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Google, it seems, has built the first touchscreen laptops for its poorly received Chrome operating system. The Wall Street Journal says the cloud-based widgets that run web apps should be out and about sometime later this year so Google can go “toe-to-toe” with Microsoft’s touch-sens...
Compuware Corporation has announced that Things Remembered, the nation’s largest and most prominent retailer of personalized gifts, had a successful online holiday season in part as the result of the optimal performance of its website. Things Remembered has more than 600 retail store...
Tuesday when a report by American security firm Mandiant that’s been six years in the making was circulating tracing an “overwhelming percentage” of Communist China’s far-flung corporate and governmental cyber espionage to a 12-story building in Shanghai connected with the People’s Lib...
Google Tuesday became the first high-tech stock ever to hit $800 a share, joining an exclusive club inhabited by only three other companies including Berkshire Hathaway, whose Class A stock sells for $151,000 and change. Why exactly Google’s enjoying this all-time high right now is u...
Well it seems that because PCs are dying and servers aren’t growing much, Intel or, in this case, Intel Media is going into the television business, acing out Apple, which may have walked away because of licensing issues or even bandwidth despite what Steve Jobs told his biographer bef...
Oracle Monday appealed the multibillion-dollar Google-Java decision that went horribly against it last year when Android was found not to infringe on its patent or copyrights. It says if works of fiction are protected by copyright, so should the Java language claiming that Google copie...
In an atypical move, Google has filed a patent infringement suit against BT’s American operation and its VoIP services, charging them with treading on Google IP related to network communications. FOSS Patents says the filing means that Google CEO Larry Page will never again be able t...
Which ecosystem am I talking about? IBM had ruled and still rules the mainframe ecosystem . But the game changed! Microsoft lorded over the desktop ecosystem. It still does but we all know that the game is changing again. You would be pardoned if you think that the new game in town ...
No matter which team you were cheering for (or if you even watched the game at all), Super Bowl Sunday 2013 was more than a football game. Since the late 1990s, Super Bowl advertisers have tried to successfully link their TV ads to their online properties, sometimes with mixed results....
Come August 1, the bankrupt and deeply in debt US Postal Service means to stop delivering first-class mail on Saturdays and save a projected $2 billion a year. It will still deliver packages six days a week. While e-mail and texting killed its letter business, e-commerce has thrown...
Of late patents around mobile technologies have been in the news. Four high profile news items are (1) Oracle suing Google for Java patent violation, (2) Apple and Samsung fighting each other in different parts of the world, Microsoft, Apple, Rim and others jointly buying Nortel patent...
The European Commission is threatening to charge companies other than Samsung with anti-competitive practices for the way they treat their standards-essential patents and use injunctions to bar rivals from using the patents rather than negotiating fair, reasonable and non-discriminator...
Apple Tuesday announced a fourth-generation iPad with 128GB of memory to grace the top of the existing line currently available with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Obviously it’s for people who need to carry around a lot of data. It will sell starting Tuesday February 5 in black or white for...
District Court Judge Lucy Koh has ordered the CEOs of Apple, Intel and Google to show up in her courtroom, each of them to answer four hours of questions about their deal not to poach each other’s people. A civil suit brought by workers who figure they got shortchanged in the process...
Tapping no successor yet, Jack Ma, 48, said Tuesday he would be resigning as CEO of Alibaba on May 10 because he is no longer young enough for the Internet business. “The Internet belongs to young people,” he said. “This year, most of the Alibaba leaders who were born in the 1960s wi...
It’s that time again – the New Year has arrived and everyone’s excited to start 2013 on the right foot. We’re ready to tackle the biggest projects, climb the tallest mountains, and make the biggest deals. Now all we need are the right tools to help us get the job done. To make this ta...
A US magistrate judge Monday ordered Apple and Amazon to try settling their two-year-old App Store trademark dispute before going to trial August 19. They’ll be closeted together for negotiation on March 21 and the judge said, “No participant in the settlement conference will be perm...
Facebook’s mystery announcement Tuesday turned out to be what it calls “Graph Search,” a beta social search engine to find things on Facebook like “Friends of friends who are single men in San Francisco?” or “Friends of current employees,” a good place to start for recruiting. It’s s...
When Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt returned to Beijing Thursday from his controversial three-day “private visit” to North Korea he said that he told officials in Pyongyang that they must open the country up to Internet access or it would be “harder for them to catch up economi...
Google wiggled out of antitrust charges over its core search business in the US last week but its luck may not hold in Europe where Joaquín Almunia, the head of the European Commission’s antitrust unit, told the Financial Times Thursday that “We are still investigating, but my convicti...
While recently researching a known threat group within ThreatConnect.com, we identified several interesting observables associated with targets of a single Chinese-based Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) group. Over the course of seven days, we watched the adversary tailor their comman...
Following the consent decree Google signed last week with the Federal Trade Commission limiting its use of standards-essential patents (SEPs), Google satellite Motorola Mobility told the International Trade Commission Tuesday it wants to drop the two remaining video compression SEP cla...
Are you suffering from double vision in your IT? As odd as it sounds, this is a common occurrence. Line-of-business (LOB) stakeholders often use a different set of criteria to measure IT than IT uses to measure itself. This can lead to a kind of “double vision”that can hurt IT prospect...
After 20 years with the company Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie is going to retire in 2014 after he turns 65. As a run-up he’s turning his current roll over to chief technical strategy officer Eric Rudder to play senior advisor to CEO Steve Ballmer and wo...
In what would be a major strategy shift Apple is reportedly considering selling a “lower-end” iPhone later this year to meet competition from Android, which has been eating Apple’s lunch with its multiple models. The Wall Street Journal said late Tuesday that the cheaper iPhone, whic...
Despite State Department sensitivities, Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Google Ideas director Jared Cohen, a former State Department policy wonk who now heads Google’s New York-based think tank, landed in Pyongyang, North Korea Monday as part of the entourage accompanying ...
Mobile applications and mobile websites have become a major channel for conducting business, improving employee efficiency, communicating, and reaching consumers. In Part I of this article we discussed the differences between testing traditional and mobile applications, specific challe...
Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt is proposing to “privately” visit North Korea, a rogue nation as well as an open market. He will go as part of a delegation led by former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a former American ambassador to the United Nations who has been to No...
The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that it had come to a couple of so-called “landmark agreements” with Google that end the agency’s big, almost two-year investigation into the antitrust complaints made against the search giant. The deal absolves Google of stacking its search...
I've recently been involved in several discussions that are variations on, "Which open source or free software license should I choose for my project?" Here is my way of looking at the large and growing collection of licenses in the wild. First let's make sure we all understand that I ...
Apple reportedly wants to buy Waze to help fix its giant maps gaffe but according to what TechCrunch heard it doesn’t want to spend the $750 million asking price. It’s reportedly offering $400 million plus $100 million in incentives. The three-year-old Israeli-born Waze uses crowdsou...
I recently blogged about making open source software, and the high level steps for how to think about the process. We started with the need for software to seed the discussion, the need for clear motivation as to why to publish as open source software, and then the structural requirem...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SecurityStockWatch.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 12th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 10–13, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and the 13th International Cloud Expo, which will take place...
Google is going to sell Motorola’s set-top box business to the Arris Group, a cable equipment maker. The cash-and-stock deal is valued at about $2.35 billion, which should repay Google part of the $12.5 billion it spent on MMI supposedly for its IP. Google has been shopping the bus...
Introducing a new security paradigm that leverages the cooperative functionality of various security tools. However, the key is still monitoring the results in real time; and the best case scenario (most efficient/effective means) for most companies to achieve this is via the cloud. T...
Returning from Asia Jefferies financial analyst and Apple follower Peter Misek said several iPhone 6 prototypes and an iTV, presumably integrated with Apple’s mobile ecosystem, appear to be floating around. There’s reportedly an iPhone model with a 4.8-inch Retina+ IGZO screen, 128GB...
The rise of Big Data and the monolithic systems that are now being built on increasingly cloud-based data models is a reality we cannot ignore. This reality has popularized discussions relating to the core component mechanics of many firms’ IT stacks. Key among these technologies i...
Google couldn’t have picked a prettier time to release the upgraded version of Google Maps for iOS it’s been working on since Apple kicked it off the iPhone and iPad in September in favor of its own dodgy Apple Maps that couldn’t find the Eiffel Tower, utterly embarrassed the company, ...
Google is close to signing a consent decree with the US Federal Trade Commission after the agency claimed Google broke the antirust laws by blocking access to key mobile technologies covered by patents owned by its Motorola Mobility subsidiary, Bloomberg says. It quotes “three people f...
Well, there may actually be an Apple TV in our future. The Wall Street Journal says the company is working with Asian component suppliers and testing large-screen high-resolution TV prototypes. The testing is apparently in its early days and involves Foxconn, which assembles the iP...