James NiccolaiIDG News Service

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for IDG News Service.

Yahoo Reports Lackluster Sales as Mayer Takes Reins

Marissa Mayer has her work cut out for her at Yahoo.

New Microsoft Office: Cloud? Check. Social? Check

The next version of Microsoft Office, unveiled on Monday, is a dramatic departure from the software that millions of users have come to know, built for the cloud...

Oracle-SAP Retrial Set to Begin in August

The retrial of Oracle's corporate-theft lawsuit against SAP will begin Aug. 27, according to a court filing on Friday.

Microsoft Will Take $6 Billion Write-down for Online Services Division

Microsoft will take a US$6.2 billion goodwill charge this quarter to recognize that its online services business won't grow as quickly as it had forecast, the...

Apple Hardware Engineering Chief Mansfield Retires

The Apple executive in charge of hardware engineering for the iPhone, iPad and other Apple products is retiring from the company, Apple said Thursday.

Google Says New 'Jelly Bean' Version of Android Coming in July

Google has taken the wraps off the next version of its Android operating system, known as Jelly Bean, which adds improvements to search, voice typing and...


Iran Targeted by 'Massive Cyberattack,' Official Claims

Iran's intelligence minister has accused the U.S., the U.K. and Israel of planning a "massive cyberattack" against his country after talks broke down this week.

Oracle Agrees to 'Zero' Damages in Google Lawsuit, Eyes Appeal

The companies apparently want to conclude the case and move on to Oracle's appeal without any issues outstanding.

Oracle Profit Jumps 8 Percent, Though Hardware Sales Decline

Profits at Oracle climbed 8 percent in the quarter just ended, though hardware sales declined and overall revenue was up only slightly.

ARM Preps Mali GPU for Low-cost Android Tablets

ARM has developed a new, entry-level version of its Mali graphics processor that could help expand the market for low-cost Android tablets.

Is It a Laptop? A Tablet? Whatever, PC Makers Just Hope You'll Buy It

One thing apparent at Computex this week is that computer makers really aren't sure what consumers want in a PC, and they're throwing everything at the wall to...

Microsoft Says, Buy a New PC Now, Pay $14.99 for Windows 8 Upgrade

Consumers who buy a new PC between now and Jan. 31 can pay US$14.99 for an upgrade to Windows 8, the next version of Microsoft's PC operating.

Nvidia: First $199 'Kai' Tablets Will Be Announced This Year

The first tablets based on Nvidia's Kai platform, which is being built to enable quad-core, 7-inch Android devices for around US$200, will be announced in the...

Microsoft Teams With Quanta for 'private Cloud in a Box'

Microsoft has partnered with Taiwan's Quanta Computer to design a Windows-based system that aims to get business customers up and running quickly on a private...

Qualcomm Offers Hands-On Tour of Snapdragon S4 Processor, Windows RT

Windows RT's Metro interface performed well on the tablet for the most part, with one or two exceptions.