In two weeks, Google (GOOG) will release an Android software development kit (SDK) specific to wearables, in a move to pave the way for OEM device makers to build smartwatches and myriad other wearable computing devices based on the mobile OS platform.
Maybe BlackBerry (BBRY) chief John Chen figures the device maker’s best ad strategy isn’t a billboard on the highway, an online video or a splashy picture posted online. Rather, a publicized visit to the White House to lay out the mobile device maker’s product road map and check out what staffers like and don’t like about their BlackBerries makes for a pretty decent ad campaign all by itself.
In Microsoft’s (MSFT) next-to-last opportunity to fix security flaws in Windows XP, its venerable, 12-year-old operating system, the vendor is set to release five security updates to users on Patch Tuesday, March 11, less than a month before it closes down support for the OS on April 8.
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) has added to its collection of Android-based devices with a no-fanfare launch of a new 8-inch tablet running Jelly Bean 4.2.2, featuring pared-down specifications and positioned at a budget-conscious price to compete with Microsoft (MSFT) Windows-based fare from rivals Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba, and, of course, Apple’s (AAPL) iPad Mini.
Similar to most IT companies, Microsoft (MSFT) historically has kept much of its political activism below the surface and apart from its platforms and services, which means for the most part it has refrained from opening its product portfolio to political advertising. Until now.
At the recently concluded Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, IBM (IBM) chief executive Ginny Rometty, in a move to breathe more life into the vendor’s $1 billion commitment last January to build a business around its Watson advanced artificial intelligence system, challenged developers to build applications that could best take advantage of Watson’s technology.
Apple’s (AAPL) longtime chief financial officer (CFO) Peter Oppenheimer, perhaps the least visible of the vendor’s top executives, will retire from his executive post in September and segue to Goldman Sachs as one of its 13 board members.
At the Morgan Stanley technology conference, HP CEO Meg Whitman again talked up the channel’s part in the vendor’s recovery, basically telling analysts that partners saved the Hewlett-Packard's bacon while the company was on the critical list.
As expected, Microsoft (MSFT) chief executive Satya Nadella confirmed in a publicly disseminated email to employees earlier reports on the departures of Marketing Executive Vice President Tami Reller and Business Development and Evangelism Executive Vice President Tony Bates, along with Chris Capossela’s ascension, Eric Rudder’s interim duties and Mark Penn’s changed role.
Since day one of Apple (AAPL) chief Tim Cook’s assuming the company’s helm from the late Steve Jobs in August 2011, the general consensus about his public demeanor is how far removed it is from that of his iconoclastic mentor.
Maybe the recent high-profile security breach at mega retailer Target, in which personal data from some 40 million credit card accounts and 70 million credentials were stolen by hackers, was just the start of a new era of mega cybercrime.
Riverbed Technology (RVBD) late last week rejected an upwardly revised $21-per-share, or $3.36 billion, takeover bid by activist investor Elliott Management, with the WAN optimizer’s board again saying the new offer failed to “deliver value to our shareholders in excess of what we believe will be created as we execute on our growth plans.”
Two of Microsoft (MSFT) chief executive Satya Nadella's top lieutenants—Business Development and Evangelism executive vice president Tony Bates and Marketing executive vice president Tami Reller—are exiting the company, according to a new Re/code report relying on multiple sources.
Apple (AAPL) chief Tim Cook told shareholders at the vendor’s annual meeting last week the vendor’s 1.3 million-square-foot, so-called sapphire plant in Mesa, Ariz., initially will produce thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs and key an ecosystem that could yield “tens of thousands” of new positions.