Morning Beat: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Apple Inc. (AAPL), and QUALCOMM, Inc. (QCOM)

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) says it will notify users if it detects anything suspicious in the oremail accounts. The change in policy come on the heels of reports that the company failed to notify users that Chinese government officials had gained access to their Hotmail accounts.

It has emerged that Hotmail accounts belonging to Japanese and African diplomats, human rights lawyers and Tibetan leaders were hacked in 2011. Rather than notify the affected parties, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) chose to ask them to change their passwords.

The software giant joins other tech giants led by Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) that have all said they will notify users if they discover anything suspicious.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has refuted suggestions that some UK retailers had halted shipments of Lumia 950XL over hardware related issues. In a statement, the company maintains that demand for the flagship phone remains strong, and its unavailability is down to some stores running out of stock.

Carphone Warehouse is one of the stores which Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) says has run out of stock awaiting fresh deliveries. The store currently lists L950XL as a pre-order purchase with deliveries set to begin in January 19, 2016.

Speculation remains rife about the state of the flagship phone. Amazon Germany has already halted sales having stated the device differs from the original description.

A proposed resolution if approved at an upcoming shareholders meeting could force Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), to add more people of color to its senior leadership rank. The company in US Securities and Exchange Commission filing has already indicated that it is trying to hire more minorities. However, it maintains it has no powers to ensure selected candidates accept tabled offers.

A recent diversity report is already showing progress in the employment of minorities at the company. The percentage of non-white employees has risen since 2014. Workplace diversity is not only a challenge at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) but the entire tech industry.

QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) is working on chips for powering drones that it says will bring down production costs. A custom made chip for the widely used Snapdragon chipset according to the chipmaker will improve drones battery life while making advanced features readily available.

With works in progress on the chip, QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) has released a new video showing a preview of the new chipset capabilities. The video shows a drone autonomously avoiding obstacles while mapping out 3D spaces using built-in sensors.

Qualcomm will premiere the new Snapdragon Flight processors at the upcoming CES show. The new chip according to the San Diego tech giant could cut the price of an average 4K camera drone from $1,200 to $300 or $400.

Viraj Shah

Viraj Shah has completed M.Com (Finance) and is currently pursuing his CFP. He tracks US markets along with other global markets like India very closely. He is very passionate about stocks, real estate, and technology. He also believes that money can always be made in the market.

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