The Apple iTime Is Destined to Fail


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.

Dvorak also recommended Apple pull the plug on the iPhone.





How IDC Estimates PC Sales


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.





LG 34UC97


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.





Humans Need Not Apply


A short film by C.G.P. Grey about the inevitable automation of work and its negative impact on employment.





“We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.”


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.





Oldies but Goodies


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).





US$199


The starting price for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Just a hunch.





HP Stream 14


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?





Sharp Aquos Crystal


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


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.





   



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