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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 […]

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 […]

Project Ara Scrapped

Reuters: Google shelves plan for phone with interchangeable parts: Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended Project Ara, its ambitious effort to build what is known as a modular smartphone with interchangeable components, as part of a broader push to streamline the company’s hardware efforts, two people with knowledge of the matter said. The move marks an […]

Pebble 2, $12.8 Million

Pebble’s third Kickstarter ends with $12.8M raised, $7.5M less than last year: Smartwatch maker Pebble wrapped its third Kickstarter campaign today with $12,779,754 in preorders for the company’s upcoming products: the Pebble 2, the Time 2, a little Spotify streaming box, and a refresh to the Time Round line. Pledges this year fell short of […]

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 […]

Conor McGregor

Back on April 21, after is his UFC loss to Nate Diaz, Conor McGregor posted this on Facebook: I am just trying to do my job and fight here. I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote. I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art […]

Tesla Means Something

Sharp take by Ben Thompson on the new Tesla Model 3 and the parallels of Tesla to Apple: When it comes to the iPhone I have argued that Apple’s smartphone was, relative to the phones on the market, Obsoletive: the iPhone effectively reduced the phones that came before it to apps on a general purpose […]

Swiss Watch Makers Won’t Be Worried Until They’re Worried

Apple Watch Sales Estimated at 5.1 Million in Holiday Quarter, Swiss Watch Sales in Trouble: The latest data from Strategy Analytics reveals that the Apple Watch remained the most popular smartwatch through the fourth quarter of 2015, capturing 63 percent global market share based on an estimated 5.1 million sales in the three-month period. Samsung […]

“The perception of skill has led many, many people down a very dark path”

Most people can play daily fantasy or casino games without a problem. “I know there are people that can do it normally,” Mr. Adams said, but he is not one of them. He also acknowledges that he ultimately bears responsibility for his addiction. Yet gambling counselors say they could more easily help people like Mr. […]