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Done making the big stuff better? The path to Apple's mid-life crisis

Apple at 40 Forty years ago today, Yasser Arafat was on the front page of The New York Times, the cover of Time magazine was screaming about "The Porno Plague," Johnnie Taylor sang "Girl you ought to be on T.V. on soul train" as his "Disco Lady" topped the US pop charts, and the Apple Computer Company was born. Apple co-founder Steve …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Apr 2016

Retiring Reg hack explains how bass playing = tech reporting

After 2,035 days writing 2,531 stories containing 1.65 million words (thanks, Word Counter), this aging hack is celebrating his 26th birthday by hanging up his trusty MacBook Air and slipping off into semi-retirement. It's vanishingly unlikely that I'll be around to toast birthday number 27, so this year's binary natal day …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jun 2014

Intel, Ford: Project Mobii will harpoon unsafe, unauthorized drivers

Intel and the Ford Motor Company have announced a joint effort to equip the automaker's vehicles with cameras – but not ones that will survey the driving environment; instead, interior-mounted eyes will keep their gaze on you and your passengers. The in-vehicle camera effort comes with a whale of a name: Project Mobii, for …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Jun 2014

Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

Do you fear extreme weather events as climate change increasingly roils our atmosphere? Chill, Cassandra; a US physicist has a plan for preventing devastating tornadoes in the American midwest: build a series of Brobdingnagian 300-metre-high walls to enclose Tornado Alley. Tornado Alley map Fear not, Reg readers, San …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Jun 2014

Oculus seeks partners in drive to get a billion people into virtual reality

Oculus, the company behind the ski-google Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, is borrowing a page from Google's Android business-model playbook, and will seek partners to help it blanket the real world with virtual ones. "If we do want to get a billion people on virtual reality, which is our goal, we're not going to sell 1 …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Jun 2014

Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV

Apple has been granted a patent for a "second screen" scheme for providing associated content – ads, info, and the like – to a secondary device such as a smartphone or tablet when you're viewing content on your primary display, e.g. your big-screen TV. Apple patent illustration for 'System and method for delivering companion …
Rik Myslewski, 24 Jun 2014
Suitcase bulging with cash

Samsung loses again: Judge awards Apple, Nokia $2m in leak-investigation fees

A US district court has awarded Apple and Nokia over $2m to reimburse them for legal fees incurred during their investigation of leaks of "attorneys' eyes only" information by Samsung's legal firm, Quinn Emanuel, during the long-running patent infringement dust-up among the companies. US magistrate judge Paul Grewal is …
Rik Myslewski, 24 Jun 2014

Chromebook Pixel owners' promised free data plans being prematurely axed

Owners of Google's $1,449 LTE Chromebook Pixel are discovering that the two – or possibly three – years of free 100MB-per-month data-download service they were promised are being terminated after just one year. "Pixel LTE owners are discovering their data plans have been disconnected," writes JR Raphael for Computerworld. "The …
Rik Myslewski, 24 Jun 2014

Senate heavyweights forge bipartisan accord on phone unlocking

Two US senators – the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee – have announced a rare bit of bipartisanism in the fractious US government: they've agreed on a bill to allow consumers to unlock their smartphones once their carrier contracts expire. Democrat Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Republican Chuck …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jun 2014

Intel teams with Micron on next-gen many-core Xeon Phi with 3D DRAM

Intel has released more details about its future "Knights Landing" Xeon Phi many-core processor, including a new high-speed interconnect tech called Intel Omni Scale Fabric, as well as on-package Micron Gen2 Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) DRAM of up to 16GB. Intel presentation slide: what's new in Knights Landing Intel's …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jun 2014

AMD details aggressive power-efficiency goal: 25X boost by 2020

Deep Tech AMD has announced an ambitious 2020 goal of a 25-times improvement of the power efficiency of its APUs, the company's term for accelerated processing units – on-die mashups of CPU, GPU, video-accelerator, or any other types of cores. Although AMD has committed itself to that goal, it won't be an easy one to achieve. Efficiency …
Rik Myslewski, 20 Jun 2014

Apple's October iWatch beefy, 'arched' – report

The iWatch – or whatever Cook & Co. choose to call their next gamble innovation – will go into mass production at Taiwan's Quanta next month and will be available to adorn the wrists of the world this October, a new report claims. The October release date is not new, but three of those ever-loquacious sources "familiar with …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jun 2014

Apple files patent for camera lens controlled by 'artificial muscle'

Apple has filed a patent application for using "artificial muscle" technology to focus cameras in devices such as its iPhone and iPad, a tech that could allow for slimmer mobile shiny-shiny. Illustration from Apple patent application 'Artificial Muscle Camera Lens Actuator' Fire up that 'muscle structure' to pull the lens …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jun 2014

Unisys cozies closer to Intel, 'sunsets' proprietary processor

Unisys is hastening the retirement of its proprietary – and geriatric – mainframe processor, beginning with 12 new ClearPath systems based on Intel Xeon processors. "Continuing the ongoing evolution of the ClearPath family to an open architecture based on Intel x86 processors," the company said in a statement, "the new models …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Jun 2014

Splash! Three times as much water as ALL of Earth's oceans found TRAPPED underground

A group of US researchers has discovered evidence that deep below the Earth's surface there may be as much as three times as much water as in all of our oceans combined. Schematic cross section of the Earth’s interior showing water trapped under the Earth's mantle Unfortunately, at such extreme depths, the new-found treasure …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jun 2014

Twitter for iOS embraces Bing Translate in time for World Cup 2014

Just in time for the multilingual, global sportsgasm that is World Cup 2014, Twitter has added Bing Translate to its iOS apps for Apple's iPad and iPhone. Twitter with Bing Translate Spanish? No problema. Turkish? Büyük sorun. (click to enlarge) It's another iOS win for Microsoft's Bing. Last week, Apple SVP for internet …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jun 2014

'Hashtag' added to the OED – but # isn't a hash, pound, nor number sign

The venerable Oxford English Dictionary has added a word beloved by the Twitterati to its collection of 171,476 current and 47,156 obsolete words: hashtag. "The OED famously tends to wait until a word has been attested for several years before entering it into the dictionary, although exceptions are made for words which are …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jun 2014

Cisco: You think the internet is clogged with video now? Just wait until 2018

Networking megafirm Cisco has released a numbingly comprehensive report forecasting IP traffic up to and including 2018, which comes to the unsurprising conclusion that the market from which Cisco earns its bread and butter will continue to balloon for the foreseeable future. The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) contains a …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jun 2014

Soccer Football in SPAAACE! ISS 'naut nails zero-G bicycle kick

Video Unless you've been living on a deserted island for the past year or so, you know that the World Cup kicked off today with a match between Brazil and Croatia – and three crew members of the International Space Station have produced a video to celebrate the greatest team-sports event in the world over which they're orbiting. …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Jun 2014

Déjà spew: US would accept higher bills for less CO2 by two-to-one

You don't have to be a Kumbaya-warbling liberal to be willing to pay more for energy if it means reducing carbon emissions, nor do you even have to believe that climate scientists are on the up-and-up "when they warn about climate change." A poll commissioned by Bloomberg News found that 62 per cent of Americans said they'd be …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Jun 2014

PCIe eyes the Internet of (the next big) Things

PCI-SIG PCI Express – aka PCIe – is already firmly established as the go-to interconnect of choice in the server, workstation, and PC markets, so the standard's champion, the PCI-SIG, is seeking new worlds to conquer – and where else would it look for new territory than in the buzzmarket du jour, the Internet of Things? "The 'PCI-ness …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Jun 2014

Cheap, backwards-compatible PCIe 4.0 on track for 2015 2016

PCI-SIG Development of the fourth generation of PCI Express – unsurprisingly dubbed PCIe 4.0 – is moving along nicely, but don't expect the final specification to be completed until at least late 2015 or more likely early-to-mid 2016. That's the bad news. The good news is that moving up to the new 16 gigatransfers-per-second standard …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jun 2014

Google to acquire satellite eye-in-sky Skybox for $500m

Google has entered into an agreement to acquire its Mountain View, California neighbor Skybox Imaging, a five-year-old satellite imagery and data-analysis startup. "We're thrilled to announce that Skybox Imaging has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Google!" the company wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. The deal will …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jun 2014

FIGHT! Intel disputes ARM's claims of Android superiority

Last month, The Reg published test results performed by ARM that the UK chip designers said show that mobile processors based on its technology have significant advantages over Intel's chips when running Android apps. Intel would beg to differ. "Someone's gotta be the truth squad around here, right?" Intel corporate …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Jun 2014

Two more Eagles land in AMD's bird-of-prey aerie

Last month, AMD unveiled its beefy 2nd Generation Embedded R-Series APUs (née "Bald Eagle"), and it has now let the other shoe drop, announcing the line's lower-power siblings, the 2nd Generation Embedded G-Series. Well, two shoes, actually: one code-named "Steppe Eagle" and the other "Crowned Eagle" – and no, The Reg does not …
Rik Myslewski, 04 Jun 2014