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How to Build Turing’s Universal Machine [Book Excerpts]

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Modern computers wouldn’t exist without the pioneering theories posited by Alan Turing, however the famed computer scientist was never quite able to make a working model of his hypothetical device. Turing’s Cathedral by George Dyson follows Hungarian mathematician John von Neumann’s efforts to build a computer based on Turing’s design and boasting a revolutionary feature: RAM. More »


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Apple working on smaller, cheaper iPhone model to compete with Android

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple, Inc. is working on a smaller, cheaper iPhone model to compete with the army of affordable handsets currently utilizing Google’s Android operating system. The report cites several anonymous sources “briefed on the matter” and claims that the company is looking to sell this new device for around $200 unsubsidized. The article also notes that Apple could be working on “technology that makes it easier to use the iPhone on multiple wireless networks”; we presume this is the SIM-less iPhone that was rumored months ago. A $200, carrier agnostic iPhone? It doesn’t sound all that much like Apple, but then again… if the iMaker wants to thwart the mighty Android, they’re going to have to think different.

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11.6-inch MacBook Air detailed

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

So, we’ve just been discussing the rumored, and long overdue, MacBook Air refresh with a trusted source. This person recently had a working model in their possession for a few minutes and managed to glean quite a bit of detail that would seemingly confirm Apple’s plan to announce an 11-inch MacBook Air at the “Back to the Mac” event later today. Here’s what we’ve been told to expect:

  • Smaller 11.6-inch display.
  • 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (with a 2.33GHz option possible).
  • 2GB of memory in the base configuration.
  • No optical drive, naturally.
  • Mini DisplayPort, USB, and SD card reader along the left-hand side and USB and power on the right (that’s 2x USB).
  • The trackpad has been updated to match that of the new MacBook Pros.
  • Although smaller due to the 11.6-inch display, it’s still about the same thickness as the current MacBook Air.
  • A black power key now sits immediately to the right of a smaller eject key on the MBA’s keyboard — the round aluminum power button is gone. A design decision that might support the MBA’s rumored instant-on capabilities though our source didn’t see this functionality exhibited (possibly because it was running OS X 10.6.4).

Unfortunately, our source couldn’t identify the graphics or the storage related to the rumored “SSD Card.” So where does that leave us? Well, it looks like a smaller (and presumably, cheaper) MacBook Air originally rumored by AppleInsider is in the bag for a Steve Jobs announcement later today as is a refresh to the 13.3-inch model we broke last week (pictured nekkid above). So check back in a few hours and watch the reveal live, won’t you?

[Thanks, Anonymous]

11.6-inch MacBook Air detailed originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 20 Oct 2010 04:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony Confirms PS3 PlayTV 2 Is Being Worked On [Gaming]

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

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