A few news outlets have also speculated on the meaning of Samsung’s announcement of their newest, largest capacity 1.8 inch HDD. Now some enterprising tech news hounds have discovered that the supply off the iPod Classic is ‘constrained’ through bigger outlets like Amazon.com though the Apple Store online seems to still be showing supplies of the gray colored option. Which all leads to the question what gives?
I still think the iPod Classic is a very useful product. A lot of fanbois of the iPhone/Touch persuasion will demand Apple drop the Classic like a hot potato and go without spinning hard drives one and for all time. I say bring on the HDDs. It’s useful technology and still holds more files for less money even as Flash memory prices come down and volume production ramps up.
Apple has announced the End of Life (EOL) for its Xserve product line. There will still be spare parts for a while yet, and some pay for support options available. But the era of the Xserve only lasted from 2002 to 2011. Xserve we hardly knew ye’.
Some announcements last week from a company named Angelbird and the old stalwart Iomega. SSDs are the storage technology du jour and everyone wants to differentiate their offerings especially as more and more flash chips become more and more alike in speed and performance (3 manufacturers now are all neck in neck in terms of feature size). I’m really interested in PCI Express based SSD cards as they bypass the SATA disk drive interface on the motherboard. Which should give you better performance in the long run. So what to Angelbird and Iomega have on tap?
Augmented Reality is different from virtual reality in the way that digital information is combined with the real world you see, feel and walk inside. It can be hand when you’re trying to find a location on foot, but it can also give you extra information when you are curious about a Point of Interest that pops up within the camera view of the street, building, or space in front of you. These data points have to be created though, and without the authors there’s very little Augmentation going on. I can imagine some black holes in some areas as most people depend on Google searches providing information about a Point of Interest. But it’s early days, and there’s a lot of stuff to discover on your own. Check out Layar for the iPhone or Droid.
Every few months it seems a HDD manufacturer has to release a new product that is faster or more dense than currently shipping products. As the war of the densities has been waged we marveled at each new generation of outlandishly large hard drives. And companies once dominant took a back seat. Seagate’s fortunes have waxed and waned, Western Digital just one year ago ruled the roost with it’s external USB HDDs. Now Seagate is trying to re-capture mindshare by releasing new products before its competitors do. Witness now the spinning disk drive density king (for the moment).
Last week Apple’s secret purchase of th ARM chip designer, Intrinisity came out. All indications are A4 is a pre-existing project titled Hummingird which was a Samsung/Intrinsity project to create a cell phone CPU. If A4 is the Hummingbird or very much like it, little wonder then that it is so efficient with the battery, does this mean A4 could show up in an Apple iPhone?
After the release of the iPad, Tom’s Hardware posted an article By Wolfgang Gruener about the History of Computing as it relates to the iPad. We get to meet Alan Kay the Computer Scientist who proposed the “Dynabook” an intellectual predecessor to the iPad. Alan Kay and Steve Jobs are friends in fact and get along very well. Until last week that is when a big problem occurred when another invention of Alan Kay’s the Squeak programming language ran into the Apple App Store. How did this happen? Read On
AppleInsider calls a few strikes against hyperbole and supposition found in articles written about the Apple iPad A4 processor. Here now is a more likely accounting of what Apple’s chip design mergers and acquisitions really bought for the iPad development team.
iPad is all anyone will be talking about for a while. And since I’ve tried to write about its innovations or lack of ‘true’ innovations (jacking up clockspeed is not an innovation) now comes time where real people get to weigh in. But that’s not me, I haven’t used an iPad. So I’ll try to aggregate the stories of people who have.