Time Machines: Casio gets smart at CES 2000

Welcome to Time Machines, where we offer up a selection of mechanical oddities, milestone gadgets and unique inventions to test out your tech-history skills. In the weeks leading up to the biggest gadget show on Earth, we’ll be offering a special look at relics from CES’ past. Smart devices have infiltrated our outfits in many ways, but one in particular has been a staple of our ensembles for centuries. From pockets to...

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Cook’s ‘big plans’ remark reveals nothing about Apple product timing, everything about what fans crave

A leaked email from Apple CEO Tim Cook that teased “big plans” for 2014 renewed speculation that the company would finally make good on expectations by launching new product lines, including wearables and a smart television, next year. The problem is, Cook has touted similar big plans in the past and pundits’ hopes have failed to materialize. “The information content of these [messages] is zero,” said...

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Introducing the All-New Mac Pro — The Most Radical Mac Ever

An incredible amount of innovation went into designing a fan system capable of cooling such a high-performance device. Instead of adding extra fans, we engineered a single, larger fan that pulls air upward through a bottom intake. As air passes vertically through the center of the device, it absorbs heat and carries it out the top. It’s simple and elegant — and also astonishingly quiet. To achieve that, we had to consider every...

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NSA can reportedly bug computer equipment before it reaches buyers

Don’t think that the NSA always has to wait until people are using technology to start snooping on it. Spiegel has obtained documents which claim that the agency’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) group can intercept computer equipment orders and install tracking hardware or software before the shipments even reach their buyers. The division can target a wide array of hardware, too. Another NSA section, ANT, reportedly has...

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Apple Announces iPad Air and new iPad mini with Retina Display

Apple today announced iPad Air, the latest generation of its category-defining device, featuring a 9.7-inch Retina display in a thinner and lighter design and weighing just one pound. Apple also announced a new iPad mini with Retina display, bringing all the pixels from the 9.7-inch iPad to its 7.9-inch screen, delivering razor sharp text and detail in the same thin and light design. Both new iPad models feature the powerful and...

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