DH Kass

Senior Contributing Blogger,
The VAR Guy
Microsoft Lures Away Top Qualcomm Marketing Executive

A second top Qualcomm (QCOM) executive reportedly has departed the chip maker, as Peggy Johnson, a 24-year company veteran and former executive vice president and head of Global Market Development, is leaving to take an undisclosed role at Microsoft (MSFT).

Apple-Beats $3B Deal Clears European Regulators

Apple's (AAPL) Beats Electronics $3 billion buyout deal, by far the largest acquisition in the iPhone makers’ iconic history, has cleared European Commission regulators, who downplayed the merger’s potential to produce unfair competition in the audio products industry.

Study: Software Developers Starting to Write for Internet of Things

Some 40 percent of software developers worldwide either are building applications for Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices or planning to do so in the next six months, according to a new study.

Report: Apple Buying Custom Audio Streamer Swell for $30 Million

In a deal that may look like small potatoes compared to Apple>’s (AAPL) recent $3 billion Beats acquisition, the iPhone maker is set to gobble up Swell, which makes an iOS app to personalize podcasts, news and talk radio into custom audio streams, for some $30 million.

Samsung Postpones Tizen OS Smartphone Debut in Russia

Postponing, delay, rescheduling and so forth has become second nature to Samsung’s Tizen smartphone strategy. In the latest episode, the Korean manufacturer has called off a rollout of its new Tizen OS-based Samsung Z slated to debut in Russia this quarter.

Lenovo Showcases Smart Glass Wearable, New IoT Platform

Lenovo showcased new smart glass wearable technology as part of a strategy to broaden its market reach by backing third-party development of Internet of Things (IoT)-related devices.

Elliott Management Pushes EMC to Shed VMware, Pivotal

Activist investor Elliott Management quietly has bagged a 2 percent stake in EMC (EMC) valued at about $1 billion and immediately began doing what it does best—prodding the storage giant to spin off its 80 percent interest in virtualization kingpin VMware (VMW) and PaaS startup Pivotal to boost its share price.

Report: Apple Orders 80 Million iPhone Phablets for Fall Debut

Apple (AAPL) must not be too worried about production problems reportedly hamstringing its impending large format 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones slated to debut in the next two or three months.

BlackBerry Taps Cloud-Savvy Former Sybase Exec for COO Post

Mobile device maker BlackBerry (BBRY) has tapped Marty Beard, a former Sybase top executive, to run its operations in a move to further solidify its focus on the enterprise mobility market. Can BlackBerry's new cloud-savvy executive help advance its business strategy?

HP Adds Chairman to Whitman's Title

In the wake of former Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) chairman Ralph Whitworth’s resignation over ailing health, the vendor’s board moved quickly late last week to appoint current president and chief executive Meg Whitman to the post.

Microsoft Layoffs: Who Goes Besides Nokia Employees? 1

Microsoft (MSFT) fired some 18,000 workers last week, with Nokia employees making up about 70 percent or 12,500 of the total layoffs. But what about the remaining 5,500 non-Nokia employees? Who’s most likely to get a pink slip in the next few months?

Report: Samsung Smartphone Managers Return 1H Bonuses

Some 200 Samsung smartphone managers have returned 25 percent of their bonuses for the first half of this year in the wake of the Korean manufacturer’s poor second quarter results, according to a Reuters report.

IBM Beats Street but Hardware Woes Continue

IBM (IBM) delivered unexpectedly solid Q2 1014 earnings, showing some signs, despite a ninth consecutive quarter of declining revenue, that its makeover toward Big Data analytics, cloud computing, software and mobility may be slowly taking root.

Report: Wearables Straining Google-Samsung Relationship

The relationship between long-time buddies Google (GOOG) and Samsung reportedly is continuing to show deepening cracks, this time over wearables.

Google Q2 2014 Beats Revenue but Misses Earnings Estimates

Google’s (GOOG) Q2 2014 earnings at $6.08 per share came up short of analysts’ expectations of $6.24 a share but the search giant beat revenue projections, posting $15.96 billion in sales for the period, far ahead of the $12.32 billion forecast.

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