DH Kass

Senior Contributing Blogger,
The VAR Guy
Lenovo Finalizes $2.91 Billion Motorola Mobility Deal

Chinese PC giant Lenovo, fresh off completing its $2.1 billion acquisition of IBM’s (IBM) former x86 server business, now has jumped all the hurdles to finalize its $2.91 billion buyout of Google’s (GOOG) Motorola Mobility unit.

Microsoft Goes OS-Agnostic with New Fitness Band

The chatter about an upcoming Microsoft (MSFT) wearable started in the summer, with rumors buzzing that it wasn’t a smartwatch but rather a smart band. As it turns out, Microsoft’s wearable is a fitness band, and a pretty nifty one at that, available in the United States as of Oct. 29 for $199 in the vendor’s stores and online.

Apple Exec: Distribution Issues Caused Botched iOS 8.0.1

Remember Apple’s (AAPL) iOS 8.0.1 ill-timed debacle a month ago, when the vendor couldn’t get right an update to the new version of its mobile operating system, leaving some 40,000 of its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users saddled with a disabled smartphone?

IBM Taps Twitter for Business Analytics, Enterprise Solutions

IBM (IBM) said it will help customers mine information from Twitter’s (TWTR) social network as another tool to make business decisions in what both companies are calling a “landmark partnership.”

Android Founder Andy Rubin Leaving Google

While Sundar Pichai’s star at Google (GOOG) rises, Andy Rubin’s is falling, as the former Android founder and guru is leaving the company to launch an incubator for hardware product startups.

Microsoft Lays Off 3,000 Workers in Last Stage of Firings

Microsoft (MSFT) has laid off another 3,000 workers worldwide in what the vendor said was the last stage of an 18,000 workforce reduction it initiated in July when it cut some 13,000 staffers from its payroll.

A10 Networks Hires Former Ericsson Exec in Convergence Play

Application networking solution provider A10 Networks (ATEN) has hired Gunter Reiss, a 21-year Ericsson veteran versed in business development, strategic alliances, business partnerships and OEM relationships, to oversee its activities in those areas.

Security Provider RSA Elevates Yoran to President

RSA, storage giant EMC’s (EMC) security unit, has promoted Amit Yoran, its products senior vice president, to president and tasked him with delivering a unified customer experience across the division’s products and services and its marketing and sales initiatives.

Server Upheaval? Microsoft Testing ARM-based Windows Server OS

Microsoft (MSFT) reportedly has built and is testing a version of its Windows Server operating system to run on ARM-based systems, a Bloomberg report said.

Apple Pay: MCX Consortium Underestimating Apple Users’ Loyalty? 1

Every channel partner knows of the legendary passion and devotion of Apple (AAPL) users for their iPhones, iPads and Macs. Some of the nation’s largest retailers may soon be learning about it as well.

Report: HP Looking to Offload China Networking Business

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), fresh off a move to split the company by PC/printers and enterprise solutions, is huddling with private equity firms in China to sell off controlling interest in its local corporate networking business, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Cook Wants Apple Pay in China, Plans Store Expansion

Apple (AAPL) chief executive Tim Cook, who previously hasn’t minced words in describing China’s importance to the iPhone maker, last week again called the region a “really key market for us. Everything we do we are going to work it here,” in remarks on the last day of a four-day China excursion last week.

Google Reorg: Pichai Now Boss of All Google Products

Sundar Pichai, head of Google’s (GOOG) Android, Apps and Chrome business, now is boss of all the company’s core products, including commerce and ads, Google+, infrastructure, maps, research and search, in an executive reorganization spearheaded by chief executive Larry Page.

Microsoft Releases Next Edition of Windows 10 Technical Preview 1

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.

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