Stories by James Niccolai

HP gives Moonshot server its first Xeon chip

If Hewlett-Packard's Moonshot server doesn't pan out, it won't be for lack of trying.

By James Niccolai | 23 October, 2014 22:30

Tags: Components, processors, Hewlett-Packard

Google asks US Supreme Court to decide Android copyright case

Google has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a copyright infringement case that some developers think could have a big impact on their ability to innovate in software.

By James Niccolai | 09 October, 2014 12:01

Tags: Languages and standards, application development, legal, Android, Civil lawsuits, smartphones, software, Oracle, Google, consumer electronics, copyright, intellectual property

Rohm shows the Swiss army knife of sensors

Need a handy device that can secure your smartphone, measure distances and tell you what kind of sun lotion to wear? No? Well someone built one anyway.

By James Niccolai | 08 October, 2014 19:07

Tags: Components, Rohm, Boards -- other, CEATEC

Mazda will let you keep your high-beams on without annoying everyone

They're a scourge of nighttime driving: people who round a corner and forget to dip their headlights for oncoming cars. But thanks to efforts by Mazda, those concerns could soon be a thing of the past.

By James Niccolai | 07 October, 2014 16:32

Tags: consumer electronics, mazda

It's official: HP will break itself in two

Hewlett-Packard has confirmed reports that it plans to break itself into two companies.

By James Niccolai | 06 October, 2014 22:08

Tags: HP, business issues, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, hardware systems, Hewlett-Packard

Toshiba shows glasses with embedded display

Toshiba is eyeing the smart glasses market. The company is showing a prototype pair of glasses at the Ceatec trade show in Japan this week, and while they might not edge Google Glass out of the market, they should be a bit cheaper.

By James Niccolai | 06 October, 2014 21:44

Tags: consumer electronics, toshiba, accessories, Components, CEATEC

Samsung paid Microsoft $1 billion last year to build Android phones

Samsung has been paying Microsoft US$1 billion a year in royalties to use its technology in Samsung's Android smartphones and tablets, according to a court document filed Friday.

By James Niccolai | 04 October, 2014 11:41

Tags: consumer electronics, Microsoft, intellectual property, Android, legal, Civil lawsuits, Samsung Electronics, patent, smartphones, Android OS

Cisco and Netgear line up behind new Helix 64-bit ARM chips

AppliedMicro has announced a new family of 64-bit ARM chips that could disrupt the stodgy but sizeable market for components used in network routers, printers and other "embedded" equipment.

By James Niccolai | 02 October, 2014 11:03

Tags: Cisco Systems, Networking, AppliedMicro, netgear, Components, processors, Hewlett-Packard

ARM builds an OS for the Internet of Things

Chip design company, ARM, is stepping outside its area of expertise to release a new operating system that could play a big role in building out the Internet of Things.

By James Niccolai | 02 October, 2014 03:58

Tags: Arm Holdings, Components, processors

12 things to know about Windows 10

Microsoft gave the first look at its Windows 10 operating system on Tuesday, a major release that will span all hardware from PCs to phones and try to address the ills that have dogged Windows 8.

By James Niccolai | 01 October, 2014 09:58

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Microsoft skips a number, says 'Windows 10' will be a big break from the past

Microsoft's major update to its operating system, called Windows 10, has been built to blend old and new in a way that will be familiar to Windows 7 users while also retaining much of its more modern tile interface.

By James Niccolai | 01 October, 2014 04:30

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

HP's Moonshot server now packs 64-bit ARM chips

It's been a long road getting there but Hewlett-Packard has become the first major vendor to add a 64-bit ARM server to its price list.

By James Niccolai | 29 September, 2014 22:51

Tags: hardware systems, Hewlett-Packard

Larry Ellison's best zingers: a look back

Few CEOs have been as consistently entertaining as Larry Ellison. Love him or hate him, you can depend on him to liven up a speech with a put-down, a faux pas or a zinger for a competitor. Reporters joke that his public relations staff must take a lot of Xanax before he takes the stage. You never know what he's going to say next.

By James Niccolai | 19 September, 2014 09:42

Tags: business issues, personnel, Oracle

Qualcomm shows its Snapdragon 810 in action

Qualcomm has given a peek at the graphics capabilities of its new Snapdragon 810 chipset, which it confirmed will start shipping in tablets and other devices early next year.

By James Niccolai | 19 September, 2014 06:33

Tags: qualcomm, Components, processors

Facebook's TODO project is a big push to evolve the world of open source

Facebook has partnered with several large companies to kick off a new project called TODO that aims to improve the way open source software is developed and consumed.

By James Niccolai | 16 September, 2014 04:10

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

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