Posts Tagged ‘the-original’

Nuance Swings to Q4 Loss Despite Modest Revenue Growth

November 26, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Nuance Communications Inc. swung to fiscal fourth-quarter loss as operating expenses grew, despite modest growth in revenue. The company — which makes software that converts speech into text and is known best for its Dragon line of dictation products — saw operating expenses rise 7.6 percent in the latest revenue period, including a 23 percent increase in research and development costs. Also, revenue growth in the Nuance’s health-care and imaging segments was mostly offset by declines in its mobile and consumer business and its enterprise segment. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Should You Invest in Bitcoin?

November 23, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

What is a bitcoin worth? For the growing band of people who follow the virtual currency, the answer is self-evident: The price of a bitcoin this week surpassed $780, a record. On Jan. 1, you could have bought a bitcoin for merely $13.50. At Friday afternoon’s price of about $730, that bet would have grown about 54-fold. The bitcoin phenomenon, and the technological innovation that made it possible, is interesting—but for investors large and small, the more pertinent question is whether they should buy the virtual currency or avoid it. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Qualcomm CEO Says NSA Fallout Impacting China Business

November 23, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Mobile device chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. expects to continue growing in China, but Chief Executive Paul Jacobs acknowledged U.S. restrictions on Chinese companies and revelations about surveillance by the National Security Agency are impacting its business in the fast-growing country. “We are definitely seeing increased pressure,” said Mr. Jacobs in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “All U.S. tech companies are seeing pressure.” Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Snapchat CEO Says 70 Percent of Users Are Women

November 20, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Roughly 70 percent of Snapchat users are women, the chief executive of the messaging app said at a closed-door Goldman Sachs conference Wednesday. Co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel said Snapchat users are sending 400 million “snaps” a day on the service, where messages disappear after a few seconds, according to a person who was present at the meeting. He said half of Snapchat’s users have tried out “stories,” a feature the company introduced last month to link multiple messages together. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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An iPad That’s Mini in Screen Size Only

November 19, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

It’s largely accepted that miniature versions must compromise on something. Fancy sports cars lack back seats, snack-size candy bars are missing a whole lot of chocolate and the iPad Mini wants for high quality screen resolution and speedy performance. Until now. Apple’s new iPad Mini, which starts at $399 and became available last week, has virtually the same specs as its big brother, the full-size iPad Air. Both offer the same head-turning Retina display with a super sharp screen resolution. Both have the same new chip for faster processing and improved graphics performance. Both have better technology for connecting to Wi-Fi or cellular networks. And both have improved front-facing cameras that work better in low light. Apple’s iPad Mini with Retina display has a processor that’s four times as fast as the original Mini, which helps with apps like iMovie, second screen from the right. This means you basically just choose what size screen you prefer, the 9.7-inch iPad Air or the 7.9-inch iPad Mini with Retina display, without compromising. I’ve been testing the iPad Mini with Retina display for the past week and a half, and this miniature version doesn’t make me feel like I’m compromising on anything. My everyday iPad is the iPad 3 with Retina display, but I found myself reaching more often for the new Mini, tossing it into a bag to use on the go. I also carried it around the house more than I do my full-size iPad. And in my taxing battery test, it lasted 11 hours and 17 minutes, which is longer than Apple’s estimate of 10 hours. This iPad Mini with Retina display is the second iteration of the iPad Mini

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Kids Aren’t Reliable Tech Predictors

November 18, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

I believe the children aren’t our future. Teach them well, but when it comes to determining the next big thing in tech, let’s not fall victim to the ridiculous idea that they lead the way. Yes, I’m talking about Snapchat. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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‘Independence Day 2′ Pushed Back a Year to July 1, 2016

November 13, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

20th Century Fox is moving its “Independence Day” sequel back a year to from July 3, 2015 to to July 1, 2016 — or almost exactly 20 years after the original hit theaters. Roland Emmerich’s 1996 blockbuster “Independence Day” hit theaters on July 3, 1996, and went on to gross a still-impressive $817 million worldwide.... Read more

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How Airlines Mine Personal Data In-Flight

November 10, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

One day soon, frequent fliers should expect flight attendants to know their birthdays, how they like their coffee, and what they’re likely to buy on board. After years of dithering, airlines are learning to use the wealth of customer data they collect. Greater stability in an industry long roiled by bankruptcies is enabling carriers to invest in technology to personalize the flying experience and better target promotions. But the airlines sometimes struggle to do all that without making customers uncomfortable. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Realities of Performance Appraisal

November 9, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Much has been written recently about performance ratings and management at some large and successful companies. Amazon has surfaced as a company implementing OLRs, organization and leadership reviews, which target the least effective 10% of an organization for appropriate action. Yahoo recently implemented QPRs, quarterly performance reviews, which rates people as “misses” or “occasionally misses” among other ratings. And just so we don’t think this is something unique to tech, every year about this time Wall St firms begin the annual bonus process which is filled with any number of legendary dysfunctions given the massive sums of money in play. Even the Air Force has a legendary process for feedback and appraisal. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Fairfax Financial Discloses BlackBerry Investors

November 7, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Fairfax Financial Holdings disclosed that its partners in a $1 billion investment in struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry include a Qatar-based sovereign-wealth fund and several Canadian investment funds. Fairfax’s regulatory filing Thursday answers some of the questions that have hovered over BlackBerry since it scrapped a monthslong attempt to sell itself on Monday, saying it would continue as a public company with new leadership and the $1 billion investment. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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