DH Kass

Senior Contributing Blogger,
The VAR Guy
Apple Prepping Large, Special Venue for iPhone 6 Showcase
Apple is returning to the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino for the Sept. 9 launch of its iPhone 6 phablets and a new wearable device. The facility is the same venue where co-founder Steve Jobs launched the Macintosh computer some 30 years ago, but a large, white structure perhaps hiding something mysterious has people wondering what Apple has up its sleeve.
Microsoft Fixes Blue Screen Security Update Bug
Microsoft has reissued a security update that initially dropped the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) on some users, two weeks after removing the buggy patch and advising those affected to uninstall it.
Microsoft Boss Nadella Heads to China Over Anti-trust Worries
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella is headed to China late in September, perhaps to meet with anti-trust regulators whose investigation of Microsoft's IE, media player, Windows and Office sales continues.
AT&T Merges Mobility, Enterprise Unit, Names New Boss
AT&T has joined its Mobility and its Business Solutions groups under one umbrella headed by Ralph de la Vega, formerly the carrier’s Mobility chief executive and now slotted to run the newly merged business unit.
Microsoft Cuts Surface 2 Prices by $100 in New Promotion
This late in the back-to-school technology buying season, Microsoft has cut prices on all three of its Windows RT-based Surface 2 tablet (by $100 each) in a promotion that lasts until Sept. 27.
Apple Wearable Set for Sept. 9 Debut After Samsung, LG Smartwatches Roll Out
Here come the fall entries for smartwatches--or smartbands, or fitness wearables, or whatever this new technology category is going to be called. (Probably all of the above will work at some point or another).
Palo Alto Networks Upgrades Channel Program for Enterprise Opportunities
Palo Alto Networks has upgraded its NextWave channel partner program with new enablement offerings and financial incentives to help partners capitalize on enterprise security opportunities.
Cisco Talking Up Distributors’ Strategic Value to Partners
Cisco is promoting channel enablement programs at a number of its top distributors.
Report: Windows 9 Upgrade Could Be a Single Mouse-Click Away

Microsoft’s (MSFT) expected late September developer and enthusiast preview of its Windows 8 successor, referred to in some circles as Windows Threshold and in other places as Windows 9, could include a feature that will enable users to upgrade to the software release with one click of a mouse button.

Huawei Says Yes to Android, No to Windows Phone, Tizen

Chinese telecom equipment supplier-turned-branded smartphone maker Huawei is making a name for itself in mobile devices, moving into third place in worldwide handset shipments behind only Samsung and Apple (AAPL) by IDC’s figures, and going all-in with Google’s (GOOG) Android platform, according to a top company executive.

Ixia Finds New CEO in Ex-HP Networking Exec Mayer

Network optimizer and application delivery specialist Ixia (XXIA), which reported an $18 million net loss for its Q1 2014, has landed Bethany Mayer, a former Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) top networking executive and 25-year industry veteran, as its new president and chief executive.

Amazon Opening Pop-Up Stores for Cloud Business

Amazon (AMZN) plans to open brick-and-mortar stores pointed at familiarizing developers with its Amazon Web Services (AWS) business, as the online retailer looks for new ways to compete with rivals Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) for cloud services sales.

Symantec Channel Chief Eldh Departing

Symantec (SYMC) channel chief John Eldh, a nine-year company veteran who moved up the ranks from inside sales to preside over the security vendor’s North America channel operation, is leaving as of Aug. 29 “to pursue a new endeavor,” officials said.

IDC: SDN Set for Enterprise Boom

Software-defined networking (SDN) is set to begin a period of explosive growth in the next two years, culminating in a near-90 percent spike to more than $8 billion by 2018 from $960 million in 2014, according to a new report from researcher IDC.

PCs Save HP's Q3, Halt Long Revenue-Losing Streak

It took just shy of three years but Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) chief executive Meg Whitman finally delivered on her promised turnaround, as the vendor halted an 11-quarter sales losing streak by posting a 1 percent year-over-year sales uptick to $27.6 billion for its fiscal Q3 2014.

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