China Hopes to Unseat Apple, Microsoft, Google with Linux-Based OS

5:18 PM, Aug. 25th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

GLWT

China is going to stick it to those Western tech giants dominating the Chinese desktop and mobile platforms, according to a local report. The country's communist government is backing development of a homegrown, though Linux-based, operating system to compete with Apple, Microsoft, and Google.

Steve Ballmer Quits Microsoft’s Board, Will Focus on Clippers and Study

3:55 PM, Aug. 19th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Steve Ballmer, Clippers Owner

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced Tuesday that he was quitting the company's board of directors, effective immediately. In a letter to new CEO Satya Nadella published by Microsoft, Mr. Ballmer said he was leaving the board because he saw, "a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time."

China’s Xiaomi Is No Apple

6:30 PM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Bleh

China's Xiaomi. It's the Apple of China, or so some would have us believe. This company has been called China's Apple, and its CEO has been called China's Steve Jobs. It's a bunch of crap, of course, and this weekend Xiaomi demonstrated its commitment to proving it. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on the subject.

No Sooner do we Secure Our iPhones Than the Home Invasion Begins

3:10 PM, Aug. 15th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

The pace of personal security continues to accelerate. First, we spent years learning how to secure our routers and Macs.  Then we focused on our iPhone security.  Now, a new wave of devices is poised to enter our homes, and they're not made by Apple. Danger is lurking once again.

The Emerging War Over Desktop Push Notifications

12:05 PM, Aug. 14th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Push

Push notifications may have grown up on mobile apps. But now the Web is making a comeback because of a push notification innovation introduced by Apple through Safari Mavericks. Warring standards are already beginning to emerge, though Apple holds the early lead.