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Is the Curse Broken? IBM Reports First Revenue Growth Since 2012

IBM reported its first quarter of revenue growth in more than five years as the company ramps up its cloud computing business and looks for new opportunities from its investments in artificial intelligence. “Over the past several years we have invested aggressively in technology and our people to reposition IBM,” James Kavanaugh, IBM’s new chief financial officer, said in a ... Read More »

Qualcomm Secures Regulator Approval for NXP Deal

Qualcomm has received approval from European regulators for its proposed $38 billion acquisition of Dutch automotive chip maker NXP Semiconductors, a key milestone in pushing the deal forward. The San Diego wireless technology giant also gained approval for the deal in South Korea. Now the acquisition has gotten the go-ahead from eight of the nine required regulatory agencies around the ... Read More »

Did You Read Fake News During the Election? Twitter Will Tell You

Twitter plans to notify users who may have [seen] content tweeted during the 2016 U.S. presidential race by accounts connected to the Internet Research Agency, a St. Petersburg “troll farm” implicated in Russia’s alleged election meddling. “We will be working to identify and inform individually the users who may have been exposed to the IRA accounts during the election,” Twitter’s ... Read More »

Gmail Users: Stop Ignoring Two-Factor Authentication

Fewer than one in 10 active Gmail users have enabled two-factor authentication, a free security measure meant to protect accounts against unauthorized access, a Google software engineer revealed Wednesday. The feature works by safeguarding accounts with two separate sets of credentials: the user’s password, and an auxiliary code that’s sent to their cellphone immediately following an attempted log-in. When enabled ... Read More »

Kaspersky Lab Challenges Homeland Security Software Ban

Kaspersky Lab, a Moscow-based software vendor accused of keeping close ties to the Russian government, has asked a D.C. federal court judge to block a Department of Homeland Security directive prohibiting U.S. agencies from using its products. Attorneys for Kaspersky filed a motion for a preliminary injunction Wednesday that would put a pause on the government-wide ban, Binding Operational Directive ... Read More »

Apple, Google Employee Shuttle Buses Attacked

The California Highway Patrol is investigating what caused windows to shatter Tuesday on five shuttle buses carrying employees from Google and Apple along the peninsula on Highway 280. Four of the buses were shuttling Apple employees, and the fifth bus was transporting Google employees, according to CHP Officer Art Montiel. The buses suffered window damage, perhaps from a BB gun ... Read More »

iPhone ‘Text Bomb’ Can Freeze, Crash Your Phone

A “text bomb” has been discovered which can crash iPhones just by being sent to a victim’s device. Software developer Abraham Masri discovered the bug and said he released it to get Apple’s attention after his reports and warning to the company went unheeded. The “text bomb” code is so toxic for iPhones that devices which were sent a link ... Read More »

Tim Cook Says iPhone Users Can Turn Off Throttling — Soon

Apple will give users the option to turn off a feature that temporarily slows down older iPhones in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns, chief executive Tim Cook has said. The new option is likely to arrive in March, as part of the next update to iOS 11. “you don’t want it, you can turn it off,” Cook told ABC News. ... Read More »

On Heels of Tax Bill Savings, Apple Touts $30B U.S. Investment Plan

Before his election, President Donald Trump singled out Apple for criticism on more than one occasion, taking the company to task for — among other things — manufacturing its iPhones in overseas factories and fighting the U.S. Department of Justice in court over the security of an iPhone seized after a mass shooting in California. However, Apple now appears to ... Read More »

Amazon Narrows H2Q Contenders to Top 20

Amazon has narrowed its hunt for a second headquarters to 20 locations, concentrated among cities in the U.S. East and Midwest. Toronto made the list as well, keeping the company’s international options open. The online retailer said Thursday that after sorting through 238 proposals, the potential locations still include tech-strong places like Boston and New York. Other contenders include Chicago, ... Read More »