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  • Sony's Foolish Failure to Learn From Microsoft's Mistake September 25, 2017
    Microsoft has learned a lot of very hard lessons over the last couple of decades, and it continues to surprise and annoy me that other firms seem to have the suicidal tendency to learn the same lessons the hard way. It is far better and cheaper to avoid the mistakes of others, but firms like […]
    Rob Enderle
  • Companies Cheer Completion of Open-Design Transatlantic Internet Cable September 23, 2017
    Microsoft on Friday announced completion of the Marea undersea cable, which stretches 4,400 miles between Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Bilbao, Spain. A joint project of Microsoft, Facebook and global telecommunication infrastructure company Telxius, the cable lies more than 17,000 feet below the ocean's surface. It is the first cable to link Virginia and Spain.
    Richard Adhikari
  • Ford Motor Puts Design Strategy Under the HoloLens September 21, 2017
    Ford Motor Company on Thursday unveiled details about its use of Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality technology in the automotive design process. Ford's design teams have swapped out their clay-sculpting tools -- a staple of the automotive world since the 1930s, when Harley Earl introduced them at General Motors -- for mixed reality headsets and visualization […]
    Peter Suciu
  • Linux: Come for the Kernel, Stay for the Popcorn September 20, 2017
    Linux offers so much for users to sink their teeth into that even among desktop and more casual users, it's easy to get caught up in the tradecraft. It's only too tempting to put your system's technical capabilities to the test by trying out a new program or practicing a new command. As with any […]
    Jonathan Terrasi
  • Apple's Worthy iPhone 8 Models May Languish in X's Shadow September 20, 2017
    Reviews of Apple's new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have been laudatory. However, the reviewers can't seem to get their minds off the jewel of the Apple universe, the iPhone X. Both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are "awesome" and better than last year's models -- but iPhone shoppers who want to be part […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Is Packaged Entertainment Media Really on the Way Out? September 19, 2017
    As home video viewing patterns continue to evolve, one common prediction is that packaged media is on its last legs. Streaming services have been gaining market share. In fact, streaming media sales eclipsed sales of DVDs and Blu-ray discs for the first time in Q4 2016 -- with discs accounting for $5.4 billion in annual […]
    Peter Suciu
  • The New iPhones: Apple's Strangely Wrongheaded Pivot September 18, 2017
    It fascinates me that succession from a successful CEO to the chosen successor almost always goes badly. This phenomenon isn't limited to the CEO level -- I've seen highly successful CMOs followed by handpicked successors who also seem to have no clue as to why their predecessor did so well. I think it comes down […]
    Rob Enderle
  • reMarkable's Pricey, Paper-Like Tablet Ready to Ship September 16, 2017
    reMarkable on Monday will begin shipping what might best be described as an "untablet" -- a device that is, essentially, an electronic piece of paper. The company is proud of its paper tablet's simplicity, boasting that no other tablet has fewer functionalities. reMarkable users cannot install apps, watch videos or take photos. What they can […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • IBM Touts Top-Notch Security in Next-Gen Linux Mainframe September 14, 2017
    IBM has launched LinuxOne Emperor II, the second generation of its open source mainframe computer system. The new model has a layer of security and privacy not seen in a Linux-based platform before, the company said. "We saw in our success stories for Emperor that security was a recurring theme attracting new customers to the […]
    David Jones
  • How Many Ways Might iPhone X's Face ID Go Wrong? September 14, 2017
    When Apple unveiled its iPhone X on Tuesday, officials highlighted the device's advanced functionality, including what truly could be a game changing feature, its facial recognition technology. The new handset allows users to unlock it simply by looking at it. The 10th anniversary edition of Apple's flagship mobile device is the first Apple handset to […]
    Peter Suciu
  • First Impressions: iPhone X Garners Lots of Cautious Thumbs Up September 13, 2017
    Apple on Tuesday raised the curtain on its next-generation iPhone X, and it so far has been greeted with praise -- though tentative -- from early hands-on reviewers. For the most part, they gave the X kudos for design and build, but reserved their unequivocal endorsements until they could spend more time with the phone. […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Apple Unveils Highly Secure, High-Priced iPhones September 12, 2017
    Apple has made its long-awaited iPhone splash, accompanied by announcements of major upgrades to Apple Watch and Apple TV. The company launched two new generations of mobile phones -- iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and iPhone X -- with enhancements in photography and device security in all models. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus […]
    David Jones
  • Putin: Whoever Rules AI Rules the World September 12, 2017
    Russian President Vladimir Putin last week poked the nest of anxieties over the use of artificial intelligence to gain power in a video address to students at 16,000 selected schools. "Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia but for all humankind," he said. "Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Russia, Fake News and Facebook: 24/7 Manipulation September 11, 2017
    Back when the Internet first came to be, there was the belief that the result would be more facts, less censorship, more intelligent discourse and less successful manipulation. Being able to converse with each other would lead people to be more honest, and our world increasingly would resemble a utopian ideal of peace and prosperity. […]
    Rob Enderle
  • Gadget Ogling: Samsung's Return, Ultrasonic Tea, and Roaming Fridges September 9, 2017
    In 2016, Samsung's smartphone division wasn't so much on the rocks as dangling by a single fingernail, millimeters from plunging into a deep, dark chasm. The Galaxy Note7 had a terrible habit of exploding or catching fire. Not exactly the best look considering people prefer not to be injured while checking Instagram. The Galaxy Note8 […]
    Kris Holt
  • Credit Agency Equifax Cracked, 143 Million Consumers Exposed September 8, 2017
    Consumer credit reporting agency Equifax suffered a major criminal data breach that exposed personal information of as many as 143 million consumers in the U.S. between mid-May and July of this year. The attack exposed a range of sensitive personal data, including names, addresses, Social Security Numbers, dates of birth, and in some cases driver's […]
    David Jones
  • Next US Elections: Open Source vs. Commercial Software? September 7, 2017
    San Francisco could become the first U.S. city to adopt open source software to run its voting machines. City officials last month authorized consulting group Slalom to prepare a report on the benefits and challenges involved in using an open source voting machine platform. Officials hope a move to open source will make San Francisco's […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • Global Cyberattack on Energy Sector Stokes Deep Fears September 7, 2017
    The hacker group known as "Dragonfly" is behind sophisticated wave of recent cyberattacks on the energy sectors of Europe and North America, Symantec reported. The attacks could provide the group with the means to severely disrupt energy operations on both continents. Dragonfly launched a simililar campaign from 2011 to 2014, but it entered a quiet […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Bodhi Linux With Moksha Is Truly Enlightening September 6, 2017
    Bodhi Linux 4.3.1's implementation of the Enlightenment desktop, released late last month, continues this distro's tradition of providing an awesome desktop computing platform for office or home. When I last reviewed Bodhi Linux, I was attracted to the relatively new desktop environment. I recently installed the latest version on new hardware, and Bodhi Linux did […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • Pixelmator Pro Whirlwind Appears on the Horizon September 6, 2017
    Pixelmator on Tuesday unveiled Pixelmator Pro 1.0 Whirlwind, a high-powered version of its popular photo editing application for macOS. Whirlwind will be available this fall. The app's interface has gotten an overhaul -- it's now in a single window with no floating toolbars -- and it boasts new nondestructive, GPU-powered image editing tools and enhanced […]
    John P. Mello Jr.