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Inside the Lab Where Amazon's Alexa Takes Over The World

When it first launched in 2014, Amazon's Alexa voice assistant was little more than an experiment. It appeared first inside the Echo, itself a wacky …

5,000-year old rock art found in India is likely the oldest depiction of a supernova

Imagine looking up at the sky one night and finding two moons. If it happened in 2017, Twitter would be abuzz with people posting photos. News channels would get astronomers to explain what’s happening, and they’d say it’s not a supernatural phenomenon but likely an exploding star—a supernova. …

Black Friday is coming early thanks to Amazon sales

Lots of stores have price-matching policies. Target promises to match prices on identical items found for less at Target.com, certain online competitors, or in local print ads for up to 14 days after a purchase. Best Buy matches prices against a handful of online retailers and local competitors. …

Amazon says these will be the 25 toys every kid wants this holiday season

Amazon is helping parents stay on top of the gifts their kids will be begging for with its predictions for this year's 100 most popular holiday toys.<p>If Amazon's predictions are correct, kids will be looking for products from traditional favorites like Lego and Play-Doh, as well as gifts inspired by …

Amazon’s profitless path to world domination

Twenty years ago this week, Amazon went public. Then an online bookseller, the company has since grown into a globe-spanning retail giant worth more than $430 billion in market cap.<p>That’s a 50,000% return (give or take a few thousand percent) if you bought Amazon’s shares when it first listed. The …

Steven Pinker's Ultimate Writing Guide

Sometime during middle school, I showed my father something I’d written for a class assignment. About halfway through reading, he stopped, pointed …

Why India’s best tech schools produce more entrepreneurs than the Ivy League

If you need one more reason to justify why it’s so incredibly difficult to get into an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), then consider this—IITs are among the world’s most entrepreneurial undergraduate universities, even ahead of storied Ivy League institutions such as Princeton, Yale and …

15 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life

Feel like getting inspired, motivated or just looking for a feel-good cry? Then look no further. There's no better way to start your day than with a …

Today’s college freshmen were kindergarteners on 9/11, and other signs that this generation is different from yours

The 18-year-olds arriving on college campuses this fall grew up in an entirely different world than the professors who are going to educate them for the next four years; they were in kindergarten when 9/11 happened, and wire-rimmed glasses remind them not of John Lennon, but of Harry Potter.<p>Those …

Why the Apple-IBM tie-up is doomed to fail, and how it could succeed

<i>Strategic alliances and other grandly named partnerships never seem to live up to their florid marriage announcements. Apple and IBM are it—again—but this time, Apple is the larger, more prosperous company, and IBM is trying the bad old recipe of regaining growth by cutting down.</i><p><b>Let me slip into</b> …

The story of Elon Musk and GM’s race to build the first mass-market electric car

One of the hottest clashes in technology pits two pathmakers in the new era of electric cars—Tesla and General Motors. Both are developing pure electrics that cost roughly $35,000, travel 200 miles on a single charge, and appeal to the mass luxury market.<p>The stakes are enormous. Most electrics have …

Quartz has a new look—and for the first time, a homepage

We just shipped version 3.0 of Quartz, which you are looking at right now. It’s our second major redesign in as many years, a rapid pace of reinvention that makes good on our promise to continually evolve and improve on what a purely digital news organization can be.<p>You can get a good sense of …