Saturday, June 17, 2017

Amazon’s Whole Foods buy may usher in the store of the future - CNET

Amazon’s Whole Foods buy may usher in the store of the future - CNET - Big changes may someday be coming to Whole Foods, including delivery drones, no checkout lines and (gasp) lower prices.

(Via CNET News.com.)

Verizon's first LTE-only handset is an LG flip phone

Verizon's first LTE-only handset is an LG flip phone - When Verizon finished rolling out its LTE network for calls, it became apparent that it also plans to drop its CDMA phone service altogether. Now, the carrier has begun offering its first LTE-only handset to subscribers, and it's obviously an attempt...

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

Our 12 Favorite Laptops, From MacBooks to Chromebooks

Our 12 Favorite Laptops, From MacBooks to Chromebooks - If you're looking to buy a laptop, we're here to make your decision easier.

(Via Wired Top Stories.)

'Satan's fidget spinner' gets grounded by the TSA - CNET

'Satan's fidget spinner' gets grounded by the TSA - CNET - Normal fidget spinners are permitted on planes, but this deadly looking item was forbidden from flying the skies, friendly or otherwise.

(Via CNET News.com.)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Keith Olbermann: ‘Vin Scully Is a Legend, but He’s Not a Saint’

Keith Olbermann: ‘Vin Scully Is a Legend, but He’s Not a Saint’ -

Keith Olbermann, writing for GQ, has the best appraisal of the retiring Vin Scully I’ve seen:

It is mind-bending to consider that he has not just been on 22 of the 94 annual radio and television World Series broadcasts ever, but been alive for 87 of them. It is goose-bumpy to recognize that the season he began broadcasting major league games, Connie Mack was still the manager of the Philadelphia Athletics (Mack had become A’s manager in 1901 and we’ve just passed the 130th anniversary of Mack’s debut as a major league catcher). And it almost requires the language of Light Years to realize that if you start a new job the day after his last scheduled regular-season Dodger broadcast and you stay in that gig as long as Scully has in his, you will not be leaving your new position until Sunday, September 26, 2083.

You will also have to be almost flawless at that job over these next 67 years. Lost in the pilgrimages and the longevity is the reality that unlike almost every other great broadcaster in any field and of any time, there is not only no long list of Scullyian Gaffes, there is almost no list. Amid the Kirk Gibson call, and the Bill Buckner call, and the Hank Aaron call, and the Larsen Perfect Game call, and the Koufax perfect game call — there just aren’t many mistakes.

I’ve been watching as many of his calls for the Dodgers down the stretch as I can. At 88 years old he’s still the best there is.

(Via Daring Fireball.)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

International Photography Hall of Fame adds Apple co-founder Steve Jobs

International Photography Hall of Fame adds Apple co-founder Steve Jobs - The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum -- based in St. Louis, Missouri -- on Friday announced the posthumous induction of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, citing the iPhone's contributions to the photo world.

(Via AppleInsider.)

Biggest US total solar eclipse in decades happens next year

Biggest US total solar eclipse in decades happens next year - Lunar eclipses are pretty amazing, but statistically speaking, they aren't really all that rare. Catching a full solar eclipse, on the other hand? That's hard. The moon blocks our planet's view of the sun about ever year and a half -- but …

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)