1. Jerry Seinfeld on why coffee is so central to our culture

    I think the answer is we all need a little help, and the coffee’s a little help with everything — social, energy, don’t know what to do next, don’t know how to start my day, don’t know how to get through this afternoon, don’t know how to stay alert. We want to do a lot of stuff; we’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup.

  2. Google Fiber review: Nobody knows what to do with the world’s fastest Internet service.

    Emblematic of why I wouldn’t invest in Google today. I am very glad they exist. They should exist. But in a sense it is strange that Google exists as a for profit company. (I think a strong argument can be made that it is in fact an anomaly.) They are doing things that used to be done by government. (Inventing things that will have no commercial use for years or even decades.)

  3. Verizon CFO talks iPhone

    This caught my eye. The CFO of Verizon flat out denied that they incentivize retail salespeople to push a particular phone. And my understanding is that as an officer of a publicly traded company he could be the target of shareholder lawsuits if he were to be caught lying. So, does this mean the practice is over? Or is it semantics, that this sort of thing is just done at the store level and not corporate wide, so the practice can be denied? (Either way, it also doesn’t speak to the now open secret that Samsung pays spiffs to reward sales of their smartphones.)

    “The answer is, no, we don’t and it is critical that we don’t do that. The reason for that is because what is more important for us is when a customer walks into a store that customer walks out with a phone that they will be happy with and not return under our 30-day guarantee. Because the worst thing that can happen for us is for me to incentivize a salesperson to get you into a phone that you walk out the door with thinking you are going to like and in three days you come back because you don’t like it. Therefore, now I’ve just subsidized two smartphones because that phone you used I can’t resell as a new phone.”

  4. Apple TV 2013 (A1469) Short Review: Analysis of a New A5

    I doubt they would silently update the Apple TV to reduce cost if they didn’t intend to be selling it for a while longer.

  5. New Hampshire police taser Chinese woman for trying to buy too many Galaxy S3's

    In a story that’s bound to be widely picked up, local TV news stations in New England were having a field day Wednesday with blurry cellphone video of a tiny 44-year-old Chinese woman being held to the ground and tasered outside an Apple Store by a pair of Nashua, N.H., police.

    Oh wait, I meant iPhones. For trying to buy too many iPhones.

  6. Apple has been in sell-off mode for over two months, even in the midst of its greatest quarter of sales in history…

    Jason Schwarz (QFT)

  7. "Ambitious Plans"

    Apple:

    Bob Mansfield will lead a new group, Technologies, which combines all of Apple’s wireless teams across the company in one organization, fostering innovation in this area at an even higher level. This organization will also include the semiconductor teams, who have ambitious plans for the future.

    Walter Milliken:

    I also have a strong suspicion that Apple may be moving toward a next-generation A-series processor with an integrated baseband designed by Apple. As far as I know, only Qualcomm is currently able to do the same, though I believe Intel and Broadcom are also moving in this space. A single-chip integration would probably give Apple more power advantage, which is a crucial parameter in the mobile space. Samsung may be able to do this as well, though they seem currently to be in roughly the same place as Apple on radio stuff — they currently outsource it.

    Among other things, this.

  8. Intel's Broadwell Goes BGA Only

    It has been widely reported that Intel will not be offering the next generation Broadwell architecture as a LGA based product. Broadwell is a 14 nm product that will integrate southbridge functions into the chip, making it essentially a SOC. It will be offered only as a BGA only product, which means that it will be soldered onto a motherboard with no chance of being able to be swapped out.

    Holy crap, the nerd world gonna lose they mind over this. I can’t wait to see how the iFixit guys blame Apple.

  9. Skills Don'€™t Pay the Bills

    The secret behind this skills gap is that it’s not a skills gap at all. I spoke to several other factory managers who also confessed that they had a hard time recruiting in-demand workers for $10-an-hour jobs. “It’s hard not to break out laughing,” says Mark Price, a labor economist at the Keystone Research Center, referring to manufacturers complaining about the shortage of skilled workers. “If there’s a skill shortage, there has to be rises in wages,” he says. “It’s basic economics.” After all, according to supply and demand, a shortage of workers with valuable skills should push wages up. Yet according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of skilled jobs has fallen and so have their wages.

    A very interesting article to inform your BS meter. It seems big business has been feeding politicians all the way up to the President the bogus line that we have a “skills gap” holding back the American manufacturing industry. And the politicians are buying it when in reality, it’s more like, ‘We don’t have enough people willing to do more work for less pay.’

  10. Innovation is a Fight

    While I’d continued to hear about the disdain amongst the executive ranks about Forstall after I left Apple, I was still shocked about his departure, because while he was in no way Steve Jobs, he was the best approximation of Steve Jobs that Apple had left. You came to expect a certain amount of disruption around him because that’s how business was done at Apple - it was well-managed internal warfare. Innovation is not born out out of a committee; innovation is a fight. It’s messy, people die, but when the battle is over, something unimaginably significant has been achieved.

  11. Nexus 4 Bumper

    Jim Dalrymple:

    What a great idea Google. A case for your smartphone that protects the edges, but leaves the screen free. And calling it a bumper is simply genius. Why didn’t Apple think of that a couple of years ago.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA (really)

  12. Siri vs Google Voice Search

    I had downloaded and used the app a few times before seeing this video and it matches my experience. Not only does it seem faster because it’s transcribing the text as you talk, but it’s also a hell of a lot faster. As Gruber said, “How fast should Siri be? This fast.”

  13. 100 Largest Unaddressed iPhone Markets (excluding India & China) (via @asymco)

  14. 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year: Tesla Model S

    The 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year is one of the quickest American four-doors ever built. It drives like a sports car, eager and agile and instantly responsive. But it’s also as smoothly effortless as a Rolls-Royce, can carry almost as much stuff as a Chevy Equinox, and is more efficient than a Toyota Prius. Oh, and it’ll sashay up to the valet at a luxury hotel like a supermodel working a Paris catwalk. By any measure, the Tesla Model S is a truly remarkable automobile, perhaps the most accomplished all-new luxury car since the original Lexus LS 400. That’s why it’s our 2013 Car of the Year.

    Wait. No mention of the astonishing inflection point the Model S represents — that this is the first COTY winner in the 64-year history of the award not powered by an internal combustion engine? Sure, the Tesla’s electric powertrain delivers the driving characteristics and packaging solutions that make the Model S stand out against many of its internal combustion engine peers. But it’s only a part of the story. At its core, the Tesla Model S is simply a damned good car you happen to plug in to refuel.

    WANT.

  15. Why Steven Sinofsky is out at Microsoft

    So I read this, and all I saw was more Microsoft copying Apple.