Abhinav Shukla

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From Macs to iPods and apps: how Apple revolutionised technology

Few companies change the world, and fewer still do it more than once. Apple is one of them, with a string of products over its 42-year history that have revolutionised computing, upended industries and ultimately reshaped society.<p>The company’s first computer, the Apple I, sold a few hundred units, …

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Facebook's free food banned as Silicon Valley restaurants hit back

Free food has long been a perk of Silicon Valley. On the campuses of Facebook, LinkedIn and Google, employees have access to high-end restaurants with pizza ovens, sushi counters, freshly baked pastries and ice cream.<p>However, as technology companies come under increasing pressure to deliver more …

Silicon Valley

Mesut Özil’s Germany saga is symptomatic of a world under strain | Richard Williams

When a Radio 5 Live newsreader referred to “the English rider Geraint Thomas” in an item on the Tour de France this week, the response from those with Welsh blood in their veins ranged from a pained wince to a weary shrug. It was ignorant. It was annoying. But no one was going to war over it.<p>In …

Soccer

More historic Italian clubs go bust ... while Juventus sign Cristiano Ronaldo

While Juventus and Real Madrid finessed the details of Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer, a distant funeral bell tolled for three historic Italian clubs – a scenario that accentuated the disparity between those at the top of Italian football and those a few rungs down the ladder. Ronaldo’s arrival has …

Soccer

From doubted to dominator: Paul Pogba’s World Cup evolution

If ever there was a time for Paul Pogba to dab and dance, to snapchat and sing to his heart’s content without giving a soul with any sense the opportunity even to tut, this was it. With Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium his stage, he dabbed with president Macron. He dabbed with his mother and brothers on …

Soccer

Box opens up about the company’s approach to innovation

Most of us never really stop to think about how the software and services we use on a daily basis are created. We just know it’s there when we want to access it, and it works most of the time. But companies don’t just appear and expand randomly, they need a well defined process and methodology to …

Innovation

Cristiano Ronaldo at Madrid was more than just goals. The end feels cold | Sid Lowe

‘Your goals, your numbers and everything we’ve won together speak for themselves,” Sergio Ramos said once the news finally broke. Real Madrid’s players had doubted that it would come to this, that he would really do it and that they would really let him, but this time it was real. Barely minutes …

Soccer

Is insurance a rich enough game to disrupt?

For the last decade, the largest technology companies have increasingly looked outside of tech to grow their operations. From automotive to retail to groceries, these companies use massive competitive advantages in the form of data, consumer relationships and software engineers to fundamentally …

How the psychology of the England football team could change your life

This week, the England midfielder Dele Alli was asked if he was nervous about the big tests up ahead: first, of course, the team’s semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday. “Excited, not nervous,” he replied. His apparent happiness and confidence reflected an England team that seems transformed from …

Soccer

What do the World Cup semi-finalists all have in common? Immigration

Pelé’s prediction that an African team would win the World Cup before the turn of the 21st century ended up wide of the mark, and this year’s tournament in Russia marked the first time since 1982 that none reached the knockout stages.<p>But while that disappointment has been hard to take for …

Gareth Southgate: ‘This might be one of best opportunities we ever have’ | Daniel Taylor

We’re not a team that just turns up, waltzing around, thinking we’ve got an entitlement Gareth Southgate<p>As a child he had the team kit, the old Admiral one with the red and blue patches from the 1982 World Cup in Spain. Strictly speaking, his own football career was limited to Crawley Traders …

How Gareth Southgate overcame England’s World Cup penalty hoodoo | Ben Lyttleton

All the numbers were against England going into the penalty shootout against Colombia. England: three defeats from three World Cup shootouts; six defeats in seven shootouts in major tournaments. And with a 14% win percentage, the worst of any national team with more than five shootouts to their …

Jordan Pickford: from non-league novice to World Cup hero in six years

A lot of youngsters are mentally frail, think it’s all about wearing the right boots, but Jordan had a great attitude<p>Jordan Pickford is not a man for false modesty and most certainly does not do self-deprecation. If his apparently supreme confidence seems slightly at odds with assorted accounts of …

After the euphoria a reality check: England must offer more on Saturday | Barney Ronay

Well, that was fun. After two hours of vivid, gruelling knockout football at the Spartak Stadium, England’s penalty shootout defeat of Colombia felt at times like an overload of the senses. A quarter-final with Sweden in Samara awaits on Saturday.<p>England have finally won on penalties, led by the …

The hottest new space to disrupt is immigration

Tech CEOs and founders are disrupting everything from travel to food, to space, to sleep. Now it’s time to disrupt a process that so many of us have relied on to get where we are today: immigration. According to a study by the National Foundation for American Policy, immigrants have founded more …

What's it like to photograph a World Cup?

More than 1.5 million images will be taken by photographers working for Getty Images, the photo agency, at this summer’s World Cup – and that’s just a fraction of the total number shot by the entire press pack. Yet only a handful will be recalled in years to come among the tournament’s defining …

Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but the launch of Apple Maps went poorly. After a rough first impression, an apology from the CEO, several years of patching holes with data partnerships and some glimmers of light with long-awaited transit directions and improvements in business, parking and place …

‘I love football because it’s the opposite of science: contradictory, primitive, emotional’

The big problem is that with every step we take towards “scientific certainties”, players lose a little more freedom<p>Let’s not allow the uncertainty of results, the patriotic feeling football provokes or the increasing money generated by this fantastic industry to distract us from the evolution of …

Soccer

Javier Mascherano’s legs may have gone but his heart has not

Javier Mascherano has spent much of the past week looking beat up. He had a black eye as he gave a deeply necessary press conference last Saturday that helped stabilise Argentina, and finished Tuesday’s game against Nigeria with blood pouring from a cut eye and a scratched cheek. While his …

Quaresma chooses liberation over conformity with outside of his boot

There was a moment on Monday night in Kazan, as Ricardo Quaresma veered in off the right wing towards the Iran goal, shifting the angle of his body with a dinky little half-step, when you knew exactly what he was about to do.<p>José Mourinho must have had an inkling, watching from his shark-tank …

YC grad ZenProspect rebrands as Apollo, lands $7M Series A

ZenProspect, a startup that emerged from the Y Combinator Winter 2016 class to help companies use data and intelligence to increase sales, announced today that it was rebranding as Apollo. It also announced a $7 million Series A investment.<p>The round was led by Nexus Venture Partners. Social Capital …

Startups

World Cup 2018: The Dishonest Hips of Andrés Iniesta

In the fifty-fourth minute of Spain’s World Cup match against Iran, on Wednesday, the Spanish midfielder Andrés Iniesta received a pass in Iran’s half of the field. Spain had been dominating; they possessed the ball for nearly eighty per cent of the game, and, at one point, shortly after halftime, …

England Has Finally Built a World Cup Contender: Belgium

With a squad made up of 13 Premier League players, the highly touted Belgians may be English soccer’s only hope of a deep run in the tournament<p>Volgograd, Russia<p>More than a half-century since England last sat on top of the soccer world, after all those crushing losses, dashed hopes, and more …

Soccer

I've Got Some Things to Say | by Romelu Lukaku

I remember the exact moment I knew we were broke. I can still picture my mum at the refrigerator and the look on her face.<p>I was six years old, and I …

After twenty years of Salesforce, what Marc Benioff got right and wrong about the cloud

As we enter the twentieth year of Salesforce, there’s an interesting opportunity to reflect back on the change that Marc Benioff created with the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model for enterprise software with his launch of Salesforce.com.<p>This model has been validated by the annual revenue stream …

How will VAR work at the World Cup and how much is riding on it? | Paul MacInnes

Thirteen Fifa officials based at a Moscow hub will correct ‘clear and obvious errors’ – but what if it all goes wrong?<p>This summer technology will free up the World Cup, eliminate serious refereeing errors and put an end to on-field controversy. Alternatively, it will create just as many problems as …

FIFA

The World's Most Valuable Soccer Teams 2018

Soccer is on a great run.<p>The 20 most valuable soccer teams in the world are worth an average of $1.69 billion, up 14% over the past year and 74% since 2013. The surge in values has been underpinned by revenue growth. The top 20 teams raked in an average of $428 million in revenue during the …

Messi Edges Out Ronaldo To Become The World's Highest-Paid Soccer Player

The rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is unlike any other in modern-day team sports. No two athletes have competed against each other at the highest level and dominated for as long. Not Magic and Bird. Not Brady and Manning. Not Crosby and Ovechkin.<p>Over the last 11 seasons, playing …

Soccer

Silicon Valley scooter wars

Electric scooters have become the hot new area for startups and “innovation.” For those who haven’t been keeping track, there are three main players in the Silicon Valley scooter wars: Bird, Lime and Spin. Bird first launched in Venice, Calif. before expanding into San Francisco in March. It’s …

Lingard: Why can't Dele and me can’t play together for England? We bring different skills

Manchester United's attacking midfielder enjoyed an excellent campaign in 2017/18, scoring 13 goals in all competitions – including nine in the space …