Chapter 2 Hardware Basics: Inside the Box

Our digital planet is being transformed every day by new ideas and inventions. In this fascinating Fast Company article, Farhad Manjoo describes how Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon are battling for the future of the innovation economy. If you want to better understand how the “Fab Four” will change your life over the next few years, this feature-length essay is well worth reading.

fastcompany.com/magazine/160/tech-wars-2012-amazon-apple-google-facebook

In this NPR Fresh Air interview, Terry Gross talks to the article’s author, Farhad Manjoo.

npr.org/2011/11/03/141976518/the-war-between-google-amazon-facebook-apple

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Steve Jobs has been called one of the greatest visionaries of our time. In this brilliant, inspiring 2005 Stanford University commencement speech, Jobs reflects on life, death, and values. This man lived every day as if it was his last, and changed the world in the process.

news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html

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Jobs Steps Down while Apple Rolls On

August 25, 2011
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During his tenure as CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs had a profound impact on computers, the music industry, home entertainment, phones, and (most importantly) our day-to-day lives. He transformed Apple from a garage startup into the most valuable company in the world. When he announced his resignation as CEO, the press responded with many thoughtful […]

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Intel microprocessors add a third dimension

May 24, 2011
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The microprocessors that power today’s computers are running out of space. For decades engineers have found ways to shrink the circuitry that’s etched onto each chip’s surface, but that trend will soon collide with hard laws of physics. Intel engineers may have found a way to continue the relentless march toward ever-faster computers: 3D circuitry […]

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The Green IT Movement has lost the plot

May 24, 2011

The computer industry is trying to green up its act by creating more energy-efficient products. But according to David Moschella in his Computerworld column, computer manufacturers need to take a hard look at what happens to our tech tools and toys when we discard them and move on to newer devices. The_Green_IT_movement_has_lost_the_plot

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Thunderbolt: Beyond USB and Firewire?

May 18, 2011

Intel co-invented USB. Apple invented FireWire. Now the two companies have collaborated to produce Thunderbolt, a fast, flexible technology that may eventually make both of those earlier technologies obsolete. Born in Intel’s research labs, Thunderbolt first appeared earlier this year in Apple’s Macbook Pro. Thunderbolt will provide lightning-fast connection speeds for monitors, hard drives, input […]

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