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Fujitsu is chasing after business users living in Japan with its new and weirdly named Stylistic M350/CA2 Android tablet. It's a 7-inch slate Fujitsu recommends for a variety of enterprise applications, such as a portable tablet for pitching business presentations to clients, a digital display terminal for retail stores, or for use in schools, each of which is accompanied by a goofy marketing picture. Marketing nonsense aside, this is a Gingerbread (Android 2.3) tablet with a WSVGA (1024x600) touchscreen display that weighs 420 grams. It has a mini-HDMI port, built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, 512MB of RAM, and battery life of about 6.1 hours. It's unclear what processor Fujitsu is using in the Stylistic... Read more...
Apple may be closer than you think to true worldwide PC domination. While the company has long-since dropped the "Computer" from "Apple Computer," evidently things are looking up on the PC side. Microsoft has held a huge, huge advantage in the desktop OS marketshare race for years, even as the iPod demolished the Zune and iCloud and trampling over Microsoft's cloud services. But according to research firm Canalys, Apple has become the worldwide client PC vendor in Q4 2011. That's right. We aren't talking about phones; we're talking about PCs. The trick here is to include tablets in the "PC" category. Apple shipped over 15 million iPads and five million Macs, representing 17% of the total 120... Read more...
Samsung's rolling in the dough after posting a profit of 5.3 trillion won in 2011, or $4.73 in U.S. currency, representative of a staggering 79 percent year-on-year growth rate. Smartphone sales have been for key for Samsung, and despite ongoing litigation with Apple over patent infringement claims, Samsung's shipped more mobile phones in 2011 than Apple did iPhones, according to data by IHS iSuppli. "Despite intensified competition amid the global economic slowdown, our Telecommunications businesses continued to post solid earnings with an enhanced line-up of high-end smartphones, resulting in higher average selling price (ASP). Moreover, improved profitability and earnings growth of our Set... Read more...
If there were any lingering doubts about Apple CEO Tim Cook being capable of keeping the momentum going that Steve Jobs initiated before his untimely death, go ahead and toss them out the window. Apple last night announced quarterly revenue of $46.33 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.06 billion, both record numbers for the Cupertino outfit and up from $26.74 billion and $6 billion (respectively) in the same quarter one year prior. It doesn't stop there. Apple acted like the Incredible Hulk locked in a record store and the only way out is to Hulk-smash records. The company sold 37.04 million iPhones during its fiscal 2012 first quarter (ended December 31, 2011), representing a a whopping... Read more...
Even though it's illegal to print your own money, the end result of what Intel's doing isn't all that much different. We're not suggesting the Santa Clara chip maker is running afoul of the law in any way, but when you report full-year revenue of $54 billion, as Intel just did, the results are the same -- money to burn. It was a record year for Intel, not just in terms of full-year revenue, but also operating income ($17.5 billion), net income ($12.9 billion), and EPS ($2.39). Intel generated about $21 billion in cash from operations, paid dividends of $4.1 billion, and used $14.1 billion repurchase 642 million shares of stock. "2011 was an exceptional year for Intel," said Paul Otellini, Intel... Read more...
The video chatting and collaboration aspects of unified communications (UC) are a big deal in the enterprise as companies routinely work with far-flung companies and employ remote workers in droves; for that matter, large companies rely on it as employees working in separate buildings or on different floors need to collaborate. Logitech is looking to make the video experience better to use and also easier to deploy with new webcam technology, full HD 1080p video at 30fps (thanks to a collaboration with Skype). The new technology keeps the H.264 video encoding in the camera itself, thus avoiding straining the CPU. As a result, users can keep programs open (such as presentation software) while... Read more...
Perhaps Dish Network should just pull the plug on Blockbuster completely, but instead it looks like the once popular DVD rental store is destined to die a slow death. The satellite service provider indicated it would be closing more Blockbuster locations in the coming months than originally planned, and those that remain will turn into quasi-Dish Network customer service locations. News of additional closures comes from Dish Network Chief Executive Joe Clayton, who spoke with Reuters at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Clayton said that any location not making a profit will be boarded up. Source: Flickr (lucias_clay) "We are committed to keeping the profitable stores open... Read more...
Shares of Netflix rose by more than 6 percent on Monday after a trade publication reported Verizon was kicking around the idea of acquiring the streaming service. The publication -- Deal Reporter -- didn't reveal its sources, but was very clear about Verizon wanting to get into the streaming sector, and that buying Netflix was a very real possibility. But is it true? That depends on who you ask. Bloomberg today countered the original story by apparently confirming with "two people with knowledge of the situation" that Verizon hasn't talked about making a move to acquire Netflix and that the two companies haven't discussed a transaction of any kind. Verizon and/or Netflix could dispel the rumor... Read more...
Best Buy appears to be having a bit of trouble pushing its mega store mentality over in Europe and has decided to shutter all 11 of its U.K. pilot big box stores. The electronics chain crunched the numbers and came to the conclusion that it makes more financial sense to refocus its efforts in Europe on its installed base of 2,500 small box stores. "Best Buy Europe launched a big box format test in the U.K. in April 2010, ultimately resulting in 11 stores. Based on challenging economic conditions and profit expectations of these stores, Best Buy Europe is announcing that it plans to close all 11 of these stores effective at the end of the calendar year," Best Buy said in a statement. "As required... Read more...
Remember that awful sound that would emanate from your dial-up modem every time you hopped onto the Internet? Most of us have since graduated to broadband bliss, at least those of us fortunate to live anywhere but the boonies. As it turns out, dial-up is still mildly popular, and whether that's by necessity or choice, AOL is still the go-to company for such service. To wit, AOL has nearly 3.5 million subscribers who use the company's dial-up service, just like you did back in the 1990s. That's according to AOL's third quarter financial report, and represents a 15 percent drop from the same quarter one year prior. Those remaining dial-up subscribers added $17.49 million to AOL's bottom line in... Read more...
Sony took somewhat of a beating today in afternoon trading after the company reported consolidated financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2011. Shares of Sony dropped nearly 7 percent earlier in the day, based in large part on Sony's warning that it could be staring at a fourth straight year of losses. The Japanese electronics and entertainment firm isn't talking about chump change, either. Sony reckons it could lose as much as $1.2 billion by the end of the year, which is a tough pill for investors to swallow after Sony had previously forecast a net profit. Source: Flickr Jami3.org Nothing has come easy for Sony in recent months. The company's TV business is on pace... Read more...
Dropbox announced a new service designed for businesses. Recognizing that people are already using Dropbox in over one million businesses around the world, the Dropbox team thought it was time to create a service specifically for businesses. This is where the new Dropbox for Teams service comes into play. With this new offering, you'll get the same user experience as you already get with the free Dropbox service, but you'll also get new features such as centralized billing, phone support, and the ability to add or delete users. Dropbox for Teams costs $795 each year. This fee includes five users as well as 1,000 GB of storage. You can add additional users for $125 each and each additional user... Read more...
International Business Machines (IBM) this week elected Virginia M. Rometty president and chief executive officer of the company, as well as a member of the board of directors. She'll assume these roles effective January 1, 2012, at which time she'll go down in IBM's 100-year history as the company's first female CEO. "Ginni Rometty has successfully led several of IBM’s most important businesses over the past decade – from the formation of IBM Global Business Services to the build-out of our Growth Markets Unit," current CEO Samuel Palmisano said in a statement. "But she is more than a superb operational executive. With every leadership role, she has strengthened our ability to integrate... Read more...
During Leo's final days at CEO of HP, there was a lot of talk regarding the personal PC business, and the company's future relationship with Autonomy. Now, as Meg Whitman has confirmed that she'll be making the decision on the former within a month or so, the latter has come to a conclusion of its own. HP announced this week that they had acquired control of Autonomy Corporation, providing that Autonomy no longer has... well, autonomy. HP’s previously announced offer to purchase the entire share capital of Autonomy at a price of £25.50 per share in cash, representing approximately 87.34 percent of the current issued share capital of Autonomy. As such, all conditions relating to the... Read more...
Hewlett Packard made some major (and controversial) moves under the leadership of Leo Apotheker, the CEO that was just ousted. You have Mr. Apotheker to thank for your $99 TouchPad (and to curse for abandoning webOS hardware). He initiated a $10.3 billion cash acquisition of a U.K. software maker. But arguably his biggest move is in convincing HP's board to either spin off the company's Personal Systems Group business or sell it to the highest bidder. Now that Meg Whitman is taking Mr. Apotheker's place as CEO, is there any chance HP will keep its PC business, which is the biggest in the world? According to reports, the answer is yes. Taiwan news and rumor site DigiTimes claims to have heard... Read more...
Well, there are surprises and then there are things you'd expect to happen. This is a tale involving both. PreCentral has managed to get their hands on new internal HP documentation that somewhat describes how things are going to go down now that they've made the heartbreaking decision to kill off webOS consumer devices. The memos, which were reportedly sent to employees of the company's webOS Global Business Unit, tell the story of how the split will happen. The former Palm, Inc. will be divided into two separate units that will then report to separate divisions of HP. The hardware group will remain under newly-appointed Stephen DeWitt, while the software side (which is the one HP could still... Read more...
Sure, D-Link probably makes that router in your house, and it definitely makes your Boxee Box, but how about some enterprise love? That's what enterprise consumers are getting today, with the company introducing the ShareCenter Pro N-Series and S-Series models offering disaster recovery capabilities for remote backup, either to a physical device offsite or to the Cloud using Amazon's S3 service. The ShareCenter Pro N-Series includes the DNS-1100-04 and the DNS-1200-05 devices.  Both models offer iSCSI connectivity, (2) GbE ports, (2) USB ports, RAID 0/1/5/6/10 support, encrypted volumes, and virtual disk drive (VDD) expansion. The DNS-1100-04 4-bay desktop offers 512MB of RAM and supports... Read more...
Earlier this week, a Sprint executive said the company would offer cloud services for all sizes of businesses. Sprint’s cloud service is expected to be available in the fourth quarter. As part of these cloud offerings, Paget Alves, head of Sprint business markets, said the company will sell its network infrastructure as a service available on demand. The wireless carrier will also offer software, security applications, and Internet hosting. Currently, Verizon Wireless and AT&T offer similar services. Sprint’s services will rely on its own data center. This is different from Verizon Wireless who uses capacity from Terremark. AT&T partnered with several companies to offer its... Read more...
Sprint launched new wireless and voice data plans that are designed with the needs of businesses in mind. These new plans waive the long-term contract and let businesses pool minutes. The plans also enable customers to choose from a selection of business-grade handsets. Businesses can also pool Business Freedom and other Sprint plans on the same billing account. With Business Freedom, businesses will be able to adjust their plan as their needs change. This should be especially helpful for businesses that experience seasonal fluctuations in call volume. The Sprint Business Freedom Plans will be available starting July 24. Sprint declares "Business Freedom" for companies of all sizes with the launch... Read more...
T-Mobile announced new pooling plans designed for small businesses. In all, there are 11 new shared plans. The new plans start at $59.99 per month for two lines. This plan includes 1000 Whenever minutes and does not require an activation fee. Additional lines cost $9.99 each per month. The various plans support different numbers of maximum lines. The shared pools can range from 1000 minutes to 50,000 minutes. Small businesses can also add data, messaging, talk, text, and other features to the plan. T-Mobile Bolsters Options For Small Businesses with Flexible, Multi-Line Shared Pooling Plans BELLEVUE, Wash. — Jun. 30, 2011 - Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. expanded its business portfolio with... Read more...
Domain registrar GoDaddy.com has been on the auction block since September of last year, and it appears the site has finally found a buyer willing to pay a high enough asking price. Actually, three buyers, including private equity-firms KKR & Co. and Silver Lake Partners, and private equity and venture capital firm Technology Crossover Ventures, the Wall Street Journal reports. Citing "people familiar with the matter," WSJ says the deal will go down for between $2 billion and $2.5 billion, with an official announcement potentially coming as early as next week. During its 14-year tenure on the Web, GoDaddy.com has grown into the world's largest registrar of domain names. The site also sells... Read more...
Information Week on late Friday afternoon posted about a deal between Microsoft and Nvidia that would give the Redmond software maker first dibs on acquiring Nvidia if a third party offers to buy the graphics chip maker for 30 percent or more of its outstanding shares. The deal, which Information Week quoted in a recent SEC filing dated May 27th, gives Microsoft the exclusive right to match such offers, and/or essentially veto attempts by its rivals to acquire Nvidia. That's an interesting position for Microsoft to be in, though hardly a new one. Missing from Information Week's quote of the "Risk Factors" section of Nvidia's most recent 10K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission... Read more...
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