Category Archives: Product

Everyone Except Microsoft

Leaked Microsoft memo reveals high Surface Book return rates: Microsoft dismissed Consumer Reports’ Surface reliability ratings last week, but a new internal memo sheds some light on the issues that the software maker has faced. Consumer Reports surveyed 90,000 tablet and laptop owners and found roughly 25 percent of Surface users have encountered issues by […]

Essentially no one can buy an Essential Phone.

Amazon and Tencent Back Smartphone Maker Essential: Essential Products Inc., the smartphone maker founded by the creator of Google’s Android mobile software, confirmed it has a new $300 million war chest as it prepares for the seemingly insurmountable task of taking on Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Inc. The startup on Wednesday unveiled the large […]

The Not-So-Essential Phone

The new phone from the creator of Android didn’t ship when he said it would: The new phone from Android creator Andy Rubin appears to be delayed. When he announced the Essential smartphone at Recode’s Code Conference in May, Rubin said it would start shipping within 30 days, The Verge reported. The company also started […]

HomePod – More Than a Speaker + Siri

Over in the r/apple subreddit, u/Arve highlights an interesting thread in the r/audiophile subreddit concerning what’s under the hood in Apple’s new Siri-enabled HomePod: There is one comment from that thread I’d like to highlight: They’re using some form of dynamic modeling, and likely also current sensing that allows them to have a p-p excursion […]

The Rough Life of a Tech Editor

NYTimes: New iPad Pro Inches Toward Replacing PC, but Falls Short Brian X. Chen isn’t sold: Here’s the problem: The Smart Keyboard is thin and the keys do not click well or feel as satisfying to type on as the keyboards on a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air; after a long period of typing, the […]

No Speaky to Bixby

Samsung says Bixby voice assistant won’t ship with Galaxy S8: One of the key signature features of Samsung’s Galaxy S8, its Bixby voice assistant, won’t work out of the box, when the device goes on sale later this month. Other parts of Bixby, including its visual search and reminder abilities, will ship at launch, a […]

New Mac Pros for 2018

John Gruber with the Mac Pro scoop: Let’s not beat around the bush. I have great news to share: Apple is currently hard at work on a “completely rethought” Mac Pro, with a modular design that can accommodate high-end CPUs and big honking hot-running GPUs, and which should make it easier for Apple to update […]

The Mature Smartphone Market

The end of smartphone innovation: This autumn Apple will release a new iPhone design, and the fact that it postponed a new design and kept the 6 design for three years instead of two suggests it has something that will attract attention. However, it will really still ‘just’ be another iPhone. Meanwhile, we have some […]

Spark

Blanchard Joins Readdle to Work on Popular Email Client ‘Spark’: Readdle has hired former Apple Mail engineering manager Terry Blanchard in a position that will focus on creating the “future of email” for Readdle’s popular email client “Spark,” working with an entirely new team of his choosing in Silicon Valley. Blanchard’s new role, per his […]

Trivially Easy

Android Wear has made it trivially easy for fashion companies to ‘make’ tech products: March has been a particularly fecund time for new Android Wear watch announcements, though unlike previous years, the brands behind these devices are almost all from the fashion and luxury spheres of business. Tag Heuer, Montblanc, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel, […]