Amazon Launches First Fire Phone TV Spot, Spends 30 Seconds Promoting Prime

From DailyTech: Amazon is just days away from launching its Fire Phone, and in preparation, the internet retailer has just revealed its first TV commercial featuring the smartphone.

SAP sees cloud revenue soar, software sales drop in Q2

From InfoWorld: SAP reported strong growth in cloud revenue in the second quarter, while its software revenue continued to fall, reflecting a shift in the market from on-premises software and services to applications delivered through the cloud on a subscription model.

The business software company's net profit, however, dropped on account of a provision for a patent litigation.

Microsoft lays off 18,000, including a third of Nokia, in largest-ever job cuts

From PC World: As expected, the axe fell at Microsoft on Thursday, but the depth of the cut is surprisingly brutal: 18,000 Microsoft employees will find themselves without jobs over the next year, and the company is "moving now" to eliminate the first 13,000 positions. The job cuts are by far Microsoft's largest ever.

Samsung to return to Apple's chipmaking fold in 2015, report says

From CNET: Samsung will challenge Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world's largest contract chip manufacturer, as a supplier of processors to Apple next year, a Reuters report claims.

"TSMC will be supplanted by Samsung" for the production of next-generation 14-nanometer processors for both Apple and Qualcomm, starting sometime in the second half of 2015, Reuters reports, citing comments from KGI Securities analyst Michael Liu.

The comments were made in a research note from Liu to clients after a TSMC investor conference on Wednesday.

HTC One M8 Finally Gets Wi-Fi Calling on Sprint

From DailyTech: Sprint Corp. (S) -- the third largest cellular carrier in the U.S. -- has added support for Wi-Fi calling and HD Voice (wideband audio) for the HTC One M8, the flagship smartphone of Taiwan's HTC Corp. (TPE:2498). The One M8 is one of the top high-end Android phones at Sprint, who (as "Gor-don" would tell you) carries a special "Harman/Kardon Edition" of the device.

Mozilla's JPEG compression slims down file sizes

From InfoWorld: Mozilla has released an updated version of its JPEG compression tool that shaves down file sizes by 5 percent, a small figure but one that is significant for image-intensive Web services such as Facebook.

The tool, called mozjpeg 2.0, will ultimately "reduce page load times and ultimately create an enhanced user experience for sites hosting images," wrote Josh Aas, senior technology strategist for Mozilla on its blog.

Facebook has begun testing the tool and donated $60,000 for its further development, Aas wrote.

Intel's Haswell coming to Xeon E5 chips this quarter

From PC World: Intel has started shipping Xeon E5 chips based on the Haswell microarchitecture to server makers, and the chip will be in servers this quarter.

The Xeon E5 chips typically go into two-socket and four-socket servers and are the company’s biggest-selling server products. The new chips, code-named Grantley, will succeed former chips code-named Romley, which are based on the Ivy Bridge microarchitecture.

Nokia Lumia 635 to arrive at AT&T next week for $99

From CNET: Following close behind T-Mobile, AT&T announced Tuesday it will offer the Lumia 635 beginning July 25.

AT&T customers can pick up the 4G LTE-ready budget handset on the carrier's prepaid wireless service GoPhone for $99. Versions of the 4.5-inch handset sporting black and orange back covers can be picked up online or in AT&T stores on August 8 for $139.

Apple, IBM Announce Strategic Partnership in Enterprise Mobility

From DailyTech: Microsoft may have recently announced its intentions to become a “productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world,” but it looks like longtime rival Apple has plans of its own in addressing the needs of enterprise customers and has brought in the big guns.

Oracle hopes to make SQL a lingua franca for big data

From InfoWorld: Oracle is hoping to turn heads in the crowded data analysis market with Big Data SQL, a software tool that can run a single SQL query against Oracle's own database as well as Hadoop and NoSQL data stores.

The software is an option for Oracle's Big Data Appliance, which incorporates Cloudera's Hadoop distribution, said Neil Mendelson, vice president of product development, big data and analytics.

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