Robert Hof

Robert Hof is editor in chief of SiliconANGLE.

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Fear alone won’t secure our information anymore

Lots of industries, from insurance to firearms to some presidential campaigns, use fear to sell their products. But it’s hard to find one that lays it on thicker than the information security business. Nowhere was that more apparent than at the industry’s biggest annual shindig, the RSA Conference in San Francisco, which drew more than […]

Cisco barely beats earnings forecast but offers muted outlook

Cisco Systems Inc. continued its fitful progress in transforming itself into a software company as it met expectations on second-fiscal quarter revenues and just topped profit estimates. The networking giant earned a profit of $2.9 billion, or 57 cents a share, before certain costs such as stock compensation, flat from a year ago. Revenues declined 2 […]

Microsoft president calls for ‘Digital Geneva Convention’ to stop state-sponsored hacking

The world needs a digital Geneva Convention to counter state-sponsored hacking against citizens, Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith said today at the RSA Conference on information security in San Francisco. Smith (pictured) said in a blog post that the world’s governments need to come together to agree to rules for protecting civilians in a new […]

With Spanner database service, Google raises the stakes in cloud computing

Google Inc. today issued a big challenge to its rivals in cloud computing by opening up access to what has been described as the world’s largest database. The company is launching Cloud Spanner Beta, providing software developers with a database service available through Google Cloud that the search giant already uses to run its massive […]

Big data leader Hortonworks’ stock soars as earnings beat forecasts

Getting its sales organization back on track after a stumble last year, big data software company Hortonworks Inc. reported better-than-expected earnings for the second quarter in a row. The company, whose software helps companies collect and analyze massive amounts of data across networks of computers and the cloud, reported a loss of $30.6 million, or […]

Move over, Google – Snap has a big cloud deal with Amazon, too

Just days after Snap Inc. said in its filing to go public that it will pay Google Inc. $2 billion over two years for cloud services, it has updated the filing to reveal another big cloud deal: a $1 billion, five-year pact with Amazon Web Services. The deal means that the creator of Snapchat will […]

Virtual and augmented reality plunge into the trough of disillusionment

In Gartner Inc.’s well-known Hype Cycle for tracking the commercial progress of a technology, the “trough of disillusionment” is the point at which “interest wanes as experiments and implementations fail to deliver.” That about describes the state of virtual and augmented reality at the moment. On Wednesday, news broke from Business Insider that Facebook is […]

With ‘Smart Magazines,’ Flipboard uses machine learning to reinvent its app

No small number of people in media think magazines always had something going for them, such as smart stories and beautiful photos for readers and a targeted, self-selected audience for advertisers, that should still work online. Today, Flipboard Inc. is taking yet another crack at proving it. The seven-year-old Palo Alto, California-based company today is […]

Google’s Diane Greene: Machine learning will cost jobs, so skills training is essential

Machine learning will cost us jobs, a prominent technology executive acknowledged today, but she said job disruption isn’t the insurmountable problem that many observers fear. Diane Greene, senior vice president in charge of Google Inc.’s cloud business, said at the Women in Data Science conference at Stanford University today that there’s “no question” that machine […]

Cloud lifts Amazon profits again, but investors wanted faster growth

Once again, the cloud kept Amazon.com Inc.’s profits flying high during the holidays, but its shares fell on lower-than-expected revenues. The Seattle-based online retailer and cloud computing giant said it earned a fourth-quarter profit of $749 million, or $1.54 a share. That was 54 percent higher than a year ago and considerably over the $1.36 […]