Cadillac Moving to New York City


GM:

As part of the continued expansion of Cadillac, General Motors today announced a strategic realignment that will establish the flagship brand as a separate business unit. In addition, the new Cadillac organization will expand to New York with a new global headquarters opening in 2015.





Apple: Fashion


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iPhone 6 & 6 Plus: Most Expensive Component


Arik Hesseldahl, Re/code:

The most costly component in both phones is the combined display and touchscreen. The displays come from LG Display and Japan Display, costing $45 on the iPhone 6 and $52.50 on the iPhone 6 Plus. The cost for the smaller 4.7-inch model is only four dollars more than the four-inch display used on the iPhone 5s.

These numbers are merely estimates by a market research company.





Samsung Exits Europe Notebook Market


Chris Martin, PC Advisor:

Things have been quiet from Samsung this year on the laptop side of things with no new devices at IFA 2014 in Berlin. […]

“We quickly adapt to market needs and demands. In Europe, we will be discontinuing sales of laptops including Chromebooks for now. This is specific to the region – and is not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets,” said a Samsung spokesperson.

Is it the notebook market? Samsung? Europe?





iPhone 6 Plus: Bent Out Of Shape


Kelly Hodgkins, MacRumors:

As highlighted in a few reports shared in the MacRumors forums, a small but growing number of iPhone 6 Plus owners have reportedly bent their phones after carrying the devices in their pockets just days after launch. In one instance, a new iPhone 6 Plus was bent during a day of dancing, dining, and driving to a wedding.

Crap happens when you are not careful in the quest for super thin, super light, etc.

I think Apple made the wrong decision to make it so thin; Apple should have made it slightly thicker — which enhances rigidity — to make the camera flush with the body. And can you imagine how much more battery could have been shoved in there?

If you have an unbreakable habit of putting large smartphones in your pocket — front, back, does not matter — but are flexible enough to try Android, I highly recommend the LG G Flex.





iPhone 6 & 6 Plus: Review by Raymond Soneira


On the iPhone 6 Plus, Raymond Soneira:

Based on our extensive Lab tests and measurements, the iPhone 6 Plus is the Best performing Smartphone LCD display that we have ever tested. It delivers uniformly consistent all around Top Tier display performance. The iPhone 6 Plus is only the second Smartphone display (LCD or OLED) to ever get all Green (Very Good to Excellent) Ratings in all test and measurement categories (except for Brightness variation with Viewing Angle, which is the case for all LCDs) since we started the Display Technology Shoot-Out article series in 2006, an impressive achievement for a display. The iPhone 6 Plus has raised the bar for top LCD display performance up by a notch. See the main Display Shoot-Out Comparison Table for all of the measurements and details.

The iPhone 6 Plus matches or breaks new records in LCD Smartphone display performance for: Highest Peak Brightness, Lowest Screen Reflectance, Highest (True) Contrast Ratio, Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light, most accurate (pure logarithmic power-law) Intensity Scale and Gamma, most accurate Image Contrast, and the smallest Variations with Viewing Angle for Brightness, Contrast Ratio and Color. Where the iPhone 6 Plus display does very well but does not break LCD performance records is in: Resolution (1920×1080 versus 2560×1440), Pixels Per Inch ppi (401 ppi versus 538 ppi). and Absolute Color Accuracy (3.1 JNCD versus 2.1 JNCD).

The iPhone 6 was not as good. Compared to the Galaxy Note 4:

Both are impressive and excellent displays with great state-of-the-art display technology. We recently gave the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 our overall Best Smartphone Display award, and for the time being that continues for all of the reasons originally mentioned there. In particular, for implementing Color Management to provide multiple Color Gamuts, and then using the Color Management to provide the Highest Absolute Color Accuracy for Standard (sRGB/Rec.709) consumer content of any Smartphone or Tablet display that we have ever measured (in one of its four available screen modes, which many reviewers seem to overlook). As we discuss next, dynamic Color Management is something that every display will need to provide in the future.

The iPhone 6 Plus is the best mobile LCD according to Soneira, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the best smartphone display, LCD or OLED, period.





Alibaba: Controlled By A Corrupt Government


John Battelle:

Let me put this another way: Here are a list of Internet leaders who decided to forego China, because the government has made it nearly impossible for them to do business in the way that built our capital markets: eBay, Yelp, Twitter, Google, Facebook… and that’s just off the top of my head. So by buying into Alibaba, we’re buying into a system that has, through government fiat, denied innovative US companies growth in the world’s largest market, then capitalized that fiat into a stock it’s now selling back to us. Again, that just seems wrong.





iPhone 6 > iPhone 6 Plus


Jordan Kahn, 9to5 Mac:

Fiksu and Mixpanel also offered data on iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus adoption following the first weekend of sales. Both show that iPhone 6 is outpacing iPhone 6 Plus quite significantly after the first few days in customers’ hands, but it’s quite likely that could be due to a much tighter supply of iPhone 6 Plus.

After hours and hours of waiting in line you finally get to the front: “I would like to buy a space grey iPhone 6 Plus, 64GB version please.” And the Apple clerk tells you they are out of the 6 Plus but has a space gray iPhone 6 with 64GB. What do you do? Do you go out of the Apple Store empty handed, after waiting all those countless hours? Or do you get the 6? The answer, for almost everyone is: you get the 6.

And that is probably what is happening all throughout the U.S., right now. It is not that the iPhone 6 is more popular; the iPhone 6 is simply more available.





iPhone 6 Plus: “Making excuses is a bad sign in a new relationship.”


Chris Plante, The Verge:

Instead, I did what a human does when they have a piece of technology to get rid of. I posted on Craigslist. “Person with iPhone 6 Plus looking to trade for iPhone 6 normal, plus a little cash.” I received a lot of responses, because I was one of the few people not asking for $1,500 or more.

At 2PM, I met a stranger at the AT&T on Broadway and we made the trade. He was thrilled. I was thrilled.

[…]

That’s when it hit me. I was miserable, too. I spent all this money on something that I thought would make me happy, and instead I felt like trash. I mindlessly pre-ordered the wrong phone from Apple, and my punishment was being treated like a desperate grunt with a loose wallet.

A piece of technology will not make you happy. I will not lie to you, I am tempted to get an iPhone 6 Plus. But when I really think about the reason why (I can get rid of my iPhone, iPad, camera, and simplify my life) the humongous iPhone will not make me happy by simplifying my life. My life is not complicated because I have to haul around two additional gadgets, two more cables, and manage two more gadgets. My life is complicated because there are so many things my heart is running after, instead of just one.

Stop thinking a new piece of technology will make you happy; it will not. I am telling myself, more than anyone. Besides the iPhone 6 Plus is ugly.





iOS 8: Still Not Completely Secure


Kashmir Hill, Forbes:

It may be that the passcode doesn’t wind up protecting people as much as you might think from the headlines around Apple’s big move. Jonathan Zdziarski, a iDevice forensics expert, points out that his forensics software can still pull some data off a locked iPhone and that police could access much more if they seized a machine paired with your iPhone that would grant them access. Meanwhile security technologist Ashkan Soltani says that a majority of users likely use the iCloud to back up their devices, and Apple can hand over information from the iCloud to law enforcement if they have a warrant. “That’s still a huge hole,” says Soltani.

Apple is not in the business of selling your data to advertising companies; Apple is in the business of selling you stuff, like iPhones and Macs. One major concern, thanks to what the NSA and a bunch of hackers have been, are, and will continue doing, is user privacy. The recent phishing attack on celebrity iCloud accounts led to the leak of many private photos not meant to be seen by the public. The NSA has been engaged in a wholesale collection of communications data, which U.S. citizens assumed were private.

Apple wants to make its stuff as secure as possible; it is in the company’s interest to do this. I want my iPhone, iPad, and Mac to be more secure. Not because I have anything to hide, but because I do not want it to be so easy for anyone working at the NSA to access my devices. If I am the target of an investigation and am given a warrant to surrender my data I will freely give access to all of my devices, but until then I would like to keep my data, my communications, safe from the curious eyes of NSA agents. I do not think I am alone in desiring privacy from our government, and so an iPhone that is more secure will sell more than a less secure one. I will give credit where credit is due and Apple deserves credit for what they have done. Unfortunately the celebrity nude photo phishing debacle had to kick Apple in the butt for the company to add two-step verification to iCloud, but Apple has been working for quite some time to make it difficult for hacking tools to pull private data off iOS devices. iOS 8 encrypts data using your passcode. That means without your passcode the data stored in your iPhone is safe, in general. Unfortunately, forensics expert Zdziarski was able to pull data from a passcode-locked iPhone:

While your photos and messages might indeed now be encrypted with a key derived from your PIN, the pairing records stored on your desktop have a “backup copy” of your keybag keys (the escrow bag), which can be used to unlock the encryption on your phone – without a PIN. Again, this was added so that iTunes could talk to your phone while it is still locked.

Here is what Zdziarski recommends Apple do: “offer the user the option (via iTunes) to prevent the iPhone from being accessible at all while locked.”

No system is completely secure, but Apple has made phishing for and hacking into private data stored in iOS devices and on iCloud more difficult. Apple has to balance ease of access with secure to access, so I realize it is not simply a matter of adding and enabling all sorts of security protocols to iOS, iCloud, and OS X, but I think the company is moving in the right direction. I am coming to terms that only a fool would trust his private data to a company whose modus operandi is to gather as much data about him and sell that data to the highest bidder. I think it wiser to trust a company with little to no such business incentive.





iPhone 6 Lines: Chinese Black Market Takes Over


Update 2014.09.22

Agreeing with Stu Maschwitz, John Gruber makes a good point:

Count me with Stu Maschwitz: this film is pointless, and I think more than a little racist. When you can wait in line, pay $1000 for a new 6 Plus, then walk out of the store and resell it immediately for $1500 or more, that’s going to attract people who want to buy them for no reason other than to flip them. And I guarantee you not everyone waiting in line (or as they say in New York, on line) Friday morning to buy new iPhones just to flip them was Asian. And if the going rate in mainland China is over $2,500, as Quartz is reporting, then [it] makes all the more sense, simply as capitalism at work, that many of the line-waiters are Chinese-Americans looking to turn a profit.

The title should have been “Chinese Gray Market Takes Over”. In the video by Casey Neistat embedded above there is nothing illegal going on.





Elmar Mock on Apple Watch


via John Gruber. Swatch inventor Elmar Mock:

The Apple Watch is by far the most attractive of the smartwatches. I would definitely wear it.

[…]

Unfortunately, Switzerland lacks a Steve Jobs who can drag the watch industry into the future. It doesn’t necessarily mean the industry is on the wrong path, but it does mean that it has missed the boat as far as smartwatches are concerned.

Speedboats — Apple, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sony, etc. — have left the dock. Some have been innovating outwardly, some have been innovating inside company walls, but all those aforementioned high-tech companies are racing to build smarter watches.





Larry Ellison: Steps Down as CEO of Oracle


Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle:

Larry Ellison, a Silicon Valley pioneer known as one of its most flamboyant and aggressive leaders, stepped down as CEO of Oracle Corp. on Thursday but will remain its executive chairman and chief technology officer, the Redwood City company said.





Google: Encryption Standard on Next Android


Craig Timberg, The Washington Post:

Android has offered optional encryption on some devices since 2011, but security experts say few users have known how to turn on the feature. Now Google is designing the activation procedures for new Android devices so that encryption happens automatically; only somebody who enters a device’s password will be able to see the pictures, videos and communications stored on those smartphones.

How about pictures, videos, and communication stored at Google?





“I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee”






iPhone 6 Plus: Camera Review by Austin Mann


iPhone_6_Plus_Camera_Review_Austin_Mann

A thousand words…





iOS 8: iPhone 4s


Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times:

What are the costs of upgrading? Performance. Ars Technica installed iOS 8 on the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2, and in both cases it found that apps opened up slightly more slowly under the new OS. It took about 2 seconds instead of 1 to open up Safari on a 4S running iOS 8 rather than 7.

The iPhone 4s was released in October, 2011. That is four years ago, which for a high-tech device such as a smartphone is a very long time. That the latest mobile operating system from Apple works on something that old is remarkable.

Yesterday I updated my iPhone 4s to iOS 8, and yes there is a negative impact to performance. Not surprising. But what is surprising is that my iPhone 4s is more than usable. Even though my iPhone 4s runs a little slower iOS 8 is worth the update, especially because of improved security.





Technics R1 Series


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Samsung Galaxy Alpha & Hornettek Vader


The Samsung Galaxy Alpha reminds me of the Hornettek Vader aluminum metal case I reviewed a while back. The corners…





Moto X (2nd Gen, 2014): Review by AnandTech


Joshua Ho, AnandTech:

While AMOLED has traditionally struggled with luminance in situations such as the web browser and light-themed applications, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and S5 LTE-A Broadband have shown that it’s possible to achieve levels of brightness approaching some of the brightest RGB-stripe LCDs. As the brightness of the Lumia 930 is about equal to the new Moto X, I suspect we’re looking at the Galaxy S4/Note 3 generation of panels.

The Moto X (2nd Gen, 2014) posted a max brightness of 242 nits on SpectraCal CalMAN 5. Quite low.

Contrast is still incredible, but I can still see the purple smearing effect that comes from unlit to lit pixels.

Not good.

We see that the display is just a bit too red, and that most of the luminance is coming from red and green.

Display lifetime and battery life were more important than color accuracy.

There’s really not much that the Moto X can accurately display in sRGB as just by pushing the gamut too far, even if there wasn’t saturation compression for some colors, the large gamut will cause distortion of all colors within the gamut triangle.

Terrible.





   
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