Apple Acquires Firm Behind Microsoft Kinect
) has acquired PrimeSense, a company known for its work in the
early development of the
) Kinect motion sensor. All Things D
Apple paid $360 million for the Tel Aviv-based semiconductor maker,
which specializes in 3D sensor technology.
PrimeSense has not only developed large, stationary sensors (like
those found in Kinect), but smaller sensors that are aimed for use
in mobile devices. It is unknown how Apple plans to use these
sensors, although one can imagine they could be featured in iPhones
and iPads, or even rumored products like the Apple TV or iWatch.
In other Apple news, the Cupertino, CA-based company just won a US
court case against
(OTCMKTS:SSNLF), which is now ordered to pay $290 million in
damages to Apple. Samsung was charged with infringing Apple patents
on 26 devices.
Playstation 4 and Xbox One Both Sell One Million
Microsoft announced it sold over one million Xbox One consoles in
less than 24 hours after the next-gen device launched this past
that at $500 per unit, and $60 for one game, Microsoft made at
least $560 million at the retail level. Microsoft's previous
system, the Xbox 360, has made billions of dollars for Microsoft
since it launched in 2005. Last week,
) announced it had sold more than 1 million PlayStation 4s as it
debuted in the North American market. Both companies are attempting
to breathe life back into the gaming-console market, which shrank
32% to $13.3 billion from 2008 to 2015,
Elon Musk Speaks After Announcement of Federal
) CEO Elon Musk
he is confident that a federal investigation will determine that
his company's Model S electric car is safe following two battery
fire incidents. In an interview this past Friday with the
Associated Press, Musk said the two incidents were extreme cases
that occurred because of road debris on freeways: In Seattle, the
fire occurred when the Model S hit a truck part; in Tennessee, the
car hit a trailer hitch. On Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration announced an investigation to determine if
there are any safety issues with the Model S design.
In other Tesla news, George Blankenship, the company's VP of Sales,
has stepped down from his position,
San Jose Mercury News
. Blankenship ran the company's retail operations and showroom
expansion before leaving to spend more time with his family. Prior
to joining Tesla, Blankenship headed the expansion of Apple retail
3D Systems Partners With Motorola
Recently Motorola announced that it was working on a smartphone
concept, dubbed Project Ara, that would allow users to mix and
match hardware components to create a personal, customized phone.
Now the company has partnered with
3D Systems Inc.
) to create a 3D printing platform for Ara's parts.
the multi-year development agreement between the two companies will
see 3D System serving as Motorola's exclusive fulfillment partner
in manufacturing Ara products. This is not the first custom
printing 3D Systems has struck. It currently has a deal with
(SPLS) where customers can order custom parts that are printed by
3D Systems and picked up in Staples' retail stores.
Sheryl Sandberg Responds to Teen-Flight Fears
(FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg says the reaction to CFO David Ebersman's
comment that the social network has seen teen usership fall has
been "blown out of proportion." In an
published Friday with AllThingsD, Sandberg said a majority of US
teens use Facebook every day and use among US teens is stable.
Sandberg did say that the social networking site faces new
challenges because it has now been in the market for a decade. She
said Facebook is now trying to be the most useful product in the
marketplace, as opposed to the newest or shiniest.
Software Developers Ask Google for More Leadership on
(GOOG) previewed its Google Glass Development Kit (GDK) last week,
giving software developers the most access to Glass's programming
since the headset launched on a limited scale in February. However,
many developers feel the GDK preview is not enough, CNET
, and that Google is not providing a good idea of what Google Glass
will look like after its been finalized for mass production
sometime in 2014. App developers have also complained that Google
has not explained the business model by which it will implement
apps -- this makes launching a Google Glass software start-up
difficult. Additional issues among developers include the device's
poor battery life.
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