iFixit Apple Watch Teardown Suggests No Internal Chip Upgrades

 Today is Apple Watch D-Day for a speedy few early adopters, with Cupertino finally shipping the first batch of its debut wearable to buyers. That means it’s also the day that serial repairers/tenacious teardowners iFixit get to crack open Apple’s latest sealed box and peer inside so we don’t have to. Read More Read more »

Microsoft Beats In Its FQ3 With Revenue Of $21.7B, EPS Of $0.61

 Today following the bell, Microsoft reported its fiscal third quarter financial results, including revenue of $21.7 billion and earnings per share of $0.61. The street had expected Microsoft to earn $0.51 per share on revenue of $21.06 billion. Microsoft, up a point in regular trading, is now up just under three percent in after-hours trading following its earnings beat. Compared to its… Read More Read more »

How Facebook’s React Native Will Change Mobile Apps

 Facebook just open-sourced its React Native framework for building mobile apps. React Native promises to let developers write JavaScript while still delivering a real native user interface. That’s a description that might cause non-technical readers to shrug, but I believe this announcement has some profound implications. React Native will soon transform the entire mobile app… Read More Read more »

Oh, The Places You Will Go With Hackers

 Wanderlust in San Francisco used to mean going anywhere west of Mount Sutro to exotic locales like the Outer Sunset. But a new generation of creative worker, backed by the cloud and increasingly ubiquitous worldwide internet connectivity, is seeking to travel outside of the 7×7 to the wider world of the seven continents. Two startups, RemoteYear and Hacker Paradise, are taking… Read More Read more »

Ad Tech And Mobile In Focus In Microsoft And Yahoo’s Renewed Search Deal

 After months of negotiations, Microsoft and Yahoo today finally announced a renewed search alliance, which includes amendments to the two companies’ earlier partnership. It will give Yahoo more flexibility in terms of how it’s able to monetize its search traffic and includes changes to the two companies’ ads salesforces. Yahoo will continue to serve Bing ads and search… Read More Read more »

Microsoft Acquires Mobile Business Intelligence Service Datazen

 Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Datazen, a mobile business intelligence and data visualization service. Datazen, which launched about three years ago, allows businesses to create mobile dashboards from data in Microsoft Excel, but also from other cloud and enterprise database sources. To run Datazen, enterprises need to run Windows Server, IIS and .NET behind their firewalls,… Read More Read more »

Microsoft Updates Azure Media Services With Live Encoding, New Media Player And More

 Microsoft is launching a number of new features for its Azure Media Services audio and video streaming platform today. The highlight of this update is support for live encoding, which is now in preview. This builds on Microsoft’s existing live video capabilities for the service, but as a Microsoft spokesperson explained to me, this new feature now allows Azure’s media customers… Read More Read more »

CrunchWeek: Apple Built A Watch, Zynga Recycles CEOs, And HBO Cuts The Cord

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 Welcome to another Friday and another episode of CrunchWeek. This week we had a treat in that two-thirds of our staff’s Sarahs sat down to dig in and rake over the news. We presume that you are bleary eyed due to staying up all night trying to fend off both nerds and tech press — redundant though the juxtaposition may be — to order an Apple watch. Also popping this week… Read More Read more »

Dropbox Teams With Microsoft To Allow Anyone To Edit Documents Online

 Microsoft and Dropbox are expanding their already close partnership today with the reveal of a new integration that will now allow consumers to edit their Microsoft Office files, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents, in Dropbox using Office Online via the web. Previously, many of these edits would have taken place using Microsoft Office’s desktop applications – which… Read More Read more »