An Oral History of Apple's Infinite Loop

An Oral History of Apple's Infinite Loop

I’m thinking, “This is going to be a disaster.” But she sat down and started talking with Steve and she had all these great ideas.In February 2001, Apple moved the industrial design studio from across the street to Infinite Loop 2.Rubinstein: I didn’t like the idea—I thought they should be further away from Steve, so it’s a little more difficult for him to drop in any time he wanted.

With an Eco-Friendly Sneaker, Rothy’s Treads on New Ground

With an Eco-Friendly Sneaker, Rothy’s Treads on New Ground

At launch, The Sneaker will come with a standard version of this midsole with the option of purchasing a more arched version in the future.“It gives cushion without adding a lot of weight, fits into the bottom of the shoe really nicely, takes advantage of that cavity in the cup sole,” and lets customers keep their Rothy’s insole, which comes decorated with pattern and color, says Martin.

Lyft's Bid to Rule the Streets Now Includes Public Transit

Lyft's Bid to Rule the Streets Now Includes Public Transit

You can see where each line goes, and when the next bus or train is coming.Starting this week in Santa Monica, the Lyft app will give some users access to information about public transit, including nearby lines.

Hurricane Florence’s Path: Closing In on Carolina Coast

Hurricane Florence’s Path: Closing In on Carolina Coast

Federal, state and local officials, who have already spent days trying to warn people in Florence’s path of the potential severity of the storm, issued some of their most strident pleas yet on Wednesday for people to get out of harm’s way.“We know a lot of our coastal residents have ridden out storms before,” said Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina during a Wednesday evening news conference.

Apple's Latest iPhones Are Packed With AI Smarts

Apple's Latest iPhones Are Packed With AI Smarts

On the more expensive XS models, portrait mode includes an impressive new function that makes it possible to change the depth of field on a photo after it has been taken, blurring or sharpening the background.App developers can play with the power of Apple’s new neural engine through Core ML, a framework the company offers to help programmers deploy machine learning on Apple devices.

Apple Watch 4 Adds ECG, EKG, and More Heart-Monitoring Capabilities

Apple Watch 4 Adds ECG, EKG, and More Heart-Monitoring Capabilities

Apple Watch 4 Adds ECG, EKG, and More Heart-Monitoring CapabilitiesIf you ever wondered what the Apple Watch is really for, that's no longer a question—at least, not for Apple.The new Apple Watch Series 4, revealed by Apple earlier today, underscores that some of the watch's most important features are its health and fitness-tracking functions.

What to Expect From Apple's Big iPhone Event This Wednesday

What to Expect From Apple's Big iPhone Event This Wednesday

Apple's own apps...well, that depends on who you ask....Wild CardsAs referenced earlier, Bloomberg reported last month that Apple plans to launch three new iPhones this year: the upgrade to the iPhone X, the larger phone with a 6.5-inch display, and the less expensive device.

HP's New 3-D Printers Build Items Not of Plastic but of Steel

HP's New 3-D Printers Build Items Not of Plastic but of Steel

HP's New 3-D Printers Build Items Not of Plastic but of SteelHP is hoping its new Metal Jet 3-D printers will provide inroads into manufacturing sectors such as automobiles and medical devices.HPWhen you think about 3-D printing, chances are you think of little plastic doodads created by desktop devices like those made by MakerBot. Computing and printer giant HP wants you to think about metal.Today the company announced the Metal Jet printer, an industrial-scale 3-D printer that builds items not of plastic but of steel.3-D plastic printing is widely used for custom items such as prosthetics and hearing aids, and by product designers for prototyping.

This Week in the Future of Cars: What Happened at Tesla, Uber, and Chevy this week

This Week in the Future of Cars: What Happened at Tesla, Uber, and Chevy this week

Alex chats with Waymo veteran and Aurora CEO Chris Urmson on why the startup will be smarter about machine learning than its competition, and how close its tech is to being able to do everything a human can.One year into his role as CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi reflects—and introduces a new suite of safety features.One Montana startup is using Doppler lidar—the same tech that cops use to catch speeding drivers—to create colorful images that just might give cars a better (and safer) sense of what is gong on around them.As part of a string of electrifying announcement from major automakers, Mercedes-Benz unveils its first fully electric SUV.

Facial Recognition, a British Airways Hack, and More Security News This Week

Facial Recognition, a British Airways Hack, and More Security News This Week

Security News this Week: IBM Made Cops a Tool to Search Surveillance Video by Skin ColorCasey Chin/Getty ImagesTech went to Washington this week, and their biggest problems followed them.Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg faced Congress, and though Google CEO Larry Paige was invited, he declined to make the trip—a move that didn’t ingratiate him with Congressional watchdog Mark Warner.

Elon Musk’s Blunt-Toking Goodwill Tour Isn't Enough to Save Tesla

Elon Musk’s Blunt-Toking Goodwill Tour Isn't Enough to Save Tesla

So for everyone who doesn’t freak out when someone takes a puff or two, the Rogan interview promised to be a reassuring appearance.Except that Friday morning, Tesla shares dropped 10 percent in response to news that that human relations chief Gabrielle Toledano, who has been on a leave of absence, won’t rejoin the company, and chief accounting officer Dave Morton had resigned September 4—from a job he started August 6.

Superman Joins The Witcher and the Rest of the Week in Games

Superman Joins The Witcher and the Rest of the Week in Games

So it'll be interesting to see how Cavill does, and doesn't, live up to the stellar precedent set by CD Projekt Red and voice actor Doug Cockle.Korea's Biggest MMO Developer Just Bought the Studio Behind Eve: OnlineEve: Online, probably the most notable cult success in all of gaming, might be going through some changes in the future.

23andMe Cuts Off the DNA App Ecosystem It Created

23andMe Cuts Off the DNA App Ecosystem It Created

Notably, all apps must return results consistent with what 23andMe itself claims, limiting those apps’ utility.The company says qualified researchers will still have access to raw genetic data, provided that customers have consented to share their information through the API.

It'll Take Way More Than All This to Oust Elon Musk From Tesla

It'll Take Way More Than All This to Oust Elon Musk From Tesla

Musk gets a minimum wage salary, but stands to make $55 billion if he can hit a series of ambitious goals over the next decade—indicating his Tesla co-owners would really like him to stick around.Further: In June, the man defeated a shareholder’s push to force him to officially split the roles of company chairman and chief executive, and retain just the latter title, with 16.2 percent voting in support.To top it off: The six independent members of the company’s board put out a supportive statement of the leader this month, even after the electric carmaker backtracked on Musk’s announcement that he was considering taking the company private, sparking lawsuits and a reported SEC investigation.

Digital DJs Have New Ways to 'Spin' Their Tracks

Digital DJs Have New Ways to 'Spin' Their Tracks

By twisting, bumping, and tapping those hardware controls, the DJ can add some additional nuance and give the proceedings a human touch that software can't match.The only hang-up with Traktor is that it's almost four years old, and the rapid march of technological innovation—especially in touchsreen mobile apps—has led to similar tools that can out-match some of its key features.Today, Native Instruments is announcing a new version of its mega-popular Traktor suite for digital DJs. Traktor Pro 3 will be available next month, on October 18, for $99.

One Year In, Uber's CEO Has Bigger Problems Than Travis

One Year In, Uber's CEO Has Bigger Problems Than Travis

For Khosrowshahi to grow Uber into a company that is worth the figure at which it is valued, and can make good on its promise to be the de facto transportation application, for bikes, buses, scooters, and any other here-to-there alternative, he will need to confront some significant challenges in the year to come:Khosrowshahi has cleaned up the company’s culture and addressed some of its emergencies, but Uber is far from the market leader it was two years ago.Self-driving technology: After a fatal crash in March, Uber paused its self-driving program, and shuttered its Phoenix testing site, before resuming driving in manual mode (with human drivers) on public streets in Pittsburgh in mid-July.

This Hyper-Real Robot Will Cry and Bleed on Med Students

This Hyper-Real Robot Will Cry and Bleed on Med Students

If you like, you can even speak through the robot, with a system that turns your voice into that of a 5-year-old.One of the reasons for building Hal was to train medical workers on how to approach children, who may not be forthcoming about their symptoms.

Bump-Canceling Bunk Beds Promise Supersmooth Bus Rides

Bump-Canceling Bunk Beds Promise Supersmooth Bus Rides

Someday, it could even be more soothing than sleeping in, say, a house.“We can isolate a passenger’s body, and input frequencies that help people relax and fall asleep” in the same way that a hammock or rocking chair can help people chill out, Currier says.Cabin used off-the-shelf components, like a cheap Raspberry Pi computer and the electric motor from a hoverboard scooter, to move the bed up and down quickly enough to cancel out the lumps and thumps in the road.

Startups Flock to Turn Young Blood Into an Elixir of Youth

Startups Flock to Turn Young Blood Into an Elixir of Youth

The grisly experiments rejuvenated the aging mice, making them stronger and healthier, and introducing the 21st century’s longevity enthusiasts to the therapeutic potential of young blood.While much work remains to be done on how this regenerative process actually works, Stanford’s parabiosis studies have since inspired the creation of a handful of ambitious startups aimed at producing similarly dramatic effects in humans.

At $1 Trillion, Amazon Should Fear Regulators More Than Rivals

At $1 Trillion, Amazon Should Fear Regulators More Than Rivals

But competitors ranging from Microsoft to Google to Alibaba are also growing strongly, which means AWS is not gaining much in market share.Amazon’s international footprint is even smaller, with local e-commerce companies often dominating their respective countries in places such as India, Brazil, and China.

Nike, Colin Kaepernick, and the Changing Role of the Athlete

Nike, Colin Kaepernick, and the Changing Role of the Athlete

Amid the fury of yesterday’s news cycle, the NFL issued a statement, a portion of which read: “The social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action.”It’s easy to be distrustful of Nike’s partnership with Kaepernick, with what can feel like an abrupt pivot to political advertising.

Eyeing the Future, Snap Debuts Two New Styles of Spectacles

Eyeing the Future, Snap Debuts Two New Styles of Spectacles

After releasing the second generation of Spectacles, the company issued a software update that made it possible to save videos and stills in square and horizontal formats; now, you can also auto-save to your phone’s camera roll, bypassing the Snapchat app altogether.

This Hearing Aid Can Translate For You—and Track Steps Too

This Hearing Aid Can Translate For You—and Track Steps Too

While some or all of these features have been available in consumer devices known as “hearables,” they’ve never before been packed into a hearing aid—a government-approved medical device that has to be small, comfortable, and include batteries that last for days rather than hours.If Starkey delivers on all these promises, the Livio AI, which Bhowmik unveiled last week at Starkey’s headquarters near Minneapolis, could bust the musty old hearing-aid industry out of its niche of selling to … well, musty old people.

Silicon Valley Wants to Use Algorithms for Debt Collection

Silicon Valley Wants to Use Algorithms for Debt Collection

To Ohad Samet, cofounder and CEO of TrueAccord, a San Francisco debt-collection startup that has raised nearly $30 million, it’s a software problem.“We believe that we can use technology to radically change the user experience and really help people with their day-to-day finances,” he says.Instead of robocalls that go unanswered, letters lost in a pile of mail, and pushy collection agents who work on commission, TrueAccord contacts people through email, text, and the occasional Facebook ad, nudging you to check your inbox for an email from TrueAccord.

Congress' Chief Tech Watchdog Is Not Happy With Google

Congress' Chief Tech Watchdog Is Not Happy With Google

That background has served the senator well since news broke that Facebook, Google, and Twitter all enabled foreign influence campaigns during the 2016 election.Warner, who acts as vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has driven much of the conversation around what to do with these giants' unimaginable and unchecked power.

Walmart tried to make sustainability affordable. Here’s what happened

Walmart tried to make sustainability affordable. Here’s what happened

Simply cut down on waste, become more efficient, convince its legions of suppliers to make more sustainable products and sell them at its “low, low prices.” Sustainability goes up, costs go down, everybody wins.

Lego Wants to Completely Remake Its Toy Bricks (Without Anyone Noticing)

Lego Wants to Completely Remake Its Toy Bricks (Without Anyone Noticing)

It is filled with complex creations, from a 50-foot tree to a collection of multicolored dinosaurs, all of them built with a product that has barely changed in more than 50 years.A short walk away in its research lab, though, Lego is trying to refashion the product it is best known for: It wants to eliminate its dependence on petroleum-based plastics, and build its toys entirely from plant-based or recycled materials by 2030.The Lego house, in Billund, Denmark, is a shrine to the town’s most famous product.The challenge is designing blocks that click together yet separate easily, retain bright colors, and survive the rigors of being put through a laundry load, or the weight of an unknowing parent’s foot.

Dyson to expand Wiltshire facility to boost electric-car tests

Dyson to expand Wiltshire facility to boost electric-car tests

Coming despite severe warnings over lost jobs and investment from no-deal Brexit, his technology company is spending about £200m to expand the testing facility on a former second world war airfield at Hullavington, near Malmesbury in the west of England.

Uber, Tesla, Electric Scooters, and More Folks Who Made Car News This Week

Uber, Tesla, Electric Scooters, and More Folks Who Made Car News This Week

Subway stations can feel like waiting rooms you just have to tolerate, but Chan argues these are places to be examined critically and thoughtfully, too.In-house WIRED physicist Rhett Allain calculates how fast a Tesla has to move to go airborne.Tesla Graph of the WeekTranspo editor Alex Davies set aside a chunk of time to go through Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s tweets.

Next-Gen Nuclear Is Coming—If Society Wants It

Next-Gen Nuclear Is Coming—If Society Wants It

Next-Gen Nuclear Is Coming—If Society Wants ItArctic communities like this one are beginning to explore advanced nuclear reactors as a solution to their unique energy challenges.Third Way/GenslerThis story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Back in 2009, Simon Irish, an investment manager in New York, found the kind of opportunity that he thought could transform the world while — in the process — transforming dollars into riches.Irish saw that countries around the globe needed to build a boggling amount of clean-power projects to replace their fossil fuel infrastructure, while also providing enough energy for rising demand from China, India, and other rapidly growing countries.

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