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Surface Tough; Mission to Mars; The Next Apple Maps; No Robots
 

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July 2 · Issue #58 · View online
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Surface Tough; Mission to Mars; The Next Apple Maps; No Robots

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Hard knock life. One of the very first times I saw a Microsoft Surface, former Microsoft executive Steve Sinofsky was standing it (he later skateboarded on one). He wanted to demonstrate the strength of the convertible tablet. Since then, I’ve used virtually every Surface and have always been impressed with the workmanship and attention to detail in each Windows device. Years later, nothing has changed. Microsoft is, if anything, harder on these devices. At least that’s the impression I got from this deep dive on Microsoft’s Surface Testing Labs. Microsoft looks at everything from build and water-resistance to the quality of the radio.
Exclusive: Inside Microsoft's secret Surface testing labs Exclusive: Inside Microsoft's secret Surface testing labs
To Mars. Former Astronaut Buzz Aldrin wants mankind to get to Mars, but by way of the Moon. His Space Institute has a plan for establishing a base on the Moon that will serve as a launching point to Mars where mankind will permanently settle. The plan is pretty complex and also includes landing on an asteroid.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin says the moon should be a Mars launch pad - Business Insider
No C-3PO. I grew up loving robots and, after seeing Star Wars in 1977, became convinced that I would someday own my own protocol droid like C-3PO. Recent events, though, have me thinking that useful, consumer humanoid robots are a pipe-dream. What will R2 do?
Say Hello to Our Disappointing Robot Future – Lance Ulanoff – Medium Say Hello to Our Disappointing Robot Future – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Apple Maps II. Apple Maps was almost the laughing stock of the industry when it first launched. There were so many mistakes and oddball errors. Apple cleaned up Maps and it got good enough that I use it all the time. That doesn’t mean Apple is done. Last year people started noticing Apple Maps cars driving around that appeared to be sucking up more than just location photos. They had the equipment to build detailed 3D maps. Now we know why. TechCrunch has a deep dive with Apple and what promises to be a very impressive second act for Apple Maps.
Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up – TechCrunch Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up – TechCrunch
Happy Holiday. Wednesday is July 4th, which means no LanceList. Try not to miss me too much. See you on Friday!
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