Few Gleanings from my perusing the Internet.
Slow Start for Android Smartwatches – Research firm Canalys said just 720,000 smartwatches powered by Android Wear, Google’s operating system for wearable devices, shipped in the last six months of 2014. By comparison, Apple sold roughly 114 million iPhones over the same period. “Android Wear is not very good,” said Daniel Matte, a research analyst at Canalys. He pointed to the poor battery life of the devices as one big reason they haven’t taken off, arguing that Google should have further streamlined its mobile operating system so the watches could last longer than about a day between charges.
Windows 10 Preview for Phones Now Available – The technical preview for Windows 10 on smartphones is now available, according to tweets from Microsoft. In order to access the technical preview of Windows 10 for phones, interested parties will need to be part of the Windows Insider program (free to join). According to the documentation available through Windows Insider, the Lumia 630, 635, 636, 638, 730, and Lumia 830 are compatible with the technical preview. The Technical Preview is not for everyday people. It is an unfinished version of the operating system meant for testing purposes. Microsoft isn’t expected to deliver the final version of Windows 10 to PCs, tablets, and smartphones until the summer months.
Report: Apple Gears Up to Challenge Tesla in Electric Cars – Apple is looking beyond mobile devices to learn how to make a self-driving electric car, and is talking to experts at carmakers and automotive suppliers, sources said over the weekend. The company is exploring how to make an entire vehicle, not just designing automotive software or individual components, an auto industry source said. Apple is gathering advice on parts and production methods, focusing on electric and connected-car technologies, while studying the potential for automated driving. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Apple had set up a secret lab working on the creation of an Apple-branded electric car, citing people familiar with the matter. The lab was set up late last year, soon after Apple revealed its forthcoming smart watch and latest iPhones.
The Wall Street Journal; CNET; Ars Technica; Boy Genius Report; Engadget; Gigaom; Re/code; TechCrunch; The Verge; SlashGear; Gizmodo; USA Today, online; Bloomberg; Reuters; Forbes, online; Gigaom;
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