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Broadcom delivers mixed Q1 results

Broadcom published its first quarter financial results on Thursday, beating earnings expectations but falling short on revenue. CEO Hock Tan noted in a statement that Broadcom benefited from strong results in its networking business, despite an anticipated sharp decline in wireless. The semiconductor device supplier posted non-GAAP earnings of $5.55 per share on revenue of $5.79 billion, up 9 percent… Read more →

Oracle beats Q3 estimates, adds around 4,000 Autonomous Database trials

Oracle published its third quarter financial results on Thursday, beating market expectations and touting the expansion of its autonomoius database technology. Non-GAAP net income in Q3 was down 8 percent to $3.2 billion while non-GAAP earnings per share was up 8 percent to 87 cents. Revenues were $9.6 billion, down 1 percent in US dollars and up 3 percent in… Read more →

Two-thirds of all Android antivirus apps are frauds

An organization specialized in testing antivirus products concluded in a report published this week that roughly two-thirds of all Android antivirus apps are a sham and don’t work as advertised. The report, published by Austrian antivirus testing outfit AV-Comparatives, was the result of a grueling testing process that took place in January this year and during which the organization’s staff… Read more →

Adobe Q1 tops estimates on strong Creative Cloud momentum

Adobe delivered solid first quarter financial results on Thursday after the market closed. The software giant reported fiscal first quarter earnings of $674 million, or $1.36 a share. Non-GAAP earnings in the quarter were $1.71 a share on revenue of $2.6 billion. Wall Street was looking for earnings of $1.62 a share on revenue of $2.55 billion. The Photoshop maker… Read more →

Microsoft open sources algorithm, hardware and source code for Azure data compression

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is open-sourcing its cloud-compression algorithm and optimized hardware implementation for cloud storage. Microsoft is contributing that algorithm, known as “Project Zipline,” plus the associated hardware design specs and related source code to the Open Compute Project, the company announced on March 14. “Project Zipline is a cutting-edge compression technology optimized for a large variety of datasets, and… Read more →

Students create NCAA March Madness predictive analysis via Google Cloud

Last year, as it began a formal relationship with the NCAA as its official cloud provider, Google Cloud showcased its data analytics and machine learning tools with live predictive TV ads during the NCAA tournament, as well as game and data analysis. This year, it’s taking the campaign a step further — Google has recruited around 30 college students to… Read more →

JS Foundation and Node.js Foundation join forces

JavaScript Threat: Outdated libraries pose security hazard Researchers say tens of thousands of sites are using JavaScript libraries that are years old and contain publicly known vulnerabilities. ​Java and JavaScript rule but use of Apple’s Swift language skyrockets Just a few months after Apple released Swift for iOS, the language has become one of the most popular for developers. Read… Read more →

Fast fashion retailer Tobi turns to speedy robots

You can’t compete with Amazon without robots in your logistics and fulfillment chain. In an age where virtually every company that sells products online needs to compete with Amazon, we’re fast approaching a point where ecommerce companies need to automate or they’ll be left behind. Helping those companies is a new generation of quickly deployable logistics and fulfillment robots, many… Read more →

Microsoft packages a bunch of its apps and Azure services as ‘Game Stack’

Credit: Microsoft As Microsoft continues its march toward delivering an Azure-powered streaming game service, the company simultaneously is targeting more third-party game developers with its apps and services. On March 14, Microsoft took the wraps off its “Microsoft Game Stack” — a collection of cloud services like Azure, Power BI, PlayFab, Mixer and Xbox Live, plus various development tools —… Read more →

People hate competent robots, says study

Is that robot even trying hard? (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto) I don’t know what to think about robots anymore. Last weekend, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested that we should be excited about their coming. They should make us happier. It’s just the system, she said, that needs a lot of work. Now, though, I’ve stumbled into a study that reveals some of humans’… Read more →

Brexit chaos: France twists knife with new tech visa, as UK talks up tighter borders

Brexit: Early-stage tech investment shows worrying signs in the UK The landscape for tech startup funding has shifted significantly since the 2016 Brexit vote. As the UK plans to tighten its borders after Brexit, and with the Trump administration continuing its anti-immigration stance, France has decided to head in the opposite direction over tech visas. It has launched a new… Read more →

Robot banker: Pepper lands gig at HSBC, starting in Beverly Hills

Let’s say you’re a stodgy financial institution that wants to appear innovative and technologically fresh, but you don’t particularly want to develop any new technology or upend the way your business works. What do you do?  Hire a robot! That’s just what HSBC is doing with a larger rollout of Pepper, the humanoid robot from SoftBank that by this point… Read more →