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

Three of the top five smartphone companies are now Chinese

qz.com — As Xiaomi has grown rapidly, and Lenovo's deal to buy Motorola from Google has closed, three of the world's top five smartphone vendors are now from China, according to third-quarter statistics released today by Gartner. South Korea's Samsung and US-based Apple remain the world's No. 1 and No.

10 things we learned about Apple this year

qz.com — This year was Apple's most exciting in a while, especially after a relatively dull 2013. The company showed off a range of new products, including its first major new "category" in a while, the Apple Watch. It made a big deal in buying Beats.

The difference between Apple and everyone else, in one photo

qz.com — Apple is the largest technology company in the world for many reasons. But one of the most important is that it knows how to use its power. Here's a good example we found recently while gadget shopping in Tokyo. This is what most of the store-BIC Camera in Tokyo-looks like.

One crazy hour inside a nine-floor Tokyo gadget store

qz.com — Shopping for electronics, like many things in Tokyo, is an extreme sensory adventure. Every visit, I make a point to spend at least a couple hours wandering the city's gadget department stores. This time, I braved the nine-story BIC Camera in Tokyo's Yurakucho neighborhood, along the train tracks and right next to Ginza, the posh shopping and business district.

The top 24 iPhone apps on early adopter homescreens

qz.com — The smartphone homescreen is among the world's most valuable digital real estate. App-makers' fortunes are often tied to how many active users they can attract and retain, so getting on your homescreen-where you'll potentially see their icons dozens of times per day-is the holy grail.

How the iPhone 6 Plus is changing people’s reading habits

qz.com — It's too early to tell what long-term effects Apple's new, bigger-screened iPhones-the 6 and the monster-sized 6 Plus-will have on its shaky iPad tablet business. But according to Pocket, the popular service for saving web articles to read later on your phone, the new iPhones are already taking screen time away from iPads.

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...
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Dec 17, 2014

@drewherrick @gruber Yep that was good but painful. Second place is first loser!

Dec 17, 2014

@2avsagas Think they could/would add one (elevator?) to the far end of York St. for the new Dumbo Heights joint?

Dec 17, 2014

Had fun on this week's @gruber podcast: daringfireball.net/thetalkshow/20… Talked Instagram's glacial product dev, institutional taste & Cubs baseball.

Dec 17, 2014

@jkottke No idea why they don't do it, but guessing it made sense in 1997. Seems like a smart new-biz opportunity now.

Dec 17, 2014

@jkottke Yep. (Even Gawker generated $50mm of commerce transactions this year.) Could easily pay for a few salaries.

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