Persistent Rumors Claim Apple to Introduce a New 4-Inch iPhone

Today's topics include rumors about Appleā€™s expected 4-inch iPhone, a statement by Michael Dell on the acquisition of EMC, the debut of Firefox 44 and new staff cutbacks at Twitter.

Rumors continue to swirl that Apple will release a smaller version of the iPhone in March or April. The latest rumors give the device a different name and possibly rounded edges.

Instead of being called an iPhone 6c as reported in December, the smaller device will be called an iPhone 5se, according to recent reports by 9to5mac.com.

The handset won't be a smaller version of Apple's iPhone 6s, but is instead being billed as an upgrade of the company's iPhone 5s that debuted in the fall of 2013, according to the story. The code name for the new handset is reportedly N69.

Dell CEO Michael Dell is trying to allay fears of VCE customers that the impending acquisition of EMC by his company will mean big changes to the products they've come to rely on.

In a letter posted on the Dell Website Jan. 25, Michael Dell praised the success VCE has had in the growing market for converged infrastructures, saying that once the $67 billion deal for EMC is completed later this year, little will change for VCE or its customers. VCE is a joint venture of EMC, VMware and Cisco Systems organized in 2009 to market their Vblock product.

Yesterday, Mozilla came out with its first Firefox browser release for 2016, providing new features and hardened security.

Firefox 44 follows Firefox 43, which was released Dec. 15 and provided improved tracking protection for users. With Firefox 44, Mozilla is adding in the ability for users to get push notifications from sites by making use of the Web Push W3C standard.

Twitter, the troubled micro-messaging network that has become a standard Web communication service for about 320 million people, but still cannot turn a profit, has disclosed more executive departures.

The San Francisco-based company that laid off 8 percent (336) of its 4,100 employees last fall is now regularly shedding members of its leadership team. CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey confirmed Jan. 24 in a Twitter note that four key executives "have chosen" to leave Twitter. They include President of Human Resources Skip Schipper, who is reportedly moving to Google.

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