Working at Apple is incredibly fast-paced and challenging, and if you happen to be an engineer or designer at Apple, this dynamic is undoubtedly amplified. With Apple continuously serving up products meant to be used by hundreds of millions of consumers across the globe, the pressure to deliver hardware and software that “just works” – in a compressed time-frame, no less – is immense.
Earlier today, Tesla issued a voluntary recall for every Model S ever sold due to a potential issue with the vehicle’s seat belt. A few weeks back, a Model S owner in Europe discovered that her front seatbelt became disconnected, apparently for no reason at all. After looking into the matter, Tesla realized that one of the bolts used to fasten the strap wasn’t assembled correctly.
As a result, and in an exercise of extreme caution, the Elon Musk led company is encouraging every Model S owner to take their car into a Tesla service center to ensure that everything is above-board. Tesla shares are down just over 2% on the news.
Imagine a world where America’s interstate highway and local road systems work a bit differently than it does today. They look the same, but the governing bodies that oversee our nation’s highways have cut deals with certain car makers. If you own a Toyota, Honda, Mercedes, Kia or Hyundai, you’re free to travel the highways whenever you like. If you own a car from any other brand you can still travel from state to state, but you’ll have to stick only to smaller roads and side streets.
Would you ever consider buying a car made by a company other than the five listed above? Would new startups like Tesla even bother trying to enter the market?
Staples released its Black Friday 2015 ad earlier this month but it’s also just unveiled several new deals that it says will begin on Thanksgiving Day on Staples.com and continue in stores Friday at 6 a.m. The first round of deals saw some terrific values on Windows 10 laptops, Apple iPads, Amazon Kindles and some high-end printers. The deals announced on Thursday expand the offerings even further — let’s check them out below. More →
One of the all-time great Simpsons quotes involves Homer addressing unfavorable crime statistics: “People can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. 40% of all people know that.”
While good for a laugh, there’s a whole lot of truth to that sentiment. There’s even a famous book on that very topic, aptly titled How to Lie with Statistics.
Now what do Homer Simpson and a book written in 1954 have to do with anything tech related? Well, just last week I stumbled across two articles which relied upon statistical data to come up with bizarrely misleading headlines. And with Apple set to release its earnings results later today, it’s as good a time as any to remind folks to be a bit more discerning when presented with seemingly ominous statistical data.