We’re a tech company, but perhaps more importantly, we’re tech fans. That’s why we sift through the news each week and bring you the most important tech stories that inspire us. Everything a tech fan needs to know, summarized and easy to read. Welcome to The Abstract.
Bug fixes and updates…for your car.
Tesla’s P85D is an all-electric sedan that competes with high-end sports cars, doing 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. That’s exciting enough, but a recent announcement revealed that acceleration will increase ~0.1 sec thanks to an OTA software update. Think about that for a second: a car is about to get faster with no changes under the hood, thanks to automatic software tweaks. The future is now, folks.
The newest image-sharing platform? Your skin.
We’re always posting amazing images taken with the OnePlus One on our blog, but just looking at them on a computer screen lacks some sort of pizazz. At least, that’s what startup Picatto is betting on, launching a new service that helps you to recapture your childhood wonder by printing your favorite Instagram photos as temporary tattoos.
Bluetooth beacons get smaller, more accurate.
Several “bluetooth beacons” are currently on the market, attempting to make losing your precious gadgets a thing of the past. But, many are too big, too inaccurate, or lack the range needed to be ideal. The Verge thinks that startup Pixie has found the magic formula. By allowing multiple beacons to communicate with one another and adding augmented reality, range and accuracy are increased significantly.
The future of drones is now.
It’s no secret that we are huge fans of drones, and we have a DJI Phantom 2 here at the OnePlus Office. A lot of people are speculating about the future and to what extent drones will play a part, but here’s the thing: it’s already happening. Wired showcases several drones around the world, delivering everything from life-saving medication to fresh pizzas.
What happened to Google Glass?
At the time of its release, Google Glass was heralded as a breakthrough invention in tech. So why are we not completely surprised that it failed to become the “next big thing?” In this case, it was the non-techies who hammered the final nails into the Google Glass coffin. The design, which gave many onlookers the same secondhand embarrassment felt when seeing a man in an ill-fitting suit, didn’t catch on with casual consumers. As wearables and new-age tech begin to come of age, it’s becoming apparent that fashion will begin to play an even larger role in tech trends. Read more in the New York Times.
A new Android Humble Bundle
Humble Bundle completely changed the way we think about buying digital goods, offering “pay what you want” packages of highly sought after games, software, and ebooks. It really aligns with that whole “disrupting the market” and “never settle” attitude that we are so fond of here at OnePlus. This week, there is a brand new Android-based Humble Bundle, featuring Android games from Cartoon Network.
Smartphones and Tablets: a great educational tool for children or a horrible time sink? Or both?
Mix a Sim City-like simulation game with a geography textbook, and you get a $10 app that teaches you everything you need to know about the Earth. Earth: A Prime is a great example of the ways tablets can be used for education. Meanwhile, Taiwan has just revised their youth welfare act to restrict prolonged use of electronic devices by children, which puts too much screentime in the same category as drinking and smoking. Do you think children are spending too much time on tablets and smartphones? Let us know in the comments.
Have a good weekend! Check back next Friday for more.