From the world’s first smart hairbrush to a mirror that scans your face to recommend the proper skin care routine, CES wasn’t just all about robots and cars this year. Guurrll, you look good.
Faraday Future can’t stop and apparently won’t stop teasing the unveiling of its upcoming electric car. After releasing 3 teaser images over the last week, the company yesterday launched a new version of its website with an interactive rendering of its electric car being gradually unveiled. What a tease.
Now that the figurative smoke has cleared from the dozens of literal fires caused by faulty Samsung smartphones, the Korean electronics giant has entered into that most craven of corporate actions: Brand-repair mode. Its advertising — which went completely dark for much of October — is back to pre-recall levels, a date has been set for the release of a full-scale autopsy on the problem and the company is even exploring splitting into two in response to investor backlash. The damage was rough.
Apple's iOS software quality is being called into question again this week, following the discovery of a five-second video that will force an iPhone to lock up and freeze. Reddit users discovered the bug yesterday, and all an iPhone user needs to do is click an MP4 file and watch it to experience the problem. Curiosity killed the cat.
While we’ve long heard about smart glasses -- including, but certainly not limited to, Google’s early but ill-fated foray -– it’s the reported smart glasses in development from Apple that have the potential to finally go mainstream. Textbook Apple.
GoPro is not a brand you'd immediately associate with mindfulness, but living in the moment is the key thrust behind the wearable tech brand's new global campaign. The company's first scripted spot (it has previously relied on user-generated content) urges us: "Don't stop what you're doing to capture what you're doing," as we see people holding their phones to film amazing scenery, friends doing exciting stuff or their kids playing. Right in the feels.
You’ve seen the hype, surely. LeEco put on a heck of a spectacle in San Francisco the other week, with a US debut that featured everything from bicycles to electric cars. The company threw a LOT against the wall when it highlighted its plan to conquer the US, but its first steps will, predictably, be in more tried and true fare – i.e. phones and TVs. And this morning marks the first time US customers will be able to get their hands on the products through official means. The hype is real.
Yesterday, Apple held its “Hello Again” press event at their Cupertino headquarters. It was overrun with terrible jokes and painstakingly long demos. And although the MacBook Pro is a nice innovation bump over its predecessor, it’s hard to believe Apple really needed an hour to talk about its Touch Bar and Touch ID. Even Apple’s attempts at begging customers to buy the MacBook Pro instead of the MacBook Air were embarrassing. The snoozefests can't continue.
The good news is that Sprint is donating 1 million wireless devices with service to high school students in disadvantaged areas. The bad news, of course, is that the service is with Sprint. That, and the fine print. Unloading all the Blackberries.
The Chinese market for electric vehicles is as hot as the US market, and the latest indicator is a $1.08 billion raise from China’s LeEco, a Beijing-based web video company that’s targeting Tesla with its own electric sports car plans. LeEco’s big raise should help it accelerate its EV plans, which so far include the LeSEE, a concept sedan design intended to be completely autonomous Lesee you, leraise you.