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Apple, GT bury hatchet – but sapphire screen spat skinny stays secret

Apple and GT Advanced Technologies, the materials company that was once slated to provide ultra-durable sapphire glass for iPhones and other Apple products, have agreed to an "amicable parting of the ways," according to sources with knowledge of GT's bankruptcy litigation. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple and GT will …
Neil McAllister, 22 Oct 2014
Swift programming language

Hey Apple, we're gonna tailor Swift as open source – indie devs throw down gauntlet

A group of independent developers have launched a project to develop a free, open source implementation of Apple's Swift programming language. Dubbed Phoenix, the project is being developed under the auspices of Ind.ie, a group that claims to want to develop "consumer products that are beautiful, free, social, accessible, secure …
Neil McAllister, 21 Oct 2014

ARM heads: Our cores still have legs ... as shares tumble amid 'peak smartphone' fears

British chip design firm ARM Holdings painted a rosy picture of its future growth on Tuesday, but it missed analysts' revenue expectations for the third quarter of its fiscal 2014, reigniting old fears that slowing smartphone growth will hurt the firm's long-term profitability – even though it's looking just fine in the near …
Neil McAllister, 21 Oct 2014
BlackBerry Passport

Who's that sniffing around BlackBerry? Oh, is it YOU again, Lenovo?

Lenovo may be close to a deal to acquire Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry – for real, this time – according to multiple reports. Citing anonymous sources, Canadian broadcaster CBC claimed on Monday that the Chinese equipment maker is planning to offer to snap up ailing BlackBerry at around $15 per share. The Toronto Sun and …
Neil McAllister, 21 Oct 2014
Satya Nadella speaking at a Microsoft cloud event

Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

"Microsoft loves Linux" is generally not something one expects to hear, but that was one of the messages that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered at a San Francisco media event touting Redmond's cloud offerings on Monday. According to Nadella, 20 per cent of Microsoft's Azure cloud is already Linux and the software giant plans …
Neil McAllister, 20 Oct 2014
Samsung Chromebook 2 with Intel processor

Don't shoot – I'm un-ARM-ed! Samsung whips out Intel Chromebook 2

Score another point for Chipzilla in its quest for relevance in the mobile market: Samsung has announced a new, low-cost Chromebook that's powered by an Intel processor. Not that Intel-powered Chromebooks are anything new, really. The very first batch were all based on Atom chips, and in July, Acer even went as far as to release …
Neil McAllister, 17 Oct 2014
Android 5.0 "Lollipop"

Google offers sweet new SDK to let Android devs join 'Lollipop' guild

Android 5.0 "Lollipop" won't ship to the public for a couple more weeks, but Google has tossed developers a bone by releasing the final SDK and system images for select Nexus devices ahead of launch. The new Lollipop SDK that posted on Friday replaces the earlier Android L Developer Preview that the Chocolate Factory offered up …
Neil McAllister, 17 Oct 2014

AMD-AMMIT! Hundreds face axe at chip maker as PC, graphics crash

Following a grim earnings report on Thursday, AMD has announced a restructuring plan that includes axing seven per cent of its workforce by the end of the year. The plan will see AMD issuing layoff notices to about 710 employees worldwide, and is expected to cost the chipmaker $57m in severance payments. "While decisions that …
Neil McAllister, 17 Oct 2014

Giant advertising, sorry, 'Search' firm Google makes BILLIONS - but not enough for Wall St

Google did manage to shrink its dependency on advertising in the third quarter of fiscal 2014 – albeit slightly – but lest you doubt what the online giant's actual business is, ads run mainly beside other people's content still accounted for 89 per cent of its sales. And as has been the case for many consecutive quarters, sales …
Neil McAllister, 16 Oct 2014
Julie Larson-Green Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Windows Experience

Microsoft, Docker bid to bring Linux-y containers to Windows: What YOU need to know

Containers are all the rage with Linux sysadmins these days, and now Microsoft and Docker say they're going to bring that same virtualization-beating goodness to Windows. But just what will that look like and how will it work? First things first. One thing Microsoft's new partnership with Docker won't let you do is take any of …
Neil McAllister, 16 Oct 2014
Asus Padfone

Intel, Asus charge sneak into US mobe market with ATOM-powered PadFone X mini

Intel on Wednesday reached a new milestone in its quest to become a player in the mobile phone market, with the launch of the first-ever Atom-powered Android 4.4 smartphone for the US market. The Asus PadFone X mini will feature not just a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor clocked at 1.6GHz but also an Intel XMM 7160 LTE …
Neil McAllister, 15 Oct 2014

Admins! Never mind POODLE, there're NEW OpenSSL bugs to splat

If you're using the popular OpenSSL open source cryptography library, you have more to worry about than the recently disclosed POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) vulnerability, project devs have warned. In addition to patching two POODLE-related bugs, new releases of OpenSSL issued on Wednesday also close a …
Neil McAllister, 15 Oct 2014
Broke - empty pockets

How's that big mobile push going, Intel? Oh a million dollars. In 3 months? Wow (sarcasm)

Intel is desperate to reduce its reliance on PCs and servers and break into the markets for mobility, wearables, and the Internet of Things. But its latest earnings report shows it's still struggling to make progress in those areas. How struggling? Sales for the company's Mobile and Communications group, which makes smartphone …
Neil McAllister, 14 Oct 2014

Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug

Mark Zuckerberg says he is donating $25m of his own money to the US Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fund the fight against Ebola in Africa. The Facebook founder, whose net worth is estimated at around $33bn, said he and wife Priscilla Chan will give 0.075 per cent of that sum to combat the deadly disease, which is …
Neil McAllister, 14 Oct 2014
Samsung Google Nexus 10 Android tablet

Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

Google is planning to steal some of the thunder from Apple's October 16 event by quietly unveiling a new tablet running the next generation of its Android OS the day before, a report claims. Cupertino is widely expected to take wraps off its latest iPad on Thursday – which may or may not be a 12.9-inch "maxi" model that may or …
Neil McAllister, 14 Oct 2014
Photo taken by Conny Liegl

To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

If you've been worrying that NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been living a wretched existence in some horrible Moscow flat, shunned and alone, fear not. A new documentary on him claims that, on the contrary, he's happy and healthy – as is his live-in girlfriend. According to the film Citizenfour by documentarian Laura Poitras, …
Neil McAllister, 11 Oct 2014

SHATTERED: Apple's jilted glass supplier to shut down sapphire ops

GT Advanced Technologies, the struggling materials firm that was once tapped to provide durable sapphire glass for Apple, says it will cut staff and close its sapphire manufacturing plants as it moves toward bankruptcy protection. In documents filed with the New Hampshire bankruptcy court on Friday, GT said the "cash burn" at …
Neil McAllister, 10 Oct 2014

No 12-inch maxiPads for Christmas: Suppliers 'smothered by iPhone 6'

All signs point to Apple unveiling a new, larger iPad model at its October 16 media event, but if the latest whispers are to be believed, you shouldn't expect to be able to actually buy one until early next year. The invites Apple sent to the press this week said only "it's been way too long," yet most Cupertino-watchers believe …
Neil McAllister, 09 Oct 2014

Gates and Ballmer NOT ON SPEAKING TERMS – report

The relationship between former Microsoft CEOs Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates has so soured over the years that the pair are no longer speaking to each other, according to a new profile. The article, which appears in the November 2014 issue of Vanity Fair, cites numerous Redmond insiders who claim that tensions between the former …
Neil McAllister, 09 Oct 2014
AMD CEO Lisa Su

So long, Rory: AMD board names Lisa Su president and CEO

AMD president and CEO Rory Read has stepped down, effective immediately, to be succeeded by fellow AMD exec Lisa Su. Read, who has served as AMD's chief exec since August 2011, will stay on with the company in an advisory role, but only through the end of 2014. "I am grateful to have had the opportunity to lead such a talented …
Neil McAllister, 08 Oct 2014
Gold Hat stinking badges

Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

US government attorneys have argued that the FBI didn't need a warrant to snoop evidence from the Silk Road darknet drugs souk, for a simple reason: its servers were located outside the United States. Attorneys representing accused Silk Road headman Ross Ulbricht have suggested that the FBI used hacking techniques to pull data …
Neil McAllister, 08 Oct 2014

Countless Belkin routers go TITSUP in massive mystery meltdown

A large number of Belkin routers were knocked off the internet on Tuesday, owing to an as-yet-unexplained glitch. It's not known how many routers were affected, but it was a lot of them and quite possibly worldwide, all at once. Complaints began popping up on Twitter shortly after midnight Eastern time, with some customers …
Neil McAllister, 07 Oct 2014
Sorry we're closed

Nokia's ENORMO factory in India axed after Microsoft-shaped hole appears in order book

Finland's Nokia says it is shutting down its massive mobile phone factory in Chennai, India, now that Microsoft has terminated its manufacturing contract with the firm. The Chennai facility has had a troubled history, owing to a protracted tax dispute with the Indian government that led authorities to freeze its assets. Nokia's …
Neil McAllister, 07 Oct 2014
Wolfenstein 3D

Nvidia's screaming new Maxwell GPUs bring 4K gaming to notebooks

Nvidia took wraps off the latest in its line of dedicated notebook GPUs on Tuesday, ones it says can deliver near-desktop performance in a portable form factor. Like some of the earlier GeForce 800M series, the new GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 980M cards are based on Nvidia's Maxwell architecture. But while Maxwell was …
Neil McAllister, 07 Oct 2014
2001: A Space Odyssey

Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

Don't want Microsoft tracking you online and collecting data on your computing habits? Then you probably shouldn't install the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Redmond says. The interwebs were abuzz on Monday over concerns about the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy of Microsoft's newly released, not-even-beta-yet OS, with some sites …
Neil McAllister, 07 Oct 2014

Bugzilla code critters blab your security sinners, warns Mozilla

The Mozilla Foundation has warned of a number of recently discovered vulnerabilities in its Bugzilla bug-tracking tool that could give attackers access to sensitive information about software projects. One particularly serious flaw allows attackers to bypass email verification phase when creating new Bugzilla accounts, meaning …
Neil McAllister, 07 Oct 2014
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

Lennart Poettering, creator of the systemd system management software for Linux, says the open-source world is "quite a sick place to be in." He also said the Linux development community is "awful" – and he pins the blame for that on Linux supremo Linus Torvalds. "A fish rots from the head down," Poettering said in a post to …
Neil McAllister, 06 Oct 2014
management regulation2

Worst. Comic. Book. Ever. Marvell's Chipman defeated by France in another patent battle

Marvell Semiconductor must reach into its pockets once again, having lost another patent-infringement lawsuit. This time around, the victor was France Telecom, which sued Marvell in 2012 for infringing its patent on certain error-correction algorithms used in CDMA wireless networking, which licensed under the goofy name Turbo …
Neil McAllister, 03 Oct 2014
Mind blown

Mind-blowing! You'll totally believe what Google is now calling its Cloud Platform previews

Google is changing what it calls preview versions of its Cloud Platform products, a move it says is designed to add "transparency, speed, and simplicity" to its release process. "Going forward, all products will be pre-released in Alpha format for testing by a select group of customers, and after passing this phase, will be …
Neil McAllister, 03 Oct 2014

IBM goes gunning for Intel with Nvidia GPU-charged Power8 servers

Now that it's officially out of the x86 server biz, IBM is hitting the gas on its Power processor strategy with new Power8-based iron that incorporates GPU acceleration tech from Nvidia for the first time. The IBM Power S824L is both the first Power server to include Nvdia Tesla GPUs and the first product to be born out of the …
Neil McAllister, 03 Oct 2014
Soylent

Take THAT, hated food! It's OVER, tedious chewing! Soylent strikes back with version 1.1

Soylent, the venture-funded startup that promises to free humanity from the hated burden of eating, has updated the formula of its mail-order nutrient gloop. "We have made two changes to the 1.0 formula, resulting in a food with greater neutrality and digestibility (as indicated by preliminary tests)," the company proclaimed in …
Neil McAllister, 03 Oct 2014
Disney's Beagle Boys

JPMorgan Chase: 76 MILLION homes, 7 MILLION small biz thumped in cyber-heist

Mega-bank JPMorgan Chase has admitted to suffering a major data breach that has been rumored since August, saying that as many as 76 million households and 7 million small businesses have been affected. The bank, which has never discussed the breach publicly before, made the disclosure in a filing with the US Securities and …
Neil McAllister, 02 Oct 2014
CP/M-86

Proprietary OS source code LEAKED to web – from 40 years ago

Forty years after Gary Kildall released the first version of CP/M, the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California has made the source code to several versions of the landmark eight-bit OS available as a free download from its website. The code, which is written in a combination of assembly language and Kildall's …
Neil McAllister, 02 Oct 2014
Larry Ellison's keynote at Openworld 2014

Larry Ellison, Oracle's humble CTO, demos cloud migration at OpenWorld

Larry Ellison is so confident that Oracle's new platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering lets customers move their databases and applications to the cloud "with the push of a button" that he was even willing to try it himself in front of an audience of thousands. Ellison used his Tuesday afternoon keynote at this year's OpenWorld …
Neil McAllister, 01 Oct 2014

AMD, Oracle sweep their glasses off the table, ARM wrestle Hadoop for the data center

AMD thinks the future of the data center lies in the ARM processor architecture, and it's betting that servers based on 64-bit ARMv8 will be humming in racks near you sooner than you expect. To prove it, AMD's Leendert van Doorn took to the stage at Oracle's JavaOne conference in San Francisco to demo two ARM Cortex A57–based …
Neil McAllister, 01 Oct 2014
DolphinSpeak

Oracle will 'kill MySQL' and steal its users? Ha ha, haha, ha. Seriously, we won't – Oracle exec

If you think Oracle's only goal when it gained control of MySQL was to undermine it, Oracle has a message for you: Get over it. Speaking at the annual OpenWorld conference in San Francisco on Monday, Oracle chief corporate architect Edward Screven said there was never any question of the database giant mothballing MySQL. "Some …
Neil McAllister, 30 Sep 2014
Photoshop running on a Chromebook

What's a Chromebook good for? How about running PHOTOSHOP?

Chromebooks are great for browsing the web, but they're not much good for running applications like Photoshop – not yet, at any rate. But they may become much more versatile devices soon, thanks to a new experiment cooked up by Adobe and Google. On Monday, the companies jointly unveiled "Project Photoshop Streaming," an effort …
Neil McAllister, 30 Sep 2014
Larry Ellison

Ellison: Sparc M7 is Oracle's most important silicon EVER

During his OpenWorld keynote on Sunday, Oracle CEO CTO Larry Ellison took time out from talking up his company's cloud strategy to remind the audience that the database giant is in the hardware business, too – all the way down to the silicon. Many of Oracle's "engineered systems" are powered by Intel processors – and Intel …
Neil McAllister, 29 Sep 2014

Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables

Oracle has confirmed that at least 32 of its products are affected by the vulnerability recently discovered in the Bash command-line interpreter – aka the "Shellshock" bug – including some of the company's pricey integrated hardware systems. The database giant issued a security alert regarding the issue on Friday, warning that …
Neil McAllister, 27 Sep 2014

What the HEC? Microsoft resurrects its hardware engineering event – in CHINA

Microsoft is bringing back WinHEC – its erstwhile Windows Hardware Engineering Conference – and this time it's holding the event closer to where the action is. Redmond exec Matt Perry said on Friday that WinHEC 2015 will be held on March 18 and 19 in Shenzhen, China's booming tech capital, with a subsequent event to follow in …
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2014

Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

If you fancy spending your next European airline flight sitting next to someone who's carrying on a protracted conversation via mobile phone, you're in luck. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued new guidance to European airlines allowing them to permit passengers to keep phones and other portable electronic …
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2014

If you can't beat 'em: Intel seeking stake in Chinese chipmaker Spreadtrum – report

Ever eager to gain ground in the mobile chip market from such rivals as Broadcom and Qualcomm, Intel is reportedly considering a substantial investment in Chinese smartphone chipmaker Spreadtrum. Reuters reports that Chipzilla is close to announcing a deal with the firm, citing anonymous sources. No specific figures have been …
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2014
Symantec CEO Michael Brown

Symantec's CEO search ends where it started, with Michael Brown

After a six-month search, Symantec has finally named its new permanent CEO – and it's none other than Michael Brown, the man the company's board named as interim CEO in March. Brown reportedly emerged as the front-runner during a review of more than 100 potential candidates, 30 of whom were "actively vetted" for the chief exec …
Neil McAllister, 25 Sep 2014

Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team

Steve Ballmer says he doesn't have huge changes planned for the Los Angeles Clippers, his newly acquired pro basketball team, but he does want them to quit using Apple products. "Most of the Clippers are on Windows, some of the players and coaches are not," the former Microsoft CEO told Reuters, without naming names. Although …
Neil McAllister, 25 Sep 2014
Smartphones

Xamarin sics army of 1,000 test devices on hapless mobile apps

Mobile app-dev specialists Xamarin have launched the Xamarin Test Cloud, an automated, internet-based service that lets developers test their code on more than 1,000 devices. "With Xamarin Test Cloud, you can create your own test scripts using our powerful testing framework, run them locally against emulators or devices, and …
Neil McAllister, 25 Sep 2014

Amazon shovels cash into hush-hush Lab126 despite Fire Phone fizzle

Amazon's much-hyped Fire Phone met a cool reception from consumers, but that won't stop CEO Jeff Bezos from doubling down on his consumer electronics ambitions, industry insiders claim. Citing anonymous sources, Reuters reports that the e-commerce giant plans to invest another $55m into its secretive Lab126 division, which …
Neil McAllister, 24 Sep 2014
ButterFly Labs 230GH/s Miner

FTC nails pin in Bitcoin mining rig maker Butterfly Labs

The US Federal Trade Commission has shut down Bitcoin mining equipment vendor Butterfly Labs over allegations that the company accepted as much as $50m in orders from customers but failed to deliver their purchases. Butterfly purported to sell dedicated Bitcoin mining machines, with its more powerful models carrying price tags …
Neil McAllister, 23 Sep 2014
Openstack log

Canonical, Oracle go two on one against Red Hat in OpenStack bout

While Red Hat is trumpeting that it wants to be the "undisputed" OpenStack market leader, its rivals Canonical and Oracle have teamed up to ensure that each's Linux distro plays well with the other's OpenStack implementation, even though they also compete. "As we have said in the past, while Oracle provides solutions for …
Neil McAllister, 23 Sep 2014

Puppet-wearing devs: There's now an app (or two) for that

Puppet Labs has taken wraps off new updates to its open-source DevOps-friendly Puppet IT automation software, along with a set of new company initiatives designed to grow the ecosystem around the tools. Puppet Labs CEO Luke Kanies made the announcements Tuesday morning at PuppetConf, the company's annual event that kicked off in …
Neil McAllister, 23 Sep 2014

Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone

Cloud hosting firm Rackspace has claimed victory over another patent troll, this time not merely by successfully challenging a patent suit, but by actually having the patent in question invalidated. "Rotatable Technologies is now an ex-patent troll," Rackspace VP of intellectual property Van Lindberg wrote in a blog post on …
Neil McAllister, 23 Sep 2014