Microsoft hints at impending write-off of Nokia acquisition that could total billions

From ComputerWorld: Microsoft has signaled that it may take a massive write-off of its Nokia acquisition, perhaps as early as July.

In the 10-Q filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week, Microsoft said that its Phone Hardware division, which is based largely on the Nokia assets acquired last year for approximately $7.9 billion, lost money in the March quarter.

Google removes Nexus 7 from its store, but the Nexus 9 lives on

From PC World: If you were looking to buy a Nexus 7, you’re out of luck as Google’s 7-inch tablet is no longer available for purchase from Google’s online store.

If you visit the Nexus 7 page on the Google Store, you’ll be presented with a message stating that “the Nexus 7 is no longer available for purchase.” It’s unclear as of this writing whether Google has discontinued the Nexus 7 outright, or whether it’s merely out of stock or is planning to release a refreshed version.

Nokia denies reports it plans to return to smartphones

From CNET: Nokia Technologies said Sunday it has no plans to resume smartphone manufacturing, denying recent reports it would return to a business it famously abandoned not so long ago.

"Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China," the company said in a statement. "These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive."

Apple earnings: It's still all about the iPhone

From CNET: The Apple Watch, which was delivered to customers around the world starting last week, may be what everyone's talking about right now.

But when it comes to Apple's financials, it's still all about the iPhone.

The Cupertino, Calif., company on Monday will report its second-quarter earnings, giving an update on how many phones, tablets and computers it sold from January to the end of March. It's also expected to increase the amount of money it returns to shareholders in dividends.

Do you actually care how much electricity your desktop PC use?

Gigabyte G1 Gaming GeForce GTX 960 4GB Review (Page 1 of 13)

What is the main difference between a guy getting a haircut, and a girl getting a haircut? Well, for one thing, whenever a guy gets a haircut, it costs $10, and the results are blatantly obvious. On the other hand, whenever a girl gets a haircut, it costs $300, and looks exactly the same as it was before. Naturally, you will probably agree with me if you are a guy, and if you are a girl, please feel free to send a complaint to us by clicking the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of this page (All emails will go to the Editor-in-Chief, who is... well, me). A couple of weeks ago, one of my female friends enthusiastically messaged me, saying she got a haircut, promising I could actually tell the difference this time. To prove her point, she also sent me a selfie, which turned out to look exactly the same as it was before. On a more serious note, I did look closely and noticed the volume of hair has been reduced, and some layering techniques were used, but it did take some effort to me to correctly identify these elements. When I posted the photos of Gigabyte's G1 Gaming GeForce GTX 960 4GB on the forums last month, some say it looked exactly the same as the G1 Gaming GeForce GTX 970 4GB I reviewed back in January. Of course, any enthusiast will know there is massive performance difference between an NVIDIA GTX 960 and GTX 970 based card. Furthermore, with texture demanding titles, there is even a considerable performance difference between a 2GB card and the 4GB variant we have on hand today. Exactly how much? Well, we took two cream-of-the-crop G1 Gaming samples, a duo of reference NVIDIA specification boards with the same GPU, along with the previous mainstream performance champion, the GTX 760, and benchmarked them all against each other to find out. Just like my friend's hair, looking very similar does not mean they are the same thing.

Phanteks Enthoo Primo White Review (Page 1 of 4)

With the NHL playoffs well on its way, teams become more and more competitive with only one objective: To win the Stanley Cup. Along with its competitiveness comes more body checks, penalties, and fights. This can be seen especially in the second first round game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Calgary Flames. Things simply heated up fast, and there were fights essentially every ten seconds or so. This ultimately led to a talk to both teams by the NHL commissioner. Although I cannot say exactly which team was right or wrong, we can say that it was a pretty intense game, to say the least. Even though many players have calmed down after the game, emotions still lingered when heading into the third game between the two teams. What does this concept have anything to do with our review today? To put it simply, consumers are always out to push the limit of their systems, just like teams in the NHL playoffs. This is especially true in the world of gamers and high graphics rendering artists. They build high end systems to have the ability to display eye-catching artwork and produce realistic visualizations. As such, it is very typical such users are looking for towers to house all their hardware, not just their graphics cards, but everything else to keep it running smoothly. Turn our attention to our review unit for today: The Phanteks Enthoo Primo White. First and foremost, this case is, simply put, looks like a mammoth with too much space to spare. Will it keep components running nice and cool, or will let things heat up a little too quickly? With much excitement, we quickly cracked the box open at our APH Networks headquarters to take a look at this beast.

Microsoft's Q3 results get a lift from Office 365 and Azure

From ComputerWorld: Microsoft has reported better-than-expected financial results for the quarter just ended, helped by strong sales of cloud services like Office 365 and Azure.

Commercial cloud revenue more than doubled from a year earlier, the company announced Thursday, and online services like Bing and Xbox Live performed well.

The results were hurt by the weak PC market, however, with sales of Microsoft's Windows and Office software both declining. That meant that while sales were strong, profits declined from last year.

Comcast's $45 billion Time Warner Cable acquisition is officially dead

From InfoWorld: Comcast is officially walking away from plans to acquire Time Warner Cable, after regulators signaled their displeasure with the deal.

"Today, we move on," Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts said in a statement. "Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn't agree, we could walk away."

Infosys invests in cloud, health monitoring market

From PC World: Indian outsourcer Infosys has made an acquisition in the area of cloud computing and invested in a personal health monitoring company as it tries to move into high value products and services.

The transition is, however, taking time and in the financial results the company reported Friday its revenue and profit grew only slightly. The company said it faced pricing pressure in its core outsourcing business, which still largely prices its services around the number of people deployed on a customer’s project.


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