ARM vs x86/x64

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I was recently asked a question about Windows 10. Microsoft is unifying the codebase between computers, laptops, tablets, and even smartphones to something more uniform across all devices. In the process we’re seeing Microsoft drop support for Windows RT, which runs on ARM-based hardware rather than Intel x86/x64 chips. With Intel mobile procs getting almost…

What if you could stuff your whole computer into your mouse? (video)

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I’m a fan of mobile computing. You might have picked up on that thanks to my involvement with Pocketnow. Inside our smartphones are fully functional computers. They have multi-core, multi-GHz processors, a couple GB RAM, a fair amount of storage space, and so much more. Thanks to ARM-based processors, based on RISC rather than CISC…

Cheap Capacitors

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Ready for a ridiculous over-simplification of what a capacitor is and does? Think of your city’s municipal water tower. You have water being pumped into the top, a reservoir to hold a bunch of water, and a pipe coming out the bottom which ties into the water distribution network (“pipes”). Why have the water tower…

iPad: It’s just a big iPhone… without the phone

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Today Apple announced a long rumored “tablet” pc. Except it’s not a pc, it’s not even a Mac. It runs the iPhone operating system. For the most part, it’s just a big iPhone. Well, sort of. It doesn’t even have a phone. You read that correctly: no phone. There’s no web cam either, so you…