Sunday, December 15th, 2013 | Author: OWC Mason
With a name like Other World Computing, you can bet we’re incredibly interested in space exploration. That’s why we were so excited to read that China’s Chang’e-3 spacecraft delivered a six-wheeled rover named Jade Rabbit to the moon on Saturday.
The moment Jade Rabbit touched down, China joined the U.S. and the former Soviet Union as the only nations to have landed an intact spacecraft on the moon. It was also the first robot to land on the moon in nearly 40 years. The Jade Rabbit will have many abilities, such as being able to dig up soil samples to a depth of 30 meters.
National Geographic broke down what will make Jade Rabbit’s mission unique and important: Article Continues…
There has been another development in our ongoing coverage regarding how the flooding in Thailand has been affecting the hard drive industry. With the waters receding and the supply chains starting to open back up, the prices on drives have started to level off. We were expecting them to return to pre-flood pricing somewhere around the middle of 2012.
However, widespread migrant workers strikes in China may now cause another blip in the overall availability of completed drives. Article Continues…
Lately, when you hear about Apple filing a lawsuit, it usually involves them fighting with Samsung over the uncanny resemblance some of their tablets and phones have to the iPhone and iPad.
This latest suit, though, has made a bit of a left turn into the Twilight Zone. Apple has lost a trademark dispute in China—over the use of the “iPad” trademark.
Yes, you read that correctly.
A Chinese court has ruled that Proview Technology has owned the “iPad” name for use in China since about 2000. Apple thought it had secured the trademark from Proview’s Taiwan arm of the company, but a Chinese court says that the Shenzhen arm of the company is the proper owner of the name. That means the deal Apple made with Proview (Taiwan)–or, more accurately the UK company that bought the rights from them—didn’t mean anything and now Proview (Shenzhen) is seeking over one billion dollars in “compensation” from Apple.
We’ll have to see where this ends up, but all things considered, the irony is overpowering…
Early this morning (mid evening local time), Foxconn’s Chengdu manufacturing facility was rocked by a large explosion. At least two people have been killed and 16 injured in the blast which has been said to have originated in the “polishing plant” part of the iPad 2 production line.
One Chinese news source has described one of the walls as “shattered”; though the structural integrity of the facility has not officially been determined. Another site has several videos of the aftermath, including smoke pouring from the building.
Government officials and emergency personnel are working to determine the cause of the explosion, but sources are pointing to “ultra light dust” used in the polishing process. Police have supposedly ruled out foul play.
It has yet to be determined how this will affect iPad 2 availability, which has already been in short supply due to heavy demand.