fragMasterFlash writes: John Ellenby, a British-born computer engineer who played a critical role in paving the way for the laptop computer, died on Aug. 17 in San Francisco. He was 75.
Mr. Ellenby’s pioneering work came to fruition in the early 1980s, after he founded Grid Systems, a company in Mountain View, Calif. As chief executive, he assembled an engineering and design team that included the noted British-born industrial designer William Moggridge.
The team produced a clamshell computer with an orange electroluminescent flat-panel display that was introduced as the Compass. It went to market in 1982. The Compass is now widely acknowledged to have been far ahead of its time.
fragMasterFlash writes: Oculus founder Palmer Luckey isn't going to escape that lawsuit over the alleged misuse of confidential data. A judge has ruled that Luckey has to face the core claim, which accuses him of breaching a contract with his former employer (Total Recall Technologies) by using its proprietary knowledge to get the early Oculus Rift off the ground.
fragMasterFlash writes: Charlie Demerjian of SemiAccurate bring us news that Origin PC, a boutique vendor of gaming PCs, is dropping support for AMD discrete GPUs in favor of NVidia, and suggests this decision is based purely on payola.
fragMasterFlash writes: Via Technologies is launching the aPC, a $49 desktop motherboard running Android Gingerbread with support for downloading apps from the Google Play store. Dubbed "A bicycle for your mind" this device represents an attempt to span the digital divide, bringing a full-fledged computing experience to the next 2 billion new users.
fragMasterFlash writes: Valve head—and one-time Microsoft employee—Gabe Newell has branded Windows 8 "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space" at videogame conference Casual Connect in Seattle. The Valve boss continued, saying that in the fallout from Windows 8, "we'll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people." He argued that one of the last remaining things keeping people away from Linux was the lack of games. Valve is working to bring Left 4 Dead 2 and other Steam titles to Linux in a move that Newell describes as "a hedging strategy." If his predictions about Windows 8 come true, he says "it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality."
fragMasterFlash writes: Today marks the arrival of Trinity, AMD's second generation APU. Launching today are 5 mobile SKU's ranging from 17 to 35 Watts TDP. Will this be AMD's breakthrough moment in the ultraslim notebook sector?
fragMasterFlash writes: Nothing warms the heart of my inner geek like a brief lesson in rocket science. While the TM65 reusable liquid fuel rocket engine by Copenhagen Suborbitals may not be the most advanced rocket engine ever built, the amount of design detail shared in the linked video is well worth 18 minutes of your time.
fragMasterFlash writes: Microsoft will be holding a developer conference for Windows 8 September 13 — 16 in Anaheim, CA. From the announcement: If you are a contemporary developer, a geek who thrives on the newest and coolest, who loves the freedom of the web and the power of all devices from mobile to desktop, you need to join us to help BUILD the future.
fragMasterFlash writes: In a really pathetic display, Nvidia actually faked the introduction of its latest video card, because it simply doesn't have boards to show. Why? Because it didn't get enough parts to properly bring them up, much less make demo boards. Why do we say they are faked? If you look at the pictures, it is painfully obvious that Fermi cards don't exist.