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How, and why, Apple overtook Microsoft


When Microsoft stock was at a record high in 1999, and its market capitalization was nearly $620 billion, the notion that Apple Computer would ever be bigger — let alone twice as big — was laughable. Apple was teetering on bankruptcy. And Microsoft’s operating system was so dominant in personal computers, then the center of the technology universe, that the government deemed the company an unlawful monopoly. This week, both Microsoft and Apple unveiled their latest earnings, and the once

New tension on tech rules from China


China has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to turn over secret source code, submit to invasive audits and build so-called back doors into hardware and software, according to a copy of the rules obtained by foreign technology companies that do billions of dollars of business in China. The rules, laid out in a 22-page document approved at the end of last year, are the first in a series of policies expected to be

Google finally admits Glass ‘failure’


SAN FRANCISCO: Google Inc plans to keep making ambitious and costly bets on futuristic products, even if it means shelving some of its most beloved projects. The internet search company acknowledged for the first time on Thursday major problems with its Google Glass wearable computer, noting that it was time for a “pause” and a strategy “reset.” The comments by chief financial officer Patrick Pichette during Thursday’s quarterly results conference call struck a decidedly different tone from Google’s talk earlier

Instagram’s #empty movement explores art spaces after hours


When Dolly Brown, or @londonlivingdoll as she’s known on Instagram, first spotted the hashtag #emptymet and its accompanying, captivating images of a deserted Metropolitan Museum in NYC, she was intrigued. Pioneered by American Instagrammer Dave Krugman, the #empty movement began in 2013 when New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art gave him access to the building after it had closed to the public. He invited other Instagrammers, and together they began to take – and share – photographs of the Met’s

Data retention scheme still not clear-cut for telcos and others, inquiry told


Australia’s peak body for IT and communications companies says organisations still face considerable uncertainty over whether they will need to retain Australians’ web and phone data as part of the federal government’s mandatory data retention scheme. At a parliamentary inquiry into plans to retain web and phone data for two years the chief executive of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), Susan Campbell, said a number of organisations it represented were still uncertain about the scope of the government’s plans.

The technological transformation of social enterprise


The minute I discovered social entrepreneurship, I knew I had found my calling. It happened unexpectedly, at a conference for young activists organised by Oxfam in Australia. As a young girl from rural Italy, I really had no knowledge of why someone would combine entrepreneurship with the social sector, but I was intrigued by the idea and the possibilities behind it. I decided to give it a go and, armed with €150 and a lot of enthusiasm, I launched Youth

You shape it: the future of technology is in your hands, not Siri’s or Cortana’s


The future of technology is (drum roll) … in your hands. Yep, you. And when I say “hands”, I mean it literally, as in what you use daily to reach into your wallet. As we head into 2015 the media is heaving with predictions of the next big techie thing that will transform our lives. Will it be the smartwatch and other wearables? Will holographic computing ignite a new era in how we interact with computers, transforming everyday life into a

Why don’t Canadian firms invest in technology


If you are a private business owner or executive and are wondering why your company isn’t doing well, especially when compared to U.S. competitors, it may be a result of your company’s insufficient investment in information and communications technology (ICT).  ICT is an umbrella term for business-enabling technologies that encourage data sharing within or between organizations, or even between businesses and customers. Examples of ICT include: cloud technology, web conferencing and integrated email, voicemail, text messaging and faxing. Put simply,

China puts cybersecurity squeeze on US technology companies


US business lobbies have responded with alarm after China’s government moved to force American companies selling technology to Chinese banks to hand over their software secrets and adopt encryption algorithms dictated by Beijing. The American Chamber of Commerce in China and 17 similar US business groups have called for “urgent discussions” with the Chinese government over the new cybersecurity regulations and urged Beijing to postpone the implementation of the new policies. In a letter to China’s top cybersecurity policy group

Microsoft’s core goes soft, as it focuses on cloud transition

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The main engine of Microsoft Corp’s historic earnings power – selling Windows and Office to big businesses – is showing signs of waning, and investors are concerned that the shift to the cloud is not making up for the shortfall. Shares of the world’s largest software company fell more than 4% after hours on Monday, as it forecast a slight sequential dip in commercial licensing sales this quarter, and only a modest increase in cloud-based revenue over the quarter just