Day: October 27, 2013

A Look at the Koch Brothers Dark-Money Network

An anonymous reader writes “The California attorney general and the state’s top election watchdog named the ‘Koch brothers network’ of donors and dark-money nonprofits as the true source of $15 million in secret donations made last year to influence two bitterly fought ballot propositions in California. State officials unmasked the Kochs’ network as part of…

OS X Mavericks mail client spews INFINITE SPAM

IMAP flap means cloudy mail outfit FastMail can’t press the DEL button fast enough……

Apple Q4 preview: All eyes on the iPhone gravy train

The technology giant may be expecting a strong December holiday quarter. But for the upcoming fourth quarter earnings, all eyes are on the iPhone’s momentum…….

AMD’s Radeon R9 290X Review

Billly Gates writes “AMD may have trouble in their CPU department with Intel having superior fabrication plants. However, in the graphics market with GPU chips AMD is doing well. AMD earned a very rare Elite reward from Tomshardware as the fastest GPU available with its fastest r9 for as little as $550 each. NVidia has…

The Machiavellian CIO: Morality versus reality

A new book by respected Gartner analyst, Tina Nunno, recommends “interesting” tactics for solving problems and getting ahead. Will her suggestions work or backfire on CIOs?……

San Francisco’s bay barge mystery: Floating data center or Google Glass store?

After CNET reported Google may be building a floating data center in San Francisco Bay, a report suggested it’s actually a floating Google Glass store. Either way, it’s almost certainly Google…….

How long can Tim Cook avoid taking any risks at Apple?

Tim Cook has acted quite conservatively since becoming Apple CEO. While he hasn’t made any big mistakes, he also hasn’t pushed the company in any meaningful new directions. Will this work long-term?……

SNL skewers Obamacare Web site, suggests low-res version isn’t working too well. So Kathleen Sebelius, in the body of Kate McKinnon, goes on “Saturday Night Live” to offer some technical advice. Restarting your computer, for example…….

Apple’s new iPads, Surface 2, Nokia Lumia, BBM for all (MobileTechRoundup show #308)

Apple announced new iPads, Nokia announced new Lumias, HTC revealed a bigger One Mini, and Microsoft released new Surface devices…….

NSA Chief Keith Alexander Takes His PRISM Pitch To YouTube

Daniel_Stuckey writes “There’s definitely something strange about the video’s attempt at looking/sounding like a NOVA episode. Alexander, who defended the agency at Black Hat this summer and recently announced his retirement next year, takes care to emphasize the agency’s privacy compliance precautions and oversight. ‘We have not had any willful or knowing violations in those…