All posts by Jeff Clark

Apple iPad Faces Mature Tablet Market

Apple iPad Faces Mature Tablet Market
August 18, 2015 No Comments »

The recent release of the Apple Watch raises the question of whether Apple (and other device manufacturers) has run out of profitable options for new device types. Barring some fundamental new feature (holographic, 3D or virtual-reality displays), devices like tablets, ... Read More »

Energy Efficiency Through the Mainframe?

Energy Efficiency Through the Mainframe?
August 17, 2015 1 Comment »

In addition to being a concern with regard to environmental, corporate-image and regulatory factors, IT energy efficiency is also a concern with regard to profitability. As Moore’s Law declines, data center operators can expect fewer “free” efficiency upgrades through finer ... Read More »

Mobile Boost for Intel?

Mobile Boost for Intel?
August 13, 2015 No Comments »

Intel, despite its dominance in PC and server chips as well as its leading silicon manufacturing technology, has struggled in the mobile race. According to Junko Yoshida at EE Times, however, rumors indicate the company may have won a major ... Read More »

TPP May End New Zealand Ban on Software Patents

TPP May End New Zealand Ban on Software Patents
August 12, 2015 1 Comment »

New Zealand took a stand against dubious intellectual-property (IP) claims by banning software patents, but the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, which is in negotiations, may reverse that policy. According to Rob O’Neill at ZDNet, “[L]eaked Trans Pacific Partnership documents now ... Read More »

Is Twitter the Canary in the Social-Media Coal Mine?

Is Twitter the Canary in the Social-Media Coal Mine?
August 11, 2015 1 Comment »

Judging solely from Facebook, the social-media market seems to be fairly strong. But that view is belied by many of the other companies in this market, with Twitter being possibly the leading indicator. Since its IPO in late 2013, the ... Read More »

AMD Falls Far Behind in Chip Race

AMD Falls Far Behind in Chip Race
August 10, 2015 No Comments »

According to market-research firm IHS, AMD fell out of the top 20 chipmakers in the first half of 2015. Dylan McGrath said at EE Times, “AMD’s slip in the rankings was largely due to a particularly rough second quarter, when ... Read More »

Software Liability?

Software Liability?
August 7, 2015 No Comments »

Given the apparently increasing frequency of high-profile security breaches as well as hacks of ever more mundane products (cars, for instance), the question of who is to blame is emerging. In particular, the question is whether software-development companies should be ... Read More »

Diversity, Technology and Dishonesty (Part 2)

Diversity, Technology and Dishonesty (Part 2)
August 6, 2015 No Comments »

This article is the second in a series that takes a critical look at the incessant calls for greater diversity in technology companies and how they reflect a deep philosophical dilemma. (Also see Part 1.) In George Orwell’s novel 1984, ... Read More »

All Software Has Bugs

All Software Has Bugs
August 6, 2015 No Comments »

Back in the days when dial-up modems were flashy technology, David Lightman (played by Matthew Broderick) said in the 1983 movie WarGames, “I don’t believe that any system is totally secure.” The wisdom of those Hollywood words has been proven ... Read More »