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Amazon Go

On 5th of December 2016, Amazon unveiled a grocery store without lines or checkout counters. The brick and mortar store is located on a 1800-square-foot retail space located in the company’s hometown of Seattle at 2131 7th Ave, Seattle, WA, on the corner of 7th Avenue and Blanchard Street.

Amazon Go , lets shoppers just grab the items they want and leave; the order gets charged to their Amazon account afterwards. Amazon Go works by using computer vision and sensors to detect what items you’re taking out of the store. You start by scanning an app as you enter the Amazon Go shop. You do your normal shopping, and the sensors throughout the store identify the items in your cart and charge them to your account when you walk out the door. It’ll feel like shoplifting, except you’re actually being watched by more cameras than you can imagine.

Amazon Go is currently open to Amazon employees in our Beta program, and will open to the public in early 2017. According to Amazon, if you want to be notified kindly register or use your existing Amazon account.

Watch the Amazon Go for more information.

 

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iPhone 5 – September 12, 2012

On September 12, 2012 Apple released its newest smartphone called the iPhone 5. This article will describe the changes made from its previous iPhone releases.

1. iPhone 5 is the world thinnest smartphone as of this writing. Weighing at 112 grams, 20% lighter than iPhone 4S

2. iPhone 5 has 4 inch larger display, with 16:9 aspect ratio. Which can display five rows of application on the display

3. iPhone 5 has a new connector, replacing the 30-pin connector and they call it Lightning.

4.  The iPhone earbud headphones have been redesigned and renamed EarPods.

5. Available in two colors, black and white, they never resembles it to their iPod Touch with variety of colors to choose from.

Here’s a quick cheat sheet of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S

  iPhone 5 iPhone 4S
Price (on contract) $199 16GB, $299 32GB, $399 64GB $199 16GB, $299 32GB, $399 64GB
Processor Apple A6 Dual-core Apple A5
Memory 1GB (tbc) 1GB (tbc)
Display 4-inch IPS 1,136 x 640 3.5-inch IPS 960 x 640
Pixel Density 326 ppi 326 ppi
Storage 16GB / 32GB / 64GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
Primary camera 8 megapixel AF with flash and f/2.4 aperture 8 megapixel AF with flash and f/2.4 aperture
Secondary camera 1.2 megapixel at 30fps VGA at 30fps
Video recording 1080p at 30fps 1080p at 30fps
Cellular/ GSM Model A1428: GSM / LTE

CDMA Model A1429: CDMA / LTE

GSM Model A1429: GSM / LTE

Hybrid GSM / CDMA “World Phone”
WiFi Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0
Orientation Accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope Accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope
Navigation A-GPS, GLONASS A-GPS, GLONASS
FaceTime WiFi and Cellular WiFi-only (iOS 5)
SIM standard nanoSIM microSIM
Battery life Up to 8 hours talk time on 3G
Up to 8 hours data on 3G
Up to 8 hours data on LTE
Up to 10 hours data on WiFi
Up to 40 hours audio
Up to 10 hours video
Up to 225 hours on standby
Up to 8 hours talk time on
3G
Up to 14 hours talk time on 2G
Up to 6 hours data on 3G
Up to 9 hours data on WiFi
Up to 40 hours audio
Up to 10 hours video
Up to 200 hours on standby
Weight 112 grams / 3.9 oz 140 grams / 4.9 oz
Dimensions 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm
Colors Black and Slate / White and Silver Black / White
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Samsung and Apple infringment court disputes

Two two technology giants are locked in numerous patent infringment disputes across the world.

August 24, 2012 A federal jury in California on Friday recommended that Apple be awarded $1.05 billion in damages after finding Samsung guilty of “willful” violations of a number of Apple’s patents in the creation of its own mobile products. Apple asked the federal to banned some of Samsung products.

– South Korea court has ruled that both giant technology Apple and Samsung both infringed each other’s patents on mobile devices. The court ordered Apple to pay 40M won ($35,000; £22,000) in damages to its South Korean rival, while Samsung was told to pay Apple 25m won.

The verdict bans Apple and Samsung products from selling. Here are the lists:

Apple’s iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and its tables the iPad and iPad2.

Samsung products include its smartphone models Galaxy SI and SII and its Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet PCs.

August 31, 2012 The Tokyo District Court ruled that Samsung did not infringe Apple’s patents for its iPhone and iPad for some of its Galaxy smartphones and the Galaxy tables. The ruling was focused on the technology used in Samsung’s Gaaxy S, Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Tab 7 devices to synchronize music and video with a computer. Apple say Samsung copied its technology. Apple has to pay 100 million yen ($1.27 million) Samsung and they have 30 days to file an appeal.

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Siemens to slash thousand jobs

FRANKFURT—German engineering giant Siemens, which is increasingly feeling the effects of the economic downturn, is to axe “thousands” of jobs, the financial daily Boersen Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

Last month, Siemens chief executive Peter Loescher said the company was drawing up a program to cut costs, boost productivity and efficiency.

 While the program would not primarily be implemented by reducing the headcount, job cuts could not be ruled out completely, Loescher said at the time.

 At the end of July, Siemens warned that it would be harder to achieve its annual profit targets, as the gloomy global economic mood weighs on orders, especially in the field of renewable energy.

 It was the second time Siemens had been forced to revise down its targets this year.

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HTC losing $40 Million from OnLive

HTC, a Taiwanese smartphone maker said on Monday it will book a $40 million loss from its investment in U.S. cloud gaming service OnLive.

HTC made its $40 million investment in OnLive in February of last year, in what was seen as a move to eventually bring more online games to its company smartphones. OnLive, which streams games over the Internet through PCs, also started hosting games for Android tablets and smartphones at the end of 2011.

Due to high infrastructure costs associated with running its gaming service the U.S.-based company has been forced to restructure. On Friday, the company said, an unknown company OnLive had been acquired. And as part of the restructuring a number of unknown company’s employees have been laid off.

 

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Microsoft drops the Metro Brand

Microsoft is changing the use of its Metro design name to describe a tiled interface in Windows Phone and Windows 8.

Microsoft has started to notify its Windows developers that they should refrain from using the word “Metro” throughout their applications if they refer to the Windows Phone or Windows 8 interface. Instead, the company is advising developers to use “Windows 8 style UI” to describe Microsoft’s unified design.

A Microsoft internal memo seen by The Verge indicates a discussion with a European firm prompted Microsoft to stop using the Metro name for its tile-based UI. The other company is believed to be Metro AG, the German retail giant. Employees and developers have to adhere to the new Windows 8 style UI name immediately, the memo says.

Microsoft has used “Metro” to refer to the the new typography-centric, flatter, cleaner and more modern look and feel that is central to Windows 8, Windows Phone, Xbox Live, Office 2013, Visual Studio 2012 and other new and coming Microsoft products. Among the first Microsoft products to epitomize the Metro look and feel were Windows Media Center and Zune.

Around two weeks ago, where the press release announcing Office 2013 used the term “Windows 8 style applications for Office” instead of Metro, and Steve Ballmer mentioned the name change in his introduction.

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Dear Mark Zuckerberg

Reposting from Dalton Caldwell blog post

Dear Mark Zuckerberg

Mark,

On June 13, 2012, at 4:30 p.m., I attended a meeting at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, California. In addition to myself, the meeting was attended by executives at Facebook with the following titles: “VP, Engineering & Products”, “VP, Partnerships”,“VP, Corporate & Business Development”, and “Director, Developer Relations/Open Graph”.

As I understood at the time, the purpose of the meeting was for me to present/demonstrate a new iOS app & service I have been building on the Facebook Platform. Previously, I had been reassured by Facebook dev-relations employees that the service I was building was an interesting/ valuable use of Open Graph & Facebook Platform. I was hoping the outcome of this meeting would be executive-level support for my impending product launch.

The meeting took an odd turn when the individuals in the room explained that the product I was building was competitive with your recently-announced Facebook App Center product. Your executives explained to me that they would hate to have to compete with the “interesting product” I had built, and that since I am a “nice guy with a good reputation” that they wanted to acquire my company to help build App Center.

I quickly became skeptical and explained that I was not interested in an acqui-hire. I said that if Facebook wanted to have a serious conversation about acquiring my team and product, I would entertain the idea. Otherwise, I had zero interest in seeing my product shut down and joining Facebook. I told your team I would rather reboot my company than go down that route.

Strangely, your “platform developer relations” executive made no attempt to defend my position. Rather, he explained that he was recently given ownership of App Center, and that because of new ad units they were building, he was now responsible for over $1B/year in ad revenue. The execs in the room made clear that the success of my product would be an impediment to your ad revenue financial goals, and thus even offering me the chance to be acquired was a noble and kind move on their part.

I am not sure if this bubbled up to you, Mark, but after this all happened I directly communicated my feedback regarding just how unhappy I was with this situation to one of your executives. The executive apologized and said he would take my feedback under consideration.

Mark, I know for a fact that my experience was not an isolated incident. Several other startup founders & Facebook employees have told me that what I experienced was part of a systematic M&A “formula”. Your team doesn’t seem to understand that being “good negotiators” vs implying that you will destroy someone’s business built on your “open platform” are not the same thing. I know all about intimidation-based negotiation tactics: I experienced them for years while dealing with the music industry. Bad-faith negotiations are inexcusable, and I didn’t want to believe your company would stoop this low. My mistake.

In a lot of ways, I got what I deserved. I have come to the conclusion that I took this foolhardy risk because the Twitter “platform” was even more of a joke than the Facebook “platform”. As someone that wants to build quality social software, software that doesn’t force users to re-create their friends list, or not use oAuth, etc., I have to endure huge platform risk. Personally speaking, I am resolved to never write another line of code for rotten-to-the-core “platforms” like Facebook or Twitter. Lesson learned.

Mark, I don’t believe that the humans working at Facebook or Twitter want to do the wrong thing. The problem is, employees at Facebook and Twitter are watching your stock price fall, and that is causing them to freak out. Your company, and Twitter, have demonstrably proven that they are willing to screw with users and 3rd-party developer ecosystems, all in the name of ad-revenue. Once you start down the slippery-slope of messing with developers and users, I don’t have any confidence you will stop.

I believe that future social platforms will behave more like infrastructure, and less like media companies. I believe that a number of smaller, interoperable social platforms with a clear, sustainable business models will usurp you. These future companies will be valued at a small fraction of what Facebook and Twitter currently are. I think that is OK. Platforms are judged by the value generated by their ecosystem, not by the value the platforms directly capture.

I don’t think you or your employees are bad people. I just think you constructed a business that has financial motivations that are not in-line with users & developers. Even if my project isn’t the mechanism that instigates this change, the change will happen.

Mark, based on everything I know about you, I think you get all of this. It’s why you launched FB platform to begin with. Do remember how you used to always refer to Facebook as a “social utility”? That is an interesting term to use. I haven’t heard you use that terminology in a while. I can guess why.

Anyway, Mark, perhaps the public markets & your employees will give you the time and goodwill to fix the obvious structural flaws in your “platform” business. You are in a very challenging position right now. Good luck.

Respectfully,

Dalton Caldwell

 

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