Amazon Fire Phone Flops

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fire phone Given that Amazon was tanking the price of the Fire Phone down to 99 cents two months after launch (leading to many a “Fire sale!” joke), this probably won’t come as much of a surprise: the Fire Phone isn’t a success. On the Amazon earnings call today, Amazon noted that the company was taking a $170 million dollar writedown “primarily related” to… Read More

Software developer shortage transcends international boundaries

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The dearth of software development talent isn’t an issue restricted to U.S. businesses. Finding programmers, especially to fill positions in the growing field of health IT, is a global challenge, said speakers Tuesday during a panel discussion on developing a health IT workforce.

“The lack of software developers is not just in health IT. It hurts the global economy,” said Mary Cleary, deputy CEO of the Irish Computer Society, at the EU-U.S. ehealth Marketplace and Conference in Boston.

Technology can help health care, but there’s a worldwide shortage of developers who can create the necessary applications, said Colin Reid, CEO of TotalMobile, a Belfast company that develops mobile software. The U.K. National Health Service uses TotalMobile’s software and the company counts health care as one its largest markets.

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Microsoft’s Q1 2015: Surface growing strongly and Lumia sales up

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Microsoft has published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, and the company has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. Revenue has increased compared to $18.53 billion from the same period last year, but net income has decreased 14 percent compared to last year’s $5.24 billion. Microsoft’s drop in profits is largely related to $1.14 billion of integration and restructuring expenses following the Nokia phone business acquisition.

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Amazon’s losses balloon to $437 million in its third quarter earnings

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Amazon posted its third quarter earnings results today and they were not pretty: the company said it had a net loss of $437 million dollars, more than ten times what is lost for the same period in 2013 and four times its losses from last quarter. Its revenues grew to $20.84 billion, an increase of 20 percent over the same period last year, but less than what investors were expecting. In its projections for next quarter, Amazon said it expects the red ink to keep spreading, with losses growing to $570 million.

This quarter includes sales, or lack thereof, for Amazon’s Fire Phone, which has been widely panned by critics and consumers alike. The company also acquired the video game streaming startup Twitch for $1 billion and said it was…

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Microsoft Up 3% After Reporting Better Than Expected FQ1 Revenue Of $23.20B, EPS Of $0.54

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microsoft-earnings After gaining more than 1 percent in regular trading, Microsoft reported its fiscal first quarter 2015 earnings: Revenue totaled $23.20 billion in the period, leading to profits of $0.54 per share. The revenue figure represents a 25 percent year-over-year increase, a large piece of which is due to the Nokia hardware acquisition. Read More

The Heart of Creativity Beats in Loveland at the 2nd Annual NoCo Mini Maker Faire

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Robot Resurrection DebutWhere do you find four of the nation’s top ten new technology start-up cities? Where do you find leading arts and sculpture production?  Colorado!  And what happens when you bring together tech savvy, arts creativity, and innovative thinking?  The largest and most amazing Mini Maker Faire in the Rockies!!! At […]

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Stop selling software development short

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A lot has been said about software development in the last couple of years. Some claim this is the decade of the software developer, while others predict software will rule the world.With custom software development needs increasing everyday and a global market ready to compete for these projects on an outsourced basis, a looming question arises: Has software development become a commodity?

My firm response: No. Even though some software companies, particularly in some parts of the world, want to make you believe it is.

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ECMAScript 6 returns JavaScript to original intent

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The TC39 committee at EMCA International, responsible for developing the ECMAScript specification that provides the basis for JavaScript, is working on parallel versions of ECMAScript — versions 6 and 7. Committee member Jafar Husain, cross-team technical lead for UIs at Netflix, talked about what’s coming up for ECMAScript at this week’s HTMLDevconf event in San Francisco and sat down with InfoWorld Editor-at-Large Paul Krill to elaborate on where JavaScript is headed.

InfoWorld: When are the planned arrival dates of ECMAScript 6 and 7?

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The Vergecast, live today at 4:30ET

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The Vergecast is back after two weeks of big news from Apple and Google, so we’re going to definitely talk about the two weeks of big news from Apple and Google. Also, Twitter wants to convince developers that it this time it won’t pull the football away. Really, it promises. Join Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and David Pierce at 4:30 ET, which is in the future. A future where the only thing missing will be hoverboards — oh wait, we’re getting those too.

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donating $100 million to fight Ebola

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will contribute “at least” $100 million to fight the spread of Ebola, he announced Thursday. In a tweet, Allen revealed the new donation amount and urged others to make their own contributions — big or small. “Everybody feels called sometimes to really pursue a certain thing that resonates with them, and this has resonated with me,” Allen told The New York Times. “We’re up against an extremely tough opponent here. The exponential nature of the growth of this disease is really a challenge — we’ve already seen in the U.S. where one case quickly became two.”

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Surface Revenue, Redux

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screen-shot-2014-07-21-at-4-56-14-pm In about an hour, Microsoft will release the results of its most recent quarter, the first quarter of its fiscal 2015. The company is expected to report revenue of $22 billion, and earnings per share between $0.49 and $0.55, depending on which set of averaged estimates you trust.
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PlayStation 4 Update Coming On 10/28 Lets You Play Games With Friends Who Don’t Own A Copy

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masamune2 Back in August, Sony started teasing a new feature they call “Share Play”. Though we’re still waiting to see just how well it works, the idea itself is wonderful: once enabled, you can let your friends play your games with you (or by themselves, even) without them actually owning a copy of the game. Up until now, Sony was pretty vague about when this feature would launch… Read More

TestFlight Beta Testing Goes Live For All iOS Developers

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testflight-devices_2x Apple has pushed its TestFlight Beta testing service live for everyone, the company revealed on its developer news portal today. Registered developers can now invite up to 1,000 beta testers to try out their iOS apps, using emailed invitations sent via the iTunes Connect portal. TestFlight, the beta testing service Apple acquired sometime within the last year, allows developers to build teams… Read More

Ello becomes a public-benefit corporation with mandate to not sell ads

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Ello exploded in popularity last month partly on the grounds that it would remain ad-free and never sell users’ data, and today it’s putting those promises down in legal writing. Ello says that it has converted to a public benefit corporation, with its charter prohibiting it in “the strongest legal terms possible” from making money by selling ads or user data. It also requires that any company that might purchase Ello in the future follow these same rules. “In other words,” the company writes, “Ello exists for your benefit, and will never show ads or sell user data.”

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Q&A With Facebook’s Josh Miller On Why His Rooms App Isn’t Anonymous, It’s The Early Web Reborn

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Josh Miller Is Rooms the anonymous Facebook app people were expecting? “No. Unequivocally No…because you cannot be anonymous in our app,” Josh Miller tells me. The Branch founder turned Facebook product manager’s new forums app Rooms launches today, and he says lessons from Tumblr, Twitter, Snapchat, and the early days of the web guided its construction. Rather than a… Read More

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