Category Archives: Technology

“expanding” as a euphemism for “outsourcing”

Zenefits Is Laying Off Almost Half Its Employees: Zenefits will lay off 45% of its employees in an effort to slash costs, according to an internal memo this morning that was obtained by BuzzFeed News, a stark acknowledgment by the embattled human resources startup that its onetime expectations for growth were vastly inflated. Roughly 430 […]

Vizio is shady.

Vizio settles FTC lawsuit and agrees to get viewer consent before tracking TV habits: Vizio will pay $2.2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it collected customers’ TV-watching habits without their permission. The lawsuit was filed by the Federal Trade Commission and the state of New Jersey. It alleged that, in 2014, Vizio began using […]

Tech companies criticize travel ban

Tech companies criticize travel ban but not their investor Peter Thiel: The ride-hailing service earned praise from customers for condemning President Trump’s travel ban and pledging to donate $1 million to the ACLU over the next four years. Many on social media urged followers to #DeleteUber for appearing to break up a driver strike about […]

Product review grading on a curve

Gadget reviews are broken on the big tech sites like The Verge, and Engadget. They’ve actually been broken for a long time. If you read the long form part of the reviews and then you see the ‘grade’ they give the devices, they don’t match up. Take Chris Velazco’s review of the Samsung Gear S3 […]

There’s not an app for everything

The Women’s March proves that 21st century protest is still about bodies, not tweets: Headed to DC on Friday, I was asked by my editor to pay attention to the ways that people were communicating and dealing with logistical issues on the spot. Would the Women’s March app be used to ping people with changes […]

A Coke is a Coke

Low-cost Android One phones reportedly coming to the US: Google’s Android One platform was originally designed to provide low-cost Android devices to developing markets without the stuff that usually comes with low-cost Android devices: bloatware, competing services, and a crippling lack of software and security updates. Now, according to a report from The Information, the […]

Working was never our forte.

Let’s face it, jobs have always been a necessary evil. A means to an end — unless you’re one of those people who has a career and loves what they do. Showoff. Don’t fret! Computer scientists, programmers, engineers, and all the other smart people on planet Earth have been working hard to ensure we don’t have […]

“These are not three separate devices. This is one device! And we are calling it iPhone.”

To mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Brian McCullough posted a new episode of The Internet History Podcast on the history of the iPhone. It’s a great episode and it’s also a sobering reminder of how primitive, crude and buggy the original iPhone was. It launched on AT&T’s shitty EDGE network (pre 3G), couldn’t […]