Business IT



Tim Cook's Apple tops $US700 billion valuation

Appleā€™s market cap has doubled since Tim Cook became CEO in August 2011.

Ben Grubb   Anything Steve Jobs can do, Tim Cook can do better.

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Microsoft sues the IRS

'The IRS has failed to meet the deadline' in disclosing details of its deal with a law firm, Microsoft says.

Matt Day   Microsoft is suing the Internal Revenue Service in an effort to get details of an agreement between the tax regulator and a law firm examining how Microsoft tallied its sales between subsidiaries.

News Bytes for week of November 24, 2014


NAB flicks servers; Prezi goes Android; Australians are addicted to their smart devices and want the NBN soon; and more.


Fujitsu to push its own hardware into data centres

Fujitsu is planning to sell its own hardware into service contracts.

Stuart Corner   Company is preparing to ramp up its hardware business, planning to supply its own equipment in the installation and service of client data centres.


Samsung reshuffle: mobile executives to 'pay the price' for profit slump

Samsung's mobile business will be the focus of the upcoming reshuffle, analysts say, as the department has been ceding ground to smaller players like Xiaomi.

Jungah Lee   Samsung Group's first management restructure since family patriarch Lee Kun Hee's heart attack is set to focus on the executives leading the world's biggest smartphone business as earnings slump and market share shrinks.


Square Register rolls out worldwide


Mobile payments firm founded by Twitter co-creator Jack Dorsey is rolling out its point of sale register software worldwide.

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Intel 2015 sales to rise despite ongoing mobile issues

'We're growing again': Intel executive vice president and CFO Stacy Smith.

World's largest chipmaker says sales in 2015 will rise by a per centage in the "mid-single digits," in line with analysts' estimates, as it pushes into markets outside personal computers.


Uber: a hot tech start-up in need of a cultural shake-up

Travis Kalanick's Uber is in need of a cultural shake-up.

Farhad Manjoo   Uber faces toughest challenge yet - curbing its ugliest, most aggressive impulses.

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Developers get to work on Apple Watch apps

Hannah Francis   Apple has released the developers' kit for its forthcoming wearables device, Apple Watch.

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IBM launches Verse hoping to end email dependency

IBM Verse hopes to change email habits.

Lia Timson   The death of email has been predicted many times, but the oft hated means of communication continues to dominate and frustrate the corporate way of life.

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Social networks

LinkedIn shares drop as 'Facebook at Work' appears on the horizon

Facebook may be muscling in on LinkedIn's turf.

LinkdIn stock has seen a significant fall amid reports that Facebook is preparing a new office version of its social networking site.


Online retailers click that bricks and mortar have lasting value

Spin offs: Jodie Fox says online selling is not enough.

Sylvia Pennington   Aussie internet merchants are realising that an old-school shop front is still vital for building brand and sales.


Australian innovation a G20 sideshow

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tries out Esther Schulz's mood light as NICTA CEO Hugh Durrant-Whyte looks on.

Australia technology was on show along the G20 Summit with world leaders paying special visits to innovation hubs.

Internet of things

Samsung in internet of things push as phone profits fade

With departments that make home appliances and other electronics as well as its fading mobile phone division, Samsung could be well placed to deliver an internet of things solution.

Jungah Lee   Samsung sizes up market projected to be worth $US7.1 trillion by 2020 as it works to build a future beyond mobile phones.


NanoPolice, NanoRescue: nanotechnology's quest to replace police dogs

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Matthew Hall   Get ready for the NanoPolice, NanoDoctor and, if lost in the bush or caught in an earthquake, the NanoRescue team as nanotechnology seeks to replicate a dog's acute sense of smell.

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BlackBerry enrols Samsung in mobile security solutions push

Blackberry CEO John Chen has a plan to turn around the smartphone pioneer

BlackBerry has unveiled its new mobile-device management and security platform and struck wide-ranging partnerships to bolster its capabilities, sending its shares more than 6 per cent higher.


Microsoft makes .Net tools open source, good for Mac and Linux

Satya Nadella is pressing ahead with making the company's tools available on any platform.

Dina Bass   Microsoft .Net programming tools will be freely available to enable the company's software to work with rival technologies.

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Legal peer-to-peer movie sharing on the way

The GT TV device that promises to stream movies and TV shows from peer-to-peer networks legally.

Stuart Corner   A Sydney start-up is aiming to revolutionise the way people watch movies over the internet with a legitimate peer-to-peer technology and a device that will stream movies in HD.

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Apple must face lawsuit over iMessage Android issues

Apple argues the law does not cover situations where technology "simply does not function as plaintiff subjectively believes it should".

Judge orders Apple to face claims it interfered with mobile contracts by not disclosing that it's operating system would obstruct the delivery of "countless" messages from other Apple device users if iPhone users switched to non-Apple devices.


Apple kicks enterprise assault into higher gear

Apple's looking to make moves into corporate America.

Apple is embarking on its most aggressive expansion yet onto corporate turf, hiring a dedicated sales force to talk with potential clients.

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