Elmar Mock on Apple Watch


Image source: Berner Zeitung, photographed by Urs Baumann

via John Gruber. Swatch inventor Elmar Mock:

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

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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?





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iPhone 6 Plus: Camera Review by Austin Mann


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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.





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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.





Amazon Kindle Voyage: Review by The Verge


Dieter Bohn, The Verge:

The Voyage is thinner, lighter, and ever-so-slightly smaller than the Paperwhite, but the big deal is the screen. Amazon has increased the resolution so that it reaches 300 pixels per inch, which makes text incredibly sharp and readable. I ratcheted the text size all the way down to the lowest setting and found it to still be crisp and sharp enough to read. At a more reasonable font setting, it’s the best reading experience I’ve seen on an electronic device.

Avid readers, this is your e-reader.





   



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