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πŸŽ„ Newley’s Notes 116: Merry Xmas! — The Best Tech of 2017


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Merry Christmas from New Delhi! I hope you’re having a restful holiday and enjoying time with friends and family. All is good on this end.

This week’s theme:

πŸ“² The best of tech in 2017

1. The year’s best tech long-reads: has a round-up of pieces such as a profile of Uber founder Travis Kalanick, an exploration of notorious imageboard website 4chan, and more. Recode also has a list of top long-reads, many tech-centric.

2. The year’s best books about tech: MIT Technology Review has got you covered, as does Wired. The one I’m most looking forward to reading: “Twitter and Tear Gas” by Zeynep Tufekci. The subtitle: “The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest.”

3. The year’s coolest gadgets: Look no further than this WSJ collection (I can personally attest to the quality of the Anker charging devices; I’m also quite desirous of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, I must say). Engadget also has a list, and five members of Ars Technica’s review team offer their picks (and some of their least favorite new products), as well.

4. 2017’s best sci-fi: Popular Mechanics has a list of top sci-fi films — “Blade Runner 2049” was probably my favorite movie of any genre — while The Guardian covers the best sci-fi and fantasy books. Also check out Goodreads’ top-recommended sci-fi books, while The WSJ has a round-up of the best “hard SF” reads.

5. For Apple nerds: The year’s best iOS apps, according to the fine folks at Macstories. Included here are some well-known ones (think Overcast for podcasts and 1Password for password management) and some lesser-known gems. There’s also an extensive summary of must-have Mac apps.

πŸ”₯ 1 Silly Thing

The very best yule log videos online: Quartz has a hand-picked list of excellent offerings from the likes of YouTube, Amazon, and Netflix. Bonus: fireplaces aren’t your thing? Hulu gives you “Puppies Crash Christmas,” a video in which little canines destroy gifts and furniture. Backstory is here.

Happy holidays, mis amigos!

πŸ‘Š Fist bump from New Delhi,


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