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Apple Falls Again - How to Turn it Around

Apple Falls Again - How to Turn it Around

Apple is taking another double-digit fall so far on Wall St. today and it is not clear what can ease this precipitous fall any time soon.  For the last 12 months Apple has enjoyed the title of the world’s most valuable company, but it has now slipped below energy giant Exxon Mobil Corporation.  The market cap is now $412 billion at the lowest point today.   That is a loss of close to a quarter of a trillion dollars from its peak market cap - I’m going to type that out for perspective. ~$250,000,000,000.00 For all the various reasons that led to this,... more »
Microsoft's 2Q Fiscal Earnings Show its Future Lies in the Data Center - Breaking Analysis

Microsoft's 2Q Fiscal Earnings Show its Future Lies in the Data Center - Breaking Analysis

  Microsoft released its second quarter fiscal year earnings for 2013 yesterday, showing revenue of $21.46 billion, and earnings per share of 76 cents. Including deferred revenue, the Windows division's sales were $5.88 billion, up 24 percent. Wikibon Co-Founder and CTO David Floyer confirmed these were excellent numbers overall and noted how well-run Microsoft is. Windows RT Still MIA   However, Floyer emphasized that there were many things omitted from Microsoft's announcement. He acknowledged that Windows 8 is a good product for introducing touch, but it's a good product for the existing customers. "There was no evidence at all in the earnings announcement about if... more »
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Microsoft Earnings Reflect Rise in Demand for Tablets

Microsoft’s bottom line took a hit in the fourth quarter of 2012, but the company gained in core areas, according to the financial results that the software maker disclosed yesterday. Microsoft’s net income dropped nearly four percent to $6.38 billion, or 76 a shares, from the $6.62 billion or 78 cents it delivered a year ago. The company cited lowered demand for its enterprise solutions and entrainment products as the cause of the decline. Total revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 was $21.5 billion. Microsoft’s Windows business grew 24 percent and accounted for $5.88 billion in that period, while the... more »
Is BYOD Cost Effective for Small Businesses?

Is BYOD Cost Effective for Small Businesses?

Today, everyone's talking about the phenomenon of the consumerization of IT and BYOD. The workplace is undergoing changes at a breakneck speed. Encouraged by our expectations of evolution and revolution in consumer technologies, today's workers hope to use the same smartphone, tablet, email account or social networks in the office as they use at home. Good Technology, in its second annual customer survey in adopting and supporting BYOD trends, found that for about a year, more and more companies have been busy fitting their own devices to support employees in their corporate network -- and to control it. More than 72... more »
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BlackBerry World vs. Apple, Google Play and Amazon App Stores

There’s a new and improved app store in town, and it goes by the name of BlackBerry World.  It’s not new per se, as it had been around for years, but it's been revamped.  Formerly, it was called BlackBerry App World, obviously they dropped “App” from the title, then added a few consumer services that make it comparable to Apple’s App Store, Google Play and Amazon’s App Store. And because it is comparable to the other app stores, that’s exactly what we’ll be doing.  We’ll be comparing it to the app store to get a sense of what people are actually... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for January 25, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for January 25, 2013

RSA Positioned as Leader in Gartner Content-Aware Data Loss Prevention Magic Quadrant EMC security division RSA is among the leaders in Gartner's “Magic Quadrant for Content-Aware Data Loss Prevention” this year for the fifth consecutive year. Garner defines these technologies as “those that can, as a core function, perform content inspection of data at rest or in motion, and can execute responses – ranging from simple notification to active blocking – based on policy settings.” They include sophisticated detection techniques, support for advance policy definitions and event management workflow, and a centralized management console. More   HP on Project Runway for Fifth Year HP... more »
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Cisco Buys Mobile Software Infrastructure Startup for $475M - Is This SDN for Mobile Networks?

Cisco shelled out nearly half a billion dollars for Intucell, Israeli developer that makes management software for telecommunications companies. The company lists AT&T and several other major U.S. carriers as customers. Intucell’s self-optimizing network (SON) technology prevents dropped calls in heavily populated areas by responding to traffic shifts in real-time.  If too many users are connected to a single cell tower, the platform will automatically tap into nearby towers and redirect traffic on an as-needed basis. According to Globes, a local business publication, founders Rani Wellingstein and Ido Susan will each net about $80 million from the deal.  Bessemer Partners, a VC... more »
Metrics for the Chief Information Officer (CIO) - It's All Semantics

Metrics for the Chief Information Officer (CIO) - It's All Semantics

I will be the first to admit that I can be kind of picky about certain things.  Hey, everyone has his quirks!  Although I try not to take political correctness to an extreme – a fact that those who know me will attest to – I do cringe when I hear certain words used in a certain context or see grammar issues clouding up the intended meaning of a message.  That said, I do have actually reasons behind my thinking; I’m not just some word-hating sociopath that wants to see Webster’s knocked down a peg or two.  Here are a few examples... more »
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Apple Puts a Stop to Unfair Labor Practices, Woz Embarrassed by jOBS

Have you watched Horrible Bosses?  It’s a movie about three men who plot to kill their bosses, taking advice from the wrong people and scrambling to save their wayward plans.  But in the end, they got what they wanted, presumably living a content and happy life. In real life, there are lots of us who have horrible bosses (fortunately, I’m not one of them!).  A horrible boss can be the person you directly report to, or in some cases, an evil company that enslaves workers to 100 hours of labor a week, hire underaged people, or pay far less than the... more »
This Week in the Cloud: Funding, Phone Calls and Integration

This Week in the Cloud: Funding, Phone Calls and Integration

This week Puppet Labs announced that it received $30 million in funding, Panorama9 introduced a new alert system for IT departments, and  Nirvanix teamed up with Intel. We also learned the specs of the upcoming Xbox 720, the cloud-powered Microsoft console that will take over the living room. Data center automation specialist Puppet Labs announced a $30 million strategic investment from VMware. The capital will be used to extend the two companies’ preexisting partnership, and integrate Puppet’s software with VMware’s core management line-up. Over in Denmark, another cloud automation startup had big update this week. Panormama9 introduced Perfect Pager, a new service... more »

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