From anti-competitive lawsuits to the Globalfoundries deal, Hector Ruiz tells all in his book.
Hector Ruiz served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) from 2002 until the summer of 2008, resigning from his position after AMD reported its seventh consecutive quarterly loss. He oversaw the company's acquisition of ATI, as well as several other major events, like the $1.25 billion settlement with Intel and the spinoff of AMD's manufacturing arm, without which Ruiz claims the company wouldn't have survived, just one of many tidbits revealed in his new book "Slingshot: AMD's Fight To Free An Industry From The Ruthless Grip Of Intel."
Excerpts from an upcoming biography of Steve Jobs written by Walter Isaacson are popping up all over the Web, and one of the more interesting tidbits sheds light on Apple's contempt for Android. It might also explain why Apple has been so aggressive in suing competitors entrenched in the Android ecosystem, a platform Jobs vowed to destroy at all costs.
Author, analyst, and gaming expert Scott Steinberg has penned a new book chronicling the explosive growth and rapid decline of the music game genre.
This encylopedic tome covers every music game ranging from Dance Dance Revolution to Rock Band. The book is available free as a digital download (PDF) or you can buy the Kindle or iBook versions for $2.99.
While we’re gearing up for the dragon-slaying awesome that is said to permeate The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, it never hurts to take a peek back at the past. Part of Oblivion’s allure lies in its massive game world, a world made even larger by the utterly insane number of well-written books scattered around the land. Even more insane, one enterprising DIYer gathered all of those documents and created a real-life tome comprised of every book Oblivion offers.
Maximum PC readers hardly need a primer on what browser cookies are, or what extensions and plug-ins do. At the same time, most of us know someone who could benefit from a plain English guide covering Web apps, HTML5, and a host of other topics, and that's where Google's new online book, "20 Things I Learned About Browsers And The Web," becomes a handy tool.
"'20 Things' is written by the Chrome team, and continues our tradition of finding new ways to help explain complex but fascinating ideas about technology," Google says. "Many of the examples used to illustrate the features of the browser refer back to Chrome."
The online book is built around HTML5, and once loaded you can disconnect from the Web and continue to flip through the pages. Topics range from the above mentioned ones to things like validating identities online, IP addresses and DNS, and malware on the Web.
For some time now Barnes & Noble has been a WiFi hotspot for hipsters with ironic t-shirts all across the nation, however these hipsters have had to create accounts and pay in order to reap the benefits. But, thanks to a recent desire to push a fledgling online bookstore, the prices and account requirements have been lifted.
Barnes & Noble struck a deal with AT&T to provide free Internet access to those within their walls, all thanks to an online bookstore that they hope will compete with Amazon. They’re so confident, in fact, that they’re in the process of developing a reader of their own (currently in development with Plastic Logic).
Barnes & Noble is boasting that their eBookstore is launching with 700,000 titles (500,000 of which were public domain offerings from Google), compared to Amazon’s launch catalog of 300,000 volumes.
Should you find yourself in a Barnes & Noble enjoying the free WiFi, feel free to check out the online bookstore here. Or, if you’d prefer, continue to spend time with us. We prefer the latter.
While book scanning has become a pretty common process, one problem that still remains is that the scanned images are slightly distorted where the spine of the book meets the page. It looks like Google has done their very best to fix this error, with a pretty nifty camera setup.
Their book scanner, which was recently revealed in patent pictures, paints a book with infrared light, and then two infrared cameras generate a 3D model of the book, which can be used to correct scans. On top of this, Google has implemented camera technology that detects the three-dimensional shape and angle of the book’s pages when the book is in the scanner. This is then transmitted to the OCR software, which adjusts for any distortions, and allows the OCR software to read the text more accurately.
In what would typically be a publishing nightmare (and might still be), Wikipedia announced it will attempt to make history in print publishing by creating a book with about 90,000 authors, which would rank as the most credited individual authors ever. To help them do that, the online encyclopedia has partnered with German publisher Bertelsmann, and the two of them will set out to create a single-volume print encyclopedia containing 25,000 of German Wikipedia's most popular articles.
Set to go on sale in September for around $32 USD, The One-Volume Wikipedia Encyclopedia will have a credits page that runs 27 pages "in a dense layout -- it's a page full of names, separated by commas." One of those names will be Theodore Kaczynski, otherwise known as the Unabomber. All 25,000 articles will be short in length running no more than a few paragraphs each. But will they be factually correct?