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BlackBerry is about to hit bottom

qz.com — BlackBerry's turnaround strategy-focusing on software as its smartphone business has declined-has not been pretty. But the worst may be here. When BlackBerry reports its fourth-quarter results on Mar. 26, it could post its lowest revenue number in nine years. That's the warning from RBC analyst Mark Sue in a research note this week.

Garmin Flashes An iPhone Killer -- Meet Nüvifone (GRMN, AAPL)

businessinsider.com — Forget rumors about a Dell GPhone: Apple has a new, real competitor to worry about in the high-end smartphone business. Garmin, the GPS navigation company, is working on a new gadget called the Nüvifone, which is set to ship in the third quarter.

It took a decade, but mobile video is finally exploding

qz.com — The app of the month is Meerkat, a live video-streaming service that took off just as the annual South by Southwest interactive conference gathered in Texas. Meerkat has only existed for a few weeks, but it already has hundreds of thousands of users, including several Hollywood stars.

Singapore’s founding prime minister has died.

qz.com — Lee Kuan Yew, who had been in the hospital on life support for several weeks, was 91. "Mr Lee passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today at 3:18 am," says a statement on the prime minister's official website.

American Airlines Ditches the Muzak for Indie Rock During Boarding

skift.com — American Airlines passengers have noticed one recent improvement during boarding, and after landing: the music is better. Specifically, the airline-now the world's largest, following its merger with US Airways-has switched to indie rock and pop, away from its previous format of piano muzak covers of top-40 hits.

American Airlines is playing better music onboard, thanks to your Twitter complaints

qz.com — American Airlines passengers have noticed one recent improvement during boarding, and after landing: the music is better. Specifically, the airline-now the world's largest, following its merger with US Airways-has switched to indie rock and pop, away from its previous format of piano muzak covers of top-40 hits. And the praise is streaming in.

Why Swiss smartwatches have no chance against the Apple Watch

qz.com — The watch industry first giggled at the Apple Watch. Now, it is racing to catch up. Today at a watch expo in Switzerland, Tag Heuer-owned by the LVMH luxury conglomerate-announced a smartwatch collaboration with Google and Intel. And Gucci, the Italian luxury house, unveiled a partnership with the musician Will.i.am to develop "an innovative concept...

The Real Beauty Of Twitter’s New Profile Page

fromedome.com — Twitter's new profile page - more photos, featuring your best tweets, etc. - isn't really about copying Facebook or making a simple service more cumbersome. Rather, it seems to be about establishing your Twitter page as your main profile page on the entire Internet. And that I'm excited about.

Intel says small businesses still aren’t upgrading from Windows XP and it’s hurting the PC market

qz.com — Intel just lowered its first-quarter revenue projection by almost $1 billion. Specifically, the semiconductor company says it now expects to report $12.8 billion in first-quarter sales, plus or minus $300 million, compared to its previous expectation of $13.7 billion, plus or minus $500 million.

Apple’s new MacBook comes in gold (and looks amazing)

qz.com — Apple just redesigned its MacBook laptop for the first time in years. While taking the name "MacBook," this is really the successor to the MacBook Air, which Apple last redesigned in 2010-the same year the first iPad debuted. (Apple is keeping the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air as lower-priced options.)
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Mar 29, 2015

@GovPenceIN That's not what the government is for. It's to protect everyone. Everyone.

Mar 29, 2015

RT @needleandmouse: New show! "Periscoping the Fridge" on #meerkat vs. #periscope, Net-A-Porter, and fashion-tech weirdness. tmblr.co/Z6MQXu1h575c_

Mar 29, 2015

@joshuanguyen Too early. But will write something this week.

Mar 29, 2015

@wesleyverhoeve Could be either, neither, or both. First few days means very little. But a sexy chart!



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