There are two pieces of tech that are arguably vital for a connected existence in the modern world; smartphones are part of our daily routine, as a tool to communicate with the wider world (as well as serving as a portable entertainment device), while for many, a laptop or computer is crucial for work.Tablets are meant to fit both these tasks – they’re portable like smartphones and share the same operating systems, but they’re large enough to comfortably run word processors and spreadsheets like a computer.But can you actually use a tablet as a replacement for a smartphone? To find out I locked my smartphone away, and spent a few days using my iPad (2017) as my only form of portable tech. Image 1 of 2Image 2 of 2Walking on com-muteWhen I’m commuting, I always use my phone to stream music or podcasts on Spotify, but since my tablet had to go in my bag rather than my pocket, my headphone cable couldn't reach it. So, I walked to work in silence, sans tunes, … [Read more...] about Can I use a tablet as a replacement for my smartphone?
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Apple CEO Tim Cook (a.k.a. “Tim Apple”) told investors last week that Apple is “rolling the dice” on future products that will “blow you away.” The company has recently and radically increased its research and development budget to above $10 billion per year.I believe one of those dice-rolling initiatives is Project Titan — Apple’s self-driving car.I talk to a lot of informed readers, industry notables and news junkies, and everybody seems to have a different idea about what’s going on with Titan. Is Apple building its own Tesla? Or is it simply improving its CarPlay dashboard system? Or something in between?It’s an important question, because the direction Apple takes with Titan could have huge consequences for enterprises, transportation, artificial intelligence and the consumer electronics market.Before we get to all that, let’s dispel the many misconceptions around Apple’s Project Titan.1. Apple is killing off … [Read more...] about What is Apple driving at with its iCar?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Technology | ‘I Don’t Really Want to Work for Facebook.’ So Say Some Computer Science Students. Supported by ByNellie Bowles Nov. 15, 2018 BERKELEY, Calif. — A job at Facebook sounds pretty plum. The interns make around $8,000 a month and an entry-level software engineer makes about $140,000 a year. The food is free. There’s a walking trail with indigenous plants and a juice bar. But the tone among highly sought-after computer scientists about the social network is changing. On a recent night at the University of California, Berkeley, as a group of young engineers gathered to show off their tech skills, many said they would avoid taking jobs at the social network. “I’ve heard a lot of employees who work there don’t even use it,” said Niky Arora, 19, an … [Read more...] about ‘I Don’t Really Want to Work for Facebook.’ So Say Some Computer Science Students.
Sometime around 1 am on a warm night last June, Fei-Fei Li was sitting in her pajamas in a Washington, DC, hotel room, practicing a speech she would give in a few hours. Before going to bed, Li cut a full paragraph from her notes to be sure she could reach her most important points in the short time allotted. When she woke up, the 5'3" expert in artificial intelligence put on boots and a black and navy knit dress, a departure from her frequent uniform of a T-shirt and jeans. Then she took an Uber to the Rayburn House Office Building, just south of the US Capitol. Before entering the chambers of the US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, she lifted her phone to snap a photo of the oversize wooden doors. (“As a scientist, I feel special about the committee,” she said.) Then she stepped inside the cavernous room and walked to the witness table. The hearing that morning, titled “Artificial Intelligence—With Great Power Comes Great … [Read more...] about Fei-Fei Li’s Quest to Make AI Better for Humanity
The Encyclopedia Britannica defines the law of diminishing returns as an economic law, stating “if one input in the production of a commodity is increased while all other inputs are held fixed, a point will eventually be reached at which additions of the input yield progressively smaller, or diminishing, increases in output.” It forces us to wonder how much money is too much money for a product when we can get something similar for less and feel like we got more out of it. Enter the Acer Chromebook Spin 13, the latest in a new wave of Chromebooks looking to re-shape what has been the “cheap and functional” status quo for years. It has everything you want out of a premium Chromebook in 2018, from a high-quality build to powerful internals. I really like this machine. It’s everything I have wanted out of a Chromebook and then some. Yet, one big thing keeps me from absolutely loving it.What that something is, as well as what the law of diminishing returns has … [Read more...] about Acer Chromebook Spin 13 review: The best Chromebook, but at what cost?