I’ve read a lot of exciting news this week and now you can too.
- Conductive Ink could be the next big thing in wearable tech by Lory Gil, Liliputing – Wearable clothing is the future and the future is… well, coming soon. I look forward to the day my pants will compute! Until then, let’s focus on improving battery life for smartwatches so I can actually find a reason to buy one; at least LG is trying. Did I tell you how much I like LG? (I really like LG).
- We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of cheap Chinese smartphones by Chris P., PhoneArena – I’m the kind of person who prefers to save up and buy something decent rather than throw money away on cheap stuff. I also appreciate the impact of very affordable mobile devices in developing economies where consumers can’t even fantasize about a premium smartphone. However, BRIC territories are currently experiencing a rise in middle-class population and thus a shift towards mid-range devices.
- Meizu MX5 Is Official, Metal Body And 3GB Of RAM In Tow by Kristijan Lucic, Android Headlines – The MX5 packs high-end features inside a well-designed body and it costs half the price of a regular flagship. I think it’s going to be a hit. I wonder what the big OEMs making Android devices think too.
- Sony launches crowdfunding platform for its own new products by Rich McCormick, The Verge – I love this initiative! I wish more companies took crowdfunding seriously because I’ve seen some great ideas and products coming out of Kickstarter or Indiegogo.
- Xiaomi Sold 34.7M Smartphones In First Half Of 2015, Up 33% Year-On-Year by Jon Russell, TechCrunch – In a market that has supposedly matured/saturated, Xiaomi seems unstoppable in its march to mobile world domination.
- Intel Compute Stick now comes with Ubuntu, Canonical blog article – This is a great personal device for people who use computers for lightweight apps like video conferencing or web browsing. Your parents will thank you!
- CSR2 preview – CSR Racing sequel set to speed onto iOS and Android by Stuart Dredge, The Guardian – Wow. Much graphics, such shiny, very cars. If this doesn’t convert the few who still claim mobile GPUs can’t deliver console-quality graphics, I don’t know what will.
- How Cisco is trying to cash in on the Internet of Things by Jonathan Vanian, Fortune – I really like this approach; rather than letting companies struggle to cobble together disparate parts of the system, Cisco is making IoT development relatively easy by providing turnkey solutions that are pre-validated for specific use cases. Interoperability seems to have been implemented from a start too (open APIs running on Linux) which is great news for software developers.