James NiccolaiIDG News Service

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

Intel Invests $24 Million in Seven Software Firms

Intel has invested US$24 million in seven software companies building products in areas it sees as important to its future, mostly to do with cloud-based...

Intel 'fully Committed' to MeeGo, Exec Says

Intel said Thursday it was "fully committed" to its MeeGo mobile OS despite its main partner, Nokia, having jumped ship earlier this year to partner with...

China Taps IBM Mainframe for Online Services

An IT services company in China has picked an IBM mainframe to provide online services for up to 300 million citizens.

Dell Offers Hosted Apps for SMBs

Just one day after Dell announced its first infrastructure-as-a-service offering, the company is jumping deeper into the cloud. Dell will offer a family of...

Dell to Launch Public Cloud Service This Year

Dell will launch its first cloud infrastructure service later this year through a partnership with VMware.

Residents Cut Energy Bills 11% in Smart Meter Test

Some residents of a small town in Iowa have cut their electricity use by 11 percent in a test that combines smart meters with cloud-based data analytics.

Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO; Tim Cook Takes the Reins

Steve Jobs has resigned as the CEO of Apple and will be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, Apple announced Wednesday. Jobs has been elected chairman...

IBM Shines in Strong Q2 Server Market

IBM's worldwide server revenue jumped a healthy 24.5 percent in the second quarter, putting it neck and neck with Hewlett-Packard for the top spot, IDC reported...

Data Centers Largely Unaffected by East Coast Quake

Staff were evacuated at several data centers following Tuesday's earthquake but operations at most facilities appear to have been unaffected, according to...

Are Motorola's Patents Enough to Protect Android?

Analysis: Google's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility will land it a vast portfolio of patents, but legal obstacles still face its Android operating system.

HP Updates Dependency Mapping Software

Hewlett-Packard has updated its dependency mapping software to help customers figure out which departments are using which systems and applications, to enable...

LinkedIn Hurries to Address Privacy Spat

LinkedIn will make changes to a "social advertising" feature that sparked criticism for using members' names and photographs in advertisements on its website.

Twitter Snaps up Bagcheck, a Social 'Lists' Site

Twitter has acquired Bagcheck, an online service where people create lists of items that interest them.

Alcatel-Lucent Gets $70 Million in Microsoft Patent Case

Microsoft has been ordered to pay US$70 million to networking vendor Alcatel-Lucent in a years-old patent dispute that at one time could have cost Microsoft $1.5...

Dell Warranties Servers for 'Fresh-Air Cooling'

Dell said Thursday it will warranty servers to run at 113 degrees Fahrenheit for a limited number of hours per year, so customers can make wider use of "fresh-air cooling" in data centers.