Intuit pushes open platforms, partnerships to fuel small business customer growth

Mike Blake/Reuters/Corbis At a time when competition among software vendors is fierce, Intuit and its QuickBooks platform remain one of the most identifiable brands in the financial and tax prep software space. But like other legacy tech firms, Intuit has been forced to evolve its platforms and products with the rise of cloud computing, mobility and customer demands for interconnectivity…. Read more →

Inside Apple’s Q4 16 quarter: iPad sales are simply terrible

Let’s take an in-depth look at Apple’s Q4 16 quarter. We’ll kick off by looking at the iPhone. Sales of 45.5 million are slightly higher than Wall Street expected, with unit sales up 13 percent compared to the previous quarter, and down 5 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. See also: Macs are up to $543 cheaper than PCs, claims… Read more →

Apple accidentally leaks MacBook Pro with OLED toolbar, Touch ID

Apple accidentally leaks its new MacBook Pro, believed to bring Apple Pay support. (Screenshot: MacRumors) Apple leaked images of its new MacBook Pro with an OLED touch panel on Monday in an update to macOS Sierra 10.12.1, ahead of the laptop’s expected announcement later this week. The images show a redesigned MacBook Pro with an OLED touch panel on top… Read more →

Apple’s Mac future resides in the cloud

ZDNet Absence makes the mind speculate. At least, that’s the case for industry observers waiting to see what happens with Apple’s overall Mac strategy this week. My ZDNet colleague, David Gewirtz believes that Apple’s lack of innovation in Mac product releases over the last several years seems to indicate that the platform is running out of steam — that effectively,… Read more →

Akamai’s Q3 gets boost from security services

Akamai third quarter results were strong courtesy of its security and cloud performance services. The company reported third quarter earnings of $76 million, or 43 cents a share, on revenue of $584 million, up 6 percent from a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings for the quarter was 68 cents a share. Wall Street was looking for third quarter non-GAAP earnings of… Read more →

​Where OpenStack cloud is today and where it’s going tomorrow

OpenStack Summit has 5,000-plus people who believe that OpenStack is the future of the cloud. 451 Research thinks they may be onto something, The research company expects revenue from OpenStack business models to exceed $5 billion by 2020 and grow at a 35 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). OpenStack clouds are heading for multi-billion dollar revenue. The total revenue… Read more →

ARM rolls out IoT portfolio, aims to secure, manage devices in field

ARM is rolling out a family of Internet of things components ranging from chips to secure zones and cloud management tools for devices in the field. The effort, aimed at smart cities and large scale IoT deployments, is timely given the recent distributed denial of service attack that reportedly used connected devices to bring many popular sites down last week…. Read more →

Google plans to sell its own Microsoft Surface Hub alternative for under $6,000 next year

A day before Microsoft is expected to unveil a new member of its Surface device family, Google is taking the wraps off its planned alternative to the Surface Hub: Jamboard. Credit: Google Google is pushing Jamboard, which is the name for both its coming appliance and the software powering the collaborative meeting experience at its heart, as “moving the whiteboard… Read more →

Dropbox partners with Blackboard to push further into the education sector

Dropbox on Tuesday announced its latest major collaboration, this time in the education space. The cloud-based file sharing company is partnering with Blackboard, the provider of the leading learning management system (LMS) for both K-12 schools and universities, to natively integrate Dropbox into the LMS product Blackboard Learn. Dropbox is focused on providing a content collaboration platform that can work… Read more →

US tech market poised for another year of moderate growth if election results don’t interfere

Shutter_M, Getty Images/iStockphoto Forrester has just published our fall forecast update for the US tech market (“2017 US Tech Budgets: The Outlook For Tech Spending Overall And By Industry“), and we are now projecting 5.1 percent growth for business and government spending on tech goods, services, and staff in 2017. That’s a modest improvement from the 4.4 percent growth we… Read more →

IoT, mobile tracking devices for iPad, iPhone riddled with critical flaws

A team of researchers from Rapid7 have disclosed a number of critical security vulnerabilities found within Internet of Things (IoT) and connected home devices. The products in question are the TrackR Bravo from TrackR, a coin-sized, lightweight tracker which utilizes Bluetooth and GPS technology to help you track down missing items such as keys, the iTrack Easy from KKMCM and… Read more →

Facebook’s giving away servers for AI: So what does it get in return?

Facebook is distributing 22 high-powered GPU servers to 15 research groups across nine European countries. Image: Facebook Just east of the Belgium capital, Brussels, Marian Verhelst’s microchip research group at the University of Leuven anxiously awaits a large shipment of supercomputing servers from Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters. Verhelst, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the university known as KU… Read more →