AnandTech – Intel and Micron IMFT Announce Worlds First 128Gb 20nm MLC NAND

There’s a point of diminishing return for Flash memory where further shrinking the chips makes them less and less durable over time. Which has led me to believe there’s a ‘plateau’ of size/durability that will soon be reached by most Flash memory manufacturers. However Intel’s deep reserve of research in silicon semiconductors is helping lead the charge to the next generation of more dense, smaller Flash memory and Micron is partnering with them to help

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AppleInsider | Rumor: Apple investigating USB 3.0 for Macs ahead of Intel

Let’s hope USB 3.0 makes it to market this year on the Mac as Fall and Christmas sales of desktops and laptops are likely to benefit most from getting the new connector. No doubt anyone buying a new machine won’t see the immediate benefit but those long suffering video editors might. Read On:

AppleInsider | Apple seen merging iOS, Mac OS X with custom A6 chip in 2012

In the bad old days of 1996 when Apple’s marketshare hit rock bottom, everyone fled to Windows 95 en masse. Disparaging the Mac OS every single one of the ‘professional’ technical press predicted the end of Apple. Oh, how wrong they were and the Mac loyal fan-base crowed and shouted with joy that Apple has now achieved a terrific comeback. But, whither the loyal fan-base from days gone by from the Dark Ages pre-Steve, 1996? They will all become part of the iOS collective, they too will be assimilated. Read On:

Apple patents hint at future AR screen tech for iPad | Electronista

A lot of Augmented Reality today is centered on software developments running on smartphones. Whether they be Android or iPhone doesn’t matter they want those wonderfully powerful embedded computers available to do all the work onboard the device itself. But, what if the device was not required to do all that heavy lifting itself. What if it off-loaded that work to a data center in North Carolina and beamed back the results to your device?

Toshiba unwraps 24nm flash memory in possible iPhone 5 clue | Electronista

Everyone wants to know when the next iPhone is coming out. And manufacturers of components that typically go into making an iPhone continue to do research and development on their components to make them more attractive to the high end manufacturers. Apple is very demanding and rewarding when it comes to Flash memory production. They command more product volume than any manufacturer out there. But in spite of all this activity what’s been happening with each new revision of the Flash memory production lines.

AppleInsider | Expanded GPU support in Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6.7 hints at future Mac hardware

It may surprise some PC Fanboys but on a tower based Macintosh Pro, you cannot just throw any old graphics card into that machine install drivers and expect it to work, Oh Noes. It is like this, Apple tests hardware in small quantities that works with its hardware, engineers samples that Apple will sell as configurable items shipped with sales of new machines. You might get a choice of 3 cards in total with a new machine. After market pickings are even slimmer, and completely dependent on AMD/ATI who have to purpose build and ship a Mac-only version of a graphics card that might be slightly newer or faster (usually not though) version of a 2-3 generation old PC graphics card. It’s insulting. But hope springs eternal, and I see this news story as a ray of light for the Mac Fanboys.

AppleInsider | Insider Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: Auto Save, File Versions and Time Machine

If a desktop computer suddenly became as intuitive and easy to use as a mobile smart phone, what would you think? Would it be an insult? Would it be wonderfully fun and easy for you to adapt? Would you immediately seek out that newer computer and purchase it to get the new features? Start checking out the previews of Mac OS X 10.7

TidBITS Macs & Mac OS X: Apple Reveals More about Mac OS X Lion

Here’s hoping Apple can continue to support both mobile OSes and traditional desktop computer OSes far into the future. Reading about the hidden goodies in OS X 10.7 has made me feel a good deal more positive about Mac OS X. And it’s very likely I will buy a new Mac with 10.7 pre-installed to gain the full benefits of the software and the new Intel i7 chips shipping in the new laptops.