Scientists announced that they had finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Albert Einstein predicted a century ago. — NY Times

Wonderful little video.

Fabulous chart:

When it comes to falling in love, it’s not just fate that brings people together—sometimes it’s their jobs. — Bloomberg Business

Using an iPhone 6S Plus for a week without the main Facebook app installed, I recorded the battery life at 10.30pm each day for a week comparing it to a daily average taken from a week with the app. — The Guardian

Apple’s declining software quality

This isn’t new and has been said before:

The best thing for Apple to do is to re-take their position as a leader of software quality before it’s too late: consumers know that Apple’s hardware is the very best, but more and more their using apps made by Google and Microsoft and Facebook. — Sudo Philisophical

The last time Google was more valuable than Apple was in early 2010.

Google parent Alphabet was set to pass Apple as the most valuable company in the world on Tuesday. At Monday’s after-hours levels (which technically reflect an indication, but not the real-world value), Alphabet’s market cap would roughly be $570 billion, eclipsing Apple’s current market cap of about $535 billion — CNBC

Twitter has become secret-handshake software

I’ve been using Twitter for a while now and still find features unintuitive – it appears that the secret society of Twitter are the only ones who understand the platform well (after spending countless hours a day on the platform). Time suck indeed..

Adjusting the Taps on Oil Price

Fantastic interactive chart I found on The Economist where you can adjust the price of oil (per Brent Crude, bns of barrels) and view the profitability of world countries. You can browse through the analysis and visual representation of a myriad of economic topics:

Life is more like Tetris than Chess

Tetris, to some, is frustration incarnate. It’s repetitive! It’s impossible to win! It’s driven by luck! But to me, it became the truest representation of life there is. In comparison, chess is just a silly war game.— Medium

Rumours have long circulated that the two companies had a deal to ensure that the iPhone kept Google search, but neither company ever disclosed the details. Now documents released as part of a separate lawsuit show the huge price that Google is paying to ensure it stays in the Safari web browser. — The Independent

Why Are Corporations Hoarding Trillions?

Google (Alphabet), Apple and GM mentioned in the article:

The mystery is as follows: Collectively, American businesses currently have $1.9 trillion in cash, just sitting around. — NY Times

Netflix annoys rivals, is making it’s enemies unite with revenue in excess of $1.82B, $44M in profit, 5.59M net new subscribers with 4.04M internationally. How can you actually track streaming subscribers?

Apple needs to maximize it’s profits so it outsources, there are probably other reasons as well. Kleptomaniac is an understatement.

The US lost Apple’s manufacturing jobs years ago, and probably for good. Steve Jobs is rumored to have said as much at a high-power Silicon Valley dinner in 2011, when he told President Barack Obama “those jobs aren’t coming back.” But billionaire kleptomaniac Donald Trump thinks he’ll be the one to get them back. — The Verge

Facebook and How UIs Twist Your Words

Interpreting people’s reactions within the context of different UI designs. This simple demonstrates the hidden power of design.

The UI is part of user’s digital body language. — Medium

Summon Your Tesla from Your Phone

Model S and model X receive more cool auto-pilot features at the beginning of this year:

The release of Tesla Version 7.1 software is the next step toward developing fully autonomous driving capabilities and delivering them through over-the-air software updates, keeping our customers at the forefront of driving technology in the years ahead. — Tesla

Legendary Artist David Bowie Dies at 69

The singer-songwriter and producer excelled at glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during an eclectic 40-plus-year career. — Hollywood Reporter

It’s Saudi Aramco—the world’s most important energy producer, controlling Saudi Arabia’s roughly 321 billion barrels of proven oil and gas reserves. — Quartz

Netflix Is Now Available Around the World

“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,” said Hastings. “With this launch, consumers around the world — from Singapore to St. Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo — will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously — no more waiting. — Netflix

Pretty, portable and at least somewhat powerful. — Engadget

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Partials of insightful comments from intelligent New York Times readers:

We’re backing the wrong side here if we continue to support Saudi Arabia, which is trying to isolate Iran and cool it’s warming relations with the West. Saudi Arabia promotes and supports the austere version of Islam upon which ISIS draws its beliefs. Iran, primarily Shiite, and an enemy of ISIS, also happens to be a country with a very youthful population that strongly seeks rapprochement with the West.

SA beheads people just like ISIS does. If the Al Saud family were not swimming in an ocean of oil, they would have been a pariah a very long time ago. The naked truth is that the family rule in SA is a backward and barbaric regime that is insulated by wealth.

The Website Obesity Crisis

What do I mean by a website obesity crisis?

Here’s an article on GigaOm from 2012 titled “The Growing Epidemic of Page Bloat”. It warns that the average web page is over a megabyte in size.

The article itself is 1.8 megabytes long. — Idle Words

16 Mobile Theses

Benedict Evans on the current generation and where we are today:

In this post, I outline what I think are the 16 topics to think about within the current generation, and then link to the things I’ve written about them. — Benedict Evans

By 2020, Gartner reckons, autonomous software agents outside of human control will participate in 5% of economic transactions. By 2018 more than 3m workers globally will be supervised by a robo-boss”, a program that tracks their performance, and 2m will be required to wear health and fitness trackers (which thousands of top athletes already do). One-fifth of “business content” will be authored by machines, including market reports, press releases and the like. — The Economist

What Happened in 2015

I think we can go further than that now and say that sometime in the past year or two the consumer internet/social/mobile gold rush ended. — Fred Wilson, AVC

Google Patents Needle-Free Blood Draw

The most practical use of this must be for diabetics who stick their fingers all the time.

The VR video player and excellent page layout should catch your attention as well.

Behind closed doors, speaking with investors and Wall Street analysts, the gun industry views mass shootings as an opportunity to make lots of money. — The Intercept

How to be Like Steve Ballmer

Fantastic article:

Jobs’ net worth at death was $10 billion. Ballmer today is worth $22 billion. He worked at Microsoft for 34 years solid. He wasn’t fired once. — Medium

Sketch: Leaving the Mac App Store

BBEdit is no longer on the MAC store as well as others

Why Yahoo is worth less than nothing

TL:DR – sell off or shut down all the Yahoo floundering portal/media businesses, figure out how Yahoo managed to get such a large stake in Alibaba or Yahoo Japan in the first place, and then try and replicate that.

Yahoo may be profitable, may have billions in investments, but still the company has about it a stench of death.

Yahoo can’t go back to its former greatness because that greatness is no longer available to be got.

— I Cringely