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Series revisits ARM’s humble beginnings, BBC Micro and all

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Series revisits ARM's humble beginnings, BBC Micro and all

If you read our interview with ARM co-founder John Biggs, you know the company behind the processor in mosts smartphones had quite modest beginnings, what with an office in a barn and all. But Biggs is only part of the story, and Reghardware fleshes the rest out with a two-part series on the “unsung heroes of tech”: Sophie Wilson, Steve Furber and Herman Hauser, the team behind Acorn Computers, the British PC company that spawned ARM in the mid-80s. We’ll let you click through to the source links to take the journey yourself, but here are a few highlights: earning a computer contract with the BBC, happening upon ARM chips’ low power consumption by accident and striking gold thanks to a partnership with Apple.

Series revisits ARM’s humble beginnings, BBC Micro and all originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 May 2012 10:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple investigated over iPad 4G claims in the U.K.

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Apple investigated over iPad 4G claims

Regulators in the United Kingdom confirmed in late March that they were¬†looking into various complaints concerning Apple’s latest tablet. Now, according to the BBC, the Advertising Standards Authority has begun to widen its inquiry into Apple’s advertising practices regarding the new iPad. Earlier complaints were resolved after discussions with the Cupertino-based company, however the agency is now looking into further concerns raised by consumers. Regulators are reportedly not satisfied with Apple’s complied agreement to amend claims about the latest iPad’s 4G capabilities, because when 4G coverage becomes more widely available in the U.K., the iPad will still be incompatible. The ASA told¬†BBC that when it approached the iPad maker, the company said it had removed references to 4G from its web page and had edited a video that contained references to 4G. Apple’s U.K. website still offers consumers the chance to buy a “Wi-Fi + 4G” iPad, however, and it only offers a small footnote explaining that “4G LTE” is supported only on certain networks in the United States and Canada.

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Space travel coming to an airport near you? Maybe, if Skylon keeps its cool

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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Want to get from New York to Perth in under 4 hours, or maybe just head to outer space on a lark? Reaction Engines’ “Skylon” mach 5 spaceplane might be your chariot — or not. Its scheme of ingesting oxygen from the atmosphere instead of stowing it like a 50-year old modern multi-stage rocket sounds good, but the project’s fate may hang on critical new tests. Failure is still a possibility, but if the high-speed, superhot gases can be cooled enough for the hybrid Sabre engines to work, and if Reaction Engines Limited can secure another round of funding, punching your space-ticket could soon be a very real possibility.

Space travel coming to an airport near you? Maybe, if Skylon keeps its cool originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 27 Apr 2012 23:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Intel announces 13 new quad-core Ivy Bridge processors

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Intel’s next-generation Ivy Bridge processors will be the first to feature a “3D Tri-Gate transistor,” The BBC reported on Sunday. The company plans to initially release 13 quad-core processors for desktop computers that it promises will offer more computational power while using less energy. Intel hopes its new transistors, which have been in development for 11 years, will help it challenge ARM’s reputation for energy efficiency. “This is the world’s first 22 nanometre product and we’ll be delivering about 20% more processor performance using 20% less average power,” the company said, adding that dual-core processors aimed at ultrabooks will be announced “later this spring.” Intel promises that “there will be 50% more supply than we had early in the product cycle of our last generation, Sandy Bridge, a year ago. And we’re still constrained based on the amount of demand we’re seeing in the marketplace.” Digitimes on Monday reported that shipments of the company’s latest processors will still be lower than expected, however, and it will not be able to satisfy the strong demand anticipated from PC vendors.

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Intel’s Ivy Bridge will offer ’20 percent more performance with 20 percent less average power’

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Intel's Ivy Bridge will offer '20 percent more performance with 20 percent less average power'

So, there’s still a little while to go before Intel gives Ivy Bridge a full unveiling, with official benchmarks, pricing and all those trimmings. But in the meantime, the BBC has detailed just how different this new architecture is compared to 32nm chips like Sandy Bridge and also AMD’s coming Trinity processors. Most of this stuff we already knew — like the fact that Intel has switched to a 3D or ‘tri-gate‘ transistor design — but what’s new is a direct and official boast about performance. According Kirk Skaugen, Chipzilla’s PC chief, we can expect Ivy Bridge to deliver “20 percent more processor performance using 20 percent less average power.” Now, judging from leaked desktop and laptop benchmarks, this broad-brush claim masks some very different realities depending on what type of CPU or GPU workloads you want throw at the 3rd-gen Core processor, so stay tuned for more detail very soon.

Intel’s Ivy Bridge will offer ’20 percent more performance with 20 percent less average power’ originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 23 Apr 2012 05:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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DARPA realizes it needs contact lenses, opts for those nice AR tinted ones (video)

Friday, April 13th, 2012

DARPA realizes it needs contact lenses, opts for those nice AR tinted ones (video)DARPA saw the battlefield potential in AR glasses ages ago, when even Sergey Brin was happy to wear regular Ray-Bans. It’s now stepped up its investment, giving more cash to one of its research contractors — a company called Innovega — to produce prototype contact lenses that could make military wearable HUDs smaller and less conspicuous. Innovega’s iOptik lenses don’t actually include a display, but rather allow the human eye to focus on an image from a separate accessory that sits right up close to the eyeball. The lenses have different zones that give the wearer multiple areas of focus, so they can see the overlaid augmented reality HUD — such as a feed from an overhead drone — but also warlike events going on in the immediate environment. Judging from the video after the break, however, calling them plain ‘bifocals’ might be taboo.

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DARPA realizes it needs contact lenses, opts for those nice AR tinted ones (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Apr 2012 05:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The BBC Studies Stupid, Butterflies Induce Rage, and Dungeons & Dragons Is the Devil (NSFW) [Video]

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Sky Anytime+ now available via all broadband providers

Sunday, March 25th, 2012
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We knew it was coming, but now it’s finally landed. Yep, those Sky+HD subscribers who get their internet from elsewhere are now free wander into the formerly fortified town of Anytime+. For the first time, all Sky+HD users with broadband can access the full range of online programming, which includes content from the BBC and ITV. Not a Sky customer, but like the sound of this? Sky’s already thought of that, and should have something to ease your pain anytime now.

Sky Anytime+ now available via all broadband providers originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 25 Mar 2012 07:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Radiohead: Sit Down, Stand Up [Video]

Friday, March 23rd, 2012
Have you had the pleasure of watching the wonderful BBC series, Life? You probably have. Beautiful HD nature docs provide the perfect visual background for any living room activity. And as many have discovered, they play even better when muted and paired with a soundtrack of your choosing. More »


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BBC iPlayer app finally launches for all UK Xbox 360s

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
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All of those Kinect-enabled Xbox 360 video apps Microsoft has been promising since last year’s dashboard update continue to slowly leak out, and the latest is the BBC iPlayer. Already long available on the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3, UK gamers finally have access to the catalog of titles on any major console they choose. The Xbox 360 supports HD streams and, of course, voice and gesture control courtesy of that little add-on, however unlike many of the services on Microsoft’s box, this one is available to all users with or without an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Platforms that are next up for iPlayer’s blessing? Sky AnyTime+ is confirmed for later this year while a Windows Phone 7 is reportedly being developed. Check after the break for a couple more shots of the interface, plus a video demo for users on the appropriate side of the pond.

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BBC iPlayer app finally launches for all UK Xbox 360s originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 20 Mar 2012 05:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Virgin Media TiVo rolling out Red Button interactive TV services for Premier League and more

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

While there’s no doubt that Virgin Media customers have taken well to the company’s TiVo HD DVR offering, so far switching has meant giving up certain interactive TV services supported elsewhere. they’re getting one back now, as the company announced it’s kicking off the rollout of Red Button interactivity to the TiVo on Sky Sports HD, letting footy fans catch more extended highlights of Premier League games. There’s more on the way too, with support planned for the upcoming F1 channel and BBC services in April. Check out the press release after the break for more details on what will be supported and when, assuming one will be watching the games on TV instead of diving into hooliganism, or whatever it is fans of football do, we’ll keep our handegg thank you very much.

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Virgin Media TiVo rolling out Red Button interactive TV services for Premier League and more originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 03 Mar 2012 04:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sky Anytime+ achieves impossible, will carry iPlayer (and ITV Player)

Monday, January 30th, 2012
Sky Anytime+ achieves impossible, will carry iPlayer (and ITV Player)

Sky’s burgeoning Anytime+ VOD platform is getting a hefty boost today. It was previously open only to customers who also hitched to Sky Broadband, but that restriction’s being gently relaxed: opening it up to all five million Sky+HD box owners. It’s also somehow sweet-talked deadly rivals BBC and ITV into letting their offerings onto the platform — with ITV Player arriving tomorrow and iPlayer slated for arrival later in the year. Head past the break for the official line while we sit here and grumble about the company buying up all the UK rights to Mad Men and charging a kings ransom.

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Sky Anytime+ achieves impossible, will carry iPlayer (and ITV Player) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Plasmonic cloak makes objects invisble, but only in the microwave region of the spectrum

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Okay, so we’re not up to USS Pegasus levels yet, but for the first time researchers have been able to cloak a three dimensional object. Don’t start planning your first trip to the Hogwarts library restricted section just yet though, the breakthrough is only in the microwave region of the EM spectrum. Using a shell of plasmonic materials, it’s possible to create a “photo negative” of the object being cloaked in order to make it disappear. The technique is different to the use of metamaterials, which try to bounce light around the object. Instead, plasmonics try to deceive the light as to what’s actually there at the time — but because it has to be tailored to create a “negative image” of the object you’re hiding, it’s not as flexible, but it could be an important step on the road to that bank heist we’ve been planning.

Plasmonic cloak makes objects invisble, but only in the microwave region of the spectrum originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 28 Jan 2012 04:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New Amazing Videos Show Birds Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before [Video]

Friday, January 20th, 2012

BBC launches news app for Sony connected TV, joins Samsung and Panasonic

Sunday, January 8th, 2012
Trading tradition for tech, the BBC has officially launched its news app for Sony connected TVs — joining the ranks of its other offerings made for Samsung and Panasonic displays. With a third TV app under its belt, the Beeb is already talking about launching a fourth HTML-based variant designed to access all the newsy goodness from Virgin Media’s TiVo boxes. Recently trading its Flash site for an HTML5 upgrade and launching its iPlayer for iPhone app in the UK, there’s no doubt Austin Powers won’t even recognize the joint when cryogenically unfrozen. Check out the tribute track after the break.

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BBC launches news app for Sony connected TV, joins Samsung and Panasonic originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 08 Jan 2012 05:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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