It’s that time again! The Logic blog is here and ready to fill you in on the biggest and most interesting technology news stories of the week.
Sony Announces New Version of its PS Vita – Sept. 9
The PS Vita, a popular mobile gaming device, is about to get a younger brother. The PCH 2000 is thinner, lighter and features a variety of colors. The device, which is oddly similar to Apple’s new phones announced the following day, will go on sale Oct. 10 in Japan. No release date has been set for countries outside of Japan.
Apple Announces Two New iPhones – Sept. 10
The big news out of California this week is Apple is releasing two iPhones later this month. The much prophesized iPhone 5C (the C stands for “color”) is a lower-cost model while the iPhone 5S is the faster, fancier one fans have come to know and love. The iPhone 5C, designed to break into lower-income markets, will cost $100 with a contract, $100 less than the iPhone 5S.
Source: New York Times
Mercedes-Benz Says They Have Successfully Tested a Self-Driving Car – Sept. 10
Science fiction is proving to be closer than we thought. Mercedes-Benz announced Tuesday the company successfully tested an autonomous vehicle in Germany. Mercedes said they used a 2014 S500 with slight modifications. The vehicle was tested on both city streets and highways. “[Autonomous vehicles] will bring greater comfort and safety for all road users,” CEO Dieter Zetsche said.
Source: LA Times
Tablet Shipments to Surpass Laptops and Desktops in Q4 – Sept. 11
To no one’s surprise, tablets are more popular than ever. But it might come as a shock that more tablets will be shipped than computers in Q4. The numbers are staggering. Although PCs will still outsell tablets, the International Data Corporation predicted shipments of 134.4 million desktops and 180.9 million laptops in 2013. Tablets, on the other hand, are expecting 227.3 million shipments in 2013. IDC also predicts 406.8 tablets will be shipped every year by 2017.
Source: Computer World
Twitter Files Paperwork to Go Public – Sept. 11
Goldman Sachs served as the lead underwriter for Twitter’s S-1 forms with the SEC. What that means is: Twitter is close to going public. Techcrunch predicts the social media behemoth is worth between $15 and $20 billion dollars. By comparison, Facebook was worth $100 billion when they filed their papers. Nothing is guaranteed yet, but Twitter is a step closer to being a public company.