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Amazon wants you to call...

July 11th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Amazon (AMZN) is getting back into mobile phones. The company announced an experiment to subsidize two low-cost Android phones. This is not the first time Amazon’s tackled mobile. In 2014 it unveiled the Fire phone, a high-end smartphone with a heavily skinned version of Android,...

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Brave new world of synthetic DNA

July 8th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.It really is a brave new world. Last week a group of prominent scientists announced plans for a project to create synthetic human DNA from scratch. The project will be led by synthetic biologists Jef Boeke of Langone Medical at the New York University and George Church of Harvard Medical School,...

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Apple dials up trouble for iPhone

July 8th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Apple (AAPL) shareholders should be worried. It used to be a button-down, tight-lipped secretive company. Those days are gone. It’s now so transparent it’s verging on the pathetic. Maybe you’ve heard the news. According to the Wall Street Journal, with the exception...

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Parking is the new plastics

July 6th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.In the film "The Graduate," a family friend offers young Ben guidance for his future: Plastics. Good call. Google is having that consigliore moment right now with cities. Like Mr. McGuire in the film, it wants to whisper just one word: Parking.A couple of weeks ago Eric Schmidt, the chairman...

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Will Apple go the way of Blackberry?

June 26th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Apple is about to become a much less significant consumer electronics business.The notion that Apple is in decline is not even controversial anymore. Many longtime Apple proponents have made comparisons to Blackberry (BBRY). The Canadian company excelled at a couple of skills and executives...

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Pebble could obsolete smartphones

June 16th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Pebble’s new Core Kickstarter product is the future of computing. Although it looks like any other grey plastic key fob, it runs Android and connects to the Internet. And that’s a really big deal. Pebble is run by Eric Migicovsky, a 30-year-old Canadian. It made its name raising...

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Stunning changes to Internet ahead

June 15th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.It’s the end of eras. That’s according to work by noted technology analyst Mary Meeker. The Kleiner Perkins analyst’s annual report was released this week and it is as grim as it is voluminous. Swelling from 25 to 213 slides this year, the report is downright depressing....

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App makers chase an elusive dream

June 13th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.There has always been an income-inequality problem in the world of software development. Now a new study from Sensor Tower illuminates just how big that divide has become. Like most gold rushes, the app-development frenzy started with a good slogan. Steve Jobs knew the first...

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