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Sunday
Jun242018

Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — The people who called into the help hotlines and domestic violence shelters said they felt as if they were going crazy.<p>One woman had turned on her air-conditioner, but said it then switched off without her touching it. Another said the code numbers of the digital lock at her front …"

Thursday
Jun212018

China Just Handed the World a 111-Million-Ton Trash Problem

[Link] : Few people consider used plastic to be a valuable global commodity. Yet China has imported 106 million tons of old bags, bottles, wrappers and …
Thursday
Jun212018

36 Hours in Napa Valley

[NyTimes] : "Napa Valley, a delightful landscape of wildflowers and grapevines spread across miles of rolling hills, has been immortalized in film, literature and European wine competitions. As the first and only Agricultural Preserve in the United States, and the first officially designated viticultural area, …"

Wednesday
Jun202018

Ford’s Detroit Investments Are Bigger Than a Train Station

[Link] : A 1.2 million square foot downtown campus expands the automaker’s physical stake in the transportation future.<p>In recent years, several of the largest automakers in the U.S. market have rebranded as “mobility” companies. To varying extents, General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Daimler, and BMW have …
Tuesday
Jun192018

Christo’s Latest Work Weighs 650 Tons. And It Floats.

[NyTimes] : "LONDON — Wearing a hard hat and a cargo jacket, the artist Christo stood on a platform looking over the Serpentine lake one April morning and watched his latest creation come to life. As ducks glided across the water, men in orange jumpsuits began assembling the installation, a crane hovering above …"

Saturday
Jun162018

ARKit 2: Why Apple keeps pushing AR, and how it works in iOS 12

[Link] : Apple is investing in AR today, even though the killer use case isn’t here yet.<p>Augmented reality (AR) has played prominently in nearly all of Apple's …
Thursday
Jun142018

At Snapchat, Redrawing the Bounds of Reality

[NyTimes] : "LOS ANGELES — On a cool, sunny day in April, a short Frisbee toss from Venice Beach, a team of seven animators sat around a conference table, workshopping a storyboard from an unusual cartoon series.<p>In the storyboard — rudimentary, comic-striplike panels tracing the arc of a scene — a barefoot man …"

Thursday
Jun142018

Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Law Enforcement Uses to Crack Devices

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has long positioned the iPhone as a secure device that only its owner can open. That has led to battles with law enforcement officials who want to get information off them, including a well-publicized showdown with the F.B.I. in 2016 after Apple refused to help open the locked …"

Thursday
Jun142018

Review: ‘Incredibles 2’ Is a Fast Blast (With Red Flags)

[NyTimes] : "Soon after the slamming opener of “Incredibles 2” — with its flying rubble, fleeing people and bloviating bank robber — the scene shifts to a police-station interrogation room. There, a few cops berate the superhero Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) and his wife and partner in heroics, …"

Thursday
Jun142018

Chicago Says Elon Musk’s Boring Company to Build High-Speed Link to O’Hare

[NyTimes] : "CHICAGO — There are two standard, rage-inducing ways to reach O'Hare International Airport from downtown Chicago.<p>You can ride the L, a sluggish crawl on a train that meanders through neighborhoods and down the middle of an expressway.<p>Or you can attempt driving on the expressway itself, which tends …"

Wednesday
Jun132018

The Winners and Losers From the AT&T Verdict

[NyTimes] : "<i>Get the DealBook newsletter to make sense of major business and policy headlines — and the power-brokers who shape them.<br>__________</i><p>After six months of hearings and millions of dollars in legal fees, the legal battle over AT&T's bid for Time Warner is over — but the true impact of the decision is …"

Tuesday
Jun122018

The Story Behind Susan Kare’s Iconic Design Work for Apple | The Work Behind The Work

[Link] : Susan Kare’s icons and fonts for the original Macintosh were revolutionary. They gave a lifeless computer a warmth and personality that lives on in …
Tuesday
Jun122018

Ryan Seacrest Is Just One Man, He Can Only Do So Much in This Life

[NyTimes] : "Ryan Seacrest, 43, is still adjusting to New York, after moving from Los Angeles last year to host ABC's “Live” with Kelly Ripa. In addition to the morning TV show, Mr. Seacrest hosts a nationally-syndicated radio show, produces TV series like “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “American Idol,” …"

Tuesday
Jun122018

Why We Are So Vulnerable to Charlatans Like Trump

[NyTimes] : "It's impossible to characterize a historical period before it's over, but I think one plausible name for our era will be the Age of the Charlatan. Everywhere you turn there seems to be some kind of quack or confidence man catering to an eager audience: Fox News hosts like Sean Hannity have moved …"

Tuesday
Jun122018

Here are 454 pages of Facebook’s written follow-up answers to Congress

[Link] : Facebook finished its homework. In a pair of newly uploaded letters, the two Senate committees that grilled Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in April have published the social media giant’s written answers to their considerable body of questions.<p>Zuckerberg faced criticism for not answering many of …
Sunday
Jun102018

The Magic of a Cardboard Box

[NyTimes] : "On April 20, Nintendo released a new line of accessories for its best-selling Switch game console. Rather than being digital add-ons, they were physical ones: punch-and-fold parts engineered to turn the Switch console into a piano, a fishing rod or a robot. All are made of cardboard.<p>On March 4, …"

Sunday
Jun102018

Lego is basically building AR ‘Sims’ for its playsets

[Link] : Lego is infusing its bricks with digital magic in a series of new augmented reality experiences using Apple's updated ARKit 2. The Lego AR experiences, due out later this year, combine real-world Lego buildings with digital landscapes. Build a physical Lego structure, such as the Assembly Square …
Sunday
Jun102018

Sheryl Sandberg at MIT: “Technology Needs a Human Heartbeat”

[Link] : Sheryl Sandberg told the MIT commencement audience, “It’s not the technology you build that will define you. It's the teams you build – and what …
Friday
Jun082018

'He would be an incredible president': Steve Kerr is US sport's voice of reason

[Link] : The coach of the NBA’s most powerful team will not stick to sports. Steve Kerr, whose Golden State Warriors are set to win their third NBA title in four years, has transformed from a master of unselfish offenses to an essential voice of reason in a world in which reason dies on cable news.<p>“I think …
Thursday
Jun072018

Lightform Projected AR Platform

[Link] : Create theme park-level special effects for your next promotion, event, or menu change with the Lightform Projected AR Platform. The system consists …