Stories by James Niccolai

Lenovo website hacked in wake of Superfish debacle

Lenovo's website appeared to have been hacked on Wednesday, possibly in retaliation for a piece of adware it installed on PCs that was found to have opened up a security hole.

By James Niccolai | 26 February, 2015 09:10

Tags: intrusion, security, Lenovo, malware

Ex-Facebook engineer launches startup to tackle server management

One of the founders of Facebook's Open Compute Project has launched a new company that aims to cut the cost of running data centers using "community-based analytics."

By James Niccolai | 26 February, 2015 06:49

Tags: Green data center, Coolan, environment

HP gives a bleak forecast as split approaches

Hewlett-Packard has lowered its financial outlook for the year after another quarter of declining sales and profit.

By James Niccolai | 25 February, 2015 09:23

Tags: business issues, financial results, Hewlett-Packard

Nvidia slapped with lawsuit over 'misleading' GPU claims

Gaming enthusiasts have been griping for months that Nvidia's GeForce GTX 970 graphics chip doesn't operate up to snuff, and now someone has taken the company to court over it.

By James Niccolai | 21 February, 2015 08:46

Tags: Graphics boards, Civil lawsuits, legal, Components, nvidia

What's in a typo? More evidence tying North Korea to the Sony hack

A security company in the U.S. has provided further evidence that last year's devastating hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment was carried out by a group with ties to North Korea.

By James Niccolai | 18 February, 2015 12:53

Tags: CrowdStrike, security, sony

Apple's Tim Cook warns that sacrificing privacy 'risks our way of life'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has warned of "dire consequences" if tech companies can't protect the privacy of those who use their products.

By James Niccolai | 14 February, 2015 07:35

Tags: Apple, security

Apple's massive solar farm could power its entire California operations

Apple is investing in a vast solar plant in Northern California that will generate as much electricity as the company uses to power all its operations in the state.

By James Niccolai | 11 February, 2015 08:52

Tags: business issues, Apple, Green data center, investments, environment

ARM unwraps its most powerful mobile chip yet, headed for phones and tablets next year

The company that powers your smartphones and tablets has introduced its most powerful chip design yet, the Cortex-A72, which should find its way into gadgets early next year.

By James Niccolai | 04 February, 2015 06:49

Tags: Arm Holdings, Components, processors

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

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