With the end of the year upon us, all of the most recent trends are officially dead and it’s time to make some new ones. But rather than thinking about which appliance should be connected to the internet next, we want to know which old tech features, gadgets, and doo-dads deserve to be rescued from the dustbin of history. The staff of Gizmodo got together in Slack—a new twist on the traditional watercooler—to brainstorm a few of our favorite picks for old tech that deserves a new life. Here’s what we came up with. Phone Calls: We hit peak robocall recently, so it’s understandable that you might not want to answer the phone. But maybe ask someone if they’re “free to talk” via text message and hang on the phone a little while. It’s nice! We’d also like to see more rotary phones. The Clapper: No need to surveil yourself with a smart speaker just so you can say “Alexa, turn the lights off.” For years, lazy people … [Read more...] about What Old Tech Needs to Make a Comeback in 2019?
SAN FRANCISCO---Any successful platform today has to pay attention to the desires of and relationship between developers and customers, based on comments from leaders at four rising enterprise tech brands. Just how big is Google's decision to throw its weight behind OpenStack? Dozens of companies are already involved in the open-source OpenStack cloud-computing platform but the arrival of Google among them could prove telling. Read More "The shock to the system in the old economies is no one had to compete on those dimensions previously," argued Box CEO Aaron Levie, describing those dimensions as running supply chains with fewer defects, having fewer competitors, and establishing enough stores in enough locations. Established -- or old -- tech corporations, Levie continued, are beginning to contend with up-and-coming competitors leading by innovating upon (and heavily marketing) the user experience by building on a new stack unencumbered by whatever they are creating. "The … [Read more...] about Box, GitHub and Stripe chiefs debate what old tech needs to learn from startups
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives. It's not easy when you're 40.You can't keep up with things the way you used to. You start to peddle old ideas instead of new ones. This, perhaps, is at the core of criticisms leveled on occasion at Apple.Oddly, the latest comes from Microsoft's general manager of the Surface line, Brian Hall. In a tweet on Thursday that sounded in equal parts exasperated and bemused, he said: "I compete with Apple and respect them. but they ARE doing their customers a disservice at times with old tech..."Apple didn't respond to my request for comment.I confess to being somewhat in sympathy with Hall. I'm writing this on a MacBook Air that is nice enough, but it's as if it's been around for longer than Donald Trump.It feels utilitarian rather than exciting, functional rather than stylish.Perhaps that's a symptom of the expectations that Apple has engendered across its whole product line. Perhaps we humans … [Read more...] about Microsoft exec criticizes Apple for giving customers old tech
The LP was invented in 1948, and judging by the sales surge over the past few years, LPs won't be going away anytime soon. Amanda Ghassaei's "3D Printed Record" project demonstrated vinyl's continuing relevance in the 21st century. Years ago when I saw an early demonstration of 3D printing, I knew the technology would eventually lead to printing LPs, but now it's a little closer to becoming a reality. First, however, there are major sound-quality issues to overcome with 3D printed LPs (though they can play tunes with fidelity that's far below MP3 quality). The article claims the LP was derived from a 11kHz sampling rate file, with 6-bit resolution. That's a limitation imposed by the technology of today's best 3D printers, including the 600 dpi UV-cured resin printer, a $250,000 Objet Connex500, but even so it couldn't duplicate the microscopic wiggles of an LP record with accuracy. The Objet Connex500's LP grooves had to be 10 times bigger than those of a standard LP. Some might argue … [Read more...] about Old vs. new tech — and old tech wins by a landslide
Hewlett-Packard has decided to offer people in the United States money in exchange for their old tech equipment, the company announced Tuesday. The PC maker has had a recycling program for years that lets consumers determine the value of their old tech equipment, then receive a credit for that value toward a new HP or Compaq brand product. This new recycling program does not require people to buy anything to realize a monetary gain from giving HP their old tech equipment, though they are responsible for postage when mailing in the item. The shipping costs associated with a "Premium Service," in which FedEx picks up the old electronics, are taken out of HP's check to the consumer. HP calls its new program the HP Consumer Buyback and Planet Partners Recycling Program. The program offers money in exchange for any brand of PC, monitor, printer, digital camera, or smartphone that HP determines still has some sort of value. It's part of HP's effort to recycle 2 billion pounds of electronic … [Read more...] about HP offers money for old tech equipment