Posts tagged “Internet”

Updated July 20

Premium Lock Lenovo CEO sets new target, hints he might quit if he fails

Yang Yuanqing  After diversifying Lenovo away from what he has called the "bread and butter" of PCs into servers, smartphones and all things Internet, Chair and CEO Yang Yuanqing is now making a play for ecommerce and AI success. And he tells Bloomberg he might quit if he fails.

July 20

Amazon isn't technically dominant, but it pervades our lives

Amazon  Amazon's $13.7 billion deal for Whole Foods merely extends Amazon's long quest to make shopping so convenient that consumers won't even think about stepping away from its embrace. The more successful that strategy, the more Amazon can monopolize the attention and shopping dollars of its customers -- which, of course, is perfectly legal.

July 19

Comic-Con wrestles with digital-age challenges

Comic-Con Comic-Con remains the biggest event of its kind, a four-day extravaganza that lures 130,000 pop-culture enthusiasts to San Diego. Yet the convention's main drawing power -- a chance to get first looks at highly anticipated movies and TV shows -- is grappling with digital-age challenges that could coalesce into its own form of Kryptonite.

Updated July 19

Vivek Wadhwa: Amazon-Whole Foods deal shows disruptive competition comes out of nowhere

Vivek Wadhwa    The march of Amazon shows that this is the new nature of disruption: Disruptive competition comes out of nowhere. The incumbents aren't ready for this and as a result, the vast majority of today's leading companies will likely become what I call toast--in a decade or less.

July 19

Premium Lock Inside IBM: Big Blue relies on Watson, cognitive computing to drive cloud, software growth

IBM's latest earnings report demonstrates that vertical-specific cloud solutions enhanced with Watson capabilities help IBM weather software license declines, says Technology Business Research Analyst Molly Gallaher Boddy.

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July 19

Premium Lock IBM can't shake revenue blues despite new initiatives

Shares in IBM took a major hit in after-hours trading Tuesday after the tech giant reported revenues that failed to meet analysts' expectations. Big Blue has now reported 21 consecutive quarters of year-on-year sales declines. So what's next?

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Updated July 19

Premium Lock Raleigh finance startup lands $3M venture investment

Constellation Digital Partners, a Raleigh-based startup focusing on a finance software platform, lands a $3 million investment from a credit union. The new venture is targeting credit unions, and seven have already signed on as investors.

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July 19

Premium Lock Coastal Credit Union's 3-year road to digital finance hit, led by its CIO

You may not have heard of Kris Kovacs or expected a credit union to be a leader in digital banking. No more. Kovacs is spearheading a digital platform that might transform credit unions, and he's reaping awards: Coastal Credit Union and several partners recently spun out a new venture led by Kovacs that has just landed $3 million in new venture capital. Here's the back story about the emerging success of Constellation Digital Partners.

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Updated July 18

Google Glass is back: Enterprise Edition targets industry

Google Glass is back with a new "Enterprise Edition" announced on Tuesday. The initial target: Use on the job.

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July 18

Uber, Lyft take down not just cab drivers, but also lenders

Uber Ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft have been so disruptive to New York City's taxi industry, they are causing lenders to fail.

July 18

Premium Lock Inside IBM Z: Data encryption on the fly for digital business

A team of analysts from Technology Business Research take a detailed look at IBM's new z14 mainframe, which was announced Monday, generating headlines worldwide. What's beyond the hype?

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Updated July 18

Premium Lock That's entertainment: Netflix piles up viewers, big programming bills as stock climbs (+ video)

"Our streaming membership grew more than expected, from 99m to 104m, due to our amazing content," says Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. "We also crossed the symbolic milestones of 100m members and more international than domestic members. It was a good quarter."

Updated July 17

Apple unveils new emoji, including breastfeeding mom

Apple announced a collection of new emoji characters coming to iOS, macOS and watchOS later this year. The news coincides with World Emoji Day, which is July 17.

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Updated July 17

Premium Lock IBM counters cyber threats with 'Z': 12B encryptions a day (+ video)

Worried about cyber crime and hacking? Cloud vulnerability? To counter these threats, IBM is rolling out IBM Z, a new transaction system that Big Blue says is capable of processing "more than 12 billion encrypted transactions" a day. That capacity makes it the world's most powerful, the tech giant claims. Plus: A video about Syztem Z.

July 17

Education software firm Terra Dotta raises $3.3M (+ video)

A Chapel Hill-based higher education software company has raised $3.3 million in a private equity offering, according to a filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

July 17

Premium Lock Venture capitalists call for 'Restoring Internet freedom'

The Broadband Report       In a letter to the FCC, the president of the National Venture Capital Association spells out the organizations' stand in the debate over "net neutrality." Writing on behalf of its members and entrepreneurs, the NVCA points out its "strong support for robust net neutrality rules that allow startups to compete on a level playing field."

July 17

Premium Lock 'Star Wars' fans will go nuts over Disney's upcoming park plans (+ video)

Disney on Saturday unveiled plans for a "Star Wars"-inspired hotel, which Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek called "the most experiential" luxury resort they've ever done. And tech news service IGN says the hotel "will be the ultimate role-play experience." Get the full story plus watch an in-depth video report.

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