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'Love Notes to Newton' is documentary about the before-its-time '90s Apple product

Earlier in 2018 saw the premiere of "General Magic ... tried and failed to build a smartphone-style device, more than 15 years before the iPhone hit the market. Now, another film documents a completel... read more

Afghanistan Backlash: What to Expect in the Aftermath of the West's Departure

On January 31, 2019, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction ... “The hour has come to at least try for peace,” he declared. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad may try ... read more

Is it the end of Math Homework?

“Why are you getting complaints ... a word problem in math notation it shouldn’t be an issue. I also tried it on a weird fraction from an AP algebra exam, which it kind of failed at, but then I swiped ... read more

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How to Manage a Platform for Massive Growth: What Comprises a Platform

To make the magic work ... ultimately failed due to lacking a platform ecosystem.** In the Huffington Post, Amy Less quotes Myspace founder Chris DeWolff: “We tried to create every feature in the worl... read more


Why These 'Revolutionary' Phones Failed So Hard

Every year, gadget companies like to flaunt out their latest flagship smartphones and ... at video telephony into the 1990s failed too. Back in the mid-aughts, there was a bizarre trend where non-phon... read more

The next major innovation in batteries might be here

The versatile batteries now power everything from tiny medical implants and smartphones to forklifts and ... is littered with examples of companies that tried to build a lithium-metal battery but fail... read more

12 Toys That Got Pulled From Store Shelves

"What we try to do is ... it released the Nestle Magic, a round chocolate shell that was coating a plastic ball with a small Disney figurine inside. The reaction to the product was intensely negative, ... read more

Augmented and Virtual Reality: Where Is the Educational Value?

The students and their teachers were taking part in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program to test out a virtual reality (VR) platform built for the classroom using Google Cardboard, which requires on... read more

Best of CH 2018: Link About It

Beyond what we create ourselves at CH ... Read more at Atlas Obscura—or go try for yourself. At this year’s General Conference of Weights and Measures, a collective of 60 countries voted to change the ... read more

Why the Internet Needs Cognitive Protocols

But here’s the harsh reality: Without a radical overhaul to its underpinnings, such a massive, variable network will likely create ... or a failed node, only after it starts causing trouble. Routers, ... read more

Tech titans race to replace your smartphone with this device

like the smartphone … I think AR is that big, it’s huge.” But first, the technology, not to mention the fashion, needs to catch up. At the heart of the gadget revolution is an extremely secretive comp... read more

The Graveyard of Empires and Big Data

As a program manager at DARPA in the 1990s, Dugan had ... learned about Trapster, a smartphone app that allows users to map and share information about speed traps using GPS. Trapster enabled a virtua... read more



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