Samsung Galaxy S3 Outselling iPhone22 November 2012 12:04:08
Latest sales figures have shown that the Samsung Galaxy S3 sold around 18 million phones in the last three months, compared to 16.2 million iPhone handsets.
Although some argue that the figures are unfair on Apple (they only released the iPhone 5 towards the end of September) it is still an impressive start for the Samsung Galaxy S3 which has certainly caught the attention of the industry and public alike.
iPad 5 release date 21 November 2012 16:09:03
We were all surprised by the Apple’s announcement of the iPad 4 during their recent big event, one expert predicts the company will turn around and release a thinner, lighter iPad 5 in early 2013.
During the event, Apple announced a host of new products, including an iPad mini along with the fourth generation full-sized iPad. But according to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst for KGI Securities, that might not be enough to fend off Microsoft's new Surface tablet.
Kuo wrote in a note to investors, reported by AppleInsider, that Apple may feel pressured to launch a 9.7-inch iPad 5 to cement its lead in the tablet business.
"Though the iPad mini is expected to be successful, we think launching the lighter, thinner 9.7-inch iPad as quickly as possible matters more for Apple strategically," Kuo wrote.
On 19 November, Digitimes reported that the iPad 5 release date would be "around the middle of 2013".
Championing the new touch-friendly OS, Windows RT, the Surface boasts a
10.6-inch screen and is pretty light and thin. It can also be magnetically attached to a keyboard/cover for a more laptop feel.
Microsoft's Surface might just have the mojo needed to wrestle the tablet crown from the iPad. But according to Kuo, Apple is looking to hedge its bets.
Considering the iPad 4 is the same weight, thickness and price point as its predecessor, it's very possible Apple is looking to produce a slimmed-down version.
Apple gave the iPad 4 a new A6X processor system-on-a-chip, which claims to be twice as fast as the last iPad.
It also gained the new lightning connector and better LTE support. But that's all the new features iPad fans will get with the fourth-gen tablet.
Kuo expects Apple to pack "GF DITO" (or GF2) touchscreen technology into the speculative iPad 5. GF2 is already used in the new iPad mini, which helps to make it 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than its bigger brother.
World’s oldest digital computer rebooted21 November 2012 16:04:11
The world’s oldest original digital computer nicknamed WITCH, was rebooted today following three years of precession restoration at the ripe old age of 61.
The Harwell Dekatron, A.K.A WITCH was invented in 1951 to replace the staff at the Harwell Atomic Energy Research Establishment.
It was initially made to crunch numbers, it was defiantly a hard worker, putting in 80 hour weeks without a break.
To put it in comparison to the 21st Century, the computer contains 10,000 moving parts and takes up to 10 seconds to multiply two numbers.
Following its time as a mathematician, the computer was given to the Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Technical College (now Wolverhampton University) to teach programming.
This is where it gained its nickname, the WITCH – Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computing from Harwell.
Donated to Birmingham’s Museum of Science and Industry in 1973, the old school computer was displayed for 24 years before the museum closed and it was dismantled and stored away.
This piece of history is now on display at The National Museum of Computing in Buckinghamshire.