Notes #7: Anniversaries

  • iPhone turned 10 this week. It wasn’t the first smartphone, and it didn’t have crucial features like GPS or apps. But its keyboard-free, slab-of-glass design and fluid user interface changed computing as we know it. Because of iPhone and its derivatives, the world is connecting at unprecedented rates.
  • Speaking of anniversaries, legendary camera maker Nikon turned 100. Facing competition from smartphones and mirrorless camera companies like Fuji and Sony, will they make it another 100?
  • Some of the top autonomous car designs rely on LiDAR, a technology that bounces laser light off surrounding objects to map the 3D environment. Current implementations involve a spinning cylinder and cost between $8,000 and $75,000. Cheaper LiDAR is on the way, thanks to companies like Alphabet’s (Google’s) Waymo. The new designs are solid state, meaning no moving parts, and could cost as little as $250.
  • Microsoft is adding a f.lux/Night Shift-like feature to Windows 10. It might not seem like a big deal, but 91% of desktop computers run Windows. It’s unclear if this mode will be enabled by default, but if so, it could be a massive step toward reducing blue-light related sleep issues.

Microsoft Night Mode


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