National NewsOnline data storage provider Box's shares soar in debut
Shares of online data storage provider Box Inc rose as much as 77 percent in their market debut as investors bet on the company's ability to turn profitable in a highly competitive market, boding well for another big year for IPOs. Box's shares, which priced at $14, hit a high of $24.72 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, valuing the company at nearly $3 billion. The stock's enthusiastic reception also underscored healthy investor appetite for technology stocks after the blockbuster debut of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd in September. Box was founded in 2005 by University of Southern California dropout Aaron Levie, the chief executive, and his friend Dylan Smith, the chief financial officer.
SAP sees high cloud profit potential in long term
Europe's biggest software group SAP could eventually see its software delivered via the cloud deliver higher profit margins than its traditional packaged software, its finance chief told a newspaper. In the long term, they can definitely become more profitable than our classic licence sales," Luka Mucic told the Euro am Sonntag business weekly in an interview published on Saturday. Unlike the packaged software SAP has been selling for decades, for which clients pay a immediate licence fee, cloud-based software is generally paid for by subscription over time, but most of the costs for the software provider are upfront.
Sony to delay official submission of third quarter results after hacking
Sony Corp said it was delaying the official submission of its third-quarter results due to the massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, which debilitated network systems at the Hollywood studio. Sony said it will still hold a news conference on Feb. 4, the originally scheduled date of its results announcement, to give updated financial forecasts for the quarter.
Hutchison to buy Telefonica UK unit for $15.4 billion
By Julien Toyer and Denny Thomas MADRID/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Li Ka-shing's Hutchison Whampoa Ltd has agreed to buy Telefonica's British mobile unit O2 for up to 10.25 billion pounds ($15.4 billion), hastening the consolidation of Britain's telecoms industry. Hutchison already operates the Three Mobile network in Britain, and buying second-ranked O2, which has about 22 million subscribers, from the Spanish group will make it the top mobile operator in the country. The move comes only weeks after former state monopoly BT entered exclusive talks with the owners of EE, Britain's biggest mobile operator to create a dominant provider of fixed and mobile phones and internet services.
In China, VPN internet access tools suffer further disruptions
Internet services that allow people to freely access blocked websites and apps from within China have seen more severe disruptions this week, said three providers, moves that Chinese state media said were justified. The services affected include popular Virtual Private Network (VPN) providers Astrill, StrongVPN and Golden Frog, which are engaged in a technological arms race to one-up China's highly sophisticated Great Firewall internet censorship system. "This week's attack on VPNs that affected us and other VPN providers is more sophisticated than what we've seen in the past," said Sunday Yokubaitis, president of Golden Frog.
Who's afraid of China's economy slowing? Not Alibaba's Jack Ma
By Nadia Damouni DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Jack Ma, executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, isn't worried about slowing Chinese economic growth, he told a meeting of business and political leaders in Davos, Switzerland. "If China still keeps 9 percent growth of the economy there must be something wrong. China should pay attention to the quality of the economy," he said in a question-and-answer session at the World Economic Forum. China's economy grew 7.4 percent in 2014 -- the slowest pace in 24 years, government data released on Tuesday showed.
California rethinks tougher licensing for ridesharing drivers
Microsoft to offer a paid version of its internal Cosmos big-data service
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This concept turns old phone parts into a supercomputer
In addition to a traditional power supply, the concept calls for the case to be able to accept battery modules from the Puzzlephone as well, to maintain the system's heartbeat. Circular Devices says that the Puzzlecluster's "applications can range from research and data analysis, to rendering farms and in-house cloud services, as well as any other case that requires parallel computing." The initial illustrations show a small cube that can only accept a few modules at once, but multiple units could be combined together to create an even more powerful computer.
Pay T-Mobile $5 per month to get deep discounts on smartphones
T-Mobile is announcing its latest "uncarrier" move today. If you're a Score member for 12 months, you'll unlock deals on top-tier smartphones. The sample deals included in today's press release include $150 off the full price of a Nexus 6 or Galaxy Note 4, as well as $100 off a Galaxy S 5. After just six months, you'll be able to get some entry-level smartphones for free.
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My First Sundance Journal Day 2-3: Oh, that’s supposed to be amazing
I'm getting acquainted with Sundance Hype, and now, on the morning of my fourth day at my first ever Sundance Film Festival, I think I'm ready to explain how it works. Sundance Hype is like a game of telephone.
Teen arrested after alleged Facebook emoji threats
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck turns the myth into the man
I still remember the exact moment I learned Kurt Cobain had killed himself. A friend stood in the doorway of my college dorm room, face slack, and said two words: "Kurt died." And over the ensuing days and months the machinery of pop culture churned, desperately trying to put his death into some sort of relatable context. With Cobain in particular, the pieces were already in place for instant deification. Brett Morgen’s arresting Sundance documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck changes that.
As soon as one 'Uber for weed' startup gets cut down, another grows in its place
It was only a matter of time before someone spun the "Uber for __" wheel and landed on WEED. Congress recently instructed the feds to back off medical marijuana. Peter Thiel's venture capital fund just bet millions that legal cannabis is gonna be huge. "Uber for weed" was so inevitable that at least six startups attempting to deliver medical marijuana to your door launched in the past eight months: Eaze, Nestdrop, Meadow, Grassp, Time for Dave, and Canary.
How digital collaboration will evolve in 2015
Providing a usable digital workplace today increasingly means giving access to a wider set of collaboration tools as part of an open adoption approach that's is more dynamic, user-centric, and strategic.
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12 Small Business Tools for Smooth Sailing in 2015
The past year was big for any small business that works online, and while many businesses focused on getting their finances in check to prepare for the following year, the big influence for majority of small business owners was customer care and understanding -- one of the trends we will see throughout the year 2015 and onwards.We were also...
This supercut turns cinema's greatest sword fights into one epic duel
Ah, the sword fight. What would cinema be without it? The action movie staple is so familiar — and, at times, formulaic — that it seems you could smush them all into one. Video editor Clara Darko has done just that with a nearly four-minute sword fight extravaganza that covers everything from Kill Bill, Star Wars, and Zorro to Seven Samurai and Excalibur. As an editor, putting together montages like these is what Darko does for fun, and the result is a surprisingly coherent — if lengthy — sword fight that spans decades of cinema history.
Patriots coach invokes science in addressing deflated-football dustup
Completely open source, high-end laptop gets closer to reality
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DayZ has sold 3 million copies even though it's still in development
Open-world zombie survival game DayZ has sold over three million copies since launch in December 2013, according to developer Bohemia Interactive. Players are tossed into an abandoned wilderness with few supplies and are left to their devices to find a way to survive through unpredictable encounters with other desperate survivors.
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MakerBot Android app lets you control your 3D printer from your phone
MakerBot is embracing Android. The company has rolled out a version of its mobile app for Android, allowing you to control and monitor your 3D printer straight from your smartphone. The app largely matches the iOS MakerBot Mobile app that came out over the summer: with it, you can choose a design from the massive collection on Thingiverse or your own library, scale and adjust it, and send it off to the printer. The app is available now for free on Google Play, and is compatible with the MakerBot Replicator, MakerBot Replicator Mini, and MakerBot Replicator Z18.
Digital Transformation - The Use Cases: Sports
Digital transformation is the use of new technologies to drive significant business improvements, taking into account the ever-changing nature of customer demands. While this sounds like something reserved for high-tech businesses, digital transformation is, in fact, crucial for all businesses.
Inhabitat's Week in Green: solar-powered planes, bamboo bikes and mud houses
Apple's home automation tech reportedly won't hit devices until spring
HTC gets involved in e-sports, foreshadowing move into home entertainment
HTC doesn't want to be known as just a smartphone maker anymore, and one of its first moves to update its brand image in 2015 has been to sponsor three prominent e-sports teams. Cloud9, Team Liquid, and Team SoloMid have all warmly welcomed HTC into the realm of e-sports, promising to produce "a top-notch video series with players" from each team and HTC's support. Notably, the Team Liquid announcement names Walter Wang and Thomas Chen as E-sports Project Managers at HTC, underlining the importance the Taiwanese tech company is placing on this venture. HTC's sponsored teams compete in various games, including Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, but HTC only mentions the League of Legends Championship Series in its celebratory tweet.
Carnival's floating IMAX theater is the cruise line's version of sunblock
A supercut of stares in Darren Aronofsky movies
Darren Aronofsky can be a grandiose director. Think of his big set pieces: Black Swan's ballet or The Wrestler's final match. But, as with other directors, the tiny moments add up. This supercut, from Vimeo user WarmBakedBread, explores Aronofsky's movies through a particular lens: the eyes. Examining shots from six films, the supercut moves between the wide-eyed awe of Noah and the dilated paranoia of Requiem for a Dream. Even if you haven't seen any of the movies, you get a sense of the characters from each look.
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Walmart goes after Chromecast with $25 Vudu Spark
Walmart thinks it can out-price the Google Chromecast, Roku Streaming Stick, and Amazon Fire TV Stick. The mega retailer has quietly put out its very own streaming device, called the Vudu Spark, and it costs just a meagre $24.95, a Walmart representative tells Gigaom. In fact, there are no apps whatsoever. All the Vudu Spark can do is play streaming videos from Vudu, the Walmart-owned site that rents TV shows and movies. Nevertheless, with Walmart's considerable muscle behind it, the Vudu Spark could end up finding its way into a number of homes across the country.
The music industry's best-known production app will soon be free
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