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  • Inside the Intel 1405: die photos of a shift register memory

    Sun 7:25pm
    In 1970, MOS memory chips were just becoming popular, but were still very expensive. Intel had released their first product the previous year, the 3101 RAM chip with 64 bits of storage.[1] For this chip (with enough storage to hold the word "aardvark") you'd…
  • BlackBerry's surviving, but not as a smartphone company

    Sun 3:32pm
    It's been almost a year since John Chen was appointed to save Blackberry and it's clear that his grand plan has, at least, stopped the company losing money hand over fist. In the Canadian outfit's latest three month report, it reveals that losses have been…
  • Apple Watch, WatchKit, and accessibility

    Sun 3:24pm
    Ever since rumors started swirling that Apple was working on a wearable device, I've often thought about what such a device would mean for people with disabilities. My curiosity is so high, in fact, that I've even written about the possibilities. Make no…
  • Flaw discovered that could let anyone listen to your cell calls

    Fri 7:02pm
    German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale - even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now…
  • Jolla releases 10th major Sailfish update

    Thu 12:47pm
    Jolla released the tenth major update for Sailfish today, bumping the version number to the as always very useful and helpful 1.1.1.26. The name of the update, also as always in Finnish, isn't helping either: Vaarainj√§rvi. Joking aside, this tenth update is a…
  • HP will release a "revolutionary" new operating system in 2015

    Thu 12:44pm
    Hewlett-Packard will take a big step toward shaking up its own troubled business and the entire computing industry next year when it releases an operating system for an exotic new computer.
  • Canada court to order Apple to turn over records in iPhone probe

    Thu 7:04am
    The Federal Court of Canada agreed on Wednesday to order Apple Inc's Canadian subsidiary to turn over documents to the Competition Bureau to help investigate whether Apple unfairly used its market power to promote the sale of iPhones.…
  • 'Tis the season for debugging

    Wed 6:07pm
    Since the last time, the expression parser has grown several new capabilities. We are now able to infer the types of operands, and as such one no longer needs to set the type that one wishes the value to be returned as. A further consequence is that…
  • The everything book: reading in the age of Amazon

    Wed 6:03pm
    Hundreds of millions of tablets and e-readers have been sold, but today we're still inclined to think of a book as words on a page. Amazon's success with Kindle has hinged on recognizing how much more they can be. So where does the company go from here? In a…
  • Sony cancels The Interview release amid threats

    Wed 6:01pm
    Sony Pictures has cancelled the planned release on 25 December of the film The Interview, after major cinema chains decided not to screen it.…
  • Amazon pushes a big update to the Fire Phone

    Wed 5:55pm
    Amazon is continuing to fiddle with the Fire Phone's software even after it became apparent that the device isn't selling terribly well. An OTA is going out right now to the AT&T and GSM unlocked devices with a ton of improvements to the camera, battery life,…
  • BlackBerry Classic review

    Wed 3:11pm
    The wait is over. The BlackBerry Classic has now arrived, and it brings the promise of the speed and performance of BlackBerry 10 with the familiar and classic navigation keys you know and love. All that in a package that is 'designed from the ground up to…
  • The GNU GPL to be tested in court

    Tue 4:13pm
    The GNU General Public License (version 2) is one of the most widely used open source licenses in the world. The GNU GPLv2 is commonly used in Linux distributions and open source applications. Yet, despite being widely used for decades, the GPLv2 has not been…
  • 'I don't need your permission!'

    Tue 4:13pm
    Permissions on Android are tricky to get right from a user perspective. Usually you only want to do something minor and innocuous (pre-fill a form with a contact's info) but the actual permission you have to request gives you much more power than necessary…
  • Jury finds Apple not guilty in iTunes DRM case

    Tue 2:37pm
    An eight-person jury has decided that Apple is not on the hook for what could have been more than $1 billion in a trial centering on extra security measures the company added to iTunes and iPods starting in 2006.…