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LanceList - Issue #23

Tragedy, Conflict, Creation, Intelligence, Pure Power


April 4 · Issue #23 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Tragedy, Conflict, Creation, Intelligence, Pure Power

No words. Yesterday a woman opened fire at YouTube headquarters, seriously injuring three people and killing herself. The horrifying act of violence at the center of Silicon Valley promoted an outpouring of support from other tech giants, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Apple’s Tim Cook. Gun violence is not uncommon in the U.S., but the apparent motive is something new. The suspect, Nasim Aghdam, may have been upset about recent monetization policy changes at YouTube, a fact she made clear in her own YouTube videos. While the authorities might eventually settle on a different motive (they’ve so far offered two), Aghdam’s actions could be an unsettling reminder that, for many, these platforms are not just a creative outlet, but the core of their identities. 
Trump v Bezos. Few companies have changed the retail landscape like Amazon. Like malls and big-box stores before it, Amazon helped accelerate the decline of mom-and-pop stores, brick and mortar bookstores and, most recently ToysRUs. It did it through innovation, ingenuity, aggressive growth, competitive pricing, and a stunning, 24/7 fulfillment operation, supported, in part, by the U.S. Postal Service. According to President Donald Trump, Amazon is taking advantage of the mail-carrying system. But is it? In the most recent U.S. Postal Service annual financial report, “Shipping and Packaging,” which includes ecommerce deliveries, was an over-performing, $19.5B business. Meanwhile, letters and other “flat volumes” continue to decrease. That’s been going on since the introduction of “free mail,” also known as e-mail. Meanwhile Trump’s anti-Amazon tweets are having a negative impact on the world’s most powerful ecommerce business.
Trump is hitting Amazon where it hurts
This iPad. Apple finally produces a sub-$300 for everyone…sort of. The excellent, new iPad 9.7 sells for $299 to education markets and $329 for everyone else. That still makes it Apple’s most affordable iPad and also a very good deal. This is a powerful, ultra-thin portable that can handle games, work, video and, now, Pencil input. I spent some time with it and think Apple has a clear winner.
Apple’s most affordable iPad is so good, so smart, so ready for school
AI wars. We knew it would come to this, companies battling over AI…people. Apple just scooped up Google’s artificial intelligence chief: John Giannandrea. He’s responsible for bringing AI to many of Google’s core products. Now he’ll help take Apple’s Siri voice assistant to the next level. Make no mistake, the battle over who has the best AI and voice assistant is one of the most important in technology. 
Apple Hires Google’s A.I. Chief - The New York Times
Raw gaming power. Serious PC gamers play on big, powerful, and very expensive PCs. They may have a gaming laptop for so-called “LAN parties,” but to get maximum horsepower, nothing beats a desktop rig. Until now. Intel’s new 8th generation Core i9 could take laptops to an insane 4.8 GHz. It should mean no-compromises gaming on a relatively portable (gaming laptops tend to be 17-inches and weigh at least 5 lbs.) gaming rig.
Intel's debut 6-core Core i9 CPUs could push gaming laptops past 5GHz speeds | PCWorld
Getting this right
In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve dropped the frequency of LanceList to three-times a week. That gives me time to collect cool content and you time to breath between issues. I’m also still adjusting the format and, in the name of full transparency, the tone. Someday, I’ll get it right. 
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