This story is part of The 2010s: A Decade in Review, a series on the memes, people, products, movies and so much more that have influenced the 2010s. From Neil Armstrong to Sally Ride, David Bowie to Stan Lee, the world has said farewell to some incredible people in the last 10 years (and a few nonhumans as well). Rather than try to list them all, we've chosen a select group, leaning heavily on those who made a name for themselves in science, space, technology and related fields. They can never be replaced. They can only be remembered. 2011 Steve Jobs The co-founder of Apple and chairman of Pixar accomplished a stunning amount in just 56 years, helping to ignite the personal computer revolution, popularizing the computer mouse, putting portable music players into millions of pockets and making the smartphone mainstream. Jobs died of pancreatic cancer on Oct. 5, 2011, almost two years after he opened the decade with the launch of the iPad. Dennis Ritchie Ritchie was an … [Read more...] about 50 world-changing people — and 3 nonhumans — we lost in the 2010s
Update Apple and EMI announced today that the music label will begin selling all of its music through the iTunes Store, DRM-free. During a press conference in London this morning, EMI said that all of its unprotected tracks will be available worldwide from the iTunes Store starting in May for $1.29 and that customers will be able to upgrade their already-purchased EMI tracks for 30¢ if they so choose. EMI and Apple said that the bit rate of EMI's tracks will be bumped up as well. EMI's catalog will now be available as 256kbps AAC files, upgraded from 128kbps. "We believe that offering consumers the opportunity to buy higher quality tracks and listen to them on the device or platform of their choice will boost sales of digital music," said EMI CEO Eric Nicoli during this morning's press conference. Customers who are not interested in the higher-quality, unprotected AAC files will still be able to buy protected tracks at 128kbps for 99¢ apiece. EMI said … [Read more...] about EMI goes DRM-free on iTunes Store
Computer engineering is the branch of engineering that integrates electronic engineering with computer sciences. Computer engineers design and develop computer systems and other technological devices. Computer pioneersSome of the most prominent pioneers in computer hardware include:Blaise Pascal, inventor of the mechanical calculator;Charles Babbage, inventor of the Analytical Engine;J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly, builders of ENIAC, and later UNIVAC, the first computer to be sold commercially;Nicholas Metropolis, designer of the MANIAC I computer;William Shockley and his team at Bell Labs, inventors of the transistor;Seymour Cray, the "Father of Supercomputing";Steve Wozniak, designer of the Apple I and II personal computers and co-founder of Apple Computer along with Steve Jobs;Adam Osborne, developer of the first portable computer, the Osborne 1; andDouglas Engelbart and Bill English, co-inventors of the computer mouse and developers of … [Read more...] about What Is Computer Engineering?
Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he'll keep fighting for what he believes in regardless of who wins the 2020 presidential election. And the tech giant's chief executive is focused on protecting the people under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, as well as on immigration and environmental reform, he said an interview with ABC News Friday."No matter who is in the White House, the things that I'm focused on are going to be the same," Cook said, noting that Apple employs 450 people with DACA status. Known as "Dreamers," they entered the US as minors but don't yet have permanent residency."I want those folks protected," he said. "I will fight until my toes point up on this subject. ... They're every bit as American as I am." Now playing: Watch this: Tim Cook shares memories of Steve Jobs 5:04 Cook added that regardless of what happens in the political sphere, he will remain focused on immigration reform, job creation and re-training, and environmental reform."I do … [Read more...] about Apple CEO Tim Cook will keep fighting for Dreamers no matter who’s in the White House
In context: Apple has always been a pretty big proponent of user privacy, and that's often reflected in its products and business practices. The company has notoriously refused to unlock the smartphones of alleged criminals in the past -- even in very high-profile cases -- due to privacy concerns, and you'll find a plethora of data settings within most of the tech giant's devices. This focus on privacy has been ingrained into the tech behemoth for a while now, and it seems to start at the top. Apple CEO Tim Cook has gone so far as to publicly argue in favor of strong privacy regulations in the past, and he continued to do so during a recent interview with ABC News. "I think the government needs to regulate this area," Cook said, referring to the tech industry's rampant data collection. "I am not a fan of regulation in general. I think it can have unexpected [consequences]. But I think we all have to admit that when you've tried to do something and companies haven't self-policed, that … [Read more...] about Tim Cook: The ‘time is now’ to have ‘rigorous’ federal privacy regulation