Author Archives: Victor Burnett

Alcatel One Touch Idol Smartphone: Nothing to Be Idolized

How do you introduce the world to a new smartphone from a company that most people have never heard of? With a cameo in “Iron Man 3,” of course. Alcatel One Touch is a cellphone brand from Chinese consumer electronics company TCL Communications. Its first U.S. smartphone, the mid-range Idol, will ...

More research emerges in defense of D-Wave as a quantum machine

Summary: D-Wave Systems just got more validation for the machines it bills as quantum computers, with researchers saying one processor’s operations are consistent with quantum annealing. photo: D-Wave Systems Add another point to the D-Wave Systems scorecard. Researchers at the University of Southern California have been experimenting with the Lockheed Martin’s quantum computer, housed ...

As Google Reader winds down, Feedly just keeps growing

Summary: Feedly has been adding servers and changing its data architecture — including a move from MySQL to HBase — as more users come aboard and ask the company to start managing many more RSS feeds. photo: Feedly Monday marked the last day of Google Reader, prompting RSS heads hanging on until the ...

BSkyB wins trademark case against Microsoft over SkyDrive name

While many can tell the difference between Sky TV services and Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage, that's not necessarily true for everyone. A British court certainly thinks there's room for confusion: it has ruled that SkyDrive infringes BSkyB's trademarks on the Sky name in both the UK and the European Union. ...

Instagram Introduces a Moving Experience: Video

As AllThingsD previously reported, Instagram’s video product is here. The company launched the new feature at an event at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters Thursday morning. “At our core, visual imagery is everything. It’s in our DNA. It drives us,” said Instagram founder Kevin Systrom. “We need to do with video what ...

MLG and Twitch move away from partner CBSi, taking ad sales back in-house to capitalize on quick growth

Just over one year after Major League Gaming (MLG) and Twitch announced a landmark partnership with CBSi involving both content distribution and advertising sales, the deal is waning as both esports-focused companies look to move their monetization back in-house. In the past two days both Twitch and MLG have announced new plans ...