Danger lurks in counterfeit iPhone/iPad USB adapters

A recent blog post by software engineer Ken Shirriff tested a dozen USB chargers sold worldwide: both the versions that come in the shrinkwrapped box from the manufacturer, as well as third-party products. It also looked at counterfeits. The article asked the question whether “a charger provides silky-smooth power or if it is a dangerous charger that emits noisy power… Read more →

Does OpenOffice have a future?

A few days ago the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) announced that Apache OpenOffice had graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). That’s nice but will be it enough to make OpenOffice matter given that its LibreOffice fork has stolen much of its thunder? Sure, it’s nice as Andrea Pescetti, VP of Apache OpenOffice, said “The OpenOffice graduation… Read more →

Disruptions: You Know You Can’t Live Without Apple’s Latest Glass Rectangle

Peter DaSilva for The New York Times The new iPhone uses a charger that is incompatible with those used for older models. Philip W. Schiller, Apple’s vice president for marketing, strode across the stage of the California Theater in San Jose last week trumpeting the virtues of new Apple products. As he caressed the side of the latest iMac personal… Read more →

Disruptions: You Know You Can’t Live Without Apple’s Latest Glass Rectangle

Peter DaSilva for The New York Times The new iPhone uses a charger that is incompatible with those used for older models. Philip W. Schiller, Apple’s vice president for marketing, strode across the stage of the California Theater in San Jose last week trumpeting the virtues of new Apple products. As he caressed the side of the latest iMac personal… Read more →

Disruptions: You Know You Can’t Live Without Apple’s Latest Glass Rectangle

Peter DaSilva for The New York Times The new iPhone uses a charger that is incompatible with those used for older models. Philip W. Schiller, Apple’s vice president for marketing, strode across the stage of the California Theater in San Jose last week trumpeting the virtues of new Apple products. As he caressed the side of the latest iMac personal… Read more →

Disruptions: You Know You Can’t Live Without Apple’s Latest Glass Rectangle

Peter DaSilva for The New York Times The new iPhone uses a charger that is incompatible with those used for older models. Philip W. Schiller, Apple’s vice president for marketing, strode across the stage of the California Theater in San Jose last week trumpeting the virtues of new Apple products. As he caressed the side of the latest iMac personal… Read more →

I.B.M. Reports Nanotube Chip Breakthrough

I.B.M. Research The face of an I.B.M. research scientist, Hongsik Park, is reflected in a wafer used to make microprocessors. I.B.M. scientists are reporting progress in a chip making technology that is likely to ensure the shrinking of the size of the basic digital switch at the heart of modern microchips for more than another decade. The advance, first described… Read more →

In The Enterprise, Windows 8 Tablets May Zoom Past PCs

With Windows 8 in enterprises, it’s increasingly looking like a Tale of Two Versions. Despite having an entrenched user base of hundreds of millions of potentially-upgradeable PCs, CIOs and other IT leaders are showing more interest in Windows 8 on tablets and convertible devices that some are nicknaming ‘tabtops’ or ‘laptablets’ (see my gallery of seventeen of the hottest Windows… Read more →

Details emerge on Apple’s Fusion Drive technology

At last week’s event introducing the iPad mini, Apple also rolled out new iMac and Mac mini models that be configured with a proprietary “Fusion Drive.” This technology presents a solid-state drive (SSD) and a hard disk drive (HDD) as a single volume to the user. There are all kinds of labels being applied to the technology, however, it looks… Read more →

IT, business executives don’t see eye to eye on innovation: survey

IT managers say they’re ready and competent to move forward with business innovation. However, business leaders don’t quite think IT is up to the job. This is the key finding of a new survey of 800 IT and business leaders released by CA Technologies, which finds IT and business leaders often have two different views on innovation, considered the way… Read more →

Pepsi takes vending machines high-tech

There are some things that really need to have massive touchscreens, WiFi connectivity, and YouTube integration. PepsiCo believes that soda vending machines do, in fact, fall into that category. The company has been testing out what is quite easily the most high-tech vending machine in the country, and plans remain underway to roll out more of… Read more →