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The first iPhone was actually dreamed up in 1983. Forget that silly old touchscreen, this iPhone was a landline with full, all-white handset and a built-in screen controlled with a stylus.

The phone was designed for Apple by Hartmut Esslinger, an influential designer who helped make the Apple IIc computer (Apple’s first “portable” computer) and later founded Frogdesign. The 1983 iPhone certainly fits in with Esslinger’s other designs for Apple. It also foreshadows the touchscreens of both the iPhone and iPad.

Images of the 1983 iPhone have been circling the web for a while but there has been renewed interest in Apple’s early designs and history thanks to a peek inside Stanford University’s massive trove of Apple documents. The archives are a close-guarded secret but Stanford is starting to grant access to selected journalists and organizations. The archives were donated in 1997 after Steve Jobs rejoined the company and document much of the design and personnel changes that took place in the 1980s.

The 1983 iPhone is just one of many prototypes buried in Apple’s past. There’s even a device that looks similar to an iPad. Despite the phone’s age, it actually looks like a cool concept that could easily be updated into a modern consumer product by replacing simple stylus screen with an iPad-like interface.

1983 iphone image

iphone 1983 image

via Zachary Sniderman from Mashable

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I didn’t know that!

You may have heard different company names and their brand names but do you know how they came up with those names? Why Google is Google? Why Apple Computers name their company “Apple”? Or say why the best networking company is called CISCO? Well there are reasons behind names of these companies.. so lets check it out..

Adobe – came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind thehouse of founder John Warnock.

Apache – It got its name because its founders got started by applying patchesto code written for NCSA’s httpd daemon. The result was ‘A PAtCHy’server — thus, the name Apache

Apple Computers – favorite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5 o’clock.

CISCO – its not an acronym but the short for San Francisco.

Google -the name started as a jokey boast about the amount of informationthe search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named ‘Googol’,a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders,Stanford grad students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project toan angel investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google’

Hotmail – Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the webfrom a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up withthe business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in’mail’ and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters “html” – theprogramming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred toas HoTMaiL with selective upper casing.

HP – Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether thecompany they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.

Intel – Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company’Moore Noyce’ but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain, so theyhad to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.

Lotus (Notes) – Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from ‘The LotusPosition’ or ‘Padmasana’. Kapor used to be a teacher of TranscendentalMeditation (by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi).

Microsoft – coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted toMICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the ‘-‘ was removed later on.

Motorola – Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the timewas called Victrola.

ORACLE – Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). The code name for the project was called Oracle (acronym for: One Real As**ole Called Larry Ellison)

Red Hat – Company founder Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse teamcap (with red and white stripes) while at college by his grandfather. He lost it andhad to search for it desperately. The manual of the beta version of Red Hat Linuxhad an appeal to readers to return his Red Hat if found by anyone !

Samsung – meaning three stars in Korean.

SAP – “Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing”, formed by 4 ex-IBMemployees who used to work in the ‘Systems/Applications/Projects”

SUN – founded by 4 Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for StanfordUniversity Network.

Wipro – from Western India Vegetable Products Limited. The company started as a modest Vanaspati and laundry soap producer and is now also an IT services giant.
 

 

Xerox – The inventor, Chestor Carlson, named his product trying to say ‘dry’ (asit was dry copying, markedly different from the then prevailing wet copying).The Greek root ‘xer’ means dry.

Yahoo! – the word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book ‘Gulliver’sTravels’. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and isbarely human. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the namebecause they considered themselves yahoos.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_company_name_etymologies

Apple was recently awarded a US patent for a stereoscopic three-dimensional display system that doesn’t require glasses, reported Patently Apple. A scan of the convoluted wording of the patent file reveals a few key points:

1) Left and right eye sub-images are modulated to provide three dimensional images without the need for special glasses.

2) Multiple observers can be accommodated independently and simultaneously.

3) The display will use real time tracking of observers’ eye positions to enable realistic horizontal and vertical parallax.

4) A system of tiny-pixel sized mirrored domes are used that are able to change angle based on viewing position.

It’s easy to imagine applications in personal devices such as iPhone or iPad. 3D FaceTime and augmented reality apps definitely spring to mind. However, with the emphasis on multiple observers, it is definitely plausible Apple is working on 3D desktop displays or something entirely different as well.

as said by Mike K.

Arm hopes to bring high-performance graphics applications such as 3D imaging and gaming to handheld devices like smartphones while keeping battery life intact with a new graphics processor design it announced on Wednesday.

Everyday multimedia applications like video playback and image recognition draw a lot of battery life, but the company’s new Mali T604 graphics processor will accelerate those applications while drawing less power, said Ian Smythe, director of marketing at ARM. The Mali T604 will be able to handle 3D imaging and full high-definition video.

Arm also makes CPUs that go into most of world’s smartphones, and the new graphics processor will work in conjunction with CPUs to improve performance. The graphics processor delivers a five-time performance improvement over its predecessors, and when built inside a chip, consumes less than 850 milliwatts.

Smartphones have evolved over years, and today are handling a larger load of multimedia applications, Smythe said. Tasks such as gesture and speech recognition can also be off-loaded from CPUs to graphics processors. Smythe said.

Arm licenses its processor designs to chip manufacturers such as Samsung, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and other companies. The company didn’t announce licensees for the graphics processor, but the chip designs could be found in devices like smartphones and set-top boxes two years from now, Smythe said.

The graphics processor is designed to work with the company’s latest Cortex-A15 CPU, which was announced in September. The A15, which is designed for devices ranging from smartphones to servers, could scale up in performance with up to 16 cores, with each CPU running at 2.5GHz. Both processors have coherent hardware caches and interfaces to provide a performance advantage and reduction in power consumption, Smythe said.

The concept of harnessing the power of graphics processors to boost system performance originates from PCs. Many servers, laptops and PCs now use graphics cards alongside CPUs to boost tasks like gaming, viewing video and image manipulation. Applications like Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome are implementing the capability to offload tasks like rendering of HTML 5 or Flash video content to graphics processors.

Some of the world’s fastest supercomputers also use graphics processors to speed math and science applications. But CPUs are still important, and remain at the center of processing everyday tasks such as Web browsing and running productivity applications.

Developers also need to write applications to harness the parallel-processing capabilities of CPUs and graphics processors. The Mali T604 will be compatible with Microsoft’s DirectX 11 and OpenCL 1.1, which are competing programming frameworks for parallel task execution.

DirectX 11 is a set of APIs (application programming interfaces) that are capable of bringing more realistic images to Microsoft’s Windows 7 OS, which is used on PCs. But Windows 7 works on Intel processors and does not work with Arm processors, while Microsoft’s smartphone OS — Windows Phone 7 — does not include full DirectX 11 compatibility. Arm’s Smythe declined to comment whether Microsoft’s smartphone OS would eventually build in full DirectX 11 capabilities.

The company is providing support for the DirectX 11 framework in case Arm licensees need it, Smythe said.

“We really can’t comment on Microsoft’s roadmap,” Smythe said. “We see it as a requirement from our semiconductor customers to have the capability to support DX.”

Microsoft did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The OpenCL standard includes a C-like programming language with APIs to enable parallel task execution. IBM, Apple, Intel, Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices are among the backers of OpenCL.

as said by Agam Shah

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