The agony of tech geeks came to an end, as Apple unveiled the two latest offerings in its insanely successful line of smartphones. One is cheap and the other is fancy.
Break out the bubbly. What better way to celebrate the biggest announcement in tech than with champagne, which just so happens to be the newest offering in the newest line of smartphones from the makers (Apple) of the coolest sleekest phones on the market?Yes, champagne. The rumors were true. It’s pretty and glistening and golden. But there’s so much more to the next generations of iPhones than what’s exoskeleton deep, and there needed to be.
The right-wing billionaire brothers just bought one of Apple’s key suppliers, meaning lefty Apple lovers are about to be lining the pockets of their No. 1 political enemy.
Well, this is awkward: imagine if every time you went out and patronized your favorite store and bought your favorite product, you were putting money into the pocket of someone you loathe.That’s the exquisite dilemma that Apple fanboys and fangirls of a liberal bent are about to face, now that a pair of left-wing hate objects have acquired a key supplier to the computer company. Charles and David Koch, heirs to an industrial fortune, have spent their adult lives building up Koch Industries, a huge conglomerate with interests in oil, pipelines, chemicals, paper, ethanol, fertilizer, fibers, and cattle.
Is it me, or did the first-term Massachusetts senator sound like a presidential candidate at her big AFL-CIO speech this weekend? It’s not as crazy as it sounds.
Did Sen. Elizabeth Warren sound the first volley of a 2016 campaign Sunday?Warren’s stemwinding speech to the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles was lost in the flurry of news and live events: the opening day of the football season, the U.S. Open finals, the talk of potential attacks on Syria. So it didn’t get much ink.But it’s worth reading and watching (here’s a snippet). Because as the next election cycle approaches, we might be hearing a lot more of it.
Apple is widely expected to announce new devices at Tuesday's anticipated event, which takes place at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, at 10 A.M. Pacific time. See what tech pundits think Apple has up its sleeve.
It seems these days as if everyone's expecting."What to expect from Apple's iPhone event tomorrow," offers a headline on technology website The Verge. "THE FINAL COUNTDOWN," screams The Huffington Post. Just below is a photo of Apple CEO Tim Cook and the headline: "5 Things To Expect From Apple's Big Sept. 10 Event." A quick spin around the news sites that cover technology reveals a web of expectations surrounding Apple's forthcoming announcement.
So you thought $12 an hour for a burger place was revolutionary? Try $15. Daniel Gross talks to the owners of Detroit’s Moo Cluck Moo as they supersize starting wages.
In August, I spoke with the owners of Moo Cluck Moo, a Detroit-area burger and chicken fast-food joint that is aiming to do something revolutionary: pay far more than the minimum wage. In an industry that treats labor as a commodity, co-owners Brian Parker and Harry Moorhouse decided to turn the conventional wisdom on its head. They’d start workers at $12 an hour, and design their business so that it could run profitably at those wages. Rather than take advantage of the epic slack in the Detroit-area labor market, they’d aim to set a slightly higher standard.
The U.S. created only 169,000 jobs in July, fewer than expected. What’s worse, the labor force shrunk. Daniel Gross on why today’s report should send a warning signal to Washington.
What a difference a year makes. Last fall, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly employment reports assumed a totemic importance in the political season. The noisy, frequently adjusted figures had the capacity to move presidential polls. The financial markets could afford to ignore the latest upticks or downticks in the unemployment rate, but the political markets couldn’t.This fall it’s a different story. Given the backdrop of foreign turmoil, the prospect of war in Syria, and an economy chugging along in a low gear, the monthly status update on the labor market barely resonates in the nation’s political capital.
Are we headed for a world of scarce resources and environmental catastrophe, or will market forces and technological innovation yield greater prosperity? Yale historian Paul Sabin, author of the new book ‘The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future,’ draws on an iconic story to examine the clash between environmentalists and their conservative critics.
What is your big idea?Our current stalemate over climate policy has important roots in earlier battles over population growth and resource scarcity. Many dire predictions made a generation ago about disastrous food shortages and running out of oil have not come true, at least not yet. This poses a challenge for environmentalists, who are gravely concerned about global warming. Earlier failed prophecies help fuel conservative opposition to current concerns about climate change, even though the science is different and the threat is real.
The protesters outside a Washington state Walmart paint one image of the company, while employees inside tell Winston Ross another tale entirely.
Larry and Edythe Slowey met at the Walmart in Renton, Washington, where they both worked, she in electronics and he in paint and hardware. If it weren't for Walmart, they might never have found each other. You could argue they owe their marriage to Walmart. She has worked there 15 years. He, 18. She makes $13.45 an hour. He, $17.65.The perfect poster children for a heartwarming public relations campaign, right? Except these particular associates won't be starring in any commercials anytime soon.
Employees of the big box store are planning a national day of protest for higher wages. Economist Richard Vedder on why we’ll all be in trouble if they get their way.
The American economy has shown anemic, sputtering growth for several years—largely because businesses, investors, and consumers have been angry and fearful of public policies constraining their ability to operate efficiently and profitably.That, in part, why I’m hoping that Walmart workers’ national protest movement will be a monumental failure.A group of unhappy workers at the nation’s largest private employer, joined by labor unions under a coalition called “Making Change at Walmart,” is leading a protest for higher wages and settlement of other grievances.
Two “cleaner” styles revealed on Tumblr.
As in literally darker. Yahoo’s much-anticipated logo was finally revealed late Wednesday night on the company’s Tumblr. One is white text on a purple background, and the other is purple text on a white background. The logo, which uses a sans-serif typeface, is being called “cleaner” and “thinner.” The statement accompanying the logo, as well as the rebranding, said: “We wanted a logo that stayed true to our roots (whimsical, purple, with an exclamation point) yet embraced the evolution of our products.”
With an Ohio Walmart hosting a holiday food drive for its own workers, The Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky criticizes the notoriously stingy company for not paying them more.
Watch Benedict Cumberbatch’s hilarious dramatic reading of R. Kelly’s ‘Black Panties’ on Jimmy Kimmel Live.