Sharp Pulls Out Of North America TV Market

Financial Times: Sharp will license its brand to Hisense for LCD TVs sold in North and South America. Sharp president Kozo Takahashi is also considering the option of spinning off the company’s display manufacturing business.

Samsung SE370

SamsungTomorrow: The Samsung SE370 monitor comes in 23.6-inch (S24E370DL) and 27-inch (S27E370DS) sizes.

Rant: Who comes up with model names like this? What is the logic? Is there a school that teaches how to develop names for gadgets so human beings can understand? If such a school exists it should be mandatory for the Samsung folks responsible for these hideous names to attend such a school. Okay, end of rant.

The SE370 series monitor features an industry first: Qi wireless charging. To charge your wireless charge capable smartphone simply put it on the SE370’s stand. It’s a good idea and helps to declutter your desktop. The wireless charging industry is moving toward a single standard and that should help bring about more gadgets with wireless charging capabilities.

A few specs:

The only downside is the pixel format: both sport 1920×1080. The 27-inch version should be 2560×1440.

I like the color (white) and the slim bezel, but the aqua trim is tacky and has to go. A better name would help too.

The Limits Of Human Vision

Adam Hadhazy, BBC:

A million colours; single photons; galactic realms quintillions of miles distant – not bad for the blobs of jelly in our eye sockets, wired to a 1.4 kilogram sponge in our skulls.

To add a bit of context:

Our visual system is quite a remarkable design.

* Tetrachromats are people who have an extra fourth cone cell allowing them to perceive 100 million colors.

Why There’s Nothing Quite Like iPhone

Apple:

The fact that there are over a million and a half capable, beautiful, inspiring apps on the App Store. And each and every one was reviewed and approved by a team of real live humans. With great taste. And great suggestions. And great ideas.

And here’s John Gruber:

What irks here, fundamentally, is that Apple is taking credit for the great apps in the App Store, rather than giving credit to the third-party developers who make them.

Humility and Apple don’t mix very well.

Jim Dalrymple Got 99% Of His Music Back

Jim Dalrymple:

It’s been an interesting and confusing day. I arrived at Apple this morning to talk to them about my issues with Apple Music and to hopefully fix my problems. The good news is that I have about 99 percent of my music back.

This is good news. But the following is not:

Apple said my music was never deleted and that it was in the cloud the entire time. Before Apple Music, iTunes Match would show me all of my songs—matched, uploaded, and purchased. However, if you turn off iCloud Music Library and Apple Music, iTunes Match will only show your purchased content now. There is no way to separate iTunes Match from the iCloud Music Library. Before, you would turn off iTunes Match—now you would turn off iCloud Music Library.

iCloud Music Library. iTunes Match. Apple Music. Three different brands doing three different things, and confusing everyone. (Forgot: There’s Beats Music, too.)

At this point, I’m just glad to have most of music back, but I still have no idea what happened to the other songs, for sure.

Apple’s got work to do if songs are ripped into bits as they are being classified as part of one system or another.

Here’s an idea: How about branding the experience of listening to music — the ones we own and the ones we don’t — on Macs and iOS devices as simply Music?

   
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