David Pierce

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Apple Is Planning to Launch a News Subscription Service

Apple Inc. plans to integrate recently acquired magazine app Texture into Apple News and debut its own premium subscription offering, according to …

Apple Music

OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong

It was supposed to be the laptop that saved the world.<p>In late 2005, tech visionary and MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte pulled the cloth cover off a small green computer with a bright yellow crank. The device was the first working prototype for Negroponte’s new nonprofit One Laptop Per …

Education

Instagram Looks Like Facebook’s Best Hope

Through the glass doors, beyond the giant camera logo and before the artisan coffee stand, visitors to Instagram’s headquarters in Menlo Park, …

Social Media

Virtual Reality, Now With the Sense of Touch

The future depicted in the new film ‘Ready Player One’ is closer than you think: Startups are developing haptic gloves and suits that let users feel virtual worlds.<p>It was a starry night on the cartoonish virtual-reality farm I was exploring with help from HTC Corp.’s Vive headset. Suddenly a tiny …

Virtual Reality

An Apology for the Internet — From the Architects Who Built It

<b>Something has gone wrong</b> with the internet. Even Mark Zuckerberg knows it. Testifying before Congress, the Facebook CEO ticked off a list of …

Social Media

Disneyflix Is Coming. And Netflix Should Be Scared.

Will Disney destroy the movie theater?<p>No company has been more responsible for shaping the modern entertainment landscape than Walt Disney. In 1937, with <i>Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs</i>, its first feature film, Disney invented the family blockbuster. In 1954, with <i>Disneyland</i>, an anthology series …

Televisions

App Permissions Don't Tell Us Nearly Enough About Our Apps

Thanks to Facebook, app permissions have popped back into the public’s consciousness again. Last month it was discovered that Facebook had stored the …

Apps

Gmail is switching its default font to one that works better on mobile

You’re probably sick of the Arial font, even if you don’t know it. As the default Gmail font—known as “sans-serif” in the Gmail interface—it’s the medium through which you’ve received years of spam, bills, entreaties from needy family members, and demands from bosses and colleagues.<p>Now the reign of …

Typography

Does Tech Need Silicon Valley?

A couple of years ago, Megan Glover was on a coffee date with a friend when the conversation turned to the water crisis in Flint. Glover found …

Silicon Valley

How to Get Rich Playing Video Games Online

For the stars of the streaming service Twitch, success means working around the clock.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>One humid morning this past summer, Omeed Dariani drove his black Tesla sedan through the foothills east of San …

Dining Rooms

The Real Story of the Hawaiian Missile Crisis | GQ

On January 13th, 2018, the residents of Hawaii picked up their phones to find a warning: a missile would be hitting the islands imminently. Sean Flynn found out what people do when they think they only have moments left to live.<p>January 13, 8:07 a.m.<p><b>Vern Miyagi has two cell phones</b>, personal and …

World Trade Center

The dizzying story of Symphony of the Seas, the largest and most ambitious cruise ship ever built

S<i>ymphony of the Seas</i> – which, on its maiden voyage from Barcelona in March 2018 became the largest passenger ship ever built – is about five times …

Shipping

The Juul Is Too Cool

When Brennan McDermott was an underclassman at Simsbury High in Connecticut, he found himself in a timeless situation, familiar to watchers of horny 1980s comedies and after-school specials alike. “A couple of my buddies were like, ‘Hey, let’s go to the bathroom,’” said Mr. McDermott, now …

New Jersey

The Story of a Voice: HAL in ‘2001’ Wasn’t Always So Eerily Calm

“I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”<p>Even if you’ve never seen the movie, you know the voice.<p>HAL 9000, the seemingly omniscient computer in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” was the film’s most expressive and emotional figure, and made a lasting impression on our collective imagination.<p>Stanley …

Artificial Intelligence

At Uber, a New C.E.O. Shifts Gears

Dara Khosrowshahi is charged with turning the scandal-plagued startup into a traditional company—without sacrificing what made it successful.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>The Indian city of Gurugram, which in Hindi means “village of …

General Motors

Moment launches a smartphone filmmaking line with its first anamorphic lens

Moment is going back to Kickstarter with another series of add-on phone lenses and accessories, but this time, they’re aimed directly at filmmakers, not photographers.<p>The product launch is headlined by a single new lens: a $149 anamorphic, which allows filmmakers to capture extra-wide images with …

Cinematography

Alphabet will operate a fleet of 20,000 Jaguar cars for its driverless ride-hail service by 2022

This will be the first part of a long-term partnership between the two companies.<p>Alphabet’s self-driving arm Waymo is introducing a new vehicle into its fleet of driverless rides, an all-electric car produced by Jaguar Land Rover.<p>Waymo unveiled the new vehicle, called the Jaguar I-Pace, at a press …

Driverless Cars

Fitbit’s Versa is its best smartwatch yet

The Versa is better than Fitbit’s earlier smartwatches, but it still has issues<p>Fitbit needs a win. For several years, it was the clear leader in wearables, but its transition to smartwatches has been bumpy: the Fitbit Ionic didn’t sell as well as expected, and Apple has now slid back into the top …

Fitness Technology

The Glory That Was Yahoo

For one brief shining moment, Yahoo was the king of all it surveyed. Then everything went to hell.<p>Everyone knows how the story ends.<p>In July 2016, 22 years after it began as a hobby for Stanford graduate students Jerry Yang and David Filo, Yahoo agreed to sell its core operating business to Verizon …

Advertising

Inside the Secret Meme Lab Designed to Propel #NeverAgain Beyond the March

In an undisclosed strip-mall location, the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting—and a few key alumni allies—are building a social-media content studio that just might reform America’s crazy gun laws.<p>The blinds are all closed to the modest new #NeverAgain office in a nondescript …

Anti-Defamation League

The digital athletes of the future: Earning $1.6 million behind a keyboard

If you’ve never watched a game of Dota 2 before, you might be overwhelmed at first. You’ll see a screen full of animated characters, special effects, …

Artificial Intelligence

What Will Be the Next Big Thing to Come Out of Silicon Valley?

In 1965, a computer-chip designer named Gordon Moore published a soon-to-be-famous paper predicting that computing power—the number of logic gates …

Silicon Valley

Welcome to Zucktown. Where Everything Is Just Zucky.

MENLO PARK, Calif. — John Tenanes, Facebook’s vice president for real estate, is showing off the company’s plans for expansion. It will have offices for thousands of programmers to extend Facebook’s fearsome reach. But that is not what Mr. Tenanes is excited about.<p>He leans over a scale model of the …

Silicon Valley

It’s Happening: Will MedMen Become The Starbucks Of Weed?

California’s MedMen is a leader in the legal marijuana gold rush. The chain of recreational and medical cannabis shops is even going public in Canada.<p>At the end of <i>Weeds’s</i> eight-season run, marijuana-dealing queenpin Nancy Botwin (Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker) winds up going legit. In the …

Cannabis

Welcome to Powder Mountain – a utopian club for the millennial elite

When these young entrepreneurs bought a remote ski resort in Utah, they dreamed of an exclusive, socially conscious community. Is this the future, or Mt Olympus for Generation Me?<p>Jeff Rosenthal is standing near the top of his snow-covered mountain wearing a fluffy jacket, fingerless gloves and …

Hudson Valley

The Perfect Selfishness of Mapping Apps

Apps like Waze, Google Maps, and Apple Maps may make traffic conditions worse in some areas, new research suggests.<p>What is the price of anarchy?<p>Technically, in transportation engineering, the price of anarchy describes the difference between what happens when every driver selfishly picks the …

Apps

Larry Page’s Flying Taxis, Now Exiting Stealth Mode

Since October, a mysterious flying object has been seen moving through the skies over the South Island of New Zealand. It looks like a cross between a small plane and a drone, with a series of small rotor blades along each wing that allow it to take off like a helicopter and then fly like a plane. …

New Zealand

The Mountain West Is Experiencing A Second Gold Rush. This Time They’re Mining Bitcoin.

Thanks to its plentiful land and cheap power, rural Montana, Washington, and Wyoming are now home to a new crop of cryptocurrency prospectors. Their neighbors aren’t too happy about it.<p><b>On a cold</b>, damp, February evening, roughly 70 residents of Bonner, Montana, population 1,633, filed into the …

Reddit and the Quest to Detoxify the Internet

The trolls are winning. How do we fix life online without limiting free speech?<p>Which Web sites get the most traffic? According to the ranking service Alexa, the top three sites in the United States, as of this writing, are Google, YouTube, and Facebook. (Porn, somewhat hearteningly, doesn’t crack …

Bose is developing augmented reality glasses with a focus on sound

‘The world’s first audio augmented reality platform’<p>Bose has announced at SXSW that it’s working on its own pair of augmented reality glasses, but not in the way that you’d think. Instead of superimposing data over the world visually, like Google Glass or Intel’s Vaunt glasses, Bose’s AR concept …

Augmented Reality