Hardware

Get Ready for Disruption in Mobile Hardware

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Seagate Won’t Comment on Possible Hiring

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Despite a 24 percent drop in revenue and a 66 percent plunge in net income during the fiscal fourth quarter, hard-disk drive maker Seagate Technology will continue developing a $180 million R&D facility in Fremont, Calif. In an interview with Dice News, spokesperson Brian Ziel said the company will transfer about 500 recording-media engineers, researchers and technicians from an existing facility in the city within the next 12 to 18 months. Although media reports indicate an additional 100 people may… continue…

Super-Flexible Circuits Could Boost Smartphones, Bionic Limbs

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Nano-scale motors and power supplies built with flexible materials could be used almost anywhere. continue…

IBM Furloughing U.S. Hardware Employees

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Despite forcing some employees to take an unpaid week off, IBM is proceeding with its hardware-centric OpenPOWER Consortium. continue…