U.S. Courts Jailing Thousands over Civil Debts ‘Without Due Process,’ ACLU Says


Thousands of people are being arrested and jailed each year because of outstanding civil debts, despite the United States banning debtors’ prisons nearly 200 years ago, according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union. An estimated 77 million Americans have debt that has been turned over to a private collection agency, the ACLU claims. The union […]

Real Writers Get Bad Book Reviews. Here’s Why That’s OK.


Why do so many writers go ballistic when they get a bad review? Why do we RAGE at the single one-star review on Amazon and ignore the fifty good ones? Why do best sellers perceive a good, but unstarred review on Publishers Weekly as a wrenching rejection? Are we all weak-willed namby-pambies in need of a […]

Wireless Carriers Sold a Third of All Apple Watches in the U.S. Last Quarter


In the smartphone market, wireless carriers are easily the most important distribution channel for smartphone OEMs. That even applies to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), despite the fact that it has a huge network of retail stores where consumers can go buy an iPhone directly from the company. Most smartphone buyers still prefer to walk into their carrier’s retail stores […]

Apple said to debut voice-activated Siri AirPods in 2018, water-resistant model in 2019


Apple is preparing a couple of updating models of AirPods, according to Bloomberg. The popular fully wireless earbud-style headphones that Apple introduced last year are currently on track for a refresh in 2018 with the addition of a new version of the “W” line of chips that Apple created specifically to manage and improve Bluetooth-based connections […]

‘Black Panther’ Is Breaking An Insane Number Of Box Office Records


The King of Wakanda is still conquering the box office. “Black Panther” made an astounding $242 million domestically over the Presidents Day weekend. Not only did this number clobber its estimate of $165 million, but it makes the film the second-highest four-day opening in movie history, just after “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($288 million). The superhero movie that premiered in the […]

Apple Is Officially Taking Over the Watch Business


Apple is taking over the watch industry. The company sold more watches last quarter than Rolex, Omega, and Swatch combined. “The cellular version of the Apple Watch was in strong demand in the U.S., Japan, and Australia, where all major operators stocked it in time for the holiday season,” said Vincent Thielke, an analyst at industry researcher Canalys. In […]

Is Spotify getting ready to challenge Apple with its own speaker?


Spotify is working on a line of “category defining” hardware products and is ready to start setting up the manufacturing process. The streaming music company intends to create a hardware category “akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles”, according to job adverts posted over the past year. One ad for a senior product manager, posted […]