From women in tech to patents: Nine areas where Middle East is winning, and losing

Several North African nations have ambitious plans to produce energy from renewable sources such as wind and the sun. Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto From space exploration to renewable energy sources, the Middle East and North Africa region has big tech ambitions. But research suggests that many fundamental IT challenges still remain unsolved. Analysis from the World Economic Forum and UNESCO has… Read more →

LEO, the world’s first business computer, commemorated with a plaque in London

Frank Land and Dame Stephanie Shirley unveil a plaque to mark the site of the world’s first business computer, installed 65 years ago. Photo: LEO Computers Society A plaque has been installed in Hammersmith, west London, where Lyons, the tea-shop company, ran the world’s first electronic business computer 65 years ago. Nothing remains of Cadby Hall, the two-acre site where… Read more →

Panasonic explores purchase of car light manufacturer ZKW

Panasonic is investigating the possible purchase of European car electronics maker ZKW Group in a deal which would boost the company’s automotive portfolio. On Monday, Japanese publication Nikkei reported that such a deal is in the “final stages of negotiations” and could be worth up to 100 billion yen ($885 million). Should it go ahead, the buyout could be finalized… Read more →

The flowering of voice control leads to a crop of security holes

‘Tis the season of cybersecurity threat predictions for 2017. Vendors’ glossy reports shower onto the desks of customers and journalists like gentle Christmas snow. But so many of these reports, like so many snowfalls, are nothing but slush. All year we’ve been hearing about the spreading plague of ransomware, and how the Internet of Things (IoT) will be a security… Read more →

Telstra nabs former Juniper CFOO and Tesla board member Denholm for COO role

After a string of departures in 2016 that saw the roles of CIO, CTO, COO, and CISO vacated, Telstra has said it will fill the chief operating officer role in early 2017 with the appointment of Robyn Denholm. Denholm joins Australia’s incumbent telco after a 9-year stint as Juniper Networks chief financial and operations officer, and 11 years with Sun… Read more →

Eight great Linux gifts for the holiday season

Do you want to give your techie friend a very Linux holiday season? Sure you do! Here are some suggestion to brighten your favorite Tux fan’s day. The #1 programming excuse for legitmately slacking off: “My code’s compiling.” xkcd 1) Tux Every Linux fan should have at least one stuffed Tux, Linux’s mascot, in their home or office. Tux stuffies… Read more →

Snowden says Petraeus shared ‘far more highly classified material than I ever did’

Image: CBS News Edward Snowden blasted the US justice department in an interview with Yahoo News on Sunday, saying “we have a two-tiered system of justice in the United States” that allows the well connected to get off with light punishments. Edward Snowden: Don’t fear Trump, fear the surveillance state The NSA whistleblower spoke for the first time since Trump’s… Read more →

Snowden says Petraeus shared ‘far more highly classified than I ever did’

Image: CBS News Edward Snowden blasted the US justice department in an interview with Yahoo News on Sunday, saying “we have a two-tiered system of justice in the United States” that allows the well connected to get off with light punishments. Edward Snowden: Don’t fear Trump, fear the surveillance state The NSA whistleblower spoke for the first time since Trump’s… Read more →

Apple talks self-driving car regulation in letter to regulators

Apple CarPlay, Image: Ford Apple in a November letter to US regulators publicly acknowledged work on autonomous vehicles for the first time, after years of reports surrounding Project Titan. Read this Tesla Model S: The finest coal-powered car money can buy Web cartoonist Matthew Inman loves his Tesla. But like many proud EV owners and proponents, does he even realize… Read more →

Foxconn manager allegedly stole $1.5 million worth of iPhones from testing

Apple iPhone 5s (Image: File photo) Taiwanese prosecutors on Friday indicted a former senior level Foxconn manager for allegedly stealing and selling 5,700 iPhone handsets in China, to pocket around $1.56 million, according to AsiaOne. Read this Hon Hai, Foxconn boxed in after Apple boom Hon Hai and Foxconn need to diversify from Apple in a hurry. That move is… Read more →

Managed services in a cloudy world

The managed services provider (MSP) model has had a remarkably long run, considering how much IT has changed over the last 20 years or so. Written off by many as the economics of cloud bit into the MSPs’ market share, at one point many were predicting the end of the MSP, displaced by a combination of SaaS and public cloud…. Read more →