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Software Updates Galore at WWDC 2016

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Software Updates Galore at WWDC 2016

Software takes centre stage at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2016, as the company announces enhancements to to the operating systems its devices, namely the iPhone, Watch, Apple TV and, of course, the Mac.

Actually the humble Mac PC got some of the biggest news at WWDC-- mainly because the "OS X" monicker is no more. Replacing it is "macOS," a title more in line with current Apple OS nomenclature (tvOS, watchOS, iOS). The name change comes with the announcement Sierra, an OS update featuring a desktop version of Siri allowing users to use their voices to search for files, switch between apps, search the internet and even use the calculator.

Speaking of Siri, the second biggest piece of WWDC news involves the voice assistant-- Apple follows Amazon's example in providing developers with a Siri SDK, allowing them to freely incorporate it in apps. The conference had a few versions of Siri-enabled apps on show, including WeChat, Slack and WhatsApp, and more should be available once the next version of iOS rolls out.

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Microsoft Sheds Rest of Nokia

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Microsoft Sheds Rest of Nokia

The Microsoft ownership of Nokia comes to an end-- according to The Verge an internal memo reveals Microsoft is writing off $950 million as part of the failed acquisition before slashing 1850 jobs.

Most of the job cuts (specifically 1350) affect the Microsoft Mobile division in Finland, and the company hopes to finish the culling by end 2016. Microsoft will still keep a small number of ex-Nokia staff, some in R&D roles and others in a Finnish sales subsidiary. Either way, $200m of the $950m impairment charge covers severence payments.

The news comes little more than a week after Microsoft sold off the Nokia feature phone division to HMD and FiH, not to mention Nokia licensing its brand for new mobile phones and tablets. Interestingly, the feature phone business sale announcement included a curious statement claiming Microsoft is not giving up on Windows Mobile-powered smartphones, and will continue supporting such devices and OEM partners.

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Nokia Brand Makes Smartphone, Tablet Comeback

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Nokia Brand Makes Smartphone, Tablet Comeback

The Nokia brand is to make a mobile device return-- a Finland-based company named HMD Global Oy (HMD) gets the exclusive global license for Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets.

In a simultaneous announcement Microsoft starts shedding its mobile phone ambitions through the sale of its feature phone business (including brands, software, design rights and a Vietnam manufacturing facility) to HMD and FIH Mobile, a newly created Hon Hai/Foxconn subsidiary. The deal is worth $350 million.

However Microsoft insists it is not giving up on Windows Mobile-powered smartphones, and will continue supporting such devices and OEM partners.

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Apple to End Paid Music Downloads?

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Apple to End Paid Music Downloads?

According to Digital Music News customers will soon be able to buy and download music off the iTunes Store no more-- Apple is reportedly considering an "aggressive" two-year termination plan for the online music store.

“Keeping [iTunes music downloads] running forever isn’t really on the table anymore,” an anonymous source insists. Also in discussion is a plan to “ride the [iTunes music download offering] out for the next 3-4 years, maybe longer" once music downloads become an afterthought in a streaming-dominated industry. Another source bluntly states “if he were alive, Jobs would have killed it.”

In turn, Apple actually released a rare statement on a news story-- one insisting “our response is that it is not true, we are not shutting down iTunes downloads per [Digital Music News'] story." However the news website insists its sources are in the right, and the Apple reaction is more of a reassurance to music labels and artists, whose incomes will be wrecked even further with the loss of the paid download revenue stream.

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WD Completes SanDisk Buy

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WD Completes SanDisk Buy

Western Digital clears the final hurdle in its quest to become the biggest storage vendor in the world-- the Ministry of Commerce of China (MOFCOM) approves its acquisition of SanDisk.

Announced back in October 2015, the merger hit a hitch earlier on February 2016 when Chinese investor Unisplendour Corporation Limited (Unis) scrapped a $3.78 billion investment deal with WD. The exit led to a mad scramble for funds on WD's part, until shareholders from both companies approved a deal valuing SanDisk for approximately $17bn (a couple of billion dollars less than the previous asking price of $19bn).

SanDisk is the 3rd biggest maker of flash memory in the world, and is both known for both consumer (namely memory cards and USB drives) and enterprise (SSDs, PCIe flash, 3D chip development, systems components) storage, with expertise in non-volatile memory (NVM), solutions and manufacturing.

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Apple and the Case of the "Worst Ever" Q2

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Apple and the Case of the

The Q2 2016 Apple financial report features a first as run of 51 successive quarters of growth comes to an end-- the company admits a revenue drop of -13% Y-o-Y, the result of currency headwinds and declining iDevice sales.

Mind, the revenue total still makes an impressive sum. At $126 billion, Apple revenues are still worth more than double than those of Samsung Mobile, Microsoft and Alphabet, the Google umbrella company.

Net income also shows a sharp decline of -22% Y-o-Y to $10.5bn, a first in 2.5 years. Both Apple and Wall Street were expecting drops for the quarter, but not to such an extent. As for device numbers, iPhone sales total 51.1 million (with -18% Y-o-Y decline), iPads total 10.2m (-19% Y-o-Y) and Macs reach 4m units (-12% Y-o-Y).

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Intel Details Post-PC Future

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Intel Details Post-PC Future

Following the Intel restructuring (and inevitable job cuts) announcement CEO Brian Krzanic details how the company is going to change from PC company to "a company that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices."

Krzanich details 5 "core beliefs" making the Intel of the future-- the cloud, the Internet of Things, memory and FPGAs, 5G connectivity and Moore's Law.

"Our strategy is based on these premises, and the unique assets that only Intel brings to them," the CEO says. "There is a clear virtuous cycle here-– the cloud and datacentre, the Internet of Things, memory and FPGAs are all bound together by connectivity and enhanced by the economics of Moore’s Law."

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Nokia Gets Into Health With Withings Buy

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Nokia Gets Into Health With Withings Buy

Nokia steps back into the consumer electronics business after the 2013 sale of its mobile business to Microsoft as it acquires French health and wearables company Withings for €170 million in cash.

The deal is described as the start of a "new chapter" for Nokia, since it involves the creation of a digital health business within the company headed by Withings CEO Cédric Hutchings.

"With this acquisition, Nokia is strengthening its position in the Internet of Things in a way that leverages the power of our trusted brand, fits with our company purpose of expanding the human possibilities of the connected world, and puts us at the heart of a very large addressable market where we can make a meaningful difference in peoples' lives," Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri says.

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Consortium Buys Lexmark for $3.6 Billion

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Consortium Buys Lexmark for $3.6 Billion

An investment consortium led by printer cartridge maker Apex Technology and equity firm PAG Asia Capital agrees to buy Lexmark in an all-cash deal worth $3.6 billion.

“This is an exciting transaction that Lexmark’s board of directors believes is in the best interests of our shareholders,” Lexmark CEO Paul Rooke says. “The transaction will benefit our customers and provide new opportunities for our employees.”

Following the deal operations at Lexmark are supposed to remain unaffected, with Rooke continuing his tenure as CEO.

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