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David Jones
Softbank Vision Fund Attracts $93B From Gulf States, Apple, Others
05/22/17 2:23 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 682 Words

... Softbank Vision Fund on Saturday announced that it had closed its first major funding round raising more than US$93 billion in capital from the Gulf states, as well as tech stalwarts Apple, Qualcomm and others. Softbank, which last fall launched the...

John P. Mello Jr.
Main Surface Pro Improvements Are Beneath the Surface
05/24/17 11:37 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 783 Words

Better Battery Life Battery life has been boosted to 13.5 hours, which is 50 percent greater than the new Surface Pro's predecessor, and 35 percent greater than its Apple rival, the iPad Pro.

Microsoft has upgraded the processors in the line,...

Jeff Kagan
Comcast Rolls the Dice With Xfinity Instant TV
05/24/17 2:29 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 583 Words

That's a secret Apple learned as it grew to become the most valuable company in the U.S. The cable-TV industry should have learned that lesson but didn't. It waited until it was bleeding market share to notice and start to react.

In...

Richard Adhikari
Verizon Aims to Help Firms Get Up Close and Personal With Customers
05/22/17 4:41 PM PT | CRM Buyer | 647 Words

Businesses would want to use the SDK to develop their own apps instead of leveraging Apple's FaceTime and Google's Duo apps, which "don't offer the queuing, routing and blending that's needed for a best-practice call center," said Holger Mueller, also a...

John P. Mello Jr.
Apple May Be Prepping Siri for Smart Home Duty
05/03/17 10:31 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 731 Words

... appear good that Apple will be joining Amazon and Google in the smart speaker competition with a Siri-powered device it plans to introduce at its World Wide Developers Conference next month, according to MacRumors, which cited a report by Ming-Chi Kuo of...

David Jones
Qualcomm May Seek iPhone Ban to Retaliate Against Apple
05/05/17 1:57 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 613 Words

The move reportedly was spurred by Apple's recent decision to stop making royalty payments owed under a licensing agreement between the two companies, which is the subject of a billion-dollar legal battle in federal court.

Qualcomm last month announced that for...

Rob Enderle
What People Don't Get About Tesla
05/01/17 10:18 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1787 Words

... is like Apple in that it represents a revolution in thinking. Although everyone seems to focus on the electric power plant, that is really a small part of the Tesla revolution, and I'm convinced that if Musk were to launch an almost-identical...

Richard Adhikari
Wearable Tech Can Detect Life-Threatening Heart Problems
05/18/17 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 543 Words

Cardiogram last week announced that it has developed a preliminary algorithm to use with the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices to detect atrial fibrillation with higher accuracy than previously validated detection methods. Atrial fibrillation, or AF, affects about 2.7 million Americans, and...

Denis Pombriant
E-Commerce Gets the Einstein Treatment
05/17/17 3:19 PM PT | CRM Buyer | 704 Words

The paragon and exemplar of e-commerce is Amazon, which went public 20 years ago and continues to define the possible, along with Apple and Alibaba.

Any vendor will want what Amazon and the others have -- such as the ability to know...

Denis Pombriant
Ecosystem Two-Dot-Oh
05/04/17 3:44 PM PT | CRM Buyer | 805 Words

It's worth remembering, for instance, that the "AppStore" was a Salesforce property that Marc Benioff gave to Steve Jobs when Apple announced its store.

At the time it seemed as though Benioff's respect for Jobs got in the way of a good...

David Jones
Microsoft Aims to School Google With Education Onslaught
05/03/17 1:46 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 819 Words

Late to the Party
Microsoft's product launch comes late in the game. Apple initially carved out a niche in education, and Google made its Chromebook devices a centerpiece of its effort to loosen Apple's grip. Microsoft appears confident there's room...

David Jones
Google Pushes AI, Machine Learning to the Front
05/18/17 12:45 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1010 Words

The service also will be available for the iPhone, putting it in direct competition with Apple's Siri.

Google Assistant will be available in multiple languages starting this summer, including French, German, Brazilian Portugese and Japanese on Android and iPhone. Italian,...

John P. Mello Jr.
Amazon Adds Show to Echo's Tell
05/10/17 12:56 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 674 Words

"Currently they are at more than 70 percent, but Google and, more recently, Microsoft are making runs at this segment," he pointed out, "and Apple is coming. Adding features will help Amazon hold on to that...

Jim McGregor & Paul Teich
AI Is Still in Its Formative Years
05/04/17 11:45 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 930 Words

As a result, some inference engines run in the cloud as a service, such as Apple's Siri; as a mix of dedicated appliances and cloud services, such as Amazon's Alexa; or completely locally, such as Facebook's collaboration with Qualcomm to enable certain...

David Jones
Hulu Aims to Reinvent Live TV Experience
05/04/17 9:35 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 687 Words

The services can be viewed on XBox One, Apple TV (Fourth Gen.), and iOS and Android devices, as well as Chromecast. Integration is pending with additional devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Sticks, Samsung Smart TVs, Roku and others.

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David Jones
Marketing Firm Zeta Global Turns Heads With $140M Funding Round
04/29/17 10:40 AM PT | CRM Buyer | 594 Words

Former Apple CEO John Sculley and David Steinberg cofounded the company in 2007. GPI Capital led the Series F financing. Other investors include funds sponsored by Franklin Square Capital Partners and sub-advised by GSO Capital Partners, the credit division of Blackstone.

The...

John P. Mello Jr.
Imagination's Picture Bleak After Apple Cuts It Loose
04/04/17 9:44 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 859 Words

Imagination on Monday announced that Apple would no longer use its intellectual property, and the company's stock sank faster than a bottomless boat on the news. Apple planned to discontinue its use of the company's IP in new products in 15 months to...

John P. Mello Jr.
Apple May Be Getting Its Innovation Groove Back
04/20/17 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 859 Words

"That's why I believe it to be what Apple is planning," he told TechNewsWorld.

Introducing a trio of iPhones instead of the typical two makes sense, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT .

"That's especially true when you consider...

David Jones
Qualcomm Answers Apple's $1B Lawsuit, Files Counterclaims
04/12/17 9:28 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 662 Words

... on Monday fired back with a response and counterclaim to Apple's US$1 billion federal patent suit filed earlier this year. Apple breached agreements and encouraged regulatory attacks in a scheme to coerce unfair licensing terms, Qualcomm claimed.

Apple's suit, filed...

David Jones
Apple Slashes App Store Affiliate Commissions
04/26/17 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 519 Words

The cuts apply to all apps and in-app content, Apple said. However, they do not apply to commissions for movies, music, books and TV, which will remain at 7 percent.

The company will continue to pay commissions on Apple Music memberships as...

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