HTC One Unlocked, Siri’s Source and the 49ers’ New Stadium — Five Things You Missed From Day Three of D11
And that’s a wrap — our third and final day of D11 finished strong yesterday with more high-caliber interviews and some awesome tech demos. For those of you who couldn’t join us in Rancho Palos Verdes, here’s a good starting place for catching up on all the action:
- Google SVP Sundar Pichai announced that his company will sell an unlocked version of the HTC One with the stock Nexus UI for $599, starting on June 26. Pichai also said he’s not worried about Samsung’s dominance among Android manufacturing partners.
- When asked why Microsoft started making hardware, ex-Windows boss Steven Sinofsky said great user experiences come from an interconnected ecosystem. “That’s an engineering thing,” he said.
- While many have long suspected as much, Nuance CEO Paul Ricci officially confirmed that the company’s technology is a “fundamental provider” present in Apple’s voice-controlled personal assistant, Siri.
- Atheer, SmartThings and Fanhattan demoed three next-gen control interfaces: A wearable computer controlled by motion-sensing 3-D glasses; a home full of everyday devices controlled by a phone; and a TV set-top box controlled by a “little Zen rock” remote with 200 sensors but no buttons.
- San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York and Sony CEO Kaz Hirai discussed the 49ers’ new home, Levi’s Stadium, which will offer a “tech-immersive experience” by, for example, letting fans watch instant replays on their tablets. The stadium will play nicely with whatever tablets customers bring in — not just Sony-made devices.
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