Author Archives: William Conley

China gives the Penguin and Random House merger the all-clear

Penguin and Random House first announced their plans to merge last October, thus creating a colossal book publisher. Well, that deal has been given yet another big seal of approval with MOFCOM, the Chinese competition authority, giving the deal the go-ahead without conditions. Today’s news follows on from the US Department ...

USC finds that D-Wave’s quantum computer is real, maybe

D-Wave has had little trouble lining up customers for its quantum computer, but questions have persisted as to whether or not the machine is performing quantum math in the first place. University of Southern California researchers have tested Lockheed Martin's unit to help settle that debate, and they believe that ...

At 10, You Still Have Some Tricks, iTunes

Apple just celebrated the 10th birthday of its famed iTunes, which is easily the most popular source for buying digital content. Still, I regularly field questions from my family and friends about how iTunes works. These range from basic questions about syncing to storing music in the cloud and sharing ...

Microsoft hearts Oracle, or why you can’t take on the whole world at once

Summary: The decision by the two gech giants to jump into bed together has created plenty of speculation. The question is who, if anyone, stands to benefit. This week, the almost unthinkable happened: Microsoft and Oracle have formed an agreement allowing customers to run Oracle software on Microsoft’s Server Hyper-V and Windows ...

Samsung starts mass producing super fast PCIe SSDs forultrabooks

Samsung already makes one of the fastest and most reliable SATA-based solid-state drives for desktops and laptops. Now, the company is looking to bring even faster speeds while enabling thinner form factors with a new line of PCI Express (PCIe) storage offerings. Measuring just 80mm by 20mm and weighing a ...