Pearl Automation Shuts Down After Poor Sales of Its $500 Vehicle Backup Camera

Pearl Automation, the vehicle accessory company founded by ex-Apple engineers and which debuted its $500 “RearVision” wireless backup camera system just one year ago, has shut down following poor sales of the device, reports Axios.

What happened: Early product sales disappointed, which was exacerbated by a high burn rate.

What next? The Pearl Automation team received several “acqui-hire” offers, but opted instead to shut down and part ways, according to a source close to the situation.

RearVision, which went on sale last September, was a license plate frame with dual HD cameras, solar power, and Bluetooth to wirelessly connect to an OBD port hub and an iPhone or Android phone. While it was a slick and easy to install system, the $500 price tag undoubtedly contributed to its downfall.

Pearl appears to have had larger ambitions related to autonomous driving technology and driver safety, but with its initial project suffering from poor sales, the company lacked the resources to push forward on its follow-up products.

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Former Apple Executives Recall Designing Touchscreen Interface of Original iPhone

As we near the ten-year anniversary of the iPhone later this week, a few stories posted online have delved into the rich history of where the device started, how the original team came up with the idea for the touchscreen smartphone, and what it was like reviewing the device back in 2007.

In a new video shared by The Wall Street Journal today, three former Apple executives — Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell and Greg Christie — have taken a look back at the first days of designing the iPhone with Steve Jobs. Apple’s former senior vice president of the iPod division, Tony Fadell, recounted a time when Jobs showed him the company’s first demo for what would become the iPhone’s touch-based operating system.

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Jobs and the rest of the team were seeking a more elegant solution to a smartphone interface than the one they began with, which was an iPod click wheel interface, when Jobs invited Fadell into a demo room.

“Steve goes, “Come over here I need to show you something.” So he walked me into the room…and it was basically like a ping pong table sized demo with a projector that was projecting a Mac interface on it. And you could use your whole hand and you could touch different things on it, like it was a big big Mac.

It was literally a ping pong sized multi-touch display. And he goes, “I think this is gonna solve our problem.”

Former Apple vice president of iOS, Scott Forstall, recalled a specific time in 2005 when the iPhone team was put on a deadline of two weeks to come up with a better design for the smartphone’s user interface. Jobs was not satisfied at the time with early iterations of the iPhone’s look, and told Forstall and the team that he’d give the project to another group at the company if they failed to deliver.



Greg Christie, former Apple vice president of human interface, said that the team’s design ultimately satisfied Jobs, and led to even more work over the next two years before the iPhone’s launch in 2007.

“The first time he saw it he was completely silent, he didn’t say a thing. He didn’t say anything, he didn’t gesture, he didn’t ask a question. Then he sat back and he said, “Show it to me again.” And so we go through the whole thing again and Steve was pretty much blown away by the whole demonstration. It was great work.

Our reward for doing a great job on that demonstration was to, you know, kill ourselves over the next two and a half years.”

In 2006, Forstall froze development across the iPhone’s user interface divisions to force the team to focus on one troublesome part of the smartphone’s UI: the keyboard. At the time, Forstall said it was difficult to use and that if someone tried to type out an e-mail, they’d just “give up.”

Forstall explained that one of the best keyboards pitched by a developer had a few clever advantages over all the others designed by the team. Namely, it could intelligently predict words, so if a user would type “T,” the keyboard would make the hit region for “H” larger — while the actual key remained the same size — so that common words such as “the” were easier to type.

The full ten-minute video created by The Wall Street Journal, which is called “How The iPhone Was Born: Inside Stories of Missteps and Triumphs,” is well worth checking out. Other topics discussed by Forstall, Fadell, and Christie include the creation of the iPhone’s visual vocabulary (like pinch to zoom and rubber banding to mark the end of a scrollable page), as well as the company’s Fight Club secrecy tactics for “The Purple Project,” the code name for the original iPhone’s creation.

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Apple Celebrates Pride During Parades in San Francisco, New York City, and Toronto

Apple this weekend participated in a few LGBTQ pride parades happening around the world, including those in San Francisco, New York City, and Toronto.

Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted his support for the parades, wishing a happy pride, “to all our employees, their families and customers around the world!”



The company handed out t-shirts with a rainbow Apple logo to those marching in the parades, and in San Francisco there was a large #applepride structure where visitors were able to write their own messages regarding the celebrations.

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In previous years Apple has taken to the streets for the pride parade in San Francisco with similar pride t-shirts for employees, commemorative videos posted on YouTube, iTunes gift cards, and a custom rainbow Apple Watch Woven Nylon band. The Pride Edition Woven Nylon band launched to the public during WWDC earlier this month, and Apple this week confirmed a portion of its proceeds are going to help LGBTQ organizations like The Trevor Project and the HRC.

Apple has long voiced support for LGBTQ causes like same sex marriage, as well as having spoken out against some controversial laws that predominantly risked negatively affecting the lives of gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals. Before he publicly came out as gay in late 2014, Apple CEO Tim Cook fought for equality in speeches and op-eds. Under late CEO Steve Jobs, Apple also opposed many discriminatory laws, including 2008’s Proposition 8 that sought to eliminate the right to same sex marriage in California.

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Apple CEO Attends U.S. Business Leader Roundtable With Indian Prime Minister

Apple CEO Tim Cook joined top business leaders in a roundtable session with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. As many as 21 high-profile chief executives of U.S. corporations attended the gathering in Washington, D.C., including Google’s Sundar Pichai, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos (via India Economic Times).

Prime Minister Modi kicked off his U.S. visit by telling the CEOs that India’s growth presented a “win-win” opportunity for both nations, referring to his government’s attempts to improve the business climate, including a unified Goods and Services Tax (GST) that he hoped would encourage American companies to invest there.

“The whole world is looking at India. 7,000 reforms alone by GOI for ease of (doing) business and minimum government, maximum governance,” Gopal Bagley, spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs said in a tweet from inside the meeting, quoting the prime minister.

India’s growth presents a win-win partnership for the country and the US, and American companies have a great opportunity to contribute to that, Modi told the CEOs, according to Bagley.

The Prime Minister reportedly listened to the wish lists of the CEOs in attendance, with some voicing their concerns about tax rates under the coming GST regime. Modi, meanwhile, stressed the importance of cooperation for start-ups, for innovation and for tapping the intellectual, educational, and vocational training potential in India.

Apple is in talks with Indian government officials to expand its fledgling iPhone manufacturing base in the country, following discussions last year with Prime Minister Modi, who has been working to promote his “Make in India” initiative. Apple is also creating a new distribution center in India to consolidate its logistics and supply chain in the country.

The company will reportedly begin selling iPhones directly through its website in India later this year, and is expected to open its first physical retail store in India as early as 2018. Apple is said to be looking to open four to five flagship-class stores in the country over the next five to ten years.

Prime minister Modi’s two-day visit continues on Monday, when he will meet President Trump to discuss trade and investment issues between the two countries.

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Original iPhone’s First Four Reviewers Reminisce About Getting Their Hands on It for the First Time

With the iPhone’s tenth birthday coming up this week, CBS Sunday Morning aired a segment today taking a look back at the development and launch of the original iPhone.



The segment from David Pogue includes a roundtable session with Pogue, Walt Mossberg, Steven Levy, and Ed Baig, the four journalists who received review units of the iPhone in 2007 just prior to its launch.

“After three days,” said Mossberg, “I was ready to throw this thing out of the window for trying to type on glass.”

“It’s ten years later,” said Levy, “and half the emails I get still have a little message underneath saying, ‘Typed on phone, forgive typos’!”

Pogue also sits down for a brief interview with Bas Ording, one of the key Apple engineers behind the first iPhone.

Part of what made the iPhone a hit was that objects in that touchscreen world have their own physics. You can thank Bas Ording for some of it, like how lists have momentum when you flick them, or how they do a little bounce when you get to the end.

“And now, a billion people are using your idea,” said Pogue.

“Is it a billion? That’s a lot!” Ording laughed.

“Did anyone, at the time, on this team, have any idea how big this could be?”

“Oh, no, not at all. I didn’t, for sure.”

The segment doesn’t break any new ground on the background of the iPhone, but it’s a nice piece highlighting the milestone anniversary of the device that changed the world.
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Rider – Ketchapp

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Rider

Ketchapp

Genre: Games

Release Date: June 21, 2017


Get ready for some flippin' action!

Perform insane stunts while you cruise through the never-ending world of Rider! Grab your motorcycle and start flipping like a maniac!

◉ Complete 100 Challenges
◉ Collect 40 Awesome Bikes (including 4 Secrets)
◉ Receive Daily Rewards
◉ Complete all 32 Levels
◉ Unlock 10 Themes
◉ Compare your highscore with players worldwide
◉ Make insane stunts!

Download now and push your skills to the limit in Rider!

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Arrow.io – Cheetah Technology Corporation Limited

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Arrow.io

Cheetah Technology Corporation Limited

Genre: Games

Release Date: December 20, 2016


Join the battle! Playing as Pixel Man, Defeat players from all round the world.

Arrow.io, a brand new io game for real players.
Features and How to play:
1.Control the motion by virtual control lever. Defeat your opponents with your arrows;
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Tower Conquest – TangoMe, Inc.

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Tower Conquest

TangoMe, Inc.

Genre: Games

Release Date: October 20, 2016


BUILD an invincible army, DESTROY towers, CONQUER your enemies!

Venture into the world of Tower Conquest in your search for eternal glory! Recruit and evolve the perfect army to destroy opposing towers. Explore the world and defeat enemies to earn treasure, increase your strength, and dominate the Player Leagues!

Only one Overlord can reign supreme – will it be you?

================ GAME FEATURES ================
** RECRUIT up to 180 unique characters to your army from three distinct races: Medieval, Undead, and Robot
** EXPLORE an ever-changing world of challenging maps that will push your army’s limits
** DISCOVER treasure and artifacts that will increase your power
** EVOLVE your units with Soulstones to unlock new abilities and skins
** CUSTOMIZE your army to test winning strategies and combinations
** CHALLENGE real players in PvP matches to climb the rankings
** COMPETE in the weekly Leagues for huge prizes
** EMBARK on hundreds of quests to earn experience, gold, and gems
** PLAY with your friends and send daily mystery gifts

============ WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ============
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5/5 “What’s not to like? There are so many cool characters and stages to play.”

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