DH Kass

Senior Contributing Blogger,
The VAR Guy
Microsoft Releases Next Edition of Windows 10 Technical Preview

Microsoft (MSFT) has released an updated version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview less than a month after the initial build was offered to testers, more than 1 million of whom have signed on so far to take the new operating system for a test drive under the vendor’s Windows Insider Program.

HP to Launch 'Sprout' Computing Product

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) will make good on its promise to deliver “new computing experiences” when it showcases at a New York event Oct. 29 a hybrid product called Sprout that combines a large, flat-screen display with a touch-enabled flat work surface and a projector and 3-D scanner overhead.

Rometty: Boosting Profit Margins More Important Than Growing Sales

Don’t expect IBM (IBM) to break its two-and-a-half year revenue losing streak anytime soon. In fact, sales are likely to get worse as the vendor more closely adheres to chief executive Ginni Rometty’s blueprint to move the company to higher-value ground and boost margins.

Samsung Knox Devices Gain NSA Approval

Samsung’s Knox mobile security-enabled Galaxy S4 and S5 smartphones and its Note 3, Note 4 and Note 10.1 phablets are among a list of 10 of the vendor’s products that have gained approval from the U.S. National Security Agency under the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) program.

Intel Pours $28 Million into Chinese Wearables, Mobile Manufacturers

Last April, Intel’s (INTC) investment arm stocked with $100 million a special fund dedicated to underwriting innovations by Chinese companies in smart devices, including tablets, smartphones, PCs, convertibles and wearables, extending even to the amorphous Internet of Everything (IoE) and associated technologies.

Microsoft Rebrands Nokia Smartphones to Microsoft Lumia

As far back as April, Microsoft (MSFT) devices chief Stephen Elop said the Nokia (NOK) smartphone line would be rebranded at some point, but not as Microsoft Mobile, even though that’s now the official name for Nokia’s former device business.

EMC Buys Out Cisco in VCE Joint Venture

Storage giant EMC (EMC), the subject of a number of M&A rumors the past few weeks, confirmed it will take controlling interest of its 2009 VCE converged infrastructure joint venture with Cisco Systems (CSCO) and VMware (VMW) by purchasing most of Cisco’s stake in the company.

New Lenovo BlackBerry Buyout Rumor Surfaces

The last time Lenovo was mentioned in a BlackBerry (BBRY) buyout rumor the mobile device maker still was known as Research in Motion. That was January 2013, and much has transpired since for both companies.

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.

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