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Dell posted earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter that ended in January, 2013. The company reported a 31 percent decline in profit as its PC business continues to perform poorly. Dell posted net income of $530 million, or 30 cents a share, in its fiscal fourth quarter on revenue of $14.3 billion, higher than the $14.12 billion estimated revenue by analysts, but a huge decline from its $764 million, or 43 cents a share, in the same quarter a year earlier. Dell’s PC shipments fell nearly 21 percent to 9.48 million in the last three months of 2012, from 11.97 million... more »
Virtualization specialist Citrix announced a new mobile device management platform (MDM) platform that will help it become a a one stop shop for CIOs who are implementing BYOD in their organization. It's the first major product release from Citrix that takes full advantage of the recent Zenprise acquisition. XenMobile MDM allows IT to enforce role-based policies on corporate and employee-owned phones. According to Citrix, the platform is a built on a “highly secure architecture” that is natively integrated with Microsoft Active Directory and public key infrastructure systems. The solution features self-service capabilities for end-users, and makes it possible for admins to implement changes... more »
There's a theory I have about Windows releases: Every lame-duck version is followed by a fantastic release that expands on the ideas of the previous. For example, you have Windows Millennium Edition *gag* followed up by the wildly popular Windows XP. The pathetic release Windows Vista *gag* was followed up by the exquisite Windows 7. So what's going to happen to Windows 8? With Windows 8, many have opted to stick to their previous install, similar to how people treated the XP to Vista transition. Wether by unwillingness to change, or due to the typical new OS bugs, people have been somewhat hesitant... more »
It's an exciting week in consumer electronics, with plenty of rumors, details and announcements coming forward this week. First and foremost, Google glasses are back and asking for “bold, creative individuals” to “be a part of shaping the future of Glass.” As long as you’re 18 and live in the United States, all you need to do to apply is Tweet or Google+ what you would do with Glass in 50 words or less, and add the hashtag “if I had Glass.” Apple’s iPhone5 took the lead against Samsung’s Galaxy S3 as the top-selling smartphone worldwide, making 1 in 5 of every smartphones ordered... more »
The flash wave is gaining momentum, driven in part by dropping prices as it moves into its sixth year, writes Wikibon Analyst Stuart Miniman. When the first flash storage products, from pioneers like Fusion-IO, appeared, they were focused on a very few use cases that demanded very fast data access, beyond what spinning disk could provide. As prices have dropped, the technologies have become more accepted, major vendors like EMC have entered the market, and the number of flash startups and the use cases that can justify flash have both grown. The latest entrant into the flash arena are PernixData, which just came... more »
Last week, rumors that Google has been in talks with major online payment processing outfits such as MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal to starve “illegal” websites appeared in an article in the UK’s Telegraph. While the search giant could certainly be asked to chill the search listings of such sites, payment processors have long been used to freeze funding to questionable content; in mid 2012 PayPal made it a policy to withdraw from major cyberlockers. Then, as now, it seemed like a potential huge win for Bitcoin. By cutting off legitimate businesses--as many cyberlockers happen to be--PayPal opens up a market niche... more »
Zombies are fun in games, but how about Zombie attacks in reality? Okay, I know that sounds like a prank. But the flip side of the conversation is that some pranksters issued fake warnings of a Zombie apocalypse. The pranksters exploited the vulnerabilities in America's TV emergency alert system and loopholes that the station bosses remember to change the default passwords on their broadcast equipment. They hacked several television stations' emergency alert system in Montana and Michigan to broadcast an on-air audio warning about the end of the world. “It isn't what [the pranksters] said," White said. "It is the fact... more »
Yahoo's undergone countless makeovers these past few years, bouncing from one CEO to another. And just when it seemed all hope was lost, the famed Marissa Mayer who made a name for herself during a tenure with Google, brought new leadership and vision to a dying brand. Recent weeks have brought regular updates on Mayer's plans with Yahoo, spanning mobile content distribution consumer services, but today Mayer marks a new beginning for Yahoo. Returning to its roots, Yahoo introduced a fresh face this morning with the goal of becoming your gateway to the web once again. “Yahoo! first began as Jerry and... more »
Four EMC, RSA Channel Execs Named CRN 2013 Channel Chiefs CRN has named the following four EMC and RSA Security Division executives to its 2013 Channel Chiefs listing for their commitment to accelerating partner profitability and overall success in 2012: Gregg Ambulos, EMC SVP of Global Channel Sales, Leonard Iventosch, EMC VP of Americas Channel Sales, Fred Kohout, EMC VP of Global Channel Marketing, and, Bill Taylor, RSA VP of Worldwide Channels and Alliances. More IBM, Local Students Open THINK in Innoventions West at Epcot In celebration of National Engineers Week, IBM, along with Orlando-area high school teachers and students, have opened IBM Think, a new interactive experience... more »
In today’s mobile news roundup: Google looking for Google Glass testers; iPhone 5 world’s best selling smartphone in Q4 2012; Apple fixes Exchange bug but not passcode; Ubuntu for tablet features multi-tasking; 3Doodler reaches Kickstarting funding hours after it launched; AT&T teams up with The Cloud for free WiFi in the UK; and Republic Wireless’ $19 unlimited plan. Google looking for Google Glass testers Been wondering what you’d do if you had a Google Glass? Wondering when it will be available so you can try it out? You may not have to wait that long, as Google is looking for Google Explorers... more »