A year after his death, the family of Apple founder Steve Jobs have helped launch the super yacht the late technocrat designed in the Netherlands. Jobs reportedly spent years designing the 250-foot yacht called Venus which is steered from the control room or wheelhouse by a group of 27-inch iMacs, according to Business Insider. The light-weight yacht -- named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty -- is 80 meters long and its sleek design with a line of large square windows and the minimalist sun deck would be familiar to Apple fans. The ship's main windows were designed using a special glass that Apple stores designers made to support the structure. With an aluminum hull and exterior as well as its own speed boat, the ship is thought to be both lighter and faster than your average yacht. Those who worked on the ship each received an iPod shuffle with the ship's name engraved on the back as well as a thank-you note from the Jobs family for their "hardwork and craftsmanship", The Verge reports.
Amazon is suing its former Amazon Web Services sales chief after he moved to Google, a purveyor of rival cloud goodness. The online retailer turned tablet maker and cloud giant filed suit against Daniel Powers in mid-October, claiming that his move to Google violates a noncompete clause in his employment agreement that prevents him from working for the competition for 18 months after leaving Amazon. Amazon also claims the move to Google violates his severance package of $325,000.
Samsung Electronics Co., the world's biggest maker of TVs and mobile phones, reported record profit that beat analysts' estimates and forecast intensifying competition as the global economy slows. Net income in the three months ended Sept. 30 rose 91 percent to 6.56 trillion won ($6 billion), the Suwon, South Korea-based company said in a statement today. That compares with the 6.25 trillion-won average of 27 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
A bartender in San Francisco found himself the target of the Google Gestapo after one of the search giant's employees left a prototype smartphone at his bar. Jamin Barton, who is affectionately known as "Sudsy" by patrons of the 500 Club in San Francisco's mission district,told Wired that he was closing up after a slow evening last month when he found a yet-to-be released Nexus 4 Android phone . "We find about 20 [phones] a week," he said to the magazine. "Most people come back for them in 15 minutes."
The new Microsoft Surface tablet was released on Friday. Microsoft sold out the online pre orders and in the UK. Some tablets may be available at certain stores. I got mine and it is awesome. The Surface starts at $499 for the 32 GB model and comes with Microsoft Office. Separate attachable keyboards built into the cover separate the Surface from the iPAD.
Here's a quote for Daring Fireball's claim chowder: "As we have stated before on many occasions, Apple's time to turn from a tech titan into a dinosaur will come, but we still think that we are at least a year away..." -- Berenberg Bank's Adnaan Ahmad I suppose working for a company that's been in the private banking business since 1590 gives one a certain historical perspective, but it's hard to believe -- not matter what he wrote on Friday -- that Mr. Ahmad really thinks that Apple (AAPL) will face extinction in fiscal 2014.
In other big tablet news the 16GB iPad mini was shown last week for the first time. After about a day and a half Apple's latest miniaturized iPads are now sold out, with the Apple website stating that the device will be available in 2 weeks if you choose to put in an order now. The 7.9" tablet is basically the same tablet as the regular iPad except the graphics are not quite as good. The camera is better than other 7" competitors however. The cheapest mini will cost $329 for a 16 GB wifi model.
Netflix investors are apparently keen on the idea of a Microsoft takeover. How so? Following online chatter that Microsoft may be making a move to acquire the video streaming and DVD-by-mail rental service, shares of Netflix jumped by more than 13 percent. The spike in share price, which sits at $69.58 heading into the work week, comes less than a week after Netflix announced its Q3 financial results, which wasn't all that impressive to Wall Street.
The US Copyright Office has published the latest exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and it's good news for phone jailbreakers and video remixers, who are now legal - well, until 2015, at least. The terms of DMCA lockdowns are reviewed every three years, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is claiming victory after it successfully petitioned for exemptions in the current round of changes. In particular, the EFF asked that owners of smartphones, tablets, and games consoles should be allowed to do what they like with the devices they purchase, changing the operating system or software to suit themselves. In a partial victory for those owners, the Copyright Office ruled that smartphones can legally be jailbroken, which is good news for modders. But if you own a fondleslab, you're out of luck.
For more than two years, Paul Ceglia has been waging a legal battle against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in an effort to establish himself as the majority owner of the social networking site. Now the Internet entrepreneur has a new courtroom opponent: the federal government. Authorities arrested Ceglia on Friday and charged him with fraud for allegedly manufacturing evidence to bolster his Facebook ownership claims. Ceglia says he hired Zuckerberg in 2003 to develop his website, StreetFax.com. At the time, he purportedly agreed to pay Zuckerberg $1,000 to finance work on a project known as "The Face Book," in exchange for a share of the company.
Intel has revved up its mainstream SSD line from the Series 330 to the Series 335, and the company sent over a 240GB model for evaluation (and 240GB is apparently the only capacity it is launching this series with). The new drives feature 20nm NAND flash memory, compared with the 25nm chips in the older series, but Intel continues to use an LSI/SandForce SF-2281 controller with custom Intel firmware. The company uses the same controller in its Series 330 and Series 520 drives. But what may be of most interest to consumers is that the Series 335 is significantly cheaper per gigabyte: Intel expects this 240GB drive to cost about the same as a 180GB Series 330. And while the product was officially embargoed until 8:30 a.m. on October 29, we saw it listed for sale online the evening of October 28 at prices between $184 and $225, including shipping.
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