07 November 2014

Apple Malware (video); Apple, Microsoft, Google, Most Valuable Global Brands

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CrowdStrike President Shawn Henry discusses Apple blocking malicious software aimed at users of its products in China. He speaks with Bloomberg's Trish Regan on "Street Smart." (Source: Bloomberg 11/6)

Apple, Microsoft And Google Are World's Most Valuable Brands"When it comes to charging a premium price and moving product, no one does it better than Apple AAPL -0.42%. There are other phones and tablets that are functionally comparable or arguably better than the iPhone and iPad, but the Apple brand carries tremendous weight and credibility, and customers are willing to pay up for that. The company sold 39.3 million iPhones in its latest quarter and could sell as many as 60 million during the last three months of 2014 with the holiday selling season. Apple also moved 12.3 million iPads and 5.5 million Macs last quarter...."

More Office. Everywhere you need it. - The Official Microsoft Blog: ".... we’re taking the next major step to bring Office to everyone, on every device, and I’m excited to announce that Office apps customers love are coming to Android tablets with the start of our Office for AndroidTM tablet Preview. We’re also delivering Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone® and updates for the iPad apps–to ensure a consistently beautiful and productive Office experience on every device. Our vision of Office everywhere wouldn’t be complete without Windows, so I’m pleased to confirm that new, touch-optimized Office apps for Windows 10 are in the works and we’ll have more to share soon...."

Lenovo Group Quarterly Profit Rises 19%, Revenue Up 7% - WSJ - WSJ: "...Lenovo Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing said the decline in mobile device revenue, despite shipment growth, was partly because many of the phones shipped near the end of the quarter hadn’t yet contributed to revenue. Lenovo has a challenge integrating two businesses it bought recently. A week ago, the company said it completed its $2.91 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google Inc., while earlier in October it closed a $2.1 billion deal to buy International Business Machines Corp. ’s low-end server business...."

Why Amazon is Quietly Investing in a Massive Land Grab | Money.com"The expansion gives Amazon physical beachheads from which it can capture a growing share of retail sales on a city-by-city basis. Perhaps most importantly, it chips away at one of the principal deterrents to online shopping: immediacy. Thanks to fulfillment centers built since 2012, Amazon offers same-day delivery to customers in 12 out of the 14 largest metropolitan areas, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. A full 31% of the American population can now order something from Amazon in the morning and get it delivered to their doorstep that evening...."


New York Times

Microsoft Changes Tack, Making Office Suite Free on Mobile
New York Times
Microsoft: Now you can create, edit on Office mobile apps for free - CNET
Microsoft unveils new free Office apps for iPhone - USA TODAY
Microsoft makes Office for iPad free to use, starts testing Android tablet version - Engadget


Amazon debuts Siri-like digital assistant Echo for your home
The new Amazon Echo answers questions, and lets you buy and play ... digital assistants -- like Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana or Google's Google ...
Amazon Echo is a Star Trek computer for your home - CNET
Amazon's new Echo device marries Sonos with Siri - Gigaom
Amazon Unveils Echo, a Speaker With a Siri-Like Voice Assistant - Mac Rumors


New Apple-focused malware uses Macs to infect iPhones
Apple malware affects mostly Chinese users - BBC News
WireLurker Apple iDevice Malware Attacks More Than 350000 In China - Was It The Government ... - Forbes
Researchers find malware targeting Apple - USA TODAY

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