Reality Distortion Field Theory
Apple News:Save big on the tiniest drone you can get [Deals] | Cult of Mac
Save big on the tiniest drone you can get [Deals] | Cult of Mac That buzzing in your ear might be a mosquito, or it could be a SKEYE Pico Drone (so think twice before swatting it). At roughly the scale of an ice cube, the Pico’s fun-to-size ratio is off the charts, and right now you can get one for just $34.99.
Filed under pretty cool for buzzing your sister's bedroom.
Labels: drone, smallest drone
Apple News:Meet Pixel C, Google's Answer To Microsoft Surface And iPad Pro | Redmond Pie
Meet Pixel C, Google's Answer To Microsoft Surface And iPad Pro | Redmond Pie The tablet features a 10.2-inch display that is super bright – 500 nits bright, to be exact – and comes in at a fairly reasonable 308 ppi density with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,800. It is powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Pixel C - Android Marshmallow, is that a sentence?
Labels: apple vs. google
Apple News:Apple Inc A9 chip cores in iPhone 6s and 6s Plus deliver a processor punch to Samsung, Qualcomm
Apple Inc A9 chip cores in iPhone 6s and 6s Plus deliver a processor punch to Samsung, Qualcomm Nvidia's 64-bit Tegra K1, used in HTC's Nexus 9 tablet, packs only two cores just like Apple's iPhone A-series Application Processors, giving it more similar performance characteristics. However, the chip is so large and runs so hot that it's only appropriate for use in larger devices, much like Intel's chips.
Take that slap to the face, Intel!
Labels: arm soc
Apple News:Nvidia launches latest high-end 3D graphics chip for gaming laptops | GamesBeat | Games | by Dean Takahashi
Nvidia launches latest high-end 3D graphics chip for gaming laptops | GamesBeat | Games | by Dean Takahashi Nvidia is launching its new high-end 3D graphics chip for gaming laptops today. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 graphics processing unit is targeted at laptop gamers, but it has the performance of traditional desktop gaming PCs, according to the company.
Love NVidia chips.
Labels: GPU, nvidia
Apple News:New Apple TV is surprisingly repairable
New Apple TV is surprisingly repairable The new, fourth-generation Apple TV and its smart remote could be among the most repairable Apple devices in history, according to a new teardown carried out by our friends over at iFixit.
It's neat and tidy as well.
Labels: appletv 2
Apple News:Android vs. iOS: Do adoption figures mean anything?
Android vs. iOS: Do adoption figures mean anything? iOS 9 has been out for two days, and it’s already running on more than 20 percent of compatible devices, according to the latest data. In comparison, Google’s latest Android release, version 5.1 Lollipop, is running on just 5.1 percent of devices ten months after it made its public debut.
I guess one major difference between iOS 8 and Lollipop is that when I installed Lollipop on my Nexus7 it ran faster but when I installed iOS 8 on my iPad2, it became a useless brick. This has made me wary to install iOS9 on my new iPad Mini. I think a case could be made that the 20 years of Win32 dominance was largely due to how Microsoft handled upgrades on older hardware.
UPDATE: I'm pleased to report that iOS 9 is working great on my Retina iPad Mini.
Labels: ios vs android
Apple News:Amazon updates Fire tablets & TV products, introduces $50 tablet & $100 4K Fire TV
Amazon updates Fire tablets & TV products, introduces $50 tablet & $100 4K Fire TV Amazon on Thursday announced seven new hardware products from its Fire lineup of tablets and streaming TV accessories, including an entry-level tablet that costs just $49.99, and a new $99.99 Fire TV with support for 4K video content.
At these prices, you can enjoy a 9 month upgrade cycle.
Labels: amazon fire tablet, amazon kindle
Apple News:Samsung's foldable 'Project Valley' smartphone leaks, hints at January unveiling | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Michael de Waal-Montgomery
Samsung's foldable 'Project Valley' smartphone leaks, hints at January unveiling | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Michael de Waal-Montgomery While this isn’t the first we’re hearing about Samsung’s elusive and top-secret foldable smartphone project, code-named “Project Valley,” a new leak surfaced Tuesday on Chinese microblogging site Weibo purporting to show the device.
Ultra top secret!
Labels: apple vs. samsung
Apple News:iPad mini 4 uses overclocked A8 processor faster than 2014 iPhones
iPad mini 4 uses overclocked A8 processor faster than 2014 iPhones The Mini 4's processor runs at about 1.5 gigahertz, just over the 1.4 gigahertz possible with Apple's 2014 iPhones, ArsTechnica noted. Geekbench testing shows that while the tablet is only marginally faster than the iPhone 6, and much slower than the iPad Air 2, it's also roughly 20 percent faster than the Mini 2 and 3, which each use an A7.
Labels: ipad mini
Apple News:Steve Jobs left Apple on his own, wasn't forced out, Wozniak says
"Steve Jobs wasn't pushed out of the company. He left," Wozniak wrote on Facebook. "After the Macintosh failure it's fair to assume that Jobs left out of his feeling of greatness, and embarrassment about not having achieved it."
And thus speaketh the Woz.
Apple News:5 must-see events from TwitchCon | GamesBeat | Games | by Jeff Grubb
We’ve used HTC Vive. It’s incredible. We can’t wait to see more about it, but we also are interested to see how this works on Twitch. These games are inherently difficult to explain with words, but maybe livestreaming could help.
I have a theory that it might be awesome.
Apple News:Microsoft's Surface is still an iPad, according to NBC's Al Michaels - CNET
Microsoft's Surface is still an iPad, according to NBC's Al Michaels - CNET This is something from which Microsoft suffered during last year's NFL season. Having spent a reported $400 million to bring its Surface to NFL eyes, announcers kept referring to it as "the iPad."
At the time, it was said that networks were constantly reminding their talkers that the Surface looks nothing like an iPad and should therefore be referred to by its actual name.
According to the 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing
, this is great... for Apple.
Labels: ipad vs. surface
Apple News:Live Coding now lets you hire a developer and watch them work in real-time
Live Coding now lets you hire a developer and watch them work in real-time Live Coding, which is like Twitch for developers, has added a service that allows viewers to actually hire someone they’ve been watching.
Should be great for programmers who don't think about what they're about to type.
Apple News:Apple's efficient M9 coprocessor will let your iPhone 6s track pace, make 'Hey Siri' always on
Apple's efficient M9 coprocessor will let your iPhone 6s track pace, make 'Hey Siri' always on Unlike in previous iPhones, where the M-series chip was separate from the main CPU, Apple has integrated the M9 processor into the A9. The M9 is found in the forthcoming iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPad Pro.
Your creepy girlfriend at the NSA is always listening.
Apple News:Apple shows off iPad Pro, 'the biggest news in iPad since iPad' | Cult of Mac
Apple shows off iPad Pro, 'the biggest news in iPad since iPad' | Cult of Mac - iPad Pro’s stylus, which will be called the Apple Pencil, can read position, force, at tilt. And the tablet can tell the difference between the stylus and your finger, so it will read twice as often when the Pencil is in play for increased accuracy.
I'm actually quite certain that Steve Jobs' 2007 quote was in reference to the stylus design for the Palm. The Apple Pencil has a number of additional sensors which could make it quite interesting and (for myself) quite expensive to lose/replace?
Labels: apple pencil
Apple News:Google’s VP9 codec coming to Microsoft’s Edge browser | Ars Technica
Microsoft has started developing support for Google's VP9 codec in its Edge browser. Initial support will be restricted to streaming through the browser when used with MP4 or AAC audio. Microsoft is considering adding additional audio codecs—Opus is often used with VP9, and Microsoft is also considering Ogg and Vorbis support—and extending support to support local playback. Microsoft intends to support both software decoding and, where possible, hardware decoding.
I think the change of leadership was good for Microsoft.
Labels: google VP9, microsoft
Apple News:New Report Reaffirms Apple's Attempt To Focus On Gaming With Apple TV 4 | Redmond Pie
New Report Reaffirms Apple's Attempt To Focus On Gaming With Apple TV 4 | Redmond Pie
Apple already has a range of devices that are great for mobile gaming. The launch of the Metal framework and improvements to its existing gaming frameworks for developers has seen a huge improvement in the quality of games available for the iPhone and iPad, and soon Macs running OS X El Capitan.
Labels: apple tv, metal graphics framework
Apple News:Review: Grip&Shoot iPhone camera grip with Bluetooth shutter trigger
Review: Grip&Shoot iPhone camera grip with Bluetooth shutter trigger
The $99.95 Grip&Shoot is a comfortable, ergonomic handle, featuring a flat "trigger" button on the front that can be pressed to snap a picture. AppleInsider was provided a black Grip&Shoot by the manufacturer to test for this review, though it also comes in white.
Like the looks of this.
Labels: iphone tripod
Apple News:Apple Planning New iPad Keyboard, Cheaper Gold Finish for Apple Watch | MacTrast
Apple Planning New iPad Keyboard, Cheaper Gold Finish for Apple Watch | MacTrast: "In addition to debuting new iPhones, a new Apple TV, and possibly an iPad Pro and an iPad mini 4 at next week’s big media event, new reports say the Cupertino firm is also working on a new Bluetooth keyboard with iPad Pro support, and new finishes for the Apple Watch Sport, including a cheaper gold finish."
Gode, pure gode. I habs a code.
Labels: iphone 6s
Apple News:HomeKit Compatible Philips Hue Bridge Appears In Retail Listing Ahead Of Launch | Redmond Pie
HomeKit Compatible Philips Hue Bridge Appears In Retail Listing Ahead Of Launch | Redmond Pie
The arrival of the Hue Bridge hasn’t yet been officially announced by Philips and the store entry has now been removed by the Dutch website that outed it. That didn’t happen before screenshots of the entry were taken, with the Hue Bridge listed as costing €60. We don’t yet know when this hardware will go on sale except that it’s coming sometime this fall or indeed how much that price will be when translated to international currency, but just the fact that we know the Hue Bridge to exist should give hope to those who kitted their homes out with Philips Hue light bulbs not too long ago, only to find that they aren’t natively compatible with HomeKit.
I love this technology. But not for the original intended usage.
Apple News:Apple shows continued interest in fuel cell-powered devices with weeklong battery life
Apple shows continued interest in fuel cell-powered devices with weeklong battery life
Published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, the application was originally submitted by Apple in March, and actually represents a continuation of two patents from 2010, one of which was previously spotted by AppleInsider. Text and diagrams depict not only a fuel cell stack for generating power, but related aspects like connections with the portable device and a cartridge system for adding fuel.
Labels: iphone fuel cell
Apple News:Intel announces Skylake processor lineup with new Core M subfamilies, speed & graphics boosts
Intel announces Skylake processor lineup with new Core M subfamilies, speed & graphics boosts: "Intel is revising its dual-core Core M (Y-series) naming convention with Skylake, breaking the category down into subfamilies dubbed Core m3, m5 and m7. Four chips are being offered: a 900MHz Core m3, two 1.1GHz Core m5 versions differentiated by Intel vPro and Intel TXT support, and a 1.2GHz Core m7 option. Each CPU sports Turbo Boost technology, 4MB of L3 cache and Intel HD Graphics 515. A Pentium version is also lumped in with the low-power mobile processor line, but lacks Turbo Boost and carries only 2MB of L3 cache. "
Y is for Yay!
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