Drew Engel

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Microsoft Is Giving Up On Consumer Phone Business As It Cuts 1,850 Jobs In Mobile

After failing to make a success of the mobile business that it purchased from Nokia in 2014, Microsoft has announced that it will be pulling out of …

Mobility Now: Mobile Disruption in Retail

Mobile’s Role in Retail<p>Retailers today know all too well how mobile has empowered consumers. With the ability to provide instantaneous price checks …

Mobile Devices

Apple is testing multiple user accounts on iPads

Apple is testing a new feature that allows students to log into classroom iPads with their account profiles.<p>Multiuser support has long been available on Apple’s computers. With its iOS 9.3 beta release today (Jan. 11), Apple is extending the feature to iPads used in schools starting this …

It’s actually open source software that’s eating the world

At Lightspeed we’ve been investing aggressively in open source software (OSS) businesses for the past 10 years. Recently, we’ve seen a significant increase in entrepreneurs pitching open source startups, and we’ve also seen greater competition for these deals. We pulled together some numbers in an …

Startups

Barely anyone used Apple Pay on Black Friday

Apple Pay may be the most buzzed about mobile wallet, but so far that hasn’t translated into actual usage by consumers.<p>InfoScout, a research firm, collected data from 300,000 shoppers on Black Friday to see whether they used mobile wallets when shopping, and found nearly half as many eligible …

Apple Pay

Cybersecurity experts warn about ModPOS malware aimed at retailers

Just as millions of Americans are steeling themselves for the holiday shopping season, cybersecurity researchers are warning about a stealthy malware aimed at stealing credit card and debit card numbers from retailers.<p>Cybersecurity firm iSight Partners revealed research about the malware, dubbed …

Developers say Apple’s App Store policies make it unlikely we’ll see many pro apps for the iPad Pro

Developers of pro apps have long complained that Apple’s App Store policies are a barrier to them creating iOS versions of popular Mac apps. The launch of the iPad Pro has brought the issue front and center, with a number of developers sharing their thoughts with <i>The Verge</i>.<p>There are two key issues, …

Apps

There's one thing that everyone is getting wrong about the war between Walmart and Amazon

The retailer's stock price recently suffered its biggest one-day drop in 25 years after executives warned that annual growth over the next three years would range between 3% and 4% and profit would decline by up to 12% in 2017.<p>Shares have dropped by more than 32% this year.<p>Investors appear to be …

Walmart

Apple Pay and other mobile wallets have done a terrible job explaining how secure they are

Apple, Google, and Samsung have spent a lot of money on advertising to raise awareness of their mobile wallets. But if they actually want people to start using them, they might want to do a better job explaining not just the convenience, but the security advantages such offerings have.<p>According to …

FinTech

PCs are boring, but personal computing is booming. How?

<i>Classical PCs are on a downward slope, tablets never quite became The Next Big Thing, and smartphones are approaching saturation in developed markets. Is this the end of the go-go days? Where will we find new growth paths, new forms of personal computing?</i><p>Having devised a means of communicating …

Windows Phone

Amazon has doubled the number of robots in its warehouses to 30,000

Amazon today provided new information about robots working inside of its facilities. The ecommerce company now has 30,000 Kiva robots working in its fulfillment centers, an executive said during Amazon’s quarterly call with investors today.<p>That number is up from 15,000 at the end of 2014, said the …

eCommerce

Paper is Dropbox's new vision for how teams can work together

Six months ago, Dropbox quietly announced a collaborative note-taking tool called Notes and launched it in an invite-only beta test. But starting today, the product is being officially branded as Dropbox Paper and the beta test is expanding significantly. You'll still need an invite, but the …

Apps

Adobe, Dropbox team up to help you better manage your PDF files

People who work with or share PDF files could benefit from a new collaboration between Adobe and file-storage site Dropbox.<p>A partnership between the two companies announced early Tuesday is geared toward letting users of the Adobe Acrobat Reader app or the desktop version of Acrobat DC more …

How mobile technology is changing retail

How mobile technology is changing retail<p><b>Embracing mobile commerce and engaging with customers through their smartphones and tablets will help your</b> …

Your phone’s homescreen is dead

Ever since the release of iOS 9, I’ve been experimenting with a new kind of homescreen. Call it the <i>unscreen</i>.<p>The idea is that Apple’s operating system for iPhone and iPads has quietly moved beyond its original idea of mobile apps as a grid of boxes, each independent of the other. Now, the most …

Now that VMworld and AirWatch Connect are done, here are my final thoughts

With VMworld and AirWatch Connect just a few weeks apart, it feels like that’s all we’ve been talking about. So now that both of these events have …

Windows 10

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Box Slips After Earnings Beat

Quick hit here, friends. After Box, a cloud storage and file sharing shop, reported better-than-expected earnings yesterday, its shares suffered despite a generally positive session for domestic equities.<p>This is slightly surprising, given that Box enjoyed a healthy multi-point bump in its share …

Markets

Dropbox now lets you log in with a USB key for universal 2nd factor authentication

Dropbox today announced that it has started to allow users to log in using USB keys as a universal second factor (U2F) of authentication.<p>U2F, a protocol promoted by the FIDO Alliance, isn’t the most trendy form of secure authentication for consumer web services. What’s far more common is two-factor …

San Francisco

Alphabet

We did a lot of things that seemed crazy at the time. Many of those crazy things now have over a billion users, like Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome, …

Microsoft's document sharing service, Docs, is available to everyone

Sure, you can technically use OneDrive and other cloud services to share your Office files, but wouldn't it be nice if there were a dedicated site for that? Apparently, Microsoft agrees -- it quietly launched the public beta for Docs, a dedicated website (this was previously a Facebook-only …

Dropbox Arrives On Roku With An App For Viewing Your Personal Photos And Movies

Dropbox has launched on the Roku, with an app that allows you to view the photos and videos you have stored in your account directly on your TV by way of Roku’s streaming media player. The new app itself is simple to use – you can browse through your folders, view thumbnails and slideshows, and …

Apps

Beacons are moving out of the pilot phase and helping retailers and marketers revolutionize in-store shopping

Beacons can be used to power indoor maps, payments services, and location-sensitive product catalogs. There are many different beacon hardware vendors and systems — including Apple's iBeacon system — but they all share some basic characteristics. Namely, they allow retailers and event organizers to …

Qualcomm slashes jobs and costs, says may split itself up

(Reuters) - Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) said it may break itself up as it delivered its third profit warning this year and announced plans to slash jobs and spending in the face of rising competition.<p>The company said it would reduce costs by about $1.4 billion, cut about 4,500 full-time staff, …

IT

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Google Drive now lets you prevent others from downloading, printing and copying shared files

Google wants to help keep your files a little more secure thanks to new Information Rights Management tools in Drive.<p>Simply put, you can now disable the ability to download, print, or copy a file through the advanced sharing menu. Developers can also implement the functionality in their apps with …

These 9 trends show the future of mobile payments and banking

In June 2015, MEF launched its third annual Global Mobile Money report which studied 15,000 mobile users across 15 countries. Unsurprisingly, the headline statistics are that mobile banking and mobile commerce continue to grow. Sixty-nine percent of mobile media users carried out a banking activity …

FinTech

Watch out Amazon…Home Depot narrowing price gap

Beyond the buzz, personalization offer retailers real potential<p>An expanded relationship between IBM and Adobe promises to give retail marketers new …

This one thing about Google Apps for Work should seriously scare Microsoft

BetterCloud is about to release another survey that shows Office 365 doing extremely well.<p>BetterCloud is a cloud service that works with both Google Apps for Work and Office 365 helping IT departments secure and manage them. It regularly surveys its users to uncover cloud usage trends . This time, …

Apps