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​Together Chromebooks and Office 365 will challenge Windows laptops

review Android apps on Chromebook: Ready for mainstream use? Most, but not all. Read More Video: Samsung’s new Chromebook Pro hybrid can run Android apps It’s no secret that I’m not a Windows fan. I’m beginning to wonder if Microsoft isn’t either. Hear me out. On Nov. 27, Chromebook users discovered that Office 365 would run on some of their… Read more →

Apple invests $390 million in VCSEL maker Finisar

Apple said Wednesday that it has invested $390 million in Face ID supplier Finisar. The cash injection comes from Apple’s $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund that was launched earlier this year as a way to support “a new era of technology-driven manufacturing in the US.” The Cupertino tech giant said Finisar will use the funds to increase R&D spending and… Read more →

Maker of sneaky Mac adware sends security researcher cease-and-desist letters

(Image: file photo) The maker of a sneaky adware that hijacks a user’s browser to serve ads is back with a new, more advanced version — one that can gain root privileges and spy on the user’s activities. News of the updated adware dropped Tuesday in a lengthy write-up by Amit Serper, principal security researcher at Cybereason. The adware, dubbed… Read more →

​IEDM 2017: GlobalFoundries announces 7nm chipmaking process

In a late addition to this year’s IEDM 2017 lineup, GlobalFoundries unveiled details of its 7nm process which promises a significant increase in density, performance and efficiency in comparison to the 14nm technology used to manufacture AMD processors, IBM Power server chips and other products. GlobalFoundries will start 7nm production using current lithography tools, though it plans to quickly move… Read more →

Brazilian fintech Nubank starts international tech talent hunt

Brazilian fintech Nubank has launched an engineering center in Berlin as part of a plan to boost its software engineering function internationally. Based in the St Oberholz coworking space in hip neighborhood Mitte, the company’s engineering center will serve as a vehicle to absorb international sector trends, develop new products and attract technology talent. One could be forgiven for thinking… Read more →

The risky business of bitcoin: High-profile cryptocurrency catastrophes of 2017

Video: Why rising bitcoin prices are not all good news for ransomware writers In the last few months, the cryptocurrency industry has exploded with investor interest appearing to be at an all-time high. The price of Bitcoin alone has surged thousands of dollars in the past few weeks, topping $16,500 at the time of writing, and while some investors plea… Read more →

Head of Microsoft’s One Commercial Partner group is out: Report

Ron Huddleston, the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s One Commercial Partner organization, is leaving the company, according to reports. Huddleston, who joined Microsoft in June 2016 after working with Salesforce and before that, Oracle, has been leading the company’s partner programs for system integrators, value added resellers and ISVs. Redmond Channel Partner (RCP) reported on December 12 that Huddleston is… Read more →

FCC revisited: Net neutrality changes are misleading and not benign

Video: Will internet providers keep pace with IoT explosion? Time to think about mesh Last week, I published an analysis of an FCC proposal document and the Code of Federal Regulations. I concluded in that article that the FCC’s proposed changes to internet governance were not a threat to our fundamental internet freedoms. After posting that article, I was contacted… Read more →

Oracle launches innovation lab in Brazil

Oracle has launched a new innovation lab in Brazil to co-create innovation projects alongside clients and startups. Previously based at the company’s offices in Brazil, the local version of Oracle’s innovation lab was mainly based on online collaboration platforms. The new physical facility is based in São Paulo launched last week and operates from a coworking space, where it is… Read more →

Mirai botnet attackers plead guilty for roles in 2016 internet cyberattack

(Image: file photo) Two hackers have pleaded guilty to federal cyber-crime charges for launching a cyberattack last year that knocked large parts of the internet offline. Paras Jha and Josiah White were indicted by an Alaska court in early December, according to documents unsealed Wednesday. Prosecutors accused the hackers of writing and using the Mirai botnet to hijack vulnerable internet-connected… Read more →

This telehealth cabin connects qualified doctors with patients all over the world

About a decade ago, French doctor Franck Baudino was providing primary medical care to isolated communities in small African villages, which sometimes took two or three days’ travel to reach. Exhausted, and with demand for accurate healthcare consultations spiralling, he vowed to create a sustainable solution that could bring professional medical diagnoses to the global population. AI that knows you’re… Read more →

Nuance expands Cognitive Innovation Group: A look at voice user interfaces, AI, analytics

special feature How to Implement AI and Machine Learning The next wave of IT innovation will be powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. We look at the ways companies can take advantage of it and how to get started. Read More Nuance said it will expand its Cognitive Innovation Group, which is designed to use machine learning and artificial… Read more →