2011 witnessed growing innovation in gadgetry, especially in tablets and mobile phones. Apple’s iPad 2, Samsung’s Galaxy S II and the 4th incarnation of the hugely popularAmazon Kindle - along with it’s Kindle Fire cousin – represent a tiny proportion of the significant progression and adoption of modern technologies. 2012 looks to be as, if not more exciting than 2011, with the introduction of Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor range, the Samsung Galaxy S III and Windows 8.
By Christina Bonnington
We love documenting our lives. If we didn’t, well, there probably wouldn’t be a hugely successful online behemoth called Facebook. And smartphone photography wouldn’t be the thriving phenomenon that it is today.
Smartphones accounted for more than a quarter of all photos shot in 2011, according to research from NPD. The iPhone has even been called the “snapshot camera of today” by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz.
Last week, The New York Times gave us an inside look at what it’s like to work at Foxconn, the manufacturing company that owns several China-based factories that crank out Apple’s iPads, iPhones and iPods by the millions.
The story is full of examples of horrifying working conditions in Foxconn’s factories that would never fly here in the United States. Here are some of the more troubling ones from the Times story:
Foxconn is a 24-hour operation. Employees work six days a week, sometimes in 12-hour shifts. They’re on their feet for so long that their legs begin to swell. There are underage workers. They live in crowded dorms on the factory’s campus. In recent years, there have been reports of workers leaping from buildings in apparent suicides.
By Doug Gross, CNN
When the Giants and Patriots take the field on Sunday in Indianapolis, they won’t be doing battle in soft leather helmets with no face masks. And there definitely won’t be some kid on the sideline ladling out water from a tin bucket to quench their thirst after a big play.
So, if the Super Bowl teams have embraced emerging technology, why shouldn’t you?
Sure, you could just sit there staring blankly at the screen, scooping salsa out of the jar with your fingers and saying, “Hey … wasn’t that … what’s-her-name?” after every surprise celebrity commercial appearance. But the tech and Web worlds want better for you.
Here are five techie tools that can help make you an all-pro couch potato on Sunday.
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Editor’s note: Seth Porges is a magazine editor and the creator ofCloth, an iOS fashion app for iPhone and iPod Touch. His Twitter handle is @sethporges.
(Mashable) – App appeal is obvious. The barrier to entry? So low!
The upshot of producing the next Angry Birds or beer-chug simulator? So high!
Heck, with just a small investment of time and cash, it’s not hard for would-be mobile moguls to turn a concept into a steady stream of cash. And thanks to today’s app stores, it’s never been easier to try your hand at becoming the next tech tycoon.
Here’s (almost) everything you need to know before you get started on your own app — and what I wish I knew before I got into the game.
The processors are slower, but they use much less energy—a huge boon for those who run massive data centers.
It’s no secret that the demands placed on data centers are growing rapidly—all those 800 million Facebook profiles have to be stored somewhere. Not surprisingly, the companies that operate these vast warehouses are concerned about the costs of using all that energy. In September, Google said that its global operations continuously draw 260 million megawatts of power, roughly a quarter of the energy generated by a nuclear power plant.
Last week, Hewlett-Packard announced it would partner with a Texas-based processor startup, Calxeda, to use extremely low-power ARM chips in a new generation of data-center servers. These chips are similar to the ones found in iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices, and use significantly less energy than Intel’s traditional server chips.
“Every watt that you use on a CPU, you spend one more watt to cool it down,” says Sergis Mushell, an analyst with Gartner Research. “If you reduce the box’s [energy demands] by one watt, you save yourself two watts of power.”
As the cloud becomes more pervasive—driving everything from social networking to mobile apps—the computers that power it must guzzle more and more energy. Today, startup company SeaMicro, chip maker Intel, and electronics giant Samsung unveiled a new computer design that could make the data centers that power cloud services dramatically more efficient.
The new server design uses half the energy and takes up a third of the space of servers that do the hard work in most data centers today.
Mozilla, the nonprofit browser maker, and CompSec, which builds cloud computing infrastructure for federal intelligence agencies, are already using the new designs.