At Bloomberg, Brad Stone and Matthew Boyle ask: Can Wal-Mart’s Expensive New E-Commerce Operation Compete With Amazon?. The answer is no.
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Today I started reading Neil De Grasse Tyson’s new book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. I’m enjoying it. It’s just enough science for my brain not to freeze up. To the scientist, the universality of physical laws makes the cosmos a marvelously simple place. By comparison, human nature—the psychologist’s domain—is infinitely more daunting. In […]
Over at The New Yorker, Ferris Jabr explains why walking helps us think: Because we don’t have to devote much conscious effort to the act of walking, our attention is free to wander—to overlay the world before us with a parade of images from the mind’s theatre. This is precisely the kind of mental state […]
Coltrane’s Circle via TMN
Since I’m a human, and we humans love to focus on the negative things around us, even if things are great, I’m going to point out what I think is one of the dumbest feature placements on a phone I’ve ever seen. Samsung has decided it was a good idea to place the fingerprint reader […]
Inside the Hotel Industry’s Plan to Combat Airbnb: Last year, Airbnb underwent a rough regulatory patch. The short-term rental company became a Federal Trade Commission target last summer after three senators asked for an investigation into how companies like Airbnb affect soaring housing costs. In October, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York signed a […]
Uber’s Top Secret “Hell” Program Exploited Lyft’s Vulnerability (paywall): As the ride-sharing market was exploding in the U.S. between 2014 and the early part 2016, Uber had an advantage over Lyft that helped Uber maintain its lead, The Information has learned. Thanks to a secret software-based effort within Uber called “Hell,” Uber could track how […]
Samsung says Bixby voice assistant won’t ship with Galaxy S8: One of the key signature features of Samsung’s Galaxy S8, its Bixby voice assistant, won’t work out of the box, when the device goes on sale later this month. Other parts of Bixby, including its visual search and reminder abilities, will ship at launch, a […]
Over at The New York Times, Frank Bruni asks, What Happened to Who?: I first noticed it during the 2016 Republican presidential debates, which were crazy-making for so many reasons that I’m not sure how I zeroed in on this one. “Who” was being exiled from its rightful habitat. It was a linguistic bonobo: endangered, […]
John Gruber with the Mac Pro scoop: Let’s not beat around the bush. I have great news to share: Apple is currently hard at work on a “completely rethought” Mac Pro, with a modular design that can accommodate high-end CPUs and big honking hot-running GPUs, and which should make it easier for Apple to update […]
Headline from The Verge: The 2017 BMW 5 Series emphasizes design over intuitive software First off, shame on whoever the editor is for creating that headline. They’re conflating design with the superfluous. Design isn’t how it looks, it’s how it works. How many times do we have to go over this? If you do eventually […]
The New York Times has a fascinating look into all the psychological tricks Uber (and Lyft) uses to get drivers to to keep driving: Uber even published a study last year, using its vast pile of data on drivers’ rides and hours, finding that a “substantial, although not most, fraction of partners” practice an extreme […]
Guys, this is really lame. And I just got this 30 minutes ago — it’s still Match 31st in California, idiots. Can we retire April Fools’ Day? Please?