BlackBerry surprised Wall Street by getting its bottom line back into the black in the fourth quarter, but sales shrunk significantly again, putting in question CEO John Chen’s assertion that the company’s turnaround is on track.
BlackBerry is trying to become less dependent on hardware, counting instead on software such as the BES12 enterprise mobile management platform, which can be used to manage not only the company’s devices but also iOS, Android and Windows Phone smartphones.
During the quarter, which ended Feb. 28, software revenue grew 24 percent on a sequential basis and 20 percent year-on-year to US$67 million, the company said Friday morning before the U.S. financial markets opened.
However, that’s still only 10 percent of BlackBerry’s overall revenue, which dropped by about 32 percent year-on-year to just $660 million. So even if software revenue is growing, it isn’t growing nearly fast enough to make up for drops in hardware and services revenue. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial had a consensus expectation for revenue of $786.4 million.
For example, only 1.6 million [m] BlackBerry smartphones were sold through to end customers during the quarter, down from 3.4 million smartphones a year ago. This despite the fact that the overall smartphone market is still growing at a healthy rate.
However, Chen isn’t ready to give up on hardware. At Mobile World Congress, the company launched the BlackBerry Leap smartphone and at the Cebit trade show in Germany it announced an Android tablet with special security features.
The company still managed to report net income of $28 million, or $0.05 per share. On pro forma basis, earnings per share came in at $0.04, beating the consensus estimate for a loss of $0.05 per share.
During the past year the company has been working on getting its financial house in order while creating a multi-year growth strategy and investing in its product portfolio, BlackBerry said in a statement. The aim is now to stabilize revenue and achieve sustainable profits, it said.
“We now have a very good handle on our margins, and our product roadmaps have been well received,” Chen said.
BlackBerry shares were up about 3.6 percent on the Nasdaq exchange shortly after trading began.
No details were available on LiveLoop’s Web site, which appeared to be experiencing server problems as of Friday morning.
The acquisition was first reported by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, who cited unnamed sources who confirmed the acquisition. We reached out to Microsoft and a spokesperson said in an e-mail, “We are excited to welcome the talented team from LiveLoop to help build great collaboration across Office applications, part of our strategy and vision to reinvent productivity.”
IT Security Specialist should Review violations of computer security procedures and discuss procedures with violators to ensure violations are not repeated. 安全教育培训方案
Shutting Down in April
According to ZDNet, a notice appearing Thursday on LiveLoop’s Web site said the company would be “shutting down permanently on April 24th, 2015.” The notice also said the company was no longer accepting new user registrations or presentation uploads, and that all customer data would be permanently deleted on April 24.
An archived version of LiveLoop’s Web site said the company’s plugin “converts presentations into Web URLs that can be viewed from any computer or phone without installing any software.” That allowed users to work together online on a single PowerPoint document in real time without having to join a GoToMeeting session or other collaboration site.
Backed by the venture capital firms New Enterprise Associates and Columbus Nova Technology Partners, LiveLoop was led by CEO Amal Dorai, a former business analyst at McKinsey & Company, and CTO David Nelson, who previously worked as a research scientist at Xerox. (Dorai also made headlines in 2005 when, as a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he organized a convention that invited potential time-travelers from the future to attend; none did.)
Pushing for ‘Mobile First’
Microsoft has made a couple of other acquisitions recently aimed at expanding its offerings, especially for its “mobile first” push. In December, it purchased the e-mail app startup Acompli for a reported $200 million. And last month, it announced its acquisition of Sunrise, which provides a calendar app for iOS and Android devices.
“This is another step forward on our journey to reinvent productivity and empower every person and organization to achieve more,” Rajesh Jha, Corporate Vice President for Outlook and Office 365, said upon announcing the Sunrise acquisition. Together with the company’s new touch-optimized universal Office apps for Windows 10, expected to be released this summer, the acquisitions “exemplify Microsoft’s ambition to rethink the productivity category.”
The “universal” apps for Office, which will be pre-installed on new mobile devices that run Windows 10, are being designed to enhance productivity for mobile users. They include touch-optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook.
3.15 show the exposure of the security issues of free WiFi. But regardless of the free WIFI is not free, in fact, just one of many users leaked online a link privacy.
The day we visited an Internet connection is involved in a number of equipment and service providers relay chain, a user through the browser every action on the page, every search, every click, the trail will go through an intermediate proxy server, router, wifi hotspots, communications service providers and other layers of clearance.
Because this is in clear text transmission under the traditional network protocol –HTTP, that I use a glass box filled with your information to make delivery in all aspects of the transfer. By the Department glance, each unceremoniously in a large collection of user behavior data may be used for various purposes after the information has been stolen.
So how can information security?
We can stop the input method, click the footprint will be computer cookie, browser, operating system, etc. records. But if it is, then the search, the most fundamental way is to change from the network protocol. 寿县一中安全教育第一课提升安全防范意识
The network already has an encryption protocol –HTTPS, but only with money-related sites in use, such as online banking class, Paypal, money paid through more. All stations using the HTTPS protocol had not yet.
Look: These are some
Taobao and Tencent are not:
Currently, all sites involved in the content, Baidu is the first to begin using the HTTPS protocol standard, so you can authenticate the user and the server, make sure to send data to the correct client and server. This is a technology upgrade internal Baidu downright: from HTTP to HTTPS!
Fraudulent phishing e-mail attacks are still common means of hacking, social engineering techniques such typical attack, it is difficult to effectively prevent from a technical level, the need to strengthen security awareness education focus groups especially senior ones.
This is certainly a lot of money, frankly, the user will not have much perception, but those will be very desperate criminals but – and here in the Baidu search engine, they can not get user privacy! 随便聊聊信息安全真理与方法
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