September 7th, 2013
The National SecurityAgency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents...
I'm not sure whether i should be concerned or not about this.
On one hand we have to weigh up the imperative to monitor known criminal and terrorist communications and on the other the privacy of the individual.
Personally i see a great deal of risk for fraud and identity theft and i have to ask who watches the watchers? The whole purpose of encryption is to minimise those risks and to provide secure communications. Many large companies have security policies in place using well known private encryption formats. If an elite few can bypass the controls and correlate such information then there would be a big temptation to mis-use the information.
One solution is to forego proprietary encryption tools for open source products. At least the community continuously monitors the code for any back doors.
It just seems to me that with this news the standard vendor tools that we all use to encrypt our data and messages are now all compromised and broken.
July 11th, 2013
... Microsoft said it would dissolve its eight product divisions in favor of four new ones arranged around broader themes, a change meant to encourage greater collaboration as competitors like Apple and Google outflank it in the mobile and Internet markets. Steven A. Ballmer, the longtime chief executive, will shuffle the responsibilities of nearly every senior member of his executive bench as a result.
“To execute, we’ve got to move from multiple Microsofts to one Microsoft,” Mr. Ballmer said in an interview.
It remains to be seen whether more cohesive teamwork, if that is what results from all the movement, will offer the spark that has been missing from so many of Microsoft’s products in recent years....
April 21st, 2013
Intel is continuing to lead its way and us on the correct computer progression path by engineering products that are smaller and use less power. Not only does Intel have to hit homeruns with every design in order to avoid getting caught in quicksand like AMD, their products have to adhere to and guide the changing market. Intel has concentrated on smaller dies, not increasing unnecessary core count, better power management, and multi-chip processors to combine functions. Intel has withdrawn from the ATX desktop boards as well moving away from its eventual demise. With all this Intel is able to help build devices which are smaller, have longer battery life, and are cheaper.
Intel has what is called the NUC (Next Unit of Computing). A small mobo in a box provides a mini computer complete with graphics that can run Windows. These will get more powerful as Haswell and Broadwell get integrated.
One of Intels new products is the Ultrabook, a sleek and thin folding laptop that lasts all day and can be used without the keyboard.
Next up is Atom based touch screen devices like phones, PDA's, and small computers.
January 22nd, 2013
After some 20 years of selling branded desktop motherboards, Intel will begin exiting this portion of its business, Intel spokesman Dan Snyder has told PCWorld. The Santa Clara chip giant will begin the retreat from desktop motherboards as soon as its next-generation Haswell CPU ships
Intel exits the desktop motherboard business to focus on new form factors | PCWorld
November 13th, 2012
Microsoft has unexpectedly parted ways with Steven Sinofsky, the leader of one of its most lucrative businesses and an executive often mentioned as a possible successor to the current chief executive.
In a surprise announcement late Monday [November 12, 2012], Microsoft said that Mr. Sinofsky, the president of its Windows division, would leave the company immediately after a 23-year career there ....
Just weeks earlier, Microsoft released Windows 8, the company’s biggest overhaul to its flagship software product in years. The departure raises questions about how Microsoft, one of the giants in the technology business, will prepare itself for a new generation of leadership.
October 22nd, 2012
Some services at Amazon.com’s data centers went down Monday afternoon [October 22, 2012], taking with them a number of popular Web sites and services, including Flipboard and Foursquare.
Amazon reported problems at data centers in Northern Virginia that appeared to have had a ripple effect across the Internet, as many companies depend on the company’s cloud service to run their businesses.
August 20th, 2012
Apple became the most valuable public company of all time after its market value climbed beyond $US620 billion to surpass a milestone set by Microsoft more than a decade ago...
Apple became the biggest public company in the world when it overtook Exxon Mobil to reach the No. 1 spot last year...it has now entered the record books as the biggest company ever.
Wow. All those little iPods and iPhones sure add up
June 19th, 2012
In its most strategically significant push yet into the hardware business, Microsoft on Monday unveiled a tablet computer called Surface that is intended to challenge Apple’s iPad ....
Microsoft said one version of the Surface tablet would come with 32 gigabytes or 64 gigabytes of storage and feature a type of chip called ARM that is commonly used in mobile devices. Mr. Sinfosky said the price would be comparable to that of other tablets that use ARM chips.
He said a professional version of the tablet would come with an Intel processor, which is standard in more conventional PCs, and would be similar in price to ultrabooks, thin laptops that often start at around $1,000.
Mr. Sinofsky said the ARM tablet would be available when the next version of Windows was released this fall, and the professional version would go on sale a few months later ....
April 23rd, 2012
"Today is the launch date for Intel's new "Ivy Bridge" CPUs, officially known as the company's "third-generation Core" processors. Essentially a die shrink of the current "Sandy Bridge," 32-nm second-generation Core chips, Ivy Bridge represents the first implementation of Intel's 22nm manufacturing process. This means that the newer processors will perform as well or better than today's models, with lower power requirements and better cooling."
Intel Ships Third-Generation Core (Ivy Bridge) Processors | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
Technology News: Chips: Intel Aims to Bridge GPU Gap
Intel releases 22nm Ivy Bridge processors - The Inquirer
Intel Releases Ivy Bridge: First Processor with "Tri-Gate" Transistor
Seems they won't be available for purchase until 29 April.
April 9th, 2012
Apple's Mac platform has long been promoted as safer than the competition, but as Mac sales and market share grow, it's become a bigger target.
Nowhere is that clearer than with the Flashback Trojan, a gnarly piece of malware designed to steal personal information by masquerading as very mainstream browser plug-ins. Yesterday [April 4, 2012] Russian antivirus company Dr. Web said that an estimated 600,000 Macs are now infected as a result of users unknowingly installing the software....
The Flashback Trojan is the latest malware attack to target Apple's Mac platform. Here's your guide to what it is, whether you have it, and how to get rid of it
Mac Malware Outbreak Is Bigger than 'Conficker'
Flashback Trojan Hits 550,000 Macs