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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Cable companies and mobile phone service providers now offer so many deals, options, add-ons and doodads that the sheer number of potential pricing plans can boggle the mind. Chances are, you’re paying too much. Chances are, most everyone is.
So here in an office devoid of much …Time Warner
Photo illustration by Slate. Screenshots via Apple. In 1984, Apple changed the Super Bowl forever. The computer manufacturer enlivened a dismal game …Advertising
Age 41, he stepped out of a helicopter in New Hampshire and delivered a rousing message of total American failure. Sound familiar?
HAMPTON, N.H. — The shiny black French-made helicopter landed at the grassy airfield in southern New Hampshire on the morning of October 22, 1987. Out stepped Donald …New Hampshire Primary
When Microsoft acquired Nokia’s Devices and Services division in late 2013 and began integrating the storied Lumia brand into its offerings, it was hailed by Microsoft’s then-CEO Steve Ballmer as “a bold step into the future — a win-win for employees, shareholders, and consumers of both …Nokia
It was still dark, a half-hour until sunrise, when the fire trucks and police vehicles came wailing down country roads in central New Jersey and stopped in front of 49 Meadow Run Drive in Skillman, north of Princeton. The two-story, four-bedroom house sat on a one-acre lot in a 1970s-era …Republicans
For years, Twitter has positioned itself as a “global town square” that is open to discourse from all. And for years, extremist groups like the Islamic State have taken advantage of that stance, using Twitter as a place to spread their messages.
Twitter on Friday made clear that it is now stepping …Social Media
I’m Marco Arment: a programmer, writer, podcaster, geek, and coffee enthusiast.
I never thought I’d be a watch person. (Or that I’d wear blue …Watches
A deal about to close on Wall Street illustrates just how much some investors are willing to give up to gain a piece of the hottest start-up.
Wealthy clients of Morgan Stanley are piling into a special fund that gives them a chance to bet on Uber, people briefed on the transaction said. The fund, …Investing
Thousands of iPhone 6 users claim they have been left holding almost worthless phones because Apple’s latest operating system permanently disables the handset if it detects that a repair has been carried out by a non-Apple technician.
Relatively few people outside the tech world are aware of the …iPhone
SAN FRANCISCO — Golden “50s” cover this city. They glow from the waterfront’s Ferry Building, hang from streetlights and cover 20 stories on downtown skyscrapers — all promoting the weeklong party that is the 50th Super Bowl, to be played on Sunday.
But these festive trappings cannot mask the …Super Bowl
It pairs any Simpsons quote with its matching still
The Simpsons fans got an exciting surprise with the launch of a search engine called Frinkiac that matches any of the show’s quotes with the corresponding still from the long-running animated series.
Created by Paul Kehre, Sean Schulte, and Allie …Search Engines
But we're still waiting on a firm March date
Nintendo just sharpened the focus slightly on plans for its first smartphone app, which was supposed to launch late last year, but delayed last October until March 2016.
The company just confirmed March is still on for Miitomo, a social interactivity app …Nintendo
Over the past year or so, one of the biggest tech stories has been about one of the smallest things: a USB plug. Specifically, the new USB Type-C plug and port, which promises to become the single thing that we can use to connect all our devices, from monitors to phones to computers to whatever we …Amazon
Unless you're a typography buff, you might not have noticed the new font that's been popping up on highway signs over the past decade. It's called Clearview and it's been around since 2004. For much of its life, researchers (including its designer, Meeker & Associates) believed the font could …AT&T
In the days following Apple’s record Q1 earnings announcements, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other top Apple executives held a Town Hall meeting at the Infinite Loop headquarters in Cupertino to reveal new announcements and take attendee questions.
Multiple sources in attendance at the event said that …iPhone
Do you have a “strong knowledge of Microsoft Word?” Can you demonstrate “a high level of initiative and ability to function superbly?”
If so, check out this open “writer” job on the website of Theranos, the scandal-ridden biotechnology startup that may or may not have hidden its blood-testing …Inventions
As it ballooned, Google’s research group has nabbed a shocking number of computing’s biggest brains. Geoffrey Hinton. Peter Norvig. Ray Kurzweil. Titans of the field. And it held onto its homegrown talent younger minds, like Jeff Dean, a fabled technician.
All of them worked the tech and research …Google
Profiling an Internet phenomenon and its quirky creator, a few months into its existence.
Facebook turned 12 today. It's been part of everyday life for long enough that an infinite number of articles have been published about its phenomenal success and the vision of its inventor and CEO, Mark …Mark Zuckerberg
The iPad is big in my house. I use one (Pro), my wife uses one (Air 2), my son uses one (Mini 2). Suffice it to say that we see the appeal. But at …iPad
What's in a Rolodex? In this case, just about everything you could need to build a bomb.
Hy-Test Safety Shoes. Brainpower USA. General Astrometals (a subsidiary of the Anaconda Company). Halliburton. The companies that helped build America's nuclear program range from the banal to the obscure to the …Speed of Sound
What is Playboy without naked women? It sounds a little bit like Car and Driver magazine without cars or drivers, and for readers who want only to gawk at the most intimate of female parts, it is just that. For everyone else, the makeover is subtler than you might expect. And frankly, the starkest …Ernest Hemingway
MANTEO, N.C. — Troy Haupt is a 47-year-old nurse anesthetist here in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. He has a secret to reveal about Super Bowl I: He owns the only known recording of its broadcast.
CBS and NBC, which televised the game, did not preserve any tapes. But the copy that Haupt owns — of a …Super Bowl
Following up on Walt Mossberg’s column regarding the quality of Apple’s first-party apps, Jim Dalrymple writes:
I understand that Apple has a lot of …Apple News
I have never laughed harder than I did on the night of June 2, 1984, and I doubt I ever will.
I don't recall exactly how it happened in those …Al Franken
Jack Welch has called it “the dumbest idea in the world.”
Vinci Group Chairman and CEO Xavier Huillard has called it “totally idiotic.”
Alibaba CEO Jack Ma has said that “customers are number one; employees are number two and shareholders are number three.”
Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever [UN], has …Investing
Sales of action camera maker GoPro fell short of Wall Street expectations on Wednesday, with the company reporting a loss of 8 cents per share, whereas analysts were predicting an average of 0 cents.
Fourth quarter revenue also fell short, coming in at $437 million, but investors had been …GoPro
The move follows the retirement of Google's prominent SVP of search, Amit Singhal, who has been with the company for 15 years.
Longtime Google search SVP Amit Singhal, who is largely responsible for fine-tuning Google's search engine, is retiring on February 26. Singhal will be succeeded by John …Google
The man behind the Kindle is leading Amazon’s project to create the retail stores of the future. And bookstores are just the beginning.
These are two of the new details Re/code has uncovered about Amazon’s plans for expansion into physical retail. They come a day after the CEO of a large shopping …Amazon
Publisher aims to ramp up digital advertising with content focused on life, work and play
Magazine publisher Time Inc. TIME -2.51 % has launched a new website called Motto aimed at younger women looking for advice about life, work and play.
Overseen by the editors who produce Time magazine and …Advertising