Why the Woman Who Found Snowden Doesn't Want More Whistleblowers

A few days ago, I found myself in a crowded Manhattan office watching Laura Poitras sign posters for her new documentary. Each signature appeared above the film's title—Citizenfour—and below the film's subject—Edward Snowden. She didn't think she had time, but her handler insisted. It's taken me a while, but only now… » 11/05/14 12:42pm 11/05/14 12:42pm

Jony Ive Even Engineered the Sound of the Apple Watch Clasp

Even though most of us never even notice it, Apple has a fantastic history of sound design, from the ping of the text message to the decades-old powering up noise. That legacy runs through Apple's new era of product design too, right down to the sound of the new Apple Watch clicking open. » 10/01/14 10:21am 10/01/14 10:21am

John McAfee: "The More Ugly The Woman, The Better The Sex"

Back from Belize, crazy-man extraordinaire John McAfee has settled down in Portland for the time being. And, of course, he's still giving some characteristically insane interviews. Before he's asserted that if he's going to do drugs, they're going to be good ones. Now, in an interview with Willamette Week, he's… » 1/12/13 1:00pm 1/12/13 1:00pm

Distro.fm Could Revolutionize Music with Artist Subscriptions

It's an idea that's been kicking around for years - that maybe people don't want to subscribe to music in general. Maybe, in cases of extreme fandom, they want to subscribe directly to the artists they love, without all of the layers of record labels, distributors, online music stores, and so on. The fan pays, the fan… » 5/14/12 2:00pm 5/14/12 2:00pm

Newly Unearthed Steve Jobs Interview Trove: Nobody's "Beating on a…

Steve Jobs' exile from Apple between 1985 and 1996 isn't particularly well-documented but helped mold him into the corporate titan of his later years. Reporter Brent Schlender, who's covered the tech scene for the WSJ and Forbes for a quarter century recently rediscovered a cache of interviews from this period. The… » 4/17/12 9:05pm 4/17/12 9:05pm