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Qualcomm will cut 1,500 jobs amidst Apple legal battle

Chipmaker Qualcomm is reportedly cutting around 1,500 jobs in an effort to reduce its costs by $1 billion. Most of these jobs will be in California, although some will be in other locations.<p>Qualcomm has been engaged in an ongoing legal battle with Apple since early 2017.<p>“We first evaluated …

Tim Cook

Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Creates Tech Startup Incubator

Former Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer is starting a technology business incubator, Lumi Labs, with longtime colleague Enrique Munoz …

Qualcomm is slashing about 1,500 jobs in California to cut costs

The company made a commitment to investors to save $1 billion in January<p>Qualcomm has started cutting jobs in California, with aims to let go of around 1,500 people to meet a $1 billion savings commitment the company made to investors, reports <i>Bloomberg</i>. The job cuts are concentrated in California, …

Voice assistants are making the smartphone redundant

We have been using smartphones for over 20 years now. They have evolved from clunky brick-like devices, only to return back to clunky brick-like devices. Companies have toyed with various form factors, from flip phones to bendy phones and several other impractical designs. But it seems like the …

Stop Using Excel, Finance Chiefs Tell Staffs

Ubiquitous spreadsheet software that revolutionized accounting hasn’t kept up, CFOs say<p>Adobe Inc.’s finance chief Mark Garrett says his team struggles keeping track of which jobs have been filled at the software company.<p>The process can take days and requires finance staff to pull data from …

Software

This app could be the key to speaking a second language

The world is getting smaller thanks to technology, media, more convenient travel, and — let's be honest — Netflix. It's becoming more valuable than …

Apple CEO Tim Cook's Feud With BlackBerry Has a Quiet End

Tim Cook’s quiet feud with BlackBerry’s CEO couldn’t have come to a more perfect end for the Apple chief.<p>On Wednesday, one-time business market …

Remix OS now available as a virtual machine for Windows PCs

Jide's Remix OS has turned a lot of heads in the last couple of years, thanks to an interesting initial tablet offering and subsequent …

Beijing: One Of The Top Startup Ecosystems In Asia

The capital of a nation that is home to around 1.4 billion people and finances more than US$41.8B in venture capital, Beijing also has one of the largest domestic markets in the world. It is not surprising to see Beijing leading the way in the consumer-related startup sectors as giants like Lenovo, …

Stop talking about replacements. Give PC owners something new already!

The iPhone didn't really look like something we had before, nor was it positioned as the replacement for something.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>The marketing machine around …

Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S6 Leads The Smartphone Crashing Shame List

Tablet and smartphone owners generally opt for a particular mobile platform over others for a wide variety of reasons. In a lot of cases, you simply …

NVIDIA Corporation Soars and Nordstrom Inc. Dives As Stocks Drop

Stocks fell on Friday to close out their third consecutive week of losses. The <b>Dow Jones Industrial Average</b> lost 186 points, or 1.1%, and the <b>S&P 500</b> gave up 18 points, or 0.9%:<p>^INX data by YCharts.<p>In economic news, retail sales rose at a faster-than-expected pace in April, according to the latest …

Why join the Navy . . . if you can be a Pirate? - Steve Jobs

Five must-know retail trends in mobile and social marketing

Growth in smartphone and social media usage is setting the basis for all types of retail marketing trends. In a new report from BI Intelligence, we'll look at individual trends within mobile and social media.<p><i>Some of the trends analyzed in the report, include:</i><p>US consumers are spending the majority …

eCommerce

You won’t recognize the new world of digital payments without this report

The modern smartphone is a remarkable device. A single device that fits in your pocket can do all the tasks that once required cameras, camcorders, GPS devices, watches, alarm clocks, calculators, and even TVs.<p>But the next change might be the most radical of all—it could eliminate the need to carry …

FinTech

China’s Exports Crash 25%—But Hold On

Yep, the February trade numbers out of China were downright frightening: exports fell more than 25% year-over-year in U.S. dollars.<p>At first glance, …

Samsung's Biggest Weakness Champions Its Painful Smartphone Results

Samsung’s guidance for its fourth quarter results shows flat revenue in the three months leading up to Christmas 2015, but an increase in profits by fifteen percent. That continues the promising signs from Q3 2015 which broke a streak of seven consecutive quarters of falling profits and revenue. …

App makers: Stop creeping out users with personalization

When Apple first revealed its plans or iOS 9, mobile professionals were disappointed to learn that, despite all predictions, they will be unable to personalize their product based on other apps installed on a user’s device. The mobile giant’s decision symbolizes one of the more challenging battles …

Mining giant BHP Billiton just revealed some vital facts about Brazil's 'worst environmental catastrophe'

BHP Billiton and another mining group Vale each hold a 50% interest in Samarco but do not influence or have anything to do with the day-to-day management of the operations in the company.<p>BHP confirmed in a regulatory statement that operations remain suspended after a dam collapsed and released 60 …

BHP Billiton

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. The NSA has closed down its mass surveillance program.</b> After Edward Snowden's revelations about US government spying, laws were passed to curtail the spy agency's powers.<p><b>2. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and more are launching a new organization to invest in renewable technologies,</b> …

Cards Against Humanity

BlackBerry to exit Pakistan ‘for security reasons’

BlackBerry confirmed on Monday that it will exit the Pakistan market as of November 30, due to user privacy concerns, and said that it was unable to reach a compromise with the country’s telecommunications authority.<p>Specifically, the company announced that BlackBerry’s BES servers will “no longer …

Amazon shows off new prototype delivery drone

Known as Prime Air, the futuristic delivery system will get packages to customers in under 30 minutes, according to the new video presented by Jeremy Clarkson<p>Amazon has launched a video showing off its new prototype drone, an unmanned aerial vehicle which can get packages to customers within 30 …

Drones

Windows 10’s fall update is deleting certain apps without asking

Windows 10 is possibly making unwanted changes to your gaming rig.<p>Microsoft’s first big update for its operating-system-as-a-service is deleting some user-installed apps without asking Windows owners for permission, according to dozens of complaints on message boards and forums. The affected …

Windows 10

Dell is the latest PC maker with a gaping security flaw, but it will fix it

Lenovo and Samsung might not be the only big Windows PC makers pre-installing software that compromises your security. Computer buyers have discovered that Dell is shipping at least some PCs (such as the new XPS 15) with a self-signed security certificate that's the same on every system. If …

Jimmy Iovine Criticized After Making Controversial Comments About Women

Apple recently debuted a new Apple Music ad, starring singer Mary J. Blige and actresses Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washington, during the 2015 Emmy Awards.<p>In the one-minute spot, focused on Apple Music playlists, Washington says that Apple's curated playlists are like having "a boyfriend who …

Gartner: Android and iOS dominate smartphone market with 98 percent marketshare

Android and iOS-powered devices have long dominated the smartphone market, and it’s still clear that the two mobile operating systems show no sign of stopping anytime soon. New data has been released by <i>Gartner</i>, suggesting that Android holds 84.7 percent marketshare as of the third quarter of 2015, …

Groupon's new CEO insists the company is 'misunderstood'

Last week Groupon's shares hit an all-time low, only days after appointing Rich Williams as its new CEO in place of co-founder Eric Lefkofsky. What's more, Groupon recently ceased operations in Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and a handful of other countries, adding to notable …

Jony Ive was right — Swiss watchmakers are dying

Jony Ive memorably (allegedly) described Swiss watchmakers as “f**ked” due to the then-impending launch of the launch of the Apple Watch, and one year later — like some kind of creepy, well-dressed soothsayer in an Apple-centric episode of <i>The Twilight Zone —</i> it seems he may have been correct.<p>Swiss …

Smartwatches

Hewlett-Packard throws in the towel on public cloud

Hewlett-Packard, which has spent the past year downplaying what had once been an aggressive push into the business of providing a “public cloud,” is …

Microsoft Surface Book review