Planning obsolescence

Everything has a lifespan, including the products we use. I don’t have a problem with companies understanding this, and specifically designing their goods to fall within a specific number of years or uses. They have incentives to maximize profit, so in markets where they can’t rely on technical innovation to drive sales, planning obsolescence is a viable tactic. The main […]

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RHA T20i High Fidelity noise isolating DualCoil In-Ear Headphone with remote and microphone

With a quick glance, it is obvious that the $200 RHA T20i look the part of a premium in-ear headphone. Whether it’s the injection molded stainless steel driver housings, or the fit and finish of the other key touch points, we see fastidious attention to detail. Innovative design does not stop with the appearance either, including high-quality materials and RHA’s […]

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Yes, privacy matters, but…

This morning my sister, with whom I have an ongoing discussion around “smart device” privacy, sent me a link to Gizmodo’s “The House That Spied On Me”. As you can probably tell from the title, it’s mostly about how our connected devices collect and transmit information about us to The Cloud. Some of this is quite alarming, for e.g. Hulu […]

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VideoLAN launches VLC 3.0 “Vetinari” universal media player

The VideoLAN non-profit organization has announced the availability of VLC 3.0 “Vetinari”, and for the first time this release is synchronized across all of the platforms supported by the universal media player for Windows, Mac, iOS, myriad Linux platforms, and Android to name a few. Chromecast is the main feature add for the Android platform, but it also includes Android […]

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