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What a Failed Trump Administration Looks Like

I still have trouble seeing how the Trump administration survives a full term. Judging by his Thursday press conference, President Trump’s mental state is like a train that long ago left freewheeling and iconoclastic, has raced through indulgent, chaotic and unnerving, and is now careening past …

Hoteliers Comb the Ranks of Tech Workers to Gain an Edge

The front desk manager or housekeeper may epitomize the hotel employee, but the hospitality industry is increasingly dependent on tech workers, vacuuming data scientists, web designers and other experts into its ranks.<p>More than ever, guests look to their phones and computers to research, book, stay …

With Amazon Books, Jeff Bezos Is Solving Digital Retail's Biggest Design Flaw

Why is Amazon suddenly so interested in opening physical retail stores?<p>As upscale outdoor shopping centers go, Seattle's University Village is unusually forward thinking. There's a Starbucks, of course, but also a sushi place where the dishes roll by on a moving belt and each plate has an RFID …

Amazon

Elon Musk reiterates the need for brain-computer interfaces in the age of AI

How do you avoid getting made obsolete by artificial intelligence in a time when resources and research are largely being funnelled toward improving that area of tech? By merging with the machines, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. He’s spoken about the potential of brain interfaces, including a …

Elon Musk

AI and Bitcoin Are Driving the Next Big Hedge Fund Wave

Jeffrey Tarrant is a Wall Street guy. He spent the last thirty years investing in new hedge funds. As the founder and CEO of a firm called Protege …

Machine Learning

Why Amazon Is The World's Most Innovative Company Of 2017

A rapid expansion of Prime plus bold bets in the physical world are allowing the retailer to offer even more, even faster and smarter.<p>Picture your ideal neighborhood. What does it look like? Is it manicured, with buildings set in a pattern so that everything flows together, designed for perfection? …

Amazon

What Is Driving The Universe’s Accelerated Expansion?

A Hubble Space Telescope image showing the spiral galaxy NGC 6503 in striking detail.The universe is expanding, and as it does, it is also …

Physics

The battle for consumers’ attention

Forget the long tail<p>TWO ENTERTAINMENT TITANS dominated the charts for the last few months of 2016: the mighty Walt Disney and Ryan, a five-year-old …

Economics

All Three New iPhones to Feature Wireless Charging This Year

Apple is widely rumored to launch three new iPhones this year, and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now claims that all of them will feature wireless charging.<p>Kuo said wireless charging increases the internal temperature of smartphones, so he expects the rumored iPhone 8 with an OLED display and …

iPhone

In the ‘Heat’ of “The Dark Knight’

Directors often have their cast and crew watch specific films before entering production. On the set of <i>There Will Be Blood,</i> Paul Thomas Anderson …

Movies

The Cleveland Browns’ Quarterback Chase Begins (Again)

There once was a time when the Cleveland Browns were settled at quarterback. Brian Sipe and Bernie Kosar were steady presences in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Further back, Cleveland relied on the Hall of Famer Otto Graham for 10 seasons, and 10 championship game appearances.<p>Those days are long …

NFL

Jose Cuervo Seeks More Than $700 Million in a Stock Offering

Snapchat’s parent might be the most prominent company to seek an initial public offering this year. But until the start-up begins trading, that honor will briefly belong to Jose Cuervo.<p>The world’s biggest tequila maker announced the price range for its stock offering on Wednesday, seeking up to …

Markets

Battlestar Galactica actor Richard Hatch has died

So say we all<p>Richard Hatch, the actor that first shot to fame as Captain Apollo in the 1970s sci-fi series <i>Battlestar Galactica</i>, has died at the age of 71. According to <i>Bleeding Cool</i>, which broke the news, Hatch died after battling an extended illness.<p>Ronald D. Moore, who cast Hatch in his 2004 …

Science Fiction

German Automakers Step Up to Silicon Valley Challenge

WOLFSBURG, Germany — One of the first things Ole Harms did after taking over Volkswagen’s new ride-hailing start-up was leave town.<p>Staid Wolfsburg, Volkswagen’s home, was not the best place for the automaker to mount a defense against Silicon Valley challengers keen to upend the car industry, and …

Driverless Cars

Scientists Have a Crazy Hunch About Why the Sun Is Spinning Too Slowly

Physicists have long known that the Sun spins, like the Earth. But a few decades ago, they realized the surface of the Sun spins more slowly than …

Astronomy

Why Our Super Bowl Ad Failed

This weekend, Cards Against Humanity purchased an ad during the Super Bowl, the most-watched American television broadcast of the year, reaching …

NFL

Inside Baseball Teams’ Battle to Keep Their Secrets Safe

Hacking isn’t the only threat to information creepContinue reading on The Ringer »

Baseball

Anatomy of a miracle - How the Patriots came back from the dead - Super Bowl LI

Zero-point-two percent. Two in a thousand. The New England Patriots stunned the St. Louis Rams to win the first Super Bowl of the Bill Belichick-Tom …

NFL

MLB proposes scrapping intentional walk, raising strike zone

Is this the year baseball raises the strike zone? Is it the year the sport finally does away with lobbing four balls toward home plate to issue an …

Baseball

Uber Hires Veteran NASA Engineer to Develop Flying Cars

In 2010, an advanced aircraft engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center named Mark Moore published a white paper outlining the feasibility of …

Amazon’s cashier-free Go stores may only need six human employees

From three to a max of 10 employees<p>Amazon’s bold checkout-free convenience store concept has only one location today, but if the company’s expansion plans pan out, we could start seeing a radical rethinking of physical retail nationwide. According to the <i>New York Post</i>, Amazon plans to mandate that …

Amazon

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick’s secret? It’s not personal; it’s just business

Given that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have led the New England Patriots to seven Super Bowls over 17 years, you might expect to find some emotional complexity at the heart of their partnership, if not a bond. But by all accounts the relationship between the quarterback and coach is …

NFL

The Uncomfortable Love Affair Between Donald Trump and the New England Patriots

“I’m not talking politics at all,” Tom Brady said in response to the first of several questions about, predictably, politics. Brady has been getting a lot of these, beginning with Super Bowl week’s Opening Night on Monday at Minute Maid Park in Houston. This is not your average stick-to-sports …

How Airbnb Stopped Playing Nice

On <b>December 30, 2013,</b> only a day before a six-year-old girl named Sophia Liu was hit and killed by an Uber driver in San Francisco, Elizabeth …

A tale of two annual letters: Bezos of Amazon and Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway

<b>Note:</b> <i>I wrote this post originally on LinkedIn in April, 2016. Reposting it on Medium.</i><p>I am a HUGE fan of both Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett. Both are …

First observational test of the ‘multiverse’: Is our universe inside a bubble?

<b>The theory that our universe is contained inside a bubble, and that multiple alternative universes exist inside their own bubbles — making up the</b> …

The makers of Vespa designed a cute robot to carry your stuff

Grocery runs never looked so futuristic<p>Robots are coming! Especially robots that carry and deliver stuff, like the Starship delivery bot or these ridiculous motorized suitcases. A new bot is about to join those aspirational ranks, and it’s made by Piaggio — the same company that created the Vespa …

Robots

Guy Hamilton: The James Bond director who went undercover in WW2

<b>That James Bond creator Ian Fleming drew literary inspiration from his wartime work in espionage is relatively well known. But the heroic World War Two exploits of the director of Bond films including Goldfinger and Live and Let Die are less well documented.</b><p>Guy Hamilton, who grew up in France but …

Military History

Norway’s deal with the EU still holds lessons for Britain

Sooner or later Britain will face trade-offs between sovereignty and access<p>NORWAY’S peculiar relationship with the European Union—it abides by most …

Brexit