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Comment Re:This should not be a surprise (Score 1) 144

Or perhaps, the mobile business is a very stinky place to be in right now, if you're not Apple, Samsung or a cheap Chinese OEM.

Between iPhone at the high end and Chinese OEMs at the low end, and Samsung in the middle, every other company is suffering.

Motorola switched to Android and is increasing it's losses bringing down Google's earnings.

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/07/19/google-earnings-ad-rates-motorola-losses/

HTC's profit is down 98% and is barely ekeing out a profit.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/apr/11/htc-profit-slump-samsung-apple-smartphone

LG isn't doing that well either.

The less said about Blackberry, the better.

Meanwhile, MS partners like Dell, Sony, Compaq, HP, Acer, IBM/Lenovo etc. have made billions of dollars in profit in the past three decades by selling Windows PCs. Or take even HTC which started off as a Windows Mobile OEM.

Submission + - BlackBerry Confirms 4,500 Job Cuts, Warns of $950 Million Loss (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Today BlackBerry announced that it expects its quarterly net operating losses to be somewhere between $950 million and $995 million. It also confirmed earlier reports that it would be cutting 4,500 jobs, roughly 40% of its total workforce. 'The loss is mainly the result of a write-off of unsold BlackBerry phones, as well as $72 million in restructuring charges. The company said that it would discontinue two of the six phones it currently offers.' According to the press release BlackBerry is going to 'refocus on enterprise and prosumer market.' 'The failure of the BlackBerry 10 line of phones quickly led to speculation that the company, like Palm before it, would be broken apart and perhaps gradually disappear, at best lingering as little more than a brand name.'

Submission + - BlackBerry Says It Will Cut 40% of Workforce, Revenues to Plummet

Dawn Kawamoto writes: BlackBerry dealt a blow to its employees and investors Friday, announcing it would slash 40 percent of its workforce, with its revenues expected to fall by roughly half the level they were a year ago. The rumor mill was going fast and furious earlier this week with speculation of a 40% cut that has now turned out to be true. The company's Z10 is far from the silver bullet to turn its fortunes around. And with $2.6 billion in the bank with cash and short-term securities, it's quickly running out of time to find a buyer.

Submission + - BlackBerry Shares Plummet Following $1 Billion Loss and 4,500 Layoffs (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: BlackBerry has announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2013 ahead of schedule — and not because they are better than expected. The company has announced that it expects to record a $1 billion loss mostly due to a $930-$950 million write down on unsold Z10 smartphones. The upshot is that 40% of the company's global workforce — 4,500 jobs in total — will be lost. Shares plummeted over 17% following the announcement

Comment Re:way overblown (Score 4, Informative) 254

Please do your company a favor and tell your cluless IT support about the existence of this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Server_Update_Services

Windows Server Update Services 2.0 and above comprise a repository of update packages from Microsoft. It allows administrators to approve or decline updates before release, to force updates to install by a given date, and to obtain extensive reports on what updates each machine requires. System administrators can also configure WSUS to approve certain classes of updates automatically (critical updates, security updates, service packs, drivers, etc.). One can also approve updates for "detection" only, allowing an administrator to see what machines will require a given update without also installing that update.

Administrators can use WSUS with Group Policy for client-side configuration of the Automatic Updates client, ensuring that end-users can't disable or circumvent corporate update policies. WSUS does not require the use of Active Directory; client configuration can also be applied by local group policy or by modifying the Windows registry.

Comment Re:Ain't that a surprise.. not.. (Score 1) 98

NZ banned software patents the same way they're banned in Europe i.e Not really.

Meantime we see patent lawsuits going to places like UK and Germany because they give judgements and injunctions even faster than rocket dockets like East Texas. See Motorola vs. Microsoft on H.264 patents on Windows 7 for example, or Apple vs. Samsung/HTC etc.

If those are not software patents then what are?

http://allthingsd.com/20120502/german-court-backs-motorolas-injunction-against-microsoft/

Comment Re:Ain't that a surprise.. not.. (Score 2, Interesting) 98

Outercurve's president seems to be the Apache Software Foundation's cofounder though.

Jim Jagielski, a co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation; a director of the Open Source Initiative; and currently a consulting software engineer for Linux giant Red Hat is now president of the Microsoft-sponsored, open-source friendly Outercurve Foundation's Board of Directors.

http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-sponsored-outercurve-foundation-turns-to-apache-for-leadership-7000017596/

Comment Re:No (Score 2, Insightful) 197

Why is dropping price such big news? It happens all the time for a phone and is routine. Multiple Android phones have received multiple price cuts. But it's only big news if it's a Windows Phone since Slashdot seems to have axe to grind. Recently the Nexus 4 got reduced to a firesale price of $199 unlocked.

Also another fallacy I see in these kind of posts is "the price dropped by 33%!". Or, "the price dropped by half!"! All while referring to the on contract price. While the "price" may have dropped from $100 to $50, the OEM still getting ~$450 compared to $500 earlier. That's a 10% drop, not 50%!

Submission + - Should Google stop reading Gmail?

cpaglee writes: The Wall Street Journal recently ran a story revealing that Google took the federal government to court over National Security Letters. But Google lawyers will go to court today to argue that Google has the right to continue scanning Gmail. This comes after Google's legal counsel says Google users should have no legitimate expectation of privacy when they use Gmail.

Gmail is a fantastic product and it has been incredibly successful with over 425 million active users. Gmail registration allows Google to track all the websites I visit through Google.com and the news articles I read if those websites partner with Google. Google uses this data to build highly valuable user profiles to focus advertisements. Does Google really need to read my emails too?

Google pulled out of China because of censorship required by the Chinese government while they were allowing NSA to plug a pipe into Google central and spy on the whole world? Like any typical teenager, Google seems to be stuck deciding whether it wants to be good or evil.

Should Google muzzle their lawyers, focus on brand equity and customer good will and just agree to stop reading customer emails?

Submission + - Jury finds Google guilty of standards-essential patents abuse against MS

recoiledsnake writes: A federal jury in Seattle ordered Google to pay Microsoft $14.5 million in damages for breach of contract for failing to license at reasonable terms standard essential patents covering wireless and video technology used in the Xbox game console. Motorola had demanded Microsoft pay annual royalties of up to $4 billion for use of patents that are part of the H.264 video and 802.11 wireless standards, which are baked into Windows and the Xbox video game console. Microsoft said it was willing to pay royalties but not at the 2.25 percent of the product price that Motorola sought. We previously covered Motorola's exorbitant demands.

Comment Re:Google and Microsoft situation very different (Score 1) 413

First, we are talking about Metro apps. Second, Windows 8 apps are fully supported without any changes in 8.1

We're talking about new versions of Metro apps that can optionally use the new APIs in 8.1

Metro apps written for 8.0 won't be "glitchy".

Given the number and usage of Metro apps, this isn't that big of a number. Second, the 8.1 preview has the necessary APIs required to develop and test, so this isn't like the Android situation.

Once 8.1 is released, developers can test and release their new version of apps using the new APIs. Their old apps will continue to work unchanged.

As usual this is a storm in a teacup.

Comment Re:Differences between preview and RTM (Score 5, Informative) 413

RTM means release to manufacturing, i.e to the OEMs to test on beta hardware and with beta drivers.

Take Google, which just drops the new version of the Android SDK over the wall along with the hardware running the new version of the Android OS. I didn't notice any outrage there, perhaps because they don't allow comments on their blog posts(or they don't have blog posts). Or perhaps because if Google does it, it's okay.

This is just a low-effort manufactured story quoting blog comments, by the cookie cutter Computerworld "journalists" who can't even spell "sneak peak[sic]" and submitted by them to Slashdot to troll for pageviews. Another Slashdot low.

The author of this "article"? A certain Gregg Keizer, who is most well known for inteviewing a fake CEO(who was actually a computerworld writer himself) who faked Windows 7 benchmarks to spread FUD against Windows 7, which Slashdot predictably lapped up at the time. (now, Windows 7 is the best OS ever according to Slashdot though)

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9158258/Most_Windows_7_PCs_max_out_memory

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/why-we-dont-trust-devil-mountain-software-and-neither-should-you/31024

ComputerWorld reporter Gregg Keizer last week quoted a company source as boasting, “Outside of Microsoft, I don't think anyone knows more about Windows performance than us.”. ..
  ComputerWorld reporter Gregg Keizer has frequently been first on the scene with details when DMS has released a new study. We found at least a dozen stories under his by-line at ComputerWorld based on reports from XPNet, many including quotes from DMS Chief Technology Officer Barth. As we note later in this report, our reporting strongly suggests that “Craig Barth” does not exist and is in fact a pseudonym for InfoWorld contributing editor Kennedy since the late 1990s

Yet Slashdot continues to fall victim to this junk on multiple stories every week, the jokes on us. However, it's apparent that readership is dropping, as people with half a brain continue to quit, the moderation becomes even more brutal towards any comment that is not hating on Microsoft(see GP comment modded down, perhaps by Computerworld sockpuppets for calling out CWMike), and people lose interest in submitted stories to a dead place, resulting in Computerworld and HotHardware's MojoKid blogspam taking over the front page as they have a vested interest to submit stories and write flamebait headlines and summaries as they know Slashdot laps it up, and this causes more people to leave.. The problem seems to be taking care of itself.

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