HTC One M8 Sales

HTC One (M8) sales apparently off to a flying start

By on March 31, 2014 at 1:35 PM.

HTC One (M8) sales apparently off to a flying start

We’ll probably never know exactly how many HTC One (M8) units HTC sold during its first week on the market, but a new report suggests that the smartphone maker’s new flagship phone has been selling faster than HTC can build it in at least one key region. More →

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BlackBerry Earnings Q4

BlackBerry just can’t win

By on March 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

BlackBerry just can’t win

BlackBerry’s fourth-quarter earnings were better than expected, losing $0.08 per share, compared to the $0.67 loss most analysts were expecting. The company continues to make cost improvements as it tries to turn the company around, something Wall Street has asked for time and time again from the Waterloo, Ontario-based company. However, it’s not good enough, apparently. More →

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Google gDNA Work Study

Google is tracking some employees for 100 years just to monitor their happiness

By on March 29, 2014 at 12:15 AM.

Google is tracking some employees for 100 years just to monitor their happiness

Google is planning to “spy” on its employees for the next 100 years in order to find the secret recipe of keeping them happy and more engaged for a longer period of time, Google’s Senior Vice President of People Operations Laszlo Bock revealed in Harvard Business Review. More →

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How to Save Money on Printer Ink

Teen discovers that simply changing fonts can save tons of money on printer ink

By on March 28, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

Teen discovers that simply changing fonts can save tons of money on printer ink

Studying ways to reduce paper and ink use for his school, a 14-year old teenager figured out that by switching from Times New Roman and other fonts to Garamond, organizations and businesses could save a ton of money on printer ink each year, CNN reports. More →

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BlackBerry Q4 2014 Earnings Analysis

BlackBerry’s long, hard slog back to respectability

By on March 28, 2014 at 12:36 PM.

BlackBerry’s long, hard slog back to respectability

BlackBerry’s fourth-quarter earnings were markedly better than expected, with its loss of $0.08 per share a share significantly better than the consensus estimate of a $0.67 loss per share. At first glance, that would be a huge improvement, but when you drill down further, the company still has a long way to go towards getting anywhere close to where it once was in the mid-2000s.

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BlackBerry Q4 2014 Earnings

BlackBerry Q4 loss much narrower than expected but revenue sinks below $1 billion

By on March 28, 2014 at 7:06 AM.

BlackBerry Q4 loss much narrower than expected but revenue sinks below $1 billion

BlackBerry’s last earnings report was truly a thing of spellbinding horror as the company had just taken down its “for sale” sign and posted earnings of -$0.67 per share on $1.2 billion in revenue. The consensus estimate for this past quarter was that BlackBerry would post a net loss of $0.56 per share on $1.13 billion in revenue and the company on Friday beat expectations by posting an EPS of -$0.08 on $976 million in revenue. The revenue decline is potentially worrisome for BlackBerry because it represents a 64% year-over-year decline from Q4 2013 and a sequential decline of 18% from Q3 2014. BlackBerry is also still burning through its cash pile at an unhealthy clip, as its $2.7 billion in cash represents a $500 million decline from the $3.2 billion in cash it had at the end of Q3 2014.  More →

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Cyberdyne IPO The End Is Near

Clock ticks for mankind as ‘Cyberdyne’ goes public

By on March 28, 2014 at 12:30 AM.

Clock ticks for mankind as ‘Cyberdyne’ goes public

Of course, Skynet cannot triumph over humanity until a corporation solves the problem of how to create sentient killer machines. We are now one step closer to the end game as a company called Cyberdyne has indeed become a publicly traded firm in Tokyo. More →

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BlackBerry 10 DoD Certification

U.S. Department of Defense throws BlackBerry 10 a welcome lifeline

By on March 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM.

U.S. Department of Defense throws BlackBerry 10 a welcome lifeline

If there’s one mobile platform that needs a lifeline these days, it’s BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry’s hardware sales have been in free fall over the past year and most of the devices it has sold have been based on its legacy BlackBerry 7 platform. BlackBerry did announce some good news on Thursday, however, when it revealed that BlackBerry 10 had received the Full Operational Capability certification from the United States Department of Defense. BlackBerry 10 is the only mobile platform to receive FOC so far and the company says that the certification will allow “government employees to realize the full security, productivity, communication and collaboration benefits of the BlackBerry 10 solution.” The company’s full press release follows below. More →

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Office For iPad Tim Cook

Tim Cook makes his most un-Jobs-like move yet and acts graciously toward Microsoft

By on March 27, 2014 at 4:35 PM.

Tim Cook makes his most un-Jobs-like move yet and acts graciously toward Microsoft

Apple CEO Tim Cook may not be a charismatic visionary like legendary Apple cofounder Steve Jobs but he definitely seems to have a lot more social graces. Per 9to5Mac, Cook sent out a message on his Twitter account welcoming both Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and the just-released Office for iPad to Apple’s App Store. It’s a little hard to imagine Steve Jobs offering a similar public welcome to a Microsoft product, although 9to5Mac points out that Jobs did frequently have nice things to say about Office on Macs. Even so, Jobs was known much more for his public ridicule of Microsoft products than his praise, as he once famously said the company had “no taste” and also compared using Windows to being trapped in hell.

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Amazon Free Streaming Service

Amazon will reportedly launch free video streaming service

By on March 27, 2014 at 4:21 PM.

Amazon will reportedly launch free video streaming service

Between a rumored set-top box and the evolving price of Prime, Amazon has been making headlines on a daily basis. Now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon will shake things up once again with an ad-supported media service which will stream TV shows and music videos for free. The new service apparently will not require a Prime subscription, but rather takes a page from Hulu, offering original and licensed programming free of charge. Considering the myriad projects Amazon has been rumored to be producing as of late, from a game console to a smartphone, a streaming service doesn’t sound too far-fetched. As expected, Amazon was unwilling to comment on the report, but we might hear something about the service as early as next week, when Amazon debuts its Chromecast competitor.

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Apple Google Anti-Poaching Scandal

Steve Jobs happily got a Google employee fired for trying to recruit Apple engineers

By on March 27, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

Steve Jobs happily got a Google employee fired for trying to recruit Apple engineers

Pando’s Mark Ames has been doing a terrific job covering fresh revelations about the probably illegal collusion between Apple and Google to not recruit one another’s employees. And this week he brings us a new story about how Steve Jobs got a Google recruiter fired after she tried to bring one of Apple’s engineers over to Mountain View.

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Microsoft CEO Nadella Vs. Ballmer

Microsoft employees already like new CEO Nadella vastly more than Ballmer

By on March 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM.

Microsoft employees already like new CEO Nadella vastly more than Ballmer

Glassdoor this week came out with its list of employees’ most highly rated CEOs for 2014 so far and the usual suspects in the tech world made the overall top 20, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (93%), Google CEO Larry Page (93%) and Apple CEO Tim Cook (92%). However, one thing we were most curious about was how employees in Redmond, Washington were rating new CEO Satya Nadella so far. And even though Nadella didn’t make the top 20, Microsoft employees’ ratings of him on Glassdoor make one thing very clear: He’s already much more popular than Steve Ballmer was last year.

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