Stories by James Niccolai

Dell creates new server division for 'second-tier' hyperscale customers

Dell has formed a new business unit to go after the “second tier” of hyperscale customers — those with similar needs to those of Google and Facebook but who aren’t quite as massive.

By James Niccolai | 24 August, 2015 10:01

Tags: Hyperscale, Dell

After three-day shutdown, HP now effectively two companies

Hewlett-Packard doesn't officially become two companies until Nov. 1, but the company has already separated its internal systems and is effectively operating as two businesses.

HP profit slides 13 percent as split nears

Hewlett-Packard has reported another quarter of declining profits and revenue, with its massive corporate split now less than three months away.

Intel's five main announcements from IDF this week

Intel's annual developer conference focused on robots and the Internet of Things, with new processors taking a back seat

By James Niccolai | 20 August, 2015 00:28

Tags: intel

Intel's RealSense 3D camera technology is already the star of IDF

Intel's RealSense 3D camera is coming to smartphones, robots and even vending machines.

By James Niccolai | 19 August, 2015 00:00

Tags: intel

Intel's high-speed 3D XPoint technology hitting SSDs next year

Intel has said the first solid-state drives to use its new 3D Xpoint memory technology will ship next year, under a new brand called Intel Optane.

By James Niccolai | 18 August, 2015 21:44

Tags: intel

Cisco's new CEO hints at deals in software and security

Chuck Robbins has only been in the job three weeks but the new CEO of Cisco Systems is already dropping hints about acquisitions.

By James Niccolai | 13 August, 2015 08:23

Tags: business issues, Cisco Systems, financial results

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 could yield big camera gains

Qualcomm has teased out some more details about its upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor, including a refreshed GPU and an image processing unit that could lead to big improvements in smartphone cameras.

By James Niccolai | 12 August, 2015 21:20

Tags: consumer electronics, smartphones, qualcomm, Components, processors

Software mogul Tom Siebel funds AI, drone research to tackle energy crisis

Drones that fly out to inspect powerlines -- and then recharge themselves by attaching to those same lines -- is among the ideas that could come to life thanks to a new research fund launched Tuesday.

By James Niccolai | 05 August, 2015 11:27

Tags: Green data center, Siebel Energy Institute, environment

Oracle preps 'Sonoma' chip for low-priced Sparc servers

Oracle is looking to expand the market for its Sparc-based servers with a new, low-cost processor dubbed Sonoma that its engineers will discuss publically for the first time later this month.

By James Niccolai | 30 July, 2015 12:10

Tags: servers, hardware systems, Oracle

Oracle and Google to return to court for Android battle

Oracle and Google have each proposed dates next northern spring for a new jury trial in their dispute over Google's use of Java in Android.

By James Niccolai | 25 July, 2015 05:32

Tags: Google, intellectual property, copyright, Civil lawsuits, legal, Oracle

The Cloud is too hard, so Intel launched a sweeping project to fix it

Intel has kicked off a broad effort to speed the adoption of the modern cloud infrastructure, which it says has been slow to take off because the software is complex and takes too long to deploy.

By James Niccolai | 24 July, 2015 06:23

Tags: middleware, software, intel, rackspace

Oracle tries to beef up copyright case against Android

With Oracle and Google headed back to court soon to resume their dispute over Android, Oracle is seeking to update its lawsuit to reflect the huge gains Android has made in the five years since the case began.

By James Niccolai | 23 July, 2015 12:17

Tags: Google, intellectual property, copyright, legal, Oracle

US court says 'pocket-dialed' calls are not private

A federal appeals court in Ohio has ruled that a person who accidentally "pocket dials" someone shouldn't expect any overheard conversation to be considered private.

By James Niccolai | 23 July, 2015 07:16

Tags: security, privacy

IBM's Q2 sales slide 13 per cent on sale of low-end server unit

IBM has reported another quarter of declining revenue and profit, though sales of its new mainframe gave it a lift.

By James Niccolai | 21 July, 2015 06:49

Tags: business issues, IBM, financial results

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