Today in eyeroll: Apple sued by Ericsson, and again by Smartflash, a ''patent troll''

Today in eyeroll: Apple sued by Ericsson, and again by Smartflash, a ''patent troll''

Is FRAND fair? When is a non-practicing entity just a patent troll? Smartflash LLC sued Apple again over its patents. And now Ericsson joins in. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers eyeroll at a broken system.

02/27/15

Wait, WHAT? HP buying Aruba, say deep-throats

Wait, WHAT? HP buying Aruba, say deep-throats

Super-secret-squirrel rumor-mongers say HP is buying Aruba Networks, a leading Wi-Fi infrastructure outfit. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers get connected...

02/26/15

FCC net-neutrality vote is GO, as GOP gives up (but beware friendly-fire)

FCC net-neutrality vote is GO, as GOP gives up (but beware friendly-fire)

Things are looking up for FCC Chair Tom Wheeler's net-neutrality proposal. Democracy FTW! But there may be a last-minute, dramatic insect in the topical medicine...

02/25/15

Chromebook Pixel 2 rumors reach fever pitch

Chromebook Pixel 2 rumors reach fever pitch

Yes, Virginia, we're getting a new Chromebook Pixel 2. Google accidentally pre-announced it yesterday, but the release date should be during Google I/O 2015, in late June. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers reach out and touch the cloud...

02/24/15

Furious Lenovo users get bad aftertaste from smelly Superfish

Furious Lenovo users get bad aftertaste from smelly Superfish

Consumers are accustomed to finding shovelware, bloatware or adware installed on new PCs, mobiles and tablets. Annoying and as hard to remove as bot flies, it needlessly consumes system resources. However, if you've bought a Lenovo PC...

02/23/15

HP to sell Linux switches: Call the box 'white' or 'brite' -- Meg's in the fight

HP to sell Linux switches: Call the box 'white' or 'brite' -- Meg's in the fight

HP vs. Cisco: FIGHT! HP is diving into the white-box SDN switch market ('brite box' if you insist). But Cisco stubbornly sticks to the knitting. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers break out the popcorn...

02/20/15

White House gives DJ Patil new job (but what a mouthful)

White House gives DJ Patil new job (but what a mouthful)

What's a CDSaDCTODT? Dhanurjay 'DJ' Patil is now the U.S. (deep breath) Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers say it four times fast...

02/19/15

So. IBM starts Spectrum storage software strategy. Satisfactory?

So. IBM starts Spectrum storage software strategy. Satisfactory?

IBM is crowing about investing $1B in storage software. But not just any old software. Oh no. Big, intelligent, software-defined storage software. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers get the blues.

02/18/15

NSA controls your hard drive? What is the Equation Group?

NSA controls your hard drive? What is the Equation Group?

According to Russian researchers, the NSA can reprogram your hard drive firmware. And you can't do a thing about it. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers sit quietly and don tinfoil headgear...

02/17/15

Is YOUR money safe? Banks lose $1B from Carbanak / Anunak hacks

Is YOUR money safe? Banks lose $1B from Carbanak / Anunak hacks

'Cybergang' dubbed Carbanak or Anunak blamed for stealing as much as $1,000,000,000 from more than 30 banks. Eugene Kaspersky's eponymous AV company revealed the problem this morning.

02/16/15

Memex: Science vs. Sex (your tax dollars at work)

Memex: Science vs. Sex (your tax dollars at work)

Sex trafficers beware. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) says it's getting good at scanning the mysterious 'Dark Web.' In IT Blogwatch, bloggers manipulate the midi-chlorians...

02/13/15

Apple fixing its awful Chinese labor mess, claims Cook

Apple fixing its awful Chinese labor mess, claims Cook

It must be time for another Apple 'supplier responsibility' progress report. You know the drill: Apple tells us how everything's OK over in China, Congo and all the other places in its shiny supply chain.

02/12/15

iOS 9 'Monarch' rumors: Stable and fast, but no big feature push

iOS 9 'Monarch' rumors: Stable and fast, but no big feature push

The rumor-mill has ground out a story about iOS 9 aiming to fix all the bugs introduced in 7 and 8. The next major release of iOS is slated to be less buggy, faster, easier to update, and lighter on your RAM. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers...

02/10/15

In Soviet Samsung -- TV watches YOU

In Soviet Samsung -- TV watches YOU

Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean a "third party" isn't after you. Information gathered about citizens from web cookies, cell phones, tablets, social media, search engines, credit reports and discount cards is no longer...

02/09/15

Swatch goes head-to-head with Apple Watch, brandishing patents

Swatch goes head-to-head with Apple Watch, brandishing patents

CEO Nick Hayek waves his big IP-stash at Mister Cook: Swatch will release a smartwatch at the same time as Apple, claiming it won't need charging. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers break out the popcorn...

02/06/15

FCC chair Tom Wheeler vs. ISPs: FIGHT!

FCC chair Tom Wheeler vs. ISPs: FIGHT!

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler is getting serious about using Title II (or, at least, the bits he likes). Naturally, ISPs aren't happy. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers keep score...

02/05/15

ARM Cortex-A72 -- Phones will be WAY faster, with DOUBLE battery life

ARM Cortex-A72 -- Phones will be WAY faster, with DOUBLE battery life

2016's tablets and smartphones will be much better, promises the quiet power behind mobile devices: ARM just unveiled the Cortex-A72 design, as well as other supporting bits and pieces. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers can't wait to prove...

02/04/15

Adobe FAIL: Yet another Flash 0-day vuln 'sploited in wild

Adobe FAIL: Yet another Flash 0-day vuln 'sploited in wild

smh. THREE vulnerabilities in as many weeks? Oh boy, here it comes again. Adobe Flash has yet another zero-day vulnerability that's being exploited in the wild. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers chorus the suggestion to uninstall it.

02/03/15

Raspberry Pi 2 runs circles around previous version

Raspberry Pi 2 runs circles around previous version

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just announced the newest version of its low-cost learning computer, the Raspberry Pi 2, will begin shipping today. So, bloggers start making raspberry pie, adding a pinch of critique for flavor.

02/02/15

FCC redefines 'broadband' -- to HOWLS of rage from ISPs and GOP

FCC redefines 'broadband' -- to HOWLS of rage from ISPs and GOP

Wow, is Tom Wheeler serious about promoting competition? Looks like it. Cue: much wailing and gnashing of teeth from cable and fiber ISPs (and Republicans). In IT Blogwatch, bloggers feel the need -- the need for speed...

01/30/15

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