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Pokemon Go and the Future of Augmented Reality — On a recent summer evening, something strange happened in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. As usual, joggers zipped along the edge of Long Meadow and dog owners did their postprandial duty. But this time they were joined by a dozen people shuffling about haphazardly, zombie eyes fixed on their glowing phone screens.

The 18 Most Influential Fake Companies in the World — The world's corporate powers wield a tremendous amount of influence on our daily lives. They largely determine which products or services we buy, they pressure lawmakers to pass favorable bills, and their missteps can have lasting consequences for anybody depending on the health of the global economy (which is pretty much all of us).

The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time — Think of the gear you can't live without: The smartphone you constantly check. The camera that goes with you on every vacation. The TV that serves as a portal to binge-watching and -gaming. Each owes its influence to one model that changed the course of technology for good.

Capitalism’s Secret World Exposed — Sometimes, quantity has a quality all its own. Even in a decade marked by massively consequential leaks, the so-called Panama Papers set a new standard for epic disclosures when they came to light on April 3.

How We Make Radiolab — "The simple act of telling a story," says Jad Abumrad, "feels musical, deeply musical." The founder and co-host of the nationally syndicated public radio program argues that compelling storytelling employs the same techniques as composition: meter, cadence, consonance. Abumrad, 42, is the conductor of sorts of one of the most popular programs in the rapidly burgeoning field of podcasting.

Watch What Happens When People Try VR for the First Time — Virtual reality is on the cusp of reaching the mainstream. The first in a series of VR headsets aimed at the mass market, the Oculus Rift, launches on March 28. The device, a $600 pair of goggles that requires a powerful PC to operate, will be joined by HTC's Vive in April as well as a Playstation-compatible headset from Sony later this year.

Apple Watch Price Cut, New Bands Announced — Apple cut the price of its smart Watch and unveiled a raft of new brands for the spring season. The Apple Watch will start at $299, down about $50. The new bands for the device are made of woven nylon, sporty neoprene, leather all in multiple colors.

Tim Cook Says "We Will Not Shrink" — Apple CEO Tim Cook opened the firm's Mar. 21 town hall event on an uncharacteristically defiant note. Cook began by obliquely but firmly addressing Apple's current fight with the FBI over the security of its phones, the subject of a recent TIME magazine cover and interview.

How The Division Nails Life in New York City — Tom Clancy's The Division , the massively multiplayer, online shooter released for PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4 Mar. 8, puts a premium on realism. Ubisoft's latest sets players loose in a near-future New York City, which has been decimated by a terrorist attack and the subsequent collapse of civil society.

Allbirds Wool Runners Launch to Take on Shoe Giants — Next in line for disruption: sneakers. Allbirds, a new San Francisco-based startup aimed at designing environmentally friendly and comfortable footwear, launched Mar. 1. Its first product is called the Wool Runner, a minimalist sneaker made of natural textiles. The $95 shoes, for men and women, come in five colors and can only be purchased online.
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Jul 25, 2016

Surprisingly heart-warming scenes from a Pokemon pub crawl (which yes, is a thing)  @Techland

Jul 25, 2016

RT @RanaForoohar: This is why boosting CEO pay leads companies to perform poorly 

Jul 19, 2016

Why we're about to live in a world of economic Hunger Games (also an Economic The Purge)  @TIMEBusiness @RanaForoohar

Jul 18, 2016

The hard news never stops: Transcript of West's call with Swift to discuss “Famous" lyrics

Jul 18, 2016

.@chrisjollyhale argues Trump-Pence is the most anti-Catholic Republican ticket in modern history  via @TIMEIdeas

Jul 13, 2016

I think the Pokemon fad reveals the unnerving future of augmenting our reality  via @Techland

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