DH Kass

Senior Contributing Blogger,
The VAR Guy
Intel Buys 20 Percent Stake in Chinese Holding Company for SoCs

Intel (INTC) has poured $1.5 billion into Tsinghua Unigroup, a subsidiary of the Chinese government-backed Tsinghua Holdings, that controls fabless chip maker Spreadtrum and RDA Microelectronics, in a joint development deal to broaden the U.S. chip giant’s mobile devices portfolio and architecture in China and worldwide.

Microsoft Confirms Fifth Avenue NYC Retail Store

Microsoft (MSFT) confirmed word that it will locate its first-ever Manhattan retail store in one of midtown's splashiest locations, only a few blocks away from an iconic Fifth Avenue Apple (AAPL) outlet.

IBM, Lenovo x86 Server Deal to Close Oct. 1

Lenovo officials said the Chinese PC maker’s $2.3 billion deal to acquire IBM’s (IBM) x86 server business has cleared regulatory and security approvals and will close on Wednesday, Oct. 1, albeit at a slightly reduced price.

PC Sales Climb 3 Percent in Back-to-School Buying, Chromebooks Soar

Back-to-school PC sales, including Apple (AAPL) Mac OS-based machines, Chromebooks and Microsoft (MSFT) Windows-based desktops and notebooks, rose 3 percent during a 10-week measurement period from July 4 through Sept. 5, a stark contrast to the 2.5 percent lost last year at the same time, according to data compiled by researcher NPD Group.

Apple's Apology to 40K Addled iPhone 6 Users is iOS 8.0.2 Release

Apple’s (AAPL) hadn’t even wiped the egg from its face over the bungled iOS 8.0.1 update before the vendor released yet another version of its iOS 8 mobile operating system, one day after the first fix made matters worse for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners.

Did Apple Know of iCloud Security Hole Months Before Leak?

Is it possible Apple (AAPL) knew of a security opening in its iCloud platform months before the highly publicized celebrity photograph leak of a few weeks ago?

Symantec Ups Interim Boss Brown to Permanent CEO

Security vendor Symantec (SYMC) promoted Michael Brown, who took the company’s helm on an interim basis last March after the ouster of then-boss Steve Bennett, to remain in his post as permanent chief executive.

Apple Offers Workaround for iOS8 Fix

What’s next for Apple (AAPL), two paper cups and a string? The high-flying iPhone maker on Sept. 24 first released iOS 8.0.1, a bug-fix version for the addled iOS 8 mobile OS it offered last week, then quickly pulled it over near-immediate outcries from iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users of losing cellular connections and problems with the TouchID security feature.

Report: Amazon to Pour $55 Million in Smart Home Product Development

Amazon (AMZN) apparently isn’t about to be left out of the smart home automation market with plans to pour $55 million into expanding its existing Lab126’s operations, where the online retailer developed the Kindle tablet, Fire smartphone and other devices.

Former Apple Retail Boss in Gadget Delivery Service Startup

Ron Johnson, the former Apple (AAPL) retail boss credited with architecting the vendor’s store strategy, is launching a new “high-end, on-demand delivery service for gadgets,” according to a report in The Information.

Apple May Shake Up Beats Music Service ... or Not

Conflicting reports surfaced this week about whether Apple (AAPL) plans to shutter the Beats Music streaming music service it bought in May as part of the $3 billion Beats Electronics mega deal, or if the vendor merely will “modify” the brand, whatever that means.

Samsung to Exit European Laptop, Chromebook Market

Korean mobile device giant Samsung is pulling its Ativ laptops and Chromebooks from the European market, citing changing “market needs and demands,” which can only mean that sluggish demand, downward price pressure and hefty competition is taking its toll on the company’s PC bottom line.

Sage Buys SMB Cloud Payroll Software Provider PayChoice

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software developer Sage Group said it has purchased PayChoice, a privately held, $39 million provider of cloud-based payroll and human resource services aimed at SMBs, for $157.8 million.

Talari Hires ex-Riverbed Exec to Head Channel Sales

Talari Networks, a San Jose, California-based WAN reliability and application performance specialist, has hired Randy Schirman, a former Riverbed Technology (RVBD) channel chief and 25-year industry veteran, to head its worldwide sales and channel programs.

Toshiba Turns to Channel to Sell New Tecra Laptop for SMBs

Toshiba’s Business Solutions Division (BSD) has unwrapped a new, Tecra laptop and, in a sales switch, turned to the channel—specifically and exclusively to distributor Ingram Micro (IM)—to market and distribute the machines to channel partners for sale to SMBs.

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