Lenovo, Motorola and Samsung unveil a load of new gear | September 1, 2016


An interesting batch of tablets, laptops and phones from the big IFA trade show in Berlin.

.IFA is Europe’s biggest tech trade show, and that means a batch of new product introductions from some of the industry’s big names. Among the highlights: Lenovo’s unique, two-panel Yoga Book; a new addition to Motorola’s modular Moto Z line of phones and a camera module from Hasselblad to go with them; a pair of Acer laptops, one super-slim and one monstrous; and Samsung’s big Gear S3 smartwatch.
[Dieter Bohn | The Verge]

.Even after Steve Jobs stepped aside as CEO of Apple five years ago, he planned to continue to work on the reinvention of TV — including the TV set itself. At the time, Jobs told Walt Mossberg, now executive editor at The Verge, “I think we figured out a way to do it, and it’s going to be fantastic.” Jobs died two months later.
[Peter Kafka | Recode]

.Facebook is hungry for virtual reality content, and it has a small but growing team in Seattle working on ways to make it easier for users to create that content. One of the first projects to emerge: Automated video stabilization for uploaded 360-degree video.
[Kurt Wagner | Recode]

.CBS is introducing a (mostly) commercial-free version of its All Access digital TV service for $9.99 a month. That’s four bucks more than the version with ads and on a par with similar services from Hulu and Netflix.
[Peter Kafka | Recode]

.On the latest episode of Recode Media, New York Times editors Sam Dolnick and Clifford Levy talk to Recode’s Edmund Lee about bringing digital innovations — and a willingness to try new things and fail — to a publication steeped in tradition.
[Eric Johnson | Recode ]

Social
By Kurt Wagner
Or should we say flip itself.
E-commerce
By Jason Del Rey
And it thinks it has solved the big tech obstacle to making that happen smoothly.
Apple
By Walt Mossberg
It’s still too soon to judge the Tim Cook era.

At the behest of 20th Century Fox, IBM first showed Watson, its machine learning system, 100 trailers for horror/thriller movies so it could learn what one should look like, then showed it the new movie “Morgan.” Within hours, Watson selected a mix of excerpts that a human pro then edited into a perfectly acceptable preview.

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