No iPhone5, Just iPhone4S
There have been a lot of tittle-tattle earlier this year about Apple releasing iPhone5 together with the highly-anticipated iOS5 (I’m speaking on behalf of iOS device users when I said highly-anticipated) come fall. It’s indeed just a tittle-tattle, a gossip, a speculation. Not true.
Today, (October 4 in the US) Apple held “Let’s Talk iPhone” to launch iOS5 and the new iPhone variant, iPhone4S. Though I am more excited with the iOS5 for my iPhone4, and that I am not planning of getting a new phone/iPhone anytime soon, I am slightly disappointed that it’s not iPhone5.
Investors pour $85 million into Tumblr
SAN FRANCISCO—Tumblr on Monday announced a fresh round of funding that poured $85 million into the fast-growing online service for sharing pictures, videos, written musings and other digital snippets.
Greylock Partners and Insight Venture Partners led the investment round, which included infusions of cash from Peter Chernin’s investment business and English billionaire Sir Richard Branson.
The money will be used to ramp-up the service founded in New York City by David Karp in 2007.
“Tumblr has grown into a revolutionary service for self-expression that is changing the social landscape around the world,” said Deven Parekh of Insight.
“We’re excited to be a part of the future of the company, and to include Tumblr among our list of investments that, like Twitter and Flipboard, are fundamentally changing the social paradigm on the Web,” he said.
The number of Web pages viewed monthly at Tumblr has rocketed to 13 billion from two billion at the start of the year, according to Karp.
The approximately 30 million blogs at Tumblr generate more that 40 million posts daily, according to the microblogging service.
“From the early users signing up to easily share all of the things they cared about, to the global community today… it’s been a remarkable four years,” Karp said.
The staff at Tumblr has grown to 50 from 15 in the early days and the startup is working on “our biggest project to date,” Karp said, without divulging details.
“It’s amazing how quickly it’s become part of the fundamental infrastructure of the Web,” Greylock partner John Lilly said of Tumblr.
“We see some of the same early dynamics in Tumblr that led us to invest in Facebook, Pandora, and LinkedIn, so are very excited to add Tumblr to that list.”
Inventor of pacemaker dies at 92
The implantable pacemaker was named one of the 10 most important recent engineering contributions to society.
The man who invented the implantable cardiac pacemaker, Wilson Greatbatch, has died in Buffalo, New York, aged 92.
The pacemaker was first implanted in humans in 1960 and keeps the heart beating in a regular rhythm. Now, hundreds of thousands of people receive pacemakers every year.
Greatbatch’s cause of death is not known. But Larry Maciariello, his son-in-law, told reporters his health had been “intermittent”.
He held more than 150 patents.
The first successful implant of a pacemaker took place at the Buffalo Veterans’ Affairs Hospital. The 77-year-old patient lived for 18 months after the device was implanted.
In 2010, Greatbatch marked the 50th anniversary of the medical device.
His company Greatbatch Ltd - formerly Wilson Greatbatch Ltd - was founded in 1970 and manufactures batteries for the implantable pacemaker.
Inventing was Greatbatch’s lifelong passion. In 1998 he was admitted to the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio.
In 1983, the implantable pacemaker was named one of the 10 great engineering contributions to society in the part 50 years, by the National Society of Professional Engineers.
“Nine things out of 10 don’t work,” Greatbatch told the Associated Press in 1997. “The 10th one will pay for the other nine.”
In his later years, Greatbatch worked on possible cures for Aids.
He was awarded the Lemelson-MIT Prize for lifetime achievement in 1996, aged 76.
He also challenged the next generation of inventors to develop nuclear fusion using a type of helium found on the moon.
Fossil fuels, Greatbatch believed, will be exhausted by 2050.
Greatbatch studied electrical engineering at Cornell University and the University of Buffalo, where he then taught engineering between 1952 and 1957.
Greatbatch served in the Navy as a rear gunner and dive bomber during World War II. He also taught in the Navy’s radar school.
Greatbatch was married to his wife, Eleanor for more than 60 years. They had five children together.