It was a humid, overcast day in Miami, and I needed to get from the city’s crowded downtown to the trendy, mural-splashed neighborhood of Wynwood. I pulled out my phone, tapped an app, and hailed a self-driving car. A few minutes later, a Ford Fusion crowned with cameras and high-powered sensors crawled up to the curb. The street sign above me read “No Parking: Autonomous Vehicles Only.” Good thing: I got in, buckled up, and away we went. Of course, none of it was real. The app, the sign, my destinations… all of it was part of a day-long, intricately choreographed pageant put on by Ford to offer a glimpse of its autonomous future. It was like Ford carved out a mini-Westworld in the middle of downtown Miami to show off what was possible. But weirdly enough, the only thing that was real was the self-driving cars. On Wednesday, Ford summoned myself and about two dozen other reporters to Miami to show off the progress it has made over the last year of testing in … [Read more...] about Ford’s self-driving cars are really good, but are they good enough to win?
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How invested should we be in Moe’s happiness? Springfield’s worst barkeep and intermittent stalker creepo is traditionally played for a joke, specifically as a collection of disreputable businessman tropes and depressive, lonely guy dark comedy. “Looks like it’s suicide again for me,” might be Moe’s motto, going back as far as anyone can remember, with season 24's “Whiskey Business” being the most recent—and most sustained—reemergence of the idea that Moe Szyslak is The Simpsons’ walking embodiment of the phrase “better off dead.” As with nearly every character in The Simpsons’ teeming population of recurring stereotypes, however, 30 seasons have seen the writers turning to Moe often enough that the poor schlub has developed sufficient layers to qualify as something of a tragic hero in his own, very occasional A-story. While never losing sight of his innate creepiness, venality, and general lack of … [Read more...] about Moe gets his heart broken again, but
When Google released the Pixel last year, it was taking a stand. No longer would Google hardware be tainted with the brands and logos of other companies, even if behind the scenes, Google still needed help from those same companies to actually build its phones. And despite designs that were almost offensively ugly, a lack of standard flagship features such as water-resistance and expandable storage, and massive supply chain problems that made it hard to actually buy one months after its initial release, there were bright spots like the Pixel’s excellent HDR photo mode and an untainted Android experience. But now, 12 months down the road and with $1 billion of newly acquired tech and personnel, it’s imperative for Google to take the next steps in maturing as a device maker if it wants to makes those bets on homegrown hardware actually pay off. And at first glance, it seems like Google is delivering. Both the 5-inch Pixel 2 and 6-inch Pixel 2 XL come with IP67 … [Read more...] about Pixel 2 Review: Google Sticks to What It Does Best
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