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Five takeaways from the Apple earnings call
Apple reported its quarterly numbers on Tuesday, a mixed bag that saw profits rise up but sales fall short of the mark. Here are five takeaways from the earnings call that followed.

Apple reports huge profit but sales disappoint
Apple has racked up another hugely profitable quarter on sales of iPhones and Macintosh computers, though its revenue growth was slower than expected.

What to listen for during Apple's earnings call today
Apple today will reveal its Q2 revenue and device sales during a conference call with Wall Street. Here's what to listen out for.

Lenovo spins 180, says it's still in the 8-in. Windows tablet game
Lenovo on Friday said it would continue selling sub-10-in. Windows tablets in the U.S., backing away from statements it made the day before.

Apple, IBM spell out enterprise support for iPhone, iPad
Apple will provide an expanded set of support services to IBM customers with iPhones and iPads under a new enterprise-grade AppleCare plan.

Timeline: How Apple's iOS gained enterprise cred
In the seven years since the first iPhone arrived, iOS has morphed from a consumer-centric OS into one with a wealth of enterprise-worthy features.

Apple and IBM: A winning combo for IT
One thing is clear about the Apple-IBM partnership: It will change the dynamic of the enterprise mobility market in significant ways.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Who should really worry about Apple/IBM? Microsoft
Sure, the enterprise push by Apple and IBM should worry the Android camp, and business writers should make sure they have an up-to-date obituary ready for BlackBerry. But Microsoft is the company with the most to lose.

IBM and Apple ties go way back
IBM and Apple have a history of working together that dates back more than 20 years.

Apple fashions 'brilliant' partnership with IBM for instant enterprise cred
The business-focused deal between Apple and IBM unveiled Tuesday is 'brilliant,' one analyst said, noting that Apple now gets into the enterprise through the front door rather than the back.

Why the Apple-IBM deal matters
Apple's partnership with IBM to tackle the mobile enterprise could have lasting ramifications for both companies -- as well as for rivals Google, Microsoft and BlackBerry. It could also make life a lot easier for IT staff at large enterprises.

Apple and IBM in major deal to tackle corporate market
Apple is making a big push for the corporate IT market through a partnership with IBM, which will develop iOS apps for its big data and analytics services and promote iPhones and iPads to its clients.

Why Samsung needs to move beyond Android -- and Google
Samsung depends on Google's Android OS, but needs to find a way to differentiate itself from rivals who also use Android if it's to grow and thrive.

Microsoft slashes SMB Office 365 prices by up to 31%
Microsoft's price cuts for some Office 365 plans was an attempt to keep momentum on its software-by-subscription push, an analyst said.

Dev interest in OS X Yosemite is 4X what it was for Mavericks in '13
Developer interest in OS X Yosemite appears to be quadruple that of 2013's Mavericks.

Apple yanks Google Maps from iCloud's 'Find My iPhone'
Apple has begun replacing Google Maps with its own mapping technology on iCloud.com, specifically in the Web-based "Find My iPhone" service.

Getting started with Microsoft Azure RemoteApp
There are several deployment choices, but none is overly complex to set up.

Why Android Wear is the new iPad
Columnist Mike Elgan tested a smartwatch with Android Wear and said he has experienced a culture-changing platform.

Apple cuts iPod Touch prices by up to 25%
Apple today cut prices of its iPod Touch as sales of that device and others in the iPod lineup have plummeted.

Support clock ticks on Office for Mac 2011, but heir nowhere in sight
The clock is ticking on support for Office for the Mac 2011, and there's still no sign from Microsoft of a replacement.

Microsoft wants MacBook Air owners to trade up to a Surface Pro by trading in
Microsoft has launched a buyback program to try to get MacBook Air owners to part with their laptops and replace them with new Surface Pro 3 devices.

Yosemite's 'Handoff' will work only on Macs less than 2-3 years old
Apple's "Handoff" -- one of the key new features of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite -- will work only on newer Macs that support Bluetooth 4.0 and the Bluetooth LE (low energy) technology.

Microsoft promises Windows Phone 'kill-switch' by July 2015
Microsoft today spelled out the "kill-switch" deterrents it will add to the Windows Phone mobile operating system, and said it would meet a July 2015 deadline for making stolen smartphones useless.

Headphone makers will be wary of Apple's Lightning audio pitch
Apple will find it difficult to convince headset manufacturers to switch to a Lightning port for audio, an analyst argued today.

Developer demos iPad split-screen in photos, video
The developer who earlier this week uncovered code within iOS 8 that pointed to a split-screen mode posted demonstrations of the feature in action.

Microsoft should grab Apple's 'Handoff' for Office
There's no good reason Microsoft can't adopt Apple's "Handoff" technology in its iOS and OS X Office apps, an analyst said today.

Devs can 'Handoff' iOS apps to browser-based UIs on Macs
Apple's new Handoff feature in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite not only lets users pick up on one app from where they left off on another, but it can "forward" them to a website on an iPhone, iPad or Mac.

Developer discovers split screen in iOS 8 code
A developer yesterday claimed code within iOS 8 pointed to a split-screen mode, suggesting that earlier rumors of the iPad embracing the personal computer-like capability had some basis in fact.

Apple's storage strategy: Clear, not cloudy
Despite the iCloud enhancements and new features Apple talked up at WWDC, don't expect the company to broadly compete in the online storage market.

Apple's Continuity tack brings ubiquitous computing to Yosemite and iOS 8
At this year's WWDC, Apple showcased a variety of new technologies under the Continuity umbrella that take device communication to a more sophisticated level. Users are the winners, says columnist Michael deAgonia.

Will Apple's Internet of Things vision hurt a beautiful idea?
Apple's just announced approach to home automation involves Homekit, an iOS 8 framework and network protocol for controlling devices in the home. But will it play nicely with others?

Apple counters Microsoft's convergence strategy with Continuity
Apple yesterday countered Microsoft's vision of the future, where multiple devices collapse into one, with a recognition that compromises and multiple devices are not only the reality, but could be lucrative.

At WWDC, continuity across devices is the theme
Apple's "Continuity" initiative is all about using the right device for the right task at the right moment and shifting between those devices seamlessly. Columnist Ryan Faas explains.

Apple opens up iOS, struts Mac-iPhone-iPad integration
Apple CEO Tim Cook and one of his top lieutenants today outlined the next iterations of the company's critical iOS and the less-important OS X before enthusiastic developers.

Beats me: Everyone posits a theory on Apple's $3B deal
Apple made it official Wednesday that it would acquire Beats Entertainment, but even after weeks of speculation, pundits still can't decide whether the deal is a smart move.

WWDC preview: For Apple, it's all about platforms now
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is the company's one big chance to talk up hardware, operating systems and services -- and explain where Apple is headed. Ryan Faas explains what to look for on Monday.

Apple goes against grain, lets Beats Music live on Android and Windows Phone
Apple will continue to offer Beats Music apps for Android and Windows Phone after it closes the deal to acquire the streaming music service and Beats Electronics.

IDC drops tablet sales forecast, sees phablets encroaching on the market
IDC has lowered its forecast for tablet sales for 2014 by 6.3%, pointing to the cannibalization of small tablets by larger smartphones known as "phablets."

'Oleg Pliss' hack makes for a perfect teachable IT moment
Earlier this week, some iOS device owners woke up to discover that "Oleg Pliss" had hacked their iPhones and iPads and locked them up. The hack could have been worse, says Ryan Fass, which is why it's a good lesson in security that IT staffers should use.

Apple confirms WWDC public webcast on June 2
Apple today confirmed that it will webcast the keynote at its Worldwide Developers Conference next Monday.

Apple plots home break-in, home automation break-through
It looks like Apple will trumpet its entry into the home automation market next week at its annual developers conference.

Perspective: The Surface Pro is Microsoft's latest premature introduction problem
Microsoft has become mildly famous -- in hindsight -- for being early, far too early, to important technology products and trend swings. Is history repeating itself with the Surface Pro 3?

Surface Pro 3's 'tweener' screen is too small for a laptop, too big for a tablet
Microsoft picked the wrong screen size for its new Surface Pro 3 if it really plans to push the hybrid device as a replacement for premium-priced notebooks, a retail analyst said.

Jack Gold: Microsoft re-Surfaces the Pro, for the enterprise
The enhancements in the Surface Pro 3 are aimed straight at the enterprise.

Toaster, refrigerator, meet tablet, notebook: Apple and Microsoft trade takes on 2-in-1s
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella pushed the need for blending tablets and notebooks at the unveiling of the Surface Pro 3, countering earlier arguments by Apple CEO Tim Cook that the trade-offs from such devices don't please anybody.

AT&T hacker wants government to pay him $13M
Andrew 'weev' Auernheimer, whose struggles with U.S. prosecutors have fueled calls for reforming the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, wants the government to pay him $13 million for imprisoning him for the past three years.

Microsoft doubles down on 2-in-1, enterprise-first Surface strategy
Microsoft today doubled down on its strategy of pushing the Surface tablet as a two-in-one device that does duty as laptop or tablet, serving not consumers but business customers.

Surface do-or-die moment? Not so fast
Microsoft's scheduled unveiling of new Surface tablets next week is not a last-chance moment for the company's hardware dreams, analysts said, countering a theme popular on the Web.

Are iPads Making the Grade on College Campuses?
Apple has made a big push to get iPads in the hands of college students -- and productivity apps such as iWork and now Office for iPad are helping. But one university professor says tablets 'fall far short' of meeting the prerequisites for serious college coursework.

iOS 8 split-screen hints at iPad's enterprise ambition
Apple will debut a split-screen feature for the iPad in this year's iOS 8, tilting its tablet toward PC-like functionality and mimicking a core feature of Microsoft's Windows 8 on tablets, according to a report Tuesday.

Microsoft CEO Nadella aces first-100-day test
If Satya Nadella is celebrating his first 100 days as CEO of Microsoft today, no one can blame him, a corporate leadership expert said.

Office for iPad apps ring up 27M downloads
Microsoft on Monday said that customers had downloaded about 27 million copies of the Office for iPad apps in six weeks, a "promising" figure that one analyst said still lacks important contextual details.

Apple reclaims J.D. Power's top tablet satisfaction prize
J.D. Power and Associates has given its top ranking in tablet satisfaction to Apple, six months after it gave the honor to Samsung and broke Apple's winning streak.

Preston Gralla: Straight A's for Microsoft CEO Nadella at the 60-day mark
What we've seen so far suggests that Microsoft's new CEO is his own man and willing to buck the company's traditional ways.

Microsoft taps 'Print' in Office on the iPad
Microsoft today shipped the first update for Office for iPad since its debut five weeks ago, adding printing to the three apps.

Apple cuts MacBook Air prices, sells its first under-$900 laptop
Apple today refreshed its MacBook Air line-up, dropping prices by $100 on all four stock models.

Microsoft Surface Mini seems likely to ship soon
Microsoft may be prepping to ship a mini version of its Surface tablets within a month, based on an Amazon.com listing for a case custom made for the device.

As iPad sales slump, Cook hijacks analysts' fast-uptake explanation
Apple on Wednesday conceded that it sold 16% fewer iPads in the March quarter than in the same period last year, fulfilling analysts' expectations -- in spades -- that iPad sales have slowed.

Fewer college students use tablets; may be a sign device doesn't boost productivity
How much real work can one get done on a tablet? Or are tablets mostly designed for entertainment? The questions arise as a recent survey of college students showed a small decline in tablet ownership.

Android mobile ad traffic beats iOS for first time
Android smartphones and tablets now get the most mobile ad traffic worldwide, but iPhones and iPads still get 52% of the revenue.

Google Glass dips its toe into iOS pool
As Google added a taste of iOS functionality to Glass, one analyst said this is just the beginning of efforts to draw in Apple users to the computerized eyewear.

The iPad's expected ebb, and the search for why
Apple is expected Wednesday to confirm Wall Street's fears, that iPad sales growth not only slackened in the March quarter, but reversed course with fewer of the iconic tablets sold than the year before.

Apple customers downsize iPhone, iPad storage in March quarter
U.S. iPhone and iPad sales skewed more toward devices with less storage space in the March quarter compared to the final three-month period of 2013.

Apple has bigger plans than just song ID with Shazam deal
Apple will integrate music identification technology created by Shazam into the next version of iOS, but could go much further than simple song naming.

How to get a job in manufacturing IT
To excel in manufacturing, tech workers need to be one part tinkerer and one part visionary, with a bit of analytical acumen thrown in as well.

First-to-market means diddly when it comes to smartwatches
The old wisdom that "first-to-market" technology products will win out gets thrown out the window when it comes to smartwatches and some other wearables.

Tip of the Hat: An iWatch won't affect Apple's long-term success
Some Wall Street analysts are warning that Apple needs to unveil its post-iPhone and iPad products to assure it can survive and thrive in the years ahead.

Microsoft kicks off sales of lower-priced Office subscription in bid for iPad dollars
Five weeks after announcing a lower-cost subscription to Office, Microsoft today started selling Office 365 Personal to consumers.

Microsoft's Office for iPad Shakes Up Mobile Enterprise
It's hard to overstate the impact of the Microsoft Office for iPad. The arrival of the dominant productivity suite on the dominant tablet promises to change how iPads are viewed in the enterprise. Office for iPad may also crush competitive apps, shut out cloud storage providers and limit MDM vendors.

Microsoft puts the squeeze on Windows to shoehorn it into 16GB devices
Microsoft has revealed how it will squeeze Windows 8.1 onto devices with storage space as small as 16GB to fulfill a promise earlier this year that OEMs could produce low-cost tablets and laptops.

MediaFire offers 1TB of cloud storage for $2.50
MediaFire has launched a storage and file-sharing service that it argues is more secure than Amazon's.

4 reasons Microsoft is a new company
There's no question that today's Microsoft is a whole new company. Many of the changes announced under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella were initiated under his predecessor, Steve Ballmer. But it's clear that it's a whole new Microsoft.

Microsoft teases touch-first Office for Windows
Microsoft teased a touch-first Office for Windows 8.1, but contrary to many experts' expectations, previewed only one app and declined to define a release window.

LaCie doubles wireless capacity for iPhones, iPads
LaCie announced it is releasing a 2TB version of its Fuel wireless hard drive.

Microsoft's Word for iPad cracks top 10 in gross revenue
Microsoft's new Word for iPad app has cracked the top 10 on Apple's App Store 'Top Grossing' chart.

Where's the touch-first Office for Windows?
When Microsoft unveiled Office for iPad on Thursday, neither CEO Satya Nadella nor the company said much of anything about a similar touch version for Windows 8.1. Analysts expect that to change this week.

Nadella wins praise for public debut as CEO
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's first public appearance on Thursday was a hit with analysts, who gave him a thumbs up for his time on stage as the company unveiled Office for iPad.

Microsoft's freemium Office apps jump to top of iPad chart
Microsoft's new Office for iPad apps vaulted to the top of the free application chart on Apple's App Store shortly after their Thursday debut.

Nadella to Cook on Office revenue sharing: Drop dead
With the launch of Office for iPad yesterday, Microsoft again effectively cut Apple out of most of the revenue stream by making the apps free to download.

Nadella unveils mobile managment suite for iPad and Android
Along with Office on the iPad, Microsoft Thursday released a comprehensive Enterprise Mobility Suite for managing and securing mobile devices, mobile applications and user identity and access -- all from the cloud.

Microsoft scraps 'Windows-first' practice, puts Office on iPad before Surface
As expected, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hosted a press conference where the company unveiled Office for iPad, breaking with its past practice of protecting Windows by first launching software on its own operating system.

Update: Microsoft unveils Office for iPad
As expected, Microsoft today announced Office for the iPad at a press event in San Francisco led by CEO Satya Nadella.

On eve of expected Office for iPad, some remain skeptical
Although rumors have pegged today as the day when Microsoft will announce a long-awaited Office for iPad, some remain skeptical that the company will actually pull the trigger.

PC sales to drop by 6% in 2014
The global decline in sales of laptops and desktops is expected to continue in 2014 -- and Gartner envisions another decline of nearly 5% in 2015

Microsoft to webcast event where Office for iPad may be announced
Microsoft on Thursday will publicly webcast a press event from San Francisco during which many expect CEO Satya Nadella to not only make his first appearance but also announce an upcoming Office for Apple's iPad.

2-in-1 devices face a long, slow slog to credibility
Microsoft's efforts to push the concept of a "2-in-1" device, a tablet that does double duty as a notebook, will continue to struggle, an IDC analyst said Tuesday.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Office for iPad: Big deal, or big yawn?
Flop or not? Users will soon decide whether Office for the iPad is the greatest thing since Flappy Birds or the next Microsoft Kin. What's a Kin, you ask? Exactly.

iOS tops Android for Web browsing in U.S. and other developed nations
Android smartphones from all manufacturers make up nearly 80% of all smartphones recently sold worldwide, but iOS still dominates when it comes to Web browsing in the U.S. and other developed countries.

Talk is not cheap: Microsoft adds $23B to market cap on rumors of Office for iPad
Microsoft's share price cracked $40, setting an 11-year high in trading on Thursday.

Microsoft's free OneNote vaults to top of Mac App Store chart
Microsoft's OneNote jumped to the top of the free application chart on Apple's Mac App Store shortly after its Monday launch.

Apple drops iPad 2, inserts 4th-gen Retina iPad into $399 price slot
Apple today replaced the iPad 2 with 2012's fourth-generation Retina iPad as its lowest-priced tablet, a likely reaction to both pressure from cheap Android tablets and the advanced age of the iPad 2.

Microsoft CEO Nadella to unveil Office on iPad next week
Microsoft will announce Office apps for Apple's iPad on March 27, according to a pair of reports Monday.

Microsoft's OneNote strategy: Battle Evernote, or something bigger?
Microsoft today began offering Mac users its OneNote application free of charge, making rumors last week about a release a reality.

Hands on with iOS 7.1: A few good improvements
Apple's latest upgrade to its mobile operating system, iOS 7.1, adds some useful touches and fixes some of the glitches that appeared in the previous version.

Microsoft's new lower-priced Office 365 is 'obvious preface' for iPad suite
Microsoft's announcement today of a less expensive Office 365 subscription for consumers was the strongest hint yet that the company will soon offer an edition for Apple's iPad, an analyst said.

Activist investor who wants Office on iPad joins Microsoft board
Microsoft added G. Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, to its board of directors, making good on its part of the deal it struck with the activist shareholder last year.

IDC forecasts deeper declines in PC shipments for 2014
Shipments of new PCs, most of them equipped with Microsoft Windows, will decline more in 2014 than thought a few months ago, according to IDC.

Kenneth van Wyk: Apple's big fail
It's disturbing that Apple would release an essential fix for iOS while ignoring the exact same problem in OS X.

What if Microsoft threw an iPad Office party, and no one came?
Microsoft will make a killing when it launches Office apps for Apple's iPad and tablets powered by Android. Or will it?

Apple takes top spot in brand value computation
Apple was appointed the world's highest-valued brand today by Brand Finance, which said the Cupertino, Calif. company's brand is worth nearly $105 billion.

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Earnings reports show Apple matters to the world, Microsoft doesn't

Yesterday's earnings reports from Microsoft and Apple showed a contrast in corporate strategies: Apple's aimed at consumers, Microsoft's targeted at businesses. Those reports and the press's reaction to them shows why right now Apple matters to the world, and Microsoft doesn't.

Apple results: Don't expect new products until Fall

Apple CEO Tim Cook continued to talk about "new product lines" the company "can't wait" to share, but these promises couldn't disguise relative flatness in the company's Q3 results.

15 more iOS 8 features we learned this week

New insights into what's inside Apple's looming iOS 8 release continue to emerge, alongside a bunch of new enhancements introduced within iOS 8 Beta 4, which reached developers last night.

6 ways Apple protects your privacy in iOS 8

Apple has put a lot of work into ensuring iOS 8 users are given much stronger controls over their privacy and security, giving its mobile OS something competitors cannot (or will not) match.

Why enterprise IT pros should fear Apple and IBM

Apple and IBM intend to bring Apple's legendary ease of use into the enterprise. This means those who currently work in enterprise IT will be expected to deliver complexity and power within applications users can understand. And if they don't do it, they'll be out of a job.

OS X Yosemite, iOS 8: Continuity -- what you need to know

Apple's promised Continuity feature will bind OS X Yosemite with iOS 8, enabling integration between Macs and mobile devices for compatible apps. So what is Continuity and what can you expect?

15+ reasons Apple is best for accessibility

Apple does more to ensure its solutions are accessible to a wide range of users than any other platform, in spite of any drivel suggesting otherwise.

IBM and Apple... Sitting in a tree... K. I. S. S. I. N. G.

Tim loves Ginni. Ginni loves Tim. (But no tongues.)

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and IBM (NYSE:IBM) are climbing into bed together. Better serving big customers is the aim of the game. And you'll see why 2015 will be like 1984.

Good thing? Bad thing? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers can't agree.

Apple's IBM alliance kills Google in the enterprise

The news (to my mind, at least) confirms just how far Apple has come in its battle for relevance against old foe, Microsoft. So, what might this mean for Android? Nothing good.

17 Siri tips for Apple's iOS 7

While you wait for Apple's iOS 8 Siri improvements it makes sense to make sure we're getting the best from what the voice assistant already offers through these short tips.

iOS: How to use iPhone, iPad earphones in 13 tips

There's 13 handy functions available from the earphones you get standard with iOS devices -- you can even speak to Siri. Not only this, but many third-party headsets offer the same functionality. It makes sense to know what you can do.

Major League Baseball gets ready for iWatch

Tim Cook's Apple plans its next moves. The latest evidence for this comes from Major League Baseball (MLB), which plans to deploy what will turn out to be iWatch-friendly iBeacon systems across new interactive baseball attractions.

Apple hires Swiss luxury precision for iWatch team

Apple wants to add the "Swiss made" label when it ships the first in its future family of wearable devices, iWatch, this year. That's unlikely to happen, but it suggests the company is aiming pretty high as it recruits yet more talent to its wearable tech dream team.

iOS: Recover photos, messages and more with PhoneRescue

Many users attempting to install the recent iOS 7.1.2 update may have needed to reclaim space in order to upgrade their phone -- for many, this meant deleting photos, music or even messages. There is another way that lets you keep your data and make space, PhoneRescue.

Apple HealthKit: 5 iOS wearables for sporty types

Make no mistake, health and wearable devices are utterly transforming sports; I've put together five solutions that suggest just how important Apple's HealthKit is going to become.