The creepy keeps piling on.
HTC in disarray: staff departures, 'disastrous' First, and production problems cloud company's future
The Verge has learned that HTC’s Chief Product Officer, Kouji Kodera, left the company last week. Kodera was responsible for HTC’s overall product strategy, which makes the departure especially notable on the heels of the global launch of the make-or-break One.
Too bad, the HTC One looks much better than the pieces of cheap plastic spewed by samesung every month.
The sad state of tech reporting.
Sam Sheffer, The Verge:
“Those are some unique glasses.” “Are you wearing Glass?” “He’s got Google Glass on!” My appearance can be ostentatious at times, but wearing Google Glass in public drew a truly unparalleled amount of attention — never have I seen so many strangers (and people I know) give me this look of, “uh, what’s on your face?”
I wore Google Glass to Justin Timberlake’s show at Roseland Ballroom this past Sunday for two reasons: to get a good understanding of what it’s like using the headset in the real world, and because Glass seemed like a perfect fit for watching and recording a concert. I also wondered if I might steal justa little bitof attention away from Justin.
I don’t want to write about tech anymore, this is just revolting.
The classic complaint about Android’s so-called “openness” is that it’s open to the carriers, not to the consumers. Though we’ve made some progress, we’re not there yet: the flagship Android phones of 2013 are still being locked down by the flagship carriers.
Not exactly OPEN, right?
So, I buy the phone, and then I have to buy additional storage for it. And this is OK. And this is innovation. And the next big thing is SD Cards.
If Apple did something like this, the shit would hit the fan.
If your name is Youporn, why the hell do you need an XXX domain name? Is there any confusion as to what the site is about?
They had this to say:
I don’t like holding this phone, and I can’t overstate how much that informs the experience of using it. It makes an awful first impression, slippery and slimy and simply unpleasant in your hand. My white review unit is completely smooth and glossy, with a subtle checkered pattern that looks textured but is neither grippy nor textured anywhere on its body. Even the silver band around the sides, which is obviously supposed to look like metal, is plastic. Everyone I showed the GS4 to frowned and wrinkled their nose as if it smelled bad, before rubbing their fingers on the back of the phone and then handing it back to me — that’s the opposite of the standard reaction to HTC’s One, which everyone wants to ogle and hold.
The Galaxy S4 is fast and impressive, but it’s also noisy and complex. The One is refined, quiet, comfortable, beautiful, and above all simply pleasant. I love using that phone, in a way I haven’t experienced with anything since the iPhone 5. That’s why, when my contract is up in June, I’ll probably be casting my lot with HTC instead of Samsung.
Other than that, it’s great!
Verizon nets 677,000 new wireless subscribers, activates 7.2 million smartphones, 4 million iPhones in Q1
During an investor call this morning, Verizon elaborated on its device activations for the quarter. In Q1, the company says that it activated a total of four million iPhones, half of which were the iPhone 5. That translates to just over 55 percent of all smartphone activations for the quarter. A year ago, Verizon reported 3.2 million iPhone activations.
So, Apple is doomed then.
Let’s just hope for the best.
The internet was abuzz yesterday with reports that Apple’s infamous “bounce-back” patent, US 7,469,381 , was “tentatively invalidated” by the US Patent Office. That’s one of the patents Samsung was found to infringe, and any action by the USPTO will have major consequences. Unfortunately, all those reports were extremely premature —patents can’t be “tentatively invalid,” just like people can’t be “tentatively dead.”