Elon Musk seems serious about creating a boring company to solve traffic

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Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has a pretty good sense of humor, but sometimes we can’t tell when he’s just joking or mulling his next big idea. 

For example, on Saturday Musk took to Twitter to say out loud what every traffic-plagued Los Angeles resident is silently screaming inside: The city is a gridlocked hellscape.  

“Traffic is driving me nuts,” wrote Musk. 

But he didn’t stop there. He also raised the idea of boring through obstacles to alleviate traffic woes. 

Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016 Read more…

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Apple design chief Jony Ive 'really' wants you to buy that damn book

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When Apple’s head of design speaks, Apple fans and design pros alike listen closely. Which is why a video promoting Apple’s new book and starring Jony Ive is getting more attention than a normal product spot. 

Since the announcement of the $300 book, “Designed by Apple in California,” Apple has received a few choice shots over the high price of what some are calling nothing more than a nicely bound product catalog. 

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But now that Ive has stepped forward to lend his trademark British elocution to the reasoning behind the book — at one point even flipping through its pages in the video — it suddenly seems book may be less a fanboy catalog than an Apple design bible.  Read more…

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The best tech of 2016

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As always, a crazy amount — and we really mean a ton — of devices landed on our desks this year.

Looking back, there weren’t many unexpected surprises, which is kind of a bummer. In a way, most of the gadgets of 2016 were kind of boring.

But not boring in the sense that they were all lame. Quite the opposite, actually. As we learned, most of the best products were “boring” in that they were mature for their product categories and pushed form and function to the extreme.

From the very best phones to competent AI assistants to foldable drones, this year truly was one of considered refinement. The best tech products we were able to test thoroughly earned our seal of approval, Mashable Choice Read more…

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Basically, every tech billionaire is an evil Bond villain

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Keegan Michael Key, one of the stars of the new movie ‘Why Him?’, guesses which quotes were either said by a Bond villain or by a tech billionaire.

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Apple's software has been anything but 'magical' lately

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There was a time when I could blindly update my Apple devices and trust that the update wouldn’t break it, remove a core function, or make me feel stupid for not knowing how to use a simple feature.

But that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Lately I feel like Apple’s not giving its software the close attention it needs.

Earlier this week, Apple released iOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.1.1. Normally, I would have waited until I got home from work, backed up my iPhone and Apple Watch, and then updated.

But could you blame me? I wanted the 100 new emoji and the new full-screen effects for Messages. Read more…

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