Computer Hardware - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/2029 en Plastic computers taking shape, but won't replace silicon http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/plastic-computers-taking-shape-wont-replace-silicon-240854?source=rss_computer_hardware <p>Can plastic materials morph into computers? A research breakthrough published this week brings such a possibility closer to reality.</p> <p>Researchers are looking at the possibility of making low-power, flexible and inexpensive computers out of plastic materials. Plastic is not normally a good conductive material. However, researchers said this week that they have solved a problem related to reading data.</p> Computer Hardware Processors Computer Hardware Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:08:40 +0000 admin 240854 at http://www.infoworld.com Forget Google Glass! Get these 10 cool gadgets instead http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/149325/forget-google-glass-get-these-10-cool-gadgets-instead-240817?source=rss_computer_hardware <!--paging_filter-->There are many other ways to spend $1,500 -- some useful, some off-the-wall<div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-dek"> <div class="field-label">Dek:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There are many other ways to spend $1,500 -- some useful, some off-the-wall </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-external-source"> <div class="field-label">External Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> networkworld.com </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-url-redirect"> <div class="field-label">Redirect Unpublished Slideshow to:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.networkworld.com/slideshow/148636 </div> </div> </div> Consumer Electronics Computer Hardware Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 admin 240817 at http://www.infoworld.com IBM profit falls 21 percent on weak hardware sales, workforce writeoffs http://www.infoworld.com/t/technology-business/ibm-profit-falls-21-percent-weak-hardware-sales-workforce-writeoffs-240681?source=rss_computer_hardware <p>Falling hardware sales and the cost of layoffs hit IBM's profit hard in the first quarter, sending it down 21 percent from a year earlier. Sales also fell, sliding 4 percent from last year's first quarter to $22.5 billion.</p> IBM Computer Hardware Technology Business Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:34:58 +0000 admin 240681 at http://www.infoworld.com USB Type-C: Simpler, faster and more powerful http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/usb-type-c-simpler-faster-and-more-powerful-240500?source=rss_computer_hardware <p>USB has become ubiquitous as the way to connect our mobile devices to power sources and to other devices. There are currently seven different types of USB connectors already in use: USB 2.0 A, B, mini B and micro B; and USB 3.0 A, B and micro B. There's about to be one more: the <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247389/First_images_of_reversible_USB_cables_emerge" target="_blank">USB Type-C</a>.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Wireless LAN Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:12:05 +0000 admin 240500 at http://www.infoworld.com Tell us your tech priorities for a chance to win $500 http://www.infoworld.com/t/application-development/tell-us-your-tech-priorities-chance-win-500-240402?source=rss_computer_hardware <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/list_1-2-3.jpg" alt="Tell us your tech priorities for a chance to win $500" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Certain CIOs, mainly those who have come up through the business side, have been known to say, "Technology doesn't matter; it's all about business value."</p> Big Data Application Development Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Data Center Data Management Storage Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Eric Knorr 240402 at http://www.infoworld.com Raspberry Pi plans new modular computer for maker audience http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/raspberry-pi-plans-new-modular-computer-maker-audience-239982?source=rss_computer_hardware <p>Raspberry Pi -- popular for its $25 PC -- plans later this year to ship new hardware in the form of a smaller board that plugs into a custom motherboard slot, which could appeal to a new audience of makers, enthusiasts and enterprise users.</p> <p>The new computer has similar circuitry from the current Raspberry Pi design, which is an uncased board with key components on it. The smaller Raspberry Pi board can be plugged into SODIMM slots, which are typically found in small computers with custom motherboards. The new Pi will be more like a mini-computer inside a computer.</p> Computer Hardware Computer Hardware Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:03:40 +0000 admin 239982 at http://www.infoworld.com 15 sci-fi technologies that are (almost) here http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/146149/15-sci-fi-technologies-are-almost-here-239176?source=rss_computer_hardware <!--paging_filter-->Science fiction has a rich history of predicting the future. In some cases, the future is now<div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-dek"> <div class="field-label">Dek:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Science fiction has a rich history of predicting the future. In some cases, the future is now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-external-source"> <div class="field-label">External Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> infoworld.com </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-url-redirect"> <div class="field-label">Redirect Unpublished Slideshow to:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/146149 </div> </div> </div> Computer Hardware Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 admin 239176 at http://www.infoworld.com Intel bides time on faster Thunderbolt connector http://www.infoworld.com/t/computer-hardware/intel-bides-time-faster-thunderbolt-connector-238140?source=rss_computer_hardware <p>Intel could soon bring to market a faster version of its Thunderbolt connector technology with a throughput of 50Gbps, but the company is biding its time until there is a need for faster connectors.</p> <p>Thunderbolt technology connects computers to peripherals like external hard drives at much faster speeds than USB 3.0. Thunderbolt ports are found in Macs and select Windows PCs, but are more expensive than USB technology, which is found in most PCs that ship today.</p> Intel Computer Hardware Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:14:09 +0000 admin 238140 at http://www.infoworld.com At Cebit opening ceremony, data privacy takes center stage http://www.infoworld.com/t/computer-hardware/cebit-opening-ceremony-data-privacy-takes-center-stage-238031?source=rss_computer_hardware <p>Protecting privacy was on the minds of almost all the dignitaries assembled in Hanover, Germany, on Sunday night to open this year's Cebit trade show, the theme of which is "datability," or big data with responsibility.</p> <p>Referring to the accelerating accumulation of digital data, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "This digital world has to be given a legal framework, an underlying order. We're only at the beginning of that. National laws alone will not suffice."</p> Computer Hardware Security Data Security Internet Privacy Computer Hardware Government Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:04:35 +0000 admin 238031 at http://www.infoworld.com IT's craziest code names: Guess which ones are real http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/its-craziest-code-names-guess-which-ones-are-real-237120?source=rss_computer_hardware <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quiz-overview"> <div class="field-label">Overview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>As far back as there's been computing, there've been software and hardware project code names ranging from innocuous strings of initials to Ubuntu's alliterative code names ("Precise Pangolin") for its Linux releases. Most of the projects and programs we know and use today started out with a completely different moniker. Test your memory and see how many of the under-the-covers code names you can match to the finished products.</p> <p><strong>[ More InfoWorld quizzes: <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/malware-iq-test-round-3-234220?source=fssr">Malware IQ test: Round 3</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/programming-iq-test-round-3-221946?source=fssr">Programming IQ test: Round 3</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/hello-world-programming-languages-quiz-188874?source=fssr">"Hello, world": Programming languages quiz</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/the-javascript-iq-test-191020?source=fssr">The JavaScript IQ test</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/the-java-iq-test-194151?source=fssr">The Java IQ test</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/misadventures/the-2012-infoworld-geek-iq-test-209003?source=fssr">The 2012 InfoWorld geek IQ test</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/microsoft-windows-iq-test-round-2-212323?source=fssr">Microsoft Windows IQ test round 2</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/linux/linux-iq-test-round-2-657?source=fssr">InfoWorld's Linux IQ test: Round 2</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/malware-iq-test-round-2-198237?source=fssr">Malware IQ test: Round 2</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/technology-business/the-google-iq-test-204712?source=fssr">The Google IQ test</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/the-android-iq-test-196025?source=fssr">The Android IQ test</a> ]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--> Applications Computer Hardware The Industry Standard Applications Computer Hardware Technology Business Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Serdar Yegulalp 237120 at http://www.infoworld.com Get real, IDC -- PC sales will plummet in 2014 http://www.infoworld.com/t/computer-hardware/get-real-idc-pc-sales-will-plummet-in-2014-237782?source=rss_computer_hardware <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="https://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/chart_down_hp.jpg" alt="Get real, IDC -- PC sales will plummet in 2014" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>The numbers are in, and IDC now says that <a href="http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24700314" target="_blank">PC shipments will fall by 6 percent in 2014</a>, from 315 million in 2013 to 296 million in 2014. Computer Hardware Microsoft Windows Desktop Macs Desktop PCs Laptop PCs Computer Hardware Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 237782 at http://www.infoworld.com So crazy it just might work: 11 successful tech ideas that were scorned http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/141262/so-crazy-it-just-might-work-11-successful-tech-ideas-were-scorned-236775?source=rss_computer_hardware <!--paging_filter-->People may have laughed at these ideas at first, but they didn't get the last laugh<div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-dek"> <div class="field-label">Dek:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> People may have laughed at these ideas at first, but they didn&#039;t get the last laugh </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-external-source"> <div class="field-label">External Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ITworld.com </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-url-redirect"> <div class="field-label">Redirect Unpublished Slideshow to:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/141262 </div> </div> </div> Computer Hardware Sat, 22 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 admin 236775 at http://www.infoworld.com From Android to AI: Google's bot plot revealed http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/android-ai-googles-bot-plot-revealed-236618?source=rss_computer_hardware <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/google_android_refresh_hp.jpg" alt="From Android to AI: Google's bot plot revealed" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Have you heard? Google -- the company invading your privacy to better serve ads to you and mind-boggling profits to itself -- is partnering with Foxconn, a company employing a million workers it doesn't want.</p> Computer Hardware Great Googley Moogley Cringely Computer Hardware Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 236618 at http://www.infoworld.com Watch the utter destruction of hard drives holding Snowden's data http://www.infoworld.com/t/security/watch-the-utter-destruction-of-hard-drives-holding-snowdens-data-235482?source=rss_computer_hardware <p>In July 2013, U.K. newspaper the Guardian was ordered to destroy computers storing top-secret information that had been leaked by Edward Snowden. The command followed weeks of charged negotiations between the Guardian and the British government, and the duties were carried out under observation of government officials.</p> <p><iframe src="http://embedded-video.guardianapps.co.uk/?a=false&amp;u=/world/video/2014/jan/31/snowden-files-computer-destroyed-guardian-gchq-basement-video" width="460" height="397" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Computer Hardware Security Storage Hard Drives Computer Hardware Government Security Mon, 03 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 InfoTube 235482 at http://www.infoworld.com MacGyver IT: 21 tools for IT heroes http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/137851/macgyver-it-21-tools-it-heroes-235192?source=rss_computer_hardware <!--paging_filter-->On the road, under duress, or out in the boonies -- save the day with these essential IT troubleshooting and repair tools<div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-dek"> <div class="field-label">Dek:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On the road, under duress, or out in the boonies -- save the day with these essential IT troubleshooting and repair tools </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-external-source"> <div class="field-label">External Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> infoworld.com </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-url-redirect"> <div class="field-label">Redirect Unpublished Slideshow to:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/137851 </div> </div> </div> Mobile Tools Computer Hardware Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 admin 235192 at http://www.infoworld.com 4 ways the Open Compute Project will impact hardware design http://www.infoworld.com/t/data-center-design/4-ways-the-open-compute-project-will-impact-hardware-design-235301?source=rss_computer_hardware <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 172px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/2235scr.jpg" alt="4 ways the Open Compute Project will impact hardware design" width="243" height="162" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Teerawut Punsorn</p></em></div> Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Data Center Enterprise Architecture Open Source Software Facebook Data Center Design Open Source Software Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 235301 at http://www.infoworld.com Open Compute pushes GPL-like license for 'open source hardware' http://www.infoworld.com/t/computer-hardware/open-compute-pushes-gpl-license-open-source-hardware-235205?source=rss_computer_hardware <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/open_source_future_hp.jpg" alt="Open Compute pushes GPL-like license for 'open source hardware'" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>The <a href="http://www.opencompute.org/community/events/summit/ocp-summit-v/schedule-page/" target="_blank">fifth Open Compute Summit</a>, a two-day get-together staged by Facebook's Open Compute Project, hosted several Computer Hardware Open Source Software Facebook Software Licensing Open Source Software Computer Hardware Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 235205 at http://www.infoworld.com Update: Microsoft grows revenue and improves profits in Q2 thanks to Xbox, enterprise products http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/update-microsoft-grows-revenue-and-improves-profits-in-q2-thanks-xbox-enterprise-products-234904?source=rss_computer_hardware <p>A big jump in sales in Microsoft's consumer hardware devices unit, which includes its Xbox gaming console and Surface tablets, helped the company grow its revenue 14 percent and slightly improve profits year-on-year in its second fiscal quarter.</p> <p>Microsoft's revenue in the quarter ended Dec. 31 came in at $24.51 billion, exceeding the consensus expectation of $23.68 billion from Wall Street analysts polled by Thomson Financial.</p> The Industry Standard Computer Hardware Technology Business Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:13:13 +0000 admin 234904 at http://www.infoworld.com DIY Internet of things: The ultimate maker project http://www.infoworld.com/t/big-data/diy-internet-of-things-the-ultimate-maker-project-234553?source=rss_computer_hardware <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/app_world.jpg" alt="DIY Internet of things: The ultimate maker project" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>Last week, word dropped of how the folks at <a href="http://blog.spark.io/2014/01/17/open-source-thermostat/" target="_blank">Spark</a>, creators of an Arduino-compatible board for creating homebrew Internet-connected hardware (the Spark Core), ha Big Data Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Consumerization of IT Big Data Open Source Software Computer Hardware Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 234553 at http://www.infoworld.com Your guide to InfoWorld's best tech of the year http://www.infoworld.com/t/application-development/your-guide-infoworlds-best-tech-of-the-year-234555?source=rss_computer_hardware <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 192px; height: 145px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/toy-2014-hp.jpg" alt="Your guide to InfoWorld's best tech of the year" width="192" height="145" align="right" /></div><p>The Technology of the Year Awards is InfoWorld's most important article of the year.</p> Big Data Application Development iOS NoSQL Applications Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Data Center Storage Virtualization Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Eric Knorr 234555 at http://www.infoworld.com