All posts on August, 2016


Tech Law

Europe Duns Apple for $14.5B in Illegal Tax Breaks

The European Union on Tuesday nailed Apple with a $14.5 billion bill for back taxes. “The European Commission has today has adopted a decision that Apple’s tax benefits in Ireland are illegal,” said EC Competition Chief Margrethe Vestager. Tax breaks Ireland granted to Apple for more than two decades artificially reduced Apple’s tax burden, in breach of European Union rules, she explained.

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Chips

Zen’s Place in the Computing World

AMD, which has been clawing its way out of the doldrums, recently showcased its octacore, 16-thread Summit Ridge desktop processor featuring its Zen core in a performance match-up against Intel’s octacore Broadwell-E Core i7-6900K CPU. The two similarly configured processors were locked at 3 GHz for the test, in which they ran the multithreaded Blender rendering application.

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Cybersecurity

Election Season Spawns Scams With Political Twist

Dirty tricks during political campaigns are nothing new, but the Internet and the proliferation of mobile devices have allowed tricksters to up their games a notch. It came to light last week, for example, that Donald Trump’s campaign app was hoovering the address books on his supporters’ phones. Trump’s app wasn’t doing anything illegal. It wasn’t even trying to hide what it was doing.

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Customer Service

American Breaks People

It’s easy to lose sight of people in a CRM discussion, focusing instead on the great technology and what it does under optimum circumstances. We should keep the customer in mind at all times, however, for without them what are we? Forgetting the customer is dangerous both for customers and vendors in this social age. Far from being a universal good, automation can obstruct human interactions.

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Reviews

The Peppermint Twist Is Still Cool

The Peppermint operating system is built around a concept not found in most Linux distros. It is a hybrid combination of traditional Linux desktop applications and cloud-based infrastructure. Peppermint 7 is a lightweight distribution based on Ubuntu 16.04. The key to its process of linking full desktop functionality to cloud apps is an in-house developed application dubbed “Ice.”

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Tech Buzz

#StandWithLeslie and Obliterate Internet Trolls

I think there’s a legitimate argument for removing one category of folks from the gene pool, because they spend the little time they are given on Earth making other folks’ lives miserable. Back when I was playing MMOs, some twisted folks — known as “griefers,” would lie in wait to mug lower level characters and find creative ways to destroy the fun in a game, often eventually killing it.

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