Netflix is not very keen on supporting offline capabilities, OnePlus is not having a good day in India and Sony reveals the best Google Glass competitor to date.
Netflix is dependent on the internet, that is a fact… and it’s a fact that will likely never change. Or at least that is what Cliff Edwards, Netflix’s director of corporate communications and technology, told Tech Crunch.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Netflix subscribers could simply “pin” or download content temporarily, allowing them to watch later, when offline. The idea seems great, and it’s something many other services are allowing, but Netflix just won’t jump on that bandwagon.
Edwards bluntly said “it’s never going to happen”. While this seems like a mean move by Netflix, their argument certainly makes sense. Cliff states offline capabilities would simply be a “short term fix for a bigger problem”. That problem would be the lack of proliferate access to WiFi, which is the real issue we need to fix.
Opinion: With WiFi access growing by the date, it’s no doubt Netflix is onto something here. There is no doubt that we won’t need to worry about lack of internet in the near future. Almost every form of media I use runs in the cloud, and I rarely have issues getting to my content.
After months of planning and a successful launch in India, OnePlus has been banned from selling its popular smartphone in said country. The issue doesn’t emerge from OnePlus’ establishments, though, this ban is due to a deal Micromax had with Cyanogen, which warranted exclusivity in India.
For those who don’t know, Cyanogen is the company that makes the OnePlus One’s ROM. Sadly, there is no way to fix this for now, but OnePlus has promised to release its own ROM by February, which would leave them in the clear.
Opinion: This news comes right around OnePlus’ first birthday, so we bet the company is not feeling very celebratory right now. Let’s hope it all works out smoothly from here on out.
We already use our own glasses, making Sony’s new project one of the brightest ideas we have seen in the market. They are making a smart glass kit that will fit into your own shades (or reading glasses).
They call it the “SmartEyeglass Attach!” and it is quite a capable little gadgets. Specs include a 640x400p OLED micro display with a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, an ARM Cortex-A7 processor, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, an electronic compass, an accelerometer, a touch sensor and a 400 mAh battery.
The primary audience will be sports and business users, but Sony is open to spread usability to other users. You can expect a March 2015 release, and price is still unknown.
Opinion: Whoever said eyewear manufacturers have to create the whole frame and design of its smart glasses? This concept is much more convenient.