Hardware

Building a Simple Slider Servo Control

Posted In Linux, Working in Tech
Arduino Connected to Flashlight
In the remote control, physical computing and Internet of Things ecosystem, it’s frequently convenient to command something to move using an on-screen slider. In my case I’d like to control a pair of servos from my Linux notebook for an Internet-enabled prototype I’m working on. Sometime in the future I’ll port the sliders over to a little app on my Galaxy S3. This article covers how to hack together a rudimentary notebook user interface connected to an Arduino microcontroller using… continue…

IBM Planning to Sell Off Semiconductor Manufacturing: Rumor

Big Blue seems intent on ridding itself of large swaths of its hardware business. continue…

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…