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​Purism adds open-source security firmware to its Linux laptop line

Video: Barcelona, Bye Microsoft, hola Linux If you really believe in having the most possible control over your computer and operating system, then Purism, maker of free software and Linux-powered laptops, is the company for you. In its latest news, Purism announced that it has successfully integrated Trammel Hudson’s Heads security firmware into its Trusted Platform Module (TPM)-equipped Librem laptops…. Read more →

Square delivers solid Q4 as subscription revenue climbs

Square handily topped fourth quarter earnings and revenue targets Tuesday after the bell. The payments company reported a Q4 net loss of $15.6 million, or four cents a share. Square’s Non-GAAP earnings clocked in at eight cents a share on revenue of $283 million, up 47 percent over the same quarter last year. Wall Street was looking for earnings of… Read more →

Microsoft’s steady retreat from consumer products is nearly complete

Video: Microsoft wants AI to help, not replace humans In the Satya Nadella era, Microsoft is all business. Well, almost all business. Microsoft’s gaming division seems pretty healthy these days. Anchored by the Xbox console and some popular game titles, that division brought in nearly $4 billion in revenue in the quarter that ended on Dec. 31, 2017. That’s about… Read more →

iPhone X, super-sized: How much would you pay?

Video: Apple still the world’s runaway winner in smartphone earnings Yesterday Bloomberg reported that Apple is working on a super-sized iPhone X with a display “close to 6.5 inches.” Where would this fit into Apple’s iPhone line up, and how would it change the pricing? CNET: Apple may be prepping its biggest iPhone ever The report echoes a report by… Read more →

Microsoft could opt to release a free version of Teams after all

When Microsoft rolled out its Microsoft Teams chat system last year, officials were adamant that there wouldn’t be a free/consumer version of Teams. The only way to get Teams was to subscribe to an Office 365 business plan. But Microsoft execs may have rethought this strategy, as indicated by references in a developer preview build of Teams, as noted on… Read more →

Splunk buys security orchestration provider Phantom for $350 million

Splunk on Tuesday announced that it’s acquiring Phantom Cyber Corporation for $350 million. Phantom’s expertise is in the security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) space, which aims to automate tasks associated with monitoring and responding to security threats. Splunk said it plans to integrate Phantom’s security automation and orchestration platform into its security operations center (SOC) platform to help clients… Read more →

Singapore, Indian state to collaborate on fintech intiatives

Singapore has inked am agreement with India’s Government of Maharashtra (GoM) to jointly participate in fintech projects such as blockchain and mobile payments, and will include the establishment of a fintech marketplace. Cashless cannot be the face for Singapore smart nation success Increased emphasis on building a cashless society to reflect country’s success as a smart nation is misplaced, when… Read more →

MWC: Lenovo’s updated Yoga 730 laptop features latest Intel Core processors, Amazon Alexa support

Lenovo Yoga 730 It’s been less than six months since ZDNet reviewed the Lenovo Yoga 720, the then-latest version of its popular convertible laptop. But as highly thought of as that hybrid was, Lenovo is already back at MWC with an upgraded version. Predictably dubbed the Yoga 730 series, the new notebooks include a couple of notable updates for 2018…. Read more →

Does Fitbit have time to pull off its digital healthcare transformation?

Fitbit is embarking on a multi-year business transformation to pivot to software, healthcare services and data and analysts, but has to keep its wearable and smartwatch business humming long enough to fund it. The ongoing debate around Fitbit will revolve around whether the company has the time to execute its business model shift. Fitbit had a rough fourth quarter and… Read more →

Death and data science: How machine learning can impact hospice referrals, improve last days of life

Video: How KenSci uses machine learning and AI to predict end of life KenSci, a company that has developed a machine learning risk prediction platform for healthcare, recently presented a paper on predicting end-of-life mortality and improving care. The paper, which tackles a tricky topic with predictions for the last six to 12 months of life for patients, was accepted… Read more →

Automation wage crunch: Tight labor market won’t mean higher wages for many

What do you do if your business requires a flexible workforce to meet seasonal demand but there are few workers available in a tight labor market? If you’re a prospective employee, you would hope the answer would be raise wages to stay competitive. Indeed, that’s traditionally been the response from employers when a surging economy brings prosperity and creates demand… Read more →

Facebook updates Messenger with more business chat features

Facebook has updated Messenger with more business chat features. The social networking giant said Messenger 2.3 will bring deeper engagement between businesses and customers via improved customization features for customer service chats. Facebook’s last update to Messenger in November included a customer chat plugin that let businesses integrate Messenger into their own website. At the time, Facebook said the plugin… Read more →