The war of words between iOS and Android goes on, with Google’s mobile boss now claiming the lion’s share of new device activations over the Christmas holiday. How Apple will respond is anyone’s guess, but with the close of another calendar quarter just days away, we’d expect some serious revenue boasting next month when Cupertino reports revenue from their holiday quarter. In the meantime, there’s plenty of other tech items making news for this Wednesday, December 28, 2011.
It seems like the lazy part of December is upon us: The frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is behind us and the last-minute mad rush for holiday gifts is still a week or two away. So what’s a MacLife.com reader to do? Why not take a bite out of some tasty tech news from around the internet while you wait -- here’s the latest and greatest for Tuesday, December 6, 2011.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple today that revealed plans for a next generation Hybrid Drive utilizing both a hard-disk drive (HDD) and a flash drive.
Intel will be releasing a hybrid drive system in 2012, called Smart Response; but Apple’s application indicates they have plans to make their own. Where Intel’s hybrid will focus on putting mass storage on an HHD but keeping the OS, favorite apps, and essential services on a Solid State Drive (SSD), Cupertino seems to be focusing more on handling issues that cause HDD failures.
On November 15, pause to raise a pint to the 40th birthday of the original microprocessor. On that day in 1971, Electronic News carried an ad for the Intel 4004, the precursor of all processors, including the ones running your Mac and your iPhone -- and, for that matter, your car and your coffeemaker.
It’s tough being an early adopter, such as those of us who jumped on board the Thunderbolt train earlier this year with a new Mac, only to discover there was so very little to plug into that I/O port. Among the many promises of Thunderbolt is a docking station, and Belkin appears poised to please on that front.
Oh, Google. It's not that we don't admire your tenacity, it's that it's definitely keeping things interesting in this game of technology thrones. In this instance, Google's teaming up with Intel for the mobile throne.
The search engine giant is collaborating with the processor maker to help them get their hand at the smartphone game. "We want to make Intel archtecture the platform of choice for smartphones," said Intel CEO Paul Otellini onstage at the Intel Developer's Forum. "Every time we have collaborated with Google, good things have come out of it."
If you’re Apple Inc. and you’re unhappy with how much power your notebook processors are using, what can you do about it? Apparently, threaten to cut off your supplier and move on, which is exactly what Cupertino did with Intel -- but don’t worry, they’re not going anywhere (for now).
Two revolutions are now underway that will change computing forever -- if programmers can figure out how best to take advantage of them. The first is an explosion in the number of cores on a single chip, and the second is such a radical transformation of the microprocessor landscape that the geekerati can’t even agree on what to call it.
Earlier this year Apple moved past Sony to become Samsung's biggest customer. However, the relationship status moved to "it's complicated" when Apple began a series of accusations and lawsuits against Samsung for allegedly copying the iPhone and iPad. Now it appears Apple has started seeing other people, and is actively sourcing a new manufacturer to produce the A6 processor beginning in 2012.
Here’s a neat trick: Intel’s next-generation chips will require half the power of their current top-of-the-line microprocessors when providing the same performance—or they will boost performance by around 37 percent when running at the same power levels. Intel achieved this by redesigning the transistor, that infinitesimal on-off switch that makes chips tick. Today’s microprocessors have a slew of those li’l switches -- the Xeon X5670 in a fully loaded Mac Pro, for example, has over a billion crowded onto its 240 square millimeters