San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Cupertino, Calif. – Trend Micro has released a report on the top Internet-security trends for consumers and businesses for 2013.
Leading the pack is the high volumne of malware targeted at Android apps. Trend Micro is expecting more than 1 million such pieces of malware to be released next year. Helping expand the cybercriminals activity is Android’s increasing popularity, which gives scammers more reason to attack the operating system.
Bedminister, N.J. – Verizon Wireless launched a 4G LTE version of Samsung’s Android-based Galaxy Camera, which is available from AT&T with 4G HSPA+ cellular-data technology.
The camera, said to be the world’s first LTE-equipped camera, enables users to shoot, edit and share pictures and videos wirelessly through Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or e-mail without connecting to a laptop or PC.
New York – The graphics chip market decreased 5.2 percent in the third quarter, although Nvidia still managed to boost its market share during the period.
A study conducted by Jon Peddie Research stated that about 120 million graphics processing units (GPUs) shipped during the third quarter, down from the 138.5 million that shipped during the same period last year. Peddie blamed the decrease on the increasing popularity of tablets, which do not use the chips, and the continuing worldwide recession with limited computer sales.
New York – Low pricing will help keep consumer electronic market revenue for manufacturers just barely above water for 2012, according to IHS iSuppli.
Jordan Selburn, senior principal analyst for consumer platforms, is forecasting a 1.4 percent increase in sales this year by OEMs as these companies zero-in on attracting customers with low-ball pricing.
Santa Clara, Calif. – Intel CEO Paul Otellini said today he will step down from his position in May 2013.
Ottellini will take his final bow during the company stockholder meeting held at that time. His decision will bring to a close a 40-year career at Intel. He took over the reins as CEO in 2005.
Redmond, Wash. – Top Microsoft Windows Live exec Steven Sinofsky has left the company and will be replaced by Julie Larson-Green, effective immediately.
Sinofsky leaves the company just weeks after the launch of Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and the Surface tablet, products he helped shepherd through development.
Larson-Green, who joined Microsoft in 1993, held the post of program management VP for Windows, where she worked developing the user interface experiences for Windows 7 and 8.
New York – Microsoft at midnight today, after months of anticipation, officially launched Windows 8, the Surface tablet and Windows Phone 8.
The new operating system is the software giant’s strongest attempt to break into the tablet market and expand its presence in mobile phones.
Cupertino, Calif. — Apple said revenue was up for its fiscal 2012 fourth quarter, ended Sept. 29.
The company posted quarterly revenue of $36 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.2 billion, compared with the prior-year period’s $28.3 billion and $6.6 billion, respectively.
For the quarter, Apple said it sold 26.9 million iPhones (58 percent growth) 14 million iPads (26 percent unit increase) 4.9 million Macs (1 percent unit increase), and 5.3 million iPods (19 percent unit decline).
New York – Asus was not intimidated by what its competition was unveiling at the exact same moment on the West Coast today as the company rolled out its tablet and Ultrabook heavy Windows 8 computer line up.
Asus Chairman Johnney Shih described the new products as part of Asus’ Ubiquitous Cloud Computing Era where users can have constant access to all their content anywhere.
Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft is rolling out Xbox SmartGlass, a free downloadable app that enables smartphones and tablets based on the iOS, Windows 8, Windows RT and Android operating systems to control Xbox-console content and display that content on mobile devices and Xbox-connected TVs at home.
SmartGlass also works on Windows 8 PCs, said Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing officer for Microsoft's interactive entertainment division.