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.

Motorola Moto 360: Charging

The Verge: I would have tried a little harder to hide the chopped off portion of the circle.

Sony Exits E-Readers

BBC News:

“We do not have plans to develop a successor Reader model at this time,” the Japanese firm told the BBC.

The PRS-T3 was the last version made and will exist as long as supplies remain in Europe.

Earlier this year, Sony pulled out of selling e-books and directed its users in the US and Europe to the e-bookstore of rival Kobo.

Sony seems to be consolidating and focusing.

Microsoft Surface: Keeps Losing Money

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld:

Calculations by Computerworld show that the Surface’s cost of revenue for the June quarter was $772 million. With revenue of $409 million, that put the tablet in the red to the tune of $363 million, the largest one-quarter loss for the Surface since Microsoft began providing quarterly revenue numbers.

Employee Diversity at Apple

Apple: 55% are white, overall. 64% are white, in leadership. 70% are male. Compare this to Cupertino, where Apple is headquartered and is the city’s largest employer with 15,000 employees (source: Wikipedia): 29% white, 63% Asian.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

The Verge: The 4.7-inch 1280×720 Android smartphone has a metal frame, with chamfered edges. I wonder why it took Samsung this long.

Lower-Cost iPhone = Old iPhone Strategy

Ben Thompson:

Apple is indeed the preferred vendor for people at the top of the market, but because the iPhone is priced (about) the same everywhere in the world, its market share is a function of a country’s average income and the way in which that income is distributed.

Makes sense.

Simple, But Unmistakable

Brian X. Chen, The New York Times:

In a version of the class taught last year, Mr. Nelson showed a slide of “The Bull,” a series of 11 lithographs of a bull that Picasso created over about a month, starting in late 1945. In the early stages, the bull has a snout, shoulder shanks and hooves, but over the iterations, those details vanish. The last image is a curvy stick figure that is still unmistakably a bull.

The class is “Communicating at Apple” and taught at Apple University. Here’s a link to the 11 lithographs of Picasso’s bull.

Acer Chromebook 13

The Verge: The Acer Chromebook 13 sports NVIDIA’s Tegra K1, a powerful quad core SoC geared for mobile devices. Two display options are available, but you’ll want to pony up the extra $100 for the 1920×1080 pixels, extra RAM, and larger SSD.

Combine a 1920×1080 13-inch display with a 32GB SSD, 4GB RAM, NVIDIA’s Tegra K1, and a battery that lasts 11 hours, the asking price of US$379 looks like a good deal.

(The all-white enclosure, which I like, reminds of the discontinued white unibody polycarbonate MacBook, which by the way can be had for about the same price on Craigslist. You lose a bunch of pixels and the all-day battery life, but you gain a full-blown computer.)

MacBook + iPad = Surface?

Microsoft’s recent Surface Pro 3 ads (1, 2) make a strong case. The SP3 has got both the MBA and iPad beat when it comes to the display and the stylus. But where it comes short is the keyboard and the trackpad.


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