Drones Eyed for Aid Missions
News & Analysis 3/25/2015 Post a comment
About a dozen volunteers have formed The Syrian Air Project in an effort to find a way to use drones to deliver medical goods and food to civilians under siege.
Google, Intel, TAG Heuer Plan Smartwatch
News & Analysis 3/20/2015 2 comments
Google, Intel, and TAG Heuer on Thursday announced plans to collaborate on a Swiss smartwatch based on Intel electronics and Google's Android Wear software. The Swiss watch industry faces a challenge from Apple, which plans to launch the Apple Watch next month.
BBC Plugs Kids into Programming
Blog 3/16/2015 14 comments
The BBC will give a new development board for budding Makers to every 11-year-old in the UK next fall, echoing its BBC Micro initiative a generation ago, and raising similar hopes and controversies.
Facebook Unveils Servers, Switches
Slideshow 3/11/2015 2 comments
Apple and Hewlett-Packard were the latest to join the Open Compute Project at its annual gathering where Facebook showed its latest server and switch designs.
Apple Watch: Time Will Tell
Blog 3/9/2015 15 comments
Apple showcased significant software and hardware engineering behind its new Watch and Macbook, but the products don’t establish new categories.
VR is New Reality at GDC
Slideshow 3/5/2015 1 comment
Oculus, Sony, Google and an open source project showed virtual reality offerings at the Game Developer Conference where analyst Jon Peddie sized up the traditional games hardware market.
Graphics API Gets Makeover
News & Analysis 3/3/2015 Post a comment
With new proprietary graphics interfaces out from AMD, Apple and Microsoft, Khronos Group is previewing Vulkan as an open follow on to OpenGL.
IoT Security: The Road Ahead
News & Analysis 2/10/2015 1 comment
In the wake of its acquisition of Offspark, an ARM executive responsible for securing Internet of Things products gave his views on the future of IoT security.
Arm Buys IoT Security Firm
News & Analysis 2/9/2015 2 comments
ARM bought Offspark, a provider of Transport Layer Security ARM will fold into its mbed operating system for Cortex-M cores aimed at the Internet of Things.
iPhone Dials Up Record Apple Sales
News & Analysis 1/27/2015 6 comments
Apple announced record financial results for the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year. Record revenues, shipments, and a general bullish attitude were due in great part to iPhone, iPad, and Apple Pay.
Windows 10: Compact OS Does Holograms
News & Analysis 1/21/2015 20 comments
Microsoft demonstrated several applications for Windows 10 at a live event today, highlighting the operating system’s cross-device compatibility and ease of use in new areas of technology such as holographics.
IoT in Protocol War, Says Startup
News & Analysis 12/30/2014 13 comments
The Internet of Things is enmeshed in a war of protocols in which Zigbee’s future appears dim, says the CTO of Enlighted, a building controls startup.
WiFi to Switch on IoT Appliances
News & Analysis 12/22/2014 20 comments
Electrolux says it is one of several white goods vendors about to roll out smart appliances that use WiFi, Linux and AllJoyn to connect to each other and the cloud
Design 2.0: A New Moore’s Law
Blog 12/8/2014 12 comments
Something I am calling Design 2.0 is bubbling up in the engineering community, injecting new energy into the profession. In many ways, it's the new Moore’s Law.
HP Signals Itanium’s Decline
News & Analysis 12/2/2014 7 comments
Hewlett-Packard announces versions of its high-end, Itanium-based servers running on x86 chips, presaging a shift away from the processor it co-developed with Intel.
12 Startups I Saw at Demo
Slideshow 11/21/2014 9 comments
The consumer Internet of Things sector is getting crowded and maybe a bit ahead of itself, a Nest co-founder said at the Demo event, where a handful of smart-home startups showed their wares.
Is Sony Too Big to Succeed?
News & Analysis 11/18/2014 12 comments
Big spenders and financial analysts gathering for Sony's investor relations event next week in Tokyo are preoccupied with one big question: Does Sony's management team have the medicine to cure its ailing electronics business?
14 Views of Samsung's Dev Con
Slideshow 11/14/2014 11 comments
At its conference, Samsung reached out to developers in an effort to build growth markets around its smartphones and tablets in digital health, the smart home, virtual reality, and wearables.
Alca-Lu Puts Edge Router on X86
News & Analysis 11/12/2014 1 comment
Alcatel-Lucent plans to deliver all the functions of its custom-built edge routers on to x86 servers by the end of 2015 in a suite of software it calls its Virtual Services Router.
PowerVR Guns for AMD, Nvidia
News & Analysis 11/10/2014 11 comments
Imagination Technologies' latest PowerVR Series 7 graphics cores sport a host of new features, including the ability to play in notebooks, consoles, and servers.
Clouds Gather in Cellular Nets
News & Analysis 10/29/2014 5 comments
Carriers say cloud radio access networks will be important for the future of cellular nets, but they still face real-time and software challenges.
Inside a $125 Million Silicon Startup
News & Analysis 10/27/2014 10 comments
Soft Machines has come a long way on the persuasiveness of its CEO and the passion of its CTO, but now it must build real commercial products and convince big, established players to license them.
Apple Debuts Next-Gen Tablets, PC
News & Analysis 10/16/2014 23 comments
Apple released updates to its iPad, PC, and operating systems during a live event today. The iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, iMac, and Apple Mini may look the same but are powered by faster chips and with much better graphics.
Microservers Brew in Europe's Labs
Blog 10/16/2014 1 comment
At least four microserver projects are brewing in European labs, testing out a variety of processor, system, and software architectures, one researcher reports.
Windows 10 On ARM: 7 Observations
News & Analysis 10/13/2014 4 comments
Microsoft reps have been tight-lipped about the future of Windows on ARM devices, but the company has many reasons to remain invested in non-Intel architectures.
Apple Inspires Startup's PC TV
News & Analysis 10/11/2014 17 comments
The $1,600 Piixl G-Pack now available on Kickstarter is what a long time hobbyist essentially built for himself in lieu of the long rumored Apple iTV.
What's in a Name?
Blog 10/6/2014 Post a comment
What is it about numbering systems for products? There seems to be a desire to make a chronology fit a marketing strategy, but it can be a tricky business.
Get 20 Takes on ARM Tech Con
Slideshow 10/3/2014 6 comments
ARM servers are progressing, but not ready for prime time, the race is on to a mainstream FinFET node, and IoT continued to appear everywhere at this year’s ARM Tech Con.
ARM Servers Want a Tune Up
News & Analysis 10/2/2014 2 comments
ARM servers need better compilers to get optimal performance said a handful of early users and vendors, noting the still immature code chain for the emerging systems.
ARM Extends Into IoT Software
News & Analysis 10/1/2014 16 comments
ARM has announced plans for IoT device and cloud software under its mbed platform that is already making waves with embedded software vendors.