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SAP snags CallidusCloud for $2.4 billion

SAP, the German enterprise software giant, announced it acquired CallidusCloud last night for $2.4 billion or $36 per share. Callidus provides configure price quote (CPQ) and sales performance management tools delivered as a cloud service.<p>The share price is a nice bump for shareholders, …

From Bezos to Walton, Big Investors Back Fund for ‘Flyover’ Start-Ups

When Steve Case, the billionaire co-founder of AOL, first met J. D. Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” the best-selling book about the industrial decline of the Midwest, Mr. Case told him, “I really love the book but there is a part of it I don’t love.”<p>Mr. Vance listened patiently.<p>“It helped frame …

Silicon Valley

Amazon wants Alexa to be your new office assistant

Alexa could soon be coming to work with you. At Amazon's annual re:Invent conference, the company revealed its plans to make the voice-activated virtual assistant office-friendly with an Alexa for Business platform, which will come with specific skills for the workplace.<p>Initial features are likely …

Microsoft Edge is now publicly available on iPhones. Yay?

If you have an iPhone, you can now get Microsoft’s Edge browser right from the App Store.<p>Last month, Microsoft brought a beta version of its Edge browser to iOS and Android, with the promise of greater interoperability with your PC. But while the Android beta was easily accessible from the Play …

Here's everything you need to know about blockchains, the ground-breaking tech that could be as disruptive as the internet

From a 'castle' full of bitcoin millionaires to the initial coin offering (ICO) craze, it's hard to escape the chatter about how some people are building their fortunes off the new world of cryptocurrencies. But behind those cryptocurrencies sits a technology called blockchains, which some people …

Amazon cuts prices again at Whole Foods ahead of the holidays

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said on Wednesday it will offer more discounts and steeper price cuts at Whole Foods Market on many organic foods and groceries popular during the holidays.<p>A Whole Foods Market is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S. June 16, 2017. …

Whole Foods

AirPlay 2: Everything we know about Apple’s upgraded wireless audio streaming feature

AirPlay 2 is coming soon to iOS after being previewed at WWDC earlier this summer. While we haven’t tested AirPlay 2 yet, the upcoming feature has a lot of promise. AirPlay 2 enables multi-room audio playback, works with Apple TV, and compatible speakers will work with HomeKit and Siri.<p>What is …

Smart TV

Art in a New World

The art market is attracting new buyers and changing attitudes toward art as a part of an overall financial portfolio.<p>From baroque and romantic to surrealist and modern, the world of fine art has a long history of innovation, with artists constantly exploring new ways to express their experiences …

iPhone X sold out in just a few minutes

The most important iPhone upgrade in years is finally here. The iPhone X is available for preorder from Apple and its retail partners in more than 55 …

Mobile Technology

Apple iPhone X preorders begin with 5-week shipping delays and requirement to pick a carrier

So it begins. As the clock struck midnight on the West Coast of the United States, the preorder frenzy for the iPhone X began. And this round of preorders offered some interesting twists.<p>It appears from Apple’s website that when customers in the U.S. purchase one of the phones, they are required to …

IPhone 8

2017 just set the all-time record for store closings

More store closings have been announced in 2017 than any other year on record.<p>Since January 1, retailers have announced plans to shutter more than 6,700 stores in the U.S., according to Fung Global Retail & Technology, a retail think tank.<p>That beats the previous all-time high of 6,163 store …

Rite Aid

Nike's Back With a New Five-Year Plan That Could Be a Slam Dunk

Welcome back, Nike.<p>Nike is gaining a couple of bucks Thursday, just minutes into the open. The stock is up 3.5% to $55.30 in early action.<p>Investors …

Amazon sales surge after Whole Foods acquisition, busy Prime Day

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) on Thursday said its sales surged over the summer and profit trounced expectations, as shoppers jumped at "Prime Day" promotions on its website and bought groceries at its newly acquired chain of Whole Foods Market stores.<p>Shares rose more than 7 percent in …

eCommerce

Better Business Decisions Start With Better-Informed Leaders

Digital transformation brings about an incredible opportunity for fostering a data-driven culture and enabling faster, better-informed decision making. Although data’s role in making better-informed business decisions is undeniable, more data does not necessarily guarantee better business decisions.<p>…

Management

GE doubles down on Predix at the edge

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>GE announced major upgrades to the edge-computing capabilities of its Predix industrial IoT (IIoT) platform, which enables manufacturers to connect and monitor their industrial …

Internet of Things

Amazon’s financials impress with a better-than-expected quarter

Amazon shared third-quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday, smashing expectations. Shares quickly ticked up 7 percent in initial after-hours trading, to above the $1,000 per share milestone.<p>The company posted significantly better-than-expected earnings, at 52 cents per share, when analysts …

Amazon Web Services

Your Google Home can now send searches to your phone and turn off your TV

Google Home and other Assistant-enabled smart speakers are great out of the box, but they’ve just been getting better and better lately. Today, it’s been discovered that Google Home has a few extra tricks hidden up its sleeve…<p>Spotted in Google’s support pages by <i>Android Police</i>, Home and other …

Google Home

Google's new $400 speaker is a room-shaking monster

The Amazon Echo and the Google Home smart speakers are pretty good at playing music. Ask them to play a song, and enjoy the surprisingly high sound quality on display.<p>Sometimes, though, you need to bring the freakin' roof down.<p>Enter the Google Home Max, a $400 speaker designed for the bass-shaking, …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Amazon unveiled a range of new Alexa-enabled hardware products.</b> There is a newly redesigned Echo smart speaker, as well as the new Echo Spot, Echo Plus, and an updated Fire TV with 4K support.<p><b>2. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed President Trump's tweets in which he claimed Facebook has</b> …

This is how to use the new iOS 11 Files app

With Apple's iOS 11 update comes the new and handy Files app. The improvement in file organization, dragging, and dropping is best put to use on the …

Netflix for iOS update brings HDR support to the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPad Pro

In between the rollout of iOS 11 and the launch of the iPhone 8 this week, Netflix updated its iOS app to add support for Dolby Vision HDR video on …

Augmenting Your Reality – Holo with ARKit Interview

Augmented Reality is a bold new frontier for technology, and Holo with ARKit is one of the very first to take the plunge. Offering truly 3D holograms …

Dropbox updated with iOS 11 Files app integration

Dropbox for iOS has been updated with support for a key iOS 11 feature: the new Files app on iPhone and iPad. The update comes the same week as Apple released iOS 11 to the public.<p>Dropbox says the integration with the Files app makes for much easier access to files stored in Dropbox. You can access …

Apps

This accessory turns your Echo Dot into a portable speaker that sounds better than an Echo

The VAUX Cordless Home Speaker + Portable Battery for Amazon Echo Dot is easily one of our favorite accessories ever for Amazon’s popular Alexa …

Tech Trends

Hands-on with Apple TV 4K and the new Siri Remote

Bring on the 4K HDR movie binge watching. The new Apple TV 4K is out today and we’ve got our hands on Apple’s new streaming box.<p>The reviews call it the best TV box on the market, but note its premium price means it’s not for everyone. Apple still offers the two-year old 1080p version for its same …

Smart TV

Equifax's chief information officer and chief security officer are out

Equifax's chief information officer and chief security officer are retiring, the company announced Friday.<p>The "personnel changes" are effective immediately, Equifax said in a release. The statement did not include the names of these executives.<p>In response to a CNNMoney inquiry, the company said …

Identity Theft

Best Smart Switches for Amazon Alexa

So you've got a home. You've got Amazon Alexa doing her thing, be it in an original Echo or an Echo Dot or maybe the new Echo Show. (Or in any one of …

Why Dropbox decided to drop AWS and build its own infrastructure and network

There is always a tension inside companies about whether to build or to buy, whatever the need. A few years ago Dropbox decided it was going to move the majority of its infrastructure requirements from AWS into its own data centers. As you can imagine, it took a monumental effort, but the company …

Galaxy Note 8 Leak Reveals Samsung's Massive Smartphone

Despite several massive leaks, the Galaxy Note 8 recently showed it still has the potential to surprise us. But crucially Samsung is also doing the basics well…<p>With the launch date closing in, the Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950) has shown up in Geekbench and the popular benchmarking software shows users …

Phones