Weekend tech reading: Apple after Steve Jobs

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Apple after Steve Jobs: The men who will decide tech giant's fate The day before Steve Jobs’ death, newly minted Apple chief executive Tim Cook strode across the company’s vaunted showroom stage in much the same way as his predecessor: decked out in black and prepared to unveil a highly anticipated gadget. The reviews of his first performance were less than stellar. Four years ago Jobs was cheered within seconds of coming on stage to unveil the first iPhone; the crowd reaction for Cook’s unveiling of the iPhone 4S Tuesday was mostly tepid. Huffington Post

First look: AMD Trinity APU, Linux already runs well Remember those AMD Bulldozer benchmarks we showed back in March from an early engineering sample that was published to OpenBenchmarking.org by one of AMD's partners months prior to the product launch? Well, since the consumer-grade Bulldozer chips are going to be out soon, AMD's partners are already supplying information on the AMD Trinity APUs that won't be launched until next year. The Linux performance appears quite competitive and there's also some new codenames and details to share. Phoronix

WIPO boss: the Web would have been better if it was patented and its users had to pay license fees Last June, the Swiss Press Club held a launch for the Global Innovation Index at which various speakers were invited to talk about innovation. After the head of CERN and the CEO of the Internet Society spoke about how important it was that the Web's underlying technology hadn't been patented, Francis Gurry, the Director General of the UN's World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), took the mic to object. Boing Boing

Qualcomm's new snapdragon S4: MSM8960 & Krait architecture explored Let's recap the current smartphone/tablet SoC landscape. Everything shipping today is built on a 4x-nm process, built either at Global Foundries, Samsung, TSMC or UMC. Next year we'll see a move to 28nm (bringing better performance and power characteristics) but between now and the end of 2012 there will be a myriad of designs available on the market. The table below encapsulates much of what you can expect over the next 12 months... AnandTech

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 requires a 'permanent Internet connection' Mandatory constant Internet connections piss off PC gamers. No studio can has yet put that news in any light that didn't summon an extremely indignant reaction. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2's tried to put it in a different light by saying the constant connection is how players will be served actual game content. Like missions. That does not sound any better than a constant DRM check. Kotaku

Red Orchestra 2 updated and reset, Tripwire explains what's happening Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad has had broken experience and achievements since it launched, among a number of other problems. In a message to customers today, Tripwire admits, "…We’ve not done as well as we would have liked in the most important area to us -- the happiness of all of our customers... PC Gamer

Finger scan devices coming to Washington County school buses Roll call is a thing of the past in Washington County Schools. Students now check in with finger scanning devices. School Superintendent Sandra Cook said the old method just wasn't cutting it. "We got to talking about attendance in our district and how it was inconsistent," said Cook. WJHG

Early orders test iPhone 4S appeal Apple Inc. on Friday faced its first test since the death of co-founder Steve Jobs as it began accepting pre-orders for its latest iPhone. Apple and wireless carriers in the U.S. and a half-dozen other countries began taking Internet and telephone orders for the iPhone 4S in the pre-dawn hours. Wall Street Journal

Rage updated on Steam Rage defaults to lower video settings to allow the game to work on a wide variety of hardware and software configurations. Unfortunately, it is not possible to anticipate all possible graphics driver issues in combination with unique end user hardware and software configurations. Steam

AMD demos 28nm graphics solutions again Advanced Micro Devices has demonstrated a working example of its 28nm graphics processing unit known as the Radeon HD 7000. Unfortunately, the company did not unveil any information about revenue shipments of its latest products. X-bit labs

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