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Twilio crosses $1B annualized run rate in Q2

Twilio announced its second quarter financial results on Wednesday, beating the market’s revenue expectations.  The cloud communications platform reported non-GAAP net income per share of 3 cents on revenue of $275 million, up 86 percent year-over-year. Total revenue included revenue from Twilio SendGrid starting on February 1, 2019, when Twilio finalized its $2 billion acquisition of the API platform SendGrid. … Read more →

MICROCHIPS Act wants to secure US govt supply chain against Chinese sabotage

Two US senators have introduced legislation this week to get the US government moving and put in place a national strategy on dealing with supply chain threats that may impact the well-being of the general public, federal agencies, and the US military. Named the Manufacturing, Investment, and Controls Review for Computer Hardware, Intellectual Property and Supply (MICROCHIPS) Act (S. 2316),… Read more →

Fitbit cuts Q3, 2019 outlook based on weak Versa Lite demand

Fitbit cut its revenue outlook for the third quarter and 2019 due to  weaker-than-expected demand for its Versa Lite device. The news comes as Fitbit continued to make progress with its enterprise unit, Fitbit Health Solutions, but the company needs to keep its device business humming to maintain its user base. Versa Lite is designed to be a budget smartwatch… Read more →

Western Digital says flash market has hit its trough

Western Digital CEO Steve Milligan said the flash storage market has hit its trough and conditions are improving. Milligan’s take was a welcome sign given that Western Digital has been whacked by a rough flash market. Milligan said fiscal 2019 was challenging across the board, but is starting to see momentum in the enterprise for solid state NVMe drives. The… Read more →

Qualcomm’s Q3 sales fall short as demand for 4G devices slows

Qualcomm published its third quarter financial fiscal 2019 results on Wednesday, beating earnings estimates but falling short on revenue. Shares were down in after-hours trading. Non-GAAP earnings per share came to 80 cents, a decrease of 20 percent year-over-year. Revenue for the quarter was $4.9 billion, a decrease of 13 percent year-over-year. Analysts were looking for earnings of 75 cents… Read more →

Windows Calculator to get an ‘Always on Top’ mode

Image: Dave Grochocki TechRepublic 10 things you should never do in Excel Read More The benefits of managing Windows Calculator on GitHub are starting to pay off for Microsoft and its users. After receiving almost no significant development for its 34-year-old history, since it was added in Windows 1.0 back in 1985, new features are now being added on a… Read more →

Google brings the Titan Security Key to more countries

Google on Wednesday announced it’s making its Titan Security Key available via the Google Store in multiple new countries: Canada, France, Japan and the United Kingdom. Google launched the second-factor security key last year, starting with availability in the US. Google to replace faulty Titan security keys   Inside a Google Titan Bluetooth security key – high security, low durability Google… Read more →

China saves Apple’s quarter (but will it last?)

If there was one word that stood out during Apple’s Q3 2019 earnings call last night, it was “China.” Must read: iPhone, iPad, and Mac buyer’s guide: July 2019 edition China was mention 22 times during the earnings call, which is a lot when you consider that the iPhone was only mentioned 30 times. It’s clear just how important the… Read more →

Samsung bets smartphone unit turnaround on Note 10, Galaxy Fold launches

What we know about Samsung Galaxy Note 10 It’s officially summer, so that means one thing: The next Galaxy Note is nearing release. Here’s everything we know so far. Read more: https://zd.net/326mIMm Samsung’s mobile communications head said the company won’t provide specific volume targets for the Galaxy Note 10, but said it is expected to “achieve higher volumes versus… Read more →

The VR Linux desktop is on its way

What happened to mass adoption of virtual and augmented reality? Jason Perlow and Jason Cipriani talk to Karen Roby about the current VR and AR landscape. Read more: https://zd.net/2S8Bv4t Virtual reality (VR) is moving from games to work, but on the Linux desktop it’s had a hard row to hoe. While many VR peripherals and head-mounted display (HMD) support Linux,… Read more →

Startups offer AI-powered sales technologies aimed at conferences and exhibitions

Enterprise organizations plan to double their AI and ML projects within a year Over half of organizations already have at least one AI or ML project in place, Gartner says. Read more: https://zd.net/2LHKZmD SummitSync and Conversica this week announced a new service that seeks to automate identifying key prospects at conferences and exhibitions, use AI bots to schedule meetings and… Read more →

Russian police investigate Bitcoin miner import scheme

Japan leads the way to create global cryptocurrency trading platform The platform will be designed to prevent money laundering currently made possible through virtual assets. The Russian Federal Customs Service is investigating an alleged failure to pay customs fees for over 6,000 Bitcoin miners imported into the country.  According to a search warrant seen by CoinDesk, the Far-East Trading and… Read more →