Dell in $24 Billion Deal to Go Private

Kimihiro Hoshino/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesThe decision to take Dell private puts the company more firmly under the control of Michael S. Dell. 9:32 a.m. | Updated Dell announced on Tuesday that it had agreed to go private in a $24.4 billion deal led by its founder and the investment firm Silver Lake, in the biggest leveraged buyout since the… Read more →

Microsoft and Huawei to Sell Windows Smartphones in Africa

The phone, called the Huawei 4Afrika Windows Phone, will cost $150 and initially be sold in seven countries. Microsoft’s Windows Phone software is fourth among smartphone operating systems, with just 2 percent of the worldwide market in September, according to Canalys, a research firm in Reading, England. “Microsoft is a small player in smartphones and it needs as many partners… Read more →

Daily Report: A Billion-Dollar Club, and Not So Exclusive

The number of privately held Silicon Valley start-ups that are worth more than $1 billion shocks even the executives running those companies, reports Quentin Hardy in Tuesday’s New York Times. “I thought we were special,” said Phil Libin, chief executive of Evernote, as he counted his $1 billion-plus peers. He started Evernote, an online consumer service for storing clippings, photos… Read more →

Cloud firms demand right to use French government’s €285m ‘sovereign cloud’

After the French government last year invested in two cloud businesses, a group of cloud and hosting companies have banded together to demand that the infrastructure behind these “sovereign clouds” be put at their disposal. Read this French ISP that killed Google ads changes its mind about silent ad blocking Read more Cloud providers Alterway,… Read more →

Apple’s fast track Samsung sales ban plea rejected

Apple’s pleas to a U.S. appeals court have fallen on deaf ears as the tech giant’s wish to place a sales ban quickly on Samsung products is rejected. As Reuters reports, the iPad and iPhone maker has lost its bid to fast-track the appeals process. Long-suffering U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California,… Read more →

Why I said goodbye to the Gnome Desktop

The Gnome 2 desktop has been one of the most popular desktops on GNU/Linux over the years. But Gnome 3 brought big changes, and things are still being added and removed from it, which has frustrated me. And so I’ve finally convinced myself to drop it entirely.  I had managed to run Gnome 3 in… Read more →

The poster child for cybersecurity done right: How Estonia learnt from being under attack

In 2007, Estonia became the first country in the world to be targeted by a large-scale co-ordinated international cyberattack. While the offensive, consisting of a series of smaller distributed denial-of-services (DDoS) attacks, did little damage, it did give the country’s security industry valuable experience and information in dealing with such incidents. Tallinn, home to the… Read more →

Dyson’s Airblade Tap uses 450 mph air to dry your hands

James Dyson is one of the UK’s most well known inventors. He started by revolutionizing vacuum cleaners by replacing the bag with cyclone technology. Then he moved on to fans and removed the need for blades through the creation of the Air Multiplier. You may have also seen the Dyson name in public restrooms as his… Read more →

Maintenance is the battleground, innovation the prize

In essence the internal world in large enterprises is split between accountants and their colleagues with process oriented tasks, and the ‘line of business’ folks who are tasked with making something new happen. The former group are typically the long term users of enterprise software, while the latter often experiment with – and utilize if… Read more →

Cloud providers connect accounting, time tracking services

Fast-growing cloud accounting software vendor Xero is teaming up with another cloud service provider, Harvest, to bring time tracking and invoicing capabilities into its platform. It’s just the latest integration for Xero – which has already teamed up with dozens of other cloud providers that are focused on tools for small businesses. Those connectors span… Read more →