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Sacked Apple engineer snuck into HQ to complete calculator app

Sacked Apple engineer snuck into HQ to complete calculator app

Here’s a pretty incredible story: a contractor working for Apple named Ron Avitzur successfully managed to sneak into Apple headquarters and complete his software project long after it had been cancelled. Avitzur was originally part of a team working on a graphing calculator that would ship with the company’s new PowerPC computer in 1994. Apple scrapped the project and offered Avitzur a place in the company, but he declined, only wishing to work on projects that interested him.

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ADATA XPG SX910 SSDs feel the need for speed

ADATA XPG SX910 SSDs feel the need for speed

We’ve seen SSD prices tumble down over the past year, but if you want the best performance possible you’ll still have to cough up a significant amount of cash. ADATA has a high-speed SSD that might take your fancy, the XPG SX910. The company says the SSD is 7% larger than drives that use a SandForce controller, and thanks to optimized firmware can hit 4k random read/write speeds of 50,000 and 85,000 IOPS.

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Alan Turing, father of modern computing, gets Google tribute

Alan Turing, father of modern computing, gets Google tribute

Google is celebrating a milestone birthday of one of the most important people in the world of computing. It's a posthumous celebration, though. Alan Turing, a man who paved the way for what would become the era of computing, was born 100 years ago this month. In addition to creating a special doodle in Turing's honor, Google also wrote a blog post detailing how the man's contributions will not be forgotten.

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Intel’s Next Unit of Computing to cost around $400

Intel’s Next Unit of Computing to cost around $400

Intel seems to be dabbling in a few different areas right now. The company has the desktop and laptop market locked down pretty tight, and is now attempting to breach the mobile space with Medfield, and may be looking to target miniature computers and HTPCs next. Back in April the company unveiled its “Next Unit of Computing” box, which packed a Sandy Bridge chip, Thunderbolt, HDMI, and USB all into a 10cm by 10cm box, and now rough pricing has been revealed.

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Gigabyte X11 world’s lightest ultrabook pics leak

Gigabyte X11 world’s lightest ultrabook pics leak

Tomorrow, May 31, the lightest ultrabook ever to be released will have its coming out party in Taipei. But ahead of the anticipated launch, some official product shots have leaked, even though there haven't been any leaked technical specs. However, it looks like it will have an 11.6-inch display and a limited number of connection ports.

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Microsoft offers Skype to OEMs for preinstallation

Microsoft offers Skype to OEMs for preinstallation

Microsoft seems to be finally starting to leverage Skype in a more intelligent way. The company is reportedly offering OEMs the opportunity to pre-install Skype on Windows PCs. The new OEM preinstallation kit allows Skype 5.8 to be silently installed on Windows 7. If OEMs choose that option, it would significantly bolster the number of users for the VOIP platform.

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VIA unveils new ARTiGO A1200 DIY PC

VIA unveils new ARTiGO A1200 DIY PC

If you're the sort who likes to roll your own media computers, VIA has a new and slim fanless offering that might catch your eye. The machine is called the ARTiGO A1200 and the machine is only 3 cm thick. The overall dimensions are 24.3 cm x 12.4 cm x 3.0 cm, and it runs a 1 GHz VIA Eden X2 dual core processor.

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Dell introduces XPS One 27

Dell introduces XPS One 27

Dell has today introduced a new all-in-one computer in the XPS range, the XPS One 27. As the name suggests, it features a 27-inch display, which has a 2560x1440 resolution with LED backlighting. The computer will ship with the choice of new two Ivy Bridge processors, the Core i5-3450s or the Core i7-3770s. Intel’s HD 4000 integrated GPU will come as standard, but there’s the option to add NVIDIA’s GT 640M GPU with 2GB of RAM also.

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Apple rumored to use Retina display in next iMac

Apple rumored to use Retina display in next iMac

Apple may be gearing up to refresh its entire Mac lineup with Retina displays. The imminent MacBook Pro refresh has long been rumored to feature the new pixel-dense screen and now the next-gen iMac looks to be getting the same treatment. The new iMacs are also rumored to feature the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors and a noticeably slimmer design.

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