Techmeme
January 6, 2015, 1:50 PM

Top News

Austin Carr / Fast Company:
As Fire Phone product manager, Jeff Bezos insisted Lab126 build a premium phone and include useless Dynamic Perspective feature in attempt to compete with Apple  —  The Real Story Behind Jeff Bezos's Fire Phone Debacle And What It Means For Amazon's Future  —  “What the hell happened?”
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple now selling SIM-free unlocked iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the US, from $649  —  As we reported yesterday, Apple is now selling contract-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in retail stores and online.  Following historic pattern, the 16 GB base model iPhone 6 costs $649 with higher tiers costing $100 extra.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Razer Unveils Its $100 Android-Powered Gaming Console, Razer Forge TV  —  Earlier this year, high-end gaming tech company Razer announced at Google I/O that it would be soon be making its first foray into Android-based gaming consoles.  Today at CES, that device made its public debut.
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Sony announces new high fidelity Walkman NW-ZX2 with 128GB onboard storage running Android 4.2, coming spring for $1.2K  —  This is the new Sony Walkman  —  All signs pointed to a new Sony Walkman (literally) at CES 2015, and the signs didn't lie.  The new Walkman ZX2 is real …
Alexandra Sifferlin / TIME:
Fitbit's $150 Charge HR and $250 Surge fitness trackers with heart rate tracking are now shipping  —  Fitbit Launches Two New Fitness Trackers  —  Fitbit officially launched the sale of two new fitness and activity trackers, Charge HR and Surge, on Tuesday.
Ev Williams / Medium:
Metrics based on a single number, like MAU, are a poor proxy for value for Internet companies  —  A mile wide, an inch deep  —  I was recently quoted as saying, “I don't give a s**t” if Instagram has more users than Twitter.  If you read the article you'll note there's a big “if” before my not giving of said s**t.
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
CES 2015: Lenovo unveils Yoga tablets, laptops, and new pen technology  —  Summary:Lenovo intends to continue riding its Yoga line of tablets and laptops, and launched a Yoga Tablet 2 with a strange feature, along with the Yoga 3 and ThinkPad Yoga laptops.  —  The Yoga line of tablets …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Misfit Bolt, a $50 smart bulb with sleep tracker integration, now available for pre-order  —  Misfit introduces a smart bulb to go with its sleep tracker  —  There's no shortage of smart light bulbs on the market, but wearables company Misfit has decided that its influence shouldn't stop with collecting health data.
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Radiohead's Thom Yorke, most legally-downloaded BitTorrent artist in 2014, may have made up to $20M with BitTorrent Bundles  —  Thom Yorke made as much as $20M from his BitTorrent experiment  —  Credit: Nikola Spasenoski / Shutterstock.com  —  Credit: Nikola Spasenoski / Shutterstock.com
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP delivers workstations on the go with thin-and-light Zbook laptops  —  What will be hot in consumer electronics and computing in 2015?  Read VB's full coverage of International CES 2015 to find out.  —  The 2015 International CES is all about consumers.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Kickstarter Drops Amazon Payments For Stripe  —  Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter announced today that it's partnering with payments service Stripe, which will now collect and process all payments for projects hosted on Kickstarter's site.  Since its founding, Kickstarter used Amazon Payments for this …
Valentina Palladino / Tom's Guide:
Razer announces Nabux X, a $49 fitness tracker without the OLED display of its $99 sibling  —  Razer Nabux X: Social Fitness Tracker Costs Just $49  —  LAS VEGAS - The $49 Nabu X is part fitness tracker, part smartwatch and part social connector, offering more features than other budget wearables …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
CarPlay and Android Auto will be in Volkswagen cars this year  —  At CES this week, Volkswagen finally announced its plans for Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto: both will be available later this year.  The technologies will work on VW's MIB II dash electronics …

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Sports science helps football players get back on the field  —  See how the Seattle Seahawks use data to help players work as hard at recovery as they do on game day.
eero:
New security features from eero Plus  —  Protect all your connected devices with VPN, 1Password, Malwarebytes, and Ad blocking.
Smartsheet:
How to Automate Repetitive, Manual Tasks  —  Nearly half of information workers spend 25% of their work week on low-level tasks.  Automation can offer a competitive edge; read the free report.
Zoho:
23 and Counting: Localize Recruitment with Zoho Recruit  —  Isn't it very comforting to be able to work with a software that speaks your native tongue?  Switch to Zoho Recruit, that now supports hiring in 23 languages.
Worldpay:
2017 Global Payments Report  —  Your ultimate guide to the world of payments in 36 markets.  Visit the microsite and download a free copy of the report.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 1:50 PM ET, January 6, 2015.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Nick Summers / Engadget:
Jon Fingas / Engadget:

Earlier Picks

Caleb Pershan / SFist:
Josh Constine / TechCrunch: