Apple preps app to check ...
By Mark Gurman
While supply for Apple's iPhone 5c has been strong enough to deter complete sell-outs from carrier stores and Apple's own online store, sources say that supplies of the higher-end iPhone 5s will be constrained at launch (as we expected).

Google announces Calico, a new company to tackle age-related ...
By Ken Yeung
Google announces Calico, a new company to tackle age-related health problems, led byApple chairman Art Levinson....
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