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High speed rail, jog on. Here comes Hyperloop
"No-one loves a smartass," goes the saying. Unless you're Elon Musk, the Paypal founder and Tesla chief executive, who is heralded as one of the greatest geniuses of our time. Earlier this year, Musk drew up a sketch that became the first design incarnation of "Hyperloop," a way to travel from one side of the U.S. to the other in less than three hours. We'll see if it ever comes to fruition, but Musk is enough of a well-established entrepreneur to make it happen above all else.
Image: Elon Musk/SpaceX
Microsoft buys Nokia's devices, services unit
Just when you thought the rumors wouldn't die away, Microsoft went and did what everyone thought it was going to do all along but took so long rumors began to wane. It bought Nokia's devices and services unit — effectively it's phone-making business — for a total of $7.2 billion. Later in the year, U.S. regulators and the European Union regulators announced they would allow the acquisition, making it a done-deal.
iOS 7 released with a brand new design
Some will moan, some will complain, but it didn't stop hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users from upgrading to iOS 7, the the redesigned Apple mobile operating system within just days of its launch in June.
Slated as one of the biggest software releases of the year, it stirred anger and annoyance even after it was first showcased at Apple's worldwide developer event. But not before long, almost three-quarters of all users were hooked on the new software, putting Android's fragmentation issue (not completely but almost entirely) to shame.