Neil McAllister

Contact Mail Follow Twitter RSS feed
AMD CEO Lisa Su

Loose lips slip when Windows 10 ships: 'End of July' says AMD CEO

AMD's chief exec Lisa Su may have inadvertently narrowed down the shipping date of Microsoft's Windows 10 in a conference call with financial analysts. During a chat to discuss her firm's first-quarter earnings, Su was asked to discuss the chipmaker's business outlook for its next fiscal quarter. Her comments appeared to include …
Neil McAllister, 20 Apr 2015
management research

Azure Fabric Service is Microsoft's answer to 'microservices' app dev

Microsoft has taken another step into the world of modern web app development with a new service aimed at making it easier to compose complex applications out of multiple interconnected components. Azure Service Fabric is Redmond's stab at a platform-as-a-service PaaS offering that lets developers compose apps from what have …
Neil McAllister, 20 Apr 2015
Racecar

Google has tested its speedy QUIC internet protocol on YOU – and the early results are in

Google says its homegrown QUIC networking protocol can speed up web browsing – enough so that it's planning to propose it to the IETF standards body to make it part of the next-generation internet. The online advertising giant has been quietly working on QUIC since 2013, after successfully having its work on the SPDY protocol …
Neil McAllister, 17 Apr 2015
Scrooge McDuck

While AMD, Apple et al thrash around, chippery fat-cat TSMC is grinning all the way to the bank

Chip-baking industry heavyweight Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) emerged from another quarter of gangbusters year-on-year growth on Thursday, even as it reported flat revenue from the previous sequential quarter and it warned that the next quarter might be somewhat less spectacular. The firm – which fabs chips …
Neil McAllister, 17 Apr 2015

Remember SeaMicro? Red-ink-soaked AMD dumps it overboard

Tattered AMD says it's done with its SeaMicro server division, following a grim quarter that saw the ailing chipmaker weather losses beyond the expectations of even the gloomiest of Wall Street analysts. In guidance issued alongside AMD's earnings report for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, CFO Devinder Kumar said the …
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2015

Google: Go ahead, XP stalwarts, keep on using Chrome safely all YEAR

Even though Microsoft quit supporting the wildly popular Windows XP last year, Google has decided to give XP users a break by promising to ship updates and security fixes for its Chrome browser on the aging operating system for a few more months. Wayyyyy back in 2013, the Chocolate Factory told Chrome users that they had better …
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2015

What's that THUD sound? It's your Lumia's best feature after unflashing Windows 10

Microsoft has temporarily pulled builds of Windows 10 for certain Lumia phones from the Windows Insider program, after some customers reported that trying to roll back to Windows Phone 8.1 killed their mobes. "We are seeing some reports of failures on Lumia 520/525/526 devices when trying to roll back to Windows Phone 8.1 using …
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2015
troll

Cram my freebies into Android phones and get a royalty discount, says Microsoft (allegedly)

A new report claims Microsoft hasn't been offering Android device vendors any money to bundle its mobile apps on their phones and slabs; rather, it has offered to reduce the tolls it collects from the mobe-makers. Citing sources among supply chain players in China and Taiwan, DigiTimes Research says Redmond has offered to cut …
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2015
Photo of HP Enterprise office

What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

Pic Meg Whitman, who will take the reins as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise later this year, has unveiled the branding system for the soon-to-be-created company, and it's just as bland and lifeless as anyone could have anticipated. Hewlett Packard Enterprise logo The new Hewlett Packard Enterprise logo is short on razzle-dazzle …
Neil McAllister, 15 Apr 2015
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

The Linux community's on-again, off-again relationship with Nvidia appears to have soured once more, amid reports that the GPU maker is back to its old tricks – and worse – when it comes to open source hardware drivers. Nvidia does release Linux drivers for its graphics cards, but they are proprietary and ship in binary-only …
Neil McAllister, 15 Apr 2015
HP's Bill Hilf

COME BACK – I never said we were quitting public cloud, says HP bigwig Bill Hilf

Analysis HP doesn't plan to abandon its public cloud business after all, a top company exec has said, but that still doesn't mean it intends to go head to head with the likes of Amazon Web Services, Google, and Microsoft. Last week, HP cloud honcho Bill Hilf put his foot in it when he said in an interview with The New York Times that …
Neil McAllister, 15 Apr 2015
Microsoft on Android

Microsoft cramming free stuff into Galaxy S6es? Not so fast – US telcos

Microsoft has been working with smartphone makers to get its mobile apps onto more customers' phones, but as long as carriers have a say in it, Redmond might not be able to obtain the broad reach it's hoping for. Samsung announced in March that its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge flagship phones would ship with Microsoft's …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2015

What just went down on Intel for three months? Er, PC and mobile chips

Intel announced its earnings based on its new financial reporting structure for the first time on Tuesday, but despite having lumped its ailing Mobile & Communications unit in with its PC Client business, there was no hiding that the three months ended on March 28 were a tough quarter for Chipzilla. Total revenue for the first …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2015
Handshake

MySQL maestro Percona makes NoSQL play with Tokutek gobble

MySQL consulting and services outfit Percona has acquired Tokutek, makers of a commercial, transaction-safe distribution of the open source MongoDB NoSQL database. "TokuMX, a fully functional transactional, document (row) level locking NoSQL derivative of MongoDB, will now be serviced, supported and remotely managed by Percona's …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2015

Docker preps on-prem container store, hungry investors give it the D

Linux container-wrangling outfit Docker, flush with cash from a fresh round of funding, says it will release its first commercial product to general availability this quarter. The software, an on-premises version of the firm's hosted container repository called Docker Hub Enterprise (DHE), was launched as a private beta program …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2015
Google HQ logo. Pic: Bob Dormon

Cloud DNS, VPN, HTTPS load balancing ... Google looks at rivals, thinks: Yeah, we'll do all that

Google has expanded its portfolio of network services, with the aim of ensuring that customers of its cloud infrastructure have responsive, low-latency websites. On Monday, the online ad-slinger announced general availability of Cloud DNS, its managed DNS service. For a monthly fee, Google will handle DNS requests for as many as …
Neil McAllister, 13 Apr 2015

Nokia may tell struggling HERE Maps division to get lost – report

Nokia may not be done selling itself off in pieces, with sources claiming the Finnish firm may be looking to unload its HERE Maps division. Bloomberg reports that Nokia has been shopping the unit to a number of potential buyers, among them some private equity firms, a group of German automakers, and even unlicensed taxi app …
Neil McAllister, 11 Apr 2015
windows 10 microsoft one windows

Wanna run Windows 10 Preview on your Lumia? Of course you do. Now 33 mobes supported

Microsoft has issued another build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, around two months since the last build was released. The new version, Build 10051, is only being made available to members of the Fast release ring of the Windows Insider program for now, so you can bet it has a few rough edges. The most striking …
Neil McAllister, 10 Apr 2015
No Sale

It's Friday or as we call it, What Is Intel Buying Now Rumor Day: Not Altera, but Broadcom?

Insider sources say Intel won't be buying Altera after all, but the reported collapse of talks between the two companies has already spurred talk that Chipzilla may turn its attention to acquiring someone else – with Broadcom topping the list of candidates. Bloomberg was first to report that Altera, a maker of field-programmable …
Neil McAllister, 10 Apr 2015
AWS boss Andy Jassy speaking at AWS SFO Summit 2015

Amazon whisks desktop apps into cloud bazaar in virty PC push

AWS Summit Amazon Web Services cut its teeth providing data center infrastructure in the cloud, but lately it's made some coin serving up virtual desktops, too. Now it has expanded that offering with new services that allow IT admins to purchase and manage desktop applications via AWS. Amazon first jumped into the virtual desktop …
Neil McAllister, 10 Apr 2015
Amazon's Dr. Matt Wood, speaking at AWS SFO Summit 2015

Artificial intelligence, filesystems, containers ... Amazon showers cloud gold on devs

AWS Summit Amazon piled on the new cloud features at its AWS Summit event in San Francisco, including new services for file storage and machine learning and updates to features that debuted last year. Speaking at Thursday morning's keynote, AWS boss Andy Jassy described cloud computing as "the new normal" for businesses of all sizes and …
Neil McAllister, 09 Apr 2015
Intel headquarters, Santa Clara

Intel woos the Internet of Things with firmware factory for Atom, Quark

Intel has released a new GUI tool that allows developers to generate custom firmware images for Intel-powered gizmos without touching any source code. The Intel Firmware Engine, which debuted on Tuesday at the Intel Developer Forum conference in Shenzhen, China, automatically builds firmware binaries for Intel chips based on the …
Neil McAllister, 09 Apr 2015
The Black Knight, defeated

Microsoft goes cloud KERR-AZY, chops Windows Server to bits

Updated Microsoft has taken wraps off its latest tools for the modern data center, including a new application container tech for Windows and a micro-sized version of Windows Server that's tailored for cloud deployments. We first heard rumors of Microsoft's so-called Nano Server in March, when a leaked slide deck suggested that Redmond …
Neil McAllister, 08 Apr 2015
sea_hp_sink

Cloudy McCloud Cloud HP just said public cloud 'makes no sense for us'

HP has finally conceded defeat in the public cloud wars, admitting that it just doesn't have what it takes to do battle with the likes of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. "We thought people would rent or buy computing from us," HP cloud boss Bill Hilf told The New York Times on Wednesday. "It turns out that it makes no sense for …
Neil McAllister, 08 Apr 2015
14nm Samsung Exynos 7 Octa

Samsung grows 'custom ARM' brains to outsmart arch-nemesis Apple

Samsung will join Apple and other mobile semiconductor rivals in producing chips powered by homegrown, proprietary application cores in 2016, according to a new report. The South Korean goliath has been shipping mobes featuring its own Exynos system-on-chips (SoCs) for a good while now, but the application processor cores in …
Neil McAllister, 08 Apr 2015
Windows "Redstone"

Operation Redstone: Microsoft preps double Windows update in 2016

Windows 10 isn't even fully baked yet, but reports have it that Microsoft is already planning its next OS release, which will arrive after Windows 10 ships later this year. Neowin was the first to leak that a new Windows release for next year, codenamed "Redstone," is in the works, and prolific Redmond-watcher Mary Jo Foley …
Neil McAllister, 07 Apr 2015
Screenshot of Chrome's "Aw, snap!" error message

Aw, snap! How huge HTML links can crash Chrome tabs in one click

Behind the bug A bug in the most recent version of the Chrome allows miscreants to crash browser tabs simply by embedding a link with a malformed URL in the HTML of a page. The vulnerability, dubbed "AwSnap" by web developer Jason Blatt, affects Chrome version 41 on Windows, OS X, and Chrome OS, though reports vary as to whether it exists in …
Neil McAllister, 07 Apr 2015
Intel headquarters, Santa Clara

Intel: We came here to bury our Mobile chip business, not praise it

Intel says that beginning next week it will report its quarterly earnings in a slightly different way than it has previously, in a move that shields the chipmaker's poor-performing Mobile and Communications group from direct scrutiny. On Monday, Chipzilla officially unveiled its new financial reporting structure, which combines …
Neil McAllister, 06 Apr 2015
OnePlus

Android alt-wars: OnePlus looses Cyanogen-slaying OxygenOS firmware

Smartphone startup OnePlus has released the first version of OxygenOS, its homebrewed alt-Android smartphone operating system. "By creating our own operating system, we can quickly respond to user feedback and make it easier for you to continue playing a fundamental role in the future of OnePlus," CEO Carl Pei said in a Monday …
Neil McAllister, 06 Apr 2015
Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M

Nvidia v Qualcomm, Samsung: Thumbs up from judge in patent row

Nvidia has won an important early victory in its ongoing patent litigation against Qualcomm and Samsung, with a judge in the US International Trade Commission ruling in Nvidia's favor as to the language of the disputed patents. "We're very pleased with the outcome of the ruling," Nvidia said in a Monday blog post, "in which …
Neil McAllister, 06 Apr 2015
EARTHQUAKE!

CoreOS bags $12m, touts Tectonic – a DIY Google cloud for big biz

Container-happy Linux upstart CoreOS has launched a beta program for a new distribution of software designed to let enterprises run their own infrastructures the way large-scale software companies like Google run theirs. Dubbed Tectonic, the new offering combines the lightweight, container-centric CoreOS Linux distribution and …
Neil McAllister, 06 Apr 2015
Close-up of a woman's lips, slightly pixelated as if on a CRT TV

Keep snapping selfies, says Snapchat: Cops NEVER ask us for 'em

Images sent via self-destructing selfie service Snapchat may not disappear as reliably as it once advertised, but it turns out that if you want to post incriminating messages without them getting snooped by authorities, Snapchat is still a pretty good place to do it. That's based on the firm's first-ever transparency report, …
Neil McAllister, 03 Apr 2015
cookies_eyes_privacy evercookies flash cookies

Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

Microsoft has reversed its position on the contentious Do Not Track (DNT) browser feature, saying Internet Explorer will no longer send DNT signals to websites by default. "Put simply, we are updating our approach to DNT to eliminate any misunderstanding about whether our chosen implementation will comply with the W3C standard …
Neil McAllister, 03 Apr 2015
The chinese characters for China as used in the new .中国  domain

Mozilla piles on China's SSL cert overlord: We don't trust you either

Firefox-maker Mozilla has joined Google in refusing to recognize SSL certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC). This comes after a security biz in Egypt used a CNNIC-issued intermediate certificate to create unauthorized SSL certs that could be used to trick people into connecting to bogus, …
Neil McAllister, 02 Apr 2015

Crack security team finishes TrueCrypt audit – and the results are in

The researchers behind the security audit of the TrueCrypt disk-encryption software have completed their work and say they have found no evidence of any deliberate backdoors or serious design flaws in its code. "Based on this audit, Truecrypt appears to be a relatively well-designed piece of crypto software," crypto boffin …
Neil McAllister, 02 Apr 2015
The Lambda Centauri Nebula. Credit: ESO

Ex-NASA OpenStack pioneer Nebula sucked into black hole

Nebula, one of the earliest OpenStack-based cloud computing startups, has closed its doors, effective immediately. "We are incredibly proud of the role we had in establishing Nebula as the leading enterprise cloud computing platform," the company wrote in a notice on its homepage on Wednesday. "At the same time, we are deeply …
Neil McAllister, 02 Apr 2015

Judge greenlights class-action suit accusing AMD of securities fraud

A US federal judge has given the green light for a class-action lawsuit accusing AMD of securities fraud over the chipmaker's alleged failure to inform investors of problems with its manufacturing. The suit, first filed in January 2014 and amended in June of that year, accuses AMD of willfully misleading investors by withholding …
Neil McAllister, 01 Apr 2015
Presidetn Obama signs the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act

Barry Obama declares national emergency over foreign hackers

US President Barack Obama has signed a new executive order authorizing economic sanctions against overseas individuals who are believed to have participated in online attacks or espionage. The order declares the prevalence of foreign-launched internet attacks a "national emergency" and cites the International Emergency Economic …
Neil McAllister, 01 Apr 2015

Intel boosts low-end PCs, laptops with Atom-powered 'Braswell' SoCs

Without much fanfare, details have begun to emerge about Intel's latest line of Atom system-on-chips for low-end desktop PCs, and laptops. CPU World reports that Intel will offer four new Atom products based on its 14-nanometer "Braswell" process, to be marketed under the Celeron and Pentium brands. Each will be based on two or …
Neil McAllister, 31 Mar 2015
Pair of pliers with other tools

Microsoft to slash price of top-level MSDN subs for Visual Studio 2015

Microsoft is streamlining its service offerings for the forthcoming version of its Visual Studio IDE, cutting the prices of its high-end subscription levels in the process. When Visual Studio 2015 ships later this year, the software giant said on Tuesday, all current active subscribers to Visual Studio Professional 2013 with …
Neil McAllister, 31 Mar 2015
Chromebook Flip

New dirt-cheap Chromebooks: Team Google keeps jackboot on throat of PC titans

While Google is trying to push Chromebooks upmarket with its flashy Pixel, its Chrome OS partners continue to target budget-conscious buyers with a new batch of devices priced at $250 and lower. Chinese electronics manufacturers are leading the latest charge, with both Haier and Hisense making new Chromebooks available for …
Neil McAllister, 31 Mar 2015
Project Spartan screenshot

Microsoft's Project Spartan browser is HERE (unless you build apps or run VMs, that is)

Microsoft has shipped a new build of Windows 10 that offers a first look at its much-hyped Project Spartan web browser, but the software giant has cautioned that developers may want to hold off upgrading. In a Monday blog post, Redmond man Gabe Aul said Project Spartan is the main feature of Windows 10 Build 10049, which is …
Neil McAllister, 30 Mar 2015

Motorola Mobility loses another patent suit to über-troll Intellectual Ventures

Motorola Mobility has suffered another defeat at the hands of patent hoarder Intellectual Ventures, with a Delaware jury finding that Moto infringed a patent describing a way for handheld devices to connect to docking stations. Law360 reports that the jury only deliberated for about an hour before deciding in Intellectual …
Neil McAllister, 30 Mar 2015

Microsoft: Office 365 IT admins get free device-wrangling controls

Microsoft has begun bundling basic mobile device management (MDM) capabilities with all commercial Office 365 subscriptions, as it said it would at last year's TechEd Europe conference. Beginning on Monday, companies with Office 365 Business, Enterprise, EDU, or Government subscriptions can manage Android, iOS, and Windows Phone …
Neil McAllister, 30 Mar 2015
Paul Winchell and dummy

Chip rumor-gasm: Intel to buy Altera! Samsung to buy AMD! ... or not

Rumors flew fast and furious on Friday about possible acquisitions in the chip industry, with both Intel and Samsung said to be eyeing purchases that could strengthen their positions against rivals. First up, Intel is thought to be planning to gobble specialty chipmaker Altera, in what could become the largest acquisition in …
Neil McAllister, 27 Mar 2015
Confused computer keyboard

Did we just wake up in an alternate universe? BlackBerry turns a profit

BlackBerry actually made money in the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2015, but the bigger picture for the ailing smartphone maker is far from rosy. The Canadian firm reported net income of $28m for the three months ending on February 28, compared to a loss of $423m for the same period a year ago. As a result, it was able to post …
Neil McAllister, 27 Mar 2015
Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 3 update has so much new stuff for sysadmins, we can't fit it all in one headline

Microsoft has released a significant new firmware update for Surface Pro 3 fondleslabs, the second to arrive this month. As explained in a blog post by Redmond's JC Hornbeck, the latest update to the Surface Pro 3's Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) adds new features for enterprise customers but only minor …
Neil McAllister, 27 Mar 2015
Anthony Hopkins as Odin in Marvel's Thor

By Odin, Parallels thinks cloud service providers should buy Odin

Parallels is changing its branding again – partly – this time to help customers better distinguish between its virtualization software and service provider businesses. The desktop virtualization and management side of the company will be keeping the Parallels brand. But the service provider side – which offers automation, …
Neil McAllister, 26 Mar 2015
Node.js 'hello world' webserver

Want a full-blown IDE for Node.js? You'll need a Windows machine...

Microsoft has doubled down on its support for the Node.js server-side JavaScript framework with a new set of tools that turn Visual Studio into a full-fledged Node.js IDE. The Node.js Tools for Visual Studio (NTVS) have been in development as an open source project for around a year, but Wednesday's 1.0 release marks them ready …
Neil McAllister, 26 Mar 2015
Terminators

When will ROBOTS start chatting on WhatsApp? Don't hold your breath, says co-founder

F8 2015 As much as developers might want WhatsApp to publish APIs to allow other software to access its popular chat service, the Facebook subsidiary has no plans to do so. That's the word from WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton, who took the stage at the Facebook F8 developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday to participate in a …
Neil McAllister, 26 Mar 2015