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Sim City: Inside South Korea’s $35 Billion Plan to Build a City from Scratch

Sim City: Inside South Korea’s $35 Billion Plan to Build a City from Scratch

Sixty-three floors up, the view is stunning. Below, Central Park’s lawns, bike lanes, kids boating in the lake. To my right, apartments and shops lining a canal. In the distance, the ocean, planes approaching, and a sweeping highway bridge. I’m not in New York, or Venice, or even in Las Vegas. I’m in South Korea. And a few years ago, none of…

Microsoft Finally Has a Tablet Business Model with Surface

Microsoft Finally Has a Tablet Business Model with Surface

Microsoft just unveiled its new tablet, Surface. It actually looks pretty nice, though I obviously have no idea if it works well or is worth buying. You can find the details, as they become available, here. But the shift in strategy is most interesting to me. Why is Microsoft making its own Windows tablet? Isn’t its decades-old business model to…

A New Slew of Tech Layoffs Reminds Us that No Lead Is Ever Safe

A New Slew of Tech Layoffs Reminds Us that No Lead Is Ever Safe

By many indications, things are going well for the tech industry. Mobile and cloud services are taking off. Apple, the comeback story of the century, is insanely profitable. Facebook is a public company, never mind its stock slide.
So why the heck is HP slicing 27,000 jobs? Why are promising startups slashing headcount or going belly-up? That’s…

Tim Cook at the D Conference: Between the Lines

Tim Cook at the D Conference: Between the Lines

Apple boss Tim Cook spoke Tuesday night at the D10 conference, his first major public interview since becoming CEO of Apple last year. His chat touched on everything from what he learned from Steve Jobs to his big-picture goal for Apple: to build great products, of course.
But as always when a big-company CEO like Cook speaks, the most…

Tokyo Toilet Tour! A Photo Walk Through Toto’s High-Tech Showroom

Tokyo Toilet Tour! A Photo Walk Through Toto’s High-Tech Showroom

Twenty-six floors above Tokyo’s Shinjuku district sits one of the city’s coolest showcases of Japanese gadgetry: Toto’s flagship showroom, where visitors can check out the latest in high-end toilet and bath technology.
From automatic-everything “washlet” toilets to a $30,000 light-up bathtub, there’s a lot to explore.