Erick Schonfeld, leading from a paywalled New Yorker item, quotes top investor Peter Thiel on the iPhone: "I don't consider this to be a technological breakthrough." It's unfair to decontextualize the statement—he's talking about the big picture of technology, society and the future—but I love the idea that it took Peter Thiel until 2011 to realize something Mike Lazaridis and Steve Ballmer knew in 2007.
You can always play a sample, sure, but the real thing was physical. You felt it in your meat. And now the joy of having a clicking hard drive may once again be experienced thanks to Matthias Werner's HDD Clicker. [via] it simulates head movement sounds. It took me only a 3-4 hours to make… READ THE REST
Tokyo-based Designer Nanako Kume first had to craft a special oversized pencil sharpener to make her pendant light lampshades with its shavings. It's a massive undertaking as you'll see in her process video, Sharpener. She writes: From a young age, I was fascinated by the shape and fragility of the shavings that are created when… READ THE REST
In the late 70s, Black superheroes were few and far between, but by the 90s, Black characters became a fixture in comics. Off the top of my head, you had: Icon, Chapel, Spawn, John Stewart, Luke Cage, Steel, and a host of others. However, despite the increased focus on the diversity of characters' races, one… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Communication is the key to, well, almost everything. Understanding and being understood is so core to the experience of life that species will do almost anything to make sure they're heard… READ THE REST
Life can be hectic, which is why so much of our day-to-day activities have shifted to online services. But, one thing that's been difficult to move to the online world is keeping track of your health. While you used to have to account for all the time you'd sit in traffic on the way to… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Control your existing door lock from your phone with the Switchbot Lock. When it comes to smart locks, there's no shortage of options available. In fact, there are so many options… READ THE REST