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Wednesday - July 27, 2016
Nintendo shares fell sharply in Tokyo on Wednesday, following its release of a Q1 earnings report that disappointed analyst expectations. The company reported a drop of 31 percent in net sales and an operating loss of about $48 million, which it attributed to growing strength in the Japanese yen but which likely had more to do with dismal sales of the outgoing Wii U console. The weak results come amid a frenzy over the recently released Pokemon Go augmented reality game, which Nintendo felt obliged to address last week. [More...]

Wednesday - July 27, 2016
BlackBerry on Tuesday made a play for security-conscious Android users with the announcement of its new DTEK50. Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and BlackBerry security software, the new unit is the "most secure Android smartphone" in the world, the company claimed. Many Android users have concerns about the their phone's security, according to BlackBerry's April survey of 8,000 consumers between the ages of 34 and 54. Fifty percent of the respondents felt their phones were only somewhat secure, and only one in six knew about security patches. [More...]

Wednesday - July 27, 2016
Google on Tuesday released an updated version of its Phone app for Android with a new spam protection feature that warns users when an incoming call is likely to be spam. It also lets them block numbers and report spam. The app is available on Google Play. The spam warning feature works on Nexus and AndroidOne devices on the T-Mobile USA, Project Fi and Orange France networks. "For me, mobile spam calls are a nightmare," remarked Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. [More...]

Wednesday - July 27, 2016
It's important to recognize that "CRM is growing up," said Xactly CEO Christopher Cabrera. "It's becoming more useful to the CRM user, who is predominantly the sales rep or whoever is managing the customer relationship. The sales performance management, or SPM, space is on a collision course with CRM, because what CRM doesn't do is allow the reps that are using it to make sense of it all, and how it affects them and their compensation. We're seeing an expansion of CRM to add more functionality, so it gives more power to the user ... ." [More...]

 

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