Stories by James Niccolai

Apple's $450 million e-books settlement gets final approval

A federal judge in New York has given final approval to a settlement in which Apple will pay $450 million for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices for e-books.

Intel to combine PC and mobile divisions as market shifts

Intel will combine its PC and mobile processor divisions under one roof, reflecting a changing market in which the line between tablets and laptops has blurred.

US putting fake cell towers in planes to spy on people, report says

The U.S. Department of Justice is putting devices that emulate cellphone towers in Cessna aircraft and flying them around the country to track the locations of cellphones, a practice that targets criminal suspects but may also affect thousands of U.S. citizens, according to a news report Thursday.

Facebook gives its server racks a Tesla touch

Matt Corddry, Facebook's director of hardware engineering, should be grateful to Tesla. Not because he drives one (he doesn't), but because the popularity of its electric cars could help Facebook take a little more cost out of running its data centers.

Samsung's Project Beyond 3D camera takes virtual reality to the next level

Samsung has given a sneak peek at a new 3D camera that can capture 360-degree panoramic video and stream it live to its virtual reality headset.

Dell looks to wow clients with a new type of converged system

Dell kicked off its customer conference in Texas this week, almost exactly a year after it became a private company, and on Wednesday announced a new type of server that Michael Dell bragged has the most compute density of its kind.

Michael Dell gets his payback, slams 'turmoil' at HP and IBM

What a difference a year makes.

HP gives Moonshot server its first Xeon chip

If Hewlett-Packard's Moonshot server doesn't pan out, it won't be for lack of trying.

Google asks US Supreme Court to decide Android copyright case

Google has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a copyright infringement case that some developers think could have a big impact on their ability to innovate in software.

Rohm shows the Swiss army knife of sensors

Need a handy device that can secure your smartphone, measure distances and tell you what kind of sun lotion to wear? No? Well someone built one anyway.

Mazda will let you keep your high-beams on without annoying everyone

They're a scourge of nighttime driving: people who round a corner and forget to dip their headlights for oncoming cars. But thanks to efforts by Mazda, those concerns could soon be a thing of the past.

It's official: HP will break itself in two

Hewlett-Packard has confirmed reports that it plans to break itself into two companies.

Toshiba shows glasses with embedded display

Toshiba is eyeing the smart glasses market. The company is showing a prototype pair of glasses at the Ceatec trade show in Japan this week, and while they might not edge Google Glass out of the market, they should be a bit cheaper.

Samsung paid Microsoft $1 billion last year to build Android phones

Samsung has been paying Microsoft US$1 billion a year in royalties to use its technology in Samsung's Android smartphones and tablets, according to a court document filed Friday.

Cisco and Netgear line up behind new Helix 64-bit ARM chips

AppliedMicro has announced a new family of 64-bit ARM chips that could disrupt the stodgy but sizeable market for components used in network routers, printers and other "embedded" equipment.