Big Apple announcement on March 2nd 2011

Hmmmm i wonder what it could be? I think by now we all know it’s the new second generation ipad. Apparently according to sources Apple has just sent out invitations to a major press event being held March 2nd 2011 in San Francisco. According to Kara Swisher of All Things Digital “Analysts expect the iPad 2 to be thinner than its predecessor and feature an improved display, as well as front-facing camera and Facetime video chat support. And some reports suggest it will be powered by one of Qualcomm’s multimode chips and will run on both GSM and CDMA-based networks around the world. In its last earnings calls, Apple said it had sold nearly 15 million iPads, since it went on sale last spring. This is a very big deal, although Apple will be facing increased competition with the launch of a passel of tablets coming from numerous manufacturers, most of which are using the Honeycomb version of Google’s Android mobile operating system.
According to several sources close to the situation, the Wednesday date in a little more than a week is firm and will take place in San Francisco, the scene of many such Apple events. In that case, the venue is likely to be the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.”
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Andriod versus iPhone Showdown

This may be the greatest battle of the decade. While developers may favor the Andriod over the iPhone because of OpenSource what does the average consumer truly prefer? Surely the usability of the iPhone scores high because the average consumer may just want something that “works” and could care less about the Operating System.  However, with the rise of mobility, how do both phones compare? Adam Pash’s Lifehackers  article “iPhone vs. Android Showdown: Which Phone Is Best for Power Users?” provides a point by point comparison of both phones. Of course, with Verizon’s recent release of their iPhones and the news that  “Verizon Wireless Chief Executive, Dan Mead said in a statement that in its first two hours of iPhone sales the company “had already sold more phones than any first-day launch” in its history.”(msnbc, 2/2/11) the jury is still out. Is this a battle between Andriod and the iPhone, a battle between Google lovers and Apple loyalists, or a battle between Power Users and everyone else? Does the iPad throw a monkey wrench into battle? What is Google’s answer to the iPad?


Google backed green tech start up Transphorm could enable significant energy savings across the grid

According to the company “More than 10% of all electricity is ultimately lost due to conversion inefficiencies. The scale of this loss exceeds the world’s entire supply of renewable generation by an order of magnitude. Every electron comes with a hidden cost. As power is switched and balanced to meet the demands of our modern electrical systems and devices, countless terawatt-hours are lost as heat. In fact, inefficient power conversion wastes tens of billions of dollars every year. Transphorm is redefining power conversion. Leveraging breakthroughs in modern materials and unmatched expertise, Transphorm’s ultra-efficient power modules eliminate up to 90% of all electric conversion losses. From HVACs to hybrids; servers to solar panels Transphorm enables significant energy savings across the grid.” Transphorm is a Google ventures company.
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