The Daily Buzz

Smartwatch Adoption to Pick Up in 2015?

Smartwatch Adoption to Pick Up in 2015?
December 19, 2014 No Comments »

Mobile mania has led to attempts by vendors to move mobile-computing tasks to all sorts of wearable gadgets beyond the smartphone. At InformationWeek, Shane O’Neill predicts that smartwatches, at least, will garner more consumer interest in the new year. “Consumers ... Read More »

Australia: Bitcoin Is Not a “Financial Product”

Australia: Bitcoin Is Not a “Financial Product”
December 17, 2014 No Comments »

In a modest victory for Bitcoin beyond the shores of the U.S., the Australian Securities and Investment Commission has decreed that the cryptocurrency (and others like it) is not a “financial product,” according to Leon Spencer at ZDNet. “This [designation] ... Read More »

Xiaomi Faces Patent Disputes

Xiaomi Faces Patent Disputes
December 15, 2014 No Comments »

Smartphones have been one of the hot spots of patent battles in recent years, with Apple versus Samsung being perhaps the chief example. After all, who wouldn’t go to court over ownership of rounded corners? The latest (unwilling) participant in ... Read More »

Microsoft and Bitcoin Payments

Microsoft and Bitcoin Payments
December 11, 2014 No Comments »

Bitcoin continues to gain steam as an alternative currency, this time with Microsoft accepting payments using the cryptocurrency, according to Loek Essers at Computerworld. The system doesn’t exactly involve payment in Bitcoin, however. Instead of conducting a transaction in the ... Read More »

CIOs Struggling With Legal Details

CIOs Struggling With Legal Details
December 10, 2014 No Comments »

Part of the C-suite’s job is to (with the help of lawyers, of course) wrestle with the legal details of doing business—particularly contracts with customers and service providers. According to John McGreavy, a CIO writing at InformationWeek, small legal details ... Read More »

Ingenuity: The Cure for an Ailing Moore’s Law?

Ingenuity: The Cure for an Ailing Moore’s Law?
December 9, 2014 No Comments »

Increasingly, engineers and market watchers are calling the twilight of Moore’s Law, whether it be a result of technical challenges or simple economics. But the end of “brute-force” gains in processing muscle need not be the end of innovation: the ... Read More »

More Disagreement on Supposed STEM Shortage

More Disagreement on Supposed STEM Shortage
December 8, 2014 No Comments »

The debate over a perceived (by some parties) shortage of STEM talent rages on, with employers complaining of being unable to fill positions and unemployed or underemployed candidates waving their arms and shouting for attention. According to Joe Stanganelli at ... Read More »

Linux Grows, Windows Declines in Enterprise Deployments

Linux Grows, Windows Declines in Enterprise Deployments
December 4, 2014 No Comments »

A report from the Linux Foundation and the Yeoman Technology Group (2014 Enterprise End User Trends Report) indicates that enterprise application deployments on Linux are growing, whereas Windows deployments are fading, according to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at ZDNet. Between 2011 ... Read More »

Surprise: iPads Don’t Fix Education

Surprise: iPads Don’t Fix Education
December 3, 2014 No Comments »

Education—particularly related to STEM subjects—is a topic that intersects with the IT and data center worlds on numerous fronts. But leave it to government bureaucrats to try to fix the problems that plague the U.S. school system by throwing technology ... Read More »

Sweeping Internet Encryption on the Way?

Sweeping Internet Encryption on the Way?
December 2, 2014 No Comments »

Last month, the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) called for across-the-board Internet encryption at all levels of the protocol stack, according to Dark Reading. IAB chairman Russ Housley wrote, “The IAB now believes it is important for protocol designers, developers, and ... Read More »