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06.17.16 | 1:30 pm

Samsung mimics Apple’s camera ads–because it can

I had an awkward moment earlier this week when I was shooting photos for a story at Apple's developer conference. I was using a Samsung Galaxy S7 camera. I had an iPhone 6s in my pocket. I used the S7 because it simply shoots clearer, sharper images. It shoots images that you can't tell are shot by a smartphone. The iPhone 6s camera is pretty damn good, and I expect the iPhone 7 camera to be a big leap forward. But for now, Samsung rules. That's why you can't call "foul" on Samsung's new ads, which mimic Apple's "shot on iPhone" slogan with "captured by Galaxy S7." It's a little cheeky of the Samsungers (who have a history of trolling Apple), but in this case they can back it up with real results.  


10.20.16 | 24 minutes ago

Direct to consumer brand, Crane and Canopy, expands beyond bed linen

Crane and Canopy was founded by a husband and wife team who attended Harvard Business School and wanted to make high quality home products more affordable by cutting out the middleman markup. The brand is known for developing an innovative duvet cover system that cuts down bed-making time by ensuring that the edges of the duvet connect with the edges of the sheets. 

This week, the brand expanded its product selection to include high quality Turkish cotton towels. Towels cost $26 which a larger bath sheet costs $48, which makes them far cheaper other luxury towels from brands like Sferra or Abyss which can cost upwards of $100. 

Crane and Canopy is among the growing range of direct-to-consumer home brands, including Brooklinen, Boll and Branch, and Parachute, that sells luxury bedding at more affordable price points and are shaking up the luxury home goods industry. 

10.20.16 | 38 minutes ago

Posh Spice goes to Target

Target just announced a new collaboration with Victoria Beckham that will be launching in the Spring. The 200 piece collection for women's, girls, and baby, will be priced between $6 and $70, with most items under $40. Products will hit shelves on April 9, 2017. 

10.20.16 | an hour ago

Donald Trump’s debate night scorecard: three up, three down

The third debate was Donald Trump's last chance to win over voters by proving he has presidential composure and temperament. But he just couldn't help being himself, and failed to present winning truths, or a winning personality. Fast Company's Marcus Baram explains. Have a differing opinion? Let us know on Twitter using #29thfloor.

10.20.16 | an hour ago

Oxford Nanopore’s pocket-sized instrument sequences its first human genome

Oxford Nanopore, British maker of portable DNA sequencing instruments, made a major announcement today. It has sequenced its first human genome on a MinION, a pint-size, portable machine that scientists are using in the field to sequence viruses like Ebola and Zika, as well as other pathogens. 

What's exciting about Oxford Nanopore is that it's instruments are cheap—about $1,000 for the sequencer and a starter pack of consumables—as well as portable. The dominant player in this space, Illumina, sells its cheapest sequencing instrument to medical researchers for $49,000, which is about the size of a desktop computer. Of course, Illumina's machines provide a much greater depth of coverage and are unrivaled for their accuracy, but Oxford Nanopore is proving that its devices are a viable alternative for some use-cases.

Oxford Nanopore has not received regulatory approval for its sequencer to be used for the purposes of diagnosing disease; thus far, it's primary use is for research. 

10.20.16 | an hour ago

President Obama: Think of Obamacare as a “starter home”

President Obama is currently giving a speech in Miami, Florida (watch here) to defend the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. 

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have taken opposite stances on the bill, which prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to citizens based on pre-existing conditions. Clinton has expressed that she'll make tweaks to the law to fix its most niggling problems; Trump describes it as a "disaster" that he'll rip out and replace with something "tremendous." 

Obama is hoping that Americans will see the bill as a "starter home," meaning it laid the foundation by providing coverage to millions more Americans but there's still room for improvement. For instance, one problem that he noted with the state and federal marketplaces is that there simply isn't enough competition yet to drive down premiums. 

10.20.16 | 2 hours ago

Jeff Bezos: I can blast Donald Trump into outer space

Speaking at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit today, Jeff Bezos apparently had some harsh words for Donald Trump. At one point, the Amazon chief reportedly joked that he has the capability to send Trump to space—and he's just the man to do it. Bezos is the founder of the private space-travel company Blue Origin

On a more serious note, Bezos also reportedly accused Trump of "eroding our democracy." 

Bezos and Trump have traded barbs before. The GOP nominee has been a critic of the Bezos-owned Washington Post, and he has suggested that Amazon is a monopoly.

[Photo: Blue Origin]

10.20.16 | 2 hours ago

Slack doubled its daily active users in less than a year

Slack just released some numbers showing that it is, indeed, becoming a force to be reckoned with in tech. According to a new blog post, the workplace communication app exceeded 4 million daily active users this month. At the end of 2015, it had just barely eclipsed 2 million.

So it seems more people really are taking to the app. Of course, with Facebook's new Workplace platform, the space is becoming more crowded. (Not to mention the other, more untraditional workplace communication platforms out there.) Either way, even if Slack isn't the email killer some thought it would be, people are definitely using it.

10.20.16 | 3 hours ago

The key to winning a presidential debate? Preparation

No battle of wits is higher than the U.S. presidential debate stage. After three exceptional debate performances against Donald Trump without a single gaffe, Hillary Clinton proves that preparation, even at the expense of sounding too rehearsed, is the key to winning. Do you have another opinion? Let us know on Twitter using #29thfloor.

10.20.16 | 10:30 am

How did Colbert, Kimmel, Noah, et al. react to the third and final presidential debate? 

With jokes! And schtick! And not-so-thinly veiled disgust and contempt! 

See the clips over on Co.Create

10.20.16 | 10:01 am

This GIF perfectly captures Donald Trump’s night at the last debate

Maybe Donald Trump was just practicing how he's going to "rip up" trade deals like NAFTA and TPP. But this GIF of him tearing a piece of paper in half during a break in the debate seemed to capture his anger and frustration at last night's debate, which he lost by 13 points in a CNN poll of viewers.

10.20.16 | 9:26 am

”Highly competitive” wireless market weighs on Verizon earnings

The New Jersey-based telecom giant reported its second quarter in a row of declining performance, with a profit of $3.6 billion in comparison to last year's $4 billion. CEO Lowell McAdam, in a statement, attributed the performance in part to a "highly competitive" wireless market, with continued pricing wars embroiling Verizon as well as its rivals. 

For growth, Verizon has been looking to new ventures that take advantage of its network infrastructure, including digital media, IoT, and fleet management. 

To that end, Verizon agreed in July to acquire Yahoo's core business for $4.8 billion, with the goal of integrating the Silicon Valley company's media assets with that of AOL. But the completion of that transaction hit a major speed bump last month, when Yahoo disclosed that 500 million of its accounts had been previously hacked.

"This was an extremely large breach," CFO Fran Shammo said today in response to an analyst question. "We have to assume it will have a material impact on Yahoo." He also set expectations that the renewed negotiations between Verizon and Yahoo would likely extend for months.

[Photo: Flickr user gt8073a

10.20.16 | 9:00 am

Morning intel: Verizon earnings, Tesla’s Autopilot upgrade, Google’s Pixel release

• In the final debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton started out fielded meaty questions about the Supreme Court and abortion—but soon enough, the candidates were trading barbs like "you're the puppet" and Twitter was debating whether Trump said "bigly" or "big league." Perhaps the most shocking moment of the debate was Trump's response when asked if he would accept the results of the election: "I will look at it at the time." Catch up on fact checks from the debate and the top social moments of the night. 

• True to form, Elon Musk chose last night to make a Tesla announcement. From here on out, all Tesla vehicles—including the upcoming Model 3—will be outfitted with hardware that grants self-driving capabilities. Musk called Tesla's updated autopilot hardware a "supercomputer in a car."

• Verizon released its Q3 earnings this morning, reporting a profit of $3.6 billion. The company did not reveal much about whether it will complete its acquisition of Yahoo, though Verizon CFO Fran Shammo did say negotiations could drag on for months

Google's new Pixel phone is available in stores today (paging all Samsung customers). 

Is the business model employed by companies like ClassPass sustainable? And what does it say about the subscription service market as a whole? Fast Company's Ruth Reader investigates