Panasonic plasma is dead. I'd like to take a moment for everyone to express their feelings at its passing. Next March, Panasonic "will end sales of plasma TVs for consumer use and PDP-related products for commercial use," in the company's own words. They've been CNET's favorite TVs for years, and we're not alone. Other reviewers, editors, consultants, calibrators, engineers and picture quality aficionados of every stripe have studied, designed, lauded, picked apart, recommended, purchased for themselves and/or enjoyed countless hours watching a Panasonic plasma. I asked a few industry experts, many of whom I've worked with over the years and all of whom care deeply about picture quality, for their reactions at the exit of these flat-panel televisions from the market. I told them I'd like to publish a sort of eulogy. The response was overwhelming. I've been recommending Panasonic plasma TVs to friends and family since the mid 2000s. Compared to LED and LCD TVs, plasmas … [Read more...] about RIP Panasonic plasma TVs: Reactions from industry experts
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Firsts This week we're taking a look at first things, early things, and—for better or worse—things that are #1. The world is filled with amazing technologies, many that are so old we don’t even think of them as technologies at all. Today, we present the definitive list of every important technology ever, ranked by their importance. These aren’t all necessarily good technologies, of course. There are plenty that have made the world a more miserable place for everybody. But they’re still on the list. If you have any opinion about the fact that this list may be omitting an extremely vital technology, you would be wrong. This list is both correct and definitive and cannot be changed. And you’re wrong. 100. Cow milking machine Are you one of those chumps still milking a cow by hand? An extremely primitive automated cow milker was invented around 1860, but the contraption would see many iterations through the 1920s and ‘60s as the rise of … [Read more...] about Technology, Ranked
Autonomous vehicles were supposed to make driving safer, and they may yet—some of the more optimistic research indicates self-driving cars could save tens of thousands of lives a year in the U.S. alone. But so far, a recklessness has defined the culture of the largest companies pursuing the technology—Uber, Google, and arguably even Tesla—and has led directly to unnecessary crashes, injury, even death. Let’s be clear about this, because it seems to me that these companies have gotten a bit of a pass for undertaking a difficult, potentially ‘revolutionary’ technology, and because blame can appear nebulous in car crashes, or in these cases can be directed toward the humans who were supposed to be watching the road. These companies’ actions (or sometimes, lack of action) have led to loss of life and limb. In the process, they have darkened the outlook for the field in general, sapping public trust in self-driving cars and delaying the rollout of … [Read more...] about The Deadly Recklessness of the Self-Driving Car Industry
The Internet has completely revolutionized the wedding industry. mattjeacock/Getty Images Not too long ago, the Internet got down on one knee and asked the wedding industry to partner for life. The wedding industry squealed, "#IDo!" It was a hashtag made in heaven. Their union has endured — in sickness and in health — ever since. The Internet has completely revolutionized the wedding industry. These days, brides can plan their weddings, order rings, design dresses, send invitations, hire caterers and even register for gifts — all without leaving the couch. Anxious brides have replaced weighty planning binders with portable phone apps, and — thanks to social networking sites like Pinterest — bridesmaids can spy the silk, tweak the taffeta and step in to prevent unfortunate dress choices. Countless modern couples, especially those hailing from immigrant communities, are embracing Internet technologies like Skype to conduct online proxy marriages where … [Read more...] about How has the Internet changed the wedding industry?
Whether fully autonomous or merely just technologically advanced, the trucks of the future will still require some human oversight, industry experts say. Education Images/UIG/Getty Images If you saw the recent X-Men movie "Logan," you probably remember one startling scene that showed driverless robotic trucks hurtling down the highway in the year 2029. That futuristic vision isn't here yet, and experts say there are significant technological and regulatory challenges that would have to be overcome before autonomous trucks dominate our highways. But already, truck manufacturers have been making significant strides toward automating much of the work human truck drivers currently perform — and those advances eventually may lead to future fleets of big rigs that transport their loads safely without a person behind the wheel. New Tech on the Road Vehicle manufacturer Daimler tested an experimental big rig in Nevada in 2015, but the company isn't going to put such autonomous … [Read more...] about The Trucking Industry Is Gradually Embracing Autonomous Vehicles