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If the latest report from The Wall Street Journal turns out to be true, Qualcomm could be the next big tech giant to look at a strategic split. The company is reportedly in the process of a sweeping review that would look at the possibilities of breaking up into pieces.
In the recent months, Jana partners LLC has been asking Qualcomm to cut costs, repurchase shares at a faster rate, add new members to its board of directors, and explore a break up, after it was revealed it had a $2 billion stake in Qualcomm. The strategic split would see Qualcomm cutting up and separating its chip production business from its patent-licensing arm.
Qualcomm is expected to report its fiscal Q3 results on Wednesday, and according to The Information, the company will lay off around 10% of its global workforce, resulting in 3000 jobs being cut.
Microsoft has posted its revenues for the quarter, with the Redmond-based OS giant posting a $2.1 billion loss, just a week away from arguably its biggest launch ever; Windows 10.
The company had to get rid of thousands upon thousands of employees in its smartphone side of things, but with its $2.1 billion in loss from $22.2 billion in revenue, it's all being blamed on no flagship releases, and the fact that the company had a huge $7.5 billion write down from the acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services Division last year. There were also two restructuring charges of $780 million and $160 million, with Microsoft noting: "these items totaled $8.4 billion or a $1.02 per share negative impact. Excluding this impact, operating income and EPS would have been $6.4 billion and $0.62, respectively".
But the surprising part of Microsoft's quarterly earnings is that Surface revenues are up by a huge 117%, or $888 million for the three-month period. Throughout Microsoft's entire 2015 FY, Surface revenues passed $3.6 billion, an increase of 65% year-over-year. Microsoft also notes that the Xbox has experienced growth, with the company explaining: "based on strong growth in consoles, Xbox Live transactions and first party games".
PayPal has just made its second debut on the NASDAQ this morning, with trading opening up at $41.46, reaching the heights of $42.55, before floating down to $41.03. PayPal Holdings Inc. now has a market value of just above $50 billion.
The company was founded back in 1998 under the name Confinity, with the company developing security software for early personal digital assistants (PDAs). The businesses didn't reach the success that its founders hoped, but it did inspire them to create the company that would eventually be used by tens of millions across the world; PayPal.
Confinity eventually merged with Elon Musk's X.com, where it was soon named PayPal. The company went public in 2002 under the ticker PYPL, opening at $13 per share. But with considerable tie-ins with eBay, it made sense that eBay would acquire PayPal later that year for a swift $1.5 billion. PayPal quickly turned into the electronic money transfer platform it is today, but it was activist investor Carl Icahn that urged that eBay split PayPal into a separately traded company.
Toshiba is in some serious trouble right now, with its CEO and President, Hisao Tanaka, leaving the company after the Japanese electronics giant is attempting to recover from its $1.2 billion in profits being discovered as being false.
Tanaka and two other executives have announced their resignations, with the three taking responsibility for the scandal. An independent investigation found that management had lied about operating profits over a six-year period so that Toshiba could meet its internal targets, all of which started in 2008, the year the GFC hit.
Masashi Muromachi, Toshiba's current Chairman, will reportedly fill the CEO role for the time being, where he'll also appoint a new management team. Toshiba has now lost a total of eight high-level executives in this scandal, with the company estimating a $442 million write down, but this estimate was very wrong, with it now ballooning out to almost triple that number.
Back when AMD acquired ATI Technology for $5.6 billion, there was a buzz around the technology scene with many questions to answer. Exactly where AMD would take this venture was the biggest one and it seems that down is the current unfortunate answer. As AMD is now posts a market capitalization worth just $1.53 billion as seen on techPowerUp and Google Finance, many are wondering about a shaky AMD future.
Comparing this to Intel's $140.0 billion worth sitting at 92 times over that of AMD, NVIDIA has also chimed in boasting a seven-times greater sum of $10.7 billion alone.
As seen in recent reports, AMD has labelled lower than expected sales of APUs as to blame for most of its current financial issues, expecting an approximate 6 percent rise in sales over Q3, 2015.
It's currently AMD versus the world in online press, with the company coming under scrutiny for some product releases as of late. AMD has published press release showing a second quarter 2015 report brandishing an operating loss of $137 million and net loss of $181 million.
With a total revenue of $942 million, this is compared to Intel's seven-times higher revenue of $13.2 billion over the same period. AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su explained that her results were due to "strong sequential revenue growth in our EESC segment and channel business" being simply "not enough to offset near-term challenges in our PC processor business due to lower than expected consumer demand that impacted sales to OEMs."
Committing to long-term targets, goals and plans, AMD expects to see an increase of around 6 percent next quarter, hoping for an improvement on the current statistics which are "down 8 percent sequentially and 35 percent year-over-year." These further losses were again explained to be mainly to be due to a weaker than expected consumer PC demand resulting in low APU shipments.
Before the construction of its Gigafactory in Nevada is complete, Tesla is already set to expand the facility. Tesla has confirmed it has since tripled its land purchases in the state, adding a huge 1893 acres to the 1000 it secured last year.
Most of the new space is buffer space according to a Tesla spokesperson, where the company could install solar farms in the area to power the Gigafactory. The electric car maker could also soon secure itself even more acerage, especially if their new cars truly are going to be selling out constantly, just as the Internet-connected Powerwall did.
Boasting revenues of $13.2 billion, an operating income of $2.9 billion, a net income of $2.7 billion and an EPS of 55 cents, Intel posted up impressive Q2 2015 results. These figures show what Intel CEO Brian Krzanich claims to be a "transformation of our business as growth in data center, memory and IoT accounted for more than 70 percent of our operating profit."
Naming the PC market as "challenging," Krzanich further explained that "the launches of Skylake, Microsoft's Windows 10 and new OEM systems will bring excitement to client computing in the second half of 2015." As for further reports, Intel generated around $3.4 billion in cash from operations, it paid dividends of $1.1 billion and used $697 million in order to repurchase 22 million shares of stock.
Looking forward to the third quarter, Intel expects to see a revenue of $14.3 billion, plus or minus $500 million. They also expect to spend $4.9 billion on R&D and MG&A combined.
Acer has revealed that its revenue for Q2 have dropped by a huge 30%, but the company is hoping that these numbers won't stay low for long, especially with the release of Windows 10 right around the corner on July 29.
The company is hoping that the sales of its upcoming 2-in-1s, Chromebooks, and gaming notebooks will help those numbers in Q3. Windows 10-based laptops, desktops, and other products will also spur sales, too. But with Acer kicking some serious ass with its NVIDIA G-Sync powered XB270HU monitor, I don't see why the company isn't pushing into the gaming sector more.
The 27-inch 1440p IPS-based panel has a 144Hz refresh rate, but is mostly in the dark when it comes to marketing. The ASUS ROG Swift gets all of the gaming love, but if Acer can push its upcoming 34-inch 3440x1440 ultrawide monitor with G-Sync technology right, things could really swing in Acer's favor later this year.
How is BlackBerry going? Well, while the usual suspects in Apple and Samsung snort up most of the profits on the mobile industry, BlackBerry is still ticking along under the leadership of John Chen.
During his most recent interview, Chen said: "I don't have any intention to sell BlackBerry. Not until the BlackBerry shareholder has good value reflecting truly what we have. Then, if there is a potential proper suitor that would take care of our customers... I have a fiduciary responsibility to listen. But until then, there's not point in listening... We make the most secure handset. Everybody, all of our competitors, will give that to us. Governments around the world are still using BlackBerry handsets. The emotional reason is, BlackBerry is iconic to the industry. We started this industry arguably".
The latest on BlackBerry's next flagship is that it will be a 5.4-inch smartphone with a 1440p display. We should expect it to drop in November, with it being an exclusive to AT&T.