IBM's plan to transfer its semiconductor manufacturing business to GlobalFoundries faces a government review over national security implications. It has the potential of being complicated because of IBM's role as a defense supplier.
The IT industry has long abused words, and will label almost any new product as innovative and disruptive. Data center developers, especially those who write the headlines about data centers, are particularly bad.
Putting a tax on Internet access has been compared to charging people to enter a physical shopping mall. The idea strikes many as absurd, including most lawmakers. But Congress is drifting in the direction of letting this tax moratorium expire in mid-December.
Though it seems as if we're sourrounded by innovative products, services and technologies, there's a growing counter argument that we're living in a dismal era. Science is hated. Real technological progress has stalled. And what we call innovation today really isn't very innovative.
The Internet of Things, and everything that's part of its universe, including smart machines, pervasive analytics and 3D printing, are on Gartner's annual list of strategic technologies for the year ahead.
Glenn Kaufman, a cybersecurity engineer at defense contractor Raytheon, had been searching for ways to improve computer authentication. He read about an effort to use pressure sensitive gun grips to authenticate a gun owner, and wondered if something similar might work for a computer mouse.
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