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I’ve read a lot of exciting news this week and now you can too.

  1. 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).
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.