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Tech, travel, and food. Tech Editor at @Qz, founder of @CityNotes, co-host of @NeedleAndMouse.

The story of spatchcocking and how Mark Bittman changed Thanksgiving forever

qz.com — Americans have been cooking Thanksgiving turkeys for more than 100 years. But it's only the last few when a radical innovation in turkey preparation has started to become mainstream: "Spatchcocking," or removing the backbone and flattening the turkey. This process-also known as butterflying, and common for preparing chickens-reduces the roasting time for a turkey from roughly three hours...

Apple is already using one-fourth of the world’s sapphire supply

qz.com — The story of Apple's now-bankrupt sapphire venture in Arizona is full of drama: The Wall Street Journal's Daisuke Wakabayashi reports at length (paywall) on some of the challenges and disappointments that Apple and its partner, GT Advanced Technologies, have dealt each other. But there's one particularly interesting stat that explains why Apple and GTAT even bothered...

I rode the Honda unicycle from that OK Go video and it was surprisingly awesome

qz.com — The star of indie rock band OK Go's latest music video-now approaching 14 million YouTube views-is a small, curious-looking vehicle. The Honda Uni-Cub, currently under development in Japan, is a "personal mobility device" the company hopes will someday be a common sight in settings as wide-ranging as airports and libraries.

Toshiba’s high-tech grow rooms are churning out lettuce that never needs washing

qz.com — TOKYO-Toshiba, the Japanese technology conglomerate with a lineage dating back to the 19th century, is looking for growth in a whole new way. In a sterilized clean room about 35 miles outside of Tokyo, where Toshiba used to make floppy disks in the 1980s and 90s, the company is now starting to grow thousands of...

How Slack has made itself an indispensable business tool

qz.com — When Slack launched in February, it was hardly the first chat/messaging service aimed at corporate users. But thanks to smart product decisions, the right mix of features, and good marketing, it has become one of the fastest growing. Slack now has 285,000 users per day, up from 171,000 in August.

A month in, the iPhone 6 Plus was the right choice

qz.com — It didn't take long for me to get used to Apple's large new iPhone 6 Plus. After more than a month of everyday use, it has become even more of the pocket computer I've always wanted. A few thoughts: Yes, it's still "too big"-in the best way.

The court document that shows how Tim Cook does business

qz.com — Apple CEO Tim Cook is a notoriously tough operations executive. He was, of course, the company's chief operating officer for years, and Apple's market-leading hardware execution, efficiency, and supply chain all prove his worth. "Tim's a tough negotiator," AT&T Mobility chief Glenn Lurie said in a recent Businessweek story.

Facebook is more addictive than ever

qz.com — No Facebook fatigue here: The company's user base continues to grow even larger, and more of its members are signing in every day than ever before. Facebook revealed today that it now has 1.35 billion monthly active users, including 864 million who log in every day.

Twitter is actually going to generate more than $1 billion in sales this year

qz.com — Wall Street is giving Twitter a hard time-shares are down 8% in after-hours trading-as its user growth continues to slow. Twitter reported 281 million monthly active users (MAUs) at the end of the third quarter, up 23% year-over-year. But user growth is slowing: Twitter's 13 million additional MAUs last quarter is its second-lowest total in two...

Apple is quietly disintermediating Google in mobile search

fromedome.com — Apple is not building a web search engine - yet, that I know of. But through its new, voice-controlled mobile "Assistant" feature in iOS 5, Apple could change the way people think of searching, building search-and-retrieve directly into the iOS user interface. (Expect an unveiling early next month.)
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