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Tablet and PC Markets Equalizing?

Tablet and PC Markets Equalizing?
November 26, 2014 No Comments »

IDC predicts that growth in tablet shipments for 2014 will reach 7.2%–a huge drop from 52.5% in 2013. Meanwhile, PC shipments are forecast to decline just 2.7% in 2014, reports CNet. “Why the slowing growth in tablet shipments? IDC says ... Read More »

NSA Cares About Privacy; NSA Says So

NSA Cares About Privacy; NSA Says So
November 25, 2014 No Comments »

When it comes to the NSA (or any government agency), you can always take it at its word. And you can rest assured that this voyeuristic organization cares about privacy because it appointed a civil-liberties and privacy director: Rebecca Richards. ... Read More »

Utah to Leave NSA Data Center High and Dry?

Utah to Leave NSA Data Center High and Dry?
November 24, 2014 No Comments »

The NSA data center in Utah may have a serious problem—and it’s not the gremlins that have caused equipment meltdowns in the past. The always morally consistent federal government elected to place a huge million-square-foot water-guzzling data center in one ... Read More »

Intel Fighting to Keep Up With Moore’s Law

Intel Fighting to Keep Up With Moore’s Law
November 21, 2014 No Comments »

Predictions of the end of Moore’s Law are rife, but Intel isn’t giving up without a fight. According to Agam Shah at Network World, the company “has had trouble making chips using the 14-nanometer process, which is the most advanced ... Read More »

Detekt Tool Targets Government Spyware

Detekt Tool Targets Government Spyware
November 20, 2014 No Comments »

Aiming to counter the influence of government surveillance on journalism and human-rights advocacy, Amnesty International now offers an open-source application, called Detekt, that checks computers for spyware—particularly the state-sponsored variety. Detekt “was developed by German security researcher Claudio Guarnieri, and ... Read More »

A Perfect Data Center PUE?

A Perfect Data Center PUE?
November 19, 2014 No Comments »

A Next Generation Data (NGD) data center in Newport, Wales, has achieved a perfect power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.0—if you believe the company’s claim. According to DatacenterDynamics, “NGD claims it can contractually commit to offering customers a PUE of ... Read More »

The Ho-Hum Top500?

The Ho-Hum Top500?
November 18, 2014 No Comments »

The biannual Top500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world has seen the Chinese Tianhe-2 as the four-time winner, suggesting some stagnation in the race. “Only one new entrant debuted in the top 10 in this Top500—a system built ... Read More »

What Happened to Google Glass?

What Happened to Google Glass?
November 17, 2014 No Comments »

Like Google’s mystery barges, the wearable Google Glass seems to have floated off into the unknown, with headlines covering the company’s progress in bringing Glass to market almost entirely absent. Reuters notes that “many developers and early Glass users are ... Read More »

Net Neutrality Debate: What’s a Free Market?

Net Neutrality Debate: What’s a Free Market?
November 14, 2014 No Comments »

Attempting to bridge the partisan divide on the net neutrality debate, InfoWorld’s Caroline Craig raises a number of points. Although the piece is entitled “Net neutrality is not a liberal-vs.-conservative issue,” she largely discusses the matter in terms of Republican ... Read More »

IDC: Data Center Count to Peak in 2017

IDC: Data Center Count to Peak in 2017
November 12, 2014 No Comments »

Research firm IDC expects the worldwide number of data centers will reach a maximum of 8.6 million in 2017, according to DatacenterDynamics. “The change will be fuelled by mass migration from small, on-premise facilities run by internal IT teams to ... Read More »