Stories by James Niccolai

Google is said to endorse ARM server chips, but don't get excited yet

Google will give its public backing to Qualcomm's ARM server chip next week, according to a report Wednesday, but history suggests it's too early to draw conclusions.

Yahoo to slash jobs and close Web properties in major turnaround plan

Yahoo will cut 15 percent of its workforce and close some online services in a major turnaround plan announced Tuesday.

By James Niccolai | 03 February, 2016 09:27

Tags: job cuts, Yahoo, browser, Tumblr, marissa meyer, digital advertising

'Big bets' cost Google parent, Alphabet, US$3.6 billion in losses last year

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, racked up US$3.6 billion in losses last year on investments in "big bets" such as self-driving cars and Internet balloons.

By James Niccolai | 02 February, 2016 08:52

Tags: Google, emerging technology, R&D

Amazon's Cloud is flying high, but profit disappoints overall

Profits from Amazon's cloud division jumped 69 per cent last quarter, but the rest of its business fared less well.

By James Niccolai | 29 January, 2016 08:55


Look out, Cisco: Major telcos join Facebook's open hardware push

Big telcos including Verizon and AT&T have joined a Facebook-led project to build low-cost computing hardware, posing a fresh challenge for network vendors like Cisco and Juniper.

IBM's Power systems business is growing for the first time in years

A few years ago, you wouldn't have bet on IBM Power systems having much of a future. But a new strategy to embrace Linux and open up the platform is starting to pay off.

By James Niccolai | 22 January, 2016 11:33

Tags: HP, . power systems, unix, IBM, Oracle Sparc platform, Components

Yahoo has released a ton of anonymized user data to help machine learning scientists

Yahoo has released a 13.5TB file of anonymized user data to machine learning scientists in academia, calling it the largest-ever release of its kind

IBM cuts new Watson deals that push it deeper into health

When you think of IBM you probably don't think of consumer electronics, but the company's CEO came to Las Vegas Wednesday to push IBM's Watson technology deeper into wearables and health.

By James Niccolai | 07 January, 2016 07:25

Tags: live, CES 2016

Netflix gets its own 'Downton Abbey' with a period drama about the British Monarchy

Netflix just announced a massive global expansion of its service, along with two new shows coming this year including a period drama about Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

By James Niccolai | 06 January, 2016 22:32

Tags: play, CES 2016

Intel demos collision-avoidance drone that will go on sale this year

Intel put on an entertaining show for its CES opening keynote Tuesday night, with BMX bikes jumping across the stage and a live demo of a drone that can avoid obstacles in flight.

By James Niccolai | 06 January, 2016 09:00

Tags: play, CES 2016

Oakley's new sunglasses are a fitness coach that whispers in your ear

Oakley will sell a pair of smart sunglasses that track your movements when you work out and coach you with voice commands.

By James Niccolai | 06 January, 2016 08:00

Tags: play, CES 2016

Intel's Curie chip to convey thrills and spills of Winter X Games

People who tune into the Winter X Games in Colorado this month will get a heightened sense of the action thanks to a tie-up between Intel and ESPN, which sponsors the event.

By James Niccolai | 06 January, 2016 07:02

Tags: play, CES 2016

Qualcomm's new chip will turn your next car into a self-driving theater on wheels

Qualcomm unwrapped a new family of Snapdragon processors at CES that threaten to turn your car into something that feels more like a fairground than a mode of transport.

By James Niccolai | 06 January, 2016 03:37

Tags: CES 2016

Panasonic to commercialize Facebook's Blu-ray cold storage systems

A couple of years ago, Facebook revealed it was using Blu-ray disks as a cost-efficient way to archive the billions of images that users uploaded to its service. Now, Panasonic has said it plans to commercialize the technology for other businesses, and is working on new disks that will hold a terabyte of data.

By James Niccolai | 05 January, 2016 23:38

Tags: work, CES 2016

All Samsung smart TVs will be 'IoT-ready' in 2016

All Samsung smart TVs sold in 2016 will be IoT-ready, meaning they'll be able to talk to compatible appliances around the home, according to the company.

By James Niccolai | 30 December, 2015 00:53

Tags: samsung, Smart TV, live

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