In a Deutsche Bank investor note, analysts from the financial service company claim that Apple has missed the mark by a large margin with the HomePod. The report estimates that HomePod production has been cut down to 200,000-300,000 units per month, putting total sales for 2018 in the vicinity of 3 to 4 million units. Earlier this month, KGI Securities pinned the number of total HomePod sales for 2018 even lower – at 2 to 2.5 million.The latest investor not from DB paints a dire picture for Apple's foray in the smart speaker market, citing the speaker's limited capabilities and steep pricing as the main driving factors behind the product's underwhelming performance.The HomePod was Apple's answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home, but with the two companies already dominating the new market, and with a $200 higher price tag than its main competitors, Apple's smart speaker failed to make the needed splash."Apple decided to stick with its premium pricing strategy, introducing … [Read more...] about Apple may have already lost against Google and Amazon in the smart speaker race
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A new report from telecommunications research firm Analysys Mason judges the United States to be in third place for the race to establish a nationwide 5G wireless network, lagging behind China and South Korea but just ahead of Japan. Analysys Mason sees a tight race, with each of the leading competitors bringing different advantages to the table. China is ahead by a nose thanks to “proactive government policies and industry momentum,” while the United States has the leading private wireless industry in the world, and is close to commercial deployment of 5G networking.Meredith Attwell Baker, president and CEO of U.S. wireless industry group CTIA, expressed confidence that America would “leapfrog China because key leaders in the Administration, on Capitol Hill, and at the FCC are focused on the reforms needed to win the race.” However, Baker warned that the U.S. “will not get a second chance to win the global 5G race.” China-watchers had an interesting … [Read more...] about U.S. Takes Third Place in Race for 5G Wireless, China in the Lead
People often describe investing in cryptocurrency as a "rollercoaster". Makes sense right? The price goes click-click-click all the way to $19,000 and then wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee... all the way down to $12,500. Oh! Wait a minute! The ride's not over. We're creeping up to $17,000...WHEEE! Back down to $7,000.Now imagine a video game. A video game where you ride those price charts. Where those peaks and troughs become literal peaks and troughs and you must drive up through those sweet gains, before riding the terrifying fall of a cryptocurrency crash. Welcome to Crypto Rider.Crypto Rider is a game that takes cryptocurrency, the digital decentralised currency, and transforms it into a video game. Part Unirally, part Tiny Wings, Crypto Rider is a game that makes perfect sense and I'm glad it exists. For piss-take game at the expense of crypto, it's remarkably polished.There are tracks for all your favourite cryptocurrencies. Ethereum is there, upstart newbie NEO is there, even the … [Read more...] about A video game where you ride bitcoin price charts to the moon!
I feel genuinely bad for CNet’s Dan Ackerman. Earlier this week, he wrote a sad breakup note to VR, explaining that his huge investment (including day one purchases of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony PSVR headsets, plus optional accessories) hadn’t produced enough enjoyment over two years to keep him happy. If you haven’t been keeping track of VR prices, that was at least $2,000 in hardware. Emphasis on “was.” If you haven’t purchased a VR headset yet, congratulations: You missed the early adopter phase. Since then, these headsets have dropped by hundreds of dollars, new controllers have been released, and software has become more abundant — better yet, it’s cheaper. As is always the case, the earliest adopters subsidized VR’s lengthy R&D period, in some cases heavily. Above: Shop right and you could build a fantastic VR game catalog for under $150 As I’ve suggested in VR pieces over the past two weeks, the winner … [Read more...] about VR’s biggest reason to jump in now: price drops
Just when you were starting to come to terms with $1,000 smartphones, Huawei is here to offer something significantly more expensive. The latest Mate 10 variant borrows some camera tech from the company's other flagship and tosses in a few new goodies. The result is the Porsche Design Mate 10 RS, a smartphone that will set you back a whopping €1,695 or more. That's $2,103. The Mate 10 RS (which stands for Race Sport) has a Kirin 970, 6GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. So, nothing too surprising. The 18:9 OLED display has been bumped up to 1440p, and it's curved. This phone also includes wireless charging, which the Mate 10 Pro doesn't have. The battery is 4,000mAh like Huawei's other flagship phones. Around back, the Mate 10 RS has the triple camera setup from the P20 Pro. That consists of a 40MP RGB sensor, 20MP monochrome, and an 8MP telephoto sensor. There's a 24MP selfie camera on the front. Oddly, this phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back. that wouldn't … [Read more...] about Huawei announces the Porsche Design Mate 10 RS with an in-display fingerprint sensor, the P20 Pro’s cameras, and a €1,695 price tag