Author Archives: Will Conley

Humanesque technology writer for SlashGear and beyond.

Mac Pro debut details leaked in Germany

Mac Pro debut details leaked in Germany

The German retailer Conrad Electronics has started taking pre-orders and posted an availability date for the Mac Pro, and it's Dec. 16. But hold your horses. We don't know if that's an inside scoop or if the retailer is just rolling the dice and hoping for the best. Apple hasn't announced a specific release date for the machine -- only that it is coming sometime in December.

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Google Compute Engine made generally available

Google Compute Engine made generally available

Google has made its Google Compute Engine generally available, more reliable, and less expensive. This will attract more developers and engineers to use Google's cloud platform for running computations and apps on behalf of their customers. This in turn will lead to more of the public's data and activities being processed through Google's data centers -- even on services that have no apparent ties to Google.

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Google Chrome apps for iOS, Android to debut Jan. 2014

Google Chrome apps for iOS, Android to debut Jan. 2014

Google is developing Chrome apps support for iOS and Android. Chrome apps are Web apps that operate independently and offline. They use HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS, as well as Chrome-branded APIs. Currently, Chrome apps are only available for the desktop. But by January they may also be available for mobile devices, if The Next Web's findings today are any indication.

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Amazon drone timeline optimistic but a good idea: Bill Gates

Amazon drone timeline optimistic but a good idea: Bill Gates

Bill Gates thinks four or five years is an "optimistic, or perhaps overoptimistic" timeline for the deployment of Amazon's delivery drones. But in the same breath, Gates praised the project for its potential to impact other areas of society, such as "getting health supplies out to people in tough places." Gates is widely known for his support of global health initiatives through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other philanthropic institutions.

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HTC “One Two” to launch early 2014, UK patent judge reveals

HTC “One Two” to launch early 2014, UK patent judge reveals

HTC's flagship phone, the HTC One, will have a successor by February or March of 2014, a UK patent judge has revealed in a court document. The name of that successor is the cleverly named "HTC One Two," according to the BBC. No photos or specs were revealed.

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Toshiba in process of buying OCZ’s SSD operation

Toshiba in process of buying OCZ’s SSD operation

The Toshiba Corporation is in the process of buying up the better part of OCZ Technology, the maker of consumer and enterprise solid state drive (SSD) storage devices. OCZ last month filed for bankruptcy, having been unable to comply with its loan terms with Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. The purchase price is $35 million and is being made through a bankruptcy auction process.

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Huawei CEO to French media: “We have decided to exit the US market”

Huawei CEO to French media: “We have decided to exit the US market”

Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei has some words for the US government and US tech companies. In light of a push in recent years by some officials and tech execs to shun Huawei and ZTE based on their alleged collusion with the Chinese government to spy on the US, Zhengfei said Huawei is "exiting the US market." However, the statement should be seen as a stern statement of things to come rather than an immediate game plan if international suspicions don't cool off.

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Bitcoin mined from computers via toolbar without users’ knowledge

Bitcoin mined from computers via toolbar without users’ knowledge

Bitcoin miners are good folk, by and large. That's why it's always disheartening when we hear about a case of Bitcoin thieving and scheming. An investigation by Malwarebytes last week found that a company named Mutual Public a.k.a. We Build Toolbars a.k.a. Your Free Proxy has been installing Bitcoin mining software on unwitting users' computers through unrelated downloadable toolbars and a proxy service (and possibly other products.) The software operates in the background, bogging down the computer's CPU and mining Bitcoin for the sole profit of Mutual Public. It legitimizes the practice by explaining its activities in the nobody-ever-reads-them EULA for the installed toolbars. And the software is difficult to permanently delete.

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Google barge now rumored to be floating retail center: builder report

Google barge now rumored to be floating retail center: builder report

In the beginning, the barge moored to Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay was thought to be a floating data center. Then it was supposed to be a floating high-end show room and party venue. Now we're hearing that the mysterious Google barge is actually a floating retail center. It could even headline Google Glass.

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Microsoft Student Advantage gives college students Office 365

Microsoft Student Advantage gives college students Office 365

Microsoft today is extending free access to Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to all students at higher education institutions where staff and faculty are subscribed to ProPlus or Professional Plus. This "Student Advantage" promotion is already available at 35,000 eligible schools and is already in use at some schools. The program is commencing just a month and a half after it was announced in mid-October.

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BlackBerry: “We are very much alive, thank you”

BlackBerry: “We are very much alive, thank you”

BlackBerry Interim CEO John Chen today posted a stern and spirited open letter to all BlackBerry enterprise customers with one unifying message: BlackBerry is here to stay. The letter emphasizes the company's mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) services through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10). In other words, it is geared up and continuing to gear up for managing enterprise mobile devices no matter the platform, be it iOS, Android or (gulp) BlackBerry OS. Just to drive home the point, the logos for all three systems appear in the letterhead.

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Smaug appears on Air New Zealand plane ahead of Dec. 13 film release

Smaug appears on Air New Zealand plane ahead of Dec. 13 film release

A dragon flew from Auckland to Los Angeles last night. As we gear up for the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Air New Zealand is once again embracing its national ties to the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit franchise by emblazoning one of its commercial aircraft with a likeness of Smaug himself.

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