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Surface Rumors; Kickstarter Fail; Tesla Model 3 Update; Apple vs. Samsung
 

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May 21 · Issue #43 · View online
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Surface Rumors; Kickstarter Fail; Tesla Model 3 Update; Apple vs. Samsung

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More Surface. Rumor has it that Microsoft is about to go head-to-head with Apple in the tablet market with a new, smaller, lighter, sleeker, more iPad-like Surface. This is juicy gossip because, while the iPad market has declined (it bounced back in recent quarters), Apple is still selling millions of units compared to Microsoft’s hundreds of thousands of Surface convertibles. While I’m not sold on this rumor, I have been impressed with how Microsoft effectively turned Surface into a recognizable hardware brand. An expansion into the lower-end of the tablet space makes sense, except when you consider how, with any computer hardware market Microsoft has entered in the last half decade, it has consistently targeted the high end, while letting Windows OEMs feast on the low, middle, and high end of the market. Microsoft is, naturally, staying mum, but I put this in the “I’ll believe it when I see it” category.
Microsoft Plans Low-Cost Tablet Line to Rival iPad - Bloomberg Microsoft Plans Low-Cost Tablet Line to Rival iPad - Bloomberg
Warning. Here lies yet another cautionary tale in Kickstarter Land. Ossic’s $999 over-the-ear headphones promised immersive 3D sound to accompany your awesome virtual reality headset. They collected millions in support through Kickstarter and even built almost 300 units. And then it all went bust. The worst part. Kickstarter supporters are not getting a refund. Such is the risk of supporting Kickstarter projects. Even the best ones can vaporize. In this case, the company didn’t account for how consumers would not flock to VR headsets. Perhaps if they had held on a bit longer as low-costs, self-contained headsets like Oculus Go hit the market. 
After tens of thousands of pre-orders, 3D audio headphones startup Ossic disappears – TechCrunch After tens of thousands of pre-orders, 3D audio headphones startup Ossic disappears – TechCrunch
Model 3 Beast. Even has tens of thousands of people wait for their all-electric Tesla Model 3 sedan (so coveted because it’s far cheaper than the Model S), Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a new performance model that will offer all-wheel drive and do 0-to-60 in 3.5 seconds. It’ll also cost $78K, about double the price of the original Model 3. Is Musk trying to distract people from the Model 3 production woes or simply showing his enthusiasm for his next big thing?
Elon Musk tweet-announces a $78,000 performance Model 3 with all-wheel drive | Ars Technica Elon Musk tweet-announces a $78,000 performance Model 3 with all-wheel drive | Ars Technica
Frenemies. Sometime-partners (Apple buys display tech from Samsung) Apple and Samsung have been in and out of court for years over smartphone design patent infringement squabbles. They’ve both won and lost some and have even had some hefty fines levied on them. This time Apple is, apparently, on the winning end as a jury deliberates how much (if anything) Samsung must pay Apple for infringing on three design and two utility patents.  The decision may drop on Tuesday, but don’t expect this to change your future Samsung Galaxy S10 or iPhone 11.
Apple vs Samsung comes to a close, jury set to make decision on Monday | 9to5Mac Apple vs Samsung comes to a close, jury set to make decision on Monday | 9to5Mac
Breakthrough. Graphene, an ultra-thin, super-light sensitive semi-metal (that’s also used in flexible OLED displays) may be the key to better drug development and, yes, even killing cancer cells, and all because scientist decided to try stimulating cells with optical graphene stimulation. 
Graphene 'stimulation' could selectively kill off cancer cells Graphene 'stimulation' could selectively kill off cancer cells
Tipping point. You know Artificial intelligence has hit the mainstream when TMZ is posting stories about it.
P.S. Who wouldn’t want this robot dog?
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