IBM earnings slump as company shifts to cloud, mobile and analytics

From PC World: IBM is hitting a rough patch financially as it shifts its strategy from hardware to cloud, mobile and analytics technology.

The company, considered a technology bellwether for the scope of its product portfolio and geographical breadth, reported Monday that profit and revenue declined in the third quarter.

“We are disappointed in our performance. We saw a marked slowdown in September in client buying behavior, and our results also point to the unprecedented pace of change in our industry,” CEO Ginni Rometty said in a statement.

Microsoft reportedly ready to launch smartwatch in weeks

From CNET: Microsoft feels the time is right to enter the smartwatch sector, according to a Forbes report.

The tech giant is expected to launch a smartwatch in the next couple of weeks that will have health-tracking capabilities, including a heart-rate monitor, according to the report, which cited unidentified sources.

PS4 "Masamune" Update 2.0 Will Bring New Music and Customization Features

From DailyTech: Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) today previewed the features found in its first major update to its PlayStation 4 (PS4) console, Update 2.0. It also announced a pair of minor updates. The first of these -- Update 3.35 applies to the PlayStation TV set-top box and PlayStation Vita handheld. The second, the PlayStation App 2.0, brings new features and a new look to the app Sony distributes to allow users to explore the PlayStation Network.

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Silicon Power Marvel M70 64GB Review (Page 1 of 8)

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$250 Samsung Chromebook 2 has Intel CPU, fanless design, aluminum reinforcement

From PC World: Chromebooks aren’t crummy anymore. Samsung’s new Chromebook 2, announced Friday, joins a growing cadre of Chromebooks that aspire to more than being cheap. They have powerful CPUs, interesting features, and in the Samsung Chromebook 2’s case, an extra-sturdy chassis so it won’t get beaten up on the playground.

Google misses estimates in third quarter, announces new business chief

From CNET: Google's advertising machine rolls on, but not without its sputters.

The world's largest search engine on Thursday said sales rose 20 percent to $16.52 billion in the third quarter ended September 30. Profit, minus some costs, was $6.35 a share. Analysts were expecting sales of $16.59 billion and profit of $6.54 a share.

Sony Gets With the Program, Pledges to Update Entire Xperia Z Lineup to “Lollipop”

From DailyTech: Sony has come under fire recently for its decision to abandon updates for its smartphones that were little over a year old. For example, the Xperia L, which was released in May 2013 launched with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but was only updated to Android 4.2. The Xperia M (released in August 2013) and the Xperia SP (released in April 2013) only got as far as Android 4.3, and never received an update to Android 4.4 KitKat.

Google's Nexus Player thrusts new Android TV platform into the war for your living room

From PC World: HTC and Motorola may have been tapped to make Google’s new mobile Nexus devices, but Nexus 7 veteran Asus wasn’t given the cold shoulder: It’s making the Nexus Player, a puck-like set-top box that signals Google’s renewed assault on the living room with Android TV.

Microsoft optimizes Skype for iPhone 6

From CNET: iPhone 6 users will be able to see more of Skype courtesy of the latest update to the mobile app.

Released Wednesday in Apple's App Store, Skype 5.6 for the iPhone offers an optimized and scaled interface for the larger-screened iPhones, Skype said in a blog post. Specifically, the new version displays more of your chats in chat mode and more of your messages in conversation mode.

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