The Spectacle of Samsung’s Launch Event

The Spectacle of Samsung’s Launch Event

On Tuesday of this week Samsung held its annual Galaxy Unpacked event in San Francisco. It did what most tech companies set out to do when they host a big event: Announce shiny new products (Galaxy S20! Another folding phone! Some earbuds!) and get customers stoked for features like “sub-6 5G compatibility” and “Space Zoom.”…

To Bolster Cybersecurity, the US Should Look to Estonia

To Bolster Cybersecurity, the US Should Look to Estonia

United States policymakers have long sought ways to boost federal agencies’ capacity to implement cybersecurity and plan for significant cyber incidents. As early as 2002, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon advocated for the creation of the National Emergency Technology Guard (NETGuard), a corps of volunteers with technology experience who could help following a cyber incident.Fast…

Levy Plus Review: A Comfy, Affordable Electric Scooter

Levy Plus Review: A Comfy, Affordable Electric Scooter

Any device or service that gets people out of a fossil-fuel-guzzling, congestion-creating death machine (er, car) is great. But when it comes to e-scooters, I’m a big fan of owning your own, rather than renting one.If you own your own scooter, you’re more likely to be familiar with its operation. You won’t be thrilled by…

This Social Network Wants to Pay You (in Crypto) to Do Good

This Social Network Wants to Pay You (in Crypto) to Do Good

Last June, at a swanky, strobe-lit event in Washington, DC, Brendan Blumer, the 33-year-old CEO of a blockchain company called Block.one, unveiled a new product with Steve Jobs-like theatrics: a social network called Voice. A year earlier, Blumer’s company had raised $4 billion selling a crypto token called EOS. It was, by far, the largest-ever…

Michael Bloomberg, Geezer Tech Bro

Michael Bloomberg, Geezer Tech Bro

A few years back, Mark Zuckerberg began a listening tour across America that looked to all the world like the prelude to a run for office. Many guessed 2020 as the year that a billionaire startup founder would make his case for disruptive leadership on behalf of the American people. In fact, the social media…

Kesha, Lil Wayne, and Albums That Don’t Need a Viral Hit

Kesha, Lil Wayne, and Albums That Don’t Need a Viral Hit

Nothing exists in pop culture without a mutation. Artists have borrowed (or happily stolen) from their contemporaries for centuries, but with the way meme culture raucously spreads online, every bit of today’s pop art—rap songs, Marvel characters, memorable scenes from Bravo reality shows—ends up repurposed by fans through add-on. A 25-second clip from The Real…