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Whose GPUs let it cruise to record revenues? Nvidia, that's who!

Nvidia performed better than expected for the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2015 and for the year, with strong graphics processor sales buoyed by its swiftly growing application processor business. The chipmaker reported fourth quarter earnings of $0.43 per diluted share on record revenues of $1.25bn, both of which beat Wall …
Neil McAllister, 12 Feb 2015

Chip giant TSMC, flush with record sales, plans $16bn fab build-out

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) reported sales for January 2015 that were the highest of any single month in its history, amid rising demand for silicon for graphics and mobile computing. TSMC said [PDF] on Tuesday that its net revenues for January hit $2.76bn in US dollars – a company record and a whopping 69. …
Neil McAllister, 11 Feb 2015

ANOTHER US court smacks down EFF's NSA wiretap sueball – but won't say why

A California court has once again upheld the legality of the US National Security Agency's Bush-era mass telephone surveillance program, but has withheld its reasoning on grounds of national security. In a ten-page ruling [PDF] on Tuesday, US District Judge Jeffrey White of the Northern District of California said that the …
Neil McAllister, 11 Feb 2015
Patrick McGoohan as The Prisoner in "Fall Out"

Joyent: Never mind those other forkers, Node.js has a foundation now, too

The popular, open source Node.js JavaScript runtime engine is getting a new foundation to manage its development, in a move that could help mend the recent schism in the project's community. To date, Node.js has been sponsored and overseen by Joyent, the infrastructure-as-a-service company where Ryan Dahl, the software's creator …
Neil McAllister, 10 Feb 2015
Smart TV privacy issues

Samsung: Our TVs? SPYING on you? HA HA! Whee! Just a JOKE of course

Samsung has responded to the worldwide paroxysm of excitement over its smart TVs listening to people in their living rooms – by insisting that its voice-control technology isn't in any way at all as creepy as its own privacy policy made out. "Samsung takes consumer privacy very seriously and our products are designed with …
Neil McAllister, 10 Feb 2015
Qualcomm

Qualcomm, China shake hands, all is forgiven – if Qualcomm pays $975m

Qualcomm says that although it is "disappointed" that China has slapped it with nearly $1bn in penalties for alleged antitrust violations, it plans to pay the fine and move on. The California mobile chipmaker said in a press release [PDF] on Monday that the PRC government has fined it 6.088 billion Chinese yuan renminbi, or …
Neil McAllister, 10 Feb 2015
Maxwell Morton

Boy, 16, cuffed after posting selfie with body of kid he allegedly killed

A western Pennsylvania teenager has been charged with homicide and firearms offenses after he uploaded an image to the Snapchat messaging service of himself posing with the dead body of a classmate he allegedly shot and killed. According to a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Reuters, and others, 16-year-old Maxwell …
Neil McAllister, 09 Feb 2015
Web browsers

RIP SPDY, we hardly knew ye: Google to retire next-gen web protocol

Google has decided to mothball its home-grown SPDY internet application-layer protocol in future versions of its Chrome browser, in favor of the Internet Engineering Taskforce's HTTP/2 spec. "Chrome has supported SPDY since Chrome 6, but since most of the benefits are present in HTTP/2, it's time to say goodbye," Google engineer …
Neil McAllister, 09 Feb 2015

Fancy radio maker Motorola Solutions reportedly seeking a buyer

Motorola Solutions is looking for a friendly company to take it under its wing, a new report claims. The firm – which was created when the old Motorola was split into two companies in 2010 – makes two-way radios and other communications equipment, primarily for governments and public safety outfits. That could explain why it …
Neil McAllister, 07 Feb 2015
Bank vault

Intuit halts TurboTax filings after states spot mass tax fraud scheme

Accounting software maker Intuit has temporarily suspended the ability of its TurboTax software to electronically file US state income tax returns following reports of widespread suspicious activity. "During this tax season, Intuit and some states have seen an increase in suspicious filings and attempts by criminals to use …
Neil McAllister, 07 Feb 2015
Broke - empty pockets

Bankrupt RadioShack to close up to 2,900 stores, share others with Sprint

RadioShack filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday, in a long-expected move that will result in the struggling electronics retailer closing around half of its stores in the US and Canada. The firm is seeking protection under Chapter 11 of US bankruptcy law, which will allow it to continue operations as it attempts to …
Neil McAllister, 06 Feb 2015
TwitterIPO

Has the world reached PEAK TWIT? Supplies of new Twitter users are drying up

Twitter finished off fiscal 2014 with a ripper fourth quarter in many senses, during which it doubled sales from the previous year - but the microblurt-based ads site gained fewer users than some investors hoped for. On Thursday, Twitter reported revenues of $479m for the three months ending on December 31, a 97.4 per cent gain …
Neil McAllister, 05 Feb 2015
Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella, Year One: Has Microsoft's new CEO cut the mustard?

One year ago, on February 4, 2013, Microsoft's board of directors appointed Satya Nadella the third chief executive in the company's history. So what do we have to show for it, so far? Nadella's predecessor, Steve Ballmer, wasted no time in taking his hands off the wheel in Redmond, even going as far as to resign his seat on the …
Neil McAllister, 05 Feb 2015

Sony Pictures claims 'Nork mega-hack attack' cost it just $15 million

The financial cost of the hacking attack that plagued Sony Pictures Entertainment last year was just a drop in the bucket compared to the movie studio's revenues for the quarter, the Japanese giant has said. In its third-quarter earnings forecast for the three months ending on December 31, Sony pegged the price of the security …
Neil McAllister, 04 Feb 2015
Man in an orange jumpsuit clutches prison bars. Image by Shutterstock

Ross Ulbricht, in the library, with the laptop: Silk Road boss found GUILTY of all charges

Ross Ulbricht, the man accused of running the Silk Road online drugs souk under the alias "Dread Pirate Roberts," has been found guilty of all charges against him. The jury in the Manhattan, New York courtroom where Ulbricht stood trial for drugs trafficking and other offenses took just three and a half hours to deliberate on …
Neil McAllister, 04 Feb 2015
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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

Microsoft has quietly pulled the plug on the last device to ship running Windows RT, casting doubt on the future of Redmond's ARM fondleslab OS. The software giant confirmed on Wednesday to The Register that it has stopped manufacturing the Nokia Lumia 2520, a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet with a quad-core ARM processor, an HD …
Neil McAllister, 04 Feb 2015
Silk Road 2.0

Accused Silk Road boss's lawyer insists he was just a fall guy

The decision in the trial of accused Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht is heading for the jury after attorneys presented their closing arguments in a New York City courtroom on Tuesday. Ulbricht's attorney Joshua Dratel presented a brief defense that consisted of a three character witnesses, a private investigator who gave just …
Neil McAllister, 04 Feb 2015
Microsoft campus

Microsoft takes lid off .Net Common Language Runtime sauce

In keeping with its plan to release all of its .Net Core development platform as open-source software, Microsoft on Tuesday published the code to CoreCLR, the .Net Core code execution runtime. "CoreCLR is the .Net execution engine in .Net Core, performing functions such as garbage collection and compilation to machine code," …
Neil McAllister, 03 Feb 2015
RadioShack

Bankruptcy could see RadioShack close doors for good – report

Struggling electronics retailer RadioShack may not emerge from bankruptcy intact after all, sources claim. On Monday, Bloomberg reported that the cash-strapped firm may be preparing to cease all retail operations, citing anonymous sources familiar with the company's plans. Earlier reports suggested RadioShack was in talks to …
Neil McAllister, 03 Feb 2015
EverQuest

Sony hurls Online Entertainment from the mothership

In an unexpected move, Sony has sold off its gaming division Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) – which was responsible for the pioneering massively multiplayer online (MMO) role-playing game EverQuest among other titles. On Monday, SOE announced that it had been acquired by Columbus Nova, a New York–based investment firm, for an …
Neil McAllister, 03 Feb 2015
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and officials in conference

Call Gordon Freeman! Apple to build $2bn 'data command center' – BLACK MESA?

Arizona state and local government officials were beaming on Monday over news that Apple has decided to locate its latest "global data command center" in the state. "It's one of the largest investments ever in Apple history," Arizona governor Doug Ducey said of the $2bn project in a press conference on Monday. "It means a 1.3 …
Neil McAllister, 02 Feb 2015
Illegal drugs

Silk Road trial latest: Ulbricht's Gmail addy appeared on ad for 'Amazon.com for drugs'

Roundup The trial of accused Silk Road ringleader Ross Ulbricht continued despite inclement weather in New York City this week, with prosecutors seeking to rubbish Ulbricht's attorneys' earlier claim that someone else ran the darknet drugs souk. On Monday, Gary Alford, a special agent with the US Internal Revenue Service, gave evidence …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jan 2015
Windows OEM devices on stage at Computex

Sorry, admins: Microsoft says NO new Windows Server until 2016

While it's looking like the final version of Windows 10 for client PCs could ship before the end of the year, it seems data center admins needn't hold their breaths. Microsoft confirmed on Friday that the next version of Windows Server won't arrive until 2016. "As we continue to advance the development of these products, we plan …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jan 2015
Intel 5th Generation Core processor with vPro

Intel brings Broadwell to businesses with 5th-gen Core chips with vPro

Intel is pressing onward with its line of fifth-generation Core processors, with the general availability this week of versions of the chips tailored for enterprise customers. The chipmaker launched its "Broadwell-U" line of Core chips earlier this month with a set of 14-nanometer CPUs aimed at mainstream desktops and laptops. …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jan 2015
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Amazon, flush with cash, says it will let you peek inside AWS' pants

Amazon left smiles on investors' faces on Thursday following a fourth-quarter earnings report that trounced analysts' estimates. While Wall Street was expecting to see earnings of $0.17 per diluted share, the actual figure came in at $0.45 per share – which, while not as good as the $0.51 per share that Amazon earned in the …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jan 2015

Google's latest letdown: Simply not enough billions since October

Google's coffers swelled once again in the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2014, with revenues hitting $18.10bn, a 15.3 per cent year-on-year increase. The figures for the full year to December 31 were similarly encouraging. Revenues for all of fiscal 2014 amounted to $66bn, which was 18.9 per cent higher than 2013's sales. Net …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jan 2015
Cyanogen

Microsoft 'showers gold' on anti-Google Cyanogen and its Android alternative

Microsoft will invest in alternative Android firmware startup Cyanogen, a report claims. Citing anonymous sources, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Microsoft is slated to become a minority investor in an approximately $70m funding round that will see Cyanogen valued "in the high hundreds of millions." The …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jan 2015

Facebook's mobile ad bonanza brought it record returns in 2014

Facebook finished the best quarter and the best year of its history on December 31, with its latest earnings report showing record annual revenues of $12.47bn for its fiscal 2014, up 58 per cent from 2013's haul. Revenues for the fourth quarter were $3.85bn, a 49 per cent increase over the same period a year ago. That figure …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jan 2015
Qualcomm

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU dumped from flagship smartphone

Qualcomm reported record revenues for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015 on Wednesday, but the mobile chipmaker warned investors that it's still struggling to make headway in the all-important China market. The San Diego, California company reported net income of $1.97bn for the three months ending on December 28, which beat …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2015
Crying girl being comforted by a woman

IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

Word has it that IBM's latest big staff purge is now underway, with former Big Blue workers reporting that they have been handed pink slips along with kits describing their severance packages. Rumors that IBM was planning major job cuts were flying fast and furious this week, following a Forbes editorial that claimed the firm …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2015

Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?

Oracle-Sun anniversary Back in 2010, critics worried that Sun Microsystems' software portfolio would wither on the vine once Oracle got its hands on it. Five years on and the worst fears have proven baseless, yet former Sun diehards have had plenty to be disappointed about since Larry Ellison & Co gobbled the former server heavyweight. Although Sun …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2015
Yahoo!'s Q4 2014 earnings conference call

Yahoo's! Mayer!: We'll! spin! off! $40bn! Alibaba! stake! and! pay! ZERO! tax! on! it! Ha!

Yahoo! has announced plans to sell off all of its remaining stake in Chinese online giant Alibaba, even as its latest earnings report shows a company struggling to pull in revenue on its own. The Purple Palace said on Tuesday that it will spin off all of its remaining holdings in Alibaba – some 384 million shares worth an …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2015
GHOST vulnerability

BOO! Grave remote-code exec flaw in GNU C Library TERRIFIES Linux

Security researchers have uncovered a critical bug in the GNU C Library (glibc), a key component of Linux and some other operating systems, which could render countless machines vulnerable to remote code execution attacks. The flaw, which was discovered by Qualys and assigned CVE-2015-0235, is known as the GHOST vulnerability …
Neil McAllister, 27 Jan 2015
Microsoft campus

Microsoft brings SUNSHINE – but it's a CLOUDY DAY

Microsoft posted another quarter of respectable results on Monday, matching analysts' earnings estimates and slightly outperforming on revenue, but its strong showing couldn't disguise the continued shakiness in its core software business. The software giant reported total revenues of $26.47bn for the second quarter of its …
Neil McAllister, 26 Jan 2015
Containers

Google offers cloudy port for Docker container images

Google has expanded its support for Docker-based Linux containers on its Cloud Platform, with the addition of a new, cloud-based hosting service for private container registries. The Chocolate Factory certainly isn't the first firm to offer hosted private Docker registries. Docker itself does, for one, as does CoreOS via its …
Neil McAllister, 24 Jan 2015
Nokia Lumia 830 group

Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? NOT SO FAST

The latest word from Microsoft is that owners of Windows Phone 8 handsets won't necessarily be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 10 after all, in an apparent retreat from what the software giant has said previously. "Our goal is for the majority of the Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 to join the Windows ecosystem …
Neil McAllister, 24 Jan 2015
windows 10 microsoft one windows

SURPRISE! Microsoft pops open Windows 10 Preview build early

Microsoft has released the next preview build of Windows 10 to members of its Windows Insider program, slightly ahead of schedule. At the big promo event in Redmond on Wednesday, Microsoft said the new build would be available "in the next two weeks," but it seems the software giant has decided its code is ready for prime time …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jan 2015
The Office

Never mind those touch apps, full Office 2016 is coming this year

Microsoft let slip a few more details of its plans for the company's Office productivity suite on Thursday, including hints about when we can expect the next major version of its desktop suite to land. Most of the Office talk at Wednesday's Windows 10 preview event in Redmond focused on the touch-centric Office for Windows 10 …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jan 2015
Amazon data center

Amazon gobbles chips firm Annapurna to speed up cloudy data centers

Amazon has agreed to buy a secretive Israeli chipmaker in an apparent bid to build new custom tech for its massive data centers. Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist was the first to report that Bezos & Co had snapped up Yoqneam, Israel–based Annapurna Labs, and Amazon later confirmed the purchase to the Wall Street Journal and …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jan 2015
Photo of billboard marketing Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

With all the hoopla coming out of Microsoft's Windows 10 event in Redmond on Wednesday, there was surprisingly little talk of Windows RT, the feature-limited version of Windows 8.x for ARM-based tablets – and perhaps with good reason. In a Q&A with press following Wednesday's keynote, Redmond OS bosses Terry Myerson and Joe …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jan 2015
Suitcase bulging with cash

Google spent record cash lobbying Congress in 2014 – report

Google poured a record amount of cash into lobbying the US Federal Government last year, outspending its tech rivals and even the major telecommunications companies, a nonprofit group has found. According to advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, Google spent US$16.83m on lobbying in 2014, a 20 per cent year-on-year increase and the …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jan 2015

Prosecutors have 'EVISCERATED' my defense, cries Silk Road lawyer

An attorney for accused and/or alleged Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht complained that his defense of his client was "completely eviscerated" on Tuesday after the judge in Ulbricht's ongoing trial for drugs and conspiracy offenses negated much of the evidence presented last week. On Friday, attorney Joshua Dratel stunned a …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jan 2015

Ailing AMD battered by goodwill, inventory charges

AMD emerged from a bloody fourth quarter of its fiscal 2014 on Tuesday, reporting revenues down and profits sapped by painful one-time accounting charges. The chipmaker's total revenues for the three months ending on December 27, 2014 were US$1.24bn, a 22 per cent year-on-year decline. And the figure for the full year was better …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jan 2015
Red pen

Big Blue bleeds more red in Q4, promises better days to come

The fourth quarter of IBM's fiscal 2014 was a disappointing cap on a year that saw Big Blue's revenues and income both decline significantly since 2013. Total revenues for the quarter were $24.1bn, which was 12 per cent lower than the same period a year ago and missed analysts' expectations. Revenues for the full year didn't …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jan 2015

Boffins: It's EASY to make you GRASS YOURSELF UP for crimes you never did

New research has found that people are often surprisingly willing to confess to having committed crimes – even when they're innocent, or when the crimes never actually took place. According to psychboffins Julia Shaw of the University of Bedfordshire, UK and Stephen Porter of the University of British Columbia, Canada, …
Neil McAllister, 17 Jan 2015
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

Google 'in talks' to buy THAT group, y'know, the one formerly known as ISIS

Google may be looking to buy struggling mobile payments firm Softcard, industry scuttlebutt suggests. The Chocolate Factory is reported to have been snooping around Softcard with an eye to acquiring it for an undisclosed sum of cash that may be less than $100m. Readers may remember Softcard as the mobile payments company …
Neil McAllister, 17 Jan 2015
UK Prime Minister David Cameron with US President Barack Obama

Prez Obama snubs UK PM's tough anti-encryption crusade at White House meet

The UK and the US will collaborate more closely to prevent "cyberattacks," the two countries' respective leaders so bravely promised in a joint press conference on Friday. Following bilateral meetings in Washington DC this week, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama jointly announced new cooperative …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jan 2015
RadioShack

Spavined RadioShack to file for bankruptcy next month – report

Ailing electronics retailer RadioShack is teetering ever closer to insolvency, reports claim, with a potential bankruptcy filing to come as soon as next month. Although RadioShack has not said that it plans to file for bankruptcy, the Wall Street Journal reports that Salus Capital Partners has already offered it $500m in …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jan 2015
Intel headquarters, Santa Clara

Medic! Intel can't stanch bleeding from mobile chip biz

Intel closed the book on a smashing first full year under CEO Brian Krzanich on Wednesday, reporting record revenues and earnings that beat analysts' estimates. But not every aspect of its business looked equally healthy, with mobile as the obvious trouble spot. Chipzilla pulled in $55.9bn in revenues during its fiscal 2014, a 6 …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jan 2015
Central Intelligence Agency

CIA exonerates CIA of all wrongdoing in Senate hacking probe

A review panel has tossed aside accusations that the US Central Intelligence Agency hacked into computers used by Senate aides investigating the torture of terror suspects, saying the CIA did nothing wrong. The CIA has been criticized by several lawmakers – in particular, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), who chairs the Senate …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jan 2015