Microsoft Courts New Customers on the Farm: Cows

Microsoft Courts New Customers on the Farm: Cows

Boring is the new sexy in Silicon Valley. As the coronavirus crisis has turned America upside down, it has become in vogue to just do the basic things right. Quantum computing may come eventually, and everyone still wants a moonshot. But for now, people are just asking for their video conferences to work and their…

An Ethics Guide for Tech Gets Rewritten With Workers in Mind

An Ethics Guide for Tech Gets Rewritten With Workers in Mind

In 2018, Silicon Valley, like Hamlet’s engineer, was hoist with its own petard. Citizens were panicking about data privacy, researchers were sounding alarms about artificial intelligence, and even industry stakeholders rebelled against app addiction. Policymakers, meanwhile, seemed to take a renewed interest in breaking up big tech, as a string of congressional hearings put CEOs…

How Afrofuturism Can Help the World Mend

How Afrofuturism Can Help the World Mend

A comet strikes New York City, killing almost everyone in sight. A survivor named Jim Davis, a Black man, searches the rubble for others, eventually finding and rescuing a white woman named Julia. They share their shock and grief, soon realizing they might be two of the only remaining people on Earth. The circumstances force…

Amazon Fire HD 8 and 8 Plus Review: Unrivaled Value

Amazon Fire HD 8 and 8 Plus Review: Unrivaled Value

I’ll confess. Despite having some serious reservations about the company, I am a fan of Amazon’s cheap, no-frills Fire tablets.Sure, they’re hamstrung by Amazon’s limited Appstore offerings, the slow Silk web browser, and they push Amazon content as if the AOL business model is still viable. But these days Fire tablets are both affordable and…

Kobo Nia Review: A Decent Kindle Alternative

Kobo Nia Review: A Decent Kindle Alternative

Long after the rest of my family is in bed, I tear through New England beach romance novels about people with names like Hobby or Cash, who get their hearts broken, eat truffle breadsticks, and dry their whale shorts on clotheslines. Luckily, these books are free—I’ve been downloading one every few days from my local…