TC Roundup: China's Huawei unveils luxury watch in bid to rival Apple's

2 Mar, 2015

China's Huawei unveils luxury watch in bid to rival Apple's: China's Huawei Technologies Co. unveiled its first smart watch that is aimed at the higher end of the wearables market, a week before Apple Inc. is expected to host an event to present a rival device.

The 42-millimeter (1.6-inch) diameter luxury watch will be the world's first wearable with sapphire crystal glass, Richard Yu, chief executive officer of Huawei's consumer business group, said at an event in Barcelona Sunday, ahead of the Monday opening of the Mobile World Congress. Yu also unveiled an upgrade to Huawei's smart band, introduced at last year's conference.(Bloomberg)

Bradley Horowitz is now running Google+: Horowitz has confirmed our reporting in a carefully worded Google+ update that does not mention Hangouts, or even Google+ by name, but instead refers to Photos and Streams. This points to the idea of Google+ being split into dedicated services, two of which Horowitz will oversee:

"Just wanted to confirm that the rumors are true — I'm excited to be running Google's Photos and Streams products! It's important to me that these changes are properly understood to be positive improvements to both our products and how they reach users."

Besbris only took over Google+ less than a year ago, in April 2014, after Vic Gundotra — who had started and led Google+ since its inception — left the company. (Tech Crunch)

Is Facebook friend or foe for telecom operators?: Mark Zuckerberg says his mission is to connect billions more people to the Internet. But the telecom operators that build networks in the far corners of the world are just as likely to view Facebook as a problem. (The Wall Street Journal)

Drones take off and investor money flies in: Now that the Federal Aviation Administration has published its proposed rules on drones, expect to start seeing plenty of unmanned miniature planes flying over places like AT&T Park in San Francisco, home of the World Series champions. But not when there's a game taking place, of course.

An open field next to the ballpark is where a small team of engineers found itself last week, offering an up close demo of the Ghost, from Chinese drone maker Ehang. (CNBC)