- Google Wants to Be Handier for Handymen (WSJ)
Google is planning a service to connect users with plumbers, electricians, roofers and other home-service providers, according to two people familiar with the matter.
- Apple Watch and Beats Music Unite in Pulse-Activated Playlist App, recommend tracks playing nearby based on changes in your pulse (PSFK)
- The electric grid’s latest threat? Rooftop solar cells (QZ)
Power-generating panels, called solar photovoltaics (PV), represent the fastest-growing source of electric power in the United States. In percentage terms, installed PV has grown four-fold over the past several years, and costs have fallen as rapidly as installations have risen.
- Amazon Hints at Smart Home Future Through Echo Device (WSJ)
The company is adding new capabilities to its Wi-Fi-connected speaker and virtual assistant, such as the ability to remotely operate lights and appliances. With just voice commands, for example, someone in bed could turn a television on and turn off the lights. Amazon informed Echo owners about the new services in an email Wednesday.
- Android Creator Andy Rubin Launching Playground Global (WSJ)
The creator of Android, the world’s largest mobile operating system, is returning to his roots in hardware.Mr. Rubin said Playground had raised $48 million from investors including Google, Hewlett-Packard Co., electronics manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., and other tech companies. Playground won’t invest in startups, but will take equity stakes in return for its support.
The iPhone is a much bigger business for Google than Android http://t.co/HMfNC2wgy3 pic.twitter.com/qL1ce1es24
— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) April 9, 2015
Apple iPhone 6 BOM $228 vs. Samsung Galaxy S6 $275 $AAPL $SWKS $NXPI $SNDK $BRCm $MU $AVGO $INVN pic.twitter.com/0DhJLvkful — Craig Bujnowski (@craigbuj) April 8, 2015
BOM Analysis – Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 pic.twitter.com/zcroc1P8Eq
— Craig Bujnowski (@craigbuj) April 8, 2015
@pmarca in 1-3 days of 2015, humanity launches as many web and mobile apps as we did in 30 days of 2013. I did a scraping of crunchbase. — Kumar Thangudu (@datarade) April 6, 2015
Modeling mediums of communication http://t.co/ep3GXF41Xx pic.twitter.com/x89RXao41A
— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) April 8, 2015