James NiccolaiDeputy News Editor, IDG News Service

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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.

Gigabyte Shows Ultra-light Carbon Fiber Laptop

Taiwan's Gigabyte Technologies is showing what it claims is the "world's lightest" laptop at the Computex trade show in Taipei this week.

ARM Expects 20-nanometer Processors by Late Next Year

ARM chips made with an advanced, 20-nanometer manufacturing process could appear in smartphones and tablets by as soon as the end of next year, the head of ARM's...

Judge Clears Google of Java Copyright Infringement

A U.S. judge has ruled that the Java application programming interfaces used in Android are not protected by copyright, marking a defeat for Oracle in its high-stakes lawsuit against Google.

Most Jurors Sided With Google on APIs and 'fair Use'

Most of the jurors in the Oracle v Google trial thought Google's use of 37 Java APIs in Android should be allowed under the doctrine of fair use, one of the...