PlayStation 4 review by Polygon

Polygon reviews the PlayStation 4.

An in-depth review coupled with a gorgeous page design for a beautifully crafted console.

Smart move Apple

Ed Dale thinks Apple’s soft launch of the Retina iPad mini was a brilliant move.

By soft releasing the iPad Mini Retina, Apple achieved three crucial things.

  • Apple’s biggest fans got theirs first. Who knew about this first? The people who follow the Apple blogs and digerati. Judging by Twitter, this worked perfectly.
  • The grey market queing for the iPad Mini Retina was going to be immense. By going online the incredibly poor optics (The front of Apple lines, which attracts a lot of media, was full of people who were not fans but paid to be there) are mitigated.
  • The last thing Apple wants is 100’s of customers turning up everyday to be dissapointed in a store which is meant to be a happy place – Apple does not want their stores to be associated with disappointment and frustration!!

Elon Musk wants to build an electric pickup truck and supersonic jet

Autopia reports on Elon Musk‘s plans for an electric pickup and supersonic jet.

At the New York Times DealBook conference, Musk said there’s an “interesting opportunity to make a supersonic vertical takeoff landing jet,” something he began to envision after the Concorde service ended nearly a decade ago.

Modeled after the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. — the Ford F-150 — Musk envisions a truck oriented towards consumers rather than fleets. But first, Tesla has to deliver its Model X SUV and its third-generation, mass-market EV in 2017.

Dream big.

Evernote to learn your habits

Mashable reports how Evernote will be able to learn your habits in the future.

For Evernote, utilizing this data means teaching the app how to learn the habits of its users. For example, if a user has her weekly project meeting on the calendar each Tuesday, Evernote should be able to surface her meeting notes for her, or even prepare a blank note in preparation for the meeting without any work from the user.

“We want to make Evernote better at reorganizing itself to suit the way that you use it,” he says. “To wrap itself around your brain.”

This is something all apps should strive towards. Having an app that knows my habit well will make it very hard for me to want to switch to a different app. This will be great for user retention.

The Nexus 5’s “exclusive” launcher works on other devices

Ars Technica reports about the Nexus 5’s “exclusive” launcher being available on other Android devices through a workaround.

Late yesterday, a new version of Google Search hit the Play Store for everyone running Android 4.1 and higher—Google Search version 3.1. All the Google Home code was completely intact, meaning that Google just shipped its new launcher out to every modern Android phone. In order for Google Home to work, it requires a tiny enabler app that comes with the Nexus 5. The enabler app isn’t being shipped out to these other devices, so while 99 percent of the code is now on everyone’s device (or it will be when the rollout finishes), it’s disabled.

Why include the code but not enable the function?

One Coin to rule them all

Aside from the cheeky, and possibly misleading name, Coin is a product that could go a long way to helping us solve the issue of fat wallets. After all, why carry so many pieces of plastic when you can just carry one? It’ll have additional hurdles in countries where security chips are implemented in cards, instead of just relying on the magnetic stripe. The good news is that the folks behind Coin are already aware of this and working to offer support for chip and pin future versions.

Tired of a fat wallet? Coin lets you hold all your cards in a single connected card

In a brief demo of Coin’s technology, I can confirm that it actually works: Simply swipe your cards using a card dongle like Square’s and Coin’s app securely stores all of the card information for you. You can hold up to eight cards on the Coin card at once, which you can cycle through using a small button and display on the front of the card. Paying is as simple as swiping like a normal credit card.

Judge approves of Google’s book-scanning

This has certainly taken a long time, though considering it’s related to copyright issues, we should hardly be suprised. Just look how long it took for us to get legal MP3 downloads.

Judge Says Google Book-Scanning Is Fair Use

Google Books “advances the progress of the arts and sciences, while maintaining respectful consideration for the rights of authors and other creative individuals, and without adversely impacting the rights of copyright holders,” wrote Judge Denny Chin.

Dropbox for personal and business play nice

This finally solves the issue of Dropbox only supporting one account per desktop. It’s a good move and makes it easier for companies to adopt Dropbox and help it continue its push to make traditional file servers redundant.

Dropbox’s Big Plan to Turn Everyone Into Its Personal Sales Team

Though the engineering behind the new Dropbox for Business is apparently quite complex, the end result is simple: a new, separate Dropbox folder for your work stuff. You still log into your Dropbox account as you always would. The difference is that your IT guy has access to — and control over — the new work folder.

Microsoft drops controversial employee stack ranking system

Ex-Microsoft employee and well known Internet personality Robert Scoble’s view on Microsoft’s controversial stack ranking system

This is a big deal for Microsoft. As its businesses are being threatened things I never expected to happen have happened. Ballmer is gone. Sinofsky is gone. Stack ranking is gone.

I left Microsoft in 2006 because I knew there wasn’t a product pipeline. Since then, what has Microsoft done that’s truly innovative? Kinect is the only thing that comes to mind. Really horrid for a company that has 90,000 smart people.

Lavabit fined $10,000 for delay in handing over SSL keys

It’s clear that Lavabit is going to be collateral damage in the Snowden case, regardless of the fact whether the email system was as secure as advertised or not.

US wants $10,000 from Lavabit owner for dodging order for Snowden’s email

Levison was held in contempt of court and fined $5,000 for every day he did not turn over the keys after the FBI installed a monitoring device on his servers. Without the keys in a “usable electronic format,” the FBI could not read any of the data it was collecting.

Levison waited two days, racking up $10,000 in sanctions, then turned over the keys and immediately shut down his company. He’s appealing the fine now, arguing that requesting a master set of encryption keys was excessive if the FBI only wanted to monitor one user.