That’s a college try of a clickbait headline, anyway. Apple is not sitting still, and anyone who thinks they are isn’t paying attention or has some agenda they’re trying to manipulate into action. While analysts and bullish traders scream about declining iPad sales and Elon Musk poaching Tim Cook’s best engineers, Apple quietly goes about their business of expanding the most lucrative gadget on Earth’s presence deeper into your daily lives.
Well, they’re doing it as “quietly” as the largest corporation in the world can, anyway.
HTC has been working on a wearable for some time now, that much we know. Now we’ve got widely reported leaks claiming to point to an interesting detail about the device: Petra, as it’s supposedly codenamed, will run a proprietary operating system instead of Android Wear, and will also be compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones. This combined with HTC’s move towards product diversification, including an announced partnership with Under Armour, gives me hope for the company’s future.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is apparently eyeing a run at becoming the third member of his family to ascend to the presidency of the United States. Um, yay? Looks like digital privacy won’t be one of his campaign tentpoles. As Gizmodo so succinctly put it, Jeb Bush Basically Just Doxxed Thousands of Floridians. Bush published the Jeb Emails and it’s more than just another horribly named online vanity project: Jeb Emails is the full text – including senders’ email addresses – of some 250,000 messages sent by constituents during his eight years ruling the Sunshine State.
China isn’t so much the next frontier in mobile as it’s the now frontier in mobile. Xiaomi knows it, Apple knows it and apparently Alibaba knows it, too. Jack Ma’s company raised a cool $25 billion USD from their IPO, and they’re investing a little bit of it in the 560 million user Chinese mobile market, having bought an unspecified stake in Android handset maker Meizu. While Meizu’s share of the smartphone market is tiny at two percent, the company has ramped up production over the six months and could be seen as an ideal vessel for getting Alibaba’s own YunOS into the hands of more users.
A million sales over two-plus years would not be labeled successful in any other corner of the cutthroat consumer electronics industry, so why are we calling Pebble “a success?” Might the truth in fact be that nobody really wants smartwatches but the tech press is just trying to bolster their own narrative with false praise for the lesser-of-evils segment leader?