Adam Lashinsky of Fortune interviewed David Limp, an Amazon senior vice president who oversees Alexa and all of its Amazon devices at the Brainstorm Tech conference. Some eye popping details about the size of the device business and its business model.
“We really believe and the team believes that we should align ourselves with both the business model and the product, so that if customers use it over a period of time, then we'll take a small amount of profit every time they have a transaction. It might be an Audible book; it might be a Kindle book; it might be shopping as they go through the lifecycle of that product.
Nothing makes me and the team happier to see a first generation Kindle in somebody's hands. We're still supporting it. You can still buy books from it and that's a great win-win for us and the customer.”
ST Microelectronics AS5C Y533 (also found in the 2015 Apple TV)
L05286 QS4 VG Z SGP 528
Cambridge Silicon Radio (Qualcomm) CSR1012A05 Bluetooth Smart IC
3.82 V, 0.329 Wh lithium-ion battery
pressure and angle sensors
package also has a spare tip and a Lightning and Lightning adapter
Apple is rumored to be bringing out the second generation Pencil this year. Hopefully, it can also scale up production and lower the cost. Users are reporting they lose the Pencil quite easily, and most certainly the cap, which hides the Lightning connector. At least, there is a cheap solution for the cap – the glow in the dark PencilCozy.
I have several productivity goals on my bucket list. I would love to dictate an entire book on my iPhone even with the ambient noise while I rack up my average of 8 to 10,000 FitBit steps a day. I want to get rid of my computer bag so my feet can have a bit more space to compensate for the airlines increasingly depriving them of some. I want to move away from a laptop, and its bulky cord and mobile mouse when I travel.
I may be able to accomplish some of those goals with a 9.7 inch iPad Pro and some accessories
It’s wrapped around by a Logitech Create case that is supposed to protect against bumps, scratches and spills. On the inside, a lightweight polycarbonate frame and a keyboard module provide structural integrity without weighing down the iPad. So, I can just put it in my carry-on bag with the Lightning charger. Goodbye laptop bag.
I am hoping the Apple Pencil with the Nebo handwriting recognition app will allow me to leave the Moleskine notebook at home. The Create case has special drawing angle which makes it easier to use the Pencil. With the case and the Pencil, the total package is still under 2 lbs. Lighter than my laptop and cord at 5 lbs.
I am similarly hoping the Shure MV88 mic for the Lightning port with its Motiv app will allow me to leave the much heavier Zoom digital recorder at home. Another half a pound in lowered weight.
I expect to still use the laptop at home. For writing book manuscripts and lots of blog posts it is much more productive, but for travel, want to see if the iPad combo can do fine.
Shyp, the San Francisco startup that aims to make shipping easy, will let you use your smartphone to summon a courier to your door. If you want, it will even pack your stuff for you. But the company, which launched in 2013, has been in no hurry to expand. It still only has couriers and warehouses in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.
But as of today, there is an aspect of its service that's now available throughout the U.S. You have to pack your items and take them to Fedex, UPS, or the post office, which at first blush might sound like you're doing all the work that would otherwise be done by Shyp. But before you do, you can see all the service offerings from Fedex, UPS, and the USPS and choose the cheapest one that will deliver your package on time. You then pay for shipping and print a label using Shyp's mobile app or web interface.
The iPhone is the Default Phone, the one you buy when you want a phone, not a project.
The Google Pixel changes that. It offers the look and competence of an iPhone, with a truly great camera and loads of innovative software and services. It changes my answer to the question I hear most often: What phone should you get?
To mirror the Rio Olympics, you may have noticed interactive doodles for the last 16 days on the Google home page. And you could download those games in the Google Play and Apple iOS stores. In some ways more fun, and lots less controversial than the Rio events or all the political games
"This wouldn't have happened if Steve Jobs were around" is one of the most overused insults that even fans will hurl at Apple CEO Tim Cook when he does something they don't like. Fact is, you can apply the line to many of the things that Cook has done to make Apple as powerful, profitable, and vibrant as it is.
More important, just like the early iPhone, Amazon has managed to turn the Echo into the center of a new ecosystem. Developers are flocking to create voice- controlled apps for the device, or skills, as Amazon calls them. There are now more than 300 skills for the Echo, from the trivial — there is one to make Alexa produce rude body sounds on command — to the pretty handy. It can tell you transit schedules, start a seven-minute workout. read recipes, do math and conversions, and walk you through adventure games, among other possibilities.
Makers of digital home devices like Nest are also rushing to make their products compatible with the Echo. Alexa can now control your Internet—connected lights, home thermostats and a variety of other devices. Hardware makers can also add Alexa’s brain into their own devices, so soon you won’t need an Echo to consult with Alexa — you could find it in your toaster, your refrigerator or your car.