Monthly Archives: September 2016

When We Drove the Cars Ourselves

Tamara Warren was at the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach in August and reflected on the golden age of automobiles: Being up close with the more elegant pre-war cars at Pebble Beach, it’s natural to see how the affair with the automobile began. Before computers, there were cars. It must have been exciting, to be […]

Hacking Cars

BBC News: Tesla cars get hacked: Tesla has updated its software after researchers from China hacked into the operating system of its electric cars. The team from Keen Security Lab remotely manipulated the brake system on a Tesla while it was on the move, from a distance of 12 miles (19km). It used to be […]

My Newsletter: Mikey Likes It

Imagine if, when you checked your email, it wasn’t all junk. Imagine if there was a message you looked forward to getting every week. This the goal with my new newsletter, Mikey Likes It. It goes out every Tuesday morning. Here’s the first one that went out this past Tuesday. What motivated me to start […]

Apple and McLaren

Financial Times: Apple in talks on McLaren supercars takeover: Left to right: Eddy Cue sits on the board of Ferrari, Sir Jonathan Ive has fondness for Aston Martin, and Phil Schiller owns a McLaren Apple has approached McLaren Technology Group, the British supercar engineer and Formula One team owner, about a potential acquisition, in the […]

Home Field Advantage

ProPublica set out to see how Amazon’s software was shaping the marketplace: We looked at 250 frequently purchased products over several weeks to see which ones were selected for the most prominent placement on Amazon’s virtual shelves — the so-called “buy box” that pops up first as a suggested purchase. About three-quarters of the time, […]

Bill in Brooklyn

The New York Times reports, “Bill Murray made a guest appearance in Brooklyn as a bartender. He was quick to pour tequila shots, for himself and for anyone who asked, our reporter observed.”

NYC Bomb Suspect Captured

Ahmad Khan Rahami Is Arrested in Manhattan Bombing The police on Monday took into custody the man they believed to be behind the bombing in Manhattan over the weekend, according to law enforcement officials. The dramatic arrest of the man, Ahmad Khan Rahami, came after the police issued a cellphone alert to millions of residents […]

“They all got addicted to crack.”

The Netflix Backlash: Why Hollywood Fears a Content Monopoly: Still, at a time when business is tough all over in the entertainment industry, there is a lot of gratitude for a deep-pocketed buyer that is snapping up an array of material, much of which might not find a home elsewhere. Netflix and its chief content […]

Jaded and Fickle

Farhad Manjoo doesn’t think Apple is cutting edge anymore: The absence of a jack is far from the worst shortcoming in Apple’s latest product launch. Instead, it’s a symptom of a deeper issue with the new iPhones, part of a problem that afflicts much of the company’s product lineup: Apple’s aesthetics have grown stale. Apple […]

Slacky Skype

It looks like Microsoft has some updates coming to Skype: It was recently reported that Microsoft wanted to buy Slack for $8 billion. Slack, for those unfamiliar, is a messaging app for teams that’s been getting quite popular recently. Now, Microsoft is working on a direct Slack competitor under the Skype brand, according to people […]

Why Podcasts Don’t Use VBR MP3s

Marco Arment, creator of the podcasting app I use on my iPhone, Overcast, explains why podcasts don’t use VBR MP3s, even though they’re more space-efficient and sound better: AVFoundation, the low-level audio/video framework in iOS and macOS, does not accurately seek within VBR MP3s, making VBR impractical to use for long files such as podcasts. […]

The Useless Machine

Over at The New York Times, Mark O’Connell talks about his Useless Machine, created by computer scientist Marvin Minsky in the 1950s at Bell Laboratories: There is something charming, and even inspiring, in the paradoxical efficiency of this machine that does nothing, that fulfills its entire purpose by bluntly refusing to fulfill any purpose at […]