I doodle a quick sketch on my iPhone. I hit a button, and it’s floating in front of me as a bright pink Post-it. I grab the note, then toss it 15 feet where it sticks to the wall next to a giant mood board of images and notes. My colleagues–one real, one a hologram beaming here from 2,000 miles away–nod in approval, as I’ve taken them both by surprise. advertisement advertisement “I didn’t even tell you how to do that!” says Jinha Lee, from underneath his Microsoft Hololens headset. I’d just spoiled one of the best bits of Lee’s demo all by myself. But that’s how good Spatial, the new augmented reality conference room app he’s developing, is. You stop thinking that you’re wearing bulky AR hardware, you stop considering the things you can or can’t do–and you just do what comes naturally. Spatial should be the worst kind of startup. It’s just coming out of two years of stealth development … [Read more...] about Video conferencing sucks. Could “augmented” meetings replace it?
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This is the first installment in The Design of Y2K , a series telling the stories behind the most influential products of the late 1990s and early 2000s. advertisement advertisement “I’ll be honest, and this is a funny story to tell. Initially in design, we didn’t want the chin.” Today, Paul Pierce is a distinguished designer at Motorola. But 15 years ago, he was on the original design team of the Razr—the impossibly thin phone that would go on to change everything—and he wasn’t so sure about how it was shaping up. Specifically, he wasn’t sure about that big chin. Before the Razr was released in 2004, phones had evolved into chunks of expensive plastic. Whether it was the Nokia 3310 candy bar, or some silver-sprayed clamshell phone from Sanyo or Samsung, the devices were positioned as functional technologies. And as technology evolved—with the introduction of bigger, color screens and cameras—they kept … [Read more...] about The secret history of the Motorola Razr, the first great phone of the millennium
Everyone benefits from a good night’s sleep, including presidential candidates. Yet according to a video series published by the New York Times in June 2019, many of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates admitted to not getting enough sleep in the campaign trail, or at least less than the recommended amount for American adults. advertisement advertisement According to the Academy of Sleep Medicine and Natural Sleep Foundation, American adults should aim for a minimum of seven hours in a 24-hour period. Just 16 minutes of sleep deprivation can lead to cognitive interference, distracting thoughts, and inhibit judgment. (Then there’s the potential health consequences like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.) What do the candidates’ sleep habits mean when it comes to their cognitive capacity, physical health, and decision-making abilities? We reached out to a sleep expert to find out. Sleeping less than seven hours nightly When the New York Times … [Read more...] about We asked a sleep expert to analyze the presidential candidates’ sleep habits
General investors cannot time the markets and we hence suggest looking at the markets from a long-term investment horizon and investing in a staggered manner, Pankaj Bobade, Head of Fundamental Research, Axis Securities tells Moneycontrol's Kshitij Anand in an interview.Q. What is your assessment of the September quarter earnings season? If you had to describe it in one word –what would that be? And, what were the highlights?A. The Q2FY20 results season has been a ‘mixed bag’. Given the slowdown in economic growth, one should see the results season sector by sector.The volumes in the FMCG sector were slightly better than expected especially on the back of the high base and the pain in the rural segment.Discretionary consumption plays were a mixed bag with paints and quick service restaurants (QSR) segment reporting better than expected growth. Though the near-term consumer demand is likely to be subdued, improving monsoon offers a ray of hope to invigorate demand … [Read more...] about Smart money | Chase stocks that show growth irrespective of long, mid or small-caps
We know that our smartphones are distracting us. And they’re tracking us. And they’re shattering on us. Regardless of how much easier life became when the iPhone hit the market and changed the entire world with Google Maps in your pocket and cocktail trivia on tap, it’s easy to yearn for the simpler days of “dumbphones.” advertisement Which is probably why Nokia–now a brand owned by the Finnish manufacturer HMD Global Oy–is re-releasing a dumbphone icon. According to a report by VentureBeat, the company will be launching an updated version of the Nokia 3310 later this month for about $60. Nokia’s candy bar phone first hit in the year 2000. It would go on to be massively successful, selling over 100 million units–and championed for its extreme durability. The 3310 ran its own pre-Android, pre-iOS OS. Apps? Sure! It had a built-in calendar, stopwatch, and four games like Snake II. Keep in mind, they ran at the screen’s … [Read more...] about Nokia Is Bringing Back The Original Dumbphone