Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

Oracle's Larry Ellison downshifts, but leadership remains the same

Don't mistake Larry Ellison's decision Thursday to step down as CEO of Oracle as a big change.

Lens-less camera, costing pennies, brings vision to the Internet of Things

There's a type of camera technology emerging with a view of the world similar to what a honey bee sees. The images appear blurry and hazy, but if you're a bee, good enough for finding flowers and people to sting.

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IBM cuts pay by 10 per cent for workers picked for training

IBM has initiated a new training program that will cut the pay of participating employees by 10 per cent.

New data center protects against solar storms and nuclear EMPs

In Boyers, Pa., a recently opened 2,000-sq.-ft. data center has been purpose-built to protect against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), either generated by a solar storm or a nuclear event.

Strong solar storm set to arrive won't fry electronics

Back-to-back solar flares, including one that received the highest classification of "X-Class," are striking the earth. U.S. scientists say electronics shouldn't be hurt, but there could be some GPS issues.

Laid off from job, man builds tweeting toilet

Technology, like comedy, uses improvisation.

In earthquakes, alerts may turn machines into action heroes

The UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory issued an alert about the recent earthquake in California's Napa Valley 10 seconds before it struck. That may not seem like much time -- unless you're a child of the 1950s and 1960s who was trained in school to duck and cover the second you saw a large bright nuclear flash.

Happy Labor Day -- will a bot take your help desk job?

Competing forces are affecting people who work on help or service desks. One is improving automation tools, which advocates say can replace level 1 and 2 support staff. At the same time, the number of help desk tickets is rising each year, which puts more demand on the service desk.

Intel makes the world's smallest IoT modem

Intel says it is producing a 3G modem, an essential component for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, smaller than anything else produced in the world.

In Napa quake, power surges led to PC damage

Sunday's 6.0 earthquake in Napa County, Calif. caused power surges that may have led to much of the damage to computers in homes and small businesses, according to computer technicians in Napa.

Data centers are the new polluters

U.S. data centers are using more electricity than they need. It takes 34 power plants, each capable of generating 500 megawatts of electricity, to power all the data centers in operation today. By 2020, the nation will need another 17 similarly sized power plants to meet projected data center energy demands as economic activity becomes increasingly digital.

Datacentres are the new polluters

US datacentres use more electricity than they need, a new report finds, and IT managers are too cautious about managing power and businesses are unwilling to invest in energy conservation.

Chief data officer may go the way of chief electricity officer

The U.S. Commerce Department plans to hire a chief data officer , whose job will be to make more of the department's data publicly available. Whoever takes the job will be part of an exclusive club.

Obama's options for tech immigration take shape

When President Barack Obama takes executive action on immigration, he's expected to give final approval to a rule allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders, now barred from working in the U.S., to get jobs.

Obama's options for tech immigration take shape

When President Barack Obama takes executive action on immigration, he's expected to give final approval to a rule allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders, now barred from working in the U.S., to get jobs.

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