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A closer look at Google Duplex | TechCrunch

The Holy Grail here is attempting to Turing test the shit out of Duplex. If you succeed, one of Google’s human operators will take the controls and land the plane. Source: A closer look at Google Duplex | TechCrunch

iCloud Keeps Grandparents Happy

And stressed parents, too. Here’s what you do. It requires you to buy into Apple, but hey, you want your parents to be happy, right? Put all your photos into iPhoto or Aperture. Buy all the grandparents some sort of iPad. You may have already done this due to wanting to reduce your technical support […]

The Day The Barges Opened

Here’s a Storify of some tweets I wrote. Some people liked it. [View the story “The Day The Barges Opened” on Storify]

Your Grim Meathook Future

Recorded for posterity. Larry Page wants to set aside part of the world for experimentation. Balaji Srinivasan thinks Silicon Valley should create an opt-ou” society where existing governments cannot meddle. Chamath Palihapitiya says value is only created in Silicon Valley and that Valley companies transcend power and are the eminent vehicles for change and influence, […]

Genuine People Personalities

With Sirius Cybernetics Corporation’s Genuine People Personalities, Douglas Adams was envious nine a future where companies would get the tone of voice of everyday Internet-of-things objects such as doors and lifts depressingly wrong.

Fix for back/forward gesture in Chrome on Mac OS X

Do this: defaults write com.google.Chrome.plist AppleEnableSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool FALSE It turns off the back/forward two-finger swipe gesture for Chrome only.

Apple Maps Considered Harmful

Tonight I had my first legitimate Apple Maps outrage. We needed to get to 1233 SE Stark St in Portland. In Google Maps, if you search for 1233 SE Stark St, you get this: It’s a pushpin in the right location, titled “1233 SE Stark St”. In Apple Maps, you get this: If you’re paying […]

Why you should care about the LinkedIn calendar vulnerability

So we found out today that LinkedIn’s iOS apps have been sending calendar data in plaintext in order to support a new feature – giving you background information on the people you’re meeting that day. Which, on its own, is potentially a pretty useful feature, and a nice way of bringing to life the more […]


Optimism, pessimism, fuck that; we’re going to make it happen. As God is my bloody witness, I’m hell-bent on making it work. – Elon Musk interviewed by Wired in August 2008.

It’s like Argos…

I’m in New York for a friend’s wedding and it’s one of those occasions where I’ll break out the DSLR for some nice(r) photographs. The thing this time has been to get a replacement 50mm f1.8 lens because the one I have, fantastic as it has been, has decided to separate itself into two substantially […]