Brand Loyalty Is for Suckers

Every year, when a new tech product is announced, the world divides into two kinds of people: people who line up to buy the New Shiny Thing, and people who rant about how New Shiny Thing sucks. Both of those groups of people are chumps. Loyalty to a brand—whether it’s love or hatred—is a poison that makes you stupid. »10/01/15 11:47amThursday 11:47am

The Only Thing I’ll Miss About Cable Is My DVR

As far as watching TV goes, the experience provided by a traditional cable provider is shit. Slow hardware, clunky interfaces, unwanted bundled channels. Streaming services are slowly replacing all of this and thanks goodness for them. But there’s an aspect of the old way that I will sorely miss—the DVR and its… »8/14/15 12:00pm8/14/15 12:00pm

Just Because an App Is Popular Doesn’t Mean It’s Good

Some apps are popular because they’re useful or solve a problem. Others are popular because they’re the Kardashians of apps: they’re famous for being famous. Everyone else is using them, or because they have a big budget and “growth hackers” on staff tasked with building mind share for their company. Before you sign… »8/05/15 2:32pm8/05/15 2:32pm

The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile Goes Off-Road With the RC Weiner Rover

The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile is easily the most distinct and recognizable vehicle roaming the country. But that fragile fiberglass body means it’s not really designed for off-road adventures. So to spread hot dog propaganda to hikers, campers, and picnickers, there’s now a smaller RC version of that iconic… »7/23/15 11:25am7/23/15 11:25am

Apple Might Start Showing People Ads Based on Their Bank Balances

Just when you thought Apple wasn’t integrated into your life enough, the company just won a patent for a system that targets ads based on how much money people have. This is the same Apple that’s promised not to monetize your data. As Tim Cook said last year: “You’re not our product.” Until you are, apparently. »7/16/15 10:50am7/16/15 10:50am

The New York Times Brand Studio Cares Most About Gay Rights (On Twitter)

Moments after the Supreme Court guaranteed everyone in the country the right to marry the person of their choosing this past Friday, gay America’s greatest allies sprung into action, loudly broadcasting their support for the decision. Without a thought to detractors, without a worry about the shrinking minority of… »6/30/15 6:55pm6/30/15 6:55pm