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JBL 100 Classic Review: An iconic ’70s speaker revived as a modern standout

Tell me if this image seems familiar: Though the ad series – known as ‘Blown Away Guy’ – was meant to sell Maxell cassettes, it’s the speaker blasting the sound that draws your eyes. In the heydays of 70s hi-fi, few speakers were as famous as JBL‘s L100. Considered one of the best speakers for rock, and armed a unique waffle-shaped grille in bright colors, it’s no great surprise the L100 was cemented in one of the most iconic audio campaigns of the era. At least, that’s the lore surrounding the ...
Tags: Insider, Plugged


JBL 100 Classic Review: An iconic 70’s speaker revived as a modern standout

Tell me if this image seems familiar: Though the ad series – known as ‘Blown Away Guy’ – was meant to sell Maxell cassettes, it’s the speaker blasting the sound that draws your eyes. In the heydays of 70s hi-fi, few speakers were as famous as JBL‘s L100. Considered one of the best speakers for rock, and armed a unique waffle-shaped grille in bright colors, it’s no great surprise the L100 was cemented in one of the most iconic audio campaigns of the era. At least, that’s the lore surrounding the ...
Tags: Insider, Plugged


Qurator found a way to fix Rotten Tomatoes: Quiz the trolls

Here’s a radical thought: You can’t boil down a movie’s quality to a simple numerical score. Everyone knows this intuitively, of course. But for better or worse, rating aggregators like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic have been bestowed the authority to gatekeep a film’s ‘goodness’ by virtue of the simplicity and power of consensus. Unfortunately, It’s not hard to find examples for the worse; one need only remember how trolls disproportionately decimated audience scores for films like Captain Mar...
Tags: Apps, Insider


Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Bitcoin halving prediction leads to $55K price, $1T market cap’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Satoshi Nakamoto used to say: Your imagination is the only tool in the book! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, October 20 2019, at a price of $8,222. That’s a respectable 2.80 percent increase in 24 hours, or $224. It was the highest closing price in five days. We’re still 59 percent...
Tags: Hard Fork, Insider


Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘HTC’s latest phone can run a full Bitcoin node’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Faraday used to say: Talk to a stranger on a bus! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, October 19 2019, at a price of $7,988. That’s a minor 0.18 percent increase in 24 hours, or $14. It was the highest closing price in one day. We’re still 60 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $2...
Tags: Startups, Insider, Hard Fork


Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘18 million of the 21 million Bitcoins have now been mined’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Sloterdijk used to say: Intelligence is in the eye of the beholder! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, October 18 2019, at a price of $7,973. That’s a minor 1.57 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$127.72. It was the lowest closing price in one hundred and twenty-eight days. We’re still...
Tags: Startups, Bitcoin, Insider, Sloterdijk, Hard Fork, Satoshi Nakaboto


Google Maps just made it easier to report traffic incidents

Few things are more annoying than coming across an unexpected delay in traffic. Thankfully modern mapping services are generally pretty good at warning you about hindrances on the road, but someone has to report those incidents first. Now Google is making it easier to do so. The update most affects iOS users, as some traffic-reporting features were already available on Android. The iPhone crowd will now be able to report crashes, speed traps, and traffic slowdowns right from the maps navigation ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Insider


Report: Apple will announce AirPods Pro with noise cancelling this month

Apple may have announced three new iPhones last month, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the company is done for the year. A report from China Economic Daily suggests Apple plans to announce a ‘Pro’ version of its ubiquitous AirPods soon. Like, before the end of October soon. The most notable rumored update to the AirPods Pro is the inclusion of noise canceling. That would be a big boon to everyone who appreciates the reliability of Apple’s buds, but wants something that can actually block out s...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Insider, Plugged, China Economic Daily


Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Republican congressman says Facebook should embrace Bitcoin and drop Libra’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Schopenhauer used to say: Yolo! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, October 17 2019, at a price of $8,103. That’s a minor 0.69 percent increase in 24 hours, or $56. It was the highest closing price in one day. We’re still 59 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Bitcoin, Libra, Insider, Schopenhauer, Hard Fork, Satoshi Nakaboto


Rant: Google has no good excuse for the Pixel 4’s missing ultrawide camera

“Most popular SLR lenses do magnify scenes, not shrink them. So while wide-angle can be fun, we think telephoto is more important.” In those two sentences, Google tried to dismiss the omission of an ultrawide-angle lens while announcing the Pixel 4. Instead, the company just reminded everyone that when it comes to hardware, it’s often a generation or two behind. I like the Pixel 4 a lot, even though part of me wishes I didn’t. I still think Google has the best image processing on the market, by ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Opinion, Pixel, Insider, Plugged


PSA: The Pixel 4 comes with neither earbuds nor dongle

When Google revealed the Pixel 4 would start $799, I was surprised the company hadn’t raised prices over the previous year. But now we know it’s cutting corners in at least one way: the Pixel 4 doesn’t come with earbuds or a wired headphone dongle. The company is sending a clear message: Go wireless. This is a bit of a shame. I actually thought Google’s USB-C buds were quite good – certainly the best I’ve heard among bundled earbuds that aren’t meant to create an acoustic seal. Their omission is...
Tags: Google, Startups, Pixel, Insider


Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Bitcoin dips below $8K again, fuelling bears’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Baudriallard used to say: Time is money! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, October 16 2019, at a price of $8,047. That’s a minor 1.91 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$157.14. It was the lowest closing price in nine days. We’re still 59 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,08...
Tags: Startups, Time, Bitcoin, Insider, Hard Fork, Satoshi Nakaboto, Baudriallard


Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Satoshi added to The Oxford English Dictionary’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Locke used to say: Time to learn some stuff about Bitcoin! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, October 15 2019, at a price of $8,205. That’s a minor 2 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$168.08. It was the lowest closing price in eight days. We’re still 59 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-tim...
Tags: Startups, Bitcoin, Insider, Satoshi, Locke, Hard Fork, Satoshi Nakaboto


The Pixel 4’s Live Captions can transcribe any audio to text (others too, soon)

One of the coolest new Android features Google announced at I/O this year was the ability to perform real-time captioning on your smartphone. No, not just live captions for video, but rather for any audio that might pass through your phone’s speakers. We now know that feature will be available at launch with the Pixel 4, and will arrive on the Pixel 3, 3 XL, and 3a later this year. I was able to try out the feature early, and it’s quite impressive. This is doubly true considering all the process...
Tags: Google, Startups, Pixel, Insider, Plugged


Hands-on: Google’s Pixelbook Go feels way fancy for a $649 laptop

Leaks don’t always give you the full picture. When the Pixelbook Go leaked extensively last week, I found it somewhat underwhelming, and I mistakenly assumed Google had a more ‘premium’ Chromebook to announce as well. But much like I found with the Pixel 4, actually using the device in person swayed my opinion for the better. The thing is, the Pixelbook Go feels remarkably like a high-end laptop for a device that starts at $649. In particular, the Pixelbook’s magnesium build is significantly lig...
Tags: Google, Startups, Insider, Pixelbook, Plugged, MacBook Air and Surface Laptop


Pixel 4 hands-on: I almost wish I didn’t like it this much

I’ll be honest: I wasn’t expecting to like the Pixel 4 all that much. So much of it had leaked that there were few surprises left, and on paper, the hardware lags behind some of its immediate competition. Even significantly cheaper phones like the OnePlus 7T have a clear advantage when it comes to specs per dollar. And yet, I’m pretty sure the Pixel 4 will end up being my daily driver. For one, the Pixel 4 looks much better in person than leaked renders would suggest. Granted, I’ve always dug th...
Tags: Startups, Insider, Plugged


Disgusting DNA app falsely claims it can tell how gay you are

In what’s an obvious scam, a developer going by the name Joel Bellenson who allegedly works for a company called Insolent AI, created and developed a DNA analysis app that can supposedly tell “how gay” you are. Of course it cannot. According to science – and the app’s own description on the marketplace it’s sold – there is no one gay gene. The only thing the “How Gay Are You” app can tell you about yourself, if you buy it, is that you make very poor purchasing decisions. You cannot tell how gay ...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Science, Tech, Insider, Joel Bellenson


Every new device at Google’s big Pixel 4 event

Google held its big Made by Google event today, officially revealing the Pixel 4 and a handful of other new products today. Since the company has been pretty bad (okay, awful) at keeping secrets, we already knew many of the devices and features announced, but the company still had a few surprises up its sleeve. Here’s what you need to know about the new devices: Pixel 4 Okay, so this might be the most leaked phone in history, but let’s recap for you. The phone has a few highlight features, but t...
Tags: Google, Startups, Pixel, Insider, Plugged


Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘CNBC anchor describes Bitcoin as antique furniture, Libra as Restoration Hardware’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Aristotle used to say: Your imagination is the only tool in the book! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, October 14 2019, at a price of $8,374. That’s a minor 0.64 percent increase in 24 hours, or $53. It was the highest closing price in three days. We’re still 58 percent below Bitcoi...
Tags: Startups, Bitcoin, Libra, Cnbc, Aristotle, Insider, Hard Fork, Satoshi Nakaboto


Huawei’s foldable Mate X will reportedly launch this October in China

Foldable phones feel like the future, but the path there isn’t easy – just ask Samsung. That phone’s early woes almost certainly influenced Huawei to delay the release of its own foldable device. The Mate X was originally slated to be released in June, but with all of the issues plaguing the Galaxy Fold – not to mention the US blacklist  – we’ve heard little about when the device would eventually hit the markets. Apparently, that might be quite soon. A report from cnBeta suggests the Mate X will...
Tags: Startups, China, US, Samsung, Huawei, Insider, Plugged


The Google Nest Mini sure looks a lot like the Home Mini

It’s the start of a new week, time for yet another Google leak. This time it’s for Google‘s latest voice assistant device, the Google Nest Mini. As far as we can tell, it looks a whole lot like the original Google Home Mini, except it has a wall mount. That’s something, I guess. Google has slowly been renaming its Home devices under the ‘Nest,’ bringing some cohesion to its home hardware lineup. WinFuture acquired what appear to be official marketing images of the device, showing the new, single...
Tags: Google, Startups, Insider, Google Home Mini, Plugged


Kuo: iPhone SE2 will arrive early 2020 and cost $399

Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple analyst and phone leaker extraordinaire, believes the iPhone SE2 is not far away. According to MacRumors, Kuo expects the successor to Apple‘s popular budget device will arrive in Q1 2020, or approximately four years after the original model. It will also arrive at a genuinely midrange price of $399, placing it in direct competition with the likes of Google Pixel 3a. Kuo believes the SE2 will come with the same A13 CPU as the iPhone 11, 3 GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of stora...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Insider, Kuo, Ming Chi Kuo Apple, MacRumors Kuo, Plugged


Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Bitcoin mining consumes as much energy as the entire country of Austria’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As de Beauvoir used to say: Buy low, sell high! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, October 13 2019, at a price of $8,321. That’s a minor 0.19 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$15.88. It was the lowest closing price in four days. We’re still 58 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20...
Tags: Startups, Austria, Bitcoin, Insider, De Beauvoir, Hard Fork, Satoshi Nakaboto


Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Bitcoin consolidates around $8300’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Schopenhauer used to say: Bob’s your uncle! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, October 12 2019, at a price of $8,336. That’s a minor 0.25 percent increase in 24 hours, or $20. It was the highest closing price in one day. We’re still 58 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 ...
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Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Rapidly growing number of addresses hold more than 1000 BTC’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Rousseau used to say: Let’s get this bread! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, October 11 2019, at a price of $8,321. That’s a notable 3.06 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$263.5. It was the lowest closing price in two days. We’re still 58 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20...
Tags: Startups, Insider, Hard Fork


Alexa can now speak Español in the US

Alexa users in the US can now speak to their devices in Spanish. Better yet, you can alternate between English and Spanish commands on the fly – no need to switch languages in a menu. ¡Que chévere! The feature is a long time coming. It’s been available in Mexico and Spain for some time, but US users have been waiting for some time. According to some metrics, the US has more Spanish speakers than anywhere else in the world outside of Mexico. With Spanish support also comes Multi-lingual mode. Onc...
Tags: Startups, Mexico, US, Spain, Alexa, Insider, Español, Plugged


Pixelbook Go laptop leaks in hand-on video, Google is still very bad at secrets

At this point, we’d given up on Google having any major secrets about the Pixel 4 left to reveal, but surely the company would be able to keep its other hardware under wraps until next week? …What’s that, you say? Google’s new Chromebook just leaked? An entire hands-on article and video from a reputable source like 9to5Google? Sighs. This isn’t the first we’ve heard about the Pixelbook Go, which 9to5Google extensively covered last month. But this is the first time we’ve gotten such a thorough lo...
Tags: Google, Startups, Insider, Plugged


Why migrating to another planet is a stupid and implausible idea

Swiss astrophysicist Michel Mayor, whose work detecting exoplanets recently earned him a share in the Nobel prize for physics, says humans will never migrate beyond our own solar system. Maybe it’s time we started taking this whole “climate change” thing seriously. The first exoplanet with the potential to host life as we know it, meaning it was orbiting a star similar to the one we call ‘the sun,’ was discovered by Mayor and fellow Nobel winner Didier Queloz in 1995. In the time since, research...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Mayor, Insider, Michel Mayor, Didier Queloz


Review: the Tectonic9 is the perfect grinder for habitual cannabis users

The Tectonic9 is a manually-operated herb grinder with a vibrating dispenser. Yeah, it didn’t make a lot of sense to me at first either. If I’ve got to do the grinding by hand, what’s the point of the vibration? In a word, the answer is: fluffy. As in, this grinder made my cannabis fluffy and I’m sent. When I recently reviewed the Atomic9 dry-herb vaporizer from Cloudious9, I also had the opportunity to check out the Tectonic9 herb grinder. It costs the same as the vape, which is why I think it’...
Tags: Startups, Insider, Plugged


Discuss blockchain’s impact on fintech and business at Hard Fork Summit

TNW’s Hard Fork Summit is just around the corner. On October 15-17, we’re welcoming those involved in blockchain, fintech, and business to attend keynotes and evening events across Amsterdam. If you haven’t already, it’s not too late to get your tickets. Our event is full of interesting content for you to enjoy. We’ve selected a few unmissable events and speakers to help you build your personal schedule. Attend in-depth talks during the day Our day program is when you can catch experts share the...
Tags: Startups, Events, Amsterdam, Insider