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  1. 🧠 The Last Airbender looks gorgeous

    After the horrible attempt at a movie, I’ve kept my excitement for this real-life remake on ice, but this trailer looks fantastic. Something about it gives me hope that the producers loved the cartoon and got what makes it tick.

    I think I’ll know for sure when I hear “My Cabbages!”. Feb 22, I can’t wait.

  2. 🧠 Real estate commissions lawsuit opens the door for tech disruption

    MLS, or the Multiple Listing Service, is how we all search and find home listings. Regardless of what reality website you might use, they consume their hosing data from MLS.

    At the heart of this lawsuit are commissions, and commission sharing is required to list or get access to the MLS listings. This makes it nearly impossible for an individual to list his or her home on the MLS (and virtually every existing real estate website) without agreeing to pay a commission or becoming a licensed realtor.

    It will take years between appeals before this case is truly resolved, but it stands to upend how realtors are currently paid and further open the door to tech disruption. If this stands, the marketplace could make it easier for folks like you and me to list a house and sell it directly to another person on an exchange, saving 3-6% in commissions from closing costs. It could also shake up how real estate agents are paid, changing how they work,

    This is definitely a place to watch…

  3. 🧠 Chamberlain is making a huge mistake

    One of my first smart home purchases was the Chamberlain MyQ smart garage door opener, and for one year, it was clunky but did the job. Eventually, the battery in one of its sensors died. It took me a week to find and order a new replacement battery, and from that day on, the integrations with HomeKit stopped working, and my constant calls for support fell on deaf ears.

    Without HomeKit, the product sucked. What made it great was that CarPlay intuitively suggested I wanted to open the garage door when I neared my house, opening the door from my watch in two taps when taking out the garage, or asking Siri (and then authenticating on my phone). Better yet, I could chain together automation to turn on the garage lights when I open the door after sunset and to unlock the associated garage door.

    It’s obvious Chamberlain is clueless about smart homes, and today, it is making its product less helpful by breaking with a growing ecosystem of interconnected smart home devices. Even if its bet is to integrate with cars instead of Amazon, Google, or Apple’s growing ecosystem, it seems like they still need to remember that the lion’s share of drivers would happily abandon their horrible car interfaces for Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

    This is frankly a dumb move, and it makes me happy I trashed my MyQ for a Meross Garage Door Opener that works MUCH MUCH better than without batteries and a costly hub.

    Do yourself a favor and trash the Chamberlain for a product that gets it.

  4. 🧠 The wait for Humane’s pin is almost over

    What a great scoop by the Verge! I’m sure we will get more details and videos when this thing launches today or next week, but this confirms many things.

    Humane stands to be one of the first post cell phone devices with a shift from antiquated keyboards to voice input. The device is heavily integrated into its lead investor, Sam Altman’s, OpenAI tools and will heavily integrate features for building intelligent assistants demoed by OpenAI this week. The feature I’m most curious about is its ability to mimic you and respond to emails or text messages in your voice without you composing or writing a message.

    If you know me, you know I can’t wait for a chance to test the device, and I imagine Humane is setting the stage for a new generation of post phone devices that stand to change how we work with computers.

    Exciting times!

  5. 🧠 Some cities see AirTags as a solution to car theft

    Washington, DC, plans to offer free Apple AirTags to make it easier for you to find that stolen car, and they’re not the only city looking for inventive ways to combat car theft. Last week, a Canadian man celebrated finding his stolen car by using Apple’s Find My and AirTags.

    Policies like this feel right, but it sets the stage for regulators and/or insurance companies to require location tracking to become standard in cars. The struggle is that while safety is important, it comes at the expense of our privacy. 

    Once upon a time, a person could move 20 minutes from their house and disappear from existence. Today, my car has GPS tracking, my phone allows family and friends to see me in Find My, and many of our homes and cars have cameras that stream and record footage nearly 24 hours a day.  

  6. 🧠 The Apple Touch Bar sucked

    I really really wanted to like the Touch Bar, but it just didn’t work. I value the tactile feel of buttons, which the Touch Bar lacked, but that’s the same argument the crackberry keyboard folks made about the iPhone keyboard. 

    The Touch Bar didn’t feel better than the buttons. As an example, increasing the volume or display brightness moved from something I could do without looking to requiring me to tap and then intently look as I adjusted the bar with my finger, something that I can adjust on my phone with its button in my pocket. Great concept but it simply didn’t work.

    That said, the keyboard remains one of the oldest and least evolved ways we use computers. Today, my keyboard should adapt to the app’s needs, like a tablet or phone updates the keyboard or input to what makes sense for the user. Our computer’s input is ripe for disruption, but the Touch Bar wasn’t it. 

  7. 🧠 Bye bye Mint

    I loved Mint and started using it a year before the Intuit acquisition. Loved the app then but it failed to keep up with the times and never evolved into the budgeting app I hoped it would become.

    These days, I’m a big fan of CoPilot, and unlike an increasingly large number of apps that get revenue from selling financial data, they seem focused on making revenue from building the best budget product out there. Give them a try, and if you’re not a fan YNAB is my runner up.

  8. 🧠 Cruise suspends cars

    Weeks after my first ride in a Waymo, GM’s Cruise shut down all of its self-driving cars after a human-driven car knocked a person into the robotaxi’s path. The taxi, knowing it was in an accident, pulled over, driving an additional 20 feet with the person pinned beneath the car as it moved.

    This accident is a horrible reminder of the challenging and unexpected edge cases humans deal with while driving. As regulations in self-driving evolve, we have to decide how cars should respond and, in some cases, whose lives the car should prioritize. For those who remember 2004’s I, Robot in the movie, a robot saved the main character over a child because its predictive analysis gave him a higher chance of survival. The problem is the logical decision requires doses of emotion – but even then, those decisions might not be correct.  

  9. 🧠 That could have been a press release

    Apple put on an uncharacteristic Halloween-themed event to announce new M3 processors that blow any Intel chip out of the water. With it came new iMacs and Macbook Pros, all sporting these amazingly fast chips, but at the same time physically identical to their predecessors. The new chips are a technological advancement that should be celebrated, but somehow, it feels formulaic and unexciting. 

    The MacBook Pro now supports much more powerful M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Ultra chips that all continue to support mind-blowing battery life, and the iMacs get a speed boost. Weirdly, the accessories have not been updated to support USB-C, and the super powerhouse Mac Studio and Mac have to wait to see a speed bump.

    The whole event felt like Apple could have issued a press release with a few videos.

  10. 🧠 Hertz regrets its EV investment

    Hertz made a huge bet on EVs planning to buy 100,000 Teslas all with lower routine maintenance costs. The problem is maintenance costs might be lower, but repair costs after accidents have come in substantially higher than expected. Several EV owners have found themselves flabbergasted at 20k repair bills, especially when the car’s batteries or destroyed or require repair.

    Customers are also still unsure where to charge the things, leading to the EV rental car surprise

    As an EV owner, I love the thing and know it’s without question the future, but at the moment the vehicles are becoming available faster than the infrastructure to support them.

  11. 🧠 EVs just aren’t working?

    The news on EV issues over the last two weeks has been pretty negative, with several prominent car executives admitting that sales haven’t been there. Cost is a huge part of that, with the average EV cost coming in at 54k (down from 65k in 2022), well above what most families are willing to spend. EV first adopters who can afford it leaped, leaving us with an oversupply tied to a skeptical consumer base wondering why they should pay more for an EV.

    EVs are the future, but it’s hard to see how the offer is compelling to the everyday customer when the charging infrastructure does not exist, urban environments haven’t adapted, and range anxiety continues to be a real problem. Change is coming, but much more investment in our infrastructure must happen first.

    The second issue is cost. These cars are way too expensive, and sadly, the focus continues to move from affordable everyday EVS to massive luxury vehicles with giant price tags that inflation has not helped. 

  12. 🧠 ChatGPT is not the only game in town

    Anthropic’s Claude 2 continues to impress, and I’m not the only person taking notice of a Large Langauge Model (LLM). Google just invested 500 million, promising to inject up to 2 billion, just weeks after Amazon offered to invest up to 4 billion. Do yourself a favor and give Claude a try.

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