Apple’s New MacBook Pro Chips Flex the Power of Custom Silicon

Reading Time: 4 minutes The M1 Pro and M1 Max chips feature several upgrades and changes compared with Apple’s first custom laptop chip, the M1, announced in November 2020. The Pro has 33.7 billion transistors, more than twice as many as the M1, while the M1 Max has 57 billion transistors. Both new chips have 10 central processing units … Read more

A Look Inside Apple’s Silicon Playbook

Reading Time: 7 minutes Hi, folks. So Facebook is changing its name? Sorry, Mark, Plaintext is taken. And apparently, so is “TRUTH Social.” The Plain View This week Apple introduced a set of new MacBook Pro laptops. During the prerecorded launch event, Apple’s engineers and executives made it clear that the MVPs in these new products are the chips … Read more

NREL: NREL, Mines Insight Could Lead to Better Silicon Solar Panels

Reading Time: 6 minutes Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Colorado School of Mines are applying a new technique to identify defects in silicon solar cells that cause a drop in efficiency. The lessons learned at the atomic level could lead to improvements in the way manufacturers strengthen their products against what … Read more

PNNL: Silicon Anodes Muscle in on Battery Technology

Reading Time: 9 minutes Silicon is a staple of the digital revolution, shunting loads of signals on a device that’s likely just inches from your eyes at this very moment. Now, that same plentiful, cheap material is becoming a serious candidate for a big role in the burgeoning battery business. It’s especially attractive because it’s able to hold 10 … Read more

A New Credit Card Arrives—With a Silicon Valley Twist

Reading Time: 6 minutes When Deepak Rao founded his first startup, in 2011, he put all of his business expenses on two personal credit cards, with a combined credit limit of about $3,000. “They were totally maxed out all the time,” he says. “To this date, my credit score has never recovered.” Even after four years of working at … Read more

Live blog of Apple's "Unleashed" virtual event, where new AirPods and Macbook Pros with Apple silicon are expected (The Verge)

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Verge: Live blog of Apple’s “Unleashed” virtual event, where new AirPods and Macbook Pros with Apple silicon are expected  —  Apple says something is getting “unleashed.”  —  Apple is kicking off the very best week in tech with a rare Monday event, one it’s decided to call “Unleashed.” #Live #blog #Apple039s #quotUnleashedquot #virtual #event … Read more

Jack Dorsey says Square is considering building an open source Bitcoin mining system based on custom silicon for individuals and businesses worldwide (Chavi Mehta/Reuters)

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chavi Mehta / Reuters: Jack Dorsey says Square is considering building an open source Bitcoin mining system based on custom silicon for individuals and businesses worldwide  —  Square Inc (SQ.N) Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey said on Friday the fintech firm is looking to build a bitcoin mining system based … #Jack #Dorsey #Square #building … Read more

Allbirds IPO: Silicon Valley’s Favorite Sneakers Go Public

Reading Time: 29 minutes With its shoes worn by big-name celebrities, and an estimated $1.7 billion valuation, the sustainable shoe company Allbirds is about to go public. With its recent IPO filing announcement, Allbirds has big plans to take over the sustainable footwear space. This company sells so much more than just pairs of shoes. Allbirds is known … Read more

Elon Musk Says Tesla Moving Headquarters From Silicon Valley To Texas

Reading Time: 2 minutes “Just to be clear, though, we will be continuing to expand our activities in California,” Elon Musk said San Francisco: Tesla chief Elon Musk told investors on Thursday that the leading electric vehicle maker is moving its headquarters from Silicon Valley to Texas. “I’m excited to announce that we’re moving our headquarters to Austin, Texas,” … Read more

Rosewood Sand Hill, A 16-Acre Paradise in Silicon Valley

Reading Time: 10 minutes (credit: Courtesy of Rosewood Sand Hill) Rosewood Sand Hill presents a relaxed translation of luxury for business and leisure travelers in the heart of Silicon Valley. Boasting 121 elegantly appointed guest rooms, including 31 suites, the resort resembles its surroundings with California Ranch architecture and a multitude of open-space gardens and stunning views of the Santa … Read more