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Microsoft is adding verified icon, email promotion features to

Microsoft is beta testing some new features for that are meant to help brands and businesses grow their presence and promotion capabilities.The Microsoft Business Profile experience will offer customers the ability to become a verified business with Microsoft. A blue check mark will flag emails from verified businesses. Credit: Microsoft Business brands will also be able to customize… Read more →

HP issues EPS guidance for fiscal 2019

HP issued earnings guidance for fiscal 2019. The Palo Alto tech giant said it expects non-GAAP earnings to be in the range of $2.12 to $2.22, with free cash flow of at least $3.7 billion. The company expects to return 75 percent of free cash flow to shareholders through share repurchases and dividend increases. For comparison, HP’s fiscal 2018 outlook… Read more →

Garmin expands offline music service support with Spotify integration

Earlier today I posted the news about Samsung integrating Spotify into Samsung Music, and now, we see that Garmin is also integrating the world’s largest music streaming service. Samsung also has Spotify support in its Galaxy Watch, so there are now a couple of wearable options with Spotify support. Also: 5 good reasons to pay for Spotify CNET | Why… Read more →

Cloudera, Hortonworks merge in deal valued at $5.2 billion

Cloudera and Hortonworks, the two leading enterprise Hadoop providers, said they will combine in a merger of equals in a deal valued at $5.2 billion. Under the terms of the deal, Cloudera shareholders will own 60 percent of the combined company with Hortonworks stockholders taking 40 percent. Hortonworks shareholders will get 1.305 Cloudera shares for each share owned. According to… Read more →

Brazilian Post increases tech investment to respond to e-commerce growth

Brazilian postal service Correios has a multimillion-dollar technology investment planned to support a transformation project intended to respond to e-commerce growth. The yearly investment of 200 million reais ($51 million) aims to change the negative perception of Correios from the general public and businesses – nearly half of Brazilian e-commerce sites perceive the service as bad or awful, according to… Read more →

DHS aware of ongoing APT attacks on cloud service providers

The US Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert today about “ongoing” cyber-attacks against managed service providers –a term used to describe online cloud-based services. The DHS believes the attacks are being carried out by advanced persistent threats (APTs), a generic term used by the cyber-security industry to describe cyber-espionage and hacking units under the control and operating under… Read more →

Salesforce Dreamforce 2018 spotlights identity, integration, AI, and getting more for less

Salesforce has grown from a cloud CRM service into a massive platform with multiple sub-clouds and hundreds of discrete services. That’s one reason I found this year’s streamlined, less-is-more approach at Dreamforce 2018 to be a refreshing change. When Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said his (first ever?) sub-two-hour Dreamforce keynote would be “a celebration of you, the customer,” I was… Read more →

StarHub to slash 300 jobs in ‘strategic transformation’

StarHub has unveiled plans to slash 300 jobs as part of an organisation-wide “strategic transformation” initiative, which the Singapore telco says is necessary amidst increasing market competition. The redundancies would impact primarily non-customer facing functions, it said in a statement Wednesday, adding that affected employees would be notified by the end of the month. StarHub said the move was part… Read more →

North Korea’s APT38 hacking group behind bank heists of over $100 million

According to a new report published today by US cyber-security firm FireEye, there’s a clear and visible distinction between North Korea’s hacking units –with two groups specialized in political cyber-espionage, and a third focused only in cyber-heists at banks and financial institutions. For the past four years, ever since the Sony hack of 2014, when the world realized North Korea… Read more →

Microsoft is working on Android app-mirroring support for Windows 10

At the October 2 Microsoft Fall Event, company officials demonstrated a number of Windows 10 and Office 365 features that they had already announced. But they also showed a glimpse of one coming feature that they had not shown before: Android app-mirroring. Credit: Microsoft App mirroring will allow Windows 10 users to see and interact with applications they have installed… Read more →

The one serious MacBook Pro security flaw that nobody is talking about

One of Han Solo’s trademark lines was “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” Ever since I started thinking about getting the 2018 i9-based, 32GB MacBook Pro, I’ve been having a bad feeling, but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. Yes, there have been discussions about performance throttling based on how hot the machine gets. And yes,… Read more →

Spotify integration comes to Samsung Music

top picks The 10 best smartphones of 2018 CES and MWC are over and it’s time to clear the dust and see what smartphones are leading the pack this year. Read More One of the companies who appeared on stage at the Galaxy Note 9 Unpacked event in NYC was Spotify. As a family Spotify plan subscriber I was excited… Read more →