The frightening part of what happened to Apple’s stock yesterday is how much the U.S. economy depends on the cultists of Apple, who religiously have bought products that are overpriced even though the updates are hardly so impressive that people should shell out ridiculous amounts of money for them.
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Researcher: McDonald’s menus touchscreens are gross and dangerous
As we’ve noted before, we are not big fans of the touch screens that have sprouted up at the renovated McDonald’s. We like human contact and, besides, it takes much longer to order through the technology than to simply walk to the counter.
But now some research in the UK has confirmed the wisdom of our disdain. Read more →
An all-staff meeting at Google in the wake of a fired-employee’s memo on women and diversity had to be canceled because of online harassment of employees. Read more →
The quicker technology advances, the faster our history disappears
Every now and again I am reminded that although the possibilities of new technology are endless, the advances can come at the expense of the documentation of our past. And that in our digital age, history evaporates quickly. Read more →
A lot of problems are going to be solved when self-driving cars become a thing. But first a big problem has to be solved: Consumers don’t want them. Read more →
Surely there can be little doubt by now that using a cellphone while driving isn’t safe no matter how much we try to convince ourselves we’re different.
The brain has a hard time doing two things at once and this was true even when cellphones were just phones. Read more →
Airbus joins the flying car club
As we’ve noted many times in this space over the years, flying cars are a fairly impractical solution to a problem. Most every flying car project that’s underway continues to take investors’ money and delay the rollout. Read more →
What’s happening to the nation’s big websites today is yet another reminder how vulnerable we are. Read more →
Duluth still doesn’t have a fancy system for high-speed Internet. But there’s good news. There are no kids running around there named Google Fiber. Read more →
Can Pokemon Go make baseball fun again?
In a few years from now, we’ll fondly recall the days when people who went to baseball games went there to watch baseball. Read more →
I often wish that Star Tribune columnist Lee Schafer’s work could find its way off the business pages and closer to the paper’s front page because his work is too stimulating to be relegated to one of the most ignored parts of the newspaper.
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The poor folks at Thomson Reuters got ensnared in the reply-all loop today and it’s all Vince’s fault. Read more →
An experiment camping and commuting in Bemidji
Why not reconnect with nature and keep your day job? John Enger, MPR News’ reporter in Bemidji, Minn., spent the week commuting to work from a campground. Here’s what he learned. Read more →
Today’s glitches that affected United Airlines, the New York Stock Exchange, and Wall St. Journal could be worse. Twitter could be down. Read more →
We welcome our beer pong overlords
Perhaps like us, you’ve been getting texts and tweets from colleagues who are in sunny Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics show, in which tomorrow’s hyped gadgets are on display today.
We’re pretty sure this isn’t overhyped. Read more →