First Click: Kanye's done, Twitter's exodus, and a preview of the week ahead
January 25th, 2016
While most mortals were lounging about this weekend, sipping cocktails in handsome silk pajamas, Kanye finished “the greatest album of all time,” as two aging quarterbacks led their teams to the brink of NFL championship. A game so important that it’s named for a giant piece of tableware. Oh, and Twitter lost five executives, including its head of Vine who's headed back to Google to work on VR. Well, at least you're rested and ready to tackle the week ahead.
We’re smack in the middle of earnings season with Apple and AT&T set to announce on Tuesday, while Amazon, Microsoft, and Samsung Electronics will show us their respective financials on Wednesday. Investors and analysts will be keen to see any signs of growth, with Apple acting as the harbinger for the entire industry of consumer electronics. Speculation of a market slowdown, especially in China, has already gouged the stock price of the world’s most valuable company. A crown that Alphabet (Google’s parent company, remember?) will be eager to don when it announces earnings next week.
The Sundance film festival is also in full swing this week, with many more film reviews and highlights to come. We’ll also be checking out the Hyperloop pod design competition later in the week, so stay tuned for that and plenty more.
But first, let’s catch up on the week that was.
Now is the perfect time to quit Destiny
There’s no better time than now to walk away from Destiny. The sci-fi console shooter has entered the midpoint phase of its second year, and it’s clear it would take nothing short of a cosmic-sized...
Vine boss leaves Twitter to join Google
It's been a torrid weekend for Twitter, with the company reeling from the departure of multiple high-level executives. Company co-founder and recent CEO appointee Jack Dorsey has confirmed that key...
Riding in a Ferrari brings out the automotive passion in us all
For all the joking about how horrible CES is, we actually had a pretty good time this year. It was a great bonding experience for a team with a lot of new members. And one of the bigger treats was...
Stunning Star Wars visual effects breakdown shows how Maz Kanata was brought to life
Much was made of The Force Awakens' return to practical effects after the overly-sanitized look of the prequel trilogy, but make no mistake: there's copious amount of computer generated visual...
The virtual reality of Sundance, Day 2: hate is the purest emotion
This week marks the first time I've tried a piece by Nonny de la Peña, one of this decade's most influential VR artists. I'd been anxious about it for days. For the unfamiliar, Nonny de la Peña...
Ready or not, smartwatches are coming for the mainstream
Last year was a big year for smartwatches: Apple launched its long-awaited Apple Watch, Samsung introduced its first watch with a round display, Pebble added three new models to its lineup, and a...
How to be human: how to break up with a rebound
Leah Reich was one of the first internet advice columnists. Her column "Ask Leah" ran on IGN, where she gave advice to gamers for two and a half years. During the day, Leah is Slack’s user...
Zac Efron's abs can't save the miserable Dirty Grandpa
I have to be honest with you: there are very few circumstances under which you should see Dirty Grandpa. If a psychotic villain is making you fight for your life with a series of desperate, Saw-...
Google to pay £130 million in back taxes to the UK
Google has agreed to pay the UK £130 million (roughly $185 million) in back taxes. The deal covers the company for the past decade, and comes after a years-long investigation by the government's...
The Verge Review of Animals: centipedes
A brief survey of film can provide important clues about the character of insects and their invertebrate cousins. In the 1973 animated children’s movie Charlotte’s Web, we learn to love spiders...
Manning of the day
Cherish this GIF, for it could be our last Manning face ever. https://t.co/BZYSRhx5Hc pic.twitter.com/0DO0WJ5SQS— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) January 24, 2016