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Tesla drives better than you do; Tim Cook Bio Review; A dirt-cheap Kindle; News+ Review
 

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April 10 · Issue #170 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Tesla drives better than you do; Tim Cook Bio Review; A dirt-cheap Kindle; News+ Review

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Safe self-driving. Tesla upgraded its self-driving software on its all-electric fleet last year. Now, more and more Tesla owners are letting the cars do the driving with Autopilot. That has, according to a new report from Tesla, led to more Autopilot crashes than the previous quarter. However, the crashes for humans doing the Tesla driving is roughly double that of what happens when they let Autopilot handle the road. In other words, the robots drive better than we do.
Tesla releases new Autopilot safety report: more crashes but still fewer than when humans drive - Electrek
The story of Cook. Recently I read what may be the first Tim Cook bio. As Apple CEO, Cook is arguably one of the most powerful people in the world. I know the outline of his life story, but don’t feel like I really know the man. The question is, did Leander Kahney capture Cook? My review has the answer.
A Tim Cook Bio Is the Story of His Life — Not His Life Story
Kindling your interest. Even with all the Apple iPads and other tablets I’ve tested and owned over the years, I still prefer reading books on Amazon’s E Ink Kindle. At the top of the line is the nearly $280 Oasis. It has a high-resolution screen and is waterproof. But you can get a Kindle for under $100. The new $89 Kindle isn’t waterproof, drops the resolution way down, and recesses the screen a bit, but it does add front lighting. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
Amazon Kindle (2019) review: a backlight can’t save the low-res screen - The Verge
Same old apps. Apple’s App Store and Google Play are filled with tons of apps, but, according to a new report from App Annie, we’re basically all downloading the same top 30 which hasn’t changed much in the last five years. That may sound like bad news for app developers, but the App industry is a $101 billion business with tons of revenue opportunities for apps that never see the top of the app list. Plus, you never know when the next Tik Tok is going to appear.
App Store analytics show we're losing our appetite for new apps - 9to5Mac
So much content. Of all the new services Apple announced last month, only one was ready for prime-time: News+. So, naturally, I took it for a test-drive. The $9.99 eat-all-you-want periodical library is, at times, gorgeous to look at, and so full of good information that it’s easy to lose yourself among the digital pages. Is this the service that finally saves publishing and quality content? I’m not so sure.
Apple News+ Is Damn Near Too Much of a Good Thing – OneZero
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