All posts by Jeff Clark

Internet of Things: Peak Hype

Internet of Things: Peak Hype
August 14, 2014 No Comments »

The Internet of Things (IoT) is often viewed as one of the biggest growth opportunities for computing: just think of all the appliances and other items that could stand to incorporate an Internet-connected processor. And, of course, more data center ... Read More »

Judge Rejects Silicon Valley Wage-Fixing Settlement

Judge Rejects Silicon Valley Wage-Fixing Settlement
August 13, 2014 No Comments »

Lending credence to the idea that the supposed STEM shortage is really just a shortage of cheap labor, a number of Silicon Valley giants were recently caught in no-poaching agreements to suppress wages. Adobe, Apple, Google and Intel had agreed ... Read More »

Is the Case for SSDs/Flash Memory Overblown?

Is the Case for SSDs/Flash Memory Overblown?
August 12, 2014 No Comments »

Solid-state drives (SSDs), which typically use NAND flash memory, offer a number of compelling advantages over their close competitor, hard-disk drives (HDDs). These benefits have led to some SSD proponents calling for all but wholesale conversion to flash memory in ... Read More »

Apple and Microsoft on Collision Course?

Apple and Microsoft on Collision Course?
August 12, 2014 No Comments »

Apple recently filed a patent application for an “intelligent digital assistant in a desktop environment”—in other words, Siri on Mac. According to the abstract, the patent filing covers “methods and systems related to interfaces for interacting with a digital assistant ... Read More »

Artificial Intelligence and Learning Machines?

Artificial Intelligence and Learning Machines?
August 11, 2014 No Comments »

Real artificial intelligence (the spooky self-aware kind) is the stuff of science-fiction franchises like The Terminator, but it always seems to be just around the corner. According to Eric Knorr at InfoWorld, a former engineering director for Google Apps (Christopher ... Read More »

“Professionalize” Information Security?

“Professionalize” Information Security?
August 7, 2014 No Comments »

Whatever the industry, you can always count on some voices calling for more government regulation—usually in the name of protecting consumers, securing infrastructure, stopping terrorism and putting an end to the torture of little children. Unfortunately, these efforts, although perhaps ... Read More »

EFF Spotlights “Stupid Patent of the Month”

EFF Spotlights “Stupid Patent of the Month”
August 7, 2014 No Comments »

To highlight the problems facing the patent system, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has begun a blog column citing one particularly inane patent each month. Patent claims, far from covering only inventions of fundamental importance (recall Apple’s ever amusing “rounded ... Read More »

Is the ARM-Based Server Opportunity Fading?

Is the ARM-Based Server Opportunity Fading?
August 5, 2014 No Comments »

ARM, the undisputed king of mobile computing, is hoping to extend its expertise in low-power processing to the data center—a policy that wisely exploits growing concerns regarding energy consumption. But the architecture is attempting to break into a market dominated ... Read More »

Microsoft Surface Troubles Continue

Microsoft Surface Troubles Continue
August 5, 2014 No Comments »

The PC may be dead (not really, though), but Microsoft is still struggling to gain a foothold in the tablet market with its Surface line. According to Computerworld, the company lost nearly $700 million on its Surface products for its ... Read More »