Hardware

Google Datacenter No. 1: Ugly, Small, Needed Cables Jiggled

Posted In DataCenter
The architect of Google’s global datacenter network blogged nostalgically on the 15th anniversary of the day he first saw Google’s tiny, PC-filled server cage. continue…

If Surface 2 Didn’t Sell, Microsoft’s In-House Tablets Are Done

Posted In Cloud
The second time needs to prove the charm for Microsoft’s tablet-laptop-hybrid thingies. continue…

Lenovo Acquires IBM Server Business

The $2.3 billion deal will see Lenovo seize a big chunk of IBM’s hardware portfolio. continue…

Hardware Jobs in Jeopardy at IBM

Posted In Looking in Tech
IBM Logo
Look for more staff cuts at IBM – especially in hardware – after the company’s quarterly earnings fell below analysts’ estimates. Big Blue reported fourth-quarter revenue of $27.7 billion, while Wall Street had expected the number to be more like $28.25 billion. Though revenues were slightly off at the technology services and business services groups, IBM’s hardware business dropped 3.5 percentage points to 35.6 percent, continuing the decline of the unit. Now word’s come that the company’s worked a deal… continue…

Crunch Time for IBM

With its hardware sales declining, IBM’s bet on Watson is becoming more and more crucial. continue…

‘DIY’ Hardware Offers New Mobile Dev Opportunities

Digispark Board
For Christmas, my daughter gave me a couple of Digispark boards. These little, relatively Arduino-compatible, ATtiny85 micro-controller, USB-equipped wonders are programmed from a notebook and will be the basis for a couple of my new projects. I also received word that my Spark Core has shipped. It’s a Wi-Fi-on-a-chip bolted to the back of a tiny Arduino. These two offerings were dreamed up and built by a re-born genre of developer who harkens back to the early days of solid-state… continue…

Google’s Nest Acquisition Raises Data-Privacy Concerns

If Google and other tech giants have demonstrated anything over the past decade, it’s that privacy polices are subject to change. continue…

Get Ready for “Smart Earbuds”

Posted In Cloud
Intel has released reference designs for a number of wearable electronics, including “smart earbuds” and a “smart headset.” continue…

Cross Linux With an Arduino – What Will You Build?

Posted In Linux, Working in Tech
Nest Thermostat
You’ve undoubtedly witnessed the tremendous development in the nano-Linux niche lately. The Raspberry Pi jumpstarted the nano-Linux movement and has sold over 1.75 million units. It has various video capabilities, is programmed primarily in Python and has rudimentary input/output capabilities (digital input/output, but no analog to digital conversion) that allow simple interaction with the physical world. Although the Pi has a wired Ethernet connection, it lacks Wi-Fi. At about $35, it packs quite a bit of computing horsepower while still… continue…

Get Ready for Disruption in Mobile Hardware

Project Ara
In spite of the ongoing battles in Washington over the economy, NSA spying, and international policy, I’m absolutely certain that there’s never been a better time to be in tech, particularly in anything mobile. I think we’ll see a bunch of new jobs evolving as we transition into the coming age of hardware disruption. It’s not just about the latest superphones with their multicore processors, miniaturized architecture and ever expanding warehouses of applications. Motorola just announced that it’s been working… continue…