Tesla and SolarCity Together →

OCTOBER 13, 2016


These events will create a clear picture of how a combined Tesla and SolarCity will make solar and storage as compelling as electric vehicles – an achievement that would advance our mission of accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

For mother earth.


Why Does Siri Seem So Dumb? →

OCTOBER 13, 2016

Walt Mossberg:

Yes, Siri can usually place a call or send a text. It can tell you sports standings, Yelp restaurant reviews and movie times — features Apple added years ago. And it must be said that all of its competitors have their own limitations and also make mistakes.

But in its current incarnation, Siri is too limited and unreliable to be an effective weapon for Apple in the coming AI wars. It seems stagnant. Apple didn’t become great by just following the data on what customers are doing today. It became great by delighting customers with feats they didn’t expect. The AI revolution will demand that.


Amazon Launches Music Unlimited →

OCTOBER 12, 2016

Todd Bishop and Monica Nickelsburg for Geekwire:

The company on Wednesday is launching a new subscription music service, Amazon Music Unlimited, that starts at $3.99 a month for a library of tens of millions of songs. That’s less than half the cost of Apple Music, Spotify Premium and other competing music services.


Here’s the catch: At that lower price, you can only use the new service on a single Amazon Echo device: an Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap.

To use Amazon Music Unlimited on multiple devices, including smartphones, you’ll need to pay $7.99 if you’re an Amazon Prime member, or $9.99 if you’re not.

If you have an Echo or Amazon Tap device, this may sounds good.


Steve Jobs’s Best D: All Things Digital Conference Interviews →

OCTOBER 5, 2016

Dan Frommer for Recode:

On the fifth anniversary of Jobs’s death, we’ve compiled some of his D Conference highlights into the video above. (I also used the opportunity to ask Swisher and Mossberg about what it was like to host Jobs at their conference. As you might guess, he was a unique participant.)

Salute to a genius.


Sneak Peek of SpaceX’s Interplanetary Transport System →

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

This is super cool. I watched the keynote’s live broadcast yesterday and I was overwhelmed by the unveilings. This project is huge. Growing up, I used to think that you can only go to space if you’re a brilliant astronaut or scientist. Or at least a jackass, like the roles portrayed in the movie “Armageddon”.

Now, an “Interplanetary Transport System” (ITS) for ordinary people1 is in development and it’s coming for real in the not so distant future. Bravo SpaceX.

To know more about the project, SpaceX Founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted a link article from Gizomodo about it. You can check it here.

You can also watch the replay of the keynote address here.


Tesla’s Autopilot Update: Seeing the World in a Radar →

SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

According to Tesla, the main feature of Autopilot version 8.0 is making the car’s built in radar the primary control sensor to its visual image recognition system.

The net effect of this, combined with the fact that radar sees through most visual obscuration, is that the car should almost always hit the brakes correctly even if a UFO were to land on the freeway in zero visibility conditions.

Taking this one step further, a Tesla will also be able to bounce the radar signal under a vehicle in front – using the radar pulse signature and photon time of flight to distinguish the signal – and still brake even when trailing a car that is opaque to both vision and radar. The car in front might hit the UFO in dense fog, but the Tesla will not.

Darrell Etherington of Techcrunch had a good take about this topic that he earned a retweet from Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk. On his article, quoting some of Musk’s answers during a recent press Q&A:

…we believe [the update] would have” saved Josh Brown’s life were it in place prior to the fatal May accident in which his Autopilot-driven Model S collided with the broad side of a truck on a highway, Musk also cautioned that it’s not a panacea for safety.

I do want to emphasize that this does not mean perfect safety,” he said. “Perfect safety is really an impossible goal. It’s really about improving the probability of safety, that’s really all you can accomplish.

Version 8.0 is set to be released in a few weeks via over-the-air update for free, and it will be available to all Tesla vehicles made from October 2014 and on.

This is intense technology. I think Tesla is years ahead on this game. Other car makers shouldn’t sit on their laurels. The future is here now.


Inside iPhone 7: Why Apple Killed The Headphone Jack →


BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski:

For Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, the iPhone’s 3.5-millimeter audio jack has felt something like the last months of an ill-fated if amicable relationship: familiar and comfortable, but ultimately an impediment to a better life ahead. “We’ve got this 50-year-old connector — just a hole filled with air — and it’s just sitting there taking up space, really valuable space,” he says.

“It was holding us back from a number of things we wanted to put into the iPhone,” Riccio says. “It was fighting for space with camera technologies and processors and battery life. And frankly, when there’s a better, modern solution available, it’s crazy to keep it around.”


Fast Company’s Interview with Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi →

AUGUST 14, 2016

Rick Tetzeli writing for Fast Company, talked to Apple’s Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi about the development of Maps app, Siri, Apple Watch, and learning from failures.

My favorite is this one from Craig Federighi on the perception that there are more mistakes now than in the past:

A world where people do not care about the quality of their experience is not a good world for Apple. A world where people care about those details and want to complain about them is the world where our values shine. That is our obsession. If people were like, “That’s good enough for me” . . . well, there are a lot of people who can provide that kind of experience. I think that we are focused on working hard every day to make it better. We make mistakes, things get out there, but we work incredibly hard to make things better and better. The bar does keep going up. The number of things you expect from your phone and your computer and the way they interact, and the cloud and services and the way the Internet works with them, the level of complexity goes up and up. But we’re committed to getting better and better, faster than it gets harder and harder.

They also talked about other interesting things like the difference between Steve Jobs and Tim Cook as a boss. You can read the full article here. It’s a good read.


Headphone Jacks are The New Floppy Drives →

JUNE 22, 2016

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber gave his thoughts about the rumour regarding the new iPhone ditching the headphone jack – commenting on article written by Nilay Patel of The Verge:

I’m not familiar with how people are taking advantage of the “analog loophole” to do things with audio out of the iPhone headphone port that would be forbidden using the digital Lightning port, but now seems like a good time to raise the big question: Should the analog headphone jack remain on our devices forever? If you think so, you can stop reading. If not, when? Maybe now is the wrong time, and Apple is making a mistake. I don’t know. None of us outside the company seem to know, because all that has leaked is that the new iPhone won’t have the port, with no explanation why. But I say at some point it will go away, and now seems like it might be the right time. Also, historically, Apple has proven to be very good at timing the removal of established legacy ports.

I remember Steve Jobs explaining these kind of transitions back then in an interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at All Things D’s D8 conference.

Original video from Apple Inc. This video was trimmed and uploaded on Youtube via iMovie on Mac.


Mossberg: Apple Is Still A World of Its Own →

JUNE 17, 2016

Walt Mossberg, writing for The Verge:

Based on these software features and other announcements at WWDC this week, it’s clear to me that, for better or worse, Apple continues to seek its own path, as it has for decades. Like many other tech companies, it has its eye on smarter software through artificial intelligence, is setting new standards for what interactions will look like down the road, and is looking at ways to disrupt legacy media. But at Apple’s core it is still a company intent on driving its users toward simple software housed in proprietary hardware.

It reminds me of Steve Jobs when he used to quote Alan Kay’s “People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware”.


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