Why Apple’s HomePod Is Three Years Behind Amazon’s Echo
This sounds to me like a regular Apple development process, and I also don’t see how the Echo and HomePod are in competition (Echo starts at $50, HomePod costs $300 more).
That said, the Echo – or rather, the built-in Alexa assistant – has changed what people expect from a “smart” speaker. As an audiophile-ish smart speaker, HomePod seems more in competition with Sonos, and the latest Sonos One – which has Alexa built in – is the product that blows the HomePod, as we currently understand it, out of the water.
Antarctica’s doomsday glaciers could be more vulnerable than we thought
My daughter could live to see the world’s coastal cities vanish
Schrödinger’s Rapist: or a guy’s guide to approaching strange women without being maced
The Hidden History of Trump’s First Trip to Moscow
“In 1987, a young real estate developer traveled to the Soviet Union. The KGB almost certainly made the trip happen.” Excerpt from a book that sounds…. very interesting!
10-year-old journalist reports on murders and heroin
Amazon launches Alexa, Echo, and Prime Music in Canada
One of the problems with climate change is getting people to realise it was anthropogenic – created by people. It’s the same problem with social networks – they are manmade. If they are not serving humanity, they can and should be changed.
U.S. Hires Company With K.G.B. Link to Guard Moscow Embassy
Transit now rules the road as King Street pilot project launches
Surprisingly, it seems like a success so far? I hope enforcement keeps up
Louis C.K. Is Done
This is a very good take.
When disturbing stories about respected artists come from the distant past, we treat them dispassionately, as just one detail among many. Present-tense or near-present-tense revelations hit us differently because we share the same world as the artist, breathe the same air, feed the same economy. We think of them as contemporaries, even as people we know. This kind of revelation changes the relationship between the artist and the art, in a way that places an unasked-for, unfair burden on the audience. This is what’s happening culturewide. And it’s not the fault of people who didn’t report it, or audiences who aren’t sophisticated enough to separate the art from the artist. It’s the fault of the artists for being secret creeps or criminals, and the fault of the system for making it possible for them to act this way for years without being punished.
Toronto condo prices reach new heights
$1,000 per square foot. Scary thought re future affordability:
“An average 800 square foot condo is going to have to rent for around $4,000 a month just for that investor to break even.”
Star Wars is getting an all-new trilogy from Rian Johnson
Louis C.K. Told Us Who He Was, But That Doesn’t Make It Better
In some ways this is the greatest nightmare for a lot of women: A man who does the right things, who acts the right way, who gives every impression that he’s one of the good ones, but turns out to be one of the bad ones anyway.
Pro tip: if everyone you admire keeps disappointing you with awful sex scandals, try admiring more women.
Louis C.K. Crossed a Line Into Sexual Misconduct, 5 Women Say
And his movie premiere is canceled. Yeah, that movie takes on a whole new meaning.
Richard Painter says the DOJ demands on AT&T and CNN are ‘impeachable offense’
“ATT – Time Warner should take DOJ to court ASAP. Demand discovery of all Trump/WH communications on this deal,” Painter, an outspoken Trump critic, wrote, adding, “Use of antitrust enforcement power to punish CNN for exercise of First Amendment rights is an impeachable offense. The time is now.”
Apple Glasses: What are they and when are they being released?
The Top 1% Must Stop Insisting They’re Not Rich Right This Instant
Gawker savages a Jonathan Kay piece about how $200k/yr isn’t enough money