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NIST pledges transparency in NSA dealings over crypto standards

A U.S. agency that develops widely used standards for encryption has pledged to be more transparent about its dealings with the National Security Agency, amid concerns the NSA undermined those standards to boost its surveillance efforts.

By James Niccolai | 24 January, 2015 11:31

Tags: regulation, security, encryption, government

Ellison sings a new tune: Oracle hardware is cheapest

Larry Ellison has opened a new front in his battle with Cisco Systems and EMC, launching new Oracle hardware on Wednesday that he claims will be the cheapest on the market.

By James Niccolai | 22 January, 2015 13:17

Tags: Clusters, High performance, servers, Midrange, hardware systems, Oracle

IBM eyes more Cloud acquisitions to find a path to growth

IBM will favor buyouts that strengthen its Cloud services, the company's CFO said, as it looks for ways to expand its business after 11 straight quarters of declining revenue.

By James Niccolai | 21 January, 2015 12:42

Tags: business issues, databases, applications, servers, IBM, hardware systems, software, financial results

IBM's new mainframe will eat mobile apps for lunch

IBM has taken the wraps off a new mainframe computer, promising it will help customers to detect more fraud in real time and plow through billions of transactions generated each day by smartphones and tablets.

By James Niccolai | 14 January, 2015 10:39

Tags: servers, IBM, hardware systems, Mainframes

The reversible USB Type-C connector is turning heads at CES

A cable connector is an odd thing to get excited about, but when it's something as ubiquitous as USB you can perhaps forgive people for getting a little worked up.

By James Niccolai | 07 January, 2015 12:10

Tags: CES, USB Implementers Forum, Components

Hands on with MakerBot's 3D printed wood

3D printing has lost its novelty value a bit, but new printing materials that MakerBot plans to release will soon make it a lot more interesting again.

By James Niccolai | 07 January, 2015 12:00

Tags: peripherals, Printers, CES, 3D printers, MakerBot

Samsung draws rosy picture of IoT in lackluster CES keynote

Samsung officially opened the International CES on Monday evening with a keynote that painted a rosy picture of the Internet of Things but offered little substance except that vendors must be "open" and work together to make it all happen.

By James Niccolai | 06 January, 2015 17:38

Tags: CES, consumer electronics, Samsung Electronics

MEMS sensors are the quiet heroes of CES

They don’t make a lot of headlines, but the tiny sensors that track movement, orientation and pressure are the quiet heroes of the International CES.

By James Niccolai | 06 January, 2015 13:13

Tags: CES, Bosch, Components

Asus updates the Zenfone with a fancy camera and 4GB RAM

Asus has updated its popular Zenfone with two new models, including one for photography enthusiasts with a 3X optical zoom and controls for setting ISO, white balance and shutter speed.

By James Niccolai | 06 January, 2015 08:09

Tags: CES, consumer electronics, Asustek Computer

Why Nvidia ignored mobile and bet the farm on auto tech at CES

They waited for "one last thing" at Nvidia's press conference, but it never came.

By James Niccolai | 06 January, 2015 03:19

Tags: Graphics boards, CES, Components, nvidia, processors

Oracle asks US Supreme Court to reject Android copyright case

Oracle is trying to make sure its billion-dollar copyright dispute with Google over the Android OS doesn't make it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

By James Niccolai | 09 December, 2014 13:02

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

Power company plugs data center directly into high-voltage grid

A power company in Arizona is building a data center that plugs directly into its high-voltage transmission grid, a first of its kind project that could cut the cost of providing compute services and avoid the need for unsightly new power lines.

By James Niccolai | 09 December, 2014 07:00

Tags: Green data center, IO Data Centers, BaseLayer, environment

Power company plugs data center directly into high-voltage grid

A power company in Arizona is building a data center that plugs directly into its high-voltage transmission grid, a first of its kind project that could cut the cost of providing compute services and avoid the need for unsightly new power lines.

By James Niccolai | 09 December, 2014 07:00

Tags: Green data center, IO Data Centers, BaseLayer, environment

IO splits in two, solving an identity crisis

IO Data Centers is splitting into two companies as a way to attract investors and resolve a conflict that may have been holding back its business.

By James Niccolai | 02 December, 2014 23:50

Tags: Green data center, IO Data Centers, environment

Breaking up is hard to do, but HP won't look back

Breaking up Hewlett-Packard is "totally the right thing to do for this company," CEO Meg Whitman said on Tuesday, after HP reported declines in revenue and profit for the last quarter.

By James Niccolai | 26 November, 2014 12:39

Tags: business issues, financial results, Hewlett-Packard

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