Brexit: What it means for Tech (but don't panic)

Brexit: What it means for Tech (but don't panic)

Britain votes to leave the EU, but what does this mean for the technology industry? Let’s take a look at the situation in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland...

06/24/16

Google Fiber and Webpass, sitting in a tree, K.I.S.S.I.N.G.

Google Fiber and Webpass, sitting in a tree, K.I.S.S.I.N.G.

Alphabet is boosting its Google Fiber team with Webpass, a San Francisco-based ISP. The idea is to bring ludicrously-fast Internet access to more people, more quickly. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder symmetric gigabit for...

06/23/16

New Adobe Photoshop CC looks awesome

New Adobe Photoshop CC looks awesome

Adobe Systems retouches its software. Photoshop CC 2015.5 and other Creative Cloud parts get some exciting new stuff, for your media-fiddling enjoyment. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers turn that frown upside-down...

06/21/16

Twitter buys Magic Pony -- wait, what?

Twitter buys Magic Pony -- wait, what?

Twitter buys another machine-learning startup. The ridiculously-named Magic Pony Technology is set to help Twitter to so something with video.In IT Blogwatch, bloggers cry when they realize, “it’s not yours.”

06/20/16

Oracle trolls Salesforce -- cloud up 50%

Oracle trolls Salesforce -- cloud up 50%

Oracle Corp is catching up in cloud. Although it was late to the party, it says it’s now doing very well, as its fiscal Q4 numbers demonstrate. And in an ironic troll to Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, Larry Ellison publicly hopes to...

06/17/16

Spamming doesn't pay -- Sanford Wallace gets 30 months in prison

Spamming doesn't pay -- Sanford Wallace gets 30 months in prison

Sanford Wallace will be jailed. The prolific spammer, who once called himself the “Spam King,” has been sentenced to be locked up for 2½ years and pay hundreds of thousands. That’s in addition to the almost $1 billion he owes...

06/16/16

The fight will rage on over net neutrality

The fight will rage on over net neutrality

Let's be honest, no one actually thought the ISPs would give up without a throwdown, right?

06/15/16

10 for 10: Apple touts big improvements for iOS

10 for 10: Apple touts big improvements for iOS

At Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday, the company unveiled 10 updates to iOS in honor of its 10th iteration.

06/14/16

Could Siri finally be coming to OS X?

Could Siri finally be coming to OS X?

Rumor has it that Siri is coming to OS X -- and that rumor was started by no other than Siri herself.

06/13/16

Farewell, Tom Perkins, the VC’s VC

Farewell, Tom Perkins, the VC’s VC

Tom Perkins, co-founder of Kleiner-Perkins, has died. He was 84. Since the early 1970s, he’d been responsible for much of the creation and growth of venture-capital in the San Francisco bay area. He essentially created Sand Hill Road...

06/10/16

Tinder to 17-year-olds: Get off my lawn [and OppSit]

Tinder to 17-year-olds: Get off my lawn [and OppSit]

Dating app Tinder is shutting down its service for the under-18s. The official reason is hazy at best, but a moment’s thought says this is bad news for the safety of minors. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers think it’s a ridiculous idea...

06/09/16

Hey Siri? Call 911 for Gi-Gi. She'll be right, mate. Bonzer

Hey Siri? Call 911 for Gi-Gi. She'll be right, mate. Bonzer

Apple Siri “helped save” a toddler in Australia, who’d stopped breathing. Her mom yelled at her iPhone to call an ambulance. Stacey Gleeson’s daughter Giana Gleeson is well again. Apple PR is celebrating a good-news story for a...

06/08/16

Forget the Samsung Galaxy S7 -- you'll want a Galaxy X, in 2017 [updated]

Forget the Samsung Galaxy S7 -- you'll want a Galaxy X, in 2017 [updated]

The Samsung Galaxy X range will have foldable screens, with release date early next year. Deep-throat rumor-mongers say there'll be two models, different from the upcoming Galaxy S8 range. So forget today's ho-hum, derivative, Samsung...

06/07/16

Facebook doesn't listen through your phone's mic -- except when it does

Facebook doesn't listen through your phone's mic -- except when it does

Is Facebook listening to every word you say? Zuck’s crew says it won’t use your speech to target advertising or reorder your feed, but it’s still unclear what it does use the microphone for. Aside from the obvious, that is. In IT...

06/06/16

Smartphone growth flattens -- Android conquers all, and iPhone is... resting

Smartphone growth flattens -- Android conquers all, and iPhone is... resting

IDC admits it was wrong -- the smartphone sales slump is even worse than it thought. iPhone share is actually shrinking, while Android climbs ever-more dizzying heights. Total growth will fall this year to a mere 3.1%, say IDC’s...

06/03/16

Facebook DeepText -- clever artificial intelligence, but YOU are the product

Facebook DeepText -- clever artificial intelligence, but YOU are the product

Facebook reveals artificial intelligence, which it calls DeepText. The deep-learning A.I. will help Zuck’s social network to “improve user experiences” by “solving tricky language challenges.”

06/02/16

Xiaomi feeds Microsoft patent troll -- pays patent toll

Xiaomi feeds Microsoft patent troll -- pays patent toll

Xiaomi and Microsoft get cozier. They’re announcing an unusual patent deal, which also sees Xiaomi pre-installing Microsoft Office and Skype onto its Android devices...

06/01/16

EU tells Facebook and others to stop hate speech -- because terrorism???

EU tells Facebook and others to stop hate speech -- because terrorism???

The European Union has told social platforms such as Facebook to do something about hate speech. And, yes, this is indeed something -- something they're already doing...

05/31/16

Asus Zenbook 3 is MacBook killer, say wishful thinkers [and dirty jet]

Asus Zenbook 3 is MacBook killer, say wishful thinkers [and dirty jet]

Asus Zenbook 3 launches at Computex -- on paper, the hardware's better than a MacBook. It'll have a faster processor, bigger display, lighter case, more storage, and a lower starting price...

05/30/16

What is MAREA? Oh, just an epic shift that changes everything

What is MAREA? Oh, just an epic shift that changes everything

Microsoft and Facebook will build MAREA, the fastest trans-Atlantic cable ever. But why is this HUGE news -- is it because of the cable itself, or because of how it'll be used?

05/27/16

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