The Daily Buzz

Hungary Plans Internet Tax

Hungary Plans Internet Tax
October 23, 2014 No Comments »

Hungary may not be the first nation you think of when it comes to the developed world, but strange ideas from places that seldom make news have a way of spreading. (For instance, the “bail-ins” of Cyprus have piqued the ... Read More »

Microsoft Doth Protest Too Much

Microsoft Doth Protest Too Much
October 22, 2014 No Comments »

Microsoft has long griped about a supposed shortage of STEM workers and an inadequate H-1B visa program to take up the slack. But the company has now been caught up in a lawsuit alleging no-poaching deals among technology giants. According ... Read More »

AMD to Lay Off 7% of Staff

AMD to Lay Off 7% of Staff
October 21, 2014 No Comments »

AMD—“that other x86 vendor”—has struggled for years to put a dent in Intel’s dominant market share. Recent efforts have focused on bringing the ARM architecture to servers, although the benefits of ARM over x86 in line-powered systems that tackle larger ... Read More »

FBI Director: Encryption Bad for Law Enforcement

FBI Director: Encryption Bad for Law Enforcement
October 20, 2014 No Comments »

Law enforcement agencies—despite the government’s super-invasive dragnet surveillance programs (courtesy of the NSA and, no doubt, others from the alphabet-soup community)—shouldn’t be forced to deal with the hassle of encryption when targeting citizens for investigation, according to U.S. FBI Director ... Read More »

Intel Betting on Workload-Optimized Hardware

Intel Betting on Workload-Optimized Hardware
October 16, 2014 No Comments »

Although highly programmable processors give designers and developers greater flexibility, they consume more power than dedicated hardware for certain tasks. With data centers focusing more on power consumption, specialized processors may gain more traction—at least that’s what Intel hopes, according ... Read More »

Twist in Silicon Valley Wage Fixing Case

Twist in Silicon Valley Wage Fixing Case
October 15, 2014 No Comments »

Despite having reached an agreement with Adobe, Apple, Google and Intel in a case regarding no-poaching arrangements among several tech giants, the employees that filed suit are now opposing the settlement. According to Zach Miners at Computerworld, “The suit accuses ... Read More »

A Chance for Fusion?

A Chance for Fusion?
October 14, 2014 No Comments »

The drive toward greener data centers often focuses on energy sources, with coal and nuclear receiving the greatest criticism for their emissions and waste products, respectively. Solar and wind power are the face of alternative power, but a few other ... Read More »

Clearing the Way for IoT

Clearing the Way for IoT
October 10, 2014 No Comments »

Setting aside the hype, the Internet of Things (IoT) at least theoretically could be a big market. According to Scott Amyx at InformationWeek, the U.S. government needs to step in with a variety of policies that promote this nascent market. ... Read More »

Apple and Stock Buybacks

Apple and Stock Buybacks
October 9, 2014 No Comments »

The technology market can’t possibly be in a bubble; after all, Apple has so much money in its coffers that instead of investing in innovation, it should buy back its own stocks to increase shareholder dividends and drive up the ... Read More »

Gartner’s 10 Technology Trends for 2015

Gartner’s 10 Technology Trends for 2015
October 8, 2014 No Comments »

What will the technology landscape look like in 2015? According to Gartner’s list of top 10 strategic technologies, computing everywhere and the Internet of Things (the difference between these two might be a little fuzzy) made the list. According to ... Read More »