by Jin S. Kim
John C. Dvorak, PCMag:
The long-term success of the iTime (or whatever it gets called) will be similar. If it can’t replace the iPhone completely it’s a goner.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt quotes an anonymous former IDC employee:
So, the mantra became, preserve the growth rates; to hell with the actual numbers. Even the growth rates are fiction. The fudge is in the “others” category, which is used as a plug to make the numbers work out. In fairness, we did do survey work, calling around, and attending white box conferences and venues to try to get a feel for that market, but in the end, the process was political. I used to tell customers which parts of the data they could trust, essentially the major vendors by form factor and region. The rest was garbage.
c|net: The LG 34UC97 is a 34-inch IPS monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a pixel format of 3440×1440. And it’s curved. Two Thunderbolt 2 connections allow daisy chaining. Want.
A short film by C.G.P. Grey about the inevitable automation of work and its negative impact on employment.
Tweeted by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on August 3, 2014. AI is coded by us, and can be applied broadly throughout. A single gadget with an incredible AI but with a bug in the code could cause some harm, but it can be limited. The harm brought upon by a broadly implemented buggy AI could be devastating.
Bianca Vázquez Toness, Bloomberg:
Suresh Subbian, 42, bought an iPhone 4 in June for his wife, paying about 19,500 rupees.
“We don’t want to take a big risk by buying a new model,” he said by phone from Chennai. “I thought I’d buy her a simple model and try it. It’s about half the price of a 5s and that’s an important factor.”
Older iPhones like the 4 and 4s are selling well in India because of two reasons: older iPhones are still considered prestigious, and they are more affordable to more.
I would think there’s a burgeoning market for used iPhones in India since used iPhones are generally much cheaper than new ones. On Craigslist in Bangalore a used 16GB iPhone 4s is offered at 20,000 rupees (about US$330), about the same price as a new iPhone 4, but still significantly more expensive than used prices in the SF Bay Area (about $150).
The starting price for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Just a hunch.
Gigaom: The HP Stream 14 is a US$199 Windows 8.1 3.9-pound notebook. The price is right, but that’s about as good as it gets:
My biggest question: Can Windows 8.1 run smoothly?
The Wall Street Journal: SoftBank, who owns Sprint, worked with Sharp to develop the Aquos Crystal. According to The Verge the Sharp Aquos Crystal is a mid-range 5-inch Android smartphone with a 1280×720 pixel format powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor.
The bezel around the 5-inch LCD — left, right, and top — are thin, and seems more space efficient than the LG G3. Sharp’s designers pushed the display all the way to the top and brought down the front-facing camera and sensors; taking selfies might require some adjustments.
The design is unique enough to warrant a second look. But Sprint? If SoftBank wants traction on Sprint, the company should offer the Aquos Crystal unlocked.
Navdy: San Francisco based Navdy is working on a projector called Navdy. The US$299 (pre-order price) dashboard mounted projector projects a heads-up display on the car’s windshield with information such as caller ID and navigation. You use voice and hand gestures to control it. Nifty.