It’s time for tech giants to retire the ‘keynote’ — Apple, Google, and others are all making the same mistake with their product launches

Apple cofounder Steve Jobs popularized the “tech keynote” back in the mid-80s, where he would walk on stage to a crowd of hundreds of fans to announce new gadgets, software, and technological developments. These days, most of the big tech companies hold similar-style keynotes, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung, and even companies like Huawei, Xiaomi, and Nvidia. Keynotes are not very efficient — they’re long, and usually lacking surprises given the abundance of leaks of major tech products. Tech companies would be better off retiring keynotes in favor of online debuts, where they can control the presentation and messaging — plus preserve some surprises — by making announcements directly to… Read More

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How China rips off and reinvents the iPhone and Android

2018 will go down as the year when it became impossible to ignore the increasing advancements of Chinese smartphone hardware, from superlative camera arrays and super-speed charging to in-display fingerprint scanners and creative ways to stretch the display across as much of the front of the phone as possible. In a year that has seen Apple, Samsung, and now Google deliver iterative design updates to their flagship phones, devices like the Oppo Find X, Huawei P20 Pro, and Vivo Nex will be particularly memorable for their sheer gadgety appeal. That doesn’t mean, however, that they’re always the best devices to actually use. Many experienced Android users in the West who… Read More

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SodaStream built a 1000-foot-long contraption called the ‘Holy Turtle’ to collect plastic from the ocean

SodaStream, which makes popular home carbonation machines, has unveiled a 1000-foot-long contraption for cleaning plastic waste from ocean waters. CEO Daniel Birnbaum — along with 150 company executives, environmental specialists, and representatives of the Plastic Soup Foundation — gathered last week in Roatán, Honduras, to pilot the contraption, which is called the “Holy Turtle.” Honduran government officials and hundreds of children from local schools joined the group as well. The Holy Turtle was designed to capture trash floating in the ocean through large holes on the bottom half of the contraption. Birnbaum told Business Insider that the design was inspired by oil spill containment systems, and SodaStream developed it in… Read More

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Julia Roberts has been a lead actress in Hollywood for over 3 decades — here’s a look at her incredible career

Julia Roberts landed her first role in 1987 and in the time since has become one of the biggest names in Hollywood. She was the first woman to ask for a $20 million salary for her Oscar-winning performance in “Erin Brockovich” and her films consistently make over $200 million at the box office, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Roberts has been working for 30 years straight and her resume is jaw-droppingly impressive. With 61 acting credits to her name, including popular films like “Pretty Women” and “Notting Hill,” it’s safe to say Roberts is a Hollywood icon. Here’s a look back at Roberts’ impressive career timeline from 1987 to now.… Read More

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THEN AND NOW: Here’s what the ‘Halloweentown’ cast is up to 20 years later

“Halloweentown” is a Halloween staple for many Disney fans from the 90s. The Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) premiered 20 years ago and introduced Marnie (Kimberly J. Brown), whose life is changed when she learns she’s a young witch. Her grandmother was played by none other than Debbie Reynolds. The hit movie spawned three other sequels and fans gather every year in St. Helens, Oregon (the same place “Halloweentown” was filmed), to celebrate the iconic movie. This year, Brown and some of her cast mates met with fans to celebrate. Here’s what the cast has been up to since. Kimberly J. Brown played Marnie Piper, a young witch, in three… Read More

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The Dow sinks more than 200 points

Stocks fell Wednesday morning, pausing from a global rebound. A sell-off had shaved thousands of points from the major US indices last week Watch US stocks trade in real time here. The three major US indices slipped Wednesday as an earnings-fueled rally lost steam and ahead of Federal Reserve meeting minutes, with Wall Street still on edge following a sell-off that had battered global stocks last week. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 0.84%, or more than 200 points. The Nasdaq composite fell 0.59%, and the S&P 500 was down 0.51%. “The mood has turned sour, reflecting a mix of political noise and a few soggy data prints,” said Mark… Read More

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Limited edition Xbox One makes Taco Bell ‘bong’ noise at startup

A strange but intriguing new promotion from Taco Bell and Microsoft will soon make Doritos and Mountain Dew passé for the gaming elite. Taco Bell customers who purchase a double chalupa box for $5 beginning tomorrow will automatically be entered to win a very special limited edition Xbox One X console that includes “Taco Bell’s famous ‘ring’ when powered on,” according to a press release. Yes, Taco Bell’s infamous little bell that rings at the end of commercials. It’s like Pavlov’s dog experiment come to life: hear the ring when you power up your Xbox One X, hit up Taco Bell. The console, which includes a nifty monochromatic design scheme… Read More

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