Stories by James Niccolai

Facebook's TODO project is a big push to evolve the world of open source

Facebook has partnered with several large companies to kick off a new project called TODO that aims to improve the way open source software is developed and consumed.

Microsoft may buy Minecraft developer for $2 billion

Satya Nadella could be gearing for his first big acquisition as Microsoft CEO: the company is close to buying the maker of the game Minecraft for more than $2 billion, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday.

Apple's iPhone 6 livestream not very iSlick

For a company that's famous for stage managing its eventsdown to the tiniest detail, the livestream of Apple's launch event for its Apple Watch and new iPhones left a lot to be desired.

The Apple Watch is real and here's what it does

Apple has made its long-awaited entry into the wearables market with a digital watch that can double as a fitness tracker and run a variety of apps.

Nvidia sues Samsung and Qualcomm, wants Galaxy sales blocked

Nvidia has sued Samsung and Qualcomm for allegedly infringing seven of its patents related to GPUs, and is trying to block the sale of some Samsung products in the U.S.

Google to build quantum computing processors

Google has partnered with scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara to build new processors for use in quantum computing systems.

Apple will keep pushing for a sales ban on Samsung products

Apple will appeal a judge's order this week that denied its request for a sales ban on Samsung products that were found to infringe its patents.

Apple loses bid for sales ban in Samsung patent case

A U.S. judge has denied Apple's request for a permanent sales ban in a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung in California.

Server sales have turned a corner, IDC says

Server sales have picked up after a long slow spell and are likely to stay buoyant well into 2015 and beyond, according to IDC.

HP reports surprise growth as PC sales climb

Hewlett-Packard reported a slight uptick in revenue for the second calendar quarter as its PC sales increased again.

Oracle's Sparc M7 chip to supercharge in-memory computing

Oracle has given the first peek at its upcoming Sparc M7 processor, promising big performance gains for customers who use the in-memory compute features of its 12C database.

Steve Jobs was 'central figure' in Silicon Valley hiring case, judge says

In rejecting a proposed settlement in Silicon Valley's closely watched "no hire" case, District Judge Lucy Koh said on Friday there's strong evidence that Steve Jobs was a central figure, if not "the" central figure, in the alleged conspiracy to suppress workers' wages.

Judge says settlement is too low in Silicon Valley hiring case

A California judge has rejected the proposed settlement in a lawsuit over no-hire agreements among top Silicon Valley companies, saying the amount being offered to compensate workers is too low.

Hoax press release says Intel suspending investment in Israel

Intel was the target of an elaborate hoax Thursday that drew attention to its plan to invest almost US$6 billion in a chip plant in southern Israel.

Google's YouTube buys Directr video app and makes it free

Google's YouTube division has bought the Directr movie-making app for smartphones and will offer it free.