Brazilian president signs data protection bill

Brazilian president Michel Temer has signed a data protection bill into law yesterday (14). The new rules, which will be enforced in 18 months, aim to protect data about individuals and businesses online and prevent the commercial use of information such as names, telephone numbers and addresses without consent of the user in question. What is GDPR? Everything you need… Read more →

Best Buy acquires GreatCall for $800 million, adds 900,000 paying customers, subscriptions

In a move that highlights how Best Buy is aiming to be a home services company too, the retailer bought GreatCall for $800 million in cash. GreatCall provides connected health and emerging response services. GreatCall, which targets the aging population, adds 900,000 paying customers and recurring revenue to Best Buy. GreatCall provides a range of services ranging from concierge to… Read more →

NetApp’s Q1 benefits from strong demand

NetApp delivered a strong first quarter on demand for all-flash arrays. The company reported first quarter net income of $283 million, or $1.05 a share, on revenue of $1.47 billion, up 12 percent from a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings were $1.04 a share. Wall Street was expecting first quarter non-GAAP earnings of 80 cents a share on revenue of $1.42… Read more →

Cisco tops Q4 earnings targets

Cisco reported fourth quarter financial results Wednesday, coming in just ahead of market estimates. The networking giant delivered a net income of $3.8 billion, or 81 cents per share. Non-GAAP earnings were 70 cents per share on revenue of $12.8 billion, up six percent year over year. Wall Street was looking for earnings of 69 cents per share with $12.7… Read more →

Alibaba takes more cloud products global, eyes APAC growth

Alibaba Group has launched a slew of cloud products for the global market and earmarked Asia-Pacific as a priority region for growth. And while it is a comparatively young player in the international cloud scene, the Chinese internet giant is playing up its youth, regional datacentre footprint as well as global product releases–such as Anti-Bot Service–as key differentiators against the… Read more →

This is the lowest price ever on Sony’s DPT-RP1 digital-paper tablet

ZDNet’s Business Bargain Hunter scours the web for great deals on computers, phones, services and much more. Prices and availability are accurate at the time deals are shared. Some products and services may not be available outside the U.S. Follow BBH on Facebook and Twitter, where he’s known as The Cheapskate. Plus: You’ll find more Cheapskate deals on CNET. The… Read more →

OneDrive tips and tricks: How to master Microsoft’s free cloud storage

Video: Cloud storage: Your best options If you’re not using the OneDrive cloud storage feature built into Windows 10, you’re missing out. It’s taken several years, but Microsoft has methodically developed OneDrive into a solid, reliable, tremendously useful service that gives you 5GB of cloud storage for free; if you have an Office 365 account, you get a terabyte of… Read more →

Former Microsoft engineer sent behind bars for role in ransomware extortion scheme

A former Microsoft engineer has been given an 18-month prison sentence after being found guilty of laundering money acquired from Reveton ransomware victims. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said on Tuesday that Raymond Odigie Uadiale, 41, of Maple Valley, Washington, pleaded guilty to “cashing out” payments made by victims of Reveton. The ransomware in question executes on PCs and… Read more →

Do we really need a new iPhone every year?

As the dust settles on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 launch, we now turn our attention to the iPhone launch, which, if things fall in line with previous years, should occur next month. But do consumers really want yearly refreshes, or is it now just a way for tech companies to remain in the public eye, and squeeze every last dollar… Read more →

O2 trials wireless networks created from LED lighting

O2 has unveiled a trial in which light will become the backbone of wireless connectivity and networks in preparation for the emergence of 5G. On Wednesday, the telecommunications provider revealed the project at the O2 headquarters in Slough, UK. The company’s trial, made possible through a partnership with pureLiFI, will be “used to provide high-speed wireless connectivity” via LED light… Read more →

Microsoft and Amazon start publicly testing Cortana-Alexa integration

Video: The enterprise, like everyone else, is going voice-first Almost a year ago, Microsoft and Amazon announced a deal via which the two would enable their respective virtual assistants to work together. On August 15, the pair are taking the next step in this process, by opening up initial integration between Cortana and Alexa to the public, beginning in the… Read more →