LeEco had big ambitions for its business in the United States when it launched its products in the country with much pomp and circumstance. The reality has been different, though. The company has been facing financial issues which even caused it to abandon its proposed acquisition of Vizio. The company has now confirmed that it’s laying off most of its workforce in the United States.
China-based LeEco has said that it’s laying off a majority of its workforce in the United States. Around 325 employees will be let go, they account for 70% of LeEco’s entire workforce in the country.
LeEco says that a lack of funding is the reason why these positions are being terminated. LeEco says that will continue operations in the United States but will now focus its energies on the niche market of Chinese-speaking households.
LeEco also gained popularity in the United States due to its financing of electric car company Faraday Future. The company unveiled its FF 91 all-electric car at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017.
Faraday Future says that this development is not going to impact its daily operations. It tells The Verge that the company is moving ahead with the development of the FF 91 and its manufacturing plans in North Las Vegas.
No layoffs have been planned for Faraday Future employees at this point in time and the company is working on securing new rounds of funding.
Acer has a new product out in the market for serious PC gamers. Many of them tend to prefer ultrawide curved monitors for gaming, and with good reason. Acer launched its first curved gaming monitor back in 2015 and today it has launched a new one. The Acer Predator Z35P is an updated version of the Z35 monitor and it offers better resolution than the original model.
The Acer Predator Z35P ultrawide curved gaming monitor has a 35 inch 3440 x 1440 pixel resolution display. It’s a significant improvement over the original’s 2560 x 1080 pixel resolution.
Subtle design changes have been made to the stand which is now thinner and has a subtle color scheme. Gone is the bright-red plastic color scheme of the Z35. It’s definitely easier on the eyes.
Since this monitor is meant for gaming, the specs are impressive. It has a 4ms response time, support for NVIDIA G-Sync technology and 300 nit maximum brightness.
Some gamers may not appreciate that the refresh rate is set to 100 Hz by default but it will be overclockable to 120 Hz. That being said, it’s still lower than the 200 Hz refresh rate that the Z35 was capable of.
Those who are interested in picking it up can pre-order the Acer Predator Z35P ultrawide curved gaming monitor from Amazon starting today. It has been priced at $1099. Shipments will begin in 1-3 weeks.
Google has made a product called the Jamboard which is aimed at enterprise customers that want their employees to work together and collaborate with their teammates for enhanced creativity. Jamboard is a cloud-based collaborative whiteboard that Google has made just for this purpose. It’s now available for purchase in the United States.
Whiteboards have long been a fixture in offices for the purposes of collaboration. Who hasn’t used a dry erase marker in brainstorming sessions with their teammates? Google wants to modernize collaborative brainstorming with Jamboard.
Jamboard is powered by NVIDIA’s Jetson TX1 chip and has a 55 inch 4K touchscreen display. The display has been developed for fast touch response and low-latency stylus input. It works with G Suite to bring in all files and documents from Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. This enables all team members to work together simultaneously.
The price tag itself is enough to show that this is meant for enterprise customers. At $5000, it isn’t exactly cheap, and that’s just the starting price. A rolling stand costs $1199, if the customer doesn’t want to mount it on a wall. There’s even a $300 yearly fee over and above the fee for the G Suite enterprise apps.
Google tested the Jamboard with enterprise early adopters like Pinterest, Dow Jones, and Whirpool and they found that the Jamboard helped their teams collaborate more efficiently.
Jamboard is available for purchase in the United States today and will be released in Canada and the United Kingdom in a few months.
Twitter has always been free. You can sign up right away and start using the service without having to pay it. However, as the company tries to come up with new ways of generating revenue, it has been thinking about launching a premium subscription-based service. Twitter is actively considering a premium service and isn’t ruling it out at this point in time.
This was confirmed by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey during the company’s annual shareholders meeting yesterday. He was asked if Twitter would consider launching a service based on the membership model which would presumably provide additional features to members.
“Yeah so this has been kicked around for quite some time,” Dorsey said while reiterating that the company feels that it’s of real importance that people across the globe can access Twitter regardless of their economic stature.
He also mentioned that Twitter has no particular plans to announce right now concerning a premium service but it’s always “looking at those patterns.” It will continue to consider feedback from customers and understand if it’s going to be in the greater interest of the audience to launch a membership-based service.
So even if Twitter doesn’t have anything to announce at this point in time, it may very well come up with something in the future. It hasn’t been ruled out and remains a possibility.
Some years ago, the electronics market could be cleanly divided into “professional” and “consumer” gear. Consumer devices were cheaper and prettier, but their pro counterparts did more and were more reliable. Consumers then started to develop a taste for pro-level gadgets, regardless of whether they “needed” the extra power. Manufacturers responded by creating a new class of device — the “prosumer” model — which has grown in popularity to the point that nobody really questions whether high school kids “need” Macbook Pros. The Brooklyn DAC from MyTek is a little like the Macbook Pro in that it is well-designed, feature-packed, beautiful, and expensive. We think it’s awesome.
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Apple and Nokia have announced a resolution to the patent dispute that began late last year. In addition to settling all litigation related to the intellectual property dispute, the two companies have also agreed to a multi-year patent license, which will see Nokia providing certain network infrastructure products and services to Apple, and Apple returning Nokia’s digital health products (formerly Withings) to its store shelves. The two companies…