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During BlackBerry Live this week we got to speak with Vivek Bhardwaj, BlackBerry’s Head of Software, about the future of BB10. In light of the the platform’s first major software update rolling out to its devices, we asked about the plans for future releases. Bhardwaj told us that the plan is for them to come at a regular cadence of one major code update per year, with other, incremental updates for specific devices sprinkled in as needed. A particular focus is to do so while delivering devs fully realized hardware and to avoid fragmentation in the code base — making it easier to create BB10 apps.
While he wouldn’t dish details about features coming to BB10 in those updates, Bhardwaj did explain that he’s working on making BB10 a platform particularly suited for use not only in cars, but also in the healthcare and financial services industries. That focus is a part of the mobile computing ethos espoused by CEO Thorsten Heins meant to have BB10 devices be users’ personal, portable computing terminal that is simply plugged into a screen — whether it’s a desktop monitor, a car or somewhere else — that delivers a uniform experience. When asked whether those screens would include TVs, Bhardwaj didn’t rule it out, but he did say that home experiences weren’t a priority because it’s a crowded space and BB10 “is all about getting things done.” As a result, the number one focus is building out a compelling automotive platform, with healthcare and financial services coming in a close second. So, folks thinking BB10 was BlackBerry betting on consumers instead of the enterprise, think again. The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same — at least when the folks in Waterloo are involved.
“… European leaders said a chaotic nationwide bankruptcy that might have required Cyprus from the euro and upset Europe’s economy was avoided – though investors …
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We’re expecting large news from UK provider partnership Every little thing Everywhere over the next couple of months– not simply the very first real LTE service in the British Isles (as if that wasn’t enough), however also new phones to place that bandwidth to use. According to the Financial Times, the empire is now in talks with Nokia to make that take place, with the LTE-sporting Lumia 920 standing to become an Every thing Almost everywhere unique if the settlements end merrily. There’s absolutely nothing official to verify it at this point, but Nokia struggled to win over some carriers with its last batch of Lumias and has actually now made it clear that it’s open to alternative approaches, merely as it currently has a special relationship with AT&T in the States. Of course, by the time the Lumia 920 reaches the UK– likely in early November– there might well be an additional honest-to-goodness 4G superphone in its middle.
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As cloud-based gaming service OnLive struggles to reform itself and manage its expensive infrastructure, HTC’s $ 40 million financial investment made last year will certainly go away entirely, asing reported by a current filing to the Taiwan Stock exchange. OnLive began streaming its gaming choice to Android smartphones and tablets at the end of the same year however we never saw any type of unique attributes for HTC hardware. Following some difficult monetary outcomes, it packed up its Korean workplace and recently returned half its stake in Beats, although its involvement with OnLive had actually never ever led to the exact same degree of promotion.
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The Financial Times has reported that Nokia is in “exploratory” talks with a number of European carriers to share profits for its upcoming Windows Phone 8 smartphones in exchange for devoted support. This would certainly be a shift from its usual modus operandi, which is to sell as many phones as it can easily throughout all carriers at once, in favor of an approach which appears like Apple’s offer with AT&T for the iPhone in 2007. The Finnish company might be hoping to develop the same level of excitement for its WP8 phone that Cupertino did back then– and may also be attempting to provide a more profitable carrier option to Apple and Samsung, who utilize their prominence to get hold of the lion’s share of mobile phone revenue. While operators like France Telecom (Orange) and Deutsche Telekom are stated to be included, all parties have decreased to comment. So, take this for just what it is– just a report at the second– but based on bargains it made in the United States with AT&T and the Lumia 900, it wouldn’t be a shocker for Nokia to a minimum of consider it.
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Microsoft warned investors today that PC shipments may have dropped below analyst estimates. Tami Reller, chief financial officer of Microsoft’s Windows division, revealed the news during an investor call on Tuesday. Bloomberg reports that analysts estimate total PC shipments fell around one percent in the latest quarter, likely due to the flooding in Thailand last year. A number of vendors have been hit by supply shortages for hard drives, resulting in longer lead times for PCs.
Microsoft’s Windows sales have missed targets previously, and competition from Apple’s strong iPad and MacBook Air sales has helped slow down shipments of traditional PCs. Microsoft is clearly banking on Windows 8, its latest operating system designed for…
Microsoft has examined the financial harm of piated software and published the results on Thursday.
The software giant is highlighting the damage of pirated software as part of the company’s global Play Fair Day. “We are examining the financial harm software piracy inflicts on those that “play fair” in developing countries,” said Microsoft’s associate general counsel, David Finn, in a blog post on Thursday. “We’re announcing the results of a study we commissioned that measures the direct financial impact on manufacturing companies who use legal software in Brazil, Russia, India and China, four of the fastest-growing countries in the world.”
The results show that in Brazil, Russian, India and China, manufacturers that “play fair” and use genuine software suffer more than $ 1.6 million in competitive disadvantage each year. A Microsoft-commissioned research study by Keystone Strategy found that this scales up to $ 8.2 billion over a five-year software lifecycle. “Playing fair is not just an issue in emerging markets,” explained Finn. Microsoft has voiced its support of a recent letter to the U.S. Federal Trade Commissioners, calling for stronger federal enforcement against companies around the world who use pirated software. “The study released today quantifies the amount of that cost advantage in four of the most vibrant markets in the world,” added Finn. “We hope this information and the powerful, real-life examples of companies in those countries who’ve chosen to compete by paying for their software rather than stealing it.”
Microsoft has been tackling piracy of its products for years. CEO Steve Ballmer toured China earlier this year and chose to highlight the company’s Chinese piracy issues. Ballmer revealed that Microsoft’s revenue per PC sold in China is only around a sixth of the amount it receives in India. Microsoft’s Chinese revenues will only be about 5% of what it gets in the U.S., despite PC sales being roughly equal in both countries. Ballmer also previously teamed up with U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss Microsoft’s concerns at Chinese IP piracy problems. Ballmer met with a number of U.S. and Chinese business leaders at the White House earlier this year. Obama also hinted that Chinese President Hu Jintao had agreed to take action. “I appreciate his willingness to take new steps to combat the theft of intellectual property,” the U.S. president said.
Microsoft also revealed last year that 25% of Russian software outlets sell pirated Microsoft software. Russia is one of the biggest pirates of Microsoft software but it’s a situation that is only improving. Microsoft Russia’s anti-piracy lead, Denis Guz, explained in an email to WinRumors last year that Russia’s current piracy rate of 68% is low compared to some emerging markets. “We are seeing some significant improvements in the recent years due to combined efforts of Russian government, rightholders’ associations and software vendors. Current momentum is very strong, especially if it comes to piracy offers in PC retail which we monitor very closely on a regular basis” said Guz. The software giant setup an online Microsoft Store in November last year to tackle piracy in the country.
Microsoft highlights financial harm of pirated software on Play Fair Day originally appeared at WinRumors.com.
Roswell devotees, dry those tears — the search for alien overlords frenemies is back on. Four months after going into financial “hibernation,” SETI’s Allen Telescope Array has been temporarily resuscitated thanks to an infusion of publicly raised funds from the SETIStars program, and Ms. Jodie Foster. The web campaign for those-who-believe raised over $ 200,000 in just 45 days, enough cash to get the Paul Allen-funded dishes scanning the skies for at least five more months. Tom Pierson, the institute’s CEO, is hoping to secure long-term funding for the project from the U.S. Air Force, which could use the array during the daytime “to track orbital objects that otherwise might pose a threat to the International Space Station and other satellites.” However Pierson manages to keep the fleet of skyward-facing ears afloat, one thing’s for sure — the truth is out there and tracking it’s a hustle.
Everything’s coming up Jack Dorsey these days. Last week Apple started stocking Square’s iPhone credit card readers in its 235 US retail locations, and now, according to Reuters, Visa has put its plastic where its mouth is. The credit card giant has invested in the personal payments startup, scoring itself a spot on Square’s advisory board in the process. No word on how much Visa is actually dropping on the company, but one thing stands to reason: it probably didn’t make the deposit via Verifone. If you would like to invest in a Square reader, it’ll cost you a lot less — the company is still offering smartphone plug-ins for free on its site.
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