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On Death and iPods: A Requiem

Have you ever loved a car? Maybe it was an old truck you drove for hundreds of thousands of miles, or maybe it was your very first car: where you had …

PODCAST: Talking About Apple's Somewhat Confusing Apple Watch Presentation

Now that Apple has announced its new iPhones, and its new Apple Watch, I spoke with Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times about what we saw.<p>We talk briefly about the iPhone 6, but spend the majority of our time focused on the Apple Watch, which had a somewhat weak presentation.<p>We're working on …

Ten rules to stop wasting people’s time

I think of the last year and a half I’ve spent in New York as professional finishing school. If there’s anywhere on this planet where people are stupendously busy, it’s this place. It definitely took me a few months to settle into the rhythm. Combine this experience with recently fundraising, and I …

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The complete guide to being on time

Lateness says volumes about your character and work ethic, and from a corporate standpoint it can cost billions of dollars. In the US alone, one in six workers reported being late at least once a week, and a third of employers say they have fired an employee for lateness, according to a 2011 …

Time Management

iPhone 6: A Big Screen Is Nice, But The Bigger Battery Is Necessary

Apple fans have been looking over at the big, beautiful screens of Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 for a long while now. And while the continued sales success of the iPhone shows many are satisfied with what they’ve got, there is little doubt many are salivating at the prospect that next …

How Secret Societies Stay Hidden on the Internet

Inside the surreal recruitment process of a legendary club—or something like it—at New York University<p>It all started with a Facebook message from a dead guy.<p>His name was Ernest Howard Crosby and his profile picture showed an old-time portrait of a man in a dapper vest sporting a bushy Civil War …

When China stops copying Western tech giants is when they should start worrying

Why do some of China’s biggest tech companies engage in the sincerest form of flattery? This week Lei Jun, the chief executive of Xiaomi—recently rebranded internationally as Mi—stood on stage in a black T-shirt and jeans and announced a new smartphone with a notable resemblance to the iPhone in …

Google Glass

Google has run away with the web search market and almost no one is chasing

Search represents the largest digital advertising market—almost $50 billion last year globally, according to PwC, compared to just $34 billion for display ads—and is growing roughly 10% a year. But Google so thoroughly dominates the search industry that few are even bothering to challenge it …

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Shocking Study Shows Why Technology Is Not Really Making Us Smarter

According to Google, most Android users check their phones 150 times a day. Wearable technologies like smart watches and Google Glass may eventually make us check our phones less often, but will almost certainly drive up the average user’s digital interruptions each day. Early users of Android Wear …

Homni: The new superorganism taking over Earth

Is our species evolving into something new? Gaia Vince makes the provocative argument that humanity is transforming, and it is already having a huge effect on life on our planet.<p>In Ancient Greek mythology, the Earth Goddess Gaia had nine titan sons, who attempted to control not just the Earth, but …

Dear Google: don't screw up Android

KitKat made the best of Android accessible to more people than ever, but what will the next version do?<p>The history of Android has always been about <i>more</i>. From its inception with the T-Mobile G1 in 2008, Google’s mobile operating system has sought to compete by having more features, higher specs, and …

Google Now can now suggest calendar events based on your emails

Google is continuing its quest to turn Now into a truly helpful virtual assistant, with the latest update bringing the ability to offer event suggestions based on the content of your emails.<p>Google Now has long been able to sort through emails for things like flight reservations or shipping updates, …

Android News

McDonald’s has been eating Burger King’s lunch for more than a decade

It’s been a tough decade for Burger King.<p>The long-time rival to McDonald’s has seen its share of the US fast-food burger market erode steadily since 2000, when it controlled nearly 19% of market. Last year, Burger King’s share had dwindled to 11.2%, according to data from market research firm …

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How climate change and a deadly fungus are threatening our coffee supply

In the next 24 hours, the world will guzzle 1.6 billion cups of coffee, the most popular beverage on the planet besides water and tea. It’s big business, too: Global coffee exports totaled $28.6 billion in 2013—after oil, it is the world’s most traded commodity.<p>But there’s something else that likes …

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Watch “The Next Billion,” our forum about the internet in the developing world, live from Seattle

Today (June 2), Quartz is holding the second in its series of “Next Billion” conferences. You can watch a livestream of the whole event above (or if that isn’t working, try this link), starting at 9:30am US Pacific Time.<p>When we launched Quartz near the end of 2012 the online population of the world …

Developing Countries

How Xiaomi Beats Apple at Product Launches

The iPhone 6 is due in September.<p>The build-up to its launch will almost certainly follow the Steve Jobs M.O. Device specifications will remain a closely guarded secret until the launch date (unless an employee forgets his phone at a bar). There will be long lines at stores. We probably won’t be …

Looking for Oscars torrents? This is why you may end up empty-handed

If Ellen DeGeneres mentions the film <i>The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty</i> on Sunday night, it might be with a wince — this year’s host of the Academy …

Hurting For Cash, Online Porn Tries New Tricks

I hit the streets of San Francisco to ask strangers their favorite search terms for online pornography. It was not hard to get answers, even on the record.<p>"Teacher porn, student-teacher fantasy," Jason Ravel says at a coffee shop. "That's who I was around most often in grade school. I was a really …

Data Scientist: Sexiest Job Of The Century?

<i>By Judith Magyar, Strategic Communications Director, SAP Platform Solutions</i><p>If there’s one thing that gives a job an indefinable allure, it’s that no one really knows exactly what you do, or how you do it; they just know you do something important that generates impressive results.<p>A recent article …

Typo Keyboard review: mistakes were made

Too many times a day, I dig into my pocket and pull out my iPhone. I click the home button, leaving my thumb for a half-second while TouchID recognizes my fingerprint and grants me access. Then, I almost always type something. Virtually every time I use my phone it’s to tweet something, add a task …

Sesame Street is using Cookie Monster to teach kids to become executives

At a conference earlier this year, I joined a crowd of speech and language pathologists laughing at a video parody of Cookie Monster, usually panting and lusting after his favorite treat, as he suddenly stopped himself and sang, “Me want it, but me wait.”<p>The spoof of Icona Pop’s “I Love It” is part …

Sesame Street

Tablets make it impossible for kids to get lost in a story

I’ve spent a lot of time watching my three- and five-year-old daughters explore, play and read on an iPad. While touch-screen devices are wonderful in many ways, they do a really lousy job in one particular area: deeply engaging kids in narrative. Interactivity is stopping children from falling in …

Touchscreens

'We'll fix it later': Why do gamers accept broken, unfinished products?

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>A customer purchases a brand-new car from a dealership. The car appears to be in top shape as one would expect it to be, but it has one problem: The tail …

China’s reversal of its one-child policy is about controlling politics—not population

Any step back from Beijing’s counterproductive approach to population control is certainly a move in the right direction. Nonetheless, the relaxation of the one-child policy, as announced last week, highlights much of what is wrong with China’s political process.<p>The country’s demography looks like …

China

The 'Made in China' Stigma Could Be Easing Thanks To Smartphones

Made in China — what impression does that give you?<p>If the first thought that comes into your mind is a negative one, you’re probably not alone. “Made in China” is a stigma that comes along with a historical lack of quality control by manufacturers, which have made consumers lose trust in pretty …

By 2015, Chinese tourists could spend more than all the world’s luxury shoppers combined

In two years, Chinese tourists could be spending as much as $194 billion a year in Europe, the US, Asia and other vacation spots. That’s according to Morgan Stanley, in a research note this week on luxury companies.<p>That figure speaks of the growing economic clout of China’s middle class—but also …

China

Come On, Apple Fans, It's Time To Admit That The Company Is Blowing It

The message was clear:<p>Apple is getting its clock cleaned by Samsung, which is now by far the dominant smartphone maker in the world. (Samsung had 32% of the global market in Q3, the same share as a year ago. Apple, meanwhile, had only 12% of the market, down from 14% a year ago.)<p>Yes, both companies …

Markets

Stephen Hawking on black holes – video

Technology will eventually become self-aware and supersede humanity, says astrophysicist<p>Published: 2 Dec 2014<p>Physicist considered 'so far gone' doctors offered to turn off his life support machine, professor tells Royal College of Surgeons<p>Published: 7 Jul 2014<p><b>Pete Etchells:</b> Professor Hawking's PR …

This chart shows why basing the dollar on gold isn’t a great idea

Senator Dean Heller had a simple question for Janet Yellen at her confirmation hearing to become the chair of the US Federal Reserve: “Do you believe there’s any indicator behind the rise and fall of gold prices?”<p>Heller is one of many Republicans in Washington who have touted gold as part of their …

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