Technologizer

By Harry McCracken | What Harry McCracken is writing--and reading--on the web

Dish, the satellite TV company, will now come repair your broken iPhone

Dish is getting into smartphone repairs. The satellite provider has announced that beginning today, anyone in the United States can request an on-site screen fix or battery replacement, and Dish will send one of its technicians out to handle the job. For now, Dish is only repairing iPhones ranging …

Mobile

Tim Cook's Failed Apple Pitch

Apple CEO Tim Cook insisted last week that everything was great with his company despite its first quarterly revenue decline since 2003. He and …

Want to Know What Facebook Really Thinks of Journalists? Here's What Happened When It Hired Some.

Illustration by Jim CookeDepending on whom you ask, Facebook is either the savior or destroyer of journalism in our time. An estimated 600 million …

Facebook

Afro Celt Sound System's Complete Guide To Creating The Perfect Home Recording Studio

From computers to mics, here's what you need to lay down beats like a pro.<p>Wanna record some music? Sadly, scheduling time in a professional studio to record, mix, and master your tunes can set you back thousands of dollars. Happily, you can take a pass on forking over all that dough to music …

Audio Quality

Why The New Chatbot Invasion Is So Different From Its Predecessors

The bots of yesteryear had hearts where their brains should have been. The new ones don't.<p>The critically unloved 1999 film <b>Bicentennial Man</b> seems like an odd turning point in the evolution of chatbots, but for Robert Hoffer, Robin Williams’s performance as an intelligent robot was an inspiration.<p>"I …

Chatbot

Craig Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto – New Web Order

Craig Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto. He wasn’t Satoshi Nakamoto before or after Wired and Gizmodo suspected him to be last year, and he still isn’t …

Bitcoin

How Craig Wright Privately ‘Proved’ He’s Bitcoin’s Creator

When rumors surfaced early last month that Australian cryptographer Craig Wright would attempt to prove that he created Bitcoin, Gavin Andresen felt …

Existentialism

I Have Seen the Future — And It Has a Swedish Accent — Backchannel

O<b>ver spring break I went to Stockholm</b> to visit the future. I’m not sure other people in the U.S. think of Stockholm as the future; I’m not sure …

Sweden

Gavin Andresen: I Was Not Hacked, and I Believe Craig Wright Is Satoshi

Gavin Andresen, chief scientist of the Bitcoin Foundation, said at a conference today that he believes Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto, the …

Bitcoin

Craig Steven Wright claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto. Is he?

IMAGINE that the paternity of a particularly brilliant child is in doubt, and someone steps forward to claim he is the father. In the real world a …

UK News

Fear This Man

To spies, David Vincenzetti is a salesman. To tyrants, he is a savior. How the Italian mogul built a hacking empire.

World News

Thoughts on Business Insider

CNN journalist Tanzina Vega went on a tweetstorm this morning about the state of journalism, based on some thoughts about the CNN Money story this …

Journalism

Yahoo's $8 Billion Black Hole

The minus sign above isn’t a typo.<p>Think of Yahoo as a traditional enterprise (with all the assets just mentioned) stuck on top of a small safe …

Marissa Mayer

Microsoft Blocks Third-Party Search Hacks in Cortana for Windows 10

Microsoft has closed a technical loophole that allowed third party search providers to override how Cortana works in Windows 10. The change ensures …

Microsoft Windows

Comcast's DreamWorks Deal Reflects Shifting Bets on Media

Two weeks ago, Comcast Corp. executives got a tip that DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., the studio behind “Shrek” and “Kung Fu Panda” and the focus of perpetual takeover rumors, was about to be sold.<p>The cable giant’s chief executive, Brian Roberts, and the head of its NBCUniversal media unit, Steve …

DreamWorks

The Killer Inside Me

I can't hate Ted Cruz — we have too much in common<p>This is my dark secret: I don’t hate Ted Cruz.<p>I’m not being fully honest: I sort of like Ted …

Ted Cruz

The unwelcome return of brain-dead Apple gloom-and-doomism

For years, as Apple only grew more and more successful, much of the punditry about it—which treated the company's success as illusory and its customers as religious fanatics—was badly out of whack with reality. And then the worst of the worst largely went away. After all, it's hard to paint a …

Apple News

Huffington Post killed story pitch critical of Uber

Uber yesterday announced that Huffington Post Editor in Chief Arianna Huffington would be joining its board of directors, a move that put the site’s reporters in an instant bind. To fight the notion that Huffington Post would somehow take it easy on Uber because of these ties, Huffington’s folks …

Arianna Huffington

Twitter doesn't want to be a 'Social Networking' app anymore

It's very tempting to read into this: on the iOS App Store, Twitter is now categorizing itself as a "News" app instead of a "Social Networking" app. So excuse me while I give in to temptation. Sarah Perez over at <i>TechCrunch</i> has a very cogent and level-headed analysis of why this should help …

Facebook

Apple's First CareKit Apps Are Here

Developers can use CareKit to build apps that track patients' health between doctor's visits.<p>How often do you visit your doctor’s office? Three, four times per year? For most of us, our health is really about what happens between these visits: It’s the medications we take, our changing moods, or …

Health Care

Why Comcast Buying DreamWorks Animation Is A Major Threat To Disney

With Illumination Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation under one roof, Comcast would have an animation powerhouse to rival Disney.<p>News that Comcast, the parent company of Universal Pictures, is in talks to purchase DreamWorks Animation sent ripples through Hollywood when it was reported by the</i> …

Walt Disney Company

Why I Blame TV for Trump

A former cable host says the industry utterly caved to the candidate.<p>May/June 2016<p><b>My friends in the TV news business are in a state</b> of despair about Donald Trump, even as their bosses in the boardroom are giddy over what he’s doing for their once sagging ratings.<p>“It feels like it’s over,” one old …

Entertainment

The Kremlin’s Candidate

In the 2016 election, Putin’s propaganda network is picking sides.<p>May/June 2016<p><b>Back when he hosted a prime-time talk show on</b> MSNBC, Ed Schultz divided the world into heroes and villains. The heroes usually included Democrats like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The villains were most Republicans, …

Elections

iPhone 7 Plus Design Drawings Depict Dimensions Identical to iPhone 6s Plus

Schematics featuring the dual-camera 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus or "Pro" that's set to launch in the fall of 2016 have been published in the June issue of Japanese magazine <i>MacFan</i>, reiterating many of the design details that have been previously rumored for the device.<p>Japanese site <i>Mac Otakara</i> has shared …

iPhone

F*** You, I Quit — Hiring Is Broken

<b>Disclaimer</b>: This is a story about my interview experience in the tech industry. No personal names will be used to preserve anonymity. The title …

Recruitment

“Isn’t This Funnier?” New Girl Creator Liz Meriwether Recalls the Making of the Prince Episode

<i>This article originally appeared in</i> <b>Vulture</b><i>.</i><p>On December 4, 2013, I was sitting around a conference table on the Fox lot getting notes on the table …

Zooey Deschanel

Nothing Twitter is doing is working

Twitter reported its first-quarter earnings today, and they came in under expectations: the company's haul of $595 million was less than the $607.8 million that analysts expected, and so is the $590 million to $610 million it expects to make in the current quarter. The company added 5 million …

Advertising

Apple Q2 2016 results: Going down!

It was a tough quarter for Apple, at least as tough as a quarter can be for a company that made $10.5 billion in profit on $50.6 billion in …

Apple News

Ex- Politico CEO Loses the Morning with His Vapid, Deranged Call for a Third-Party Candidate

In Tuesday’s edition of the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, Jim VandeHei, the former CEO of <i>Politico</i> who left to start a still-mysterious new venture, has written …

Donald Trump