Items tagged with Business

Snapchat isn’t having any of it, when it comes to employees leaking confidential data. The parent company of the popular app, Snap Inc., has laid down the law with a new company-wide memo that tells employees that it could seek jail time against them and that they could be personally financially liable if they leak company information to the public. This comes in the wake of some leaked Snapchat user metrics that the company didn’t want the public to see. Snapchat takes its security very seriously, with employees in some positions not even allowed to talk about what they are working... Read more...
Apple is happy with the Trump administration new tax policies that will allow it to bring a massive stash of cash that's been stuck overseas back to the U.S. Apple has announced what it plans to invest in when that massive stockpile is back in America (other than possibly buying Netflix). The company will concentrate on three areas with the investments where it says there will be the greatest impact on job creation. The areas include direct employment by Apple, spending and investment with Apple domestic suppliers and manufacturers, and fueling the "fast-growing" app economy. Apple notes that new... Read more...
Reports are going around that Softbank is intending to list the mobile phone unit SoftBank Corp. in Tokyo and abroad this year. Any potential public offering would be a massive money generator with some estimating that it could bring in 2 trillion yen, which is about $18 billion. SoftBank has the potential to be one of the largest ever IPOs for a Japanese company. SoftBank reportedly intended to apply to the Tokyo Stock Exchange as early as this Spring and to begin trading this fall. While the company starts trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the company also hopes to list stock overseas, possibly... Read more...
Apple is sitting on one of the largest cash reserves of any technology company on the planet, and every now and again it reaches into its piggy bank to purchase companies relevant to its interests. Apple has recently purchased Shazam, the app that is most famous for for identifying songs. Shazam not only identifies the song, but it will also link the person using it to sources to listen to and purchase the music. Reports indicate that Apple likely didn't purchase Shazam for its music identification prowess, but for the massive trove of data Shazam has amassed. Shazam has been collecting data since... Read more...
Netflix is easily the most notable streaming video service out there and the thing that helps keeps it that way is the wealth of original programming that the network offers. Not only does it have a lot of original content including shows and movies, but that content it's typically VERY good. The downside to this expansive catalog of high quality original content is that it costs a lot of money to produce. To cover the costs for making such good shows, Netflix has announced that it is increasing the price for higher tier subscriptions. Reports indicate that the $7.99 basic monthly plan is staying... Read more...
Google has announced a significant change in how it handles digital publications that show stories and news items on Google Search results and on Google News. Google had a policy in place in the past called First Click Free that required websites listed in Google News or in Google's search results to offer a minimum of three free articles per day to readers. After those three free stories daily were consumed by the reader, they could be shown a paywall to try and convert the reader to a subscriber. Online news fans aren't known to be the sort who pay for news that is perceived as being a free service.... Read more...
After 11 months of negotiating, the SAG-AFTRA and 11 different game companies have reached a tentative deal that is expected to see voice actors for video games head back to work. The strike started back in October 2016 and this week a tentative agreement has been reached. Among the 11 video game companies that SAG-AFTRA voice actors are protesting include Activision, EA, and Warner Bros. This strike was the longest in SAG history, with the tentative arrangement being reached on Saturday morning. The new terms of the deal will include a bonus structure giving the voice actors an additional... Read more...
Roku has been one of the leading makers of streaming set top boxes for a long time now and it has some serious competition in the market. Those competitors include Amazon and Apple and that competition will only grow. A rumor is making the rounds that an Apple TV supporting 4K HDR is set to debut alongside the iPhone 8. One of the things that Roku needs to compete in the market is money and to get that cash, Roku has applied for an initial public offering (IPO). The company has stated that it applied to list Class A common stock on Nasdaq and wants to use the ticker symbol "ROKU". This is a big... Read more...
Foxconn has announced that it is making a massive investment into a new U.S. manufacturing facility. The gigantic factory will cover 20,000 square feet and is said to be a virtual village with the factory, housing, and services arrayed around a 1,000 acre parcel of land. The investment in the facility by Foxconn will cost $10 billion and will be constructed somewhere in Wisconsin. The construction of the facility is expected to be completed by 2020, and could employ as many as 13,000 workers. One source claims that when completed with other suppliers wanting to relocate closer to the new Foxconn... Read more...
One of the things that President Donald Trump had promised during his campaign, and has been pushing for since he took office, is to bring manufacturing back to the US. President Trump was quoted this week speaking about Apple's plans to bring some manufacturing operations back to the US. President Trump indicated, "I spoke to (Cook), he's promised me three big plants, three big plants, beautiful plants." This isn't the first time that we have heard Apple and its supply chain partners were eyeing bring some manufacturing back to the US. In January of this year, we talked about Foxconn and Apple... Read more...
At an event held in San Francisco earlier today, Intel's Tom Garrison heralded the benefits of his company's sixth-generation Skylake vPro processors for business users. While these CPUs are not brand-new (they came out at the same time as the rest of Intel's Skylake lineup this past fall), the company has waited until now to roll out a couple of feature enhancements, as well as discuss the general benefits enterprises could enjoy by upgrading. The overtone of Intel's event focused on a singular fact: upgrading a 5-year-old machine can introduce dramatic and immediate benefits. Versus that... Read more...
Lenovo's Thinkpad 540 is a beast, but you didn't need us to tell you that. This professional-caliber laptop is probably more powerful than your average desktop PC. And if its price doesn't tip you off to the fact that this laptop is sporting some serious hardware—$1,600 for Lenovo's "ready to ship" iteration of the laptop; starting at $1,400 for the customize-it-yourself iteration—then the system's spec sheet will surely give it away.  When loaded up with the high-end hardware inside our the system, the Thinkpad 540 inches past $2,500, easily.Yet, for all of this... Read more...
Workplace diversity has become a hot topic in the tech industry, with companies like Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook all admitting the need to do a better job. Go ahead and clump Intel into that category. Intel said it's making a concerted effort to take advantage of the available talent that's out there and to diversify its work force. Intel's mission is a five-year plan in which it vows to do a better job of plucking women and minorities out of the talent pool. Should Intel ultimately reach its goal, the number of women, blacks, Hispanics, and other groups in its work force... Read more...
Lenovo updated its ThinkCentre line of business-class desktop PCs this morning, touting the systems’ security and reliability. All three new PCs come standard with Smart USB Protection, which lets companies manage security for the USB ports. Considering the recent reports of a firmware-based attack that exploits USB ports, that’s not a bad feature to have. The systems also include Energy Star 6.0 and EPEAT ratings, as well as SSHD support, but the similarities end there. One system is a slim, “affordable performance” PC, another has an exceptionally small form factor, and... Read more...
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