Oracle is best known for its database software. In a recent call with investors, however, the CTO Larry Ellison emphasized Oracle’s fast-growing internet hosting service. Amazon Web Services (AWS) currently leads the pack for cloud hosting, but the potential market is huge. Oracle claims its databases run up to 10 times faster on Oracle hosting than […]

If you use a Captcha to protect your website forms from bots, you’ll be happy to hear that now you won’t have to burden most of your real users with the sometimes clunky “prove you’re human” interaction. Google recently released the Invisible reCAPTCHA. This invisible version of the Captcha form tracks a visitor’s interaction with […]

LPWAN, or low-power wide area network, is a wireless network technology that uses very little bandwidth. It’s optimized for low power use, longer distance, and the ability to keep transferring data over long periods of time. In other words, it’s optimized for the Internet of Things. The use case is the exact opposite of someone watching […]

Microsoft, Intel, JPMorganChase, and other titans of the business world have joined forces to develop a computing system that would allow unrelated computers and servers to securely gather and store data. The Ethereum Enterprise Alliance will collaborate to create a system based on blockchain, a digital ledger system that doesn’t rely on a central authority […]

Project Loon, Alphabet’s project to bring balloon-based internet service to the parts of the world without cables, has just overcome a mathematical and meteorological snag. (Alphabet is Google’s parent company.) They’ve figured out how to keep the balloons flying in loops around a desired service point, rather than the original idea that balloons would have to circle the […]

Late last year, Apple announced it would cease retailing its Thunderbolt external Retina displays. The LG Ultrafine 5K Display was named the recommended monitor for use with Apple products. However, the company has now pulled the Ultrafine from sale, citing performance issues when placed close to Wi-Fi routers. If the monitor is placed within six […]

Using engineering resources – and with the findings verified by an independent firm – Samsung diagnosed the two issues that caused the Note 7 smartphone battery to catch on fire. The first issue, from one of the original manufacturers, was that a corner of the battery casing crushed a corner of the battery, bending some electrode […]