WIRED Logo Click to share this story on Facebook Click to share this story on Twitter Click to email this story Click to comment on this story. (will open new tab) Inside Apple’s Insanely Great (or Just Insane) New Mothership Inside Apple’s Insanely Great (or Just Insane) New Mothership by Steven Levy | photographs by Dan Winters 05.16.17 On June 7, 2011, a local businessman addressed a meeting of the Cupertino City Council. He had not been on the agenda, but his presence wasn’t a total surprise. Earlier in the year the man had expressed his intention to attend a meeting in order to propose a new series of buildings along the city’s northern border, but he hadn’t felt up to it at the time. He was, as all of them knew, in dire health. Before the start of the meeting, Kris Wang, a Cupertino councilmember, looked out the window at the back of the room and saw him walking toward the building. He moved with … [Read more...] about Apple’s New Campus: An Exclusive Look Inside the Mothership
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Microsoft is set to release its newest operating system, Windows 7, on October 22. "Oh no," you might be groaning, "not another Windows upgrade!"Windows 7Bible: Your Complete Guide to the Next Version of Windows Slideshow: Windows 7 in Pictures: 10Cool Desktop FeaturesThose of us who have been through one or more previous upgrades, from, say, Windows 98 to Windows XP or from XP to Vista, have learned that upgrades can be a painful process, fraught with hardware and software compatibility issues that create ongoing operational problems -- or worse, make a PC nonfunctional.It's unlikely that the upgrade process will improve with Windows 7. Upgraders -- especially those making the leap to the 64-bit version of Windows 7 -- will most likely suffer through a slew of hardware, software and driver incompatibilities.The simplest and quickest way to deploy Windows 7 will be on new hardware, avoiding the whole upgrade process. But instead of buying an off-the-shelf PC, I recommend that you … [Read more...] about Building an Inexpensive, High-Performance PC for Windows 7
If CES is the party deck of the mobile technology world, Mobile World Congress is the engine room. It's where the world's carriers meet infrastructure vendors and telecom ministers, and Very Serious Business takes place. Handset makers from the top tier to the bargain basement all clamor for attention and, with any luck, something interesting will turn up.This year, three major vendors unveiled flagship phones, each addressing what the companies seem to think are very different customer needs. I was able to do quick tryouts of the LG G5, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the HP Elite x3 -- revealing three sophisticated companies with amazingly different views of the world.It's important to note: These aren't full product reviews (which we plan to have for you closer to when the products are released). This roundup is based on quick hands-on impressions with information based on pre-briefings and filled in by product demonstrators who may not have been fully informed. But even given that, you … [Read more...] about First look: The LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 and HP Elite x3 premiere at the Mobile World Congress
Uncharted territory. That's what I call the Windows landscape post-Vista. For the first time in recent memory, Microsoft is set to deliver a new OS -- Windows 7 -- that isn't any fatter or slower than its predecessor. In other words, The Great Moore's Law Compensator (TGMLC), which I famously defined as part of my "Fat, fatter, fattest" article last year, has gone bust. Kaput. No longer applies. [ What fate awaits Microsoft? InfoWorld lays out five scenarios for the post-Gates era in "What future is in store for Microsoft?" ]I call it uncharted territory because, to my knowledge, this situation simply has no precedent. Virtually every new Windows version has brought with it up-rated CPU and memory requirements. The closest thing to the current scenario is the Windows 2000-to-XP transition circa 2001, and that one doesn't really count because almost nobody was running 2000 at the time (Windows 9x was still the dominant platform for mainstream desktop users).So, here we are in 2009, … [Read more...] about Windows 7: The beginning of the end of the “Wintel” duopoly?
As it turns out, Windows Vista really wasn't all that slow; and no, your PC probably won't fry if you open it up without wearing a wrist strap. Thanks in large part to the Internet, the tech world is teeming with lies, half-truths, and misinformation. We've dug up some of the Web's most notorious nuggets of conventional wisdom to see which hold up to scrutiny and which are merely urban legends.Of course, there's often a grain of truth in even the most fanciful myth. That's why we provide a handy-dandy set of numbered warning signs to indicate how accurate each of these myths is, with 1 being True and 4 being Outrageous--a complete fabrication. After all, they say numbers never lie. The Claim: Vista Is Slower Than Windows 7When Windows Vista came out, it soon acquired a reputation for being slow and a resource hog. Once Windows 7 arrived, people were quick to tout it as the speedy, slim operating system that Vista should have been.We conducted performance tests on a handful of laptops … [Read more...] about Technology’s Biggest Myths
Earlier this year, I read a blog post that bothered me a little bit. It was basically a list of technologies that no self-respecting geek should ever be caught dead with because those technologies are so last week. I won't name the author or link to the post because I have a lot of respect for the person who wrote it and I don't want to trash the article. Even so, I thought that it might be fun to write a rebuttal of sorts. My goal in doing so is to talk about products and technologies that could be considered obsolete in some ways, but for which there are still legitimate uses.The argument against wristwatches is that everybody has a cellphone, and every cellphone has a clock, so there is no need for a wristwatch. While I agree with this idea in some ways, there is also the convenience factor to consider. It can be a pain to have to take a cellphone out of its holster every time that you want to see what time it is. It's so much easier to just glance at your wrist.Another technology … [Read more...] about 10 obsolete technologies that are still useful
Think working in the games industry would be an exciting career move? The spotlight on poor working conditions in the games industry - kicked off last month by a spate of online testimonials from disgruntled developers - has an all too familiar ring to it for local games developers.Bill Roper, former producer at Blizzard Entertainment (Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo), delivered a keynote to the Australian Gaming Developers Conference on the subject of staff morale, inspired by recent public debate about working conditions such as high pressure project crunch times and unpaid overtime, which have become standard procedure in the $40 billion game software market.Roper, now CEO of Flagship Studios, gave a speech at the conference titled -The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Shootout at the OK Morale" to a local industry that, while healthy - earning export revenue of $100 million in 2002 - is characterised by many of the poor working conditions being debated overseas.In Australia, developers … [Read more...] about Games development: a real career choice?
Saturday marks TechHive’s first anniversary, and it has been quite the year to say the least. From game-changing new products to cringeworthy press events to the resurgence of companies back from the brink of irrelevance, the past 365 days have taken the industry on a roller-coaster ride, and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed every twist, turn, and stomach-dropping plunge.As we buckle up for another year, each TechHive staffer reflects on the most memorable products, events, and trends of the year gone by.When TechHive was a mere five days old, Apple released iOS 6 to the masses, and with it came the panic-inducing Apple Maps. The platform’s marquee feature, the one with the most hype, was such a colossal failure at launch that I still can’t believe it was supposed to replace Google Maps.It sucked at the key thing it was designed to do: give people correct directions. It got someone lost in the Australian Outback. And it even said that the TechHive office building was … [Read more...] about TechHive is 1 year old! Behold our favorite tech stories of the past 365 days
It was twenty-five years ago, August 25, that a young Linus Torvalds sent out that fateful message. Hello everybody out there using minix - I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons)among other things).I've currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work. This implies that I'll get something practical within a few months, and I'd like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them :-)Linus ([email protected])PS. Yes - it's free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs. It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than … [Read more...] about Twenty-five years of Linux overcoming hurdles and overshooting goals
Ryan Vesler hasn’t forgotten the good old days. In fact, he created a business out of remembering them."I have always been interested in anything nostalgic, from vintage sports stories to really cool bits and pieces of pop culture history," said Vesler, the owner of Homage, a retro-inspired T-shirt company he founded in 2007. "I thought of the idea to re-create these great moments with the Homage brand. What drives me is that I get to tell a story with each Homage product we release."These stories are not told with pen and paper, but with a screened image printed on cotton-, rayon- and polyester-blended T-shirts. They are wearable tributes to famous people, places, and events of America's past. Vesler has been able to honor figures including Buzz Aldrin, Babe Ruth, Steve Jobs, Vince Lombardi, Jesse Owens and Arnold Schwarzenegger, to name just a few. His Ohio company's products also depict famous sports moments and pop culture events. Vesler calls it a "new spin on the old … [Read more...] about T-Shirt Entrepreneur Gets Nostalgic with American-Made Goods