Category: OS

Shenzhen Gifts Fair, Elephants, Horses, Everything..

Posted by – November 21, 2013

Filmed at the Shenzhen China Gift Fair. A 25-minute tour showing some of the interesting Gifts you may give people for Christmas this year, or next. All including my real-time commentary.

faytech touchscreen factory tour

Posted by – November 19, 2013

Watch as Arne Weber, the General Manager of faytech ltd. conducts a 48-minute tour of his factory based in Shenzhen China. Having been in the Touchscreen business in Germany for many years, Arne and his Chinese wife Fan relocated to China 2008, opened a factory and began to manufacture their own proprietary designs of Touchscreen Monitors and Touchscreen PCs in March of 2010. The business has grown substantially since its inception, and now occupies over 15,000 square feet in the Hongmen Technology Park, in Shenzhen. With a staff of over 70 people, faytech has in-house engineering and product design capabilities and manufactures faytech branded products that are sold in countries around the world. In 2013 faytech was awarded an ISO 9001:2008 certification for meeting internationally set standards for their manufacturing operation. Known for their unique designs, and excellent craftsmanship, German engineering, Asian manufacturing, and global service has become the trademark of this up and coming company in the touchscreen industry. faytech now has sales, distribution, and service in Germany, China, and in the USA. Fan, Arne and their team are very proud of their continuing development of unique and interesting products. faytech products are being used by some of the largest companies in Europe including Siemens, Bosch, and Continental, used in NYC during Fashion Week and at the world famous Madison Square Garden, in US based car washes, Brazilian and Tunisian police cars, trains in Spain, earth moving equipment in Africa, on fitness equipment in Germany, and many other international programs.

Contact this industrial touchscreen solution supplier:
faytech Co., Ltd.
Fl. 4, Bldg. C, Second Phase,
Hongmen Tech. Zone,
Shangxue Duan, Jihua Rd.,
Longgang, Shenzhen
Tel: +86 (0) 755 89580612
sales@faytech.com
support@faytech.com
http://www.faytech.com

Airbnb Interview, Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Airbnb

Posted by – November 10, 2013

Airbnb is amazing. 500 thousand hosts are sharing their apartments, rooms, houses with possibly (my guess) ten of millions of guests already booking accommodations on Airbnb. If (my estimation) a third of these Airbnb accommodations are currently booked at an average of $50/night, that means perhaps $8.3 Million in revenues on Airbnb every day for hosts, of which Airbnb may be drawing $1.25 Million for it’s “Service Fees”, which may mostly be profits at this point. I may be underestimating this thing. Airbnb may be generating $15 Million in daily sales with more than $2 Million nearly pure profits for Airbnb daily, a current $730 Million profit per year. Of course Airbnb has a lot of employees already, and they spend money on Host Insurance, R&D and Marketing. Yet it’s pretty clear that Airbnb is a very profitable business. The question is how much is Airbnb worth now? At the Gigaom Roadmap conference, a guestimated valuation of $12.5 Billion was mentioned on stage by the interviewer. I ask Joe Gebbia jokingly at the end of the video if Google is going to acquire Airbnb. I don’t really mean it jokingly, I would like to see Google acquire Airbnb. And then properly guide it towards the total revolution of rental for people’s spaces worldwide, preferably with a smaller than 15% “Service Fee” on each booking and perhaps more trusted rankings and bookings system. The problem might be that Airbnb already is too expensive and that Google may not want to spend above the price of a Motorola on acquiring it at this point. What’s your experience with Airbnb? I’m posting this video from an Airbnb apartment, after having just spent about a month in several different Airbnb apartments on different continents and I know people who quit their jobs after becoming Airbnb hosts, it really is amazing.

Here are some feature requests that I have (and just made up) for Airbnb:

– $100 or $200 per year, heavy users of Airbnb should become Airbnb Gold Members, and should be able to do unlimited bookings with $0 or a much lower Service Fee than 12%.
– Airbnb Gold Members can get prioritized service, access to special deals on new listings automatically.
– Airbnb Gold Members should get access to “Sort by price” especially showing new listings exclusively.
– Sale of Bluetooth 4.0 Automatic Door Locks, Airbnb should even provide installation services for these types of locks and fully integrate it with Airbnb. New guest just clicks on Airbnb App to open the door using the web/BT4.
– Somehow rental of Smartphones or SIM Cards in every country. Perhaps Airbnb needs to buy an automatic vending machine for those in every airport. When guests arrive, they need to get connected to the web on their smartphone easily.
– Cleaning, key swap services provided and organized by Airbnb.
– Of course Political clarification legalizing the use of Airbnb for owners and renters alike throughout the world. Airbnb needs to campaign with politicians to make this legally clear worldwide.
– Combine with social network of cooks and high quality food delivery into each Airbnb accomodation. You click a button and you can get delicious healthy food delivered for cheap from local talented cooks. For example $8 and you get a delicious meal delivered to your Airbnb door in 30 minutes somehow.
– Organize sport activities around each Airbnb listing. Integrate the booking of Badminton, Tennis, Squash courts, compete with other Airbnb guests or locals automatically. Thus integration with bookings for sports, theatre, cinema, everything can get integrated into one seamless travel experience. This is kind of why I expect Google is thinking to acquire Airbnb regardless of how expensive it may be.

Interview from Gigaom Roadmap (about 10 minutes before I filmed this short Interview):

Samsung Galaxy Gear and Samsung Galaxy Note3 launched in the USA

Posted by – November 10, 2013

Samsung Mobile USA Marketing Manager presents the latest Samsung Galaxy Gear and Samsung Galaxy Note3 just released on all 4 major carriers in the USA.

Samsung MultiScreen SDK launch November 12th 2013

Posted by – November 10, 2013

Juan Pablo Gnecco of Samsung presents the new Samsung MultiScreen SDK with new set of APIs for apps to support Multiple screens, providing Chromecast like features, providing features for interaction on top of live TV images, so you will be able to do a new bunch of features, all 2014 Samsung TVs will have this pre-installed and 2013 Samsung TVs will have this support through a software update.

Introduction to Fraunhofer with HP Baumeister

Posted by – November 9, 2013

Fraunhofer is a large non-profit organization with 22 thousand employees at 60 institutes mostly in Germany doing applied research and development. “You name it, Fraunhofer probably does it”. In San Jose, Fraunhofer has an office catering to the Silicon Valley companies like Google, Apple etc. For example, they open sourced AAC into Android, enabling Jelly Bean and higher to have the highest audio quality at the lowest bitrate. And for example AAC-ELD is in Apple FaceTime for low latency real-time audio (and/or video) communications.

Android 4.4 Linaro on Galaxy Nexus

Posted by – November 5, 2013

Bernhard Rosenkränzer, Linaro Android Builds and Baselines Engineer, presents Android 4.4 running on the Galaxy Nexus from his house in the mountains of Switzerland. Once the code is made available at http://linaro.org, this will be a chance for people who can’t get the Nexus 5 to try out Android 4.4.

Previous Android 4.4 at Linaro videos:
Android 4.4 KitKat release impressions at Linaro Connect 2013
Linaro developer talks Android 4.4 in front of the KitKat statue at Android Google Headquarters in Mountain View California
Android 4.4 KitKat release first impressions by Bernhard Rosenkränzer (Linaro Android developer)

Linaro developer talks Android 4.4 in front of the KitKat statue at Android Google Headquarters in Mountain View California

Posted by – November 2, 2013

Linaro Android developer Bernhard Rosenkränzer talks about KitKat, talks about the Linaro Connect and talks about the plans for Linaro on Android in the future.

Android 4.4 KitKat release impressions at Linaro Connect 2013

Posted by – November 1, 2013

After the first night of hacking the source code, the Linaro Android Team featuring Khasim Syed Mohammed and Bernhard Rosenkränzer talk about ART replacing Dalvik VM, better memory management, support for new sensors, Browser being replaced with Chromium, WiFi Printing support, NFC smartcard emulation and more!

Android 4.4 KitKat release first impressions by Bernhard Rosenkränzer (Linaro Android developer)

Posted by – November 1, 2013

First impressions by Bernhard Rosenkränzer (Linaro Android developer) on Android 4.4 KitKat release. Includes talk on ART replacing DALVIK, Improvement on OpenCL support and more..