Following the recent announcement of Microsoft’s plans to transfer Nokia X series to the Windows Phone family, the company is now acting to shut down the Nokia feature phone lineups and end the support of the platform.
News is out that Microsoft is looking to downsize its 127,000 strong workforce by about 18,000 people. While most of these were expected to come from the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services Division, Redmond has surprised many by announcing it will be shutting down the Xbox Entertainment Studios.
Samsung has suspended Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co. Ltd from supplying it with components as it has found evidence of suspected child labour practices. The Korean manufacturer made the announcement through the Samsung Tomorrow blog, and has said this move was done in line with its zero-tolerance policy towards child labour.
Crytek, the studio behind the Crysis series and Ryse of Rome, is being reported by Kotaku as being in deeper financial trouble than first thought. Staff at the company’s UK office have apparently stopped working, and development of the resurrection of the Homefront series is now in jeopardy.
Google has expanded a new option for businesses who use the Google Drive service for storage. Cloud storage for enterprise users has been a big thing for some companies, with Microsoft going all out to integrate the Office 365 suite of productivity services. Google is following suit by offering unlimited storage for business users, for the low price of US$10/month per user.
Electric car maker Tesla has just announced that it will not pursue lawsuits against anyone who wants to copy its technology. Elon Musk is apparently moving to the next step for expanding the reach of electric, emission-free vehicles. Musk stated that “Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology”; and has opened the floodgates for more electric cars to get on the road.”
They might have spent a productive time at Computex 2014 but it turns out that Dell has quietly lined up plenty of new products for Malaysian market. For the past three days, the company has unveiled new laptops, All-in-One PCs, 4K monitors and workstations that are made for both enterprise and consumer sectors.
HP has unveiled plans to begin building a memristor based computer simply known as ‘The Machine’. Memristors are theoretical electrical components that possess the properties of both resistors and long term electronic storage. Should this project succeed, we could see computers that combine the multiple components in a computer into a single unified circuit.
In the last year, it looks like Google have finally pulled past Apple in terms of who is the most valuable company on earth. After 3 years of consecutive Apple dominance on the table Google surged past its competitor with an approximate brand value of US$158.8B as opposed to Apple’s US$148.8B. Writers at the Verge speculate that this could be due to to the fact that Apple is perceived to be resting on their laurels and not innovating as much as they used to while Google is doing quite the opposite.
What do you think about the shift in power in terms of value? Justified?
(Source: The Verge)
Today, DiGi announced the appointment of Lars-Ake Norling as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective 1st August 2014. Norling will replace outgoing CEO Henrik Clausen who will be headed to Sweden to join Telenor Group in a senior position. Norling joins DiGi from the role of CEO of Telnor in Sweden.
“Lars-Ake [Norling] has successfully led Telenor Sweden in one of the world’s most highly advanced telecom markets,” said Sigve Brekke, chairman of DiGi and head of Telenor Asia.
“I am confident that he has the market know-how to further drive DiGi’s growth and Internet For All ambitions, and the right leadership skills to develop our strong company culture and way of work.”
(Source: Digital News Asia)