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IBM’s year-over-year revenue didn’t decline in the last quarter

IBM’s year-over-year revenue didn’t decline in the last quarter Here’s a surprise: after 22 quarters of consecutive year-over-year revenue declines, IBM today reported that its revenue increased from Q4 2016 to Q4 2017. The company reported revenue of $22.5 billion for the last quarter, up from $21.77 billion a year ago. Earnings per share came in at $5.18. Analysts expected revenue of about $22.06 billion and earnings per share of $5.17. What’s the reason for this unexpected turnaround? IBM’s executives argue that the company’s turnaround plans are starting to make a…

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ARM’s CEO Simon Segars on Spectre/Meltdown, IoT security and more

ARM’s CEO Simon Segars on Spectre/Meltdown, IoT security and more This year’s CES happened in the shadow of the Spectre and Meltdown disclosures, and virtually every conversation at the show turned to this topic at some point. Because this was CES, we had the ability to talk to quite a few people who are close to this issue, including ARM CEO Simon Segars, who stopped by our booth to talk about security and these recent disclosures and their mitigations. In addition to that, we talked about the next big business…

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Assembla acquires Cornerstone, a Subversion client for MacOS

Assembla acquires Cornerstone, a Subversion client for MacOS Git may seem like it’s the only version control system out there sometimes. And while it’s definitely the most popular option right now, competing technologies like Subversion and Mercurial still have their fair share of users, especially in the enterprise. It’s maybe no surprise then that Assembla, which offers a version control service for the enterprise with a strong focus on Subversion, today announced that it has acquiredCornerstone, one of the most popular Subversion clients for MacOS. Assembla acquired Cornerstone, as well…

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CircleCI raises $31M Series C for its DevOps platform

CircleCI raises M Series C for its DevOps platform CircleCI was recently in the news because its founder, Paul Biggar, wrote about his experience at the now infamous Silicon Valley sex party at was also attended by the likes of Elon Musk (who said it was just nerds on a couch). In less salacious news, CircleCI also today announced that it has raised a $31 million Series C round for its software automation platform. Top Tier Capital Partners was the lead investor for this round, which brings the company’s total…

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Google’s Project Fi now caps data bills at $60

Google’s Project Fi now caps data bills at Google’s Project Fi cell service never played the “unlimited data” game that most carriers in the U.S. like to play (and which is never truly unlimited). Instead, Google simply offered data at $10/GB/month and would give you a refund for any data you paid for but didn’t use. Now, however, it’s taking its own stab at what is essentially an unlimited data plan. With its new ‘bill protection’ feature, Project Fi users who use more than 6 GB of data in any…

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Google’s new G Suite security center gives admins a new perspective on their organization’s security

Google’s new G Suite security center gives admins a new perspective on their organization’s security Google today launched a new tool for G Suite admins that gives them a better view of the state of their organization’s security. The new G Suite Security Center, which is only available to G Suite Enterprise users, features two main components. The first is a dashboard that gives admins an overview of current security metrics across services like Gmail (think incoming phishing emails), Google Drive and Mobile Management. The second main feature is a…

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Google’s AutoML lets you train custom machine learning models without having to code

Google’s AutoML lets you train custom machine learning models without having to code Google today announced the alpha launch of AutoML Vision, a new service that helps developers — including those with no machine learning (ML) expertise — build custom image recognition models. While Google plans to expand this custom ML model builder under the AutoML brand to other areas, the service for now only supports computer vision models, but you can expect the company to launch similar versions of AutoML for all the standard ML building blocks in its…

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AWS brings Go support to its Lambda serverless platform

AWS brings Go support to its Lambda serverless platform AWS Lambda, Amazon’s serverless platform, now features support for functions written in Go, the increasingly popular programming language that was originally developed at Google. This announcement doesn’t come as a surprise, given that AWS already announced that it would add Go support during its re:Invent conference last year. It’s only now, though, that developers can actually write Go functions and run them on Lambda. With this move, Lambda now supports Go, JavaScript, Node.js, Java, C# and Python. Google’s Lambda competitor Cloud functions, which…

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Cherry’s new low-profile switches may help bring mechanical keyboards to more laptops

Cherry’s new low-profile switches may help bring mechanical keyboards to more laptops You may not think much about the switches that sit underneath the keycaps of your keyboard, but there’s a large contingent of enthusiasts who really, really care. And for those users, Cherry’s various MX-branded switches are somewhat of a standard. Because they include a number of mechanical parts, though, you won’t see a lot of laptop-like thin mechanical keyboards or mechanical keyboards on more than a handful of laptops. The trend, however, is clearly going toward slim keyboards…

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Automotive Grade Linux gets support from Toyota and Amazon as it eyes autonomous driving

Automotive Grade Linux gets support from Toyota and Amazon as it eyes autonomous driving Open-source software was once something that large businesses shied away from, but over the course of the last few years, it’s made inroads into virtually every enterprise company. With Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), the Linux Foundation hosts a project that aims to bring open source to the car industry. As the AGL group announced at CES in Las Vegas today, Toyota and Amazon have now signed up to support the project, as well. Toyota, which is…

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