Net income down 59% for Manulife

Manulife also retreats. The insurer reports net income attributable to shareholders of $1.1 billion ($B) in the second quarter of 2022, compared to $2.6 billion in the second quarter of 2021. This decrease of 59% or $1.6 billion “is mainly explained by the charges related to the direct impact of the markets (vs. net profits … Read more

game hours increase at Xbox Cloud Gaming

Microsoft’s chief product officer said Xbox Cloud Gaming hours of game usage increased by 1,800% over last year. The Xbox Cloud Gaming service makes its mark This reality has become very visible on Microsoft’s dashboards. Catherine Gluckstein, product director for the platform, reveals that the number of hours of use of the service had increased. … Read more

You Can Now Shop Smarter With Microsoft Bing With These Changes

Advertising Microsoft has found new ways to monetize Bing with new money-saving annotation additions that could actually benefit users while improving the overall search experience. Yesterday, the Microsoft Bing team announced on their blog that their shopping search results will now be imbued with neatly nested coupon annotations that accompany shopping results. Advertising Let’s say … Read more

Apple may be working on an Amazon Echo Show rival

Is Apple about to shake up its lackluster range of connected home products? As Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman reported in his latest Power On newsletter, the tech giant is reportedly working on “at least four” new connected home productsincluding a HomePod 2, an updated HomePod mini and several new devices. Not all devices in development … Read more