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Apple Finally Launches New MacBook Air, Mac Mini, iPad Pro Apple flew from Cupertino to Brooklyn (my hometown!) to take over the entire block surrounding BAM, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, for the introduction of some new Macs and iPad Pros. The new Macs, in particular, were long-awaited — the Mac lineup, taken in sum total and aside from the MacBook Pro, has gone longer than it ever has before without updates. First up was an entirely new MacBook Air model, redesigned from the ground up. The new MacBook Air finally gets a Retina screen; it’s the same 13.3-inch size as before, but with dramatically smaller bezels. The computer retains its wedge shape, tapering off as you go from the hinge to the bottom edge past the trackpad, and the enclosure is fabricated with a new alloy and 100 percent recycled aluminum. It now weighs a bit less, at 2.75 […]

21 Insanely Cool Gadgets That Are Going To Sell Out This Year We’ve been keeping track of gadget sales through all 2018, and we’re absolutely confident that the following 21 products are going to be selling like hotcakes this holiday season. If you wanted, you could do ALL your holiday shopping from just this list! Now here’s the catch with these sweet, sweet gadgets… they’re only available ONLINE. You won’t find these in-stores this holiday season. It’s expensive to sell retail, so the most innovative gadget-makers are now going straight-to-online. And as a thank you to ShinyNewGadget readers, we’ve negotiated with these gadget-makers to get special deals for first-time buyers! 1. Energix Charger – Fix Your Phone’s Battery Life If you’re like me and don’t upgrade your phone every year, this charger has been my saving grace. Before I would charge my phone the entire night only for it to […]

Former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard explains why live venues are leaving money on the table Hubbard says they need his startup Rival, which will publicly launch next year.  Former Ticketmaster CEO (and Twitter commerce boss) Nathan Hubbard is building an “operating system for venues.” So: What on Earth does that mean? On the latest episode of Recode Media, Hubbard explained his new company Rival, which will publicly launch next year. Behind the scenes of live music concerts and sports events, Rival will partner with the teams, performers and event venues to help them lose less money to scalpers — and know more about their customers. “If you go right now and search for ‘Hamilton’ tickets, there are tickets spread all across the web,” Hubbard said. “It would be the equivalent of searching for a flight and seat 29A is on one site and row 14 is on another site and […]

New York City’s first Amazon Go cashierless store will open near the World Trade Center The company’s latest futuristic convenience shop is being built inside the Brookfield Place office and shopping complex. Inside Amazon’s first cashier-less Amazon Go store in Seattle. Amazon’s version of a futuristic 7-Eleven store is coming to New York City, and it’s going to be located inside a shopping and office complex across from the World Trade Center, Recode has learned. Amazon plans to unveil the cashierless convenience store inside Brookfield Place, formerly known as the World Financial Center, in Manhattan’s Battery Park City neighborhood. Brookfield Place has been the home of large corporations like American Express and Time Inc., as well as upscale stores such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Saks Fifth Avenue. It is situated along the Hudson River, directly across West Street from the World Trade Center. Award Winning Video Games Retailer An […]

Neither Voter Suppression Nor Being Called ‘Coon’ and the N-Word Will Stop Black Georgia From Voting Mamie Parks, left, Sarah Jenkins, middle and Lizzie White, left, in Waynesboro, Ga., on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Waynesboro, Georgia—Sarah Jenkins has long had to deal with simmering community tensions. She owns a small business in a white part of town that caters to senior citizens and people with mental disabilities, an arrangement many of her neighbors frown upon. But since “Ms. Jenkins,” as folks like to call her, became a big supporter of Stacey Abrams—who is trying to become the first black woman to become governor anywhere in the nation—those tensions have boiled over. They’ve grown especially ugly since Abrams won the Democratic nomination in her quest to lead Georgia. The Abrams campaign signs Jenkins placed on her lawn were frequently stolen; she would replace them. But then came the one-word, handwritten messages […]

Powerful Facebook investors just co-filed a proposal to take down Mark Zuckerberg as chairman Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO and chairman. Disclaimer Get real-time FB charts here » Four powerful institutional Facebook investors have co-filed a shareholder proposal to split Mark Zuckerberg’s dual role as CEO and chairman. The proposal was originally filed by the activist investor Trillium Asset Management and revealed by Business Insider in July, after Facebook’s brutal second-quarter earnings. Scott Stringer, the New York City comptroller, and Joe Torsella, the Pennsylvania state treasurer, are among those lending their support, giving significantly more weight to the governance-change demand. But the chance of the proposal becoming a reality is slim. A similar proposal in 2017 was popular among independent investors but crushed because of Zuckerberg’s voting power. T-Rex Inflatable, Indominus & more Jurassic World Costumes at Four powerful institutional Facebook investors have co-filed a shareholder proposal to take down […]

Why Do White People Feel Entitled to Police Black People? Hilary Mueller By now you have probably heard the story of what happened to D’Arreion Toles—a black man living in St. Louis—Friday night when he returned home to the luxury apartment building he lives in. In case you haven’t, here is a brief rundown: Toles returned home and was stopped by his neighbor—now identified as Hilary Brooke Mueller—as he attempted to enter his building. In an incident Toles documented on video and shared on Facebook, Mueller blocked him from entering and demanded he show proof that he lived there. She demanded to know what apartment he lived in. Toles asked Mueller, “Can you please move ma’am?” “I can … do you live here?” she asked in response. Paul Blart, Pool Cop Fired After Calling Police on Woman For Swimming in Her Own Pool The tartar sauce-hued hero who served as […]

10 charts that sum up 2018 (so far) Get Your BLINK QU4TRO Now News cycles come and go, but data is forever. Tesla CEO Elon Musk It’s still summer and yet 2018 has felt years long. Here’s a look at the year so far — with a focus on tech and business stories — told through charts. Elon Musk has been on a Twitter rampage Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been especially prolific on Twitter this year, inspiring a full WSJ analysis and graphics package. Most recently, he surprise-announced that he was considering taking Tesla private — at a nice round number of $420 per share — with mysterious “funding secured.” Other tweets have been bizarre and inappropriate, such as accusing a diver trying to rescue children in Thailand of being a pedophile. And sometimes he’s just talking to randos. Here’s a look at Musk’s tweet count per month, not […]

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Black Lives Matter Became a Rallying Cry. Make It the Truth. Black lives cannot fully matter until we decide that blackness itself is not probable cause. There are no helicopters in the sky. There are no billows of smoke wafting from a burned out quick-mart and no angry voices shouting in the darkness. The battalions of riot gear-clad police officers are gone now. The protesters have stopped coming and so have the news crews. Several years ago, with no story left to tell, national media outlets packed up their gear and moved on to other cities in search of calamity and rancor. Ferguson remains what it has been for decades—bruised in too many places, broken in all too familiar ways. Situated just west of St. Louis, the once all-white enclave covers a mere six square miles. But to know its history, to understand its present-day fissures, is to understand the […]

Warren “Oak” Felder Warren “Oak” Felder  is a Turkish-American songwriter and record producer based in Atlanta and Los Angeles. He is known for his as part of the production duo Pop & Oak, and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015. Early life Felder was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. After moving to the United States in 2001, he attended Georgia Tech university. Career While at Georgia Tech, Felder recorded a demo with the singer/songwriter Sterling Simms, which led to a meeting with L.A. Reid and resulted in Felder writing and producing a track on Chris Brown‘s first album in 2005. Around 2009, Felder became production partners with Pop Wansel as the production duo Pop & Oak.[3] Their first big hit was “Your Love“, the lead single on Nicki Minaj‘s 2010 debut studio album Pink Friday.[1][2] Other notable songs they have written and produced include six tracks on […]