GE Advances Its Digital Future By Selling Computer Hardware

General Electric Co.’s corporate vision is to reshape the industrial world and its core businesses with advanced software. But to get there, it needs to sell some basic computer hardware first. The conglomerate is developing and testing networking gear—ruggedized sensor boxes and customized routers and servers—to harness the data spewed out by massive industrial machines… Read More GE Advances Its Digital Future By Selling Computer Hardware

Home Timber & Hardware Insults Woolies’ Masters One Last Time

Woolworths closed the doors on its failed hardware chain on the weekend, but not before one of its rivals saw a golden opportunity to execute a clever bit of guerrilla marketing. A photo taken by a customer at one of the Masters Home Improvement stores in Melbourne over the weekend shows a truck sitting in… Read More Home Timber & Hardware Insults Woolies’ Masters One Last Time

Ace Hardware Denies Ban on Sales to Pipeline Protesters

The Ace Hardware chain is denying widely circulated reports that it was refusing to sell camping supplies to protesters demonstrating against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. Protest advocates started a #BoycottAceHardware hashtag after some supporters tweeted what was said to be a statement from Ace that said stores near the area were… Read More Ace Hardware Denies Ban on Sales to Pipeline Protesters

Hardware is the ‘necessary evil’ for Snapchat, Google & Microsoft to reach a brighter future

Something funny happened this Fall. Snapchat, an internet social messaging company, started selling high-tech sunglasses. Google, a search advertising company, started selling the Pixel phone. And Microsoft, a software company, started selling the Surface Studio PC. The internet and software giants are suddenly hot for hardware – a high-cost, low-margin business dominated by fierce competitors… Read More Hardware is the ‘necessary evil’ for Snapchat, Google & Microsoft to reach a brighter future

Ledger Launches Hardware Wallet for the Smart Contract Era

Ledger, the French company known for its range of bitcoin hardware wallets, has launched a new extension of its product line: the Ledger Blue. ADVERTISEMENT Billed as “the most advanced hardware wallet on the market today”, the Ledger Blue is a significant departure from the thumbdrive style of Ledger’s previous products. With a 320 x 480… Read More Ledger Launches Hardware Wallet for the Smart Contract Era

Apple’s exit from wireless routers will have consequences

Refocusing on more important, profitable products comes with a price, analysts argue Apple’s exit from some fringe businesses — external displays and more recently, wireless routers — is probably nothing more than a refocus on its core competencies, analysts said today. But parting with such products, while they have been minor money makers, may have… Read More Apple’s exit from wireless routers will have consequences

Apple’s exit from wireless routers will have consequences

Apple’s exit from some fringe businesses — external displays and more recently, wireless routers — is probably nothing more than a refocus on its core competencies, analysts said today. But parting with such products, while they have been minor money makers, may have outsized consequences. “I don’t think there’s value in the business today,” said… Read More Apple’s exit from wireless routers will have consequences

Open-source hardware makers unite to start certifying products

Four years ago, Alicia Gibb was trying to unite a fragmented open-source hardware community to join together to create innovative products. So was born the Open Source Hardware Association, which Gibb hoped would foster a community of hardware “hackers” sharing, tweaking, and updating hardware designs. It shared the ethics and ethos of open-source software and… Read More Open-source hardware makers unite to start certifying products

Nokia buys small semiconductor company to land 5G tech

A small semiconductor company based in Cambridge, Mass., was acquired today by Nokia, in a move to make the Finnish giant’s base station technology more energy-efficient. Eta Devices’ technology and institutional expertise appear to be at the heart of the acquisition, for which terms and pricing were not disclosed. Eta has 20 employees, located in… Read More Nokia buys small semiconductor company to land 5G tech

Intel ships $399 Aero board to make drones, and a $249 robotics kit

Intel’s Aero Compute Board and Robotics Development Kit come with a RealSense 3D camera Want to build a drone at home? Intel is shipping its Aero Compute Board so you can get your unmanned aerial vehicle in the sky. The Aero Compute Board is priced at a hefty $399 and available on Intel’s website. It’s… Read More Intel ships $399 Aero board to make drones, and a $249 robotics kit