President Donald Trump intends to intensify enforcement of food safety regulations as a cudgel in international trade negotiations, according to leaked recordings of a what appears to be a phone conversation between Trump and Wilbur Ross, his nominee for Commerce Secretary. During the conversation, which was recorded…
Here is an embarrassing story about a bad purchase.
Amazon has just launched a new online store called Handmade. Much like Etsy, it will sell handcrafted items, serving as the middle-man between artisans and consumers.
Twitter’s in-Tweet Buy button, previously reserved for a select few #brands, might be about to see some real action: according to a report from Re/Code, 100,000 merchants from the Shopify network will get access to the Buy button in the near future. Prepare yourself for some RT capitalism.
Yesterday, Amazon announced that it was introducing a physical One-Click button, in its ongoing effort to remove any friction or thought from the mindless ordering process. But one detail from the announcement escaped most people’s notice: the fact that Amazon wants to integrate its auto-buying technology into…
Ali Julia may or may not be her real name. But to the complex and influential world of Amazon reviews, Ali Julia is a name to be reckoned with. The mysterious Boston woman with an affection for computers and battery chargers is the number one ranked reviewer on Amazon. She sounds a little quirky, too.
Google and Barnes & Noble share a common rival in Amazon—and now they're teaming up to take it on. From today, the duo will be offering a same-day book shipping service in select areas of the U.S..
Magnetic strips are an outdated credit card tech. In the future, we'll hopefully all be on chip-based smart credit cards that help prevent fraud. To that end, Square's got plans to push out a new version of its mobile credit card reader that can read the EMV smart cards that will be adopted by banks like Chase and…
The laziest way to send your nearest and dearest a gift is gone: Facebook has announced that it's killing off its Gifts service entirely as of August 12th.
Ever wondered if the site that you're typing your credit card details in can really be trusted? Well, a new report reveals how well 1o0 top retail sites look after your details.
John Kannenberg is a sound artist with a particular interest in place. Much of his work is raw or lightly edited recordings of physical environments, notably art museums. He has, in the past, reversed the idea of sound art by making sound art of places that house art. He travels with his audio recording equipment as…
Studies of the impact of sound can have a heady overestimation of causality, but they're still worth keeping up on, especially when they include an hour of background listening. Nicola Twilley highlights research on airport soundscapes.
Apple quietly put the new iPad Mini with Retina display on sale early this morning, with orders set to arrive for US customers from November 20-22. Prices start at $399 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model, and scale up from there. If you're not caught up, here's everything you need to know about Apple's tiny new tablet.
When a website goes into tailspin common wisdom dictates that there's no way it can make a comeback. But in recent time eBay has done just that, transforming its dismal financial state into successes resembling its glory days. How the hell did it do it?
Bitcoin is everyone's favorite made-up digital money, sure. But whadya know? Turns out there are plenty of legitimate brick-and-mortar shops out there that are ready to conduct awkward-yet-satisfying bitcoin transactions with you in the flesh. Have a look:
A new version of the Zeus trojan has been silently stealing money from bank accounts since early last month, according to M86 Security. They say they've "never seen such a sophisticated and dangerous threat." Oh. Wonderful.
Here's a surprising fact: 99% of intercontinental data travels through underwater cables (not satellites.) But a report by the IEEE says that those cables, which are essential to international commerce, are vulnerable to sabotage and in urgent need of securing.
1935: An entrepreneurial politician files a patent application for a device that will elicit curses and contempt from generations of motorists: the parking meter.
You're looking at architectural mockups of a potential fourth NYC Apple store, a 27,900-square-foot, two or three story behemoth sitting right across the street from the Empire State Building in the tourist-packed hellhole of Midtown East. This store would be in addition to the Meatpacking District store currently…