Why some tech workers are sharing desks and computers; Is the future of computing... analog?
Following Apple's landmark victory against Samsung late Friday night, the company's stock price opened today at a record high of $680 per share, the first day of trading since the court ruling. This record surpasses the company's all-time high of $674.88, which was achieved on last Tuesday, August 21. This record also pushed Apple's market capitalization to a new high of $637 billion.
Last Friday, the jury in the Samsung v. Apple case awarded Apple $1.049 billion in damages. After just three days of deliberating, the jury found that Samsung purposely infringed on key Apple patents.
Computer programmers learn tough lesson in sharing [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]
Their method is "pair programming"—where two people share one desk and one computer. One person is the "driver," controlling the keyboard and typing in code. The other "navigates," monitoring design and scanning for bugs.
Pairing is finding fans at technology companies including Facebook Inc. and mobile payments start-up Square. Its advocates speak in glowing terms of the power of coupling, saying paired coders can catch costly software errors and are less likely to waste time surfing the Web.
However, it's the free two-day shipping option that has seen incredible growth and now outpaces Amazon's free Super Saver delivery in terms of volume, with the Kindle Fire and the $79 Kindle topping the charts. The Kindle Touch ranked number three and the first book of the Fifty Shades of Gray trilogy the fourth most popular item.
Inventor challenges a sweeping revision in patent law [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
Mr. Stadnyk and his lawyer — along with some academics, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists — assert that the legislation is a triumph of corporate lobbying power over the founders' wishes, and that it threatens America's stature as the world's leading innovator.
The present system, one of the nation's oldest patent principles and called "first to invent," relies on lab notebooks, e-mails and early prototypes to establish the date of invention. The impending law would overturn that by awarding patents to the inventors who are "first to file" with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Through its Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), the DoD is funding a new program called UPSIDE, short for Unconventional Processing of Signals for Intelligent Data Exploitation. Basically, the program will investigate a brand-new way of doing computing without the digital processors that have come to define computing as we know it. The aim is to build computer chips that are a whole lot more power-efficient than today's processors — even if they make mistakes every now and then.
Meet Darpa's new boss; Facebook's iOS apps get major updates.
Facebook for iOS goes native, waves goodbye to HTML5 [THE VERGE]
In building a native Facebook app for iOS, the company looked at improving three key places, "the app's largest pain points" all relating to speed: launching the app, scrolling through the News Feed, and tapping photos inside the News Feed. "We're twice as fast in all these areas," Johnson
D arpa gets a MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Aug 24, 2012 5:30 AM ET
An analyst may have put her finger on the conversational interface's killer app
In a note to clients issued Friday, Cross Research's Shannon Cross pivots from the Steve Jobs eulogies to take a closer look at Siri, the natural language interface that Apple (AAPL) unveiled the day before he died.
In particular, she singles out an application that wasn't in Scott Forstall's demos or Apple's slick promotional video, but which fits perfectly MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 9, 2011 8:02 AM ET
Big carmakers say they're developing driverless cars, but only the search engine company has taken to California's highways with one. If driverless cars can pick up people at their home or office, the need to buy one at all may soon be gone.
By Doron Levin, contributor
Google's (GOOG) dramatic experiments on California roads with driverless-vehicle technology, publicized with mild fanfare within the past week, could legitimize a once far-fetched concept for MOREOct 12, 2010 12:38 PM ET
Google Nexus One's mission? To boldly go where human translators can't.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is working with DARPA on a new project that would put smartphones in the hands of soldiers in Afganistan to work as translators.
Three competing speech recognition and translation technologies are vying to participate in the 'TRANSTAC project,' which will take a soldier's English, recognize the speech, translate it into Pashto and then spit MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 2, 2010 9:55 AM ET
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