"Make no mistake - Google Glass is dead, at least in its present form."
Looks like when it comes to wearables, you really don't want a camera on the wearable.
Stephen Hackett, 512 Pixels:
The iPad mini — with its bigger screen and better battery — is a lot better for games and videos, the two things kids do with these kinds of devices. Toss in that it's much harder to lose a 7.9-inch device than a 4-inch one, and it's not hard to see why the iPod touch may be losing out to the iPad mini.
Just like OS X was deemed unsuitable for netbooks or tablets, I think Apple is positioning iOS for bigger screens. And making an iPod touch with a screen as big as the iPhone just doesn't really make much sense in a world where an iPad mini also exists.
I do see, or wish, that Apple makes the transition to Apple Watch OS for the iPod shuffe and nano, but I too am not sure about the future of iPod touch.
Laura Hazard Owen, GigaOM:
Apple’s iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, which launched to the public this fall, come with iBooks pre-installed. That decision has paid off: iBooks has averaged one million new customers every week since mid-September.
Previously, from Jay Yarow, Business Insider, on how Apple and Google can shaft Amazon:
As soon as I typed the first six letters of book title in Safari, it offered to send me to iBooks to buy the book. Clicking on that kicked me straight to Apple’s iBookstore.
If I didn’t click on that link, I would go to Google. But guess what happens in Google? There’s a big fat box that points me to Barnes & Noble. It also points me to Good Reads, which Amazon owns. That box also has links for Google’s Play store, and something called Oyster Books.
Finally, below that is Amazon’s link.
One big complaint about current news coverage is that there’s not enough context — an article or TV report might tell you what happened today, but it gives you no understanding about the history that led up to today’s news. Now a startup called Timeline is aiming to change that.
Using integrated VoiceOver accessibility, the app lets a blind person request assistance from a sighted person to help with anything from knowing the expiry date on a milk carton to navigating unfamiliar surroundings.
OK, Apple. You’ve bought yourself a year. I’m willing to consider that I’ve had a run of bad luck. Think different. Talk different. Now you’re acting different. Let’s hope it continues longer than my iPhone.
Jo Kim, BBC:
It's the world's most valuable privately held company, and its third biggest smartphone maker, selling 61 million handsets last year. But how do you pronounce Xiaomi?
Mario Kart Update: My kid now drifts like a pro while I still have zero idea how Nintendo user accounts work. Where’s my pills?— Merlin Mann (@hotdogsladies) January 15, 2015
Thanks for reading.