Stories by Marc Ferranti

IBM adds to Watson IoT arsenal with new APIs, 'experience centers'

Strengthening its push into the Internet of Things, IBM is making a range of application programming interfaces (APIs) available through its Watson IoT unit and opening up new facilities for the group.

Top 10 tech stories 2015: Transformation and transition

Cloud and mobile computing have created an imperative for the tech world: Change or fail. Here, are the IDG News Service's picks for the top 10 tech stories of 2015.

By Marc Ferranti | 14 December, 2015 20:14

Tags: Dell, Google, Microsoft, Lenovo

Digital transformation spurs tech M&A to close in on record

The digital transformation of business via cloud, mobile and big data technology is fueling IT mergers and acquisitions, which are set to rocket past the record level set back in 2000 when the dot-com era crested.

Microsoft plunges deeper into retail with flagship New York store

Six years after stepping into the retail market with smaller mall outlets, Microsoft is literally taking the wraps off its flagship store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Monday, the same day as the general release of its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.

By Marc Ferranti | 26 October, 2015 05:07

Tags: Microsoft

US to require registration process for drones

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation said Monday that it will form a task force to come up with a registration process for drones.

By Marc Ferranti | 19 October, 2015 23:46

Tags: drones

Software a winner as VC market heads to biggest year since dot-com era

Venture capitalists are investing more money in private companies than at any time since the dot-com bust, with software companies grabbing the biggest slice of the pie.

IBM's Watson Analytics offers new data discovery tools for everyday business users

If you're trying to figure out an optimal fantasy baseball lineup, how an unusually cool summer affected beer sales, or what Twitter users can tell you about why your company's stock price tanked, then IBM's Watson Analytics team has something new for you.

AT&T a closer partner of NSA than previously known, Snowden docs show

A fresh analysis of documents disclosed by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden shows that AT&T has been a much closer and eager partner for the National Security Agency's Internet spying activities than was previously known.

By Marc Ferranti | 16 August, 2015 07:52

Tags: Government use of IT, telecommunication, at&t, security, legislation, government, privacy

Russia, China reportedly crack Snowden's files, identify US, UK spies

Russian and Chinese intelligence agencies have reportedly decrypted files of former U.S. National Security Agency contractor and leaker Edward Snowden, and have identified British and U.S. secret agents.

By Marc Ferranti | 14 June, 2015 13:04

Tags: National Security Agency, security, Government Communications Headquarters, government

Charter reportedly close to US$55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable

Charter Communications is said to be near a US$55 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, a deal that would create a broadband powerhouse in the U.S.

By Marc Ferranti | 26 May, 2015 04:10

Tags: business issues, telecommunication, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Mergers and acquisitions, broadband

Turing manuscript sells for $US1 million

A 56-page notebook manuscript by Alan Turing, the English mathematician considered to be the father of modern computer science, has sold at auction for $US1.025 million.

By Marc Ferranti | 14 April, 2015 04:22

Tags: popular science, hardware systems

SAP co-founder Tschira dies at 74

Klaus Tschira, an SAP co-founder who helped pioneer the development of modern ERP (enterprise resource planning) software and turn the Germany-based company into a global software powerhouse, died Tuesday in Heidelberg at 74.

By Marc Ferranti | 01 April, 2015 05:45

Tags: business issues, personnel, Add item(s), SAP, software

US judge dismisses antitrust case against Google over Android apps

A U.S. federal judge has dismissed an antitrust lawsuit that charges Google harmed consumers by forcing Android handset makers to use its apps by default, but gave the plaintiffs three weeks to amend their complaint.

By Marc Ferranti | 22 February, 2015 08:41

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

US rejects North Korea offer to investigate Sony hack, reaches out to China

The U.S. has rejected North Korea's proposal for a joint investigation of a devastating hack on Sony Pictures, and has reached out to China for help blocking future cyberattacks.

By Marc Ferranti | 21 December, 2014 11:16

Tags: security, Sony Pictures

NSA spy program targets mobile networks worldwide

The NSA has conducted a covert campaign to intercept internal communications of operators and trade groups in order to infiltrate mobile networks worldwide, according to the latest revelations from documents supplied by Edward Snowden.

By Marc Ferranti | 07 December, 2014 15:24

Tags: security, nsa

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