Stories by James Niccolai

NIST pledges transparency in NSA dealings over crypto standards

A U.S. agency that develops widely used standards for encryption has pledged to be more transparent about its dealings with the National Security Agency, amid concerns the NSA undermined those standards to boost its surveillance efforts.

Ellison sings a new tune: Oracle hardware is cheapest

Larry Ellison has opened a new front in his battle with Cisco Systems and EMC, launching new Oracle hardware on Wednesday that he claims will be the cheapest on the market.

IBM eyes more Cloud acquisitions to find a path to growth

IBM will favor buyouts that strengthen its Cloud services, the company's CFO said, as it looks for ways to expand its business after 11 straight quarters of declining revenue.

IBM's new mainframe will eat mobile apps for lunch

IBM has taken the wraps off a new mainframe computer, promising it will help customers to detect more fraud in real time and plow through billions of transactions generated each day by smartphones and tablets.

The reversible USB Type-C connector is turning heads at CES

A cable connector is an odd thing to get excited about, but when it's something as ubiquitous as USB you can perhaps forgive people for getting a little worked up.

Hands on with MakerBot's 3D printed wood

3D printing has lost its novelty value a bit, but new printing materials that MakerBot plans to release will soon make it a lot more interesting again.

Samsung draws rosy picture of IoT in lackluster CES keynote

Samsung officially opened the International CES on Monday evening with a keynote that painted a rosy picture of the Internet of Things but offered little substance except that vendors must be "open" and work together to make it all happen.

MEMS sensors are the quiet heroes of CES

They don’t make a lot of headlines, but the tiny sensors that track movement, orientation and pressure are the quiet heroes of the International CES.

Asus updates the Zenfone with a fancy camera and 4GB RAM

Asus has updated its popular Zenfone with two new models, including one for photography enthusiasts with a 3X optical zoom and controls for setting ISO, white balance and shutter speed.

Why Nvidia ignored mobile and bet the farm on auto tech at CES

They waited for "one last thing" at Nvidia's press conference, but it never came.

Oracle asks US Supreme Court to reject Android copyright case

Oracle is trying to make sure its billion-dollar copyright dispute with Google over the Android OS doesn't make it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Power company plugs data center directly into high-voltage grid

A power company in Arizona is building a data center that plugs directly into its high-voltage transmission grid, a first of its kind project that could cut the cost of providing compute services and avoid the need for unsightly new power lines.

Power company plugs data center directly into high-voltage grid

A power company in Arizona is building a data center that plugs directly into its high-voltage transmission grid, a first of its kind project that could cut the cost of providing compute services and avoid the need for unsightly new power lines.

IO splits in two, solving an identity crisis

IO Data Centers is splitting into two companies as a way to attract investors and resolve a conflict that may have been holding back its business.

Breaking up is hard to do, but HP won't look back

Breaking up Hewlett-Packard is "totally the right thing to do for this company," CEO Meg Whitman said on Tuesday, after HP reported declines in revenue and profit for the last quarter.