Apple is said to be re-examining its clone licensing policy although it seems to be firmly stuck with the concept. The problem appears to be that Apple won’t be able to charge lucrative royalties on the new generation of PowerPC boards. Naturally this rumour hasn’t stopped the Apple clone makers. The first one, last month was Singapore cloner Vision Power with a kit of up to 200 MHz, then Umax with a respectfully reviewed 233/250 MHz jobbie, and APS with M*Power 200MHz machines, then a DayStar Digital machine with four 200MHz processors on board. In the US the prices look quite keen: the $1000 (620) exponential chip widely trailed as an up to 500MHz number apparently isn’t looking quite as fast now that some samples have come out of the clean room ovens. IBM/Motorola have a $500 (310) 300MHz chip in production and you’ll be able to buy PowerMacs with it in the US in May. Curiously Apple is offering PC cards for Macs at a price not totally dissimilar to those of complete PC boxes. The PC camp, which has been doing multi-processor boards for some time, is keeping up and there is talk of a 1000MHz chip next year. Alpha has already announced its 600MHz chip for graphics, animation and video. Yes, sorry you flat graphics jocks, that’s for Windows NT. It’s due in a couple of months complete with custom motherboard.
Organised by file sharing service Loop.gl, London Loop will see work by designers and other creatives displayed in public spaces all over the city.
Bad News is a new research project from the University of Cambridge and Dutch media company Drog, which aims to help the public spot misinformation on their social media feeds
Discussed at this year’s Design Indaba, Netherlands-based design graduate Tomo Kihara has created a product that aims to spark conversation between homeless people and passers-by.
Curated by Sea Design, the exhibition focuses on the geometric identity created by consultancy Roundel, which was used on British Rail’s freight trains in the 1980s and 1990s.