Hardware

Hardware Jobs in Jeopardy at IBM

Posted In Looking in Tech
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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
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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…