The Xerox Star… a post-modern update

What’s a computer? In 1981, Xerox released a workstation called “Xerox Star.” It was the first commercial device to be what we consider a computer these days, with a bit-mapped display, a graphical user interface, a mouse, and access to e-mail. More than 30 years later, Apple is now working on a new device, code-named Star…

via Apple’s secret Star project revealed: ARM-based, touchscreen hybrid computer with LTE — 9to5Mac

$1.3 billion+ invested globally in 2018 YTD, VC funding for blockchain blows past 2017 totals

Although bitcoin and blockchain technology may not take up quite as much mental bandwidth for the general public as it did just a few months ago, companies in the space continue to rake in capital from investors. One of the latest to do so is Circle, which recently announced a $110 million Series E round…

via With at least $1.3 billion invested globally in 2018, VC funding for blockchain blows past 2017 totals — TechCrunch

Google to acquire cloud migration startup Velostrata

Google announced today it was going to acquire Israeli cloud migration startup, Velostrata. The companies did not share the purchase price. Velostrata helps companies migrate from on-premises datacenters to the cloud, a common requirement today as companies try to shift more workloads to the cloud…

via Google to acquire cloud migration startup Velostrata — TechCrunch

Chinese Ambassador to the U.S.: How Americans Misunderstand China

While the trade deficit that the United States has with China gets all the headlines, the understanding deficit that the U.S. has with China is more significant and fundamental, more difficult to balance, and may have a longer-term negative impact if we don’t make our best efforts to reduce it…

via Chinese Ambassador to the U.S.: How Americans Misunderstand China — TIME

Apple will return $100B to investors after strong Q2

Apple ended up with a pretty decent report for its second quarter, beating analyst expectations on most of its metrics — but it is making a huge move in terms of returning capital to investors. The company said it is announcing a new $100 billion buyback program and increasing its dividend by 16%…

via Apple says it will return $100B to investors with a massive new program after a strong Q2 — TechCrunch

Tim Cook shares remembrance of Steve Jobs, who would have been 63 today

On what would have been his 63rd birthday, Tim Cook took to Twitter today to offer remembrance of Steve Jobs. The Apple co-founder was born on February 24th, 1955 and would be celebrating his 63rd birthday this year…

more via Tim Cook shares remembrance of Steve Jobs, who would have been 63 today — 9to5Mac

Students Across the U.S. Hold Protest Walkouts Over Gun Violence

In a wave of demonstrations reaching from Arizona to Maine, students at dozens of U.S. high schools walked out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence and honor the victims…

read more via After Parkland, Students Across the U.S. Are Holding Protest Walkouts Over Gun Violence — TIME