End of an Era: Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board Of Directors

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.

Ballmer Clippers End of an Era: Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board Of Directors

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.

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Tom Hanks’ Typewriter app is a shockingly huge hit for iPad users

 Tom Hanks’ Typewriter app is a shockingly huge hit for iPad users

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.

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 Tom Hanks’ Typewriter app is a shockingly huge hit for iPad users

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4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Screen Put Under Microscope as New 1472 x 828 Resolution Emerges

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.

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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.

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Faster Qualcomm modem could bring speedier iPhone 6 LTE-A

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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."

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Life Size Darth Vader Cake

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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.
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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):
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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:

386 eggs
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

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Symantec Set To Clean Up Norton Security Line Focusing On Subscription Model

Recent years have seen software publishers increasingly moving from boxed software to a subscription model. Adobe moved its famous Photoshop software and related programs to the subscription-based Creative Cloud in 2012 and hasn’t looked back. Microsoft still offers boxed versions of its Office software, but it has been heavily promoting the Office 365 subscriptions. Now, Symantec is heading to the subscription model with its flagship Norton computer security products. The new Norton Security pulls multiple Norton products into a single subscription that will run you about $ 80 per year.

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Symantec is pulling its array of security products into a subscription meant to protect all your devices, from desktop and laptop computers to smartphones and tablets. Norton Security launches in September.

Like the Adobe and Microsoft subscriptions, Symantec’s Norton Security subscription is more flexible than boxed software: you can install the software on multiple computers (including Mac and PC) and mobile devices (including Android and iOS). Norton Security provides different features based on the type of device it’s protecting, which makes sense. Your computer will get antivirus, antispam, and password protection features, among others. Read more…


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