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 For those who don't know, Intrinsity, an Austin, TX based firm, traces it roots back to the PowerPC x704 in the 1990s. For those who weren't born or were still babies at the time, the PowerPC x704 was a high clock rate PowerPC processor (~500 MHz!) that they tried to sell to Apple for use in Apple PowerPC Macs. It caused quite the stir at the time as they were using an "exotic" biCMOS process to get those clock rates. Anyways, Apple killed Mac clones, and that basically...
As others have said, ARM SoCs can't improve 2x every year forever. ARM has run out of the low hanging fruit with the latest generation of CPUs where 3-issue out-of-order execution architectures were introduced with Krait, Swift and A15 cores. For a period of 4 or 5 years or so, ARM went from simple 1-issue, in-order, non-superscalar architectures to modern techniques (superscalar, wider issue widths, branch prediction, out-of-order, SMP) on a yearly cycle. They...
re: 128 GB storage   If Apple is going to have 60 fps or 120 fps 1080p video recording, you'll need that 128 GB and then some.   I'm tempted. I have 64 GB. It's been great not having to worry or manage my storage space. 128 GB would be awesome, especially if the "5S" storage configs are 32/64/128 for the traditional subsidized 200/300/400 USD price points (650/750/850 unsubsidized). If lossless audio becomes a real option, I'm sure there will be audiophiles...
  Friday's have always been the official availability date of iPhones. So, Sept 20.   Sep 03: press invitation for press event Sep 10: press event announcing the phone and whatever else (iOS 7, iPods, etc) Sep 13: early AM pre-ordering starts Sep 17: iOS 7.0.1 out the door? Sep 18: at about 9 pm Eastern, the embargo lifts for reviewers Sep 19: somebody somewhere will get their new phone a day early Sep 20: You can walk into a store and get or if you pre-ordered it should...
  The GoT is actually older than HP and the Philosopher's Stone by one year. ;) I'm am indeed old now. It's nice that the book series is getting a secondary boost because of the TV series, and GRRM is getting much deserved mainstream attention, but he went all Robert Jordan on us with the last two books. He really only had enough for 3 books. After that, it's been a slog through the mud.   Anyways, yeah, I wouldn't say that there aren't any great novels or books anymore,...
  Definitely the latter. ebook prices were going to fall to less then $5, if not lower. And it was going to happen sooner than later.   1. People don't read books anymore. Yes, Steve Jobs was right. The competition for our time is intense. What would I rather do during the 60 minutes per day of free time I have? Watch TV and the 500 channels available? Read and participate in an Internet forum? (I do this too much obviously). Read websites and blogs? Play a game? (Kingdom...
  I think the DOJ is nuts here (the equivalent of Javert from Les Miserables), but the collusion is fairly easy to understand.   In the wholesale model (what most retailers use), a publisher would sell books to a retailer for say $15 (wholesale price). The retailer is than free to sell it to end consumers at the MSRP, like $25, or $20, or loss lead for $10. The price competition arises because a publisher would sell their books to multiple retailers: like Barnes & Nobles,...
  I believe it is more complicated than this, and will doubt the DOJ until they lay AMZN's eBook division financials to really see. Amazon, as a company, rarely posts a profit, so skepticism about the eBook division's profitability should be warranted until they prove otherwise. As it stands today, we only have the word of the DOJ saying that Amazon's eBook business is profitable.   It's complicated as isn't Kindle hardware part of Amazon's eBook division? Kindle hardware...
  The publisher's problem is that hardcover books generate most of their revenues. These hardcover books are typically $15 to $25, with typical sell-in to the wholesaler/retailer at $12 to $15. The publisher's arrangement for ebooks were likely similar, they sold ebooks to Amazon at around $12, probably thinking that Amazon would sell them for one or two dollars cheaper than brick and mortar retailers selling hard covers, like they usually do for hard covers.   With...
  One more time. How do you know Amazon's eBook business was or is in the red? Then, how would you be able to tell in the future?   I don't think there's a problem whatsoever with Apple using the wholesale model for eBooks, and operating it at zero margin, just like Amazon is purported to do. The only problem is Apple's practice of always trying to make a profit, or at a minimum something just above break even like the iTunes store.   Was the DOJ lying about Amazon's...
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