Two years ago Friday, Apple’s late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPad, one of the most anticipated Apple products in history.
“There hasn’t been this much hype about a tablet since Moses came down from the mountain,” Jobs said quoting an earlier New York Times article. Speculation over Apple’s touch tablet had been circulating for months, and the as-yet-unseen product was predicted to be the savior of all things print–including books, newspapers, and magazines.
When the Apple slate finally went on sale in the U.S. in April 2010, it quickly won over fans nationwide selling 300,000 units within the first 24 hours. Competitors followed with competing tablets including the Android-based Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab, HP’s TouchPad, and the BlackBerry PlayBook.
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It is not news to hear that manufacturing companies in America and Europe have preferred China as a spot for electronics manufacturing but while the myth is that its all about money and low wages (which is part of it), Its not all about that. This was the explanation given by Apple executives for moving Apple’s manufacturing to China.
Speaking at a dinner with Obama, Apple executives say that going overseas, at this point, is their only option. One former executive described how the company relied upon a Chinese factory to revamp iPhone manufacturing just weeks before the device was due on shelves. Apple had redesigned the iPhone’s screen at the last minute, forcing an assembly line overhaul. New screens began arriving at the plant near midnight.
The TOP500 project ranks and details the 500 (non-distributed) most powerful known computer systems in the world. The project was started in 1993 and publishes an updated list of the supercomputers twice a year. The first of these updates always coincides with the International Supercomputing Conference in June, the second one is presented in November at the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference. The project aims to provide a reliable basis for tracking and detecting trends in high-performance computing and bases rankings on HPL, a portable implementation of the High-Performance LINPACK benchmark written in Fortran for distributed-memory computers.
Wikipedia is protesting against SOPA and PIPA by blacking out the English Wikipedia for 24 hours, beginning at midnight January 18, Eastern Time. Readers who come to English Wikipedia during the blackout will not be able to read the encyclopedia. Instead, you will see messages intended to raise awareness about SOPA and PIPA, encouraging you to share your views with your representatives, and with each other on social media.
Where were you on the Internet in 2010? What about in 2011? The folks over at Royal Pingdom have compiled a nice set of data for the Internet, by the Internet. That is, an entire list of data about email, websites, web servers, domain names by their .dot web addresses, Internet users by country, types of social media, web browser usage, mobile users, videos and images. We decided to take a look at the data points that tell us the most about the read/write web: websites and domain names, Facebook, Twitter and Internet users by continent. More importantly, we’ll look at how the Internet of 2011 compares to the Internet of 2010.
Jerry Yang is exiting the Yahoo! Inc (YHOO). board and its management team, the latest casualty of an overhaul that led to the ouster of Chief Executive Officer Carol Bartz and left the company in search of strategic options.
Yang, who started Yahoo in 1995 with David Filo, also left the boards of Yahoo Japan Corp. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Asian Web companies Yahoo partly owns, Yahoo said today in a statement. Scott Thompson, former president of EBay Inc. (EBAY)’s PayPal unit, was named CEO on Jan. 4 after a four-month search.
The new Microsoft Technology Centre (MTC) is the largest of its kind in Latin America, and will operate as a tech simulation centre. The MTC will be open to Microsoft’s partners, corporate clients, NGOs, and students, reported Xinhua.
The investments in the new technology centre amounted to $10 million.