Stories by James Niccolai

Microsoft results get a lift from Office 365 and Azure

Microsoft has reported better-than-expected financial results for the quarter just ended, helped by strong sales of cloud services like Office 365 and Azure.

By James Niccolai | 24 April, 2015 07:38

Tags: business issues, Microsoft, financial results

Google boosts workplace efforts with Box integration, videoconferencing

Google is stepping up its efforts to target the enterprise, with new hardware and software integrations intended to make its Chrome browser and Chromebook computers central to the workplace.

By James Niccolai | 23 April, 2015 04:22

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, internet

IBM sales dip 12 per cent despite lift from new mainframe

IBM reported a 12 per cent drop in revenue for the last quarter despite a big boost from its new z13 mainframe, which went on sale last month.

By James Niccolai | 21 April, 2015 09:39

Tags: business issues, IBM, financial results

AMD withdraws from high-density server business

AMD has pulled out of the market for high-density servers, reversing a strategy it embarked on three years ago with its acquisition of SeaMicro.

By James Niccolai | 17 April, 2015 07:02

Tags: business issues, servers, Advanced Micro Devices, hardware systems, financial results, restructuring

Forever 21 denies pirating Adobe software, strikes back

Retail chain Forever 21 has denied making illegal copies of Adobe's software, as the Photoshop maker alleged in a lawsuit, and shot back that Adobe tries to bully customers who are accused of piracy into paying exorbitant license fees.

By James Niccolai | 17 April, 2015 02:39

Tags: applications, intellectual property, copyright, Adobe Systems, legal, software

Intel sales sag under PC slowdown

The PC business enjoyed a bit of a revival last year as companies replaced older systems running Windows XP. Those upgrades are mostly done now, and the slower market has hit Intel's financial results.

By James Niccolai | 15 April, 2015 07:15

Tags: business issues, financial results, Components, intel, processors

Kleiner Perkins cleared of sex discrimination against Ellen Pao

A jury has found mostly in favor of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in a historic lawsuit accusing one of Silicon Valley's best-known venture capital firms of sex discrimination.

By James Niccolai | 28 March, 2015 09:02

Tags: business issues, personnel, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, Civil lawsuits, legal

Facebook sued for alleged theft of data centre design

Facebook is being sued by a British engineering company that claims the social network stole its technique for building data centers and, perhaps worse, is encouraging others to do the same through the Open Compute Project.

By James Niccolai | 26 March, 2015 11:16

Tags: Civil lawsuits, legal, Facebook

Facebook Messenger is now open for business

Facebook is throwing open its Messenger app to third-party developers, letting them add new functions that will make it much more than a tool for communicating with friends.

By James Niccolai | 26 March, 2015 05:15

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, social networking, internet, Facebook

IBM's OpenPower project takes strides with first commercial server

An IBM project to expand the market for its Power processor is making headway, with new hardware announced Wednesday that aims to challenge Intel's dominance in the data center.

By James Niccolai | 19 March, 2015 06:07

Tags: Tyan, servers, IBM, hardware systems, Components, processors, Low-end servers, Blades

Uber and Lyft fail to convince judges their drivers are merely 'contractors'

Drivers for Uber Technologies and Lyft scored partial victories Wednesday in two lawsuits in which the companies seek to classify them as contractors rather than employees, and therefore not entitled to protections under California labor law.

By James Niccolai | 12 March, 2015 12:42

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Civil lawsuits, legal, Lyft, internet, Uber Technologies

Facebook's 'Wedge' network switch will soon be on sale to all

A network switch that Facebook designed for its own data centers will soon be on sale from Taiwanese manufacturer Accton Technologies, the latest sign of progress from the community hardware effort known as the Open Compute Project.

By James Niccolai | 11 March, 2015 12:25

Tags: Networking, Facebook

Microsoft slashes backup power costs with lithium-ion batteries

Microsoft has come up with a way to slash the cost of providing backup power in its data centers using standard lithium-ion batteries like those found in power tools and electric cars.

By James Niccolai | 11 March, 2015 06:29

Tags: hardware systems, Facebook

Apple Watch coming to Australia on April 24

The much-heralded Apple Watch will ship on April 24 with price tags ranging from $499 for the Sports edition all the way up to $14,000 or more for a limited-edition model in 18kt gold, Apple said Monday.

By James Niccolai | 10 March, 2015 06:29

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, accessories

IBM plugs OpenPower servers into SoftLayer cloud

IBM will roll out a cloud computing service next quarter using OpenPower-based servers, continuing an effort to expand the market for Power processors and challenge Intel in hyperscale data centers.

By James Niccolai | 04 March, 2015 15:54

Tags: services, IBM, Computing services, Hosted, Components, processors

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