31 January 2015

Top 5 Smartphones to avoid, 2015 CNET video

CNET Top 5 - Smartphones to avoid (2015) -

There's a dizzying variety of great phones on the market. These aren't them.

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30 January 2015

Alibaba 40% Revenue Gain Misses Forecasts (video)


Alibaba Revenue Misses Estimates on Mobile Spending -Jan. 29- Alibaba sales missed estimates as founder Jack Ma spent more money to attract customers on mobile phones. Bloomberg’s Scarlet Fu reports on “In The Loop.”

Alibaba Profit Surges, but a Revenue Gain of 40% Still Misses Forecasts - NYTimes.com: "Just a day after a surprisingly blunt exchange with a Chinese regulator that unnerved investors, the e-commerce giant Alibaba Group on Thursday reported a 40 percent revenue increase in its final quarter of 2014, though the total was weaker than expected. The company counted brisk sales during the Singles’ Day e-commerce holiday in November in China, but it is facing an economic slowdown in the country and overall sales did not match the high expectations of analysts. Worsening matters for Alibaba, which raised $25 billion in an initial public offering last year, the run-in with China’s main corporate regulator over the sale of fake goods is prompting concerns from investors...."

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29 January 2015

How Important Was China to Apple Last Quarter? (videos)


Estimize CEO Leigh Drogen, JMP Securities' Mark Lehmann and Bloomberg's Cory Johnson and Scarlet Fu react to Apple's fiscal first-quarter profit. They speak with Bloomberg's Trish Regan on "Street Smart."


Jan. 28 -- Brian Wieser, senior research analyst at Pivotal Research Group, and Bloomberg Intelligence U.S. Economist Carl Riccadonna talk about Apple’s dominance as it reports record fiscal first-quarter profit of $18 billion. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

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28 January 2015

Tanium CSO Chad Fulgham, on cybersecurity, Sony hack (video)

Does Sony Hack Change Companies Stance on Cybersecurity?: Video - Bloomberg:
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Tanium CSO Chad Fulgham discusses cybersecurity, Sony hack, and information sharing on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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27 January 2015

Rem Koolhaas, OMA, Silicon Valley Architecture (video)



Remment "Rem" Koolhaas, co-founder of OMA, discusses the designs of the new high-tech campuses of Silicon Valley companies with Bloomberg's Cory Johnson on "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

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26 January 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook Gets $9.22 Million in Pay (video)



Bloomberg Contributing Editor Paul Kedrosky discusses Apple executives pay on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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25 January 2015

How to Fix Bookmarks Manager in Google Chrome Browser

The Chrome browser bookmarks function manager currently rolling out (Chrome version 40+) is an "abomination" (see article below) but there is a fix (at least for now):
1. Go to chrome://flags/ in the browser window
2. Find "Enable Enhanced Bookmarks" and disable it (old bookmarks function will return after you close and relaunch chrome browser).

Chrome users attack new graphical bookmarks manager | Computerworld: "...  user feedback in a message posted to the Chrome support discussion forum. Although there were a few users who applauded the redesign there, most did not, labeling it "an abomination," "unmitigated disaster" and "child-like." Those who roasted the new manager asked Google to restore the old list view or at least offer it as an option. Those with large numbers of bookmarks were particularly frustrated with the change. "The new bookmark manager is unusable if you have more than a handful of bookmarks," said a user..."

Other Tech News:
Xiaomi to Invest in Kingsoft - WSJ:Jan. 18, 2015 10:51 p.m. ET
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. will buy a 3% stake in software maker Kingsoft Corp. from Tencent Holdings Ltd. , as the company expands its investments after raising $1.1 billion in new funding in December. Xiaomi, China’s largest smartphone maker by shipments, will buy 35.3 million shares of Kingsoft....

Salary, Stock Were Just One Incentive For Apple Executive
Forbes
When Apple Apple went looking for someone to manage its retail and online stores back in 2012, it was willing to richly compensate the new ...


​Google leaves most Android users exposed to hackers
CNET
Facebook Google Yahoo; My Profile; Log Out ... An executive confirms Google has no plans to fix a security hole in the ... Google confirmed on Saturday that Ludwig's post is the company's official position on the matter. ... Amazon sells new, out-of-the-box Android phones running older versions of the ...


Google Responds to Concerns Over Widespread Android WebView Vulnerability - NDTV Gadgets

Apple Watch battery will get you through the day -- barely
San Jose Mercury News
CUPERTINO -- People who buy the Apple Watch later this year can expect to get through the day without stopping to recharge the timepiece if they ...
VentureBeat
Amazon learns how to fail faster
VentureBeat
In just the last couple of days, Amazon shut down its private-label diaper ... a defensive move to keep rivals Apple and Google from controlling how ...

Would you sign up for a Google wireless plan over Verizon or AT&T?
Christian Science Monitor
Through an agreement with T-Mobile and Sprint, Google is on its way to becoming the newest wireless carrier in the US, according to reports.


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24 January 2015

Cord Cutting: More Cable TV Cords Cut in 2015 (video)

Will There Be More Cable Cords Cut in 2015?: Video - Bloomberg:
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Bloomberg Intelligence’s Paul Sweeney reports on the future of cable and internet television. He speaks on “Bottom Line.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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23 January 2015

Smartphones, Bad Apps, Security Threats (video)

Bad Apps Can Take Money, Hold Phone Hostage: Mahaffey: Video - Bloomberg:
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Lookout CTO and Co-Founder Kevin Mahaffey discusses smartphone threats and security on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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22 January 2015

Cyber Security Not A Priority in All Sectors, Eileen Burbidge Video

Cyber Security Not Priority in All Sectors:Burbidge: Video - Bloomberg:
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Passion Capital Partner Eileen Burbidge discusses improving cyber security and why it may not be a priority for all sectors. She speaks with Manus Cranny on Bloomberg Television's “The Pulse.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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21 January 2015

Cisco's John Stewart discusses Cybersecurity Threats (video)

Will Companies Change Cybersecurity Strategies?: Video - Bloomberg:
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Cisco Chief Security and Trust Officer John Stewart discusses cybersecurity threats on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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20 January 2015

The Autonomy Disaster of HP and its then-CEO Leo Apotheker

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Remember the Autonomy disaster of the HP Board and its then CEO, Leo Apotheker? The latest news--

British Fraud Office Ends HP-Autonomy Inquiry - NYTimes.com Jan 19, 2015: "... After reviewing the Autonomy sale, the British authorities said on Monday that they would end their investigation, though a similar inquiry by the American authorities into potential accounting abuses would continue. “In respect of some aspects of the allegations, the S.F.O. has concluded that, on the information available to it, there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction,” the British authorities said in a statement on Monday."

For background see:

expri.com | tech news: Autonomy, HP -- the Apotheker mess Meg Whitman is trying to clean up: 02 July 2014 and

Views under the Palm | johnmpoole.com: Apotheker's Legacy of Wrecking HP Continues
Jan 8, 2013 ".... "According to a recent report in Fortune, HP CFO Kathie Lesjak tried to stop HP from buying Autonomy for nearly $12 billion ... thinking the price was too high, but she lost that battle to then-CEO Leo Apotheker."

Léo Apotheker - Wikipedia:"Leo Apotheker is a German business executive. He served briefly as the chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard from November 2010 until his firing in September 2011. He also served as co-chief executive officer of SAP from April 2008 until he resigned in February 2010 following a decision by that company to not renew his contract. During his tenure as chief executive at HP, the company lost more than $30 billion in market capitalization after a series of strategic missteps by the company, leading to his resignation...."

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19 January 2015

Xiaomi Smartphones Threaten Apple and Samsung (video)



Xiaomi's Rapid Rise to $45B Valuation Topping Uber: Xiaomi is Apple and Samsung’s rapidly growing threat. Now the world's third-largest smartphone maker, Xiaomi released its next phone on Thursday at an event in Beijing. Bloomberg's Cory Johnson looks at how just fast this company is growing. (Source: Bloomberg 1/15)

China's Xiaomi takes aim at Apple with new phone"...The Chinese manufacturer known for ultra-low-priced handsets on Thursday unveiled a new model that Chairman Jun Lei said is comparable to Apple's iPhone 6 but thinner, lighter and much cheaper. The phone starts at 2,299 yuan ($375), less than half the 5,288 yuan ($865) price of an iPhone 6 in China...."

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18 January 2015

Richard Branson: Virgin Galactic Can Connect World to Web (video)



Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson discusses Virgin Galactic's plans to help launch satellites with Bloomberg's Trish Regan on "Street Smart." Former New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg also comments. (Source: Bloomberg 1/15)

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17 January 2015

What Makes San Francisco So Unique in Tech and Commerce? (video)

What Makes San Francisco So Unique in Tech and Commerce?: Video - Bloomberg:
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Milken Chief Research Officer Ross Devol discusses what makes San Francisco unique in tech and commerce. He speaks on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg 1/13)

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16 January 2015

Retail Tracking, Invasion of Privacy? (Video)

Retail Tracking: An Invasion of Privacy?: Video - Bloomberg:
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Prism Skylabs' Cliff Crosbie explains how retailers track you as you shop. He speaks with Bloomberg's Trish Regan and Pimm Fox on "Street Smart." (Source: Bloomberg 1/13)

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15 January 2015

Terrorists, Cyber Security, Corporations (video)

Terrorisms Impact on Cyber Security: Video - Bloomberg:
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Good Technology Chief Executive Officer Christy Wyatt discusses how corporations are dealing with cyber security and the impact from terrorists attacks on technology. She speaks with Guy Johnson on Bloomberg Television's “The Pulse.” (Source: Bloomberg Jan 12)

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14 January 2015

Cybersecurity, Tripwire Security Analyst Ken Westin, Blue Coat Systems Hugh Thompson (video)

Which Industries Observe Cybersecurity Best Practices?: Video - Bloomberg:
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Tripwire Security Analyst Ken Westin and Blue Coat Systems Hugh Thompson discuss cybersecurity and the White Houses vision for information sharing. They speak on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg 1/13)

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13 January 2015

CES Takeaway: Which New CES Products Should You Bet On? (video)


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Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell discusses his takeaway from the the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015) held in Las Vegas. He speaks on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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12 January 2015

Shazam, Future Connectivity (video)



Shazam CEO Rich Riley discusses his company’s future connectivity from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He speaks on “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg 1/8/2015)

shazam.com

Shazam - Wikipedia: "Shazam is an app for smartphones, PCs and Macs, which is best known for its music identification capabilities. Shazam Entertainment Limited was founded in 1999 by Chris Barton, Philip Inghelbrecht, Avery Wang and Dhiraj Mukherjee. The company is best known for its music identification technology, but has expanded to integrations with cinema, advertising, TV and retail environments. Shazam uses a smartphone or Mac's built-in microphone to gather a brief sample of audio being played. It creates an acoustic fingerprint based on the sample, and compares it against a central database for a match. If it finds a match, it sends information such as the artist, song title, and album back to the user..."

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11 January 2015

Yahoo 2015, Marissa Mayer, Unlocking Value of Alibaba Billions (videos)



Can Marissa Mayer Unlock Value of Alibaba Billions? “Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo” Author Nicholas Carlson discusses the history of Yahoo and what to expect from CEO Marissa Mayer in 2015 . He speaks on “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg)


Activist investor Starboard Value LP intensified pressure on Yahoo in a new letter urging Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer to disclose her plans for assets such as a stake in Alibaba. Bloomberg Intelligence’s Paul Sweeney and Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker report on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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10 January 2015

Analyst Gene Munster: Market for Apple Watch Is Small, Interest Low (video)

Munster: Market for Apple Watch Is Small, Interest Low -

Gene Munster, senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, talks about Apple Inc.'s smartwatch and the outlook for sales and pricing. Munster speaks with Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg 1/6)

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09 January 2015

Why There Is No Need To Buy New TVs Shown at CES 2015 (video)

CES 2015: Don't Buy the New TV's Shown at CES -

Televisions are historically the most overhyped product category at CES, and 2015 is no different. This year, companies including Samsung, LG, and Sony are showing off new display technology like 4K, UHD, and quantum dots. But is any of this new innovation worth trading in your current TV for? Bloomberg's Sam Grobart isn't quite sure. (Bloomberg, Jan 7, 2015)

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08 January 2015

Onewheel, Part Hoverboard, Part Skateboard, CES 2015 (video)

Part Hoverboard, Part Skateboard Catches Air at CES -

It's part hover-board, part skateboard and turning heads at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. It's called Onewheel and Bloomberg Businesweek's senior editor Brad Stone took a spin with the inventor Kyle Doerksen. (1/6/2015)

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07 January 2015

Hands-On With the Coolest Drones Invading CES (video)



Consumer drone companies are looking to keep drone fever alive at CES 2015. At the show this year, several companies are showing off new drones with features that should make them smaller, cheaper and expand the possibilities of what a consumer drone can do. Bloomberg’s Sam Grobart takes a look at three of the most impressive models from DJI, Pleiades, and HEXO+. (Bloomberg 1/6/2015)

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06 January 2015

Xiaomi Doubles Revenue to $12B as Phone Sales Triple



Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Xiaomi, whose investors include billionaire Yuri Milner, more than doubled its revenue in 2014, according to a blog posting by CEO Lei Jun. Ref. xiaomi.com and mi.com

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05 January 2015

2014 Tech Predictions That Were Wrong (video)

2014 Tech Bets That Didn't Pan Out: Video - Bloomberg:
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Activate Founder and Managing Director Michael Wolf discusses trends in tech and the predictions that were wrong in media and tech in 2014 with Bloomberg’s Brendan Greeley, Betty Liu and Erik Schatzker on “In The Loop.” (Source: Bloomberg 12.31.2014)

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04 January 2015

Amazon, Local Merchants, in a Delivery Race (video)

Local Merchants Will Win Delivery Race: Kleckner: Video - Bloomberg:
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Delivery.com CEO Jed Kleckner and Tapp TV Founder & CEO Jon Klein discusses his business, Amazon getting into the one-hour delivery business and the future of e-commerce with Bloomberg’s Betty Liu, Brendan Greeley and Erik Schatzker on “In The Loop.” (Source: Bloomberg 12/29)

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03 January 2015

M&A Activity, Will Mega Deals Continue in 2015? (video)

M&A Activity: Will Mega Deals Continue in 2015?

PricewaterhouseCoopers Head of U.S. Capital Markets Neil Dhar discusses mergers and acquisitions and regulatory hurdles.

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02 January 2015

Internet Issues Doom Comcast Merger With Time Warner Cable (video)

Deals in 2014: Why $800B Is Still Pending - Comcast deal dead?

As we get ready to enter the new year, there are still $800 billion in corporate mergers and acquisitions that aren’t done yet.

As Comcast merger enters final phase, deal may be on thin ice —  "...“What makes Comcast unique is its power in three different facets — as a programmer, a distributor and an ISP.” Earlier this year, Comcast demanded that Netflix pay tolls to prevent its internet stream from being degraded. In the future, critics fear, a merger would make it easier for Comcast to exercise the same sort of control over a wide range of other over-the-top internet services, including a standalone HBO. Comcast could one day control online entertainment options in the same way that it currently controls TV channels. Such fears have led merger opponents to say the FCC or the Justice Department should step in not because of cable TV concentration, but to ensure that Comcast can’t monopolize broadband-based content...."

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01 January 2015

Which Tech Startups Are Going Public in 2015? (video)

Which Tech Startups Are Going Public in 2015?

GSV Capital's Michael Moe discusses the current environment for tech startups and the outlook for tech IPOs in 2015. (source: Bloomberg)

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