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

Ireland has become the first country to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote

qz.com — Ireland has overwhelmingly voted to approve same-sex marriage in a constitutional referendum. It is the first nation to legalize gay marriage by a popular vote. With very high turnout in the majority-Catholic nation, more than 62% voted to legalize gay marriage, according to the BBC.

Apple Watch orders fell sharply after the first day and haven’t grown since, a shopping data firm says

qz.com — Apple Watch pre-orders started with a bang and Apple's initial inventory quickly sold out. Then US orders immediately fell, and have remained mostly flat since, according to analysis from Slice Intelligence, a company that tracks US consumer spending through e-commerce email receipts.

A Year at Quartz

fromedome.com — This week I celebrated my first year working as Quartz's tech editor. As suspected, working in an office full of really smart, interesting people is great fun. I've also had a chance to write some of my favorite stories yet.

iOS and Android are about to get updated-here’s where they stand now

qz.com — Apple and Google are expected to unveil significant updates to their mobile operating systems, iOS and Android, within the next few weeks. Google's annual I/O conference will take place May 28-29, and Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference is set for June 8-12. Both companies typically use these events-attended by thousands of software developers-to show off new...

Apple's New 27-Inch iMac Is A Kick-Ass Bedroom Computer-TV Combo

businessinsider.com — Plenty of Apple buyers will appreciate the new 27-inch iMac's bigger display, but perhaps none more than those who will buy one for their bedrooms, entirely replacing the need for a separate TV. Click here to see photos of the new iMac, Magic Mouse, and MacBook → At 24 inches, previous iMacs and Mac displays made a convincing bedroom display.

The man behind the Apple Store says his new, on-demand tech company will be a part-time workers’ paradise

qz.com — As Apple's first head of retail, Ron Johnson built an empire by designing stores people would actually want to visit, focusing on customer service at almost any cost, and building a high-quality workforce. He then failed to recreate the same sort of magic as CEO of JCPenney, the US department store chain.

The AOL-Verizon deal explained in two charts

qz.com — If you were to explain Verizon's $4.4 billion deal to acquire AOL in one word, it would be: mobile. The modern smartphone, epitomized by Apple's iPhone, has changed the world-and Verizon's business model-and its popularity speaks for itself. Here is a chart that compares: iPhone owners, most of whom are subscribers to a 4G mobile internet...

Fitbit’s long-term future sales curve revealed

qz.com — Fitbit, which makes fitness tracking hardware and software, is going public with strong sales and growth. Last year, the company sold 11 million of its activity sensor gadgets, more than double its 2013 total. Revenue and profits are looking good, too. But what does the future look like?

This new satellite tech will finally make your Gogo inflight wifi fast

qz.com — In-flight internet access is the ultimate first world problem: the magical ability to get online from 38,000 feet still often feels infuriatingly slow. Yet despite poor performance, it has also gotten more expensive. The main problem: A bandwidth shortage. Chicago-based Gogo, which says it powers about 70% of internet-enabled commercial aircraft in North America, has admitted a...

Dave Goldberg, Silicon Valley executive-and Sheryl Sandberg’s husband-has died

qz.com — Dave Goldberg, a popular and respected Silicon Valley entrepreneur snd executive, and husband of Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, died last night (May 1). Goldberg was the long-time CEO of SurveyMonkey. Previously, he founded an early digital music startup, which Yahoo acquired. "Dave Goldberg was an amazing person and I am glad I got to know...
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May 23, 2015

@idallasj Ha, good q. I started learning Swift! Hope to not be code illiterate by next year.

May 23, 2015

@thestalwart Or Bored to Death if you want to nap too

May 23, 2015

@neilcybart I think that's right. Everything from product design to marketing to cavalier negotiations.

May 23, 2015

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May 23, 2015

@fmanjoo Did you just get your handle wrong or are you trying to troll that guy into submission?

May 23, 2015

@svatikirsten Ah, interesting. Probably to make voice search more accurate.

May 23, 2015

@roybahat (And yes, I even have obscure charts cued up on Saturdays.)

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