James NiccolaiIDG News Service

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

CIOs bemoan lock-in and the 'false flexibility' of the cloud

Despite the promise of portability from service providers, the reality of the cloud for big customers is a similar type of lock-in as they experience with on-premise apps vendors such as Oracle and SAP, two CIOs said Tuesday.

Facebook designing network fabric to meet massive performance needs

With more than a billion monthly active users, it's easy to imagine that most of the data travelling over Facebook's networks is delivering photos, status updates and "likes" to its end users, but that's far from the case.

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Open Data Center Alliance tackles big data analysis

The Open Data Center Alliance, a customer group that shares tips about cloud deployments and tries to nudge vendors into supplying the products they want, has added big data to the list of IT topics it covers.

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Intel, Microsoft see their influence slip as mobile and Android ascend at Computex

Surging tablet sales and the muted response to Windows 8 have opened the door for Android at this year's Computex and exposed deeper cracks in the Wintel powerhouse of Windows software and Intel chips.

Eight questions about Windows 8 for Microsoft manufacturing chief Nick Parker

Nick Parker has one of the more interesting jobs in the PC business right now. As corporate vice president for Microsoft's OEM division, he manages the company's relationships with PC manufacturers, including sales and licensing of Windows.

Microsoft to include Outlook app with update to Windows 8 RT

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Microsoft is bringing its Outlook email program to Windows 8 RT in a bid to expand the availability of Windows tablets based on low-power ARM processors.

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Nvidia sturdies its Shield gaming handheld prior to release

Nvidia's CEO showed an updated version of the company's Shield portable gaming device at the Computex trade show Tuesday, and said it will start shipping the device later this month to customers who pre-ordered it.

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Nvidia says Tegra 4 can power a better, cheaper stylus

Nvidia is usually trumpeting the graphics performance of its Tegra 4 chip, but at the Computex trade show on Tuesday CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showed how its newest processor can be used to create a precise, affordable stylus for tablets.

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Asus Zenbook Infinity comes clad in Gorilla Glass with a 2500 x 1600 touchscreen display

Asustek Computer is extending its Zenbook family of ultrabooks with a new model with a cover made from Gorilla Glass to make it resistant to scratches.

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Asus Transformer Book Trio is tablet, laptop, and desktop rolled into one

The company that brought us the PadFone, an all-in-one smartphone, tablet, and laptop device, is thinking a bit bigger. Taiwan's Asustek Computer has now combined a tablet, smartphone and desktop PC into a single product that it calls the Transformer Book Trio.

Computer scientists oppose Oracle's bid to copyright Java APIs

Nearly three dozen computer scientists have signed off on a court brief opposing Oracle's effort to copyright its Java APIs, a move they say would hold back the computer industry and deny affordable technology to end users.

HP profit falls as PC and server sales decline

Hewlett-Packard reported a 32 percent drop in profit for its second fiscal quarter, due partly to slower sales of PCs and servers.

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Bitcoin developer chats about regulation, open source, and the elusive Satoshi Nakamoto

A bitcoin core developer for three years, Jeff Garzik has joined Bitpay, the biggest Bitcoin payment processing service. He spoke with the IDG News Service at the Bitcoin 2013 conference in Silicon Valley.

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Tech innovation not limited to Google's big showcase

On the exhibition floor at the Uptime Institute Symposium, I/O Data Centers showed software that lets a facilities manager navigate through a data center in virtual-reality fashion.

Bitcoin finds investors, geeks, politics at Silicon Valley event

There's now $45 million a day being traded on the Bitcoin network, or $16 billion a year, and the volume of activity is accelerating.