Running his hand along the slender 5-millimeter-thick edge, Apple’s Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, debuted the company’s newest iMac. “It’s hard to believe there’s even a display in there,” Schiller said, highlighting how outlandishly thin it is. Though Schiller said the new iMac “epitomizes something Apple does so well, to create an innovative, breakthrough product,” the last time an iMac was a breakthrough product was when it was introduced in 1998. Yes, everything on display at the October 23 launch featured top-of-the-line specs and dazzling improvements, but nothing felt truly new. Where are the disruptive technologies of launches past? The one area that many of us have prayed Apple would dive into is the HDTV market. So where is the iTV?There’s a market for computers large enough and thin enough to double as televisions, and Apple has all the key ingredients to build one. Creating an … [Read more...] about Apple’s new iMacs are great, but can we get an iTV already?
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Is Intel about to jump into bed with the competition, and admit defeat regarding its attempts to trump ARM-based mobile processors? At first glance, a story published by Forbes would have us believe that, as it states processor manufacturer Altera will be using Intel’s foundries to make ARM-based 64-bit processors next year.ARM’s chips – used by industry powerhouses Qualcomm, Nvidia, MediaTek and many others – rule the mobile world, while Intel struggles to make an impact with its own Atom processors. Is this an admission its Atom chips have failed, and that the only way to gain a foothold is to sleep with the enemy? No, it doesn’t appear so. While analysts speaking to Forbes say the combination of the ARMv8 64-bit chip built on Intel’s cutting edge fabrication would be, “A duo that will be hard to beat,” it doesn’t look like it’ll be coming to a phone or tablet near you.Sources speaking to PC Perspective say Altera, a name we … [Read more...] about Intel agrees to make ARM-based chips, but not for your mobile device
In honor of its 50th anniversary this year, one of rock’s most legendary acts is stepping into a new dimension.The Who is preparing to give fans a 3D outlet through which to experience the music and history of the band, thanks to an app in the works for the soon-to-be-released Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. In addition to presenting you with a trove of content to peruse, like lyrics and images, the app will use the capabilities of the headset to do things like simulate what it would look and sound like to stand onstage with the band.U.K.-based tech company Immersive, working with Universal Music, created the app as a kind of virtual companion to the band’s compilation album “The Who Hits 50!” that was released at the end of October. Ben Dawson, one of Immersive’s founders, told Digital Trends that the project is the first such large-scale effort from his company and has been at least three years in the making.“The question bands ought to ask … [Read more...] about You will get fooled again: The Who is making an Oculus Rift app for its 50th anniversary
With Thanksgiving firmly in the rearview mirror, it is time for retailers to analyze how they did. Regardless of who you ask, however, it seems that the major sellers saw mobile shopping as a significant source of sales, reports TechCrunch.Starting with Amazon, the online retailer noted that Thanksgiving became one of the more busier mobile shopping days, with the number of orders made on mobile exceeding those made over Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday in 2015. More specifically, in terms of number of items sold, Amazon looks to be on track to improve its sales over the same time period last year.Moving to Target, that retailer noted that traffic and sales through its website saw record numbers, exceeding those from Cyber Monday last year. Most of those online sales were attributed to mobile shopping, which accounted for over 60 percent of Target’s online sales. What seems to have helped the retailer’s cause was its Cartwheel app, which saw its highest number of new … [Read more...] about Mobile shopping continues to make an impact on Thanksgiving and Black Friday
At her eponymous Jen Fuller Studios, the owner transforms “everyday objects into experiences.” Fuller works with glass, steel, and trash from the landfill to make art forms that force the viewer to reconcile what the form of the art is with the medium used. She makes art from garbage, with wonderful results.Fuller initially started using traditional steel frames to hold her glass artwork, as she tried to make the perfect structure to frame the piece, but she soon grew tired of how perfect the steel frame had to be. Now, her artwork contains a mixture of glass and steel, so the steel is a component of the piece and more than just a frame.Her current project involves glass leaves and feathers, with the aim to convey “how fragile and transparent we all are.” From a personal standpoint, the project is an exploration of post-industrialism. She is trying to figure out and imagine “what’s going to happen when everything is not natural anymore, and we … [Read more...] about Using glass, steel, and trash from the landfill, woman makes art from garbage
Microsoft is radically changing its mobile strategy, and not in a very positive way. The company has said it’s making 1,850 smartphone-related jobs redundant, “scaling back” its involvement in mobile hardware, and according to one rumor ceasing to design and manufacture mobile phones entirely.The 1,850 job cuts are coming soon, and 1,350 of them will be in Finland at Microsoft Mobile. This will result in an impairment charge of $950 million, including $200 million in severance pay. In an email to employees sent early Wednesday morning, Microsoft’s VP of Windows and Devices, Terry Myerson, talks about “streamlining the smartphone hardware business,” and “scaling back,” but adds that the company isn’t out of the phone business — it’s just adopting a more pragmatic approach.“I used the words ‘be more focused’ above. This in fact describes what we are doing (we’re scaling back, but … [Read more...] about Is Microsoft finished making Windows phones?
There’s a strategy taking shape at Konami: Take an old, faded franchise and bring it to Hideo Kojima to fix it. It worked with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, and according to Kojima, Konami wants it to work with Silent Hill.Speaking with Eurogamer, Kojima said that Konami’s president came to him with the series after he’d mentioned an interest in it on Twitter. “In the past I’ve mentioned Silent Hill in interviews, and as a result of that the president of Konami rung me up and said he’d like me to make the next Silent Hill,” said the Metal Gear Solid creator, “Honestly, I’m kind of a scaredy-cat when it comes to horror movies, so I’m not confident I can do it. At the same time, there’s a certain type of horror that only people who are scared of can create, so maybe it’s something I can do.”“That said, I think Silent Hill has a certain atmosphere. I think it has to continue, and I’d love to help it … [Read more...] about Konami asks Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima to make the next Silent Hill
After years of mistakes and missed opportunities, BlackBerry 10 is a credible release from the beleaguered Canadian company formerly known as RIM. We can imagine how BB10 might revive the company and make it competitive in the smartphone market once more. Early reports of how well it’s going down with consumers are mixed, but there is one issue that keeps cropping up: the apps. Last week, we heard once again that Netflix has no plans for a BB10 app. This could be a major sign of trouble.We wondered during the launch whether BB10 has the apps it needs to take on Android and iOS. Plenty of big names made the launch list, but the high profile omissions have been generating headlines. Netflix is merely one name on a list that includes apps like Instagram, Spotify, TripIt, YouTube, Temple Run, Google apps, Yahoo Mail, Seamless, IMDB, Flipboard, Nike+, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, eBay, PayPal, Square, and many others. BlackBerry 10 does have over 70,000 apps on offer, but it’s … [Read more...] about If BlackBerry can’t convince Netflix to make an app, does it really stand a chance?
Mercury, our smallest planetary neighbor, has very little to call an atmosphere, but it does have a strange weather pattern: morning micro-meteor showers.Recent modeling along with previously published results from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft — short for Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging, a mission that observed Mercury from 2011 to 2015 — has shed new light on how certain types of comets influence the lopsided bombardment of Mercury’s surface by tiny dust particles called micrometeoroids. This study also gave new insight into how these micrometeoroid showers can shape Mercury’s very thin atmosphere, called an exosphere. The research, led by Petr Pokorný, Menelaos Sarantos and Diego Janches of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, simulated the variations in meteoroid impacts, revealing surprising patterns in the time of day impacts occur. These findings were reported in The … [Read more...] about Small Collisions Make Big Impact on Mercury’s Thin Atmosphere
Exascale If it's the Texas Advanced Computer Center's (TACC) Ranger supercomputer, it continues making an impact in the world. If the system could talk, it might proclaim, "There is life after retirement!""Ranger was the first supercomputer in open science to approach the petascale mark," said Happy Sithole (pronounced ‘see-toll-yah'), director of the Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town, South Africa. "Now, it is starting projects that are important in building high performance computing in Africa."In 2013, after five years as one of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) flagship production systems, something wonderful happened to Ranger. Instead of being retired or sold for parts, Ranger's advocates at TACC broke down its massive processing power into several individual racks and shipped them from Austin to South Africa, Tanzania and Botswana to give root to a young and growing supercomputing community there. Closer to home in Texas, racks were sent to … [Read more...] about Ranger Supercomputer Begins New Life, Makes Global Journey to Africa