Sony Mobile CEO and President, Hiroki Totoki, has decided to put an end to the rumour that Sony is planning to sell its mobile division. In an interview, he was quoted as saying “we will never ever sell or exit from the current mobile business,” which says a lot about the Japanese company’s resolve to stay in the market.
Hewlett-Packard has filed the necessary paperwork for the company to split itself into two entities. The existing HP Inc will remain intact, but the server business will be spun off as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. This neatly divides the company between consumer tech and enterprise services,
Sony has started believing that it should reach out and communicate with its fans and customers more. However, it appears to think that the way to do this is by asking them to crowdfund future products that are currently in development. Meet “First Flight”, Sony’s crowdsourcing platform that will allow it to seek funding directly from consumers instead of investors, or even from its own funds.
Samsung has completed a trial run of its Safety Truck programme; an experiment that involves allowing drivers to see through large vehicles. This was done by mounting a wireless camera on the front of the trailer cab, and then feeding the video to four large screen panels set on the back of the trailer.
Some might still hold him responsible for what happened to Nokia, so this might be an interesting news for you who feels the same way: ex-Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop who is currently leading Microsoft Devices Group (MDG) will be leaving Microsoft very soon. This is apparently due to leadership’s shake up that Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella has announced just moments ago.
The Microsoft Asia Innovation Tour gave us the opportunity to look at what the Microsoft Asia Pacific R&D in Beijing had to offer. We saw several interesting facilities in the campus, and while we did not manage to get our hands on the highly-anticipated Microsoft HoloLens (we’re as disappointed as you are) it was definitely an interesting experience. Here are some of the highlights – in pictures, of course – of the Microsoft Asia Innovation Tour.
Not many may have heard of Microsoft Research, let alone the company’s own R&D facility in Beijing. Dubbed as the Microsoft Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group (ARD), it is the company’s biggest research and development facility outside of the US; and we have been invited to a tour of it. Here’s what we have learnt from the tour so far.
Jony Ive, the mastermind behind some of Apple’s greatest creations, has been promoted from Senior VP and will become Apple’s first Chief Design Officer. The promotion will see him oversee the company’s broader design efforts, and reduce the amount of time he spends on day-to-day managerial duties.
The legal battle between Apple and Samsung has been going on since 2011, and with this recent court ruling, it seems like it won’t be over anytime soon. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reaffirmed that Samsung did indeed copy specific design patents of the iPhone. However, the court also determined that Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s trade dress, that is, the overall look and feel of the device. With that, Apple’s US$930 million (about RM3.3 billion) win over Samsung will be reduced.
While many might not realize this, Microsoft and TM are actually close to each other but most of their collaborations are geared towards SMEs as well as techprenuership. Example of such collaborations include the “Good Bye XP, Good Buy Windows 8” program, Office In The Box packages, and //bina/ 2014. This will change soon though as both companies have decided to expand their collaborations into consumer space as well.
Much like previous version of Windows, Microsoft will be marketing Windows 10 under several different SKUs. This is not entirely unexpected, although there are some versions that raise more questions than provide answers. The Windows blog post also clarifies the whole Windows 10 free upgrade thing as well.
News has been going around that solid state drives in storage have been discovered to lose their stored data in extremely short span of time. This refers to unpowered SSDs remaining untouched in lockers, and not the drives installed in computers that are used every day. Still, that hasn’t caused a more than a few computer users to become concerned.