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Guest Post: This is a guest post by Venture Capitalist Frank Artale, Partner at Ignition Partners. The notion of personal business intelligence may seem a bit odd. The fact of the matter is that we all create, consume, view, and bookmark a large body of content each minute of our online and offline lives. Those of us that work for businesses of all sizes (and that means anyone who gets paid or attempts to) face a growing number of content places and types all the time. The network we have to maintain in our brains to remind us of the... more »
In 2011, Intel revealed plans for constructing a new plant in its Leixlip campus in County Kildare, Ireland. The $500 million construction project would employ 200 high-level technology jobs, as well as 850 construction jobs, aside from the over 4,000 existing Leixlip employees. The plan was approved by Kildare County Council in August 2012, but the plans were appealed to An Bord Pleanála, Ireland’s leading planning agency, which finally gave Intel the green light last week. Intel will construct the $4 billion chip plant, which will produce the next generation of 14 nanometer microprocessors and eventually create 10nm, 7nm and 5nm chips beyond... more »
Shipments of ARM processor chips are likely to grow from 68% of all processor shipments in 2012 to 85% in 2016, and 96% in 2022, portending a major sea change in core IT technology and the end of the Intel era at least in end-user devices, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in his latest Wikibon report: “Intel Post-PC Blues and Client Support in Software-led Infrastructure” and its conclusion, “Hyperscale and Software-led Infrastructure”. Intel's Q4 revenues were down 3% to 13.5 billion and profits down 27% overall, while PC revenues fell 6% year-on-year, he notes. Meanwhile, 780 million mostly ARM-powered post-PC devices... more »
SAP’s latest side-project is the NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year competition, an online dashboard that makes use of the company’s analytics technology to filter and display the stats of the league's top players. “Fantasy football fans love stats almost as much as watching the action on the field,” said Jonathan Becher, chief marketing officer at SAP. “The SAP dashboard enhances the NFL.com Fantasy experience by distilling millions of data points and allowing fans size up their favorite players more easily. Soon fans will be able to use the analytical power of SAP to predict the most valuable players for their fantasy... more »
This week Facebook cut off both Twitter’s new photo app Vine and messaging app Voxer from Find Friends, which is Facebook’s API that lets you connect with Facebook friends on other apps. SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto explained why this was such a disabling move by Facebook. "It's probably the fastest way if you have a new app . . . connecting with the majority of where your friends are," he said. "For most people, that's Facebook. It's a crippling shortcut to a lot of these new apps that are coming up." Casaretto speculated on Facebook's motive for pulling the API plug... more »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »