DH Kass

Senior Contributing Blogger,
The VAR Guy
Apple/IBM Enterprise Mobility Solutions Due in November

The initial wave of industry-specific solutions from this summer’s Apple (AAPL)/IBM (IBM) enterprise mobility alliance will hit the market in November, according to Apple chief executive Tim Cook.

Rometty’s Three-Point Plan to Save IBM: High Value, Speed, Productivity

IBM (IBM) chief executive Ginni Rometty dismissed talk of splitting up the listless company amid a 10th consecutive quarter of declining revenue, as the vendor’s Q3 2014 sales tumbled 4 percent year over year to $22.4 billion with a 17 percent downturn in GAAP net income to $3.5 billion.

Samsung Who? Apple’s FQ4 Dusts the Competition

What a difference a year makes. Apple (AAPL) put the pedal to the metal in its fiscal Q4 2014, posting quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and net profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share, a 12 percent jump in sales and a 13 percent spike in earnings compared to the same period last year.

BlackBerry’s Chen Glad for Passport Shortages

Businesses ordering BlackBerry's (BBRY) new Passport will have to wait in line for the mobile device maker’s in-demand smartphone—and that doesn’t displease John Chen, the company’s boss one bit. In fact, he’s happy about it.

Samsung Delivers Low-Cost, Intel Celeron-based Chromebook

With Chromebook sales expected to triple to 14.2 million units worldwide by 2017, or 5 percent of all PCs sold according to researcher Gartner’s figures, Korean device maker Samsung’s recent decision to pull out of the European laptop and Chromebook market appeared somewhat counterintuitive, as in, “what gives?”

Is Google Looking to Merge Android, Chrome OSes?

Google (GOOG) quietly has appointed Hiroshi Lockheimer, its mobile OS Android Engineering vice president, to oversee the desktop and notebook-focused Chrome OS engineering team, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Report: Cybercrime Costs U.S. Businesses $12.7 Million Yearly, Up 10 Percent

Cybercrime costs U.S. large businesses some $12.7 million annually in damages, a 9.7 percent increase from $11.6 million last year, according to a new Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Enterprise Security-sponsored global report conducted by the Ponemon Institute.

Intel Offers POS Security Technology to Combat Retail Data Breaches

Amid the recent spate of alarming, high-profile retail heists of confidential customer data, Intel (INTC) is offering new technology baked into point-of-sale (POS) platforms to encrypt consumer and financial information.

ASUS Unwraps Padfone X Mini Smartphone/Tablet Hybrid

Device maker Asus, in a collaboration with carrier AT&T (T) and chip giant Intel (INTC), has delivered the Padfone X mini, a 4.5-inch 4G LTE hybrid smartphone that converts to a 7-inch tablet when plugged into a docking station.

AMD Misses Q3 Expectations, Plans Restructuring

A week ago, AMD (AMD) replaced Rory Read, its former fix-it chief executive who’d arrested the company’s losses and found new revenue sources, with Dr. Lisa Su, its highly regarded chief operating officer (COO) who took the company’s reins after handling its business groups, sales and global operations.

Intel Has Big Plans for 'Experience' Kiosks in Best Buy Stores

Intel (INTC) has opened a dedicated “Intel Experience” area in a Best Buy (BBY) store in Oregon as part of a larger plan to operate in 50 of the big box retailer’s locations in 25 states by the end of this month.

Nadella Goes Beyond Mea Culpa to Address Female/Minority Workplace Issues

Microsoft (MSFT) boss Satya Nadella, clearly flustered by hefty criticism aimed at him over his recent clumsy advice to women on pay raises and promotions, didn’t leave his public response at a simple mea culpa but instead acted to address the sensitive issues in which he founded himself ensnared.

Apple Delivers iPads, iMac, Mac Mini, Shuns Touchscreens

As expected, Apple (AAPL) unwrapped a new 6.1mm thin iPad Air 2 and an iPad Mini 3, both of which feature the vendor’s fingerprint security sensor, as well as a 27-inch Retina display iMac and Mac Mini, and showcased its Mac OS X Yosemite software and its iOS 8.1 mobile operating system.

Intel Q3 Tops Sales, Earnings Estimates

Chip giant Intel (INTC), widely regarded as the bellwether of PC health, posted $14.55 billion in sales and earned $3.3 billion, or 66 cents a share, for its Q3, besting analysts estimates in both topline figures.

Qualcomm in IoT Play with $2.5B CSR Purchase

Mobile chip giant Qualcomm (QCOM), a founding member of the AllSeen Alliance that aims to establish an open source framework for all manner of objects communicating with each other in the Internet of Things (IoT), said it will acquire CSR, a Cambridge, U.K., Bluetooth specialist, for $2.5 billion in cash.

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