Monthly Archives: May 2016

Foxconn replaces ‘60,000 factory workers with robots’

Foxconn replaces ‘60,000 factory workers with robots’: One factory has “reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots”, a government official told the South China Morning Post. Xu Yulian, head of publicity for the Kunshan region, added: “More companies are likely to follow suit.” China is investing heavily in a […]

Apple and Big Data

Marco Arment worries that Apple isn’t skating to where the puck is going to be: Today, Amazon, Facebook, and Google are placing large bets on advanced AI, ubiquitous assistants, and voice interfaces, hoping that these will become the next thing that our devices are for. If they’re right — and that’s a big “if” — […]

RAZR: Not a Classic

Jacob Kastrenakes at the Verge on Lenovo’s new ad: Lenovo put out an ad this afternoon teasing the unveiling of Motorola’s next… something… that’s all about reliving the Razr’s incredible success in the mid-2000s. The phone really was everywhere. And as a former high school student who owned a Razr (which broke after like a […]

The Unbearable Heaviness of iTunes

Vlad Savov at The Verge asks how many Apple engineers does it take to fix iTunes?: In the ranking of unpleasant life experiences, using Apple’s iTunes lies somewhere between filing your taxes and having your wisdom teeth pulled out. It’s not good even at the best of times, but two weeks ago it was downright […]

Self-Driving Employment Snatchers

A group of ex-Google engineers have just launched Otto, an autonomous trucking startup: Otto’s first vehicle is twice as long and six times as heavy as Google’s cute prototype car, but has exactly the same number of drivers: zero. Founded by four ex-Google engineers — including Anthony Levandowski, the man who built Google’s very first self-driving car — Otto […]

Grit

David Brooks on grit: Success is about being passionately good at one or two things, but students who want to get close to that 4.0 have to be prudentially balanced about every subject. In life we want independent thinking and risk-taking, but the G.P.A. system encourages students to be deferential and risk averse, giving their […]

Microsoft Stores: Throw in the Towel

Microsoft tried to clone the Apple Store. It still hasn’t worked: Microsoft’s stores have a warm decor, plenty of helpful staffers and an array of PCs, phones and devices. They could use a few more customers, though. It’s hard to know exactly how the stores are doing since Microsoft won’t comment on either sales or […]

If you hand over the keys, you hand over the money, control, and responsibility.

Over the weekend The New York Times published a piece, Podcasts Surge, but Producers Fear Apple Isn’t Listening. Marco Arment, a prominent iOS developer and podcaster, responded: And if that ill-informed New York Times article is correct in broad strokes, which is a big “if” given how much it got wrong about Apple’s role in […]

This is why we don’t deserve nice things.

Competing construction companies stage a bulldozer fight in a busy street: You think aliens are visiting us from other galaxies in a search for intelligent life? Fuck that. If they were smart they’d firebomb this whole planet and start fresh. We don’t deserve nice things. via Boing Boing

Porsche 911 R

Porsche is dropping a new 911 R this summer: Despondent over Porsche’s migration with the rest of the auto world to boosted engines and automatic transmissions? Behold this ray of sunshine: Porsche has a new 911 R that combines just what you want/need—a hot naturally aspirated engine, six shift-’em-yourself gears, and a clutch pedal all […]

Healthy Competition

Uber enables global e-hailing through Alipay to fend against Lyft/Didi alliance: Now, riders will be able to pay for and hail a ride in the Alipay app in the more than 400 cities in which Uber operates. It’s an extension of Uber’s existing partnership with the company, which initially only allowed passengers in China to […]