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Twitter's Dick Costolo says he's not worried about job security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 3:30 am

Twitter continues to have a rather brutal week, with the disappointing financial results leading to a 20 percent drop in its market value on Tuesday evening. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo previously succeeded in dealing with user growth problems, but now must find ways to boost revenue.

 

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"I don't think we lost credibility," Costolo said while speaking to Bloomberg Businessweek. "I think we have been very forthright on all our calls and our time with investors about what is happening, what we are doing and how we think about things over the long-term."

 

Costolo also noted that he feels the pressure of leading Twitter: "Of course. I mean, look, anyone who tells you as like a CEO of - of a company with any number of investors, whether it's private or public that says they don't feel any investor - or pressure is lying to you. Of course you do."

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Report: Salesforce interested in fielding takeover discussions

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 2:10 am

Cloud specialist Salesforce has been approached by at least one potential acquirer, and is now discussing the matter with advisers, according to a report published by Bloomberg. It seems like Oracle, led by Chairman Larry Ellison, may want to bring Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff back onboard.

 

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News of a possible takeover helped boost Salesforce's shares up to $78.46, a 17.3 percent spike, during trading on Wednesday. Shares closed at $74.65, up 11.6 percent, with the company initially valued at close to $49 billion.

 

As for possible suitors, it seems Oracle is the front runner and most "realistic buyer," according to Daniel Ives, analyst at FBR & Co., in a research memo. "Oracle is desperate to establish itself as a leader in the cloud, and acquiring the leading cloud company and bringing on board a visionary leader in Marc Benioff would help toward accomplishing this goal."

Plastic surgeon broadcasts procedures via Snapchat to adoring fans

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 1:33 am

Dr Michael Salzhauer has become quite the 'internet celebrity' recently through the power of Snapchat - posing as his alias, Dr Miami, Salzhauer has been using his Snapchat story feature to broadcast videos of what he's been up to in the office.

 

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While most users will post photos of their morning coffee, business lunch or absurd amount of incoming emails, Salzhauer has been showing off his handiwork in the medical sense, describing it as the most fun he's had since medical school.

 

Salzhauer has a cool 124k followers on Instagram and just under 11k followers on Twitter alongside his growing Snapchat fan base.

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Microsoft wants Windows 10 on 1 billion devices in just three years

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 12:30 am

Microsoft expects big things from its upcoming Windows 10 operating system, and stated an ambitious goal of what can be expected over the next few years: 1 billion Windows 10 devices within three years. Windows 10 will be released "this summer," but followup details were not released during the keynote.

 

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The so-called "new generation of Windows... built for this era of more personal computing," as noted by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, has a little bit of something for everyone. Unlike the disaster that was Windows 8/8.1 and its mobile versions, Windows 10 is designed as a single platform for PCs, notebooks, tablets, smartphones, and other devices.

 

"Within two to three years of Windows 10's release, there will be 1 billion devices running Windows 10," said Terry Myerson, VP of operating systems at Microsoft, during the Build developer conference keynote. It's a highly ambitious goal for Microsoft, which will require the company to convince consumers and business users to migrate - which could be a neat challenge.

Steam's midweek madness pushes Ubisoft titles for 75% off

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 12:06 am

Interested in Call of Juarez Gunslinger for $4.48 or Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon for the same price? Steam is currently running its midweek madness special, seeing the 'Ubisoft Arcade' promotion kick into overdrive with 75% off popular titles.

 

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If you're looking for more you can purchase Call of Juarez Gunslinger and Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon together for $7.48 or a whole arcade pack of Ubisoft greatness for just under $15.

 

Why are you still reading this? It's time to punish your wallet yet again.

Microsoft, Unity Technologies team together for HoloLens support

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 11:20 pm

During the Build conference keynote today, Microsoft announced it has expanded a partnership with Unity Technologies to include HoloLens support for the Unity development platform. Unity is best known for its Unity game engine, and is currently used in video game titles such as Cities: Skylines and HearthStone: Heroes of Warcraft.

 

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"Microsoft HoloLens unshackles game and app designers from traditional screens creating a freedom to completely reimagine how we view and interact with information, education, entertainment, creative tools, social networks, remote healthcare and more," said Steffen Toksvig, VP of strategic technology at Unity.

 

As part of the agreement, Unity tools will be included in the Unity Personal and Unity Pro packages for HoloLens.

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US Navy successfully refuels X-47B UAV in-flight, extending range

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 10:40 pm

The US Navy proudly confirmed the X-47B unmanned aircraft and Omega K-707 tanker successfully completed an autonomous aerial refueling (AAR) operation. The UAV received more than 4,000 pounds of fuel and was able to communicate with the K-707 to maneuver a fixed refueling probe into the tanker's drogue.

 

 

"What we accomplished today demonstrates a significant, groundbreaking step forward for the Navy," said Capt. Beau Duarte, Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager for the US Navy. "The ability to autonomously transfer and receive fuel in flight will increase the range and flexibility of future unmanned aircraft platforms, ultimately extending carrier power projection."

 

It's already challenging enough to have a manned pilot successfully complete aerial refueling operations, but teaching the UAV to do it "creates another layer of complexity." However, the US military has been curious to see if aerial refueling could be done to help refuel UAVs, as more unmanned aircraft are added by the Air Force and Navy.

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Microsoft including Android, iOS apps for Windows 10 phones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 9:17 pm

Microsoft is opening the door for Google Android and Apple iOS app developers to port their software and games to Microsoft Windows 10. If everything works out, more Windows 10 apps will be available to users, and developers won't be forced to rebuild the app from scratch.

 

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"Initially it will be analogous to what Amazon offers," said Terry Myerson, executive VP of operating systems at Microsoft, in a statement to The Verge. "If they're using some Google API... we have created Microsoft replacements for those APIs."

 

The company, which hopes to give new life to its smartphone and tablet effort with Windows 10, will give Android and iOS developers access to new software development kits (SDKs). "We want to enable developers to leverage their current code and current skills to start building those Windows applications in the Store, and to be able to extend those applications."

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Samsung overtook Apple to become largest smartphone vendor in Q1

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 8:35 pm

Samsung has overtaken Apple as the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world based on volume during Q1 2015, according to the Strategy Analytics research group. The Korean company shipped 83.2 million smartphones and has 24 percent of the overall smartphone market - which is down year-over-year, but enough to recapture the top spot from Apple.

 

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Meanwhile, Apple shipped 61.2 million smartphones and has 18 percent market share, a three percent market share increase year-over-year. Importantly, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phone models are extremely popular among consumers across the world, especially in the United States and China, which is putting more pressure on Samsung.

 

"Samsung continued to face challenges in Asia and elsewhere, but its global performance has stabilized sufficiently well this quarter to overtake Apple and recapture first position as the world's largest smartphone vendor by volume," said Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, in a statement.

Samsung exploring virtual reality use in the workplace

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 7:30 pm

Samsung believes there is potential for virtual reality in the workplace, and wants to explore possible opportunities. The company already has the Gear VR headset, but that product is designed for consumers - something a bit more rugged would likely be required in the enterprise world.

 

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VR headsets could become appealing in the office because they create an immersive way to give presentations or sales pitches. However, developing and sharing content designed for VR headsets would need to be customized for every company based on their work environments.

 

Samsung says the automotive industry has shown the most interest in VR, but real estate agencies and other niche companies could benefit from VR. Unfortunately, it could be years of testing and development before VR begins to take off in the workplace - with more dedication needed from software developers and hardware manufacturers

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