Apple today announced that Apple Park, the company’s new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April. The process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer.
Steve would have turned 62 this Friday, February 24. To honor his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof. The Steve Jobs Theater is situated atop a hill — one of the highest points within Apple Park — overlooking meadows and the main building.
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Chris Lattner, in a recent conversation with Macrumors:
This was a very difficult decision, because I care deeply about the technology and people at Apple and because I could see myself staying there for many more years. In the end though, the opportunity to dive into a completely new area and work with the amazing Tesla Autopilot team was irresistible.
Great move. But what about Apple’s EV project? Who knows what’s really going on there.
Everything about the iPhone seemed impossible to the technology world of early 2007.
“You can’t make a good phone without buttons.”
“You can’t fit a desktop-class OS on a phone.”
“There’s no way that’s a full-blown web browser.”
“That has to cost a thousand dollars.”
Yet over the course of an hour, Steve destroyed every rule we thought we knew.
At the CES show this week a raft of appliance and home electronics makers said they have added Amazon’s voice-controlled virtual assistant, Alexa, to products ranging from TVs to robot vacuums. For non-techies, CES is the annual Las Vegas geek fest where these companies converge to show off their latest and greatest gizmos and features to more than 100,000 attendees.
I recently watched Tony Fadell’s interview at Udacity on YouTube (I encourage you to watch it, Fadell gave a lot of good advices and great insights), and his take on voice recognition “in the home” was super right:
…our goal is to get rid of the technology barriers between you and your loved ones.
For now, it seems only Alexa can give us the right taste of what that world is like.
It all centers on Zhengzhou, a city of six million people in an impoverished region of China. Running at full tilt, the factory here, owned and operated by Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn, can produce 500,000 iPhones a day. Locals now refer to Zhengzhou as “iPhone City.”
iOS 10 was a massive release for Messages, introducing predictions that present the perfect emoji as you type, a Tap to Replace feature that lets you “emojify” any message and emoji that appear three times larger within a message when sent on their own. Now with iOS 10.2, almost every emoji has been beautifully redesigned to reveal even more detail, so using emoji is more fun than ever.
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After getting the approval from their shareholders last week, Tesla completed its acquisition of SolarCity on Monday morning. And to give us an idea on what’s possible in combining forces, they powered the entire island of Ta’u in American Samoa. A remote island with power supply problems that relies on diesel generators for electricity.
The project accomplished 5,328 solar panel installations from SolarCity and 60 Powerpack rechargeable batteries from Tesla. These technologies will supply almost 100 percent of the power needed by the entire island with nearly 600 residents in the area.
To boast, Ta’u island can stay powered for 3 full days without sun, and can recharge back fully with just 7 hours of sunlight exposure.
From start to finish, the Ta’u’s microgrid project was completed within just one year. It was funded by the American Samoa Economic Development authority, the EPA, and the Department of Interior. The project is expected to offset the island’s previous use of 109,500 gallons of diesel per year, plus the expensive shipping costs that comes from high volume quantities of fuel that needs to get there (obviously).
On my previous ‘linked’ article, I stated: “I can smell the huge benefit of this deal for both companies, and more importantly to the world’s “green future”. Hopefully”. And this is exactly one of the pictures portrayed behind those words. Another one is the recent solar roof unveiling, along with the Powerwall 2, all of which fall under the Tesla’s ‘Mission Plan’. Great implementation indeed.