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China’s Tech Ban Could Have Grave Long-Term Consequences

"At this point, it's hard to tell whether it represents a serious tactical decision by China's government or is merely a strategic feint aimed at President Trump's bellicose attempts at trade warfare," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT "The gradual implementation...

Devs: Open Source Is Growing Despite Challenges

Without inclusiveness and friendliness, open source is in danger of becoming a gated community whose residents fail to reflect the individuals, groups and larger world -- a sure path to eventual irrelevance, observed Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT "I prefer to hope...

Your Smart TV Could Give Hackers a Window on Your World

"The FBI's cautionary recommendations are entirely valid," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT "Too often, consumers consider security to be someone else's job or responsibility," he told TechNewsWorld. "The problem is, that kind of passive fatalism sets people up ...

GitHub Aims to Make Open Source Code Apocalypse-Proof in Arctic Vault

A storage program for computer code is necessary if you believe that in a post-apocalyptic hellscape someone will enough care about open source coding to mount an expedition to the Arctic, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. The odds aren't terribly good that Git...

Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Available as Release Candidate

Microsoft did a decent job of building and maintaining its own browser engine, according to Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, but it never was a match for Google Chrome "Adopting the Chromium engine should result in faster and more secure performance, along with grea...

Linux Inside Azure Sphere on the Horizon

In essence, with Azure Sphere Microsoft is productizing security for IoT-enabled or connected devices, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. Since the platform includes a custom microcontroller, a high-level operating system, and a services platform, manufacturers ...

Samsung’s Support for Linux on DeX Fizzles

"Given the company's reported money woes related to problems in its memory division, I expect the decision to drop Linux on DeX was motivated by financial concerns," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT Short-Lived Beta...

Smart Speaker Apps Caught Snooping Around Homes

Consumers should be concerned about the SLR researchers' findings, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, a technology advisory firm in Hayward, California "In essence, SRL demonstrated that apps with malicious functions and features can pass the vetting processes at...

New Tech Vetting Law in SF Could Fuel Regulatory Trend

The proposal to create a preapproval regulation is in very early stages. It remains unclear whether the proposal will garner enough votes to fly, noted Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT While this currently is a regional issue, there is potential for it catching on in...

Sonos Launches Rent-a-Speaker Pilot Program

"It's a way to broaden the market exposure and penetration of Sonos' products beyond the audiophiles who are the company's main clients," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, a technology advisory firm in Hayward, California The Flex program should be particularly ...

Congress Eyes Google’s Chrome Encryption Plans

The EFF considers unencrypted DNS to be "the last big security gap on the Internet," noted Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT "Implementing encryption could significantly reduce the number of successful spoofing attacks that injure both consumers and businesses," he to...

Xiaomi Unveils Mi 9 Pro 5G and Wraparound-Screen Mi MIX Alpha

The Alpha's design is "stunning," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, a technology advisory firm in Hayward, California "It should put the three phone makers ahead of Xiaomi -- Samsung, Apple, and Huawei -- on notice," he told TechNewsWorld....

Samsung May Have New Foldable Phone in Wings

While the company took a beating over the Fold's problems, it's doubtful they will have a long-lasting impact, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, a technology advisory firm in Hayward, California "That's mainly because the number of consumers affected was relativ...

Powerful Enterprise-Class Chromebooks May Make Windows Exit Possible

Both Latitude-class Chromebooks are entirely suitable for enterprises and other businesses, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT "Dell's new Latitude Chromebooks highlight the continuing move away from homogeneous personal computing that has been going on since BYOD...

US Backs Off Huawei Export Ban for 90 Days

The additions to the blacklist could be a bargaining chip for the administration, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, a technology advisory firm in Hayward, California "If the 90-day extension is the 'carrot' in this scenario, adding 46 additional Huawei subsidiar...

Cerebras Debuts Big Chip to Speed Up AI Processes

It is hard to say just what kind of impact a company like Cerebras or its chips will have over the long term, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT "That's partly because their technology is essentially new -- meaning that they have to find willing partners and devel...

Cloudflare Cuts Service to ‘Cesspool of Hate’

"It'll likely lead many such groups to terminate CloudFlare services, but there are plenty of other companies, including BitMitigate, that they can go to," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, a technology advisory firm in Hayward, California "The fact is that the ...

Twitter Tweaks Desktop Design

The new Twitter design is definitely different -- less formal and more "in your face," observed long-time Twitter user Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT "Like any advertising-based business, it is all about eyeballs. The company is hoping to grow its regular user base...

Qualcomm Gives Speed Boost to New Mobile Gaming Platform

Media consumption, including gaming, is one of the prime commercial pitches for 5G networks. So delivering hardware that makes the most of those services is critical to success, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. "Qualcomm understands that point and is getting a...

Next-Gen Raspberry Pi 4 Packs Power Plus Potential

The new features make it the most powerful version of Raspberry Pi to date, according to Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. Mostly, it targets hobbyists, the maker community and educational use cases. This latest upgrade should open up new use case options and market opportunities for the operating system...

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