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Microsoft will end 2018 as America’s most valuable company

Over the past three months, the price of Apple shares (red iine) has fallen faster than the price of Microsoft shares (blue line). ZDNet screen grab from Yahoo Finance Microsoft is enjoying a little glory, having unexpectedly regained its position as America’s most valuable publicly-quoted company – albeit, I think, temporarily. It lost out to Apple and then Amazon in… Read more →

The biggest storage trends of 2018

There are many trends and currents in the storage market, so it’s not easy to choose two. But these stood out in the past year. Flash and DRAM price drop Given the dominance of flash storage for phones, notebooks, and, increasingly, desktops, the drop in solid state storage prices is the biggest story of the year. While flash is the… Read more →

Defense contractor: IT must embrace ‘radical transparency and culture change’

Although innovation and being responsive to customers is the lifeblood of every technology organization, maintaining the spark of innovation inside a large company is hard. To gain insight into how to drive change and innovation at a large company, I spoke with a senior executive at L3 Technologies, which is the eighth largest defense contractor in the United States. The… Read more →

Brazilian bank Inter pays fine over customer data leak

Brazilian bank Inter has achieved a settlement over a major security flaw that leaked data of nearly 20 thousand account holders earlier this year. Under the conclusion for the case, announced by Brazil’s Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) on December 18, the bank will pay 1.5 million reais ($382,000) as a means to repair the collective moral damages related to the… Read more →

Windows is coming to your Chromebook

If you follow Chromebook development news the way hot-stove baseball fans follow the latest trade rumors, you know Google is working on bringing Windows to Chromebook. If you have that one Windows applications you must run, Google has been working on making it possible to dual-boot Windows 10 on Chromebook since July 2018. This is not… Read more →

India issues new e-commerce rules to check Amazon and Flipkart

Late on Wednesday, the Indian government introduced new rules for India’s e-commerce industry that could have grave new implications for how foreign online retailers decide to do business in the country. Specifically, the government banned online retailers Flipkart and Amazon from sourcing more than 25 percent of their inventory from a single vendor — many of them in which these… Read more →

2018’s most high-profile cryptocurrency catastrophes and cyberattacks

Bitcoin, Ripple. Ethereum. Monero. BTC, XRP, ETH, and XMR. The names, the jargon, the stream of white papers that proclaim the infinite possibilities of the blockchain, the startups, token sales — also known as Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) — all culminated in an explosion of interest in virtual currency at the end of 2017. Also: The risky business of Bitcoin:… Read more →

Sick and disgusted: The worst tech failures of 2018

on cnet 2018 Holiday Gift Guide Looking for the perfect gift? CNET delivers advice, reviews, and recommendations. Read More A boatload of products, trends, and people in the tech sector really disappointed us this year. In the spirit of the season, however, we won’t single out any individuals here. Instead, we’ll focus on the products and trends that made us… Read more →

Why scalability matters to Pizza Hut: "The Super Bowl is our Super Bowl"

Pizza delivery has become a cutting-edge business: Pizza Hut, for example, recruited Pepper the Robot in 2016 to take customer orders. The company also recently paired up with Toyota on self-driving delivery vehicles. Meanwhile, Little Caesars has patented a pizza-making robot, and Domino’s has conducted drone deliveries. Ultimately, the technical innovations are all about a simple goal, Chuck Rhoades, director… Read more →

Google Chrome’s new UI is ugly, and people are very angry

Google Every major user interface (UI) redesign project is a hit and miss game, and Google’s new Chrome UI appears to be a colossal miss. Designed with mobile devices in mind, the new Chrome user interface style was officially rolled out in September this year, with the release of Chrome version 69. Not all users liked the new UI, and… Read more →

Get CleanMyMac X and other MacPaw apps for 50 percent off

Looking to spring clean your Mac or PC? MacPaw are offering 50 percent off apps for the next few days. Must read: 2018 Gift Guide: Weird but really useful gadgets Here’s what’s on offer: CleanMyMac X: Remove junk and fine tune your Mac (take a look at what it can do here) Gemini 2: Award-winning duplicate finder for Mac Wallpaper… Read more →