Mobile, ecosystems and the death of PCs — Benedict Evans
When we say 'mobile' we don't mean mobile just as when we said 'PCs' we didn't mean PC. This isn't about the screen size or keyboard or location or use. Rather, the ecosystem of ARM, iOS and Android, with 10x the scale of Wintel, will become the new centre of gravity throughout computing.
We first saw Braven's Balance ($130) at CES, and we recently got our hands on the company's latest portable Bluetooth speaker. Balance is an IPX7-waterproof speaker which means it can be submerged in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The speaker has a 4000 mAh battery that can be used for recharging an iPhone. Braven also claims Balance can run for 18 hours of playtime. The speaker includes a "Boost Mode" setting that lets Balance hit higher peak volumes in larger spaces. A built-in speakerphone is also included, and Braven comes with an audio cable and its own proprietary power adapte...
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