Speaking In Tech

By Greg Knieriemen | Tech topics which may find their way into the irreverent "Speaking In Tech" podcast... enterprise tech, consumer tech, cloud, virtualization, data center, mobile, servers, networking, storage, OpenStack, Apple, Android, Google, Microsoft, VMware and much more.

EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), Vmware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) - New Report Suggests VMWare, EMC Corp Hiding SEC Probe

<i>Probes Reporter is an independent investment research firm focused on public company interactions with the SEC.</i><p><i>In a report released on Thursday,</i> …

AWS outage knocks Amazon, Netflix, Tinder and IMDb in MEGA data collapse

Cloudopocalypse stalks Sunday sofa surfersAmazon's Web Services (AWS) have suffered a monster outage affecting the company's cloudy systems, bringing …

Cloud Computing

'I felt like we were being extorted': Customer says Oracle tried to strong-arm him into a cloud sale

We just received a detailed report from a longtime Oracle customer claiming that Oracle used some ugly tactics to sell its cloud and other products the customer didn't want.<p>This is one person's account in response to a story we recently published, in which we interviewed a consultant who says …

Customer Service

Netflix and Amazon users sue to stop Chicago’s 9% streaming tax

It's on. Subscribers to popular streaming services, including XBox Live and Spotify, have filed a lawsuit that claims the city of Chicago's …

Netflix

The Real Reason Netflix Won't Offer Offline Downloads

Offline downloads are perhaps the most often requested, “holy grail” feature of TV and movie streaming services, and while Netflix may be the leading …

Huawei is the new Samsung

Samsung's meteoric rise as a smartphone maker began with the Galaxy S, a 2010 Android handset with some high specs and more than a passing resemblance to the iPhone. That formula of pushing the limits of specs and the boundaries of Apple's intellectual property is now being reprised by Huawei. But …

Huawei

Mirantis Announces Second Straight $100m Round And Intel Partnership

Last October, Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack vendor announced a $100 million round. Just 10 months later, it’s back with an identical announcement. This time the investment is led by Intel Capital and includes a partnership with Intel to help accelerate OpenStack in the enterprise.<p>Goldman Sachs, …

Google Now's Staff Exodus Reveals Hurdles for New CEO Pichai

What the saga of one standout product at Google says about Google.<p>On Thursday, Microsoft fired up an old rivalry. The Redmond giant released an update to its Bing search app that allows other apps to tap into its information architecture. See something in one mobile app — a nice location shot in …

Google

Cortana Now Available on Android in Public Beta

In May, we announced that Cortana<b>,</b> the first personal digital-assistant who works across your PC & your phone, will be coming to Android and iOS …

Microsoft

Huawei Nexus leaks again in hands-on pictures

<b>Update, 9:10AM EST:</b> Four more images originating from China have surfaced today allegedly showing a Huawei Nexus unit disguised inside a protective plastic cover – the boot screen shown in one of the images reveals (or rather confirms) some of the key specs of the Huawei-made Nexus: Snapdragon 810 …

Tablets

Appeals Court Affirms FTC Authority Over Corporate Data-Security Practices

Challenge by Wyndham has been seen as a test of the commission’s powers<p>WASHINGTON—Companies that fail to provide customers with reasonable protections against theft of online data can be sued by federal consumer-protection enforcers, a federal court ruled on Monday.<p>The Philadelphia-based Third U.S. …

21st Century

HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

<b>Exclusive</b> Troubled HP has hit upon what it thinks is a terrific idea to revive its fortunes: tell techies to leave their T-shirts and shorts at home …

Clothing

How to waste two years and lose $415m: Cisco's now-dead Whiptail deal

<b>Exclusive + analysis</b> Cisco has confirmed that the Invicta all-flash array line is no more, telling <i>The Register</i>: "As part of product lifecycle …

Cisco Systems

Karma Go review: a mobile hotspot minus the monthly fee

But you have to share<p>Karma was always intriguing, at least in theory. You get a relatively cheap mobile hotspot and data, but it's open to anybody. If somebody near you uses it, you'll get free data added to your plan. But the best part of the Karma system isn't the scheme to try to get free data, …

Google Signs On As OpenStack Sponsor, Will Contribute Container Tech

Google is joining the OpenStack Foundation as the open source project’s newest corporate sponsor, the two organizations announced today. Google, which has informally collaborated with OpenStack on a number of projects like the Murano application catalog and in the Magnum container orchestration …

Facebook Takes Big Step Forward On Commerce, Builds Shops Into Pages

A test with the potential to transform online commerce.<p>Facebook wants to be more than a place to socialize, share, and discover content. It wants you to shop inside it as well.<p>The company is building out shops within Facebook Pages, essentially mini e-commerce sites that give businesses a chance to …

eCommerce

Apple’s new design leads will report to CEO Tim Cook, and not Jony Ive

Apple updated its executive bios to reflect changes in its design team that were announced earlier this year. But the updates came with an unexpected twist.<p>The bio of Jony Ive now includes his new title, Chief Design Officer. It also added bios for Alan Dye, the new Vice President of User Interface …

Jony Ive

Apple's iOS 8.4 kneecaps Home Sharing, music streaming now limited to Apple TV

While Apple introduced an array of new music features with its latest iOS 8.4 update featuring Apple Music, it also quietly nerfed content serving …

Smart TV

Hewlett-Packard Officially Files to Split

Tech giant details its two new companies, HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise<p>Hewlett-Packard Co. on Wednesday filed paperwork with the Securities Exchange Commission, taking an important step toward the tech giant’s breakup on Nov. 1.<p>The filing outlines the balance sheet, based on the past …

Hewlett Packard

Apple Watch 2: Apple plans FaceTime camera, iPhone-free Wi-Fi, $1000+ models, similar battery

Two months after the initial launch of the Apple Watch, and only a day following the device’s debut at Apple Stores, sources have revealed Apple’s considerations for the 2016 release of a second-generation model. According to multiple sources familiar with Apple’s plans, the Apple Watch 2 is …

Smartwatches

Smartwatch biz Pebble says smartwatch biz Apple won't approve its new app – surprise

Bug-fixed version in limbo, upstart gripesThe makers of the Pebble smartwatch are moaning that Apple is taking its sweet time to approve the latest …

Pebble

NetApp CEO Tom Georgens to Depart

Move comes two weeks after data-storage company announced layoffs<p>NetApp Inc. said Tom Georgens is stepping down as chairman and chief executive, less than two weeks after the data-storage company said it would lay off 500 workers and issued a disappointing financial forecast.<p>George Kurian was …

21st Century

Cisco CTO Warrior to Depart Company Following Management Shake-Up

The succession battle at Cisco has prompted a bunch of departures, including Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore.<p>Padmasree Warrior, the high-profile chief technology and strategy officer of networking giant Cisco Systems, will be leaving the company during the summer, multiple sources briefed on the move tell</b> …

Cisco Systems

Asus brings a choice of sizes to Android Wear with ZenWatch 2

The only way for Computex, Asia's foremost tech exhibition, to get going is with a deluge of announcements from local powerhouse Asus, and this year's show is no different. One of the big attention grabbers from Asus today is the ZenWatch 2, its second Android Wear smartwatch.<p>Like the Apple Watch, …

Google patents DEVIL TOY which will BRAINWASH KIDS

The 'mad scientist' creator thrusts torch under chin, says 'AAhahahahaha'A Google patent uncovered by tech law firm SmartUp seems to describe a toy …

Patents

Appeals court kills flight attendants’ challenge to electronics on planes | Ars Technica

Association of Flight Attendants said Federal Aviation Administration acted improperly.<p>A Washington, DC appeals court ruled Friday that the Federal …

Judiciary

Signing up for Project Fi will destroy your Google Voice account

Why can't we get a new number and leave Voice alone?<p>Google's made some strange decisions around how the Project Fi sign-up process works. The first wave of invites for Mountain View's MVNO phone service are now going out, offering new details on Fi's in and outs. If you're a frequent Google Voice …