Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Apple Map Fails, iOS Boss Resigns

Two Apple senior executives will resign from the iPhone and iPad company manufacturers. The announcement was submitted officially by Apple along with major changes in their management.

Two high-ranking Apple executives are Scott Forstall, head of iOS applications, and retail chief John Browett.

As quoted from the BBC, the announcement was made following the resignation of embarrassing problems that occur in the new digital map software, Apple Maps, and a disappointing quarterly report.

For information, Apple has launched a new operating system iOS6, with features such as maps that can be used as a satellite navigation.

Unlike previous versions of iOS, iOS6 did not include Google Maps and Apple chose to make your own map application. However, Apple Maps is considered not as accurate as Google maps.

Apple faces criticism after the new map software released last month showed inaccuracies and errors put cities.

The case that led to Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, to apologize to the consument and a number of criticisms also directed to Forstall who is behind the making of the application bigwigs Apple Maps.

Position Forstall, Apple is actually very important. He is one of Apple's top brass is believed to be one of the advisors CEO of Apple, Tim Cook. Forstall who had joined Apple in 1997 could be called a par with Apple products designer Jonathan Ive.

As quoted by Reuters, Forstall addition to being responsible for the failure of Apple Maps, it is also considered to have failed to develop the voice assistant app Siri.

Forstall will leave Apple in 2013 and for a while he would be an advisor Tim Cook. While John Browett would immediately resign.

Browett pulled Apple from British electronics company, Dixons, six months ago. He was in charge of reducing staff in stores owned by Apple.

Efforts to find a replacement Browett has been done, and the time the stores will submit a report directly to Tim Cook.

Friday, 26 October 2012

China Blocks New York Times Website

The New York Times said access to their sites blocked in China following the news media investigations about the family's wealth Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.
The newspaper said the blocking of the first done on their Chinese site, followed by the English version of the site. Reference link to the report published The New York Times also blocked in the micro-blog site.
In its report, the New York Times'' Wen said family members control assets worth at least 2.7 billion U.S. dollars, or around Rp 25.9 trillion''.
"Wen Jiabao Many family members, including his son, his daughter, his brother and sister-in-law, who became very rich while he was prime minister,'' according to a newspaper report.
"In many cases, their names hidden behind many layers on behalf of the partnership and investment involving friends, co-workers and business.''
The newspaper said that the government of China and Wen's family declined to comment on reports of an investigation by the recording company of the year 1992-2012.
No company in the name of Wen found or impossible'' to find from the documents, if he removes traces of any decision that may affect the company's family or if they receive preferential treatment in investment''.
Not the first
China is very sensitive to the reports of their leaders, especially related to their wealth. The growth of the wealth gap will lead to public discontent, given the many corruption scandals involving government officials.
A spokesman for the New York Times said he hoped the full access to their site will return any time soon'''' in China.
Blocking websites in China due to media bias is not the first of their leaders. In June 2012, when Bloomberg audit report investigating the prospective next president Xi Jinping, the site is also blocked in China - although the report does not indicate an error that made Xi Jinping or family.
Wen Jiabao has been prime minister for nearly 10 years. He will submit his position in a transition of power November 8.
He was known as a popular figure and state media described as a leader who cares for the life of ordinary people.

GM Tests Again Magnesium Material for Component

General Motors (GM) is currently testing the thermal process of magnesium sheet metal that is lighter than aluminum, but has strength which is quite high. Tests performed on some components, such as the rim. If successful, this would be a benefit in terms of fuel efficiency.

GM developed a new method this time allows the material to be formed into rigid with a precision scale. Magnesium is heated to 450 degrees Celsius, then shaped as desired. The result is a panel inside the trunk lid that has a lighter weight of 1 kg of steel metal. That means 75 percent magnesium is lighter than iron, and 33 percent of aluminum.

Its strength is tested 77,000 times as much rock with the help of a robot arm, plus methods clash weighing 250 kg, and the result is quite good. Good again, the item has a weight of 1 kg lighter than steel metal used.

"Every gram reduction in weight of the vehicle was able to contribute to fuel efficiency. Even so, safety and durability also remains a concern and a priority for us," said Greg Warden, executive director of GM Global Vehicle Engineering Body.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

3 Reasons Apple Discontinues iPad 3

Apple made the decision that makes a lot of people surprised. The new third-generation iPad is 6 months old, was replaced with a 4-generation iPad was officially introduced on Tuesday (10/23/2012), in the United States.
iPad 3, which is known as the New iPad, iPad 4 is replaced with the now carries the official name "iPad with Retina Display". In fact, on the official website of Apple, the iPad 3 is already eliminated. The product line is currently only iPad iPad 2, iPad with Retina Display, and iPad Mini.
There are at least 3 reasons why Apple updated the iPad 3. (To simplify the mention of the name New iPad and iPad with Retina Display iPad 3 and hereinafter referred to as the iPad 4).
Updating the processor
iPad 4 using A6X processor, while the iPad 3 A5X wear. Both processors use the CPU (central processing unit) dual core processor, and GPU (Graphics processing unit) quad core. In addition, they also use design SoC (System-on-a-Chip), which combines the CPU and GPU on the same die.
However, Apple claims A6X faster performance than doubled A5X.
Following the standard Lightning Connector
Apple's mobile devices now have a new standard dock connector, an 8-pin, and named Lightning Connector. Lightning Connector is now used in the iPhone 5 and iPod touch generation 5.
iPad 3 is still using size 30 pin dock connector. For this reason, the Apple iPad replace the four that have been using Lightning Connector. This decision was taken in order to maintain ecosystem Apple mobile devices in the future.
Expanding LTE network
When announcing the iPad 3 in March, iPad 3 Apple informs that only supports 4G LTE network in Canada and the United States. Once the tablet is introduced to the market, Apple gets a lot of criticism because users in several countries, including Australia, can not connect to the 4G LTE network of their iPad 3. Apple even accused of lying to the Australian public.
Learning from the many protests, Apple seems to not want to let prospective buyers next iPad. Apple expands 4G LTE network support on the iPad 4, so that the tablet can be used in many countries.
Here's 3 reasons why Apple took the decision that may disappoint most of the owners of the iPad 3. Apple assured, it just did an update on the three components above. No changes to the other hardware specifications, as well as design.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Specifications of iPad Mini

Apple has announced the iPad Mini at an event in San Jose, United States, Wednesday (23/10/2012) local time.

As was expected, iPad mini has a smaller screen size than its predecessor, which is 7.9 inches. Mini iPad screen equipped with a resolution of 1024 x 768.

It uses the dual-core A5 processor, 5MP camera, and have been using the new dock measures 8 pin connector. Mini iPad is available in Wi-Fi models, plus Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

On price, this tablet from Apple priced at 329 U.S. dollars for the 16 GB WiFi only version and 459 dollars for the version of the WiFi + cellular connection.  

Monday, 22 October 2012

The "Crazy" mission of Baumgartner Falls from stratosphere is Success

Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian skydiver, managed to carry out his mission skydiving world record. According to AP reports, Monday (15/10/2012) early morning local time, the man had landed.
Baumgartner plunge in a blimp. His fall finally done after two delays on Monday (08/10/2012) and Tuesday (09/10/2012). Delay before forced to do because of the wind that would interfere with the jump.
About three hours before the article is derived, the BBC reported that Baumgartner balloon began to rise into the atmosphere leaving the launch site in Roswell, New Mexico, USA. Will air balloon to the height of 38.6 km from the sea.
Baumgartner jumps back up to reach the Earth's surface to within about 10 minutes. Half of the trip was taken with the motion of free fall speed 1110 km / h speed of sound through the aliases. Thereafter, the parachute will open.
With this jump, Baumgartner set three records at once. The first is to become the first man to move up through the speed of sound without the aid of any tools. Automatically, he is also a parachutist with the highest speed.
Another record, Baumgartner also a parachutist with the highest point of the jump. Record for the highest jump spot is held by Joe Kittinger of the U.S. Air Force who jumped from an altitude of 31.3 km above sea level.
Baumgartner faced a number of challenges. He is risking his life. The pressure at the height of the jump is less than 2 percent of the pressure at sea level. Temperature is also very low. If specialized clothing is damaged, it can be affected by symptoms ebullism aka blood boiling.
Not to mention the matter of jumping technique. If you jump to the wrong position, it will move in circles. Motion at high speed rotation potentially damage the cardiovascular system, brain, and eyes.
Recent reports AP a few minutes ago stating that the jump was successful. Baumgartner managed to land in a desert in eastern New Mexico after starting the journey from the heights that have entered the stratosphere.
AP reported, shortly after landing, Baumgartner raised arm as a sign of victory. Record-breaking mission successfully done perfectly. Baumgartner returned safely.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Highest Programmer Salary in Google

In order to continue to have an excellent product, technology companies internet based, such as Google and Facebook, should have a software engineer or programmer talented experts.

To attract new talent to join, a company must offer more attractive salaries than other companies.

Which company gives its employees the highest salaries for its software engineers? According to Glassdoor, as quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Google software engineer has the highest annual salary among other technology companies.

Google's software engineers have an average base salary of 128,336 U.S. dollars.

This value is higher around 5,000 dollars from Facebook, who finished second in the list of basic salary of employees highest software engineer. Facebook employees with positions paying an average of 123,626 U.S. dollars.

According to Glassdoor, software engineer salary disparity Facebook and Google become more remote. Last year, there were differences in salary of 6852 U.S. dollars, whereas this year already in 4710 dollar figures alone.

Apple also pays high existing software engineer at the company. Company known for its iPhone product gives a basic salary of 114,413 U.S. dollars to its employees.

In addition to the three companies, eBay and Zynga offering high salaries. eBay provides an average base salary of 108,809 U.S. dollars and 105,568 figures Zynga in U.S. dollars.

From the result of Glassdoor, note that the average salary in the company's software engineer existing technology in Sillicon Valley is very high. On average, the company pays its employees amounting to 92,648 U.S. dollars, up 2.5 percent from a year ago.

Apple Opens Largest Apple Store in Asia

Apple on Saturday (20/10/2012) opens its largest store in Asia, in Beijing.

Some Chinese media reported Apple store covering 2300 square meters is located on Wangfujing Street, a shopping district in the heart of Beijing essential.

The opening of Asia's biggest store in Beijing is likely to emphasize that China as an important market for U.S. technology companies from these.

China is now Apple's second largest market after the United States.

Hundreds of visitors lined up to look into the complex three-story store after the store officially opened at 9 am local time.

Apple's popularity in China continued to increase along with the launch of the latest generation iPhone which causes consumers to buy the line and create a black market to buy the latest Apple products.

Apple reached 12.4 billion U.S. dollars in China until March of this year.

But the company also faced a number of criticisms related conditions experienced by the workers Apple manufacturer in China.

A critique of Apple's latest hit this week when the Taiwanese company Foxconn, which makes Apple products admitted that they employ children aged 14 years in the iPhone assembly plant in China.

The same company has also been rocked by a spate of incidents of suicides of its workers in 2010.

Labor activists blame the poor working conditions in the process of assembling a number of Apple products in China.