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Microsoft’s enterprise mobility strategy: too little too late?

Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft

Microsoft officially announced Thursday what most have anticipated for some time, Office 365 for iOS, and an enterprise mobility management suite tying many of the company’s existing elements – Active Directory, Intune, etc. – together. But while finally surrendering old world Microsoft thinking is certainly something to commend, in addition to a notable update on the back-end, it’s worth asking whether Microsoft can regain lost ground in the mobile enterprise.

Android builds global dominance around central European ‘stronghold’

Apple's iPhone has been dropped by MTS and Megafon in Russia

Apple’s iOS devices generate the most traffic on mobile networks in many mature markets, while the rest of the world relies on Android, according to research released this week.

Google faces lawsuit for unauthorised in-app purchases

Google is facing a lawsuit in the US relating to its sale of in-app purchases to children without obtaining their parents’ permission

Web giant Google is facing a lawsuit in the US over in-app purchases made without the bill payer’s permission. The case is similar in scope to charges filed against Apple in January, in which the company agreed to pay $32.5m in refunds to consumers to settle a complaint made by the US Fair Trade Commission (FTC).

Apple CFO to retire; ex-NSN CFO to take the helm

Apple CFO Peter Offenheimer is to retire with former NSN CFO Luca Maestri his successor

iPhone maker Apple has announced that its senior vice president and CFO Peter Oppenheimer will retire at the end of September this year. He will be replaced by current vice president of finance and corporate controller Luca Maestri, who prior to joining Apple held the role of CFO at network infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (now Nokia Solutions and Networks) as well as document management firm Xerox.

Apple makes play for connected cars

Apple is eyeing the connected car market with the announcement of Apple CarPlay

iPhone maker Apple is eyeing the connected car market with the announcement of Apple CarPlay, which will be available on select new cars in 2014 and the firm claims it will be a smarter and safer way for consumers to use their iPhone in the car.

Proximus makes LTE free in Belgium

Apple is under fire for blocking LTE access

Belgian carrier Proximus has made LTE access available to all customers at no extra cost, going against the grain of operators charging a premium for the service.

Apple posts flat profit despite record sales

Apple has posted flat profit for 1Q14, year on year

Despite posting record quarterly revenue of $57.6bn in 1Q14, device maker Apple has worried investors by posting flat profit for the period year on year, seeing a drop in gross margin and revealing it is expecting to generate flat revenues in 2Q14 compared with a year earlier.

Apple ordered to pay $32.5m for unauthorised in-app purchases

Apple has agreed to pay $32.5m in refunds to consumers in order to settle a complaint made by the US Fair Trade Commission

Device maker Apple has agreed to pay $32.5m in refunds to consumers in order to settle a complaint made by the US Fair Trade Commission (FTC). The firm will refund parents who claim the App Store processed sales of in-app purchases made by children without gaining their consent.

Android domination to continue in 2014; iPhone loses ground

The number of Android and iOS devices is expected to continue to grow throughout 2014, according to analyst firms.

The number of Android devices to ship in 2014 is expected to surpass one billion, while Apple could be losing ground in the smartphone space, according to two separate research reports.

Tech firms seek government surveillance reform

Microsoft, Apple, Twitter and Google are among eight cloud firms calling for widespread reforms in US intelligence gathering techniques

Google, Microsoft and Facebook are among eight leading cloud and tech firms calling for sweeping reform in how US intelligence agencies gather data in bulk and restrict the ability of service providers to inform their customers on the extent and nature of government requests for such data, according to an open letter published by the group today.

Apple acquires Twitter analytics firm Topsy

Apple recently acquired social media analytics provider Topsy for $200 million

Apple has acquired social media analytics company Topsy in a deal reportedly worth around $200m, it was revealed Tuesday. With one of the few companies with privileged access to all of Twitter’s data now in Apple’s arsenal, the move could signal a renewed push into the enterprise as well as bolstering its consumer proposition.

It’s outrageous!

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It’s a bit of a Daily Mail headline but it captures the sentiment expressed by web giant Google this week after the emergence of a ‘top secret Post-it note’ suggesting the NSA hacked the data links between Google’s private cloud and the public internet in order to access Google-hosted information.

Global smartphone shipments grow 45 per cent

The number of smartphones shipped in 3Q13 has grown 45 per cent year on year

Global smartphone shipments grew 45 per cent annually to reach a record 251 million units in the third quarter of 2013, according to research published today. Samsung captured a record 35 percent share of all smartphone volumes worldwide, while Huawei jumped into third place in the rankings, reported research firm Strategy Analytics.

Apple shifts 33.8mil iPhones in third quarter

Apple has posted its quarterly results for 4Q13

For the three months ending September 30, Apple posted quarterly revenue of $37.5bn up from $36bn year on year and quarterly net profit of $7.5bn, down on the $8.2bn the firm generated in the same quarter last year. Gross margin was 37 per cent compared to 40 per cent in the year-ago quarter.

Check Mate

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Once a conservative manufacturer of raincoats, UK fashion house Burberry decided a few years ago to push for a bit of brand diversity, bringing to market a range of clothes and goods featuring its trademark chequered pattern.

Samsung proposes to end patent wars in Europe

Following investigations from the EC, Samsung has put forward a proposal not to seek injunctions in Europe for the next 5 years

Korean handset maker Samsung has offered to call a truce over its ongoing patent disputes with rival handset firms. It has proposed to the European Commission that it will not to seek any injunctions over smartphone and tablet technologies in Europe on the basis of any of its standard essential patents (SEPs) for the next five years.

iPhone 5C demand fails to live up to expectations

Apple has reportedly told suppliers to scale back production of the iPhone 5C

iPhone maker Apple has reportedly instructed its supply chain to reduce production of its iPhone 5C, as demand for the handset fails to meet expectations.

Burberry CEO joins Apple to lead retail strategy

Angela Ahrendts

The world’s most stylish tech brand upped its game this week as Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry, announced plans to leave the fashion label and join Apple in a newly created position, as a senior vice president and member of the executive team reporting to CEO Tim Cook.

HTC posts first ever quarterly loss

The HTC One

Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has posted its first ever quarterly loss. The firm made a net loss before tax of NT$2.97bn ($100m) for 3Q13. Revenue stood at NT$47.05bn.

Windows Phone share climbs in Europe

Windows Phone market share has risen in five major European markets

Smartphone operating system Windows Phone has seen its most successful quarter in five major European markets, according to research published this week. The platform won 9.2 per cent smartphone market share across Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain for the three months ended August 2013, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

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