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Microsoft’s profit hit hard following Nokia acquisition

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Microsoft has reported an 18% increase in revenue for the fourth quarter of its financial year, but the cost of integrating Nokia's handset business hurt profits. The software heavyweight earned $23.4 billion in revenues during the last three months of the fiscal year, a 18% increase over the previous quarter's results of $19.9 billion and just … [Read more...]

Hackathon to target North Korea’s ‘Hermit Kingdom’

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A two-day hackathon next month is aiming to bring more information to North Koreans. Hack North Korea, held in San Francisco between August 2 and 3, is hosted by New York-based NGO the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), and will pair Silicon Valley experts with defectors from the east Asian state, which is widely considered the most closed society on … [Read more...]

Netflix crosses 50 million subscribers mark despite price hike

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Netflix now has more than 50 million subscribers worldwide according to the company's quarterly earnings report released today. The content streaming website added 1.69 million users during the second quarter ending June 30, with 1.12 million new international subscribers and 570,000 additional U.S. members bringing the company’s total users to … [Read more...]

Google reports 22% revenue increase as Arora bids farewell

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Google, Inc has reported modestly rising quarterly earnings for the second quarter of 2014. The tech giant earned $3.4 billion, or $4.99 per share, in the April-to-June period. The figures represent a slight increase on the $3.2 billion, or $4.77 per share, reported in the second quarter of last year. “We are moving forward with great product … [Read more...]

Microsoft to lay off 18,000 in biggest jobs cut

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U.S. tech giant Microsoft is set to lay off 18,000 employees, according to an internal memo from its new CEO. Satya Nadella, who took over the reigns from longterm chief Steve Ballmer in February, admitted that Microsoft needs to be “leaner” alongside more streamlined rivals such as Apple and Google, Inc. Nadella added that the biggest hit would … [Read more...]

Southeast Asia set for e-commerce boom

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Southeast Asia is the next big market for online shopping according to a recent study by UBS, which warns of the threat to established retailers posed by e-commerce firms. Physical barriers such as poor transport logistics infrastructure still hinder virtual shopping in the ASEAN group of countries, but as online retailers like China's Alibaba … [Read more...]

5 Takeaways from the Google I/O Developer Conference

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Google’s I/O Developer Conference, held this week in San Francisco, featured a number of new product launches, including Android TV, Android Wear, Android Auto and a new smartphone and tablet operating system. But as Google continues to grow, the event has also evolved to be more than just a stage for unveiling its newest technologies. Below are … [Read more...]

Amazon unveils Fire Phone

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced his company’s first foray into the smartphone market at a special unveiling this morning in Seattle, confirming recent speculation among the technology community. Bezos will hope the new phone boosts the Amazon ecosystem, and bolster revenue in all departments. There are enough innovative features to suggest that … [Read more...]

Facebook’s messaging mission leads to Snapchat competitor Slingshot

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Facebook’s pursuit, rejection, and subsequent mission to bury Snapchat is starting to resemble a teenage courtship gone bad. After Snapchat declined Facebook’s offer to buy the company last year for $3 billion, the social media titan launched a series of initiatives to take down the ephemeral messaging app. Its latest attempt, Slingshot, was … [Read more...]

Samsung to launch Tizen smartphones in Russia, India

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Samsung is making a push into the mobile software and services market with its Tizen operating system, and plans to launch a new smartphone featuring the system in Russia and India shortly, according to The Wall Street Journal. By moving into the mobile operating system space, Samsung puts itself in direct competition with the likes of Google, … [Read more...]