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The Verge has learned that HTC’s Chief Product Officer, Kouji Kodera, left the company last week. Kodera was responsible for HTC’s overall product strategy, which makes the departure especially notable on the heels of the global launch of the make-or-break One.
It’s not just Kodera. In the past three-odd months, HTC has lost a number of employees in rapid succession — most recently Jason Gordon, the company’s vice president of global communications. Other fresh departures include global retail marketing manager Rebecca Rowland, director of digital marketing John Starkweather, and product strategy manager Eric Lin.
It’s not a coordinated poaching effort that’s draining HTC’s Seattle-based North American operations….
Question by Geenaluz: What is your perspective in the future about televisions? The Good or the bad.
Answer by amp9C1 v2.0I would like to see CRT’s stick around for awhile, but by the end of the decade I wouldn’t doubt if all CRT production stopped. If/when Funai pulls the plug, that’ll be just about it. Mitsubishi called it quits way back in ’01, Philips/Magnavox has caved into Funai along with Sylvania and Emerson, Lucky-Goldstar/Zenith (LG) has called it quits, Sony has called it quits, Samsung has given up with its SlimFit CRT’s except in the Middle East and a few other places, Toshiba has given up, RCA seems to be phasing them out, Sanyo’s given up, Sharp gave up about two years ago, brands keep consolidating…
I would really like to see mass-production of SED or FED televisions. It’ll probably kill off the CRT for good, and probably accelerate the death of the plasma, and probably drag down LCD/LED as well. I’m a little more skeptical about OLED though. And DLP/LCoS projection will be gone sooner or later.
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“The initial versions of Glass were just Sergey [Brin]‘s Oakleys with a phone taped to them,” Bill Maris, managing partner of Google Ventures, told me in a noisy cafe in Midtown Manhattan. Given his position and our topic of conversation — Google’s Project Glass — he was conspicuous for wearing no eyewear whatsoever. “[Sergey's prototype] was not very compelling.” You’d forgive him for being a bit skeptical back then about what the company’s leadership was hoping would be the next big thing — or, at least, a thing worthy of the time and money required to iterate from those humble beginnings to the sleek device we now know and covet.
So, then, how did we get from those initial doubts to the launching of the Glass Collective, dedicating millions of dollars to finding, funding and fostering innovative applications (not just of the software variety) for Google’s new wearable? Maris spoke of Glass project lead Steve Lee and a later prototype that took photos every few seconds. “Imagine if you had this for your entire life. You could ask: ‘What did I do 10 years ago today?’” That was compelling enough for Maris to commit to the foundation of the Collective, helping Google move the project beyond a single product and into the all-important realm of the platform. This is a platform, he believes, that could change our lives over the next 10 years just as smartphones have over the past decade.
Because I like sharing cool watches with you guys I decided to share this cool watch with you guys. It’s called the Ressence Type 3 and it’s actually a liquid-filled mechanical watch with a nearly featureless face. Each of those dials – registers in the parlance – look like they are seamlessly embedded in the face surface and the watch, being suspended in synthetic oil, has no crown and is wound automatically.
Arguably the movement itself isn’t very special – it’s a standard timekeeper that displays the date and includes a rotating seconds wheel – but the way the entire package is put together is a feat of horology. The sapphire crystal surrounds the face almost completely and the back of the watch hides the manual winding mechanism and a switch that allows you to change the time.
On the wrist, the watch looks like a blob of liquid with markings suspended in it. It’s as if you were wearing a slug of liquid metal or a dollop of crude oil. The entire face spins (you can see it in action here) and a pressure valve compensates for temperature-related changes in the liquid.
You can see hands-on photos right here or visit the product page. The watch, sadly, costs $ 34,000 and comes in a wildly limited edition but it may be worth it just to say that your watch is literally full of alien liquids.
Microsoft has had speech recognition in Windows Phone since it first debuted, but it looks like the company is preparing a fairly significant upgrade. In a leaked video from Microsoft’s TechFest earlier this month, the research team demonstrates speech recognition speed and accuracy improvements, and a new “streaming mode” that can be enabled to allow Windows Phone users to search while they speak.
It looks similar to Android’s latest implementation, but Bing’s method goes one step further by adding the ability to produce inline search results while you’re still talking. Microsoft doesn’t offer up any promises on when this will be delivered, and it could still be a research project, but the company is preparing a Windows Phone Blue…
After the decision to provide Windows Phone 7.8 to existing Windows Phone 7 users, instead of a full Windows Phone 8 upgrade, Microsoft is now unveiling the support dates for its latest mobile operating systems. The company has previously shied away from support timelines for Windows Phone, only mentioning a brief promise of 18 months at the first unveiling of Windows Phone 8, but recent lifecycle updates confirm support dates until 2014. Windows Phone 8 will be supported, with security and other updates, until July 8th, while Windows Phone 7.8 will continue to be supported until September 9th.
An 18-month support plan, but what about upgrades?
The dates mean both operating systems will be supported for 18 months after they originally…
When we first got an early look at Kinect Fusion at Microsoft’s research labs back in December 2011 it seemed like a technology that would take years to be made available as a product, but Microsoft is doing that very soon. The software maker announced today that the 3D object scanning capabilities of Kinect Fusion will be baked into the Kinect for Windows SDK in a future release. Alongside an update for hand recognition, Kinect is getting even more powerful for developers.
Microsoft has previously demonstrated the capabilities of Kinect Fusion, using the technology to make a 3D scan of Sir Isaac Newton’s death mask, cast from Newton’s face following his death. The new feature will allow developers and engineers to create highly…
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Starting next week, Microsoft is going to begin actively marketing Outlook.com as an optional upgrade to Hotmail users. Microsoft will start sending out emails to existing users and use display ads to market Outlook.com in an effort to win back Gmail users. “About a third of our users are actually coming from Gmail,” admits Microsoft’s David Law, director of product management at Outlook.com. Microsoft is trying different ways to ensure Gmail users are interested in Outlook, recently adding a one-click archive button.
In an interview with The Verge, Law says the company has been holding back from pushing Hotmail users to the new Outlook.com interface to ensure the service was ready. “We just wanted to make sure the service was working…
Question by 007: I have a PlayStation Portable. Should I get the PS Vita now or wait in the future? Is the PlayStation Portable as good as Vita? What’s the biggest difference between these two consoles?
Is it even worth keeping the PSP?
Answer by DreBeatzthe ps vita is 10x better than the psp, sell the psp and get the ps vita you wont regret it if you love the psp you will marry the ps vita lol
There is a lot of difference better screen, touch controls front & back, powerful processor, best games, two analog sticks this is the vita by the way…I had a psp gave it to my little cousin and now I have the vita and its the best handheld I ever had & I do love my DS but aint touched it ever since
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Microsoft’s Research team in Cambridge opened its doors last week to offer a sneak peek at the future. Microsoft has spent nearly $ 30 billion on research and development over the past three years, and this particular lab — consisting of over 100 researchers mainly from Europe — has contributed to Bing, Xbox Kinect, and the functional programming language F#.
Microsoft is now looking well ahead into the future of computing and how user interfaces and the way we interact with machines will change. During an open house, the software maker demonstrated a variety of ways that the company is looking to improve its Kinect sensor and use it for an augmented reality future. From Kinect Fusion, that creates an interactive real-time 3D model…