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Gizmodo put together a fairly quick run through of the new iOS 7. I’m surprised this is so divisive. There are plenty in the Apple camp that love the new design, but there are just as many that seem to hate it. Unlike Herman,…
FWD’s Matt Buchanan argues that if you’re going to be buying any sort of tech gadget, make sure you are buying one that is great to use today and not something that has the promise of greatness once it receives an update.
The even grosser, hairier underbelly of update culture is beta culture: Companies releasing products that aren’t finished because they can “finish them” after you’ve paid money for them. Because youexpect updates, and well, simply because they can, releasing not-quite-finished products is all part of the plan. Whether it’s finally optimizing software to run as fast it should, adding in basic features like multitouch, fixing a show stopping bug right after launch (oh wait, I guess the Lumia 900 didn’t work), smoothing over a hardware bug, refining essential features or — and this is really amazing — promising to add new hardware after launch. You might be shocked to know that most of these released-now-fixed-later products weren’t exactly amazing, even after their update.
Sobering reminder about the way in which technology companies over-promise and under-deliver time and time again. He notes the only gadget that has actually improved over the years is Microsoft’s Xbox. It’s six-years-old and has blossomed from a gaming console into a full-fledged entertainment console.
ARM has released a new processor (the chips that power mobile devices, Kindles, video game consoles, etc.) that is capable of 32-bit processing, but also promises to deliver years of life from a single battery charge instead of months.
While this might not seem significant to most people, imagine having to never charge your Kindle or only having to charge your mobile phone once a month instead of everyday. That’s what we’re talking about here. More than that however, ARM is hoping these chips will be incorporated into every day devices like fridges, parking meters, home lightening and thermostats, to bring about the “internet of things” era.
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