17 February 2014

Windows 8 Claims Another Victim, Sony Predicts Billion Dollar Loss, Shuts Down PC Business

What Godzilla did to Japan is what Microsoft Windows 8 has done to the PC business --

Sony Now Predicts a $1.1 Billion Loss, Shuts Down PC Business | Entrepreneur.com: "Sony is shuttering its computer business, refocusing its TV division on high-end units and laying off 5,000 people. It is also predicting a massive loss of 110 billion yen, or $1.1 billion, for the fiscal year, a drastic change from its prediction three months ago of a 30-billion yen profit ($294 million)...."

What the Windows 7 Pro sales lifecycle changes mean to consumers and business buyers | ZDNet: "The easiest way to exercise downgrade rights is to buy a new PC with the downgraded version installed by the OEM. That configuration means you have full support from the OEM for Windows 7 Pro. The PC you buy includes media for Windows 8.1 and the right to upgrade to that version (also with support from the OEM) at any time. Those PCs are widely available for sale today, as I noted last month (see Where can you still find a PC running Windows 7?) Most of those models are sold with a Windows 8 Pro license and Windows 7 installed as a downgrade."

Microsoft extends date for OEM preloads of Windows 7 for business users | ZDNet: "Microsoft is going to allow OEMs to continue to build and sell new PCs with Windows 7 Professional preinstalled beyond October 2014, the original date that would have been the cutoff under the company’s normal sales lifecycle. But OEMs won't be permitted to build and sell new PCs with the consumer editions of Windows 7 after October 31, 2014...."

Rakuten to Buy Voice-Call App Maker Viber - WSJ.com: "Since 2012, Mr. Mikitani has also mandated that all in-house business—from meetings to memos to cafeteria menus—be in English, to prepare Rakuten's 3,498 employees for life in the international business community. Buying Viber would give Rakuten access to millions of Viber users, who could use their phone number and password to open a Rakuten shopping account, Mr. Mikitani said. Viber's virtual stickers will also bring in cash, and the two companies said they hoped to make games available on Viber in the future as well. Viber rival Line Corp., the Japanese arm of South Korea's Naver Corp. offers games—a lucrative source of app revenue...."

Merkel, Hollande to discuss possible European communication network that avoids U.S. - Yahoo News: "German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she would talk to French President Francois Hollande about building up a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States. Merkel, speaking on Saturday ahead of a visit to France, has been pushing for greater data protection in Europe following reports last year about mass surveillance in Germany and elsewhere by the U.S. National Security Agency. Even Merkel's cell phone was reportedly monitored by American spies...."

Google promises 10Gps fiber network to blast 4K into living rooms • The Register: "Google Fiber is the fastest broadband internet provider in the US, but according to the Chocolate Factory's CFO Patrick Pichette, its 1Gbps connection speeds are going to increase ten-fold. Pichette told the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference that the firm is actively developing the equipment to pump 10Gbps of data into homes and offices on its network and will deploy it faster than people expect...."

Apple & Google Begin Rejecting Games With "Flappy" In The Title
The Flappy Bird phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down, despite the fact that the original title was yanked out of the App Store by creator Dong Nguyen, whose newfound fame apparently became too overwhelming. But though “Flappy Bird” itself may ...

Google to build new €150m data centre in Dublin
Irish Independent
The new building could bring the total amount invested in Irish property over the past four years by the California-headquartered company, which employs over 2,500 people here, to as much as €500m. Google and other US technology giants have come in for ...

Apple unlikely to launch 12.9" iPad or third-gen iPad mini in 2014, iPad Air ...
Apple Insider
The iPad Air may be the only model in Apple's tablet lineup to receive a refresh this year, with an allegedly still-in-development 12.9-inch model unlikely to launch, and even a successor to the iPad mini with Retina display in doubt, according to one ...

Google Acquires SlickLogin, The Sound-Based Password Alternative
Word of the acquisition is confirmed by a notice on the company's site, where they say that they'll be joining Google in their efforts to “make the Internet safer for everyone”. We've also confirmed this news with Google. Exact details of the deal are ...

Google makes huge investment in clean energy
If you ask top executives at Google, Apple, Facebook or Microsoft, they will all tell you they are gigantic consumers of energy. And it's for this reason that top companies in Silicon Valley are in a race to be the leader of clean and renewable ...

Google tools that work for travelers
The Seattle Times
And if you received a confirmation for a hotel or flight reservation in your Gmail inbox, those notifications will also show up. Privacy-minded travelers take note: If you're concerned about an app tracking your whereabouts, search history and Amazon ...

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