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An economist explains what digital technology means for the future of popular culture

Digital renaissance? In the early days of file-sharing and the internet, experts worried that technology would gut the creative industries, leaving consumers with fewer (and lower-quality) choices than ever before. It’s clear now that this hasn’t been the case, says Joel Waldfogel, an economist at the University of Minnesota. Pirating remains...

Caviar’s combined iPhone XS / Apple Watch fever dream could be yours for $21,050

Russian accessory maker Caviar is known for strapping impractical gold-plated objects onto the backs of iPhones, like a gold-trimmed solar charging panel. But the company may have outdone itself this year with its latest variant of Apple’s phone: the iPhone XS Max “Swiss Dreams Watchphone” attaches a gold-plated Apple Watch onto the back of...

Electric skateboard startup Inboard announces an e-scooter with swappable batteries

Having raised $8 million and conquered Shark Tank, electric skateboard-maker Inboard Technology is now taking aim at Uber, Bird, and Lime with its first e-scooter, dubbed the “Glider”. Touted as the “only scooter with a swappable battery,” pre-orders for the $1,299 two-wheeler begin this fall ahead of its February 2019...

Apple iPhone XS and XS MAX Review

The iPhone XS has the exact same 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED screen as the iPhone X, and the XS’s body is also more or less a dead ringer for last year’s flagship. (MacOtakara rightly points out that the XS’s dual camera hump is slightly larger.) The only way you’d be...