ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, expected to be released in the first first half of Novemeber, 2011 (November 7 or November 9), will be the first tablet to be powered by a quad-core processor.
The second version of ASUS’s popular Transformer tablet will feature a Nvidia Tegra 3 ‘Kal-el’ quad-core processor and the latest version of Google’s Android operating system, named Ice Cream Sandwich. That will make Transformer the first tablet featuring Ice Cream Sandwich and quad-core processor.
The new tablet will be much thinner (8.3mm) and last longer – up to 16.5 hours’ battery life when connected to the keyboard. It might come with a more powerful rear facing camera with LED flash.Transformer Prime tease video.
The much awaited official biography of Steve Jobs is being released on October 24, 2011.
The book published by Simon & Schuster, was originally called iSteve. Although it was originally scheduled to be released in March 2012 and later moved to November 2012 sudden death of Jobs forced the publisher to finish it off fast and release it a year earlier. Before the official release, the book was provided to a number of journalist for reviews and initial reviews of a 600 page book show various interesting aspects of Jobs’ life. Here are the collection of a number of reviews from the early reviewers in major US news services including Associated Press, CBS News, The New York Times and The Huffington Post.
The New York Times writes – Jobs Tried Exotic Treatments to Combat Cancer that included "fruit juices, acupuncture, herbal remedies and other treatments." Jobs waited until July 2004 to perform the surgery although he was diagnosed with cancer in October 2003.
Another news service, The Huffington Post writes about Jobs telling President Obama, "You’re headed for a one-term presidency." In spite of being critical of Obama’s administrative policies he had also offered to design political ads for his 2012 presidential campaign.
The Associated Press revealed Jobs anger against Google’s Android Operating System. He strongly believed, Google had ripped it off from Apple. Jobs is quoted as saying "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
According to the Telegraph, in a late-night phone conversation Jobs had advised former US President Bill Clinton on how to handle the 1998 Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. Jobs had told, "I don’t know if you did it, but if so, you’ve got to tell the country."
Among other revelations in the books it will include some personal affairs and secrets like Jobs tried marijuana at 15 and was often bullied in school and he stopped going to church at the age of 13.
The father of the C programming language and UNIX operating system, Dennis Ritchie )September 9, 1941 – October 8, 2011), has died in his New Jersey home on the weekend. Due to his The death of the father of almost everything in computer and internet was unnoticed by the general public.
With Ken Thompson, he used C to build UNIX operating system – the mother of Linux and Apple OS. Apple’s Mac OS and iOS both are based on UNIX. At first, Windows was also written C.
With his colleague Brian Kernighan Ritchie released the C book "The C Programming Language," considered to be the bible of C programming. He received the Turing Award in 1983 and the National Medal of Technology 1998 on April 21, 1999. Ritchie was the head of Lucent Technologies System Software Research Department when he retired in 2007.
The Commencement address delivered by the CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, Steve Jobs, on June 12, 2005.
Jobs talked about three stories from his life in the address:
- Birth and adoption
- Love and loss
And he ended his talk with the statement: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”
Watch the video to listen to one of the most inspiring speech Jobs had given in his life. If you want to read it all, it’s available in Text format in Stanford website.
On his death, yesterday, his talk about death makes a lot of sense:
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
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The Apple co-founder, Steven P. Jobs, had died at the age of 56. Jobs was born in San Francisco on Feb. 24, 1955 to Syrian immigrant father Abdulfattah Jandali and Joanne Carole Schieble who put him up for adoption as they were not married at that time. Paul Jobs and his wife Clara adopted the newborn and gave him their name.
During his High School days in Cupertino, California, Jobs met a five year senior to him, Steve Wozniak. Wozniak like making machines and electronic circuit and Jobs was looking to do something in computer. In April 1976 they launched Apple Computer in Jobs’ parents’ garage. Apple’s contribution to the innovation of consumer electronics including products like Apple, Apple II, Macintosh, iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad were designed and marketed under Jobs’ leadership. The Apple history can be seen in our previous post of the Apple time-line from 1976-2010.
Jobs was treated for pancreatic cancer in 2003 and he underwent liver transplant in 2009. In his last days, Jobs resigned from the post of chief executive officer of Apple last month (August, 2011).
In a statement, Apple has said:
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.\
Some photos of Steve Jobs in different stages of his life:
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iPod nano update – large icons for easier navigation, improved fitness tools – $129 for 8 GB, $149 for 16 GB available on store.
iPod touch – in both black and white colors. 8GB sold in $199, $299 for 32 GB, and $399 for 64 GB. In store on October 12th. Shuffle still $49 for the 2 GB model.
iPhone 4S is in similar form factor as that of iPhone 4 but specification are upgraded to make it perform better. The iPone features A5 chip and dual-core graphics that can speed up the performance by up to 7x when compared to iPhone 4. The model features 8 hours of 3G talk time, 6 hours 3G browsing and data speed 14.4 Mbps HSDPA.
New camera – 8MP camera with 3264×2448 resolution with backside illuminated sensor. The new sensor offers 73% more light per pixel when compared to iPhone 4 and it has 33% faster capture speed. The camera also features hybrid IR filter, better color accuracy and uniformity. Five element lens in camera offers 30% more sharpness, f/2.4 aperture, face detection, better white balance, and fast photos when compared to iPhone 4.
Those who were looking forward to iPhone 5 got disappointed as there was no such phone. And, the new phone doesn’t look anything more than the previous version, at least from the outside.
Siri – the voice assistant is something to look forward to in the new operating system iOS 5.
The price of iPhone 3GS (8GB) is offered for free with contract, iPhone4 (8GB) comes for $99 with contract. The new iPhone 4S will come for $199 for 16GB model, $299 for 32GB model, and $399 for a 64GB model with contract.
The new iPhone will be available on October 14 in US, Canada, Australia, the UK, France, Germany, and Japan.
US President Barack Obama has admitted that he had received the unreleased iPad2 "directly from" Steve Jobs. In an interview with George Stephanopoulous of ABC News (via), Obama told: “Steve Jobs actually gave it to me, a little bit early. Yeah, it was cool. I got it directly from him.”
It is to be noted, Obama met tech executives in Whitehouse in February of this year and iPad2 was released the following month. With the events, the ‘a little bit early’ can be safely assumed to be ‘about a month,’ to be exact.
In the following photo, released by White House, Jobs is seen sitting next to Obama:
In another photo released by White House, Obama is seen with an Apple iPad 2 clutched in his hand:
Although there is no account of recent meeting of Jobs and Obama, some are wondering: how long has Obama been using the unreleased (to be released today) iPhone 5.
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