31 October 2014

YouTube, 60FPS, Awesome Video


YouTube Finally Supports 60FPS, And It Looks Awesome: "Earlier this year, YouTube announced plans to support videos running at 60 frames-per-second—plans that would make a huge difference for footage of video games. Today, the video network has finally started rolling out the new service, and you can already tell that this is going to be wonderful. You need Google Chrome to watch YouTube videos at 60FPS, and you need to watch them in HD, ... they look ... phenomenal..." (Make sure you set it to 720p or 1080p first.) 

New York Times

Microsoft Jumps Into the Growing Market for Wearable Fitness Technology
New York Times
Now, like many other big technology companies, Microsoft believes it belongs ...Facebook alerts and even bar codes that allow people to pay for coffee at a ... Apple's Apple Watch, due out sometime next year, will start at $349 and ...
Microsoft Wants Its Wearable On Your Wrist And Your Health Data In Its Hands - Forbes
Microsoft watch beats Apple to market - USA TODAY
Microsoft outs Band fitness wearable in Apple App store screenshots - CNET


Apple Pay Rival MCX Open to Other Technology
New York Times
Facing pressure from supporters of Apple's new mobile payment system, the ... But the chief executive of the group said the technology was beside the ...
In Wake Of MCX Breach, Walgreens Looks Even Smarter For Embracing Apple Pay - Forbes
If Retailers Really Want A War With Apple Pay, They Had Better Prepare To Lose Big - Forbes

Washington Post

Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out: 'I'm proud to be gay'
Washington Post
Cook acknowledged in the essay published on Thursday that while his sexual orientation has not been a secret to many people at Apple (and has ...
Apple's Tim Cook Says That He Is 'Proud to Be Gay' - New York Times
6 Things to Know About Apple CEO Tim Cook - TIME
Apple's Tim Cook becomes highest-profile CEO to come out as gay - Kansas City Star

Google Hangouts now lets you make free one-minute international calls"Google announced yesterday that users in 25 countries will now get the first minute free on international calls to 25 countries they make via its Hangouts app."

Aereo Sees Path Forward in FCC Online Video Proposal - Bloomberg: "Online video providers such as Aereo Inc. would be able to distribute TV programs like cable services, helping consumers circumvent large packages of channels, under a Federal Communications Commission proposal. If approved, the proposal would let Internet-video services negotiate for the right to distribute cable programs and local television. Aereo Chief Executive Officer Chet Kanojia, who halted his startup’s service after losing a Supreme Court decision in June, called the action by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler “an important step.”..."

Amazon's Grand Design in Devices
New York Times
Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet has a faster processor and better graphics capabilities than last year's model, as well as a surround-sound system...


BlackBerry: We're still in the phone business
CEO John Chen says the company is committed to earning back your business with its next phone -- the BlackBerry Classic. by Lance Whitney · @lancewhit; 30 October 2014, 4:52 am AEDT. comments. 0. facebook. twitter. linkedin. googleplus. more. more +.

New York Times

Hands On With the Weird But Intriguing HP Sprout
PC Magazine
The HP Sprout combines PC, projector, and 3D scanner. We go hands on to find out if this is the way of the future. 0shares. HP Sprout · VIEW ALL PHOTOS IN GALLERY. The desktop PC has been evolving rapidly in recent years, but things weren't moving ...

Business Today

China's Xiaomi surges to become world's third largest smartphone vendor
Phones from Xiaomi still haven't arrived in the U.S., but the company's booming sales in China have been enough to make it the third largest smartphone vendor in the world. Xiaomi reached the ranking, behind Apple and Samsung, in the third quarter, said ...


Flipboard's latest update integrates Zite's tech to make you fall in love with digital ...
Popular digital magazine app Flipboard is rolling out perhaps the biggest revamp of the service since its initial launch today, including improved navigation, new ways to discover content, a daily news feature, revised smartphone design, and more. The at the ...


UPDATE 1-Nintendo to develop "quality of life" device to track sleep, fatigue - CEO
... * Nintendo will release new device in 2015/16. * Device is first offering from newly created healthcare division. * CEO Iwata says device may be offered on subscription service. * Nintendo announced a surprise profit for 2Q day earlier (Adds details on ...

ABC News

How Mobile Users in Zambia Just Scored Free Internet
ABC News
Mobile users in Zambia just scored free Internet, thanks to an initiative spearheaded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Following the release of the Internet.org app is Namibia over the summer, Zuckerberg announced today that the country's northeast ...

New York Daily News

FTC rules against first online dating service for using fake profiles to push ...
New York Daily News
The Federal Trade Commission has ruled against its first online dating service for using fake, computer-generated dating profiles to encourage consumers to pay up for premium memberships. JDI Dating Ltd., an England-based company, will instead be ...


It's Official: Google Glass Is Banned in Movie Theaters
Wearing Google Glass at the movies never was cool to begin with, and now it's official: You can't use the smart eyewear inside theaters. The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners on Wednesday said they were ...

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30 October 2014

The Apple Mac, Surprising Growth Driver, Surpassing iPad

Editor's Note: With Windows 8, Microsoft damaged its Windows brand and consumer confidence in Microsoft products and Windows PCs--giving increasing opportunity on the high-end to Apple and on the low-end to Google's Chrome OS computers--

iMac with Retina 5K display, and faster, more powerful, processors, the ultimate all-in-one computer now features the ultimate display.Published on Oct 16, 2014

Apple’s Surprising Growth Driver: the Mac - WSJ - WSJ: "During a quarter marked by frenzied demand for the latest iPhones, Apple Inc. logged its biggest sales gains with a product heading into middle-age: the Mac. On the 30th anniversary of the first Macintosh, a 21% jump in unit sales helped Apple’s computer line leapfrog the sagging iPad to become the company’s second biggest-selling product line in revenue terms, just behind the iPhone. The Mac line generated revenue of $6.625 billion in the quarter, more than iPad revenue of $5.316 billion. Demand for Macs rose amid falling sales of Windows PCs, giving Apple more than 6% of the global PC market, according to the research firm IDC. That percentage is Apple’s highest market share since 1995, when Microsoft Corp. established its dominance over the computer market with Windows 95. The Mac gained market share in 33 of the last 34 quarters, lifting its share from 2.1% in 2006, according to IDC...."


The Mac Is Trouncing The iPad—
The Wall Street Journal just declared that Apple's "surprising growth driver" is none other than the humble (and seemingly post-PC passé) Mac. While it's true that the Mac is driving growth, it's anything but surprising. See also: Apple iPad Sales Continue To ...


New York Times

Apple Pay Runs Afoul of MCX, a Group With a Rival Product
New York Times
Even before Apple Pay was announced, a coalition of retailers refused to ... withtechnology companies, credit card businesses and retailers all fighting for a ... Google'spayments product, Google Wallet, famously flopped after its ...
Why Meijer isn't ditching Apple Pay like other retailers - MLive.com
Apple Pay competitor confirms email breach - USA TODAY
Blocking Apple Pay Is A Terrible Strategy For CurrentC Merchants - Forbes

New York Times

Facebook to Spend Billions on Future
New York Times
“Facebook Atlas is the biggest thing to take on Google in a long time,” said Jan Rezab, chief executive of Socialbakers, a social media analytics firm.
Facebook shares down 11% on warning of rising costs - USA TODAY
Facebook warns of increased spending, shares fall - Reuters
Facebook Vows Aggressive Spending - Wall Street Journal

New York Times

Looking for a Design Behind Amazon's Devices
New York Times
But Jeff Bezos, Amazon's chief executive, is known for patience and a ... continuing tech war between it and Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft.


The complete guide to Google Fit
Google Fit is Google's answer to Apple's Health app. It uses the sensors built into your device to automatically track activities like walking, biking and ...

Google takes another step into your living room with its Nexus Player
You see, once everything's hooked up, the Nexus Player basically does what Amazon's Fire TV does -- it acts as a conduit to all the video Google's got ...

Stripe Hires Top Google Ops Exec Claire Johnson to Lead Business Operations
But she has held a wide variety of jobs at Google, from working on the ... That includes recent deals with Twitter, Apple and many others to provide ...

Apple SIM Included With iPad for Customer Convenience, but iPhone Not Likely to Join In
Apple had the consumer in mind when it added a multi-carrier SIM card to its new iPads, said Apple vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS product...

Hands on with the Nexus 6: A Nexus phone Google hopes is one for the masses
And that's good for Google and Android since major U.S. carriers will be ... Microsoft announced a trio of new cloud data services on Wednesday ... Since joining Facebook, Instagram is getting more and more love from big brands.

Google Fit Arrives to Take on Apple's HealthKit
A great paradigm shift in technology has come to light this week – with Amazon unveiling its Fire TV Stick and HP also gunning for the creative industry ...

Tim Cook Reveals Why Apple Killed the iPod Classic...
... After Apple's September keynote, they quietly discontinued their iPod Classic. It's probably no ...

A desktop for Dali: Meet HP's wildly innovative Sprout
HP is attempting to disrupt the printing industry — which it helped create back in the 70s — with a new 3D-printing technology and a wildly innovative ...

What Are Actions?
Google Developers
Actions enable users to interact with your product or service right inside Gmail and Inbox. For instance, when a user receives an invitation to an event, ...Actions can be declared in two ways: as In-App Actions or as Go-To Actions. Multiple types of actions are currently supported.

Internet.org App Launches in Tanzania
Facebook Newsroom

Leaked Office for Mac 2015 screenshots look just like the Windows version
The Verge
Microsoft's next version of Outlook for Mac appeared earlier this week in ...

HP 3D printing with Multi Jet Fusion™ technology
Hewlett Packard
HP's Multi Jet Fusion technology enables the world to realize the full potential of 3D printing—in full-color, highly functional parts.

Speaking in Tech
The Register
Speaking in Tech: Amazon's Fire is being snuffed out ... and Microsoft's ("insane") billion dollar estimate for establishing a presence in the ... 

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29 October 2014

Tech, Robotics, Ebola (video)

Ebola: Tech and Robotics Are Helping FightVirus: Video - Bloomberg:
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The Naked Future” Author Patrick Tucker discusses the use of tech to fight Ebola. He speaks on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg 10/27)

Google announces PwC as latest Apps for Work and Google Cloud Platform partner | 9to5Google: "Google announced on Tuesday that professional services company PwC is the latest business to adopt the Apps for Work suite and Google Cloud Platform. The news comes less than one day after Google tabbed Squarespace and WordPress as two other new Google for Work partners, greatly expanding its business portfolio as competition increases."

FTC says AT&T misled customers with unlimited data - The Washington Post"AT&T is being sued by the government over allegations it misled millions of smartphone customers about its unlimited data plans. The Federal Trade Commission says AT&T failed to adequately disclose to customers that it would reduce data speeds if they went over a certain amount of data use in a billing cycle. The practice, known as throttling, slows down things like web browsing, GPS navigation or watching streaming videos...."

ABC News

Apple CEO Tim Cook Happy With New Apple Pay Service
Wall Street Journal
Speaking at the WSJD Live Global Technology Conference, Mr. Cook said the number of ... An email sent to Google PR wasn't immediately answered.
Alibaba Eyes Payments Tie-Up With Apple - Wall Street Journal


2 drug chains disable Apple Pay, as a rival makes plans
Boston Globe
NEW YORK — Apple Pay, the Silicon Valley giant's highly anticipated mobile wallet, has been available for only one week but already may be inciting ...
Some US retailers shun Apple Pay, eye rival payments system - Reuters
4 Perils Of Apple Pay - Forbes
As CVS and Rite Aid disable Apple Pay, does the digital wallet have a rocky road ahead? - Washington Post (blog)

Wall Street Journal

Hacking Trail Leads to Russia, Experts Say
Wall Street Journal
China, the object of recent U.S. allegations of cyberspying, may hack more often, U.S. officials and researchers say. But Russia hacks better. 'I worry a lot more about the Russians' than China, America's top spy, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper ...


Apple thinks iPad photography is here to stay
(CNN) -- It's the most controversial issue since people started filming videos in portrait mode. Should tablets be used as cameras? Whipping out a tablet to take a photo is a practice that, like it or not, is going mainstream. Once primarily the domain of dads who ...


Apple Pay Faces Challenge as CVS, Rite Aid Reject System
Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s mobile payment technology ran into a roadblock a week after its introduction as CVS Health Corp. (CVS) and Rite Aid Corp. (RAD), part of a consortium developing a competing system, disabled Apple Pay in their drugstores. CVS and Rite ...


YouTube chief 'optimistic' site will launch music service 'soon'
Susan Wojcicki dodges a question about YouTube's expected music subscription product, saying at the Recode mobile conference that her company is "working on it." by Shara Tibken. , Richard Nieva. , and Joan E. Solsman. October 27, 2014 9:02 PM PDT.


Amazon's $39 Fire TV Stick makes us wonder why you'd buy a $100 Fire TV player
Fox News
If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber looking for a stick-style streaming media player, you now have a new option: The Amazon Fire TV Stick, a $39 player that's priced between Google's $35 Chromecast and Roku's $50 Streaming Stick. And if you're a new ...

Is Uber going to crash into Google?
During the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference last summer, I spent some time chatting with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick about who might make a ...

Amazon to bring 1000 jobs to Illinois, open first warehouse in Chicago area
Amazon is announcing plans to open its first warehouse and several other facilities in the ...

Google Fit: An effortless, comprehensive view of your fitness.
When it comes to improving our fitness, every little effort counts. That's why we've created Google Fit – a fitness app that helps you to start tracking your ...

Apple Watch Battery Needs to be Recharged Daily, Apple CEO Confirms
Tim Cook offered a bit more info on the Apple Watch's battery during a recent interview, but you might not like his answer. ... MobileWearable Technology ... color displays or the larger ecosystems offered by Apple andGoogle. ... coming to its Windows Phone app and products that support Microsoft's…

Google Fit app released to track all your moves
Google announced it back at Google I/O 2014 in June, and built in support for it into Android 5.0 Lollipop in August, but it's now finally here, it being ...

Amazon just launched a crowdsourced publishing program
The Verge
Amazon's new publishing program, dubbed Kindle Scout, launched today on the company's ...

OneDrive delivers unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers
OneDrive Blog

Google Inbox beta users selling invites on Ebay for up to $300
Google Inbox beta users selling invites on Ebay for up to $300. by Lauren O'Neil ...

Amazon buys Rooftop Media to grow digital content
Amazon is buying online comedy service Rooftop Media, as the company pursues its ambition of building ... 

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28 October 2014

Comic Con London, Geekonomics, Cosplay Business (video)

Comic Con London: Geekonomics and the Cosplay Business: Video - Bloomberg:
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The power of 'geekonomics' was on display at Comic Con London 2014 over the weekend. More than 120,000 lycra-clad crusaders and devotees of all thing animated flocked to the event, with the gaming and movie industries hoping to cash in. So what's driving this costume-clad economy? Bloomberg went to find out. (Source: Bloomberg Oct 27)

Apple Pay Takes On Hackers, Cash - Barron's"For years, technology companies have set their sights on the payment industry, with each firm wanting a slice of the digital wallet. So Apple ’s plan to partner with the industry’s most established names— Visa (ticker: V), MasterCard, (MA) and American Express (AXP)—came as a surprise when it emerged last month. Apple Pay, officially launched last week, is essentially a high-tech way to access traditional cards issued by big banks. For Visa and MasterCard, it’s just one more conduit to their dominant electronic networks. Despite the efforts of eBay (EBAY) and Google (GOOGL) and start-ups like Square, Silicon Valley couldn’t blow up the traditional ecosystem. “Early adopters in the [digital] space have learned the hard way,” says Jim McCarthy, Visa’s head of innovation and strategic partnerships. “Payments are just hard.” Enlarge Image Apple Pay makes credit-card data less vulnerable to hackers. Photo: Apple Apple’s embrace should give long-term investors confidence about Visa and MasterCard’s highly profitable networks...."

New York Times

Apple Pay Is Disabled by Rite Aid and CVS as a Rival Makes Plans
New York Times
A demonstration of Apple Pay on its first day last week. ... Nonetheless, over the week,Apple Pay technology was working in Rite Aid and CVS stores.
Some US retailers shun Apple Pay, eye rival payments system - Reuters
Apple, retailers at odds over mobile payments - USA TODAY
2 drug chains disable Apple Pay, as a rival makes plans - Boston Globe

New York Times

How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its Users Consume Journalism
New York Times
Though other services, like Twitter and Google News, can also exert a large influence, Facebook is at the forefront of a fundamental change in how ...

New York Times

Facebook Offers Life Raft, but Publishers Are Wary
New York Times
So while Facebook loves the content, it hates the clunky technology many publishers ... Yes, search from Google still creates inbound interest, and Twitter can spark ... (Amazon's dominance in the book business comes to mind.) ... (All considered, Apple has already pulled off that trick, creating a private ...


The Fire Phone Flop: Does Amazon Care About Its Customers?
Xbox One Gets Another Price Cut Active on Facebook ... Amazon disclosed a $170 million charge for “inventory evaluation and supplier commitment cost” for ... Apple Apple and iTunes come to mind. ... Conversely, despite rumors of Google Google entering the segment with “Google Shopping Express,” ...
Amazon's Fire Stick Is a Challenge to Google and a Threat to Roku - Businessweek
Amazon Launches $39 'Fire TV Stick' - Mac Rumors
The Fire TV Stick, Amazon's answer to Google Chromecast - CNN Money

Amazon's Fire TV is doing much better than its phone
This week Amazon announced it would take a $170 million hit due to the ... it may be in a position to stand out from the crowd (Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast). Amazon's pitch to prospective developers -- conveniently timed as we're ... Microsoft is doing great, and so are Surface Pro 3 and Office 365.

CurrentC Is The Big Retailers’ Clunky Attempt To Kill Apple Pay And Credit Card Fees | TechCrunch".... The only way CurrentC has a real chance is if it can organize some big discount for all CurrentC payments across retailers. For example, if it said you’d get 5% off for paying with CurrentC, some people might be willing to use it. In the short-term, this would eradicate any savings on credit card fees for the merchants. But eventually, if the app gains a loyal user base it could scale back those fees to start reaping the benefits of sidestepping credit cards. If CurrentC doesn’t offer a vivid value proposition to consumers, its likely to go the way of the dinosaur while Apple Pay pushes the evolution of the rest of the mobile payments industry."

Google Pirate Update - Business Insider: "Google has pushed out an update to its search algorithm that is making it even harder for people to discover free movie and music torrents, with sites like Pirate Bay, Isohunt and Torrentz.eu among the worst affected by the rollout..."

Amazon Unveils Fire TV Stick in Chromecast Challenge - Businessweek: "Amazon.com Inc. unveiled a media-streaming device that plugs into a TV set to let users browse video and music from Netflix Inc., Hulu LLC and Pandora Media Inc., seeking to extend its reach in customers’ digital lives. The $39 Fire TV Stick plugs into a port on a high-definition television, comes with a remote control and can mirror media content and applications from a user’s phone or tablet, Seattle-based Amazon said today in a statement. The device can be ordered today and will be released on Nov. 19."

Wall St. finally turning on Amazon as Bezos magic fades | Reuters: "They're becoming much too distracted in all these other efforts" outside core businesses like online retailing and web services, said Matthew Benkendorf, portfolio manager at Vontobel Asset Management. Benkendorf unloaded his Amazon holdings a year ago and said he would be skeptical of future involvement even if the stock falls further. "They are their own worst enemy to success," he said. "They really need to do some soul searching and get focused."

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27 October 2014

Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin but Can Facebook Speak Chinese? (video)

Speaking Mandarin: Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, (video above)--Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg impressed audiences at Tsinghua University in Beijing on Wednesday by answering questions in Mandarin. How well does Zuckerberg speak Chinese? Jeff Wang, the director of education and China Learning Initiatives at the Asia Society, grades Mark's Mandarin. (Oct 24, 2014-Bloomberg)


Mark Zuckerberg Knows Chinese, But It's A Long Road To Export Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg has impressed the world with his almost-fluent Chinese, but can his effort translate into Facebook's success in China? In a 30-minute ...

China's Massive iCloud Hack Is So Obvious It May Be a Message to Apple | Motherboard"China is trying to hoover up its citizens’ iCloud passwords, according to various reports, and it's doing so in a rather brazen way. The hacks are so blatant that it appears China doesn’t even care who catches it spying. Onlookers have suggested that either the Politburo isn’t worried about being seen as a digitally repressive state, or it’s sticking its middle finger up at Apple. It could well be both...."

Say hello to Microsoft Lumia - [Microsoft site] Conversations"When we announced that the Nokia Devices & Services business would become part of Microsoft, we also shared that Lumia, our smartphone brand, would become part of the Microsoft family. Since then, we have naturally been making the change from Nokia to Microsoft in our websites, packaging and other consumer touch points...."

The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed | WIRED"... the image on Baybayan’s screen does not resemble typical startup work: It appears to show a super-close-up photo of a two-pronged dildo wedged in a vagina. I say appears because I can barely begin to make sense of the image, a baseball-card-sized abstraction of flesh and translucent pink plastic, before he disappears it with a casual flick of his mouse...."

New York Times

Microsoft Offers Tantalizing Signs of Progress
New York Times
And many venerable technology companies are struggling to leap from the ... 30,Microsoft's fiscal first quarter, the company said its net income was ...
Microsoft sales beat Street hopes, cloud profits up - Reuters
Microsoft Bucks Trend as Sales Defy Expectations - Wall Street Journal
Microsoft's Q1 2015: Surface growing strongly and Lumia sales up - The Verge

Microsoft Shipped 2.4 Million Xbox Consoles In Q1 FY15
Microsoft's fortunes are turning around with regard to the gaming division, shipping 2.4 million Xbox consoles in the company's first quarter of the new ...

Play Your Android Games and Videos on the TV with Google Chromecast
There's a lot you can do with the Google Chromecast but did you know you can cast your screen from your Android phone or tablet to any ...

How Is Google Analytics So Damn Fast?
TL; DR: Google Analytics stores a massive amount of statistical data from web sites across the globe. Retrieving reports quickly from such a large ...

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26 October 2014

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, Is Making Money A Problem? (videos)

Editor's note: Sure, I love using Amazon Prime, but aren't investors in Amazon getting a little impatient? How many years has it been? I'm beginning to think Amazon will never be consistently profitable until Jeff Bezos is gone--in maybe twenty years?--until then, think of Amazon as some kind of megalomaniac ideal built on the break even Coop model--

Amazon Faces Season of Worsts After Posting Loss: Video - Bloomberg:
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Amazon posted its biggest quarterly net loss since at least 2003, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Bloomberg Contributing Editor Paul Kedrosky reports on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg 10/24)

Amazon: Will Bezos’ Long-Term View Test Investor Patience?: Video - Bloomberg:
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Colin Sebastian, analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co., discusses Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos’ business investment strategy and how long shareholders may stand by that business plan. He speaks on “Market Makers.” (Bloomber 10/24)

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 Alberto Ades, co-head of global economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, joins the Surveillance team in examining Amazon’s third-quarter loss and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos’ strategy of investing heavily in the company. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”(Oct. 24 Bloomberg)

Quoted: Freaking out over Amazon’s losses | SiliconBeat: "“I think that the potential for a loss in the fourth quarter is what is freaking people out. . . . It is inconceivable that Amazon would lose money during the holidays.” – Michael Pachter, Wedbush Securities analyst"

Amazon's Spending Problem Worries Investors
The Atlantic
Despite rising sales, Amazon's operating losses in the last quarter were the highest in the company's history. ... Get The Atlantic on Facebook ... Amazon reported disappointing earnings today and that sent shares ...

New York Times

Amazon's Investments Are Piling Up, as Big Losses
New York Times
The chickens are not coming home to roost at Amazon just yet, but they are checking the flight schedule to Seattle. Three months ago, Amazon was ...


Amazon's holiday-quarter forecast disappoints, shares dive
Amazon again delivers soaring sales but posts a huge loss - Washington Post
Bezos: The Grinch that stole Amazon's Xmas - CNNMoney

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25 October 2014

Tech News Digest, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple and more

Tech NEWS Digest:


Facebook launches Rooms app for anonymous sharing of interests
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has taken the wraps off a new app for iOS called Rooms that brings people together around their interests. A "room" is a feed of photos, videos and text like Facebook or Instagram, but the focus is on a single topic chosen by the ...


Microsoft Q1 sales jump, but Nokia drags down earnings
Microsoft revenue leaped 25 percent in the first quarter but profit dropped, dragged down by expenses tied to its ongoing wave of layoffs and to the integration of Nokia's phone business. Revenue hit $23.2 billion in the quarter ended Sept. 30, easily ...

India Today

Google Outlines How to Move From iOS to Android
PC Magazine
Apple beat Google to the punch with an Android-to-iOS guide, but Google has now restored the balance....Google has never been one to shy away from the smartphone ...

Wall Street Journal

Ello converts to a PBC to remain ad free
Social network Ello has announced that it will continue to remain ad free, despite recent speculations that suggested it will be forced to allow paid ads onto its network. What's Hot on ZDNet. Microsoft reveals audacious plans to tighten security with Windows ...

Christian Science Monitor

Airbag defects affect millions
Bend Bulletin
WASHINGTON — More than 30 million cars and trucks nationwide are equipped with dangerously defective airbags, congressional officials say, a number that raises questions about whether the U.S. auto industry can handle what could become the largest ...

Master Herald

Surface Isn't Dead As Revenue Doubles With Microsoft's Third Version
Microsoft's division in charge of the Surface hardware has doubled its revenue over the last year, with the team reporting revenue of $908 million for the quarter which ended on Sept. 30. Ben Kepes takes a look at Microsoft's Q3 numbers in more detail here on ...


Are Consumers Ditching Their Tablets For PCs?
Intel's Intel's latest financial figures released recently paint a rather rosy picture not just for the company as a whole, but for PC's too. The humble personal computer has seen sales nose-dive during the last six years of financial problems, but sales of other ...


Hackers use Ebola outbreak to trick users into downloading malware
CYBER CRIMMINALS are taking advantage of the recent Ebola outbreak to trick unsuspecting web users into downloading malware sent in emails that purport to come from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Uncovered by security researchers at ...


Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer
Maryville Daily Times
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg (left) speaks during a dialogue with students as a newly-appointed member to the advisory board for Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management Wednesday in Beijing, China. Posted: Friday, October 24, ...

Apple and Facebook Chiefs Navigate China Visits
China Digital Times
In an interview with Chinese news portal Sina.com, Mr. Cook said the Cupertino, Calif., gadget maker will also increase investment in China by an unspecified amount. “In the future China will become Apple's biggest revenue contributor,” he said, according to ...

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24 October 2014

Fabric, Twitter Tool for Building Apps (video)

Twitter Vice President of Product Kevin Weil discusses the company’s plans to introduce "Fabric," a tool for building mobile apps. He speaks on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg 10/23)

more info: https://dev.twitter.com/products/fabric

Amazon Spends and Grows, but Still Wants for Money
New York Times
Technology |​​NYT Now ... Jeffrey P. Bezos, Amazon's chief, announcing the Fire phone earlier this year. ... Amazon's shares have not suffered much, if at all, from the Fire's failure. ... in cloud computing, but it faces increased competition from Google andMicrosoft, both of which have deeper pockets.
Losses Jump at Amazon, as Investments Pile Up - New York Times
Amazon's holiday-quarter forecast disappoints, shares dive - Reuters
Amazon's Spending Leads to Biggest Quarterly Loss in 14 Years - Wall Street Journal

New York Times

Microsoft's Sales Increase, Helped by Its Acquisition of Nokia, and Investors Notice
New York Times
Satya Nadella, Microsoft's chief executive, at an event earlier this week ... And many venerable technology companies are struggling to leap from the old ... competitors going after its corporate customers, like Amazon and Google, by ...
Microsoft Bucks Trend as Sales Defy Expectations - Wall Street Journal

New York Times

At Facebook, Creating Empathy Among Cyberbullying
New York Times
No, he is not responsible for increasing advertising revenue or keeping the website alive 24 hours a day. Mr. Bejar has a much more inscrutable task: ...

Facebook's anonymous Rooms is a chat app that feels like the old days
Facebook's new Rooms app is weird, and it isn't long after installation that you figure out why. ... Apple fixed the bug – you should be able to download Rooms now! ... Microsoft is doing great, and so are Surface Pro 3 and Office 365 ... Amazon Kindle Voyage review: The best e-reader is also the priciest.

Jogging and jamming with Android Wear and the Sony SmartWatch 3
Starting today you can pre-order the Sony SmartWatch 3 from Verizon Wireless and it's coming soon to GooglePlay. SmartWatch 3 is the first Android ...

Finally! The phone-charging cable you've been waiting for
Sometimes we get so caught up in new technology that we forget to go back ... The cable comes in a Lightning version for Apple's iPhones and iPads that's .... 7.99 for a 15 foot mini usb 3.0 cable on amazon, then a buck or two for a hook on my nightstand.

Inbox by Gmail: everything you need to know about Google's...
Google has announced a new Gmail app known as Inbox, said to ... Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this ...

Microsoft Shipped 2.4 Million Xbox Consoles In Q1 FY15
Microsoft's fortunes are turning around with regard to the gaming division, shipping 2.4 million Xbox consoles in the company's first quarter of the new ...

Wall Street delivers bad news to Amazon
CNN Money
Amazon loses more than $14 billion in value after reporting another loss. ..

Facebook wants to bring back the anonymous chatroom
Facebook releases a free app that lets you anonymously create or join chatrooms based on shared interests.

Teaming up with Oxford University on Artificial Intelligence
Google Europe Blog
It is a really exciting time for Artificial Intelligence research these days, and progress is being made on many fronts including image recognition and ...

Apple Pay vs. Google Wallet vs. PayPal

Facebook's new 'Rooms'
Facebook announced a new stand-alone mobile app that enables people to ... Facebook has announced a new mobile app called "Rooms," reports CNBC's Julia ... "The Puls" smartwatch in hopes of blending fashion and technology. ... Amazon Takes $170 Million Writedown on Weak Fire Phone Sales.

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What Does Yahoo Want To Be? (video)

Yahoo Has No Idea What It Wants to Be: Kedrosky -
Michael Wolf, founder and managing director of Activate, Bloomberg Contributing Editor Paul Kedrosky and Bloomberg Intelligence's Praveen Menon discuss the prospects for Yahoo with Bloomberg's Trish Regan on "Street Smart." (Source: Bloomberg--Oct 22)

Google, Qualcomm pitch in on $542m Magic Leap funding | ZDNet: "Some of the world's largest technology players have leapt at the chance to back Florida-based augmented-reality startup Magic Leap, with Google leading a $542 million Series B financing round, and Qualcomm also pitching in."

HP to Unveil Sprout PC, Projector, Scanner Hybrid October 29? | Digital Trends"HP is reportedly set to unleash its own efforts towards a similar path with something called Sprout, which combines a touchscreen PC with a touch-friendly working area, as well as a projector and 3D scanner."

Bloomberg Poaches Business Insider's Joe Weisenthal To Host New TV Show - Business Insider""I love BI and I never thought of leaving," he said. "But Josh Tyrangiel at Bloomberg put together an offer that no journalist could pass up." It has been widely reported that Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are being paid over $1 million a year to host a show on politics for Bloomberg."

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Apple's iCloud Storage Service Is Aim of Attack in China
New York Times
HONG KONG — For Apple in China, trouble seems to be the new normal. ... They are also similar to recent attacks on Google, Yahoo and Microsoft aimed ... a browser offered by the Qihoo 360 Technology Company that is popular in ...
Apple CEO discusses security with top Chinese official amid hacking claims: Xinhua - Reuters

Microsoft Stock on Firm Ground Ahead of Earnings News
Bulls are cautiously circling Microsoft ahead of Thursday's earnings. ... The trades express a view that thetechnology giant is not likely to fall or rally far ...

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At Facebook, Creating Empathy Among Cyberbullying
New York Times
No, he is not responsible for increasing advertising revenue or keeping the website alive 24 hours a day. Mr. Bejar has a much more inscrutable task: ...


Can Google Benefit From Apple Pay?
This week Apple Apple is rolling out its new payment system, Apple Pay, which does away with the need for a wallet, or so the company says. It's been ...


Google launches new email service dubbed 'Inbox'
(Reuters) - Google Inc (GOOGL.O) launched an email service called "Inbox" on Wednesday that will better organize emails and display information ...
With Inbox, Google Has Finally Built Email For Mobile - Forbes
Inbox - Google
Google unveils Inbox, a new app to fix email - CNN.com


Is Apple the perfect stock?
Apple hit a new all-time high Wednesday morning (over $104 a share). ... cheaper than rivals Google (GOOGL, Tech30) and Microsoft -- and significantly less expensive thanAmazon (AMZN, Tech30) and Facebook (FB, Tech30).

Google announces Inbox: A more intelligent way to handle email
Microsoft releases Kinect v2 SDK 2.0, allows devs to publish apps in the Windows ...Google today announced a new take on email, dubbed Inbox.

Watch Out for Suspicious Microsoft Office Files--It Could Be Malware
Microsoft recently announced a security advisory warning of specially crafted Microsoft Office files that can give an attacker the same user rights as the ...

Google now provides two-factor authentication with physical USB key
Two-step authentication with Google has received another layer of security with a physical USB security ...Google is making its two-factor authentication even safer, with the ... Amazon currently sells FIDO U2F keys starting at around $5.99, all the way up to around $50. ... Facebook; Yahoo; AOL; Hotmail.

Inbox by Gmail
Google Play
Inbox by Gmail requires an invite. Email inbox@google.com to request one. Your email inbox should help you live and work b...

Some early Apple Pay users hit with duplicate charges
The Verge
Large-scale consumer launches are rarely perfect, and Apple Pay isn't proving to be an exception. ... 

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