We were pretty stoked about Tesla’s new battery this week, and also Windows 10, Hololens, and the future UI Microsoft quietly introduced during its Build event. Here are a few of our favorite stories from the week — enjoy!


The Information Age Is Over. Welcome to the Infrastructure Age.

Nobody wants to say it outright, but the Apple Watch sucks. So do most smartwatches. Every time I use my beautiful Moto 360, its lack of functionality makes me despair. But the problem isn’t our gadgets. It’s that the future of consumer tech isn’t going to come from information devices. It’s going to come from infrastructure.

Everything You Need to Know About Tesla’s New Household Batteries

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Tesla unveiled a new product line at its design studio in LA tonight. It’s called Tesla Energy and it’s a suite of batteries for homes and for businesses. The existence of the batteries has been one of the worst kept secrets of all time. But we are here at the announcement event and finally have some details. And they’re pretty damn cool.

What It Feels Like to Shoot With the Military’s Experimental Smart Scope

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You’ve probably never fired an M4 carbine. Until a couple weeks ago, I hadn’t either. But at a recent DARPA demo day, I loaded a magazine (also a first for me), snuggled up to the deadly assault rifle, and looked through one of the most technologically advanced smart scopes ever built. Then I pulled the trigger.

Microsoft Just Nonchalantly Showed Us the Single-Device UI of the Future

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Phones are getting bigger. Computers, smaller. And according to Microsoft, soon there won’t be any difference in their software at all. It’s a more radical vision than you’d think.

Polaroid Zip Review: Tiny, Fast, and Pretty Damn Fun

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When I was a teenager, I got a job at Kmart to fund my photography habit. It bought me my first SLR—but also a later model Polaroid, arguably one of the greatest cameras ever. Tomorrow, Polaroid will ship a device that attempts to recapture some of that old magic: The Zip.

Every year, Microsoft does this thing called Build. It’s a wonderful nerd party where crowds erupt into applause over new debugging tools and coding software. It’s kind of the best.

How the New Cold War Is Improving Your Navigation

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Ever contemplated going to war with America, but been thwarted when the Great Satan switched off your access to its navigation satellites? That’s potentially a real problem for China and Russia, but the real victor in this navigational arms race might be you; it’s improving the quality of location data on your phone and in your car.

Today in Congress, We Heard That Encryption is Enabling Upskirt Photos

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Government debate over encryption has veered into fully stupid territory. Expert testimony at a Congressional hearing on encryption blamed Apple and Google’s privacy systems for allowing perverts to get away with secretly photographing vaginas and posting the pictures online.

Windows 10 with Holograms Looks Freaking Awesome

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You’ve heard that Microsoft is trying to build the holodeck, yes? With a visor called Hololens that you wear on your head? It turns out Hololens is a full Windows 10 computer, and using it looks totally awesome.

Four Missing Features I Want to See in Windows 10

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Confession time: I love Windows. Yes, I work from a MacBook Air every single day, and it’s fine, but I prefer a Windows machine—and I’m really looking forward to Windows 10. That said, there are four things Microsoft hasn’t announced that I really want.

I Think GoPro Is Building a Virtual Reality Camera

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This is a “what if” scenario. I have no proof. But I think it’s pretty damn likely that GoPro is building a virtual reality camera. A GoPro that captures your adventures in 360 degrees—and lets people experience them as if they were right there with you.

When the FAA Blasted Oklahoma City with Sonic Booms For 6 Months

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Have you ever experienced a sonic boom? A sonic boom so forceful that your dishes fell from the cupboards, your photos fell off the walls, and maybe your ceiling even started to crack? This was the reality that residents of Oklahoma City endured for six months in 1964 — eight times per day.

People Got So Into This Strange Internet Button They Made Up Religions

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It started as an April Fool’s Day lark, but a digital button placed on Reddit just one month ago has spurred a complex, sprawling online community, with offshoots that consider themselves spiritual orders.

iOS vs Android: The 2015 Edition

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It’s been 7 years, and the great iOS vs Android debate rumbles on—in internet forums and real life. But these platforms have come a long way even in the last year or two. Do the old arguments still apply? What features separate iOS 8.3 from Android 5.1 Lollipop? We used a Nexus 6 and an iPhone 6 to investigate.

Chipotle’s Anti-GMO Stance Is Some Anti-Science Pandering Bullshit

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Chipotle, a company known for making oversized burritos and publishing literary fiction on items of trash, announced today that it has stopped serving food made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Oh hooray, yet another victory for misinformation.

I Wrote This Post Using SwiftKey’s Fantastic New Android Keyboard

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I’m sitting here, a grown adult human, ignoring the three full-sized keyboards within arm’s reach, choosing to write on a tiny two-year-old Android phone instead. And thanks to SwiftKey’s excellent Clarity beta keyboard, I haven’t had to throw it into the drywall yet.