Daily Tech Briefing: August 21, 2014

 
 
By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-08-21 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Linux founder Linus Torvalds '"still wants the desktop"; plus, AT&T and Verizon launch HTC One M8 running Windows Phone 8.1; and more news.

 
Intel Considers Sale of McAfee Security Business: Report

DAILY VIDEO: Intel reportedly looks into selling security business; SentinelOne reveals new CryptXXX...

Apple Ends Production of Its 27-Inch Thunderbolt Displays

DAILY VIDEO: Apple to drop Thunderbolt monitor: is 4K or 5K replacement coming; Obama talks...

Persistent Rumors Say iPhone 7 to Ship Without Headphone Jack

DAILY VIDEO: iPhone 7: persistent rumor says headphone jack will be gone; users of Citrix's GoToMyPC...

Intel Fighting EU's $1.4B Fine Levied 7 Years Ago

DAILY VIDEO: Intel is back in court to fight the EU's 2009 $1.4 billion fine; the FAA sets the first...

Intel Makes HPC Push With Xeon Phi 'Knights Landing' Chips

DAILY VIDEO: Intel is shipping Xeon Phi 'Knights Landing' processors;  Apple won't offer...

Dell Selling Software Unit Ahead of Its $67B EMC Deal

DAILY VIDEO: Dell is selling its software unit to Francisco Partners and Elliott; China muscles out...

Apple Ordered to Stop Selling iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus in Beijing

The officials say that Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models are too similar to patented Chinese...

'Guccifer' Claims to Have Hacked DNC Network
Data Breaches Get Costlier, but There Are Ways to Reduce Those Costs

DAILY VIDEO: Data breach costs continue to rise, but there are solutions; IBM enhances support for...

Apple WatchOS 3 Delivers Improved Performance, New Health App

DAILY VIDEO: Apple's WatchOS 3 getting performance boost, new health features; Apple opens Siri,...



Read more about the stories in today's news:

 
 
 

Linux founder Linus Torvalds spoke at the recent LinuxCon about the hopes and challenges of Linux in 2014. He explained that he still wants Linux to have a major presence on the desktop and that the challenge of the desktop is not a kernel problem but rather an infrastructure problem.

Torvalds added that Linux has been bloating the kernel for 20 years, and he hopes for it to shrink in size. He also wants to push the envelope for the embedded market despite challenges in that sector as well, such as the fact that some of the small-form-factor device vendors have their own operating system technologies in place already. Those vendors don't always make hardware readily available to Linux kernel developers, Torvalds noted.

Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless are adding a Windows Phone 8.1 version of the HTC One M8 smartphone to their consumer device lines as they expand their Windows Phone lineups. HTC made its new Windows-equipped HTC One M8 smartphone immediately available for Verizon Wireless customers, while AT&T revealed on Aug. 19 that the phone will be available to its customers soon.

Data security provider Symantec announced that its main software product—Norton—is moving into a cloud-based subscription model. The announcement came Aug. 19, and the company added that it will also retire some of its stand-alone Norton legacy products, such as Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and Norton360. These moves are indicative of the way the overall software market is moving, and it is moving fast toward cloud service options whenever possible.

Microsoft is adding new automated controls and features to SharePoint Online that make it easier for administrators to manage their storage capacity by lending increased visibility into their IT environments.

Mark Kashman, a SharePoint senior product manager, explained in an Office Blogs post that the additions are part of their new usage-based storage model. This makes it easier to manage storage availability across SharePoint Online team sites.

 
 
 

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
 
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters























 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rocket Fuel