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System76 prepping updated Darter Pro Linux laptop

System76 Darter Pro Linux laptop Trevor Gass System76 has been producing Linux-based computers for years, succeeding well enough that it could even produce a PC manufactured largely in the United States. Its latest plans are for a refresh of the Darter Pro laptop to answer customers’ requests for improved battery life. The Darter Pro is a thin and light portable… Read more →

10 things to know about Facebook’s Q4

Facebook in 2018 was plagued by controversy after controversy, but that didn’t stop the company from raking in huge profits. In its fourth quarter financial report, Facebook on Wednesday revealed just how well it did, bringing in record quarterly profits of $6.88 billion. In a conference call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged, “In the past couple of years, a lot of… Read more →

Iterative development and minimum viable products help non-profits succeed

Both large organizations and small companies have adopted the principles of lean startups. Concepts such as minimum viable products and iterative development are mainstay approaches for organizations developing both products and services. MUST READ Zoom CEO strives for sustainable customer happiness Deloitte CMO on customer experience: “Get out of the office. See customers.” This medical pioneer trains digital doctors with… Read more →

Microsoft says chip shortages to continue to impact Windows, Office through June quarter

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft turned in strong Q2 FY’19 earnings on January 30. But chip supply issues by Intel and others did have some negative impact on Microsoft’s quarter and likely will continue to do so through the June quarter, officials said. Microsoft reported revenues of $32.5 billion and net income of $8.4 billion, or $1.08 per share, for Q2. Microsoft’s… Read more →

Airbus data breach impacts employees in Europe

European aerospace corporation Airbus disclosed today a security breach that impacted its commercial aircraft manufacturing business. The company said the security breach “resulted in unauthorised access to data.” According to a press release published earlier today, Airbus said that “some personal data was accessed,” but “mostly professional contact and IT identification details of some Airbus employees in Europe.” The aircraft… Read more →

Qualcomm beats earnings expectations for Q1

Qualcomm published its first quarter financial fiscal 2019 results on Wednesday, beating earnings expectations. Non-GAAP earnings per share came to $1.20, an increase of 25 percent year-over-year. Revenue for the quarter was $4.8 billion, a decrease of 20 percent year-over-year. Analysts were looking for earnings of $1.09 per share on revenue of $4.9 billion. “Our fiscal first quarter results reflected… Read more →

PayPal misses Q4 revenue targets

PayPal reported mixed fourth quarter financial results on Wednesday, with revenue that slightly missed estimates. The San Jose, Calif.-based payments company reported a net income of $584 million, or 49 cents per share. Non-GAAP earnings were 69 cents per share on revenue of $4.23 billion. Wall Street was looking for earnings of 67 cents per share on revenue of $4.24… Read more →

Amazon gets Harrison Ford to reveal the grim future of Alexa

He’s not happy. (Image: Screenshot by ZDNet) I don’t know whether the Los Angeles Rams can strike a blow for human justice and defeat the New England Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Also: Patriots vs Rams: How to stream Super Bowl 2019 I feel more certain, however, that Amazon’s Super Bowl ad will be among the more popular in the gloriously… Read more →

Nvidia launches new colocation program to jumpstart data center deployments

Amid a surprising slowdown of Nvidia’s data center business, the GPU maker is launching a new program that should make it easier for businesses to take advantage of Nvidia’s DGX systems. With the new DGX-Ready Data Center program, businesses can get access to data center services through a new network of qualified Nvidia colocation partners. GPU-accelerated computing is useful for… Read more →

Zillow awards $1 million to data scientists for improving its Zestimate algorithm

Online real estate database Zillow this week announced the winners of Zillow Prize, the company’s $1 million competition to improve the accuracy of the Zestimate home estimator. Introduced in 2006, the Zestimate is an algorithm that today estimates the market value of roughly 110 million homes in the US. While Zillow has improved the accuracy of the Zestimate algorithm considerably since its inception,… Read more →

Google announces Kubernetes Operator for Apache Spark

Apache Spark is a hugely popular execution framework for running data engineering and machine learning workloads. It powers the Databricks platform and is available in both on-premises and cloud-based Hadoop services, like Azure HDInsight, Amazon EMR and Google Cloud Dataproc. It can run on Mesos clusters too. But what of you just want to run your Spark workloads on a… Read more →

What Oracle wants: more small companies, non-tech users for its enterprise technology

Top cloud providers How AWS, Microsoft, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Oracle, Alibaba stack up Here’s a look at the annual run rates, hybrid cloud strategies and approaches to artificial intelligence and machine learning among the public cloud providers. Read More For the decades its been on the planet, Oracle has been known as a company providing enterprise-grade products —… Read more →