Category Archives: Tech Buzz

Toshiba may spin off or sell its NAND flash business after accounting scandal, cost overruns

By | January 20, 2017

Fukushima Daiichi punched a hole in Toshiba’s nuclear ambitions. “Westinghouse has found that the cost to complete the U.S. projects will far surpass the original estimates, mainly due to increases in key project parameters, resulting in far lower asset value than originally determined,” a Toshiba spokesperson told the New York Times at the end of… Read More »

New Samsung security camera hacks show yet again why it’s important to have a good firewall

By | January 19, 2017

Samsung’s patch for the original exploit illustrated two typical problems. First, it broke LAN access to the cameras, so those relying on access for local recording and streaming suddenly found their cameras unusable after the firmware update. It was not lost on users that Samsung rolled out a fee-based cloud DVR service on exactly the same… Read More »

Mozilla’s new logo is 20 years out of date, does nothing to address why people don’t use Firefox

By | January 19, 2017

I respect that Mozilla wanted a logo that was easy for people to mash up and use. I appreciate that it’s actually a logo people can type without resorting to non-standard fonts or trying to embed images mid-story. But at the same time, it’s the kind of logo that screams “1990s Internet company,” and hearkens back… Read More »

China, already dominant in supercomputers, shoots for an exascale prototype in 2017

By | January 19, 2017

While China is targeting 2017 for the completion of the exascale prototype, it expects to put a fully realized system in operation sometime in 2020. In comparison, the US’s fastest supercomputer, a Cray XK7 named Titan (pictured above), sits at number three on the TOP500 list, scores 17.6 petaflops, and is located at the Department of… Read More »

Analyst: Apple will offer Kaby Lake MacBook Pros with 32GB RAM this year, but battery life could take a hit

By | January 18, 2017

Cnet first reported this story, but we disagree with one aspect of its coverage. It reports that upgrading to Kaby Lake and adding more RAM “could potentially address one criticism some had of the new MacBook Pros: their not-much-improved battery life.” In reality, Apple will be hard-pressed to maintain equivalent battery life, much less improve… Read More »

Why can’t Microsoft get Windows 10 updates right?

By | January 18, 2017

It’s easy to blame the problems with Update on the massive variety of hardware, and decades of legacy software, that Microsoft feels compelled to support in Windows. There is certainly truth to that. But it doesn’t explain blindly pushing Windows 10 on people, or Microsoft’s retreat from user control, which has resulted in more hung systems… Read More »