Author Archives: Mike

The Most Liked Tweet Ever

Former President of the United States Barack Obama now has the most liked tweet ever. It’s not surprising to find out it has a message of positivity in the wake of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our current Burnt Cheeseface President knows nothing about positivity or compassion. He would rather spend time lamenting […]

New York Rents

In New York, rents are increasing twice as fast as wages: What’s worse, StreetEasy found that rent increases haven’t risen equally across the various income brackets or rent price points. For instance, apartments priced at the bottom fifth tier of the market have spiked 4.9 percent annually since 2010 while homes in the top fifth […]

C.E.O.s Disbanding

Trump’s Council of C.E.O.s in Disarray Following Remarks on Protest: President Trump’s main council of top corporate leaders appeared on the verge of disbanding on Wednesday, said people briefed on the matter, following controversial remarks from Mr. Trump on Tuesday when he equated white nationalist hate groups with the protesters opposing them. Late Wednesday morning, […]

A Price Worth Paying

A product manager and Kalanick apologist is leaving Uber: Chris Saad, a product manager of Uber’s developer platform, is leaving the company after close to two years, sources tell Recode. Saad, who worked on creating technology tools for developers looking to integrate Uber services, has been vocal about his disappointment with former Uber CEO Travis […]

Taking the Long-term View

One year ago the much-anticipated video game ‘No Man’s Sky’ was released but it did not deliver on many of the features it had promised and subsequently faced a big backlash from many disappointed buyers. My brother was not one of the disappointed buyers and rather than take the short-sighted, reactionary view, decided to give […]

A Third Chance?

Daniel Cormier called into The MMA Hour to talk to Ariel Helwani about his loss to Jon Jones and his future: The former UFC champion said he will likely sit out for the rest of 2017 to heal and spend time with his family, but then he expects to get right back into the swing […]

Everyone Except Microsoft

Leaked Microsoft memo reveals high Surface Book return rates: Microsoft dismissed Consumer Reports’ Surface reliability ratings last week, but a new internal memo sheds some light on the issues that the software maker has faced. Consumer Reports surveyed 90,000 tablet and laptop owners and found roughly 25 percent of Surface users have encountered issues by […]

Trump Needs to Go

White House Acts to Stem Fallout From Trump’s First Charlottesville Remarks: BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — White House officials, under siege over President Trump’s reluctance to condemn white supremacists for the weekend’s bloody rallies in Charlottesville, Va., tried to clarify his comments on Sunday, as critics in both parties intensified demands that he adopt a stronger, more […]

Paying for Shit

SoundCloud stays afloat with emergency investment, as CEO steps aside: SoundCloud today announced that it has closed the investor round necessary to keep it going for the foreseeable future. As part of the agreement, Alex Ljung will step aside and former Vimeo leader Kerry Trainor will become SoundCloud’s new CEO, with Mike Weissman as COO. […]

Essentially no one can buy an Essential Phone.

Amazon and Tencent Back Smartphone Maker Essential: Essential Products Inc., the smartphone maker founded by the creator of Google’s Android mobile software, confirmed it has a new $300 million war chest as it prepares for the seemingly insurmountable task of taking on Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Inc. The startup on Wednesday unveiled the large […]

Combustion Ain’t Dead Yet

Mazda’s engine breakthrough promises big fuel efficiency gains: Mazda has made the announcement car manufacturers have been working towards for years: it’s releasing the first commercial compression-ignition gasoline engine. Dubbed SkyActiv-X, the engine will be available in 2019 and promises up to 20-30% more engine efficiency than the current SkyActiv-G, and up to 45% more […]

Dickheads in Tech

The latest dickeads-in-tech news comes from Google this week: Alphabet Inc.’s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies, creating a firestorm across Silicon Valley. James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been fired for […]

Trump’s Words

The New York Times has an interesting look at how Trump used words to brand his opponents: The word choice is memorable. But it’s also the repetition that’s important. In its simplicity and consistency, that message is textbook marketing, said William Cron, a professor of marketing at Texas Christian University. “This is what the product […]