Tuesday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

Automatic Link review: an expensive way to learn better driving habits: We love when we find new ways to bring our toys together. The Automatic Link does just that: it connects your iPhone to your car’s computer, using Bluetooth Low Energy as a bridge to the On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) interface that’s been standard in most cars since 1996. – by Ben Drawbaugh – http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/26/automatic-link-review/

Demolition Man: why does Fab’s CEO keep building big companies that suddenly implode?: Is Jason Goldberg doomed to repeat his mistakes? If you ask employees when they started to notice that something was wrong at Fab, they will usually mention the bike locks. The bright orange locks appeared suddenly, affixed to the office doors of senior executives. – by Ben Popper – http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/26/5144184/the-rise-and-fall-and-rise-and-fall-of-jason-goldberg

Punch Through’s new Arduino board can stay wireless forever (video): You’ll have to plug in a typical Arduino-compatible board at some point in its life, whether it’s to add code or just to supply power. Not Punch Through Design’s upcoming Cortado, however. The tiny device centers on a custom Bluetooth 4. – by Jon Fingas – http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/26/punch-through-design-lightblue-cortado/

With PrimeSense, Apple Got Key Mapping Technology: There’s a lot of speculation about why Apple bought motion-sensor company PrimeSense. But I think the real reason has been overlooked. PrimeSense’s chips were in early versions of Microsoft’s Kinect sensor, the gaming console that lets you wave your hands around to control it. – by jessicalessin – http://jessicalessin.com/2013/11/26/with-primesense-apple-got-key-mapping-technology-2/

ZTE Jumps On Smartwatch Bandwagon: When Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy Gear launch in early September created a hype around the potential market for smartwatches, it was certain that we would soon see cheaper versions from Chinese competitors. Now,  ZTE Corp. – by Juro Osawa – http://m.us.wsj.com/articles/BL-DGB-31061

Spotify Connect local streaming comes to Android: A couple of months ago, Spotify Connect was announced for iOS — a feature that allows you to wirelessly control (via your home WiFi network) music playing on Connect-compatible speakers with your phone. – by Michael Gorman – http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/25/spotify-connect-android/

Intel Said to Be Asking $500 Million for Pay-TV Unit: Intel Corp. (INTC) is asking about $500 million for OnCue, the online pay-TV service that the world’s largest chipmaker developed before dialing back its ambitions, according to people with knowledge of the process. – by Andy Fixmer – Tags: Media,Technology,TV, Games & Movies,Web,Top News – http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-25/intel-said-asking-500-million-for-streaming-pay-tv-unit.html

Start-Up Leaders Recall Choice to Cash In or Stay Independent: The reactions last week flowed like those to a Rorschach test. Were the young founders of Snapchat, a mobile-messaging start-up, delusional for turning down a multibillion-dollar buyout offer? Greedy to think they might get more later? Or courageous to chase their dreams? – http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/11/18/technology/startup-leaders-weigh-decision-to-sell.html

The Atlantic Spins Off, Relaunches The Wire: The Atlantic Wire, previously a channel positioned within The Atlantic’s website, has been spun off as an independent brand called The Wire. – by Bill Mickey – http://www.foliomag.com/2013/atlantic-spins-relaunches-wire

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