Would you pay extra to own an iPhone or iPad with a hardened screen? >> iTechnician.co.uk Blog
We surveyed in total 1,206 customers who had recently requested an Apple screen repair quote, and asked them to answer one simple question:
Would you pay extra to own an iPhone or iPad with a more damage-resistant screen?
The answer options were:
Yes, I would pay up to £50 extra.
Yes, I would pay up to £20 extra.
No, I would not pay any extra.
Survey carried out via SurveyMonkey. Obviously, these are customers who are in the position of “I wish I wasn’t having to pay for this”; in that context maybe it’s surprising that 21% said they wouldn’t pay extra for a more damage-resistant screen.
A side question though is whether – assuming there is sapphire in the next iPhone screens – this will damage the business of iPhone repair companies.
OnePlus cancels its dumb contest following uproars of sexism >> TechCrunch
OnePlus recants on its competition, with a statement saying:
Women make up half the world, and we want to help them be more involved in tech. We understand that our contest was in bad taste, and have therefore pulled it. All participants will be contacted for prizes.
We apologize and we will course correct for the future. At the same time, we would love to hear your feedback on how we can better get women involved in tech.
This isn’t the first time OnePlus has thrown a contest that clearly hadn’t been thought all the way through. Back in April, they threw a “Smash the Past” campaign that encouraged users to record themselves destroying their high-end smartphones in hopes of winning a OnePlus handset.
Because smashing a perfectly usable phone filled with glass, rare earth, and a rechargeable battery (read: nasty chemicals that like to explode) is a totally sane thing to do instead of, you know, selling it. Or donating it. Or doing literally anything else with it.
MIUI 6 full review: visually stunning, stunningly simple (videos, screenshots) >> MIUI Official Community
The long-expected MIUI 6 is finally here! Visually stunning, Stunningly Simple. It’s a new chapter for MIUI. And here is a full review for you to get a taste of it.
Plenty of American commentators have been remarking on how this resembles iOS 7. But for example, Xiaomi’s calendar app has looked this way for some time; MIUI 4 in 2011, for example, was already flat.
An alternative explanation: Xiaomi is that rare thing – a company with taste in design.
As machines take on more human work, what’s left for us? >> Pew Research Center
computerization has been a major contributor to the “hollowing-out” of middle-skilled, middle-wage jobs and a corresponding rise in employment at both the high and low ends of the skills spectrum. To quantify this, the researchers developed an index of “routine task intensity,” or RTI. The higher an occupation’s RTI, the more it’s characterized by routine tasks with relatively little manual labor or abstract reasoning involved. Dorn, in a separate paper, said RTI could “be interpreted as an occupation’s potential susceptibility to displacement by automation.”
Athletes, firefighters and kindergarten teachers can rest easy for now, apparently. Butchers, meter readers, proofreaders.. could we have a word?
8m Chromebooks to ship in 2014, 5% of global notebook PC market >> DisplaySearch Blog
As published in the Quarterly Mobile PC Value Chain & Insight Report, we forecast that there will be a 144% rise in sales of Chromebooks in 2014, to 8m units. While far lower than Google’s planned 20m units for 2014, Chromebooks are likely to achieve 5% penetration of the notebook PC market. In 2013, more than 80% of Chromebooks were shipped to the North America market.
As Chromebook PC demand increases, and as Google focuses on selling into some of Microsoft’s core markets, we anticipate that Google will gain some advantage in the notebook PC market. ASUS and other brands, and several OEMs are developing Chromebooks, in order to gain a foothold in this growing market.
The only support for the “Google planned 20 million in 2014” claim is some waywardly sourced articles from 2012. It seems unlikely Google would have quite such large targets yet.
The biggest iPhone security risk could be connecting one to a computer – Computerworld
[The Georgia Tech team’s] attack [to be shown at the Usenix Security Symposium] requires the victim’s computer to have malware installed, but there’s a thriving community of people known as “botnet herders” who sell access to large networks of compromised computers.
Wang said they conducted their research using iOS devices connected to Windows, since most botnets are on that platform, but their attack methods also apply to OS X.
Apple requires a person to be logged into his account in order to download an application from the App Store. But Wang and the researchers developed a man-in-the-middle attack that can trick an Apple device that’s connected to a computer into authorizing the download of an application using someone else’s Apple ID.
As long as the application still has Apple’s digital signature, it doesn’t even need to still be in the App Store and can be supplied from elsewhere.
Perhaps a good thing that iPhones haven’t needed to be connected to a computer for backup or activation since October 2011.
Pattern recognition algorithm recognizes when drivers are on the phone >> MIT Technology Review
Today, Rafael Berri at Santa Catarina State University in Brazil and a few pals reveal their approach to the problem using a small dashboard camera that watches for the tell-tale signs that the driver is on the phone.
Their approach is relatively straightforward. Berri and co point out that drivers usually scan the road ahead while driving but when on the phone, they tend to fix their gaze straight ahead. This means that a dashboard camera in front of the driver is well-positioned to spot mobile phone use.
Their system processes the images from this camera in three steps. First, it locates the driver and crops the image to show just the face and area to each side of the face. The idea is to see the driver’s hands should they be raised next to the ear in holding a mobile phone while making a call.
A great idea. Can’t think anyone’s going to install a dashcam that will tell on them though.
This is what it looks like when a country gets mobile phones >> Quartz
Just five years ago, mobile phone penetration in Myanmar stood at 1%. By 2013, it had already shot up to 13%. The government wants to drive that number north of 75%.
Meanwhile, the price of a SIM card dropped from $3,000 to about $260. This month, Qatar’s Ooredoo, a mobile operator, started selling SIM cards for 1,500 kyat ($1.50).
Watch Myanmar’s GDP rocket. Fun fact from the article: Myanmar was one of the three “unconnected” markets effectively closed to mobile phones – the other two are Cuba and North Korea.
Microsoft abruptly kills Skype for Windows Phone 7 >> Windows Phone content from Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows
Because only the newest versions of Skype support “enhanced quality, better reliability [and] improved security,” and these versions of Skype cannot be ported to Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is “permanently retiring all Skype apps for Windows Phone 7.” The app has been removed from the store, and those using Skype on Windows Phone 7 will find the app to be non-functioning soon (“within the next few weeks”).
Why are they doing this so suddenly and without any advance warning? Who knows.
Does it have to do with low Windows Phone 7 usage? I don’t believe so: According to the latest Windows Phone usage stats, 17.7% of Windows Phone users are still using Windows Phone 7.x devices. That’s a pretty healthy percentage, though it’s obviously on the way down.
If I had to guess—and what the heck, I do have to guess—I’d say that Microsoft is aware of a problem with older versions of Skype, and since there is no way to update the Windows Phone 7 version, they feel compelled to shut it down fairly immediately.