Four little words from Microsoft CFO Amy Hood describe the tragic state of Microsoft's mobile experiment: "negligible revenue from phones."Phone sales for the current quarter were bad, falling $730 million from the same period a year ago, Microsoft executives said Thursday during the company's second-quarter earnings call. But they can't fall much further: Hood was referring to a forecast of the current quarter ending in June, when sales of all Microsoft-branded phones will apparently trickle off into oblivion.Microsoft also said it suffered lower-than-expected sales of Surface Pro products, with an overall drop of 26 percent in Surface revenue. Third-party hardware partners appear to be doing better, however: Microsoft said that sales of its Windows 10 Pro operating systems grew by 10 percent, as more PC vendors were able to sell premium PCs that used Microsoft's more advanced operating system.Why this matters: Microsoft's hardware woes contrast sharply with the welfare of the company … [Read more...] about Surface sales sag and Windows Phones fade, as Microsoft’s hardware business takes a hit
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November 21, 2017 - Written By Nick Sutrich Easily one of the most beautifully designed smartphones ever.As one of the largest smartphone vendors in the world, Huawei has a lot riding on its shoulders with each flagship release. With its own processors, a very well defined hardware design and a big upgrade to its in-house developed EMUI Android skin, the Mate 10 Pro is looking to be Huawei’s best phone yet. The near bezel-less design, dual cameras with a monochrome sensor and Leica lenses, as well as improved knuckle touch functions and a new desktop-like projection function all put the Mate 10 Pro in an elite category.Video ReviewSpecs The Huawei Mate 10 Pro will initially launch in Europe for €799, sporting 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. The Mate 10 Pro comes in an array of interesting and attractive colors, including Midnight Blue, Mocha Brown, Pink Gold and our review model color, Titanium Gray. A 6-inch full-frame 18:9 Full-HD+ (2160 x 1080) resolution … [Read more...] about Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
IT certifications are a hot topic. While the industry continues to invest in them as a way to validate an employee’s skill set and capabilities -- and while they’re often associated with salary increases -- they’re time-consuming and expensive to complete.A new report by Global Knowledge, an IT training and learning services company, explored the value of IT certifications in its 2017 IT Skills and Salary Report. How does your experience stack up? Here’s a look at its findings.IT certifications benefit the business Being certified improves workers’ performance, the report found. IT decision makers and staff reported direct benefits of certification, including performing work faster (44 percent), having sought-after expertise within their organization (39 percent), implementing system efficiencies (33 percent) and deploying products and services more efficiently (23 percent). They also benefit your walletIn the U.S. and Canada, certified IT staff … [Read more...] about Do IT certifications still matter?
If you’re a fan of Apple laptops, I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news: Apple has finally updated its Pro laptop line with some genuinely new and powerful options. Even better, the new MacBook Pro has been shrunken down to the degree of serving as the MacBook Air’s spiritual successor, which is what many of us had been hoping for all along. The bad news? Apple isn’t just giving, it’s also taking away. At first blush, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, sans fancy Touch Bar, looks like the perfect replacement for my aged MacBook Air from 2013. It’s the thinnest and lightest Pro ever, and it provides the display and performance upgrades my three-year-old laptop has been in desperate need of. Costing $1,499, it sits right in the middle between Apple’s $1,299 MacBook and the new $1,799 MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar and four Thunderbolt ports. It’s like the Air, in that it bridges the gap between Apple’s most portable and … [Read more...] about MacBook Pro review: the Air apparent
I feel like I always start a Surface review the same way, so here goes: I’ve always wanted Microsoft to build a laptop. A couple of years ago, Microsoft nearly did that with the Surface Book but it wasn’t enough. The Surface Book was top heavy, chunky, and it had a removable screen that I rarely detached. Like many Surface devices, it was different for the sake of being different, but it wasn’t the ultimate laptop that Microsoft claimed it would be. Microsoft has now finally created the laptop I’ve been waiting for, and it’s simply called the Surface Laptop. The Laptop has virtually everything a working person could ask for, yet strangely, Microsoft has bundled the Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S, a new, slightly crippled version of Windows 10 that only supports apps from the Windows Store. It can’t run any apps downloaded from a website that a pro user might want, such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Steam, or VLC. Microsoft knows there aren’t … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface Laptop with Windows 10 Pro review