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Intel NOT to supply the CPU for Apple’s iPhone (Confirmed)

Update 2: According to Bill, my contact in Intel PR, Intel will NOT be supplying the CPU for the Apple iPhone, but the Flash memory (the 4GB/8GB of storage) will be from Intel. Thanks for clearing that up, Bill!

I have no additional information on this (I work for Intel), but Reuters is reporting that the CPU in the Apple iPhone will be supplied by Intel.

This makes sense, if the iPhone really does run OS X. Any other CPU architecture (ARM, etc.) would require the OS to be ported, just like the PowerPC to Intel switch on Macs.

So the next question is, what Intel CPU is going to be in the iPhone? It won’t be XScale, since Intel sold that division off to Marvell, and it’s a different architecture. It’s going to have to be x86-based, very small, and have very low power requirements and heat dissipation. Perhaps a new Ultra Low Voltage Core Solo?

I believe the Flash memory (the 4GB and 8GB of storage) is also supplied by Intel.

Maybe Intel will buy us all one when they launch in June? πŸ™‚

Update: Now I stumble across another Reuters article that says Intel will NOT be providing the CPU for the iPhone. I need to talk to Bill Kircos, my contact in Intel PR (they misspelled his name in that article) to see what the real deal is here…

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iPhone crashed my frontal lobes

And today has been super busy. But I can say that I haven’t had as much pure geek fun and excitement as I did this morning during the iPhone announcement for a long, long time. I haven’t felt this much gadget lust ever, and that’s saying a lot for me.

Longer post to come soon, including a list of things we don’t (yet) know about it, and some things that I don’t particularly like.

Right now, though, the iPhone has created feelings in me that I myself don’t understand… πŸ™‚

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The OQO Model 02 tiny computer is HOT!

Engadget has a great video demo and post up about the much-awaited update to their tiny computers, the OQO Model 02 (link to the OQO site):

It’s been updated in all the major areas – brighter screen, improved performance (top of the line model will have a 1.5GHz Via C7 processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 60 GB hard drive), and some cool little touches – an awesome adjustable height docking station with optical drive, touch strips for vertical and horizontal scrolling, and a feature that parks the hard drive and freezes the system if it’s dropped (watch Jory from OQO toss it in the air several times in the video). It will also drive two external monitors (one DVI and one VGA) both at 1900×1200 – something most laptops can’t do. It also has optional high speed cellular wireless – the one in the video was sporting Sprint EVDO.

It’s an impressive little device. Quite spendy compared to UMPCs like the Asus R2H and Samsung Q1 – the base model starts at $1499 and only comes with a 1.2 GHz processor, smaller hard drive, and 512MB of RAM. The top of the line model is $1849. The docking station is another $400 with a DVD burner.

I also wish it had an Intel processor instead of a Via C7, but my budget is going to prevent me from springing for one of these anytime soon, so that’s not too big of an issue. πŸ˜‰

So begins my drooling from afar about the new gadgets that are going to be announced at MacWorld and CES this week. It’s going to be hard the next few days to contain myself! Look for lots more gadgety geek posts in the coming days. πŸ™‚

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SmartSetr for Flickr – awesome mashup from Eric Appel

Update: Eric has a blog post up now with some more details on SmartSetr. Since he “launched” on Twitter, the news got out before he even had a post up about it. πŸ˜‰

Update 2: Eric just twittered that the story made it to the front page of Digg – that should bring him some traffic!

Eric Appel is a friend of mine, and has created an excellent tool for Flickr called SmartSetr – it lets you create dynamic sets from your photos based on criteria you select, like tag, text, time taken, etc. It’s a great improvement over the “manually add photos to a set” behavior of basic Flickr sets.

You can check out a SmartSet I made called “TinyScreenfuls“, which contains all of the photos I’ve tagged with “tinyscreenfuls”, sorted by Interestingness (so the most interesting are at the top).

Thomas Hawk, one of the most prolific and talented photographers I know, and head evangelist for Flickr competitor Zooomr, learned about SmartSetr on Twitter (Eric emailed me about it a few days ago, before “announcing” it on the web). Thomas seems to be very impressed, as am I. He posted it to Digg, so go Digg it if you like it.

Make sure you check it out if you use Flickr. There’s also a SmartSetr Flickr group Eric created for support and feedback. Way to go, Eric, for making an awesome, useful tool, and bonus geek points for the first product announcement I’ve seen on Twitter. πŸ™‚

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Another New Google Reader (Mobile) Feature

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On the same day as the release of Trends for Google Reader, I noticed another new feature, this time in Google Reader Mobile – “Mark These Items as Read“.

It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it does make mobile reading more useful. For instance, I have lots of feeds that I “skim” through, only picking out one or two posts to read fully. Before, in Google Reader Mobile, I could only mark those items as “read” by clicking on and loading each one of them, then clicking on to the next one. Now, I can mark items “read” nine at a time, without reading each one. Nice.

It’s also very useful for the RSS feed I get from Twitter, that shows what my friends have posted – those are short enough that the entire item fits in the title, so there’s no reason to click on the full post, other than to (until now) mark it read. Now I can read my Twitter feed and others much more effectively.

I’m trying to turn myself into a Getting Things Done ninja, learning to quickly process items, and get things out of my head an into a system where I can deal with them. It’s been great so far, and I’m still noodling over how to apply the GTD methodology to the system I already have for reading feeds in Google Reader. This is just one more little trick/hack that’s going to make me more effective. Yay! πŸ™‚

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Google Reader Trends – Tons of Data on What You Read



Google Reader Trends, originally uploaded by Josh Bancroft.

This is a really, really cool tool! πŸ™‚

In a recent blog post on the Google Reader blog, Googler Mihai Parparita introduces the latest feature to Google Reader (which I’ve been using as my main RSS reader for months now) – Trends.

You can see which of your feeds update most often, or least often (with a handy “unsubscribe” icon next to each one for cleaning out stale feeds). There’s a graph of your reading activity over the last month, or by hour, or by day (see when you spend the most time reading feeds). And there’s a tagcloud that shows which of your tags/folders has the most activity. (Click the image above to see the screenshot full size and more readable.)

Bloglines doesn’t offer anything near this cool – a feature gap that creates an opportunity for them to try to win back old fans like me. I still love you guys – let’s see what you’ve got!

i’m going to dig in now, and see what interesting data I can glean from this. Here is a summary of my last 30 days of reading:

From your 592 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 24,718 items, starred 48 items, and shared 0 items.

I can also already see very clearly that I read way too many feeds late at night. πŸ˜‰

If you use Google Reader, there should be a link to the new Trends feature on your “Home” page, or you can just click this link. If you don’t use Google Reader, why the heck not? πŸ˜‰

Thanks Google Reader Team!

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Using Twitter to deliver CNN Breaking News (Updated)

Update: It appears that CNN might not be doing this themselves, but rather, someone else James Cox using Twitter via the API. The result is the same, and I like the idea of being able to plug in data sources like this even better! Now, off to read the documentation for the Twitter API

I was just browsing the latest Public updates on Twitter, after adding Nick Starr as a reciprocal friend, when I noticed an entry from “CNN Breaking News“.

It seems like CNN someone is experimenting with Twitter as a way to deliver breaking news updates. Smart. I get a lot of breaking news from my friends on Twitter (like earthquakes), so as long as CNN doesn’t spam us, and keeps it limited to real “breaking news”, this could be a very useful service.

I’ve added them as a Friend – right now, there are only 4 “followers”. I expect that’ll grow soon. πŸ™‚ We’ll see how they do. Right now, their latest update is about an airliner that went missing in Indonesia. They need to learn about the limited size of updates, though, because it got cut off.

What other services/information would you like to see delivered via Twitter? I think weather updates would be cool, if done right (not too much noise, just stuff that’s really important – big storms, etc.).

I’m using Twitter more and more, because of how context sensitive it is. I have it set up to deliver updates to me via Google Talk IM when I’m online, so when I’m at a computer, it’s just like regular IM. When I’m not online, the updates go to my cell phone as text messages (you can post messages via IM, text message, and the Twitter website, too). And I have it set up not to send text messages at night, but I subscribe to the RSS feed Twitter generates for all of my friends, so I never miss an update – I can read up on all of the wild parties the morning after. Updates are always delivered to the right place at the right time. Never intrusive. Feels nice. πŸ™‚

For those who don’t know what Twitter is, think instant messaging that doesn’t care if you’re in front of a computer or not. You update the Twitter service with “what you’re doing”, and the update goes out to your friends. It feels much more immediate than blogging, or even IM. I’m “Josh Bancroft” if you want to add me as a friend. I’ve also added my latest updates on Twitter to the sidebar of my blog, so you can follow me that way. I usually only add people that I know, to avoid the list getting too big and too noisy.

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