Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has today sent a public letter to current CEO Satya Nadella to acknowledge his resignation from the company’s Board of Directors. With this move, Ballmer’s official work with Microsoft comes to an end, but with his wording, it seems that he doesn’t intend to disappear, and will be willing to chime in with his input from time to time.
Considering all that Ballmer’s been up to since departing as Microsoft CEO some six months ago, his resignation from the company’s board might not come off as that much of a surprise. While he notes in his letter that civic duties, teaching, and study are significant time-sinks, it seems likely that this move is ultimately caused by his acquisition of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Hanx Writer is a simple typewriter iOS app for the iPad, created by Hitcents at the request of Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks. Launched only last week and available as a free download, the app has already hit the No. 1 spot in the top free iPad apps on the App Store, TechCrunch reports, enjoying unexpected success for an app that’s not at all essential to improving productivity on a tablet.
Amid rumors of both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the iPhone 6, speculation about what resolutions Apple will use for the new devices has generated a number of different theories. The most concrete suggestion so far has been a 1704 x 960 resolution that could see the current “2x” Retina display move to an even sharper “3x” display.
A new photo from Russian luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] now shows the display of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 under a microscope, with the firm telling MacRumors the panel does indeed carry a resolution of 1704 x 960.
The photograph posted by Feld & Volk does not, however, necessarily appear to agree with that claim, as it seems to show roughly 13 pixels per mm in the horizontal and vertical directions, while a 4.7-inch display at 1704 x 960 should be closer to 16 pixels per mm. The current iPhone 5s display is roughly 10.5 pixels per mm.
A potential answer to this problem arrives in another report today from 9to5Mac, which has discovered references to yet another resolution of 1472 x 828 within recent Xcode 6 beta releases.
Along with all of the other rumored improvements for Apple’s next iPhone, the handset may be able to access cellular data faster than ever before – but will apparently still lag behind the newest Android smartphones.
MacRumors (via GforGames) today published an image of what is allegedly a logic board for the forthcoming iPhone 6, showing what appears to be a newer Qualcomm LTE modem on board.
Although previous iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S models came equipped with an older Qualcomm MDM9615 chip, the leaked image reveals a newer MDM9625, with LTE Advanced support for speeds up to 150Mbps as well as "improved LTE networking."
The dark Sith lord isn’t quite as scary when he’s made out of delicious cake. He can still kill you though, just slowly with his high sugar and fat content. This giant Darth Vader cake was made by Boston’s Oak Leaf Cakes. Yes that’s really a cake, take a look at ol’ Darth sliced open and ready to serve nearly 600 people.
The cake measured 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighed over 500 pounds. That’s a lot of Jedi sugar my friends. The cape was made from 100 pounds of marshmallow fondant alone. Here you can see the Rice Krispy knees and lower legs being assembled (they created the lower part that way so it wouldn’t go stale while they made the rest of him):
His lightsaber was made from a single solid piece of watermelon flavored poured sugar. In case you wanted to bake your own Vader cake at home (and it took them 3 days to do it, so budget a long weekend), here’s the ingredient list you’ll need:
2 gallons milk
3.5 cups vanilla
118 cups/ 32 lbs flour
103 cups/ 46 lbs sugar
57 lbs butter
210 lbs of our home-made marshmallow fondant