Technology

Inside Rolls-Royce, the luxury maker

A Rolls-Royce customer with fond memories of Scotland once asked for and received a custom tartan interior and handwoven picnic basket set. It cost him nearly $ 100,000. Cars are to Rolls-Royce as search is to Google. They’re the thing that brings customers in, but not the way that the company makes its money. Google does it by selling ads, ...

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In pictures: Rolls-Royce’s luxury factory

This week, I visited the home of legendary car company Rolls-Royce in the south of England. Over the course of its 110-year history, the Rolls-Royce name has come to define what luxury means, both in the world of automobiles and beyond. If you haven’t already, go and read my full report on how the recently resurrected Rolls-Royce is carrying on ...

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Ebola panic is getting pretty racist

The first time a reporter asked a CDC representative whether Thomas Duncan — the first patient to receive an Ebola diagnosis in the US — was an American citizen, the question seemed pretty tame. One could excuse it as a general inquiry about the Duncan’s nationality during the first press conference announcing his diagnosis. But after the CDC declined to answer, ...

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Google, Microsoft, and other tech companies want to get 100 million students coding in one year

Google, Microsoft, and other major names in tech are joining together with the nonprofit Code.org in a major fundraising drive that hopes to introduce 100 million students to coding. Code.org wants to bring its computer science courses into tens of thousands of new classrooms over the next year, and it says that it’ll need $ 5 million in order to ...

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Google put its Street View camera on a camel’s back to tour the Arabian desert

Google’s Street View cameras have been carried around on cars, boats, people, and now camels. The company recently set out to capture 360-degree imagery of the Arabian desert, and to “minimize” disruptions of what Google calls a “delicate environment,” the Maps team affixed its Trekker camera onto the back of a dromedary named Raffia. It’s safe to assume that before Google came ...

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Inventors of blue LEDs win 2014 Nobel Prize for physics

The 2014 Nobel Prize for physics is being awarded to three scientists credited with inventing efficient blue LEDs, a development that allowed for the creation of the white LED light sources that are inching toward ubiquity across the globe. Though LEDs of other colors have been around since the mid 1900s, the blue LED proved far more difficult to create ...

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Kano’s DIY computer teaches kids to code, and now it’s available to everyone

Kano, the runaway Kickstarter success that raised $ 1.52 million on a promise to teach kids how to code and assemble a Raspberry Pi-based computer, is now widely available to the public. Priced at $ 149.99, the kit includes everything you need to get started — other than a display, which you’ll need to provide yourself. (An HDMI cord comes in ...

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He’s not a Microsoft designer but Windows 10 was his idea

Like many Windows 8 users, self-taught user-experience designer Jay Machalani was frustrated by the inconsistencies of Microsoft’s touch-friendly operating system. Instead of moaning online or ignoring his frustrations, Machalani set out to prove things could change for the next major release of Windows in a series of concepts. Machalani doesn’t work for Microsoft, but his ideas caught their attention. As I ...

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Jennifer Lawrence says nude photo theft is a ‘sex crime’

Jennifer Lawrence says that the theft and distribution of her private nude photos is a “sex crime” and that anyone who viewed them should “cower with shame.” Lawrence made her first comments addressing the photo theft to Vanity Fair, which is today previewing a cover story on the actress that will run this Wednesday. Lawrence tells the magazine that she was afraid ...

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A fitness app will change the way Portland bikes: Detours episode 7 debuts Wednesday

Come along with The Verge for the second season of Detours. We’ve traveled across the country to find the people, groups, and companies that are solving America’s problems in new and unconventional ways. Check in for new dispatches every Wednesday. Portland is already one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation. But now the Oregon Department of Transportation is turning to ...

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