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Backchannel: ‘Voice Is the Next Big Platform, and Alexa Will Own It’

Jessi Hempel, in an oddly-certain (to me at least) piece for Backchannel: Yet Amazon has a two-year jump on its competition, having first introduced the Echo speaker in November 2014. Sure, only five percent of American households have an Alexa-powered device right now. Show More Summary

Wynn Las Vegas to Equip 4,748 Hotel Rooms With Amazon Echo

John Cook, writing for GeekWire: Alexa, open the curtains? You may soon be able to ask that question when traveling to the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, which announced today that it will place Amazon’s Echo device — powered by the voice assistant Alexa — in all 4,748 hotel rooms. Show More Summary

North Carolina No Longer a Democracy

Andrew Reynolds, professor of political science at the University of North Carolina: In 2012 Elklit and I worked with Pippa Norris of Harvard University, who used the system as the cornerstone of the Electoral Integrity Project. Since...Show More Summary

Consumer Reports Slams New MacBook Pros

Jerry Bellison, Consumer Reports: Apple launched a new series of MacBook Pro laptops this fall, and Consumer Reports’ labs have just finished evaluating them. The laptops did very well in measures of display quality and performance,Show More Summary

Pokémon Go Arrives on the Apple Watch

Sarah Perez, writing for TechCrunch: Following an erroneous report claiming that Niantic’s plans to bring Pokémon Go to the Apple Watch were canceled, the company oday put those rumors to rest with more than a mere statement: it has now launched the Apple Watch version of its popular game. Show More Summary

From the Department of ‘Headlines Matter’

Headline from The Verge: “Google Will Launch Two Flagship Smartwatches Early Next Year”. But from the story, by Dan Seifert: The new models will not have Google or Pixel branding, but will be branded by the company that is manufacturing them. Show More Summary

Trump Scrambling to Book Performers for Inauguration

Itay Hod, reporting for TheWrap: Donald Trump is so displeased with his team’s inability to lock in A-list talent for his inauguration events next month that he’s ordered a “Hail Mary” shakeup of his recruiters to try to book performers, a person familiar with the situation told TheWrap. Show More Summary

iTunes’s Top Five Best-Selling Holiday Movies of All Time

Elf and Christmas Vacation are perennial favorites at our house (“Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where’s the Tylenol”) — but it feels downright criminal that Die Hard isn’t on this list. ?

Uber Location Tracking

After writing about how you can verify that Uber is not tracking your location other than within five minutes of ending a ride, Daring Fireball readers on Twitter started sending me screenshots of their Location Services settings, showing...Show More Summary

Nintendo Share Prices Decline in Reaction to ‘Super Mario Run’ Pricing

Mitchel Broussard, writing for MacRumors: Nintendo and developer DeNA’s shares have declined over the weekend in reaction to negative user reviews facing the new mobile game Super Mario Run, which currently averages a 2.5/5 star rating on the iOS App Store, based on around 54,000 user reviews. Show More Summary

Bloomberg on Apple’s Search for an OLED Display Provider

Pavel Alpeyev and Takashi Amano, reporting for Bloomberg: Now OLED is the big goal. The technology has been included on op-end smartphones for years, including almost all of Samsung Electronics Co.’s high-end phones. While LCDs relyShow More Summary

Vesper Open Source

Brent Simmons: It’s presented as a historical artifact rather than as a living project. It’s definitely not an example of how to write apps hese days — and it’s not even an example of how to write apps in 2013. […] It was written while iOS 6 was current, and it still looks like an iOS 6 app under the hood. Show More Summary

AirPods Versus Powerbeats3 — Apple’s New Wireless W1 Earphones Compared

You can tell just from the photos that the AirPods are the better design. So much smaller and lighter. ?

Tim Cook on Why He Met With Donald Trump

Tim Cook, from that same Apple Web Q&A: There’s a large number of those issues, and the way that you advance them is to engage. Personally, I’ve never found being on he sideline a successful place to be. The way that you influence these issues is to be in the arena. Show More Summary

Tim Cook Assures Employees That It Is Committed to the Mac and That ‘Great Desktops’ Are Coming

Tim Cook, in a Q&A on the company’s internal message board Apple Web, leaked to Matthew Panzarino: The desktop is very strategic for us. It’s unique compared to the notebook because you can pack a lot more performance in a desktop — the largest screens, the most memory and storage, a greater variety of I/O, and fastest performance. Show More Summary

? Regarding Uber’s New ‘Always’ Location Tracking

I don’t trust Uber. But we can collectively verify that in this case, they’re doing exactly what they say they’re doing.

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The Hazards of Going on Autopilot

From a 2014 story by Maria Konnikova for The New Yorker (thanks to reader Dave Aton for the link): But, as pilots were being freed of these responsibilities, they were becoming increasingly susceptible to boredom and complacency — problems that were all the more insidious for being difficult o identify and assess. Show More Summary

The Talk Show: ‘Frolic’

Craig Hockenberry returns to the show with his gigantic fleshy palms. Topics include Donald Trump’s highly publicized meeting with a handful of U.S. tech company leaders (including Tim Cook), the release of Nintendo’s Super Mario Run...Show More Summary

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