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December 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Perhaps it’s time to look at the NSA spying scandal from another angle, now that we know the agency is tracking hundreds of millions of cellphones, slurping up 5 billion phone records a day.
Yes, it’s an outrage. But maybe it’s also an opportunity.
October 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Here are highlights from Apple’s press event in San Francisco today, which I followed via a webcast.
It’s a critical rollout for the company that has seen sales of its iPad fall in the face of growing competition, including lower priced devices based on Google’s Android software.
Apple highlighted the momentum of its new iPhones and revealed a new, thinner version of its iPad, which it’s now calling the iPad Air. Chief Executive Tim Cook also took several swipes at competitors, mocking efforts by PC makers to produce tablets, such as the new Microsoft and Nokia tablets that debuted today.
The company declined to lower prices of its iPads to compete with cheaper Android tablets that are selling faster. Instead it raised the price of its new iPad mini by $70, to $399.
But Apple slightly lowered the price of its new laptops and will begin giving away some apps, including its iWork productivity software.
Here it is:
October 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM
It took decades to figure out, but we finally know how Dick Tracy and Star Trek’s Captain Kirk were able to place calls with their amazing wristwatch-communicator devices.
October 7, 2013 at 12:13 PM
It’s a little odd when a company selling a new gadget says one of the most exciting features is its “help” button.
How many carmakers talk up their new models’ emergency brakes? Do airplane makers call out state-of-the-art oxygen masks?
But Amazon.com tries to think differently about the Kindle tablets it began selling five years ago. It may be on to something with the “Mayday” button that’s a highlight of its new Kindle HDX tablets.
September 9, 2013 at 10:15 AM
It took more than a decade, but Microsoft has finally consolidated its various digital music ventures under one roof, with a standard jukebox and streaming music service for the phone, PC and Xbox platforms.
August 28, 2013 at 1:17 PM
Here’s a fairly convincing video that allegedly shows the gold and blue housings of the new iPhones coming Sept. 10.
August 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM
A smorgasbord of new smartphones is appearing this week as phone makers rush to get ahead of the expected Sept. 10 launch of Apple’s new iPhone.
August 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM
June 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM
SAN FRANCISCO _ When in Rome, do as the Romans, so Microsoft built app for the iPhone using a Mac on stage in front of 6,000 developers here at its Build conference today.
After touting the growth of its Azure online computing platform and its new Visual Studio software tool kit, Microsoft demonstrated how easy it is to develop apps that run on Apple’s iOS using Microsoft’s Windows Azure Mobile Services.
That followed a demo that showed how Google’s Chrome browser can be set as a default browser when building a web site with Microsoft’s ASP.NET framework.
It makes the bitter platform wars that characterized Microsoft’s relationship with Silicon Valley during the 1990s and 2000s seem like ancient history. That’s partly because it’s biggest rival in the online computing space is now Seattle-based Amazon.com, which took an early lead with its platform-agnostic Amazon Web Services. It also reflects how Microsoft has evolved and become more pragmatic as it approaches its 40th birthday.
Aaron Levie, chief executive of Los Altos, Calif.-based online storage company Box, was impressed by Microsoft’s embrace of heterogeneity.
“It’s really exciting to see an all new Microsoft,” he said on stage, where he talked about how his company’s working with Azure.
Levie said he was taken aback by the demo using a Mac.
“I was afraid Bill Gates was going to drop down from the ceiling and rip it off,” he said.
Gates gets the last laugh.
When Levie was still in grade school, Silicon Valley tech leaders such as Sun’s Scott McNealy were mocking Microsoft’s early attempts to build server software and move into enterprise computing. Sun faded and was absorbed into Oracle, which is working with Microsoft to run its software on Azure.
Microsoft’s Server and Tools business, headed by Satya Nadella, has become Microsoft’s most consistent revenue generator and was its second-largest business last year with sales of $18.7 billion.
Azure is off to a strong start with more than half of Fortune 500 companies using its services, Nadella said. At the same time, Microsoft’s “seeing tremendous growth” in sales of traditional server software that companies use in-house, he said.
Another sign of the evolution of Microsoft’s view of its software development platform is its overtures to open-source communities. The company partnered with open-source developers on a Python add-in for Visual Studio, S. Somasegar, vice president of Microsoft’s developer division, noted at a later presentation.
It may still be awhile before Microsoft builds native support for competing products such as Java into Visual Studio, Somasegar said. But the company’s happy to work with partners who want to create add-in features, such as an Amazon Web Services plug-in suggested by Amazon.com.
When someone brought up the Oracle partnership, Somasegar – who started at Microsoft in 1989 – grinned and said ”It’s a new world.”
Here’s Janet Tu’s blogging of the keynote and Nadella’s Azure momentum slide:
Microsoft had a head start building an online computing platform because it has experience operating its own huge services such as Xbox Live and Skype, Nadella said.
June 3, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Wall Street is the last place you’d expect to find someone urging Microsoft to pay more taxes.
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