Hardware

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
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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…

When Will IT Giants Start Dumping Hardware Divisions?

IBM, Oracle, HP and other firms face anemic server and PC sales, with no salvation in sight. How long until they dump hardware entirely? continue…

A Free C++ Compiler for Android, But…

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Intel has just launched a C++ compiler for Android that compiles C++ source code and generates Android compatible bytecode. It isn’t the first C++ compiler to do it: The c4droid C++ compiler and IDE is available in Google Play for a few dollars, and the Android Developer Tools (ATD) plugin for the Eclipse IDE includes support for compiling code written in C or C++. It is, however, the only Intel C++ development tool that’s completely free for developers. Intel’s C++… continue…

Apple Didn’t Skimp on New iPhones’ Parts

Posted In Cloud
A teardown by research firm IHS uncovered the components costs for the iPhone 5S and plastic iPhone 5C. continue…

Dell Wins Shareholder Approval to Go Private

Posted In Cloud
Shareholders agreed to sell the firm back to Michael Dell and an investment group for $24.9 billion. continue…

Datacenter Power Still Largely Driven by Coal

Posted In DataCenter
Despite green IT initiatives, only a fraction of datacenter power comes from renewable resources. continue…

Microsoft to Squeeze Datacenters on Price of WinServer 2012 R2

Posted In DataCenter
“Record number” of Microsoft enterprise price increases includes 28 percent boost in cost of Windows Server for datacenters. continue…