Esslinger documents this partnership in his new book Keep it Simple: The Early Design Years of Apple. “It became very clear to me that we were competing for an opportunity to help Steve Jobs create much more than a visual design language,” Esslinger writes you can read an excerpted chapter here. “Apple needed a cutting-edge system that would enable Steve to translate his vision into marketable products, and Frog was in the process of helping him build it. We were involved in a real revolution – one that would extend well beyond the changes our work would bring to Apple.”
For every Siri, there’s an actor sitting in a sound booth, really needing to go to the bathroom or scratch an itch. Once that person finishes her job, she can go home. But her voice has only begun its journey. The story of that journey, from human to replicant, is one of a series of complex technological processes that would have been impossible 10 years ago. But it’s also the story of our stubborn desire as social beings to form relationships, even with unconscious objects. In order to establish trust in our machines, we have to begin to suspend disbelief. This is the story of how we fool ourselves.
Some listeners want Robin Thicke right now . But for those who need their daily dose of NPR and much more, there’s the Swell app. The Pandora of talk radio, backed by serious Silicon Valley funding $7.2 million at last count, Swell allows you to indulge your aural ADD and bounce around from news to comedy to sports to TED Talks, all in one car ride, without taking your eyes off the road. Its algorithm knows you better than your boyfriend does. Want more “This American Life”? Less “Science Times”? Hyper-personalized ESPN feeds? Done. Swell’s app is like your favorite podcast mixed with an arsenal of pleasant surprises.
A Google application like Gmail doesn’t run on a particular server or even a select group of servers. It runs on the data center, grabbing computing power from any machine than can spare it. Google calls this “warehouse-scale computing,” and for some, it’s an idea so large, they have trouble wrapping their heads around it.
Solomon Hykes isn’t one of them. He aims for something even bigger. With a new open-source software project known as Docker, he wants to build a computer the size of the internet.
With a new open-source software project called Docker, Solomon Hykes wants to build a computer the size of the internet
Sitting in his company’s offices, on the 16th floor of a high-rise in downtown San Francisco, Hykes is wearing a t-shirt with a whale on it. This is a whale of the cartoon variety. It’s grinning slightly as it floats on a wavy blue sea, and on its back, it carries a stack of shipping containers — the sort you’d see towering over the docks in Oakland, across the bay from San Francisco, or on the train cars heading north towards Sacramento.
That may seem a little odd. But the whale is a metaphor for the way Hykes hopes to remodel the internet. Just as, in the 1950s, shipping containers reinvented the way we move goods across the globe — giving us a standard means of shifting massive amounts of stuff from boat to train to truck and into stores and factories — Hykes wants to create a standard means of moving software applications across the internet and the world’s private company networks, from machine to machine to machine.
The Mini Jambox, available for preorder today at $179, is a slimmer, sharper version of the original. Gone is the rubber that capped the top and bottom; the new device is cool metal all the way around. In terms of first impressions, it might seem slightly less friendly than the first Jambox, but it proves no less touchable. And, once you get your hands on it, it exudes superior quality–not unlike the difference between the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 that followed it. Of course, the Mini Jambox makes good on its name: It’s nearly half the size of the original Jambox by volume. And while it doesn’t necessarily look mini, it does feel mini, and when you’re talking about something that’s supposed to go in a pocket as much as a purse or a backpack, that’s important.
He took the basic ideas behind Bitcoin — a currency created by a pseudonymous character who goes by the name Satoshi Nakamoto — and refined them. Litecoin was designed to pump out four times as many coins as Bitcoin, in an effort to keep the digital currency from becoming scarce and too expensive. It processes transactions more quickly, and discourages the kind of high-volume but very small transactions that have become a nuisance on the Bitcoin network. And it lets regular folks more easily “mine” coins — i.e. provide the online currency system with the computing power it needs, in exchange for digital money.
Culinary experimentation with microbes has gotten super trendy. Celebrity chef David Chang of Momofuku has opened a fermentation lab in New York that’s engineering things like pistachio miso and chickenbushi (chicken prepared in the style of Japanese katsuobushi, which is made from fish that is boiled, smoked, and then fermented). At Copenhagen’s NOMA, which has topped several lists of the world’s best restaurants in recent years, chef René Redzepi is playing around with fermenting everything from plums (mmm) to puréed grasshoppers (hmm).
In 1896, the Hartford Electric Light Company proposed a recharging infrastructure. People could buy a car from General Electric and exchange their battery through Hartford Electric as a means of “gassing up.”
Google+, which gained momentum after a successful launch in 2011 but then suffered from a slowdown in growth, is now surging in popularity, defying the predictions of many pundits who said it would fade away. L2 Think Tank Founder Scott Galloway says that’s because Google has effectively integrated Google+ with its most popular products, such as Search and Gmail, which places the social network in front of Google users throughout the day.
Three years after buying computer vision-company Polar Rose, Apple has Acquired another start-up from southern Sweden. Rapidus can today reveal That the technology giant has bought AlgoTrim, a software developer specialized in compression algorithms for mobile phones. AlgoTrim has underdeveloped algorithms for lossless compression of processing instructions in operating systems and applications. Apart from speeding up processing, the compression Reduces the use of flash memory in for exampel RISC processors.