Technology

Why Dell-EMC Won’t Follow in HP-Compaq’s Footsteps

Why do some big mergers succeed while others fail? This seems to be a common question, and some of the research I’ve read about the Dell-EMC merger tries to connect it to the HP-Compaq merger, which apparently cost Carly Fiorina her job. I covered the HP-Compaq merger at length, and I was not a fan. I actually spoke to Compaq’s ... Read More »

Google Pushes Transparency for SSL Certificates

They can weaken the effectiveness of encrypted Internet connections and compromise TLS/SSL processes, including domain validation, end-to-end encryption, and the chains of trust certificate authorities have put in place, Google points out at its SSL certificate transparency website. The flaws leave the doors open for a wide range of security attacks, including website spoofing, server impersonation and man-in-the-middle attacks, the ... Read More »

Russian Sub Activity Near Internet Cables Worries US

Military and intelligence officials apparently have observed increased Russian sub activity near cables located from the North Sea to Northeast Asia, as well as in waters close to American shores, the paper said. There are concerns that the movements indicate Russia might attack those cables in times of tension or conflict, although American military officials have not commented publicly on ... Read More »

Apple TV Reviews: Kinda Buggy, Kinda Great

The latest version of Apple’s streaming media set-top box, expected to hit U.S. retail stores on Friday, has gathered a bundle of mixed early reviews. Some reviewers saw great potential in the US$149 diminutive black box designed to pump movies, TV shows, games and apps from the Internet to a television set. Others found plenty to criticize. “Functionally, it’s the ... Read More »

Google Migrates Project Loon to Indonesia

Project Loon, part of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, on Wednesday announced that it has signed agreements with three mobile network operators in Indonesia — Indosat, Telkomse, and XL Axiata — to begin tests of its balloon-powered Internet service in 2016. Only about one in three of Indonesia’s 250 million residents is connected to the Internet. Project Loon will transmit signals ... Read More »

Chrome OS Is Dead, Long Live Chrome OS?

Google is two years into a plan to consolidate the Chrome operating system — which it uses as the platform for a series of stripped down, low-cost computers — and the Android mobile OS, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Google officials quickly pushed back against the WSJ report, which claims that the company, now a subsidiary of the newly ... Read More »

Google Fine-Tunes Self-Driving Cars’ Kid Perception

Google last week announced that it has developed technology for its self-driving vehicles that would be able to detect people in costumes — presumably children dressed for Halloween. The company is teaching its cars to drive more cautiously around children and thus be ready to adapt to sudden and even erratic movement, it said. Google’s engineers are striving to help ... Read More »

Is Apple TV a Worthy Upgrade? Sort Of

For Apple TV fans, the new Apple TV is the long-awaited upgrade we’ve been pining for, and while it’s a welcome addition to my living room, I’m only half as impressed as I thought I would be. After spending some quality time — and some not-so-quality time — I’ll share my experience, which, it turns out, all comes down to ... Read More »

Mobile Malware’s Growth Slows, Nastiness Grows

While there hasn’t been a sharp rise in the volume of mobile malware this year, the increasingly malicious nature of the types of malware and attacks is alarming,Blue Coat Systems said last week in its 2015 Mobile Malware Report. “Ransomware is getting more evil, more robust, similar to the evolution it followed on the desktop,” said Chris Larsen, a senior ... Read More »

Cortana for iOS Enters Beta Territory

Microsoft this week launched a survey for Windows Insiders, seeking candidates for a limited beta of Cortana for iOS. “We’re testing the Cortana for iOS app with a limited number of users in the U.S. and China before releasing [it] publicly,” Microsoft spokesperson Jennifer Reynolds told TechNewsWorld. The full app is slated for release later this year. Selected testers will ... Read More »