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Future iPhones to wield OpenCL acceleration

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Imagination Technologies has posted a series of job openings for OpenCL engineers, indicating that the open, general purpose GPU parallelism technology Apple spearheaded for use in Mac OS X Snow Leopard is destined to also play a significant role in boosting embedded graphics and video acceleration on the company’s future handheld products.

Imagination’s job postings include an OpenCL Compiler Senior Design Engineer, OpenCL Driver Design Engineer, and OpenCL Compiler Design Engineer. Each requests experience with “embedded real-time operating systems” as well as kernel and assembly language development skills, and indicate a focus on “software for current and next generation graphics hardware.”

AppleInsider | Future iPhones to wield OpenCL acceleration

December 20, 2008   3 Comments

OpenCL and OpenGL take on DirectX

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

The broad industry support Apple is building around OpenCL will help increase the critical mass behind OpenGL, the 2D and 3D graphics language Apple uses extensively in Mac OS X. Since the mid 90s, Microsoft has worked to prevent the adoption of OpenGL as an interoperable industry standard in favor of its own proprietary DirectX portfolio of graphics software and gaming tools.

OpenCL and OpenGL take on DirectX

December 18, 2008   1 Comment

Apple finally outed as mysterious PowerVR licensee

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

New evidence that Apple is the mysterious licensee of Imagination Technologies Group’s PowerVR mobile graphics technology broke today, when the company publicly announced that Apple has subscribed to 8 million new shares of IMG, giving the iPhone maker a 3% stake in the firm. A press release also revealed Apple to be a licensee of Imagination’s technology.

Apple finally outed as mysterious PowerVR licensee

December 18, 2008   No Comments

Why Did Apple Bail On Macworld Expo?

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Sometimes it feels odd to have to explain why a company such as Apple, which can generate tremendous waves of publicity by simply sending out “event” post cards as a press release at any point throughout the year, might want to bail out of Macworld Expo, an event it does not control, does not really benefit from, is poorly positioned within the year for new product announcements, and has limped along on life support for years just like every other trade show in the terminally ill industry, even before the economic crisis really hit.

Who exactly could be surprised by Apple’s move, apart from the pseudo-journalistic tech punditry circle that has for so long confused the role of reporting events in the tech industry with trying to mold public opinion through its tiresome cacophony of forcefully stated, but poorly thought out opinions?
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December 17, 2008   48 Comments

NVIDIA pioneering OpenCL support on top of CUDA

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

NVIDIA, Apple’s new MacBook chipset partner, is working hard to provide seamless support for OpenCL, the cross platform API Apple developed for Snow Leopard to create a vendor neutral, open specification for parallel programming across any compliant GPU.

AppleInsider | NVIDIA pioneering OpenCL support on top of CUDA

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December 10, 2008   4 Comments

Cellphone vendors could exit business if economy remains bleak

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Mobile phone makers are sounding alarms to their investors cautioning that mobile sales are down and likely to only get worse in 2009. However, Apple’s iPhone is uniquely positioned within the safer smartphone market, a segment that is expected to continue to grow next year.

Cellphone vendors could exit business if economy remains bleak

December 9, 2008   5 Comments

TGDaily Resets Expectations for the Android G1

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Five weeks after telling us that “it seems” T-Mobile’s G1 had already found 1.5 million initial buyers, Wolfgang Gruener of TGDaily is now telling us that the G1 is selling “better than expected” since manufacturer HTC now “thinks” it can build a million units by the end of the year. Hmm.

(Where’s RoughlyDrafted been? See below…)
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November 24, 2008   12 Comments

The Future of Mobile Software

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Daniel Eran Dilger

The software business is going mobile. That shift will present new challenges but also new opportunities for developers. Here’s how the mobile market has evolved into being today’s promising next frontier for new software models.
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November 14, 2008   46 Comments

What an Obama Presidency Means for Technology

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Daniel Eran Dilger

President Elect Barack Obama won’t actually take office for several weeks, but he’s already given an early glimpse of what he will accomplish in terms of technology. The remaining question is how far he will go to use technology to solve issues under his agenda for the nation.
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November 6, 2008   36 Comments

Microsoft considers adopting WebKit for Internet Explorer

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Addressing a developer conference in Sydney Australia, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the idea of using WebKit as the rendering engine within its web browser was “interesting” and added “we may look at that.”

Microsoft considers adopting WebKit for Internet Explorer

November 6, 2008   4 Comments

What Prop 8 Means to America

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Californians voted to give factory farmed pigs and chickens new rights under Prop 2 but voted to take rights away from its gay citizens with Prop 8. How was it that one of the bluest states in the Union turned against its progressive values and voted to write discrimination into the state constitution?

The simple answer: a hard hitting ad campaign costing over $70 million that pretended the measure was about “protecting families” rather than being a religious assault on minority rights. In reality, Prop 8 was the last hurrah for a group seeking to push its influence before losing its access to the Presidency that had granted it legitimacy over the last eight years.
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November 6, 2008   55 Comments

InformationWeek says Windows 7 is … Windows XP Classic

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Daniel Eran Dilger

InformationWeek
pundit Mitch Wagner has decided that Windows 7 is bad news for Apple because he’s willing to assume, based on optimistic comments made about the early alpha of the new softare, that Microsoft will solve all of its problems with Vista, “the way the Coca-Cola Company did with New Coke.”

Apparently Wagner fails to recall that the Coca-Cola Company solved its New Coke problem by canceling the product and going back to the old Coke. Does Wagner really imagine that Microsoft will battle Apple with Windows XP Classic, or does he just have no idea what he’s talking about?
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November 5, 2008   27 Comments

Three Disruptions in Technology, and How to Benefit

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Every once and a while, a new technology platform surfaces that disrupts the status quo, crushing existing business models and reconfiguring how the world works, what new expectations consumers now have, and how investment decisions will be made in the future. Frequently, nobody sees it coming, and those who think they can are often wrong. There are actually three types of disruption, and being able to identify them can set you apart from your competitors.
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November 3, 2008   18 Comments

Mormons, Fundamentalists, Islamists Back Prop H(8) with Big Bucks

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Despite the sagging economy, record numbers of families being evicted from foreclosed homes, and an uptick in unemployment, a coalition of religious extremists has pooled together at least $67 million to push Proposition 8 as a symbolic demonstration of the intolerance and hatred their faith moves them to open their wallets to fund.

Mormons of the LDS church, orthodox Jews, Catholics and the Knights of Columbus, as well as megachurch evangelicals such as Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church have joined radical Islamicists in pouring their resources into funding social ostracism of their fellow citizens under a new Sharia-like fusion of religious discrimination into secular American government.
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November 3, 2008   58 Comments

Former FCC Chair Reed Hundt: Issues the next president faces in technology

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Daniel Eran Dilger

A presidential debate on technology policy organized by the New American Foundation turned into a simple interview after John McCain’s chief economic policy adviser (the man who called McCain the inventor of the BlackBerry), Douglas Holtz-Eakin, failed to show. Barack Obama’s representative, former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, did attend and offered some perspective of what technology issues the next president will face.
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October 31, 2008   11 Comments