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Here is Tim Cook's memo to employees about the new IBM partnership

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Jul 2014 12:29

Here is Tim Cook's memo to employees about the new IBM partnership Earlier today we reported on Apple's partnership with IBM to control the enterprise market.

The deal is groundbreaking in that two giants have teamed up their resources to make industry specific apps that work flawlessly for iOS and include Apple's AppleCare support into the future.

Read more that story here.

CEO Tim Cook sent a memo to employees today about the deal, which emphasizes the synergies. The memo in its entirety:

Team,

Today, we announced a groundbreaking new partnership with IBM that will enable enterprises to put the power of big data analytics at their employees' fingertips on their iOS device. This exclusive global partnership brings together Apple's legendary ease-of-use and integrated hardware and software with IBM's unmatched industry depth, enterprise software and expertise in big data analytics.

It also builds on the incredible momentum in Apple's enterprise business. iPhone and iPad can be found in 98% of the Fortune 500. People love to use iOS devices and Apple delivers the things companies need most--security and scalable deployment along with a powerful platform for apps. With this announcement, we're now putting IBM's renowned big data analytics at iOS users' fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something only Apple and IBM can deliver.

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Apple and IBM now entirely own the mobile enterprise space following partnership

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Jul 2014 12:23

Apple and IBM now entirely own the mobile enterprise space following partnership Last night, tech giants Apple and IBM announced a partnership in which IBM will build enterprise applications for the iPhone and iPad as the companies aim to entirely control the business market for mobiles.

The over 100 business apps will run exclusively on iOS and IBM will also sell Apple products with industry-specific apps to its massive network of clients around the globe.

"iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world and have transformed the way people work with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "For the first time ever we're putting IBM's renowned big data analytics at iOS users' fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver."

Among the applications being built include analytics, device management, security, consulting and cloud services. Apple's AppleCare will cover support of the apps.

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Google+ social network no longer requires you to use your real name

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Jul 2014 12:06

Google+ social network no longer requires you to use your real name In 2011, when Google launched its Google+ social network, the search giant angered many users by requiring that the page include their real name.

Google had the novel idea that if your real name was attached to a comment you were making, you were less likely to be belligerent (or violent). It turns out, more than a few people are still willing to make awful comments, even with their real name attached.

The restriction hurt users that had to use other names for safety reasons, and many commentators, especially on YouTube, just stopped commenting. Google has heard the complaints for years and has now decided to drop any name restrictions for Google+.

Reads the Google+ post:


When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names.

Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use.

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Alibaba signs major deal to stream movies, TV in China

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Jul 2014 11:56

Alibaba signs major deal to stream movies, TV in China Giant e-commerce site Alibaba has signed a new licensing deal with U.S. entertainment company Lionsgate in which Alibaba will stream the company's movie and TV content in mainland China.

Alibaba will offer the content through their own set-top boxes, which are expected to add the content next month. Among Lionsgate's more popular content is "The Hunger Games" series, the "Twilight" series and the "Saw" series. On the TV side, Lionsgate is home to "Mad Men" and "Nurse Jackie" among others.

It is unclear if all that content will make it through Chinese censors, but Lionsgate catalog is quite large, regardless.

"This cooperation signals our ongoing commitment to advance our vision of making digital media entertainment available to our customers anywhere, anytime," said Patrick Liu, president of Alibaba Group's digital entertainment business unit.

Alibaba's Wasu Rainbow set-tops currently offer local and foreign TV on-demand.

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Rumor: Three iWatch models coming this year

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Jul 2014 11:39

Rumor: Three iWatch models coming this year According to a Chinese daily, the Apple iWatch will come in three different models when it launches this year.

The first model will sport a 1.6-inch display while the other two will be higher end 1.8-inch models with one featuring a sapphire crystal display.

It is unclear what other differences the models will have but the sapphire version will assuredly be the most expensive.

Rumors have been flying for years about the watch, but have picked up in recent months with all types of news outlets reporting on leaked specs. The WSJ reported there would three different models, as well, while Reuters reported the iWatch would have a massive 2.5-inch display.

As always, the time frame is the same, with Apple expected to announce the watch in September or early October.

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Box goes with unlimited storage for businesses, ends 'storage wars'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Jul 2014 11:25

Box goes with unlimited storage for businesses, ends 'storage wars' Box has declared an end to the "storage wars" this week, offering unlimited storage space to business customers.

While the company offered unlimited storage to "Enterprise" subscribers, it has now been extended to all corporate clients.

"Storage only matters when it's a roadblock, and we're excited to make these limits a thing of the past for our Business customers as well," said CEO Aaron Levie. "This may seem like the escalation of a storage war, but we're actually approaching the end of one."

Box was on the ropes in recent weeks as the startup faced increased competition from giants like Microsoft, Google and Amazon. Amazon, for example, just started their own enterprise cloud storage and collaboration service Zocalo.

In addition, the company has announced new beta integration features with Microsoft Office 365, (Box for Office 2013 and Box for Outlook 2013) which allows users to open, edit, save, and share any file from Box within Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

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MediaTek readies Octa-core, 64-bit SoC with LTE for mobile devices

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Jul 2014 22:28

MediaTek readies Octa-core, 64-bit SoC with LTE for mobile devices Taiwanese semi MediaTek has officially announced the world's first octa-core 64-bit SoC.

The chip can support a 2K display, and the company says it truly has eight cores, unlike other "octa-core" devices. The MT6795 chipset has 4G LTE radio support, and is clocked at 2.2GHz using the company's proprietary CorePilot technology for "multi-processor performance and thermal control."

Among the other high-end specs are dual-channel LPDDR3 DRAM at 933MHz, the highest bandwidth we've seen yet.

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Economist: Piracy has no effect on box office results

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Jul 2014 22:00

Economist: Piracy has no effect on box office results Does movie piracy hurt sales and cost jobs? The MPAA and other trade groups would certainly have you believe that it does but at least on economist believes that notion is bunk.

Economist Koleman Strumpf, professor at the University of Kansas School of Business, released data and his conclusion based on data from 150 of the largest movies released between the years of 2003 and 2009. The data came via a "popular BitTorrent tracker" and revenue projections from the Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX) to see what impact piracy really had on movies.

"There is no evidence in my empirical results of file-sharing having a significant impact on theatrical revenue," Strumpf says. "My best guess estimate is that file sharing reduced the first month box office by $200 million over 2003-2009, which is only three tenths of a percent of what movies actually earned. I am unable to reject the hypothesis that there is no impact at all of file-sharing on revenues."

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Missed Google's I/O? Here's the official highlight reel

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Jul 2014 21:37

Missed Google's I/O? Here's the official highlight reel Last month, Google had their annual I/O developer conference, unveiling a plethora of new software, hardware and features over a sprawling two and a half hour event.

As a flashback (and maybe to make us remember), Google has put out their Google I/O 2014 highlights video, which includes the keynote, sessions, Developer Sandbox, and After Hours.

The video is short, but if you want to view the sessions or the entire keynote, you can still do so, in HD, here: Google Events

During their show, Google showed off the next iteration of Android, "L," Android Auto for cars, Android TV for the big screen, Google Fit for fitness tracking and updates to Google Glass, Chrome OS, Android Wear and everything in between.

Read our articles from Google I/O here: Google I/O 2014

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Microsoft to lay off most employees in over five years

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Jul 2014 21:22

Microsoft to lay off most employees in over five years Tech behemoth Microsoft is looking to cut some costs as it integrates its new Nokia handset unit, planning layoffs that would be the company's largest this decade.

The new restructuring could end up being the company's largest in its history, even surpassing the 5800 laid off in 2009 during the tail end of the financial crisis. Most of the layoffs will be in divisions that overlap with Nokia, most notably engineering and marketing.

While the plans are not yet public, new CEO Satya Nadella has been calling for sweeping changes including more focus on efficiency and reducing redundancies. The company plans to focus on mobile devices, the cloud and productivity software into the future, obvious choices as other revenue streams dry up. "Nothing is off the table in how we think about shifting our culture," Nadella said last week.

The company now has 127,000 employees, with almost 30,000 of those coming via the Nokia acquisition. There are almost certainly thousands of redundancies with numbers that big.

Expect more clarity next week during Microsoft's quarterly earnings report.

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Here's what we know about the 'Destiny' beta

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Jul 2014 21:07

Here's what we know about the 'Destiny' beta For gamers who missed out on the early alpha, the upcoming beta for the blockbuster "Destiny" game is right around the corner.

Starting on July 17th, PlayStation owners will get access to the two-week long beta, followed by pre-order holders on the 23rd. Until now, there was very little known about what the beta would entail but we now have a pretty clear picture.

Developer Bungie took to Reddit to post a brief snippet on what we can expect: Four story chapters, four multiplayer maps, a co-op strike mission and a full world to explore. Nice. The alpha, for comparison, only had two multiplayer maps and some minor missions.

The FPS role playing game from the development team behind Halo, has promised the most inter-connected world yet, allowing gamers to create a dynamic experience that is not controlled by the developers.

Destiny launches in full on September 9th for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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New LG flexible OLED can roll up like a newspaper

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Jul 2014 20:51

New LG flexible OLED can roll up like a newspaper LG has developed a new 18-inch flexible OLED that can roll up like a newspaper.

The display has a resolution of 1200 x 810 but most impressively can be rolled up like a paper, sporting a 3cm radius.

While still in prototype, LG is confident that the displays will be available on large HDTVs in the near future. Says the company: "We are confident that by 2017, we will successfully develop an Ultra HD flexible and transparent OLED panel of more than 60 inches."

At that size, the displays would be much larger than anything we have seen to date. Curved displays have been used on a few smartphones but there has been no real practical use for them. Full flexible displays have been shown off in sizes ranging from 1 to 4 inches.

Many in the corporate world are excited for such displays as it would make presentations easier, especially when traveling where traditional screens may not be available.

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Shazam to allow full song streaming in-app through Rdio partnership

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Jul 2014 17:40

Shazam to allow full song streaming in-app through Rdio partnership Mobile fans who are tired of jumping from app to app are in for a treat.

The music ID/discovery app Shazam has been updated to allow for users to stream the full track rather than just a short preview, thanks to a partnership with Rdio. Both companies say the feature is free, as long as you have both services (Rdio needs a subscription).

Within the Shazam app, just click the Rdio preview button to listen to the full track, no need to be led to the external Rdio app. If you don't have the Rdio app, you will be prompted to install it.

"It's tedious to leave and come back," notes Daniel Danker, Shazam's chief product officer. "What we're launching today is supercharged with Rdio -- the play button gets an Rdio logo in it, literally every play button in Shazam will have one once it's connected."

Even better for Rdio users, the tracks previewed or listened through Shazam are collected into a playlist.

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Analyst: iPhone phablet delayed until 2015

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Jul 2014 0:23

Analyst: iPhone phablet delayed until 2015 Connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released another research note this week, claiming that Apple's alleged iPhone 6 phablet model could be delayed until 2015.

Apple is expected to announce a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 this fall, but there has also been speculation that the company will release a 5.5-inch phablet model, as well.

Kuo notes that Apple is already struggling to get production ready for the 4.7-inch model due to new technology for the display (Sapphire anyone?) and the colors on the redesigned metal casing. "These problems will likely be even more complicated with a larger size," he added. The in-cell touch panels in particular, appear to be having touch sensitivity issues on the sides of the display which is compounded as the size gets larger.

If the company can fix the issues, the 5.5-inch device will not be available until early December, or so, much later than an average iPhone launch.

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Raspberry Pi reaches its "final evolution" with new B+ model

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Jul 2014 0:02

Raspberry Pi reaches its "final evolution" with new B+ model Raspberry Pi, the cult classic micro-computer, is now in its "final evolution."

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced that Model B+ is now available for the standard $35 price, from manufacturing partners element14 and RS/Allied Components.

Supposedly, the new model is less "power hungry" but will keep most of the same features under the hood, including the same 512MB RAM.

Among the changes are:

General purpose input/output: The GPIO header now has an increased number of 40 pins for more reading from sensors or writing output.

USB: The Model B+ now has four USB 2.0 ports, up from two on Model B.

Lower power consumption: Model B+ uses less power of between 0.5W and 1W.

Micro SD: The old SD card slot has been replaced with a micro SD version.

Better audio: There is now a low-noise power supply.

Improved form factor: The USB connectors have been aligned with the board edge, composite video has been moved onto the 3.5mm jack, and there are now four squarely-placed mounting holes.

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