Apple, World's Most Valuable Tech Company, Bumps AT&T Off of the DOW Index

From DailyTech: In an ironic twist America's second largest cellular carrier, AT&T, Inc. (T) was bumped from the Dow Jones Industrial Average this week by an iconic brand who once helped drive its value with an exclusivity arrangement -- Apple, Inc. (AAPL). Apple who makes the wildly successful iPad tablet computer, iPhone smartphone, iPod portable media player, and Mac computer line (as well as numerous other lesser products) joins the ranking for the first time.

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SanDisk Ultra II 240GB Review (Page 1 of 10)

There are many "traditions" when it comes to our church-wide summer conference every year. When I say "traditions", I do not mean stereotypes like dressing in white robes or burning tall candles. Instead, it comes down to stuff like eating bowl noodles at night, playing Dutch Blitz during our free time, trading name tags with other people, and buying motor oil for fun. Additionally, one of the stuff we like to do is pay the guest speaker a visit in one night of the conference, and involve him or her in one or more of our traditions -- well, maybe except for the last one. In the most recent summer conference, on the second night, we decided to go ahead with the traditional guest speaker visit. After the evening talk, I approached him, and asked him if it was okay for us to come. Naturally, he agreed. At first, about four of us showed up at where he was staying. However, what he did not know was I have not-so-secretly invited almost everyone else. Before long, thirty to forty people crowded into his place. The next day, in his morning message, he commented on what happened the night before. "When I went back to my townhouse, I saw about four guys, which was what I have expected. Slowly, everyone started to trickle in. I did not expect all of you to show up!" A lot of times in life, there are expectations, and then there is reality. For some products, there are high expectations, and it delivers. For other products, there are low expectations, and you get exactly what you have paid for. In the case of the SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SSD, like our summer conference guest speaker last year, will we get more than what we expect? For about $110 at press time, let us find out.

SAP to cut 2,200 jobs, hopes to recreate them around cloud services, HANA

From InfoWorld: SAP will cut over 2,200 jobs this year in activities where it sees no future, but plans to create others around cloud services and its HANA in-memory database offering, where it sees more potential.

"There won't be any impact on customers. We will ensure that we have sufficient hand-over time between colleagues who might be leaving and others taking over," a company spokeswoman said Friday.

Google overhauls Gmail app with key iOS 8 features

From PC World: Google recently flipped over the counter on Gmail’s iOS app to version 4.0, an update that includes a number of helpful new features designed to take advantage of iOS 8.

The biggest productivity booster is the addition of quick actions on notifications. Now, when you get a new message, you can choose to reply to it or archive it directly from your device’s notifications at the top of the screen or from the lock screen.

Microsoft Windows vulnerable to 'FREAK' encryption flaw too

From CNET: Computers running all supported releases of Microsoft Windows are vulnerable to "FREAK," a decade-old encryption flaw that leaves device users vulnerable to having their electronic communications intercepted when visiting any of hundreds of thousands of websites, including Whitehouse.gov, NSA.gov and FBI.gov.

LG plans to launch high-end smartphone to surpass G4

From CNET: LG is aiming to battle other smartphone vendors with a new high-end phone later this year.

The Korean handset maker has been known for its flagship G lineup of phones, with the G3 currently out in the market and the G4 expected to launch in April.

But the company is cooking up something to out G the G series, the Yonhap News Agency reported Wednesday.

Google brings app messaging to its cloud

From InfoWorld: Closing a gap with other enterprise cloud providers, Google has created a service to facilitate communications across applications that customers build on the company's cloud platform.

The Google Cloud Pub/Sub service, made available as an open beta on Wednesday, is designed for exchanging messages across different Google cloud services and internal systems in great volume and with minimal delay.

Microsoft: DirectX 12 will increase your graphics performance by 20 percent

From PC World: Microsoft has said previously that its upcoming DirectX 12 API will make your PC more efficient. Now we know by how much: just by using DirectX, executives said, you'll see a 20 percent improvement in your graphics frame rate, and a drop in CPU utilisation to boot.

What does this mean? During an Intel press conference at GDC Wednesday night, Bryan Langley, a principal program manager for graphics with Microsoft, put it into context.

Softcard to close up shop after Google mobile payments deal

From CNET: Softcard, the carrier-backed mobile payments initiative, is shutting down its app after striking a deal to help expand the reach of Google's mobile payments system.

The joint venture between Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile announced Wednesday it would disable its mobile app and close all customer accounts on March 31. As part of the deal announced last month, Google acquired Softcard's technology, while the US carriers agreed to load the Google Wallet app onto Android smartphones running KitKat or higher in their stores later this year.

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