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How Apple Built An iPhone Camera That Makes Everyone A Professional Photographer

How does Apple think about iPhone camera design? Obsessively.<p>This fall, when hundreds of gorgeous, expertly lit portrait shots of friends, relatives, and their pets inevitably begin to dominate your Instagram feed, feel free to thank 17th-century Dutch master painters like Vermeer.<p>It's the day …

Phil Schiller

Maybe We All Need a Little Less Balance

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been told to strive for balance. Yet I’ve noticed something interesting: The times in my life during which I’ve felt happiest and most alive are also the times that I’ve been the most <i>unbalanced</i>.<p>Falling in love. Writing a book. Trekking in the Himalayas. Training to …

Happiness

Take a look at Uber’s first pitch deck from 2008

Founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp compared it to a private jet service.<p>Uber, which was conceived in August 2008, is now nine years old and looks largely unrecognizable from the company’s original incarnation. Today, Uber is a global company with a growing on-demand food delivery business, a …

Uber

Whole Foods Will Drop Prices On Monday, Amazon Says In Detailing New Grocery Strategy

Amazon is cutting the prices of bananas, butter, organic eggs, and other best-selling staples at Whole Foods' 470 stores, promising customers lower costs and targeting the grocer's "Whole Paycheck" nickname. The online giant also says its Amazon Prime members will get special prices and perks.<p>New …

Amazon

Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president

DEFENDERS of President Donald Trump offer two arguments in his favour—that he is a businessman who will curb the excesses of the state; and that he …

Political Science

The World’s Biggest Tech Companies Are No Longer Just American

HONG KONG — The technology world’s $400 billion-and-up club — long a group of exclusively American names like Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon — needs to make room for two Chinese members.<p>The Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings, Chinese companies that dominate their home market, have …

China

How Do You Paint an Eclipse? Work Fast in the Dark

PRINCETON, N.J. — A third of the way through “Macbeth,” right after the antihero murders the king of Scotland, two noblemen look up into the sky and behold a celestial horror. “By the clock, ’tis day,” says the Thane of Ross, “And yet dark night strangles the traveling lamp.” The sun has been …

Why I Went to Auschwitz

There was a small hole in the kitchen floor that led to a secret crawl space. That image is burned into my memory. The space was maybe five feet long …

Inside Patreon, the economic engine of internet culture

In 2013, Peter Hollens was an aspiring a cappella singer surviving, in his words, by living on ramen in someone else’s house. Hollens was hardly new to the music business; he’d been a record producer and cruise singer before striking out on his own, and his wife Evynne co-founded the college a …

Exploding Kittens

SpaceX's Elon Musk Set to Unveil Master Plan for Mars in September

SpaceX founder, CEO and lead designer Elon Musk is unveiling his humans-to-Mars plan at next month's 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), …

Amazon wants to hire 50,000 people. So far it has 20,000 applicants.

On Aug. 2, Amazon set out to hire 50,000 people, with a dozen job fairs held at sites around the United States. So far it has received 20,000 applications.<p>Whether the company meets its recruiting goal will be an interesting litmus test—not only for Amazon but the US itself. The country is …

Amazon

How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion Startup

Now, Stripe’s Patrick and John Collison are teaming with Amazon to grab even more control over the global flow of commerce.<p>Every day, Americans spend …

Death of a F***ing Salesman

Donald Trump can’t close the deal.<p>A few years ago in New York, Al Pacino starred in a revival of David Mamet’s <i>Glengarry Glen Ross</i>, and the casting …

Sir Peter Jackson’s studio reveals augmented reality demo

Wingnut AR, the studio started by Lord of the Rings film director Sir Peter Jackson has revealed its first augmented reality demo.<p>While Google and Microsoft have been working with the technology for several years, this is the first time that Apple has been involved.<p>The company gave Wingnut AR …

Augmented Reality

I Drove a Tesla Model 3. Here’s What You Need to Know

The Tesla Model 3 might be the newest and "affordable" vehicle in the electric automaker's lineup, but as I pushed my foot down on its accelerator, I …

Daniel Craig Is Coming Back as James Bond in 2019

Sound the trumpets: Daniel Craig will play James Bond in at least one more film, which will be released in November 2019.<p>Eon Productions, the London-based company that oversees all things 007, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which holds rights to the franchise, said on Monday that the next installment …

Movies

Christopher Nolan’s Latest Time-Bending Feat? ‘Dunkirk’

BURBANK, Calif. — It is a little surprising that World War II would grab the cinematic fancy of Christopher Nolan, given the dystopias, demimondes and dreamscapes that have sprung from his fertile mind.<p>He has conjured underworlds peopled by tattooed amnesiacs and broody superheroes; he has plunged …

Christopher Nolan

Maryam Mirzakhani, Only Woman to Win a Fields Medal, Dies at 40

Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician who was the only woman ever to win a Fields Medal, the most prestigious honor in mathematics, died on Friday. She was 40.<p>The cause was breast cancer, said Stanford University, where she was a professor. The university did not say where she died.<p>Her death …

Mathematics

Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA

It was one of the very first motion pictures ever made: a galloping mare filmed in 1878 by the British photographer Eadweard Muybridge, who was trying to learn whether horses in motion ever become truly airborne.<p>More than a century later, that clip has rejoined the cutting edge. It is now the first …

DNA

How Do Podcast Nuts Find the Time? They Listen at Chipmunk Speed

App settings that accelerate voices to 5x or more allow impatient listeners to finish hourlong episodes in minutes; ‘a presumably insane person’<p>Jarod Reyes wanted to reduce his anxiety. His doctor suggested meditation, so he subscribed to a podcast to guide him toward a Zen state.<p>“Close your eyes,” …

Podcasting

3D printers start to build factories of the future

SLOWLY but surely the sole of a shoe emerges from a bowl of liquid resin, as Excalibur rose from the enchanted lake. And, just as Excalibur was no …

Team New Zealand, Rising Power, Closes In on the America’s Cup

HAMILTON, Bermuda — Four years later, with Emirates Team New Zealand back at match point against Oracle Team USA, this edition of the America’s Cup is certainly about the bikes. But it is also about gambling on youth and daring design.<p>With two more victories on Sunday, Team New Zealand took a 6-1 …

Sailing

General Motors is getting smaller but more profitable

THE headquarters of General Motors (GM) tower over the other skyscrapers in Detroit’s city centre, a reminder that the carmaker still rules the …

This App Lets You Play Super Mario Bros. In The Real World, And It’s Incredible

For better. And worse.<p>You know how annoying it can be, when you’re trying to cross the street and there’s somebody in your way because he’s looking up directions on his phone?<p>I want you to bundle up that very low-level frustration and multiply it by 65 million people playing something like …

Pokémon Go

Baseball moves way too slowly. Is it time for a pitch clock?

OMAHA<p>From Little League on up, players emulate major leaguers, so Major League Baseball’s pace-of-play problem is trickling down. Four innings into a recent College World Series game here, just seven hits and three runs had consumed 96 minutes. During a coach’s visit to the pitcher’s mound, the …

Baseball

Daniel Day-Lewis Announces Retirement From Acting

One of the most revered actors in Hollywood history has announced his retirement from acting.<p>“Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor,” Leslee Dart, a spokeswoman for Mr. Lewis said in a statement released on Tuesday. “He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and …

Daniel Day-Lewis

Easiest Path to Riches on the Web? An Initial Coin Offering

A new crop of technology entrepreneurs is forgoing the usual routes to raising money. The entrepreneurs are not pitching venture capitalists, selling stock in an initial public offering or using crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter.<p>Instead, before they even have a working product, they are creating …

Bitcoin