These future Apple products may be hiding in plain sight

These future Apple products may be hiding in plain sight

Despite all the intriguing new devices that Apple showed off this week, it’s never too early to start musing on what might be up the company’s sleeves next. As ever, you can glean a lot about the direction Apple is heading in by seeing what kind of things it is focusing on, especially when it’s rolling out new products with new capabilities. Features and technologies that we haven’t seen before can often point to places in which the company has invested significant time and energy—and, in many cases, it’s with an eye to more than just a single device. One of Apple’s great strengths, after all, is a “build once, deploy anywhere” mentality that lets the company bring the same features to many products. With the first event of 2021 behind…

The secrets of successful family sailing

YM Editor Theo Stocker and wife Georgie sailed their Sadler 29 to Cornwall last summer with four-month-old Reuben. As sailors, you’re likely to share your passion with your nearest and dearest. For cruising sailors, the promise of quality time with your family, adventures and memories for the children and passing on your love of the sea is likely to be among the reasons to take them sailing, whether they are your own children, nephews, nieces, grandchildren or those of friends. Family sailing isn’t without its challenges, however. How do you keep your crew happy, warm, fed, entertained and occupied within the confines of a small boat? And how does life aboard change as children grow from babies and toddlers to teenagers? More importantly, how do you ensure that going sailing is…

The secrets of successful family sailing

YOUR MBY

KIT BAG I have recently moved to Guernsey and with a road speed limit of 35mph, I am slowly transitioning from being a car man to a boat man. Having spent lots of time reading MBY, I have now placed an order for a Axopar 28. I saw your article on the CoastKey wireless killcord (I ‘m getting one) and it made me think. You are probably the best person to ask which essentials we need for our boats, from heaters to dehumidifiers, liferafts to kettles! If you wouldn’t mind giving me some recommendations that would be great. Martin Kadhim Wow, this could take a while so to keep things short, here are five bits of kit that I wish I’d known about earlier in my boating career. 1. Super Pump Siphon tube – cheap,…

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HOW TO GET READY FOR SPRING

HOW TO GET READY FOR SPRING

Spring is arriving in the northern hemisphere, and with it come some of the biggest days. If you want to make the most of them, then you need to be ready. Here’s a 10-point plan to help. 1. Get your gear ready. Yep, we know that it’s said every year, but there is nothing worse than finding out you need to service your glider / pack your reserve / replace your gloves / upgrade your instruments the day before you need to go flying. Or worse, on the hill as others are taking off and skying out. Get organised ahead of time. 2. Know the rules. This year it’s important to know where and when you can fly. Lots of countries have restrictions and lots of sites, chairlifts and cable cars are…

Style and Substance

RATING PERFORMANCE FEATURES BUILD QUALITY VALUE GERMAN SPEAKER company Elac has had quite a run over the past few years, with designer Andrew Jones turning out new models on an annual basis after setting the audio world on its ears in 2016 with the Elac Debut. Following the Debut’s launch, the company came out with the pricier Uni-Fi. A three-way bookshelf design, the Uni-Fi incorporated a coincident midrange-woofer that positions the tweeter at the apex of the midrange cone where the dust cap usually sits. Coincident drivers offer significant advantages, including less destructive interference at some listening angles where the responses of the woofer and tweeter overlap (comb filtering). They have downsides as well, including design complexity and cost. But Jones worked with British speaker-maker KEF in the 1980s when that company launched its now iconic…

Style and Substance

AS WE SEE IT

THIS ISSUE: Recorded music’s bright future. I wrote about the music industry’s impressive recovery in the February 2022 AWSI.1 Robust LP sales were a headline item of that report, but they’re a sideshow: Paid-subscription streaming is what is bringing the industry back. When I wrote that, 2021 wasn’t quite over, so year-end financials weren’t available. They’re available now. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, in 2021 recorded-music revenue reached $15 billion, an astonishing $2.9 billion—19.3%—increase over 2020. That increase is probably exaggerated by COVID-suppressed 2020 revenue—physical media sales were certainly down—but 2020 revenue was still $1 billion higher than 2019’s. Numerically, 2021 recorded-music revenue set a new record: $400 million higher than the previous record high, in 1999—the year before the start of the great decline, when illegal file sharing nearly broke…

ECO WARRIOR

GARMIN INSTINCT SOLAR You can’t get much greener than solar power. And while the Instinct Solar won’t run entirely on sunlight, its battery life can be boosted to up to 54 days in watch mode thanks to a special coating on its screen. HOUSE OF MARLEY REBEL TRUE WIRELESS EARBUDS Three little birds won’t sit on your doorstep if they find out your habits are harmful for the environment. So help them be happy with these eco in-ears. Made from solid bamboo and wood-fibre composite, they also ship with a sustainable braided cable. And don’t worry about battery life: eight hours of playtime is bolstered by 22 more from the wireless charging case. £100 / thehouseofmarley.co.uk LIFEPROOF WAKE Most mobiles don’t mix well with water, but Lifeproof’s eco cases want your phone to befriend the ocean.…

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Verdict: 2020 BMW X7 xDrive40i

Verdict: 2020 BMW X7 xDrive40i

Service Life 13 months/23,539 miles Base Price $74,895As Tested $96,895 Average Fuel Econ 17.6 mpg Options Executive package ($4,100: remote engine start, soft-close doors, panoramic sunroof, head-up display), Dynamic Handling package ($3,850: active steering, M Sport brakes), Bowers & Wilkins sound ($3,400); Merino leather ($2,450); Drivers Assistance Professional package ($1,700: Traffic Jam Assist, Active Driving Assistant Pro), Luxury Seating package ($1,600: front ventilated and massaging seats), 22" wheels ($1,300); Cold Weather package ($1,200: front and rear heated seats, 5-zone climate control); Alcantara headliner ($1,000); leather dashboard ($850); trailer hitch ($550) Problem Areas None Maintenance Cost $0 (2x inspection, oil change; 1 in-cabin air filter) Normal Wear $0 3-Year Residual Value* $90,600 (94%) Recalls None *IntelliChoice data; assumes 42,000 miles at the end of three years. “BMW’s biggest boat isn’t bad, but it could be better.”William Walker With its 3.0-liter turbocharged I-6…

When I grow up

When I grow up

AS A woman in my mid-30s, I look very much like a grown-up. I have a career, a home and a husband; I have deliberated over and purchased a dishwasher, a washing machine and a fridge. Judge me by my white goods, and I tick all the boxes. But when, one Saturday, I opened my kitchen bin to find the lid heaving with maggots, I felt totally helpless. So I called my mum. It was a crushing realisation: I may look like a grown-up, but I didn’t feel like one. It got me thinking, if a house and a spouse don’t make an adult, what does? If you go by traditional milestones, people in the West seem to be growing up later than ever. The age of the average first-time home buyer…

Fewer—or even none?

Fewer—or even none?

IT IS HARD to conceive of a world without banks, partly because they are so visible. Picture the horizon of any big city, and the skyscrapers in view are usually banks. Commuters emerge from Grand Central station in New York in the shadow of the Park Avenue base of JPMorgan Chase. Morgan Stanley looms over Times Square; Bank of America over Bryant Park. In London the skyline is dominated by odd-shaped towers in the City and Canary Wharf. In Singapore the top floors of the offices of Standard Chartered and UOB house rooftop bars looking out over the entire city. Even in places like Auckland, Mexico City or Jakarta, the logos adorning the tallest buildings are those of ANZ , BBVA or HSBC . The physical dominance of banks symbolises their…

PRACTICAL

PRACTICAL

New multihulls in this year’s ARC include two Bali 5.4s, two Outremer 55s and a 4X, Lagoon 450S and 46, Fountaine Pajot Elba 45, two Nautitech 46 Opens, Neel 51, Marsaudon ORC50 and two Excess 15s run by a Swedish charter company SPECIAL REPORT HELEN FRETTER ON NEW MULTIHULLS IN THE ARC The explosion in multihull sales has been well documented, with many yards reporting lead times of two years or longer as build slots sold out as quickly as they were released. Now, many multihulls that were ordered post-2020 are on the water. In this year’s ARC rally there were 16 new boats that had been launched in this year alone, of which 15 were multihulls. We caught up with some of their owners in Las Palmas to find out how the…

AXOPAR 45 CROSS CABIN

AXOPAR 45 CROSS CABIN

There aren’t many companies like Axopar. Its rise has been rapid and, since the arrival of the 28 in 2014, it has gone from a producer of super versatile outboard powered sportsboats to a fully fledged lifestyle brand with expansions and partnerships sprouting up all over the place. Then there is the man behind the brand, Jan-Erik Viitala, who co-founded it, having had a hand in XO, Aquador and Paragon (hence the name, an amalgamation of all three) and even now is fastidiously fiddling at launch events, affixing decals to the boats himself and ensuring the Axopar mats on the quayside are perfectly aligned. It’s who he is and this obsessiveness offers a glimpse into what goes into designing a new Axopar. Given that the 45 is the largest boat…

Adapting for Atmos

Q Way back when surround sound at home was the new big thing, installing dipole surround speakers at either side of the main listening position was recommended. Are dipoles still the optimal surround speaker choice now that technology has transitioned to object-based audio formats like Atmos? Assuming that no more speakers can be added to a system due to space limitations or cost, can an existing 5.1 speaker system (with dipole or conventional in-ceiling surround speakers) work effectively with the new sound formats? STEVE BENOFF / BEAUMONT, CA A The dipole surround, a speaker design featuring dual matched sets of drivers facing front and back and wired out of phase, dates back to the old Dolby Pro Logic days when processors extracted a mono rear surround channel from encoded soundtracks on analog…

Adapting for Atmos
La BELLEZA de lo simple

La BELLEZA de lo simple

La belleza contenida y la armonía zen evocan emociones que pueden trasladarnos a un estado de calma y equilibrio. Son valores que bailan alrededor de la cultura japonesa y que definen los principios del diseño y la arquitectura nipona. Para acercarnos a estas dos disciplinas, la primera edición del Japan Desu reúne una serie de exposiciones y actividades en las que conocer el presente y el futuro del diseño en Japón. Descubriremos firmas como Nissan, en cuyos diseños se refleja la característica estética de líneas puras en torno a los principios del Wabi-Sabi: la sencillez, la imperfección, la belleza en lo sutil, la naturalidad, la gracia delicada, la libertad y la tranquilidad. Algo que también simboliza el nuevo Nissan ARIYA, un coche con alma japonesa en el que todo está pensado…

Omicron still on the rise

Omicron still on the rise

ONE in 25 people in England, or nearly 4 per cent of the country’s population, were infected by the coronavirus in the week ending 29 June, according to the latest figures from the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS). The equivalent figures for the rest of the UK were 1 in 17 people in Scotland, 1 in 20 people in Wales and 1 in 19 people in Northern Ireland, with a total of around 2.7 million infections across the UK that week. The proportion of infections has roughly doubled across the UK since the start of June. The infections are mainly caused by a growing wave of the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of omicron, which were first detected in South Africa in January. These subvariants have now spread around the world…

Finalist: 2023 Genesis Electrified G80

PROS • Looks great without rubbing its EV-ness in your face • Refined and powerful • Long legs and quick-charging capability CONS • Sometimes-uncomfortable driving position • Battery and motors eat into space • Shares infotainment with non-luxe products VEHICLE LAYOUT Front- and rear-motor, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan MOTORS, TRANSMISSIONS Permanent-magnet electric, 1-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 5,038 lb (49/51%) WHEELBASE 118.5 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 197.0 x 75.8 x 57.9 in ON SALE Now (select states) In our experience, vehicles that serve up both gas and electric powertrain options are masters of none. As the old Hyundai Ioniq demonstrated, building a package that suits both an internal combustion drivetrain and an electric one often results in compromises for both. So according to recent history, then, the 2023 Genesis Electrified G80 probably shouldn’t be any good. Yet to our pleasant surprise…

Finalist: 2023 Genesis Electrified G80
YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

1. Aperitivo hour These sturdy but stylish glasses would be ideal for Italian-style spritzes. The coloured tinted bases add to their charm. Colourful cocktail glasses, £42 for four, roseandgrey.co.uk 2. Hug in a box The Tartan Blanket Co’s contemporary takes on the Scottish weave are good for winter snuggles or spring picnics. They include throws made from recycled wool and fibres saved from landfill (alongside luxe lambswool and cashmere). Opt for a gift box and add a mug and cosy treats for full comforting effect. Recycled wool blanket, from £40 (gift box items extra), tartanblanketco.com 3. What’s your handle? For the interiors lover (or a friend re-doing their kitchen), Yorkshire Foundry’s cabinet handles are a beautiful finishing touch. Hand-crafted in aluminium and brass, the nature-inspired range includes citrus halves, broccoli florets, sinuous chillies and our favourite, the…

The ‘Third World’ of yacht racing

The ‘Third World’ of yacht racing

Mathematics has never been my strong point and I blame my lack of numeracy to assess depths for secondary ports on my Secondary Modern education. But there is another way, of course, even on a boat without an echo-sounder. Even on a boat without an echo-sounder, heading for a short-cut over a sandbank on a falling tide, in a rising wind while sailing solo. It is the sapling. Mine is a very strong… twig. Sycamore, I think, picked up in woodland after a coppicing exercise and taken back to my shed where I measured and marked a depth gauge in feet along its length. At each mark I cut around the young bark with a knife, peeled it away and used white undercoat to paint a ring. Now, armed with my blind…

New Bike Announcements

New Bike Announcements

THE NEW HAYABUSA In just its third iteration since being introduced in 1999, the new Suzuki Hayabusa has been brought up to date with new electronics, riding modes, quickshifter, combined braking, traction control, cruise control and more. The new bike will be available in Australia mid year for just $27,690, although demand is expected to outstrip supply for some time. “With high demand and limited supply, reservations for this highly anticipated motorcycle will be exclusively online via Suzuki’s Build and Order feature on suzukimotorcycles.com.au,” says the official information from Suzuki Australia. Firsts for the new model include an active speed limiter that allows the rider to set a maximum speed for the motorcycle and be safe in the knowledge they won’t exceed that speed. Changes to the bike have been partly forced on Suzuki…

LUCID AIR: THE FIRST TRUE TESLA COMPETITOR

LUCID AIR: THE FIRST TRUE TESLA COMPETITOR

Tesla might be the first company that springs to mind when you’re in the market for a new electric vehicle, but California-based startup Lucid should not be underestimated. The firm unveiled its breathtaking Lucid Air vehicle last year, offering up to 1065bhp and a claimed maximum range of 517 miles, and last month teased its proprietary operating system that will connect drivers across the United States and around the world. The future is coming. THE WORLD’S MOST AERODYNAMIC LUXURY CAR Lucid’s debut model, Air, has been described by its engineers as the world’s most “aerodynamic luxury car,” with a drag coefficient of just 0.21; that’s 0.01 less than the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class to give you some perspective. The model offers an unrestricted top speed of more than 230 miles per hour (that’s…

Questions over Alzheimer’s drug

Questions over Alzheimer’s drug

A DRUG called lecanemab is the first treatment that slows cognitive decline in people with early Alzheimer’s disease. It also decreases plaques and tangles in the brain that are thought to drive the condition’s progression. While it may sound promising, some question whether these effects will have a meaningful impact on Alzheimer’s symptoms. Potential concerns have also been raised about the drug’s safety. During an 18-month study made up of almost 1800 people with early Alzheimer’s disease, 0.7 per cent of those who received lecanemab died, compared with 0.8 per cent of those having placebo infusions. In a statement released on 30 November, the Japan-based pharmaceutical firm Eisai, which developed lecanemab, said that none of these deaths was related to the drug. In October, however, STAT reported that lecanemab may have contributed to…

How to spot a scam email or text

How to spot a scam email or text

The fact that you and everyone you know will receive spam and scam emails (and texts) for as long as they live should be added to the famous Ben Franklin quote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Spam is constant and ever present, and you likely have a few hundred messages sitting in your spam folder as you read this. The very fact that we even need to have a spam folder tells us there’s a problem. However, you are a savvy inbox navigator and a seasoned connoisseur of Nigerian missives. The problem is, someone in your family is decidedly not. Maybe it’s your mother or father, an uncle, or even a step-relative. Here’s some advice to keep them safe. ALWAYS KNOW (AND…

First Look: 2024 Cadillac Celestiq

First Look: 2024 Cadillac Celestiq

Is the 2024 Cadillac Celestiq for real? This head-turning, all-electric superluxury sedan is longer than the brand’s Escalade SUV and priced in a stratosphere Cadillac has long only dreamed of returning to. To wit: Pricing will start above the $300,000 threshold, but customers can easily add up to $100,000 more via customization, all but guaranteeing no two owners have the same exact car. The mere fact Cadillac is producing the Celestiq is nearly as surprising as the vehicle itself, which fulfills a longstanding desire to build a proper flagship. An idea became a vision, then a concept car, and now a fabulous final-form four-door that brings to life almost all the gee-whiz features envisioned along the way. The Celestiq has an estimated 600 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque, a 0–60…

Shifting the balance

Shifting the balance

ON THE SOUTHERN shore of the Gulf of Izmit, at the Golcuk shipyard, Turkey’s naval future is slowly taking shape. The first of six German-designed submarines lies in the water, after being floated out from its dock in March. The Piri Reis will join the fleet next year; five other Reisclass subs will follow in successive years. It is a triumph for Turkey’s navy—and a headache for Greece. Over the past year Turkey and Greece, despite both being members of NATO, have sparred in the Mediterranean. Their warships collided last summer after Turkey sent a survey vessel into disputed waters. Greece responded by rallying allies in Europe and the Middle East, bought a slew of French warplanes and, in December, announced a doubling of defence spending to €5.5bn ($6.6bn). That, though,…

Woof’s the word

THE BROWS seem to furrow. The face turns to the ground. Nearby, your shoes lie in tatters. You know—simply know—that your dog is ashamed of having destroyed your only decent pair, and is meekly trying to tell you so. Dogs’ faces seem to beg to be interpreted. And lots of humans cannot resist interpreting them in the terms delimited by human languages. A puppy licking your cheek enthusiastically is bestowing a “kiss”. A dog using its body with no apparent practical goal is “playing”. If they could speak like their owners, many humans want to know, what would their dogs have to say? Into the market for answers step Christina Hunger, author of the forthcoming book “How Stella Learned to Talk”, and Alexis Devine, the owner of Bunny, a canine TikTok star…

Woof’s the word
UNDERWAY

UNDERWAY

It’s okay for your children to get involved as much as they want. Graham Snook explains, ‘Sometimes my daughter Ella, nine, will want to help on board; other times she’d rather be down below with a book or the iPad. If it’s raining, she’ll snuggle up under the spray hood and grin back at me. Sailing is as much her time as it is mine.’ Having jobs on board is important, says Abi Kavanagh. ‘Underway, our children, need something to “do”. The sense of responsibility helps them feel part of the team. Our girls are seven and five; they helm, keep lookout, zoom in and out on the chart plotter. They are learning basic navigation. Last summer our eldest planned our route and piloted us from Portsmouth into Bembridge, which kept…

CURIOUS GENIUS

CURIOUS GENIUS

They won’t come into a marina very often, but when they do, Pete and Tracey Goss will be doing a lot of talking. They were in Mayflower Marina in Plymouth when I met them, taking on fuel and water, and a steady stream of people stopped as they walked by. All asking, ‘What is this boat? What is she for?’ The name says it all. Oddity. Spelt out in a groovy 1970s font. Turquoise with a bright yellow tender, a big squared off coachroof, a gaff rig and daggerboards. This curious boat absolutely screams ‘Story!’ Pete has time for every passer-by. He answers all their questions and invites one man on board to look around. He listens to descriptions of their own boats and sailing history, but he doesn’t counter with his…

News

SEND US YOUR STORIES Share your news and diary dates: email Laura Hodgetts at pbo@futurenet.com First evidence of GRP boats’ impact on aquatic organisms Microscopic analysis of oysters, mussels and sediment from Chichester Harbour has uncovered a dizzying number of glass fibres linked back to boatyards and derelict vessels. The ‘really worrying’ findings by University of Brighton researchers who undertook studies off the coast of Hampshire and West Sussex have worldwide implications, yet there is no practical solution for recycling fibreglass boats in sight, with a boom in boating, plus increasing numbers of early glass reinforced plastic (GRP) vessels reaching end of life. Mystery shards Dr Corina Ciocan, Principal Lecturer in Marine Biology, at the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Brighton told PBO it took a lot of detective work to discover what…

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Melco N50

Melco N50

Melco, the Japanese maker of the N50 Music Library featured in this review, is not a household name among US audiophiles. Veterans may recall the Melco 3560 turntable, which was considered extravagant at its 1978 launch, in part because it supported three tonearms. Confusingly, several subsidiaries of the giant keiretsu Mitsubishi are called MELCO (for “Mitsubishi Electric Corporation”), but the maker of the N50 is not one of those MELCOs. This “Melco” is, rather, short for “Maki Engineering Laboratory Company,” and though it got its start in hi-fi, these days its best-known products are network-attached RAID arrays made by Melco’s American division, Buffalo Americas. Melco’s audio division, known as Melco Syncrets, sells products similar to those produced by Buffalo Americas but tuned for hi-fi, including servers that incorporate all the digital…

INSIDE ZELENSKY’S WORLD

THE NIGHTS ARE THE HARDEST, when he lies there on his cot, the whine of the air-raid sirens in his ears and his phone still buzzing beside him. Its screen makes his face look like a ghost in the dark, his eyes scanning messages he didn’t have a chance to read during the day. Some from his wife and kids, many from his advisers, a few from his troops, surrounded in their bunkers, asking him again and again for more weapons to break the Russian siege. Inside his own bunker, the President has a habit of staring at his daily agenda even when the day is over. He lies awake and wonders whether he missed something, forgot someone. “It’s pointless,” Volodymyr Zelensky told me at the presidential compound in Kyiv, just…

INSIDE ZELENSKY’S WORLD
Award-worthy ACRYLICS

Award-worthy ACRYLICS

Let’s face it, using acrylic paints and finishing products — like weathering powders and washes — is different from using enamels, oil paints, or lacquers. You can produce similar effects, but the processes and methods vary slightly. However, once you have them down, you can use water-based acrylics on anything, from armor to sci-fi models and everything between. In 2008, I won the Gunpla World Championships using only acrylics and went on to win multiple other awards afterward. During that time, I continued to develop my process and came to fall in love with Acrylicos Vallejo paints — to the point that I use them almost exclusively. That isn’t to say you can’t apply my techniques with other acrylic paints, but you’ll have to modify your approach to suit the brand.…

Who should police the web?

SHOULD VIDEO websites have to review content before they publish it? Where does the boundary lie between hate speech and incitement to violence? Is pornography created by artificial intelligence an invasion of privacy? These are all hard questions, but behind them lies an even more difficult one: who should provide the answers? On the internet, such dilemmas are increasingly being resolved by private firms. Social networks are deciding what kinds of misinformation to ban. Web-hosting companies are taking down sites they deem harmful. Now financial firms are more actively restricting what people can buy (see Finance section). The digital gatekeepers are doing a mixed job. But it is becoming clear that it ought not to be their job at all. The trade-offs around what can be said, done and bought online urgently…

Putin’s next move

ONE MAN commands a police state. The other is locked up and close to death. Nonetheless, Vladimir Putin fears his prisoner. Alexei Navalny may be physically weak: after most of a month on hunger strike, he was moved to a prison hospital on April 19th, perhaps for force-feeding. Yet he is still Russia’s most effective opposition leader. His jocular, matter-of-fact videos resonate with voters. One, a guided tour of a gaudy palace that Mr Putin denies owning, has been viewed more than 116m times. Mr Navalny has built a movement by mocking the Kremlin’s lies, and challenges Mr Putin’s party at elections. That is why he was poisoned last year, and then jailed on bogus charges. It is why his organisation has been branded “extremist” and is being ruthlessly shut…

Putin’s next move
TRANSFORMERS

TRANSFORMERS

If you think the electrification wave is limited to mainstream automakers, wait until lawmakers run out of new internal combustion engines to tax. We’re not saying gasoline-burning classic cars will be banished, but there’s no guarantee they won’t gradually become tougher and tougher to own and operate. Converting a classic car to battery electric power is already a thing, whether inspired by prescience or mechanical frustration. Want to breathe modern life into your baby? Here’s a selection of some of the big-gest names in the EV conversion biz. Chevrolet eCrate (chevrolet.com/performance-parts/electrification) You might need to get used to saying “crate motor” instead of “crate engine.” Chevrolet unveiled plans for a range of electric crate motors and batteries for hobbyists, cleverly called “eCrate,” falling right in line with GM’s ongoing push toward an…

BEAM ME UP, SQUATTY Sonos Beam 2

BEAM ME UP, SQUATTY Sonos Beam 2

£449 / sonos.com If you’re still searching for immersive TV sound from a compact source, Sonos is back to raise the bar… • Dancing off the ceiling We were a bit bowled over by the original Beam back in 2018. Small, smart and surprisingly affordable, the cinematic soundbar slipped into our living rooms and grabbed Gadget of the Year honours. Now its successor is here to shame your TV’s tinny tweeters all over again… with added Dolby Atmos. • Another grille, another planet Put the Sonos Beam 2 alongside its predecessor and you’ll struggle to spot the difference. It’s still a rounded-off rectangle, albeit with a slightly tweaked grille, and it still packs four full-range drivers, a central tweeter, three passive radiators and five Class D amps. What’s changed is the way these…

Durabook S14I: Tough Semi-Rugged Laptop

Durabook S14I: Tough Semi-Rugged Laptop

Buyers of rugged laptops, sturdy systems designed to be bolted to first responders’ dashboards or dropped onto rocky ground, make a distinction between “semi-rugged” and “fully rugged” notebooks—machines rated to survive a fall of three feet versus six feet, say, or pouring rain versus a high-pressure hose. Its maker calls the Durabook S14I ($3,004 as tested) “one step above semi-rugged,” meaning it’s not the most bulletproof laptop you can buy, but it’s still formidably tough, versatile, and well-equipped. The S14I hits a sweet spot for users whose work takes them (and their gear) into harm’s way. The only thing keeping it from an Editors’ Choice award is its mediocre battery life. You’ll definitely want to fill its modular bay with the available second battery pack instead of the DVD drive…

聯電被看扁的贏家

在六月二十二日瑞銀舉辦的投資論壇上,聯電宣告今年第二季產能利用率百分之百,而市場最夯的二八奈米產能,今年與明年都將可達到二○%成長。 漂亮的數字,吸引各路法人紛紛投注熱烈的目光。這是聯電闊別十多年來,重新享受到資本市場的關愛。 聯電曾與台積電並列「晶圓雙雄」,但一個早已是鋒芒萬丈的護國神山,而另一個卻默默在角落獨守成熟製程,忍受市場伴隨來的酸言與奚落聲。 從角落重返舞台中央,這個距離有多遠? 董座洪嘉聰點滴在心頭,但他說:「無論好壞,笑罵由人吧⋯⋯。」熬了十多年的苦日子,終究,是到了盡頭! 多年前, 同為台灣「 晶圓代工雙雄」, 一家破釜沉舟「 根留台灣」,一家大膽偷跑「西進中國」,從此走向不同的命運。前者台積電一路以來桂冠加身承載無限光環,而後者聯電製程、技術皆不如人,無論是在股市、社會上,接收的酸言酸語,恐怕遠高過稀落的掌聲。 多年下來,台積電全力衝刺先進製程,不只遙遙領先聯電,還一步步甩開英特爾、三星的苦苦糾纏,穩坐全球晶圓代工龍頭寶座,以及護國神山難以動搖的地位,成為全國人民心中的榮耀之星、台灣之光。…

聯電被看扁的贏家

HOW TO KEEP A HEALTHY BACK

“My back hurts!” We have all heard or said that many times. Back pain comes in many forms and for many reasons. Stiff neck, sciatica, poor range of motion, pain radiating to your extremities, and angry nerves are just some of the issues people face. Back pain has many causes but most generally can be traced to a few issues. Pain can manifest from past traumatic injuries including impact injuries (car crash, drunken fall, paragliding crash) or poor form while lifting or moving heavy objects. Others may experience back pain from being badly out of shape, living a sedentary lifestyle or simply from spending too much time in a chair while working, commuting or at night in front of the television. Back pain can cripple your season, making it hard to…

HOW TO KEEP A HEALTHY BACK
A QUIET PLACE PART II

A QUIET PLACE PART II

Anyone seeking to make a horror sequel would do well to study writer/director John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place Part II. A magnificent expansion of the established characters and story, this film wastes nary a second, framing the narrative with a bit of new backstory before picking up immediately after the events of the 2018 original and taking us in bold, terrifying new directions. It’s Day 474 since the aliens arrived and began their wildly proficient killing spree. Few humans—and little humanity—remain, but the tightly knit, recently truncated Abbott family is determined to endure. They venture out into a bleak world and, despite some initial hostility and painful setbacks, soon discover that they might hold the key not only to survival but to stopping the deadly invaders. A new quest begins, transferring…

POP/ROCK

POP/ROCK

VARIOUS ARTISTS Nuggets, Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968 Rhino R1 2006/081227971113 (2LP). 2021. Lenny Kaye, prod.; Chris Belman, reissue eng. Nostalgia for the 1970s is a cultural thing right now, and the original Nuggets anthology, released in 1972, stands as a lasting testament to that decade’s spirit of exploration, rebellion, and honest cheesiness. At the request of Elektra Records President Jac Holzman, Lenny Kaye, a young music writer and record store clerk (later the guitarist in the Patti Smith Group), assembled two LPs of forgotten one-hit wonders from mid-’60s psychedelic rock. The collection was, in spirit, a descendant of Robert Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. The music has been called “garage rock” even though many of the tunes were recorded in major studios and some were released on major labels. Musically,…

Mine the sky’s wide-angle wonders

Mine the sky’s wide-angle wonders

YEARS AGO, I heard reports of amateur astronomers glimpsing a huge emission nebula in our galaxy, cataloged as IC 1396. Deep astroimages showed an expansive, complex nebula in Cepheus, about 3° in diameter on the northern side of the brightest visual band of the Milky Way, above Cygnus. Being a huge fanboy of all things that shine with the dim glow of ionized hydrogen and oxygen ions, I had to see it! Based on years of success observing faint, challenging galaxies, I confidently aimed my telescope towards Cepheus, eagerly anticipating visions of a grand nebulosity. But the best I could manage was the faint impression that something was there. I was sorely disappointed. Frustrated, I dismissed other observers’ written reports as wishful thinking. As it turned out, the fault was my own.…

Early review of Intel 11th-gen Rocket Lake gives the chip mixed marks

Early review of Intel 11th-gen Rocket Lake gives the chip mixed marks

Intel’s 11th-gen Rocket Lake chip won’t hit shelves until the end of March, but an unexpectedly early review of a retail Core i7-11700K labels the chip as power-hungry and unable to surpass AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X in many tests. The review, written by respected CPU expert Dr. Ian Cutress of Anandtech.com, was based on a Core i7-11700K that is presumably one of the hundreds of CPUs accidentally sold a month before launch by a German retailer. Benchmarks of the chip have been making the rounds ever since, but Cutress is the first experienced journalist to publish a review. Cutress stepped carefully in his story, avoiding mention of any information he had already been given by Intel under embargo during regular briefings for the chip. He said he informed Intel that he had the…

Sweet nothings

YOU could be forgiven for being completely confused when it comes to consuming low-calorie or artificial sweeteners. Some days, the headlines are full of praise for their beneficial effects on health, helping people to lose weight by replacing their favourite sugary drinks and treats with similar-tasting diet versions. At other times, we are told low-calorie sweeteners are linked with serious health conditions, from raising blood pressure to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Just last month, a large study of French adults claimed to have found an association between consuming sweeteners and an increased risk of heart disease. Allison Sylvetsky, an associate professor in the department of exercise and nutrition sciences at George Washington University, Washington DC, is trying to unpick the science involved in this controversial topic. Her work…

Sweet nothings
Crave

Crave

1 Samsung Odyssey Ark > £TBC > samsung.com > The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a great time to see some outlandish tech, and Samsung did not disappoint this year with its Odyssey Ark monitor. This display behemoth is a mammoth 55 inches across — more than double Apple’s largest 27–inch iMac — and uses a heavily curved screen to make using it a little more comfortable and immersive. Like the latest MacBook Pro and iPad Pro, the Odyssey Ark uses miniLED tech to ramp up the display quality and offer increased contrast and brightness. You can rotate the screen 90° into a portrait orientation, and thanks to its curvature and enormous wingspan, this makes the monitor loom ominously overhead — to the height of three 16:9 monitors stacked on top of each…

THIS MONTH's 10

THIS MONTH's 10

1 HARDY HYBRID Cockwells has launched the first of its new generation Hardys after buying the brand last year. And it’s a diesel electric hybrid. The boat is a Hardy 42, a timeless well-proven model, around 30 of which have been built over the past 18 years. Previous owner Windboats started the build by laminating the hull and superstructure but the remaining 70% of the work has been completed by Cockwells at its Mylor Creek facility in Cornwall. The hybrid installation is based around a single 440hp Yanmar diesel engine, rather than the usual twin set-up, with a 20kW electric motor linked to a 22kW generator and a 48V 400AH lithium-ion battery bank providing an additional source of clean, quiet power for the single shaft and propeller. The generator either runs the…

ARC fleet rally to help dismasted yacht

New award for cruising info The Cruising Association (CA) has added a new award to its annual Challenge Awards to recognise members who make valuable contributions to location information. The new Polaris Award will be presented to members who make an exceptional contribution for the CA’s Cruising Almanac, their online CAptain’s Mate app and range of cruising guides. Recipients will be honoured with a unique Polaris flag. Cats dominate world of charter Dream Yacht Worldwide (formerly Dream Yacht Charter) has reported plans to launch 150 new boats for the 2023 season, of which 80% are catamarans. The new charter yachts will include Bali 4.4, Lagoon 51, and Excess 14 catamarans. Dream has also reported a significant increase in the number of skippered charters, which has more than doubled in the past five years. Participants…

ARC fleet rally to help dismasted yacht
GREEN STEEL FROM SWEDEN

GREEN STEEL FROM SWEDEN

AT A STEEL PLANT IN LULEA, SWEDEN, WORKERS MAKE the world’s most essential construction material the old-fashioned way: piling iron ore and coke, a kind of coal-derived fuel, in a huge blast furnace, heating the mixture to enormous temperatures, and then “tapping” the cauldron of molten metal, which sends a stream of white-hot pig iron—and showers of sparks—spilling out along a sluiceway. But less than a mile away, the plant’s owner, SSAB, is piloting a less dramatic steelmaking process at a new facility. “It doesn’t look that spectacular,” says Martin Pei, executive vice president and chief technology officer at the Swedish steelmaker. “You don’t see very much either, because it’s all automatically controlled.” It’s spectacular in a different way, though. Traditional blast furnaces emit huge amounts of CO₂. But SSAB’s HYBRIT pilot…

Last shot

BENEATH grey skies in China’s Sichuan province, a fighter jet-like drone prepares to take off. Its mission: to release silver iodide into the atmosphere in a scientifically dubious attempt to trigger rainfall and help combat a drought associated with the worst heatwave the world has seen since records began. A few thousand kilometres to the west, meanwhile, authorities in Pakistan declare a “climate-induced humanitarian disaster of epic proportions” – caused not by a lack of rain, but by far too much of it, resulting in deadly floods. The events of just one day – 25 August 2022, to be exact – are stark evidence of our new climate reality. Never have the dangers of global heating been so terrifyingly obvious. Yet in terms of global action, we are in many ways going…

Last shot
Instability!

Instability!

Bob’s recent book, Earth-Shattering (Little, Brown and Company, 2019), explores the greatest cataclysms that have shaken the universe. With everything that’s happening, we might count on the sky to give us a sense of stability. But maybe we’re asking too much. The Moon, which Shakespeare presciently called “inconstant,” moves 1½ inches (3.8 centimeters) farther from Earth each year. Not worth losing sleep over. But on Mars, the billionaire astronauts may be less sanguine. The largest martian satellite, Phobos, orbits more closely to its planet’s surface than any other moon in the solar system, just 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) away. It’s also moving closer at some 6 feet (1.8 meters) per century. This produces ever-increasing tidal stresses on Phobos that are creating worrisome stretch marks. Eventually, it will be torn to pieces so…

Finalist: 2022 BMW i4

Finalist: 2022 BMW i4

PROS • Slick EV integration • Crushingly normal, unlike most EVs • Channels core BMW traits CONS • Eco-minded tires can be loud • Awkward ingress/egress • Limited center-console storage space eDRIVE40; M50 VEHICLE LAYOUT Rear-motor, RWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatchback; front- and rear-motor, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatchback MOTORS, TRANSMISSIONS Brushed synchronous electric, 1-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4,708 lb (45/55%); 5,012 lb (48/52%) WHEELBASE 112.4 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 188.5 x 72.9 x 57.0 ON SALE Now Look at the BMW i4, then look at a current BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The two four-door hatchbacks are virtually identical, their shared platform flexible enough to support both electric and gas-powered models. Cover the i4’s badges, and it’s tough to identify as an EV—save for the lack of exhaust pipes and its blocked-off kidney grilles. Typically, gas cars converted to EVs don’t feel…

Covid-19’s rocky road

ALL PANDEMICS end eventually. Covid-19 has started down that path, but it will not be eradicated. Instead, it will gradually become endemic. In that state, circulating and mutating from year to year, the coronavirus will remain a threat to the elderly and infirm. But having settled down, it is highly unlikely to kill on the monstrous scale of the past 20 months. Covid will then be a familiar, manageable enemy, like the flu. Although the destination is fixed, the route to endemicity is not. The difference between a well-planned journey and a chaotic one could be measured in millions of lives. The end of the pandemic is therefore a last chance for governments to show they have learned from the mistakes they made at its start. As the pandemic fades, weekly recorded…

Covid-19’s rocky road
SOFTWARE HIGHLIGHTS

SOFTWARE HIGHLIGHTS

16-track DAW with 23 synths & FX Avid Pro Tools | First In recent versions, Avid‘s DAW has transformed from an exclusive tool for professional studios to a DAW that is as powerful as it is beginner-friendly. In addition to its 23 compressors & EQs, 16 tracks and the unprecedented range of creative sampling and time-stretching tools, Pro Tools | First even offers two amazing extras: the Xpand!2 workstation from AIR Music and UVI‘s PlugSound Library. By the way, syncing with other DAWs is no problem using ReWire. Download: www.bit.ly/BeatDL187 | License: www.bit.ly/BeatPTFirst win | mac Rocks! Fully modular amp modeling giant Overloud TH-U Beat With TH-U Beat, Overloud has created an exclusive version of the modular studio for guitar and bass sounds for Beat readers. The plug-in comes up with excellent sounding amps and matching cabinets,…

NEWS

Heesen with a classic twist Heesen has launched the 50-metre aluminium superyacht Project Altea, which is on track for delivery in time for the summer season. Its exterior design has been penned by Omega Architects, while the Cristiano Gatto-designed interior has been described as “like the interior of a classic Bendey or Aston Martin” by executive commercial officer Mark Cavendish. heesenyachts.com Atlantys offers support Yachts can head off the beaten track with less stress, thanks to a new agency serving mid-Atlantic destinations. Atlantys will operate in Madeira, the Azores (pictured). Cape Verde and the Portuguese mainland. Support will include marina reservations, customs clearance, chandlery, fuel bunkering and concierge services. The enterprise is an offshoot of charter and services company Navex. atlantys.eu Ferretti builds big Commissioned by a French owner, the first 30-metre Ferretti 1000 supeiyacht…

NEWS
COP’s big promises

COP’s big promises

COP26, currently taking place in Glasgow, UK, is a climate summit of two halves. First, there was a week of flashy announcements from world leaders, now there is a week of intense expectation as negotiators attempt to draw up a consensus statement that every participating country will agree to. This huge task was under way as New Scientist went to press, but there were four announcements of real significance amid the flurry of pledges from the first week. Deforestation vow The summit kicked off with a pledge to end deforestation by 2030, backed by more than 100 countries representing 85 per cent of the world’s forests. Significantly, the signatories include Brazil, where deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has been accelerating under President Jair Bolsonaro. There is also new money to help combat…

People Picks

People Picks

NBC | Law & Order: Organized Crime A decade later, Christopher Meloni is back on the beat DRAMA “In the nation’s largest city, the vicious and violent members of the underworld are hunted by the detectives of the Organized Crime Bureau.” So, with the regrettable use of alliterative v’s, goes the spoken intro to this new chapter of the Law & Order franchise. Organized Crime marks the return to NBC of Christopher Meloni, costar of Special Victims Unit’s first 12 seasons. His homecoming is an event that, along with Oprah Winfrey’s interview of the Sussexes and Grey’s Anatomy’s parade of resurrected characters, proves that the networks still know how to create moments of buzzy TV. With his irresistibly strong falcon profile, Meloni once again plays short-fused Elliot Stabler. Reeling from the death of…

Auto HDR deep dive: How and why to use Windows 11’s eye-catching game feature

Auto HDR deep dive: How and why to use Windows 11’s eye-catching game feature

Windows 11 brings Auto HDR, first introduced on the Xbox Series X|S consoles, to the PC. The feature promises to make older titles look just as bright and vibrant as newer HDR-compatible releases without a major hit to performance. That’s sure to have PC gamers eyeing an upgrade to Windows 11. Is it worth making the leap? We’ve dug deep into Windows 11’s Auto HDR to find the answer. Here’s everything you need to know: the hardware you need to how to set it up, image quality comparisons with the feature on and off, and comparisons of how Windows 11’s Auto HDR compares to the version offered on the Xbox. Let’s dig in. HOW TO USE AUTO HDR Auto HDR is a standard feature of Windows 11 and is available when high dynamic…

Finalist: 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe

Finalist: 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe

PROS • Return of the light, fun BMW coupe • Excellent I-4 and I-6 powertrains • Longer wheelbase improves second row CONS • Lacks some standard safety systems • Center console lacks storage space • Occasionally glitchy infotainment system 230i, M240i VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe; front-engine, AWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe ENGINE, TRANSMISSION 2.0L turbo direct-injected DOHC 16-valve I-4; 3.0L turbo direct-injected DOHC 24-valve I-6, 8-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,535 lb (50/50%); 3,876 lb (53/47%) WHEELBASE 107.9 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 179.0 x 72.4 x 54.8; 179.4 x 72.4 x 55.3 in ON SALE Now A slow clap for BMW bringing a new 2 Series to the lineup. There isn’t much appetite in this world for compact, playful sport coupes, yet here the 2 sits. It does more than that, though—while the second-generation car has grown, it remains…

Letters

The EU’S response to covid-19 You ask “What has gone wrong?” (April 3rd) with the European Union, pointing out that our economic growth rate has lagged behind America and China. It is worth looking beyond point-in-time comparisons. Despite a slow start, vaccination campaigns are now gaining pace across Europe. Some 360m doses are expected to be delivered by the summer. This is a vital step towards normality and towards Europe becoming a globally significant supplier of vaccines. I fully accept that America’s budgetary response has been substantive and will provide a valuable boost to global growth. However, it doesn’t diminish the fact that the 27 countries of the EU have stood together and deployed unparalleled support, both at member-state level and collectively. The EU has chosen to focus its economic response on…

The new office etiquette

AS THE VACCINATION programme in most countries accelerates, people will be thinking about going back to the office, if only for a couple of days a week. Many workers will have got out of the habits of the 9-to-5 day and the prevailing customs. The pandemic will also have changed attitudes towards behavioural traits that were seen as quite normal before the appearance of covid-19. Here are some suggested dos and don’ts for the new world order. Don’t tell others about your exotic holidays. Most people have had little to do but stare at the garden fence since the lockdown started. They don’t want to hear about your trip to the Maldives, even if you did sit through two weeks of quarantine afterwards. People only put up with the rules because…

The new office etiquette
SPECIAL REPORT

SPECIAL REPORT

{Martini’s Law: this delicious-sounding principle explains the effects of nitrogen narcosis. Once below 20m, every additional 10m reportedly has a similar effect as consuming a dry martini. This is why so many accidents happen at depth.} {Never freedive after scuba diving. Also, avoid any rigorous exercise after diving as increased blood flow might lead to bubble formation and cause decompression sickness (DCS)} SCUBA COURSES There are several recognised scuba certifying agencies, the largest being PADI, SSI, NAUI, and CMAS. LEVEL 1 Open Water (Scuba Diver) LEVEL 2 Advanced Open Water (Advanced) LEVEL 3 Rescue Diver LEVEL 4 Divemaster As cruisers, we can find ourselves in some of the most beautiful places this world has to offer. But more often than not, the real magic lies just below the surface, in the world of the aquatic. My wife, Rachel, previously…

The White Oak Project

The White Oak Project

There is a lot to tell about this project. In essence, it was a huge sculpture job centred around a very well known and much loved 150-year-old oak tree at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. On December 27, 2019 there was a catastrophic collapse of the entire tree. This sort of collapse is extremely rare and was exacerbated somewhat by the cabling so often done around the world to support big trees in unnatural environments. The RBGV now has a newer system called dynamic cabling which allows the big branches to move more naturally. The White Oak Project is the brainchild of the Gardens’ dynamic Landscape Architect Andrew Laidlaw and is unique in the world. Although it was a catastrophic event, the way that the tree collapsed was ironically beautiful. From…

Viking adventure

When 10th century chronicler Abraham ben Jacob visited Haithabu (Hedeby) near the southern end of the Jutland Peninsula, he described it as ‘a very large city at the very end of the world’s ocean.’ The settlement became a trading centre at the head of the narrow, navigable inlet known as the Schlei. It was a convenient base where goods and possibly small Viking ships could be pulled on a corduroy road (timber track) overland for an almost uninterrupted seaway between the Baltic and the North Sea, avoiding a dangerous and time-consuming circumnavigation of Jutland. Re-enacting this famous route on our 12ft plywood dinghy was something I’d dreamed of for a long time, and in November 2019 the idea came to fruition when I flew over to a birthday party in nearby Schleswig…

Viking adventure
Margarita, la infanta intrépida y luchadora

Margarita, la infanta intrépida y luchadora

Margarita y Carlos. Cincuenta años de casados que se cumplieron el pasado 12 de octubre. Carlos le preguntó a su mujer qué regalo quería por sus bodas de oro: “Visitar a Juanito”. Y acompañados por su hija y su nieto, pusieron rumbo a Abu Dabi a ver al hermano adorado. Un viaje complicado, dado las condiciones físicas de doña Margarita, a la que en familia llaman Margot, pero nada arredra a la intrépida infanta, luchadora en una familia de luchadores. Cuando le preguntaron a la infanta Pilar, la mayor de los hermanos, ya fallecida, si volvería a vivir su vida, respondió horrorizada: “¿Volver a pasar por todo? ¡No, por Dios, ha sido demasiado duro!” Una ceguera sin solución Margot es ciega. De nacimiento. Se dieron cuenta a los pocos meses, cuando la…

Horizon

Horizon

1 SONY ALPHA 7R V • £4,000, sony.co.uk It’s time to make two bold and controversial statements. One, the quality of Sony’s recent camera output now places it directly next to Canon and Nikon in pro cameras’ upper tier. Two: the DSLR is dead. Mirrorless sensors open up new possibilities, and manufacturers are only now scratching the surface of what’s possible. Right now, the Alpha 7R V is utterly remarkable for its AI subject detection engine, which utilises deep learning to pull off what Sony calls ‘next-generation autofocus’, able to not only accurately pick out subjects in frame but to analyse their pose to ensure the 7R V never locks onto a foreground finger. Five years down the line? The entire mirrorless market will be brainier than your cat. The Alpha 7R V also…

Analysis Cyberwarfare

Analysis Cyberwarfare

RUSSIA has invaded Ukraine from land, air and sea, but it is also fighting on the digital front with disinformation and cyberattacks. As Russian soldiers set foot in Ukraine on 24 February, conflicting reports spread across social media, muddying the waters and making it difficult to see how far the invasion had progressed. This was by design. Russia has long relied on its prowess in the military doctrine of maskirovka, or altering the perception of reality to sow confusion, says Lynette Nusbacher, former head of the UK government’s Strategic Horizons Unit. “Russia can be counted on to optimise its ability to operate in enemy [territory] and shape enemy perceptions using deception, camouflage, disinformation and perhaps deceptive artillery fires and armoured attacks in order to achieve their aims,” she says. We have already seen…

Covid catastrophe

APRIL 14TH was a big day in India. Hindus and Sikhs gathered to mark the new year. Many Muslims celebrated the first day of Ramadan at late-night feasts with friends and family. In Haridwar, a temple town that this year hosts the Kumbh Mela, an intermittent Hindu festival that is the world’s biggest religious gathering, between 1m and 3m people shoved and jostled to take a ritual dip in the Ganges. And across the country, the number of people testing positive for covid-19 for the first time surpassed 200,000 in a single day. It has continued to surge since, reaching 315,000 just one week later—the highest daily figure in any country at any point during the pandemic. Deaths, too, are beginning to soar, and suspicions abound that the grisly official…

Covid catastrophe
WHERE ARE ALL THE OLED MONITORS? WHY THE BEST DISPLAYS AREN’T ON THE PC

WHERE ARE ALL THE OLED MONITORS? WHY THE BEST DISPLAYS AREN’T ON THE PC

Many enthusiasts consider OLED the best display quality. You’ll find OLED in LG TVs, Apple’s new iPhones, and a long list of smartphones and tablets from Samsung. If you want to enjoy OLED on a PC, however, your options are limited. A small handful of laptops, like the Dell XPS 13 and Samsung Galaxy Book, offer an OLED display. A few OLED monitors exist, but most are massive screens designed for use in a living room, not on a desk. Why is this true? And will it change anytime soon? OLED DESKTOP MONITORS DON’T EXIST BECAUSE (ALMOST) NO ONE CAN MAKE THEM Desktop monitors are popular among PC enthusiasts but, compared to other markets for displays, they’re a small market with small margins. As a result, companies that produce OLED panels place a focus…

The long goodbye

WHEN WILL it end? For a year and a half, covid-19 has gripped one country after another. Just when you think the virus is beaten, a new variant comes storming back, more infectious than the last. And yet, as the number of vaccinations passes 3bn, glimpses of post-covid life are emerging. Already, two things are clear: that the last phase of the pandemic will be drawn-out and painful; and that covid-19 will leave behind a different world. This week The Economist publishes a normalcy index, which reflects both these realities. Taking the pre-pandemic average as 100, it tracks such things as flights, traffic and retailing across 50 countries comprising 76% of Earth’s population. Today it stands at 66, almost double the level in April 2020 (see Graphic detail). Yet the ravages of…

The long goodbye
FLATTENED!

FLATTENED!

General Motors has been thinking about the C8 Corvette Z06 for a long time now. In fact, the story of the new LT6 engine began back in 2014, with the first prototype engine builds happening in 2015 and the first production-intent engines completed in 2018. When you start with a blank sheet of paper, it takes tens of thousands of man-hours to go from nothing to the most technologically advanced engine ever under the hood of a Corvette, or any Chevrolet for that matter. The new LT6 also turned out to be the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 in a production car, ever. Fun fact: The 5.5-liter LT6 is 1 kg heavier than the LT2 but manages to make 175 more hp. For that matter, it’s 14 kg lighter than…

SWITCH OLED-MODELL IM TEST

SWITCH OLED-MODELL IM TEST

LOHNT SICH DIE PREMIUM-OPTION FÜR HANDHELD-SPIELER? Vor ein paar Monaten waren wir bei Nintendo in Frankfurt zu Besuch, um uns das OLED-Modell der Switch schon einmal vorab anzusehen, und waren durchaus überzeugt vom neuen Bildschirm. Entsprechend schwer fiel es uns, danach wieder zum blassen LCD-Modell mit seinen vergleichsweise gigantischen Bildschirmrändern zurückzu kehren. Doch die Ära der dicken Balken hat nun ein Ende: Die Switch OLED ist endlich bei uns eingetroffen und wir haben sie ein paar Tage lang auf Herz und Nieren geprüft! Überfällige Frischzellenkur Die etwas größere Bildschirmdiagonale des neuen Modells fällt sofort nach dem Einschalten auf. Und zwar positiv! Bei nahezu identischen Gehäusemaßen – das OLED-Modell ist lediglich 3 mm breiter – hat sich der Bildschirm von 6,2 Zoll (15,75 cm) auf 7 Zoll (17,78 cm) vergrößert. Dementsprechend sind die Bildschirmränder…

The knitter loves…

PUSS IN BOOTS Marna Gilligan of An Caitín Beag is well known for her feline creations, and has designed many cat-themed knitting patterns, stitch markers, project bags and badges. Her newest project, Choose Your Own Catsock Adventure, is a collection of eight cat-scattered socks. The e-book is designed to help knitters create perfectly fitting socks, by offering mix-and-match options for heels and toes - short-row, flap and gusset and afterthought heels, and wedge, round and colourwork toes. Each sock project comes in four sizes. Tiny cat faces are sprinkled across the ‘Polkacat’ socks, and bloom from leaves and stems on the ‘Cat Garden’ socks. More graphic designs feature zigzags, stripes and hexagon-shaped colourwork, while the ‘Starlight Catties’ socks are decorated with a lice stitch-style pattern. £15; www.caitinbeag.com - Readers can try a free pattern from…

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JAZZ

JAZZ

THE COOKERS Look Out! David Weiss, trumpet, arrangements; six others Gear Box GB1571CD (CD, available as download, LP). 2021. David Weiss, prod.; Maureen Sickler, eng. In a perfect world, critics would hear a band live then write a review of their new album the following morning. It rarely works out that way, but it just did. The Cookers played Jazz Alley in Seattle last night. This review is underway 12 hours later. In person, The Cookers, like most jazz bands, are looser and rougher and more expansive than on record. At Jazz Alley, in a two-hour set, they played six tunes. Soloists kept taking one more chorus. The night was aflame. A notable achievement of Look Out! is that, in the sheltered environment of the Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey, it approaches the…

TOM PAXTON

FOLLOWING THE path of Woody Guthrie, Tom Paxton left Oklahoma and arrived in New York in 1960. He found himself at the epicentre of the Greenwich Village folk boom alongside Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Judy Collins et al. Paxton and trademark cap were a staple part of the protest song movement, penning widely covered songs like The Last Thing On My Mind and Ramblin’ Boy. Now 84, he’s touring with Jon Vezner and Don Henry in The Don Juans; he’s also releasing All New, a live LP with Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. The trio have released single Don’t Say Gay, a response to Florida’s controversial House Bill 1557, which features the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC. You’re still keeping busy, then? I’ve got about six writing partners I work with…

TOM PAXTON
First Test: 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring

First Test: 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring

We don’t blame you if you think to yourself, “Here we go again; MotorTrend is about to laud yet another 911 GT3.” We also won’t apologize, because few cars deserve the consistency of praise given to the latest 911 GT3 range, from the standard GT3 that won our 2022 Performance Vehicle of the Year award to the next-level-and-then-some GT3 RS we drove for the first time recently (January 2023). Now we’ve taken a 2022 911 GT3 Touring with a manual transmission to our testing grounds to see how the “least extreme” version gets on with its job. The wing delete is the only significant performance-altering change between the GT3 and GT3 Touring models, thanks to the aerodynamic downforce lost by replacing the large, fixed version with an active rear spoiler and…

Nothing Could Ever Silence Ronnie Spector

Nothing Could Ever Silence Ronnie Spector

RONNIE SPECTOR was the loudest noise of the 20th century, the queen of the New York dolls, the ultimate rock & roll goddess. She belted her way into history with the Ronettes’ 1963 hit “Be My Baby,” flexing the bombastic power of her raw young voice, all brash passion and streetwise bravado. She made a bold promise in the first verse of her first hit: “We’ll make them turn their heads, every place we go.” She lived up to that promise her whole life. Ronnie Spector was the Spanish Harlem incident who blasted into the world and fucked it up forever. Her voice lives in the soul of anyone who’s heard it, which is why we’re still grieving the news of her death from cancer, at 78, on Jan. 12. “Be…

A revolution and a rematch

A revolution and a rematch

Four decades after François Mitterrand’s victory, France’s left, and its mainstream right, are both in trouble FORTY YEARS ago on May 10th François Mitterrand made history, becoming France’s first Socialist president of the Fifth Republic. Next year, the party the wily leader carried triumphantly to power in 1981 could make history again, but for rather a different reason. The Socialist Party runs the risk of failing to make it to the presidential run-off twice in a row. A year ahead of any election, polls should be treated with caution. French history is littered with early favourites—Alain Juppé, Dominique Strauss-Kahn—who never made it to the Elysée. In May 2016, a year before the most recent presidential vote, not one poll tested the appeal of Emmanuel Macron, the eventual winner. Still, an average of…

A CULINARY JOURNEY THROUGH KANSAI

To learn about Japanese cuisine, one must look to the past. But one must also look to Kansai, for this is where the story starts. This land, stretching across the west of Japan’s main island of Honshu and encompassing 10 prefectures, used to be known as Miketsukuni, meaning land of royal provisions. For centuries it was the emperor’s breadbasket. Food here was so bountiful and so delicious it was fit not only for the royal family, but for the gods. It’s a reputation that continues today. In the fields, low-hanging sea mist provides the cover and warmth for delicate tea leaves and rice stalks to flourish. Rainfall filters through the mountains, collecting nutrients and minerals before flowing out to sea, feeding marine life and creating some of the best fishing grounds…

A CULINARY JOURNEY THROUGH KANSAI

THE NAKED PILOT URS HAARI

I grew up in a mountain village in Switzerland, it was paradise. We went hiking, skiing, climbing and motorbiking. But ever since I was young I dreamt of flying. At 17 I started to fly a sailplane, that was my biggest passion. I was on the airfield all the time but the summer flying season was short. My older brothers were flying paragliders. I laughed at them, flying straight down close to the hill. But ‘87-’88 was a bad winter with almost no snow for skiing, so my brother showed me how to fly. There were some thermals and the nine-cell paraglider was moving like crazy. I was so scared! I immediately liked the concept of being independent. I got my licence and we went to Verbier to fly. I got my…

THE NAKED PILOT URS HAARI
Slippery Situations

Slippery Situations

The owner of a twin-engine trawler was concerned because one of his engines consistently had 10 pounds less oil pressure than the other. The engines were identical and had about the same hours. Why would there be a difference, and what was the correct pressure? Pump it up The process of efficiently converting fuel into mechanical energy requires precisely machined parts in close proximity, lubricated with a thin film of oil. This oil slows wear and helps cool hot parts. A geared oil pump gets that oil flowing from the sump throughout the engine the same way our hearts move blood throughout our bodies. As the oil moves through the parts and passages in the engine, pressure builds (measured in pounds per square inch, or psi, in the United States). If the pressure is…

M2 Processor WWDC22: Apple Silicon power going even further

M2 Processor WWDC22: Apple Silicon power going even further

At this year’s WWDC, Apple lifted the lid on the next generation M-series chip: M2, which extends the remarkable features of M1, with industry-leading power efficiency, a unified memory architecture, and custom technologies that unlock a whole host of possibilities for the Mac. INTRODUCING THE M2 CHIP Apple changed the game for the Mac when it announced the M1 chip in 2020, and since the launch of the first MacBook Pro and Mac mini, we’ve come a long way. Alongside the launch of the M1 Pro and the M1 Max, we’ve recently seen the launch of the first M1-powered iPad, and the M1 Ultra, which offers professional computing performance for the next generation of videographers, coders, and professionals. The M1 was built on the architecture of the A14 chip used for the…

Fossil skull may be Denisovan

Fossil skull may be Denisovan

AN ANCIENT human that lived in what is now China at least 160,000 years ago had an unusually large brain for the time – comparable to the brain size of people alive today. The find is more evidence that hominin evolution went in many different directions, rather than taking a straight line from small brains to large ones. It is also possible that the skull belonged to a mysterious kind of hominin called a Denisovan, which is thought to have lived in east Asia at the time. Very few Denisovan bones are known, and so far no skull fragments have been found. There is evidence that the Denisovans were particularly big-bodied, in which case large brains would be expected. The newly described bones come from Xujiayao, an archaeological site in northern China…

Intel 12th-gen ‘Alder Lake’ vs. Ryzen 5000: 5 key things to know

If you’re looking to build a powerhouse PC, one of the first things you need to do is pick your poison: AMD or Intel? Both companies are making some absolutely fantastic CPUs and adjacent platforms, so there’s really no wrong decision here. But to hell with that fence-sitting BS: It’s still a decision you have to make. So you might as well make the right one, right? Intel’s spanking-new 12th-gen Alder Lake CPU series is busting benchmarks, but there are still plenty of reasons to stick with AMD’s Ryzen 5000 architecture from last year — or to wait it out and see what comes next. Let’s break it down, shall we? THE CONTENDERS Assuming that you’re basing your decision on a budget for a PC build, and that you’re phenomenally lucky and manage…

Intel 12th-gen ‘Alder Lake’ vs. Ryzen 5000: 5 key things to know
Finalist: 2023 Acura Integra

Finalist: 2023 Acura Integra

PROS • Sharp handling • Practical hatchback body • Stellar fuel economy CONS • Too much Civic inside not to notice • No summer tire option • Road noise is an issue AUTO; MANUAL VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatchback ENGINE, TRANSMISSION 1.5L turbo direct-injected DOHC 16-valve I-4, cont variable auto; 6-speed manual CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,117 lb (61/39%); 3,040 lb (60/40%) WHEELBASE 107.7 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 185.8 x 72.0 x 55.5 in ON SALE Now The resurrected Acura Integra is an exceptional car when viewed within a vacuum. It competes against other small luxury cars such as the Audi A3, BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class but costs far less and is much larger inside than all of them. The styling laid over the Integra’s hatchback shape might not be beautiful, but it is eye-catching with…

MULTIHULL Q&A

MULTIHULL Q&A

It has become routine now for me to bookend the summer sailing season with a trip to the south of France for the biannual ‘Outremer Week’. This hugely popular event gathers 100-plus new Outremer catamaran owners for five days of training, both in the classroom and on the water, and three days of friendly racing. The goal is to educate future owners so they are as prepared as they possibly can be for their upcoming bluewater cruising plans. It’s an intensive week of 12-hour days, with a lot of information to absorb. Unsurprisingly there are some discussions specific to bluewater cruising in a catamaran that come up repeatedly, and they apply to owners or prospective owners of all brands of bluewater multihull. Here are some of the most common questions people…

FORCED LABOR

FORCED LABOR

BY THE TIME THE sun sinks over the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, Rekha is struggling to sit still. Twisting her plastic bangles, the 34-year-old mother of two checks her phone to make sure she hasn’t missed a call from her 12-year-old son, who was due home 30 minutes earlier. Rekha wanders outside to peer through the front gate, anxiety sketched all over her face. “This job is too dangerous,” she says, frowning. “Every morning I say goodbye and I pray, ‘Please Allah, send him home tonight.’” Rekha has cause to worry. In the 18 months since her elder son Rafi started work in a local glass factory, he’s returned home bruised and bleeding more than once. One afternoon, he severed the soft skin of his palm with a sharp blade intended…

Big-Time Bass

Big-Time Bass

RATING PERFORMANCE FEATURES BUILD QUALITY VALUE WATCHING A MOVIE at home is one of the things I always look forward to when coming back off the road from a long business trip. My home theater has evolved over the years from a modest 5.1-channel setup with a rear-projection TV into a system I never dreamed I’d attain: a JVC RS2000 4K projector, 110-inch Stewart FireHawk scope screen, and a full Dolby Atmos speaker system brought to life by a Trinnov Altitude 16 processor and ATI N-Core amplifiers. I truly am living the home theater dream. Some say that the center channel speaker is the most important weapon in the home theater arsenal since more than 80 percent of a movie soundtrack is reproduced by that single speaker. But I would argue that the subwoofer is more…

Field notes from space-time

LAST month, I answered a reader question about space-time expansion. They wanted to know what space-time is expanding into, given that we scientists tend to analogise with a balloon that is being blown up. As I wrote, this analogy has a flaw because when we blow up a balloon, it is expanding with a room in the background. In reality, space-time has no background because general relativity is what we call a background independent theory. Which of course invites the question: “What’s that?” The problem is this column has to fit on a single page. I tried to give a short explanation of what background independence means by saying that in relativity, physical reality is the same no matter how we map out the coordinates. My editors, not surprisingly, felt this…

Field notes from space-time
You can take it with you: How to destroy the data you leave behind

You can take it with you: How to destroy the data you leave behind

A sadly common question for Mac 911 since the start of the pandemic was how to deal with someone’s online accounts and data stored on computers and mobile devices after they’d died. In most cases, preparations have to be made to provide this sort of posthumous access. Apple added an option in late 2021 called Digital Legacy that lets you set up your iCloud account in such a way that you can make it a simple task for appointed people to retrieve specific data, like photos and contacts. But a reader recently asked the inverse question: How can data be locked away forever in the event of a death? Some people have secrets; others are intensely private; others wish to be forgotten. The author Franz Kafka burned an estimated 90 percent…

Mac 911

Mac 911

ERASE AN ENCRYPTED MAC VOLUME IF YOU DON’T NEED ITS CONTENTS MacOS offers a number of drive encryption options. With a Mac with a T2 chip built in, the startup volume is always encrypted. On other Macs, enabling FileVault encrypts that volume. (On all Macs, FileVault provides additional protection for a powered-down Mac, too.) You can also select a drive in the Finder, Control-click it, and choose Encrypt drive name, setting a password of your choosing. If you forget that password or were given or purchase a drive that’s encrypted, you might think you’re at a dead end. However, as long as you don’t need the data on the drive, you can still erase it using Disk Utility: 1. Launch Applications → Utilities → Disk Utility. 2. Select the volume or drive in the…

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

I received a text from a Porsche PR person: “Hey, Jonny. We have something coming up I think Reggie Watts might be interested in: Meeting the guys who developed the Mission R concept race car and going for a ride in it.” Long story short, Porsche was conducting a press launch for notable influencers and had its corporate sights for the American influencer wave on Reggie Watts. (Watts, if you don’t know, is a musician, comedian, and band leader/de facto co-host for The Late Late Show with James Corden.) I’d met Watts three months earlier when he was our guest on the first episode of our future of the automobile podcast/vodcast, The InEVitable. Two things from that experience will always stand out to me. One is that after he left the studio,…

Officers and gentlewomen

Officers and gentlewomen

RACHEL GRIMES served three tours of Northern Ireland as an officer in the British army. Her colleagues in the Royal Ulster Constabulary, the region’s erstwhile police force, noticed that things were different when she—the only woman present—joined police and army patrols. The team’s behaviour changed. Fellow soldiers behaved with more restraint. At checkpoints, locals stopped to talk for longer. She did not notice these things at the time. Her epiphany came years later, when she deployed as a gender adviser to United Nations forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC ). She recalls seeing women and children gathered on the edge of a village—victims of rape cast out by their communities. “The last thing a Congolese woman wants to see is a man in uniform,” she recalls, unsurprisingly, in…

Five times into Arabia

A SINGLE archaeological site in Saudi Arabia holds evidence of five separate occupations by ancient humans. Together with new prehistoric climate simulations of the region, the study sheds more light on the Arabian peninsula’s role in human history. Huw Groucutt at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, and his colleagues excavated a site called Khall Amayshan-4 in the Nefud desert in what is now northern Saudi Arabia. In a single hollow between sand dunes, the team found the preserved remains of several lakes that had formed during spells of wetter climate and then dried up (Nature, doi.org/gtzd). “This was a really exceptional site,” says team member Paul Breeze at King’s College London. The lakes at Khall Amayshan-4 existed about 400,000, 300,000, 200,000, 130,000 to 75,000 and 55,000 years…

Five times into Arabia

THE LAST LEG FREMANTLE TO LANZAROTE

After five gruelling months at sea, Iain Macneil and the crew of MV Astra battled big waves, vicious currents, submerged logs and falling space debris on the last leg of their circumnavigation. DAY 122: FREMANTLE, AUSTRALIA After yesterday’s fun and games with our ‘polar foil’ April Fool’s joke, we arrived at Fremantle in good spirits. Despite spending just six hours alongside we managed to load 33,600 litres of fuel into our tanks, release Mikey and Dan for a quick run ashore, complete a crew change with Pete Harvey taking over from Carlos for a few weeks, and receive fresh stores and provisions. DAY 123: IRN FEAST We left Fremantle at 10.5 knots, hoping to complete the 3,300 mile crossing of the South Indian Ocean in less than 14 days. Astra welcomed Pete with heavy…

THE LAST LEG FREMANTLE TO LANZAROTE
ALL ABOARD THE SUBMARINE

ALL ABOARD THE SUBMARINE

Luc Armant’s vexation was subtle, but perceptible. Sitting forward, staring at me intently, then leaning back in his office chair, patiently awaiting my response, I felt like Luc was evaluating me, my questions, and where they might be leading. It was clear early on that Luc’s slightly reserved demeanour was a function of his busy mind. “What is the experience like? What do you feel?” I finally asked. “It’s quiet,” he replied, contemplatively. “Drag, you know, makes noise.” Nearing the end of his workday, he was kind enough to entertain my questions on his years-long project: Ozone’s Submarine harness. The production version was released as I wrote this. It’s been on Luc’s mind for some time, since at least 2006, before he even worked at Ozone. Thinking back to engineering school, Luc’s response…

REVINYLIZATION

REVINYLIZATION

21st century Dan Steely Dan’s last two studio albums, Two Against Nature (2000) and Everything Must Go (2003), are anomalies. The music is stellar, at or near the level of the band’s best early work, but it’s almost unknown, even among fans. (Back in 2011, one night of a weeklong gig at the Beacon in New York City was supposed to highlight songs from these two albums—the program was called “21st-Century Dan”—but the idea was dropped when almost nobody bought advance tickets.) A shame. Two Against Nature, which marked the return of Steely Dan after a 20-year hiatus and won the Grammy that year for Best Album, starts in where Gaucho left off: a streak of literary sparklers glossing oddball tales, usually about loss, illusion, or unfulfilled dreams, sung by a narrator…

The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff

MAKING ECO-FRIENDLY decisions can be tricky. We each need to do our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but we also need to wear shoes and clothes and maybe brush our teeth. Luckily, more and more companies are putting sustainability first—or at least not last—making some of our purchasing decisions a little easier. Here are a few of our favorite products that deliver performance without too much pollution. Bureo Ahi → Discarded plastic fishing nets are a big threat to ocean wildlife. California- and Chile-based Bureo takes those nets out of circulation by turning them into recycled products like sunglasses, clothes, and skateboards. The Ahi is its performance cruiser, designed in collaboration with Carver Skateboards. Carver’s patented trucks let you pump the skateboard and feel like you’re surfing on land. $195 MEDEA GIORDANO…

SWEET Success

SWEET Success

“Everything we make is a gift. I love knowing that our chocolate is a real treat” It is an unlikely spot for a chocolate factory, café and shop: an old potato farm overlooking the Irish Sea, in the shadow of the snow-capped Mourne Mountains. And yet, here in Newry stands NearyNógs, Ireland’s first bean-to-bar chocolate maker (and Northern Ireland’s only one). “The whole factory smells of Christmas while we’re making our chocolate,” says Dorothy Neary, who founded the business with her husband Shane 11 years ago. Today, the youngest five of their 12 children slurp hot chocolate in the café, while the eldest dart between customers, offering matcha truffles hand-rolled to look like Brussels sprouts. The shop is also abuzz with people – many are stocking up on chocolate snowmen, fudge Christmas…

Green steel

NORRLAND IS THE largest of Sweden’s three historical “lands”. It spans the top half of the country and is sparsely populated, the more so the farther north you go. The few people who live there have long relied for work on mining, the army and forestry. Most of Sweden’s industry is far to the south. But Norrland abounds in hydropower. Power that is cheap and—crucially—green, along with bargain land and proximity to iron ore, is sparking an improbable industrial revolution, based on hydrogen, “green” steel and batteries. SSAB , a steelmaker, is poised to deliver its first consignment of “eco-steel” from a hydrogen-fuelled pilot plant in Lulea, a northern city. Volvo, an industrial-vehicle firm these days, will use the steel to build lorries. Of the six or seven tonnes that its…

Green steel

Innovate to accumulate

The Power of Creative Destruction. By Philippe Aghion, Céline Antonin and Simon Bunel. Translated by Jodie Cohen-Tanugi. Belknap Press; 400 pages; $35 and £28.95 JOSEPH SCHUMPETER thought capitalism was doomed. Incumbent firms would grow too powerful, leading to corruption and, eventually, socialism. His mid-20thcentury pessimism has become fashionable today, as societies grapple with inequality, climate change and tech giants. Yet some of Schumpeter’s professional heirs are optimists. In “The Power of Creative Destruction” Philippe Aghion, Céline Antonin and Simon Bunel, three economists, apply his most powerful idea to contemporary debates in their discipline. The result is sweeping, authoritative and—for the times—strikingly upbeat. Elementary models of growth focus on the accumulation of capital, with technological progress and advances in productivity assumed but poorly explained. The Schumpeterian paradigm of creative destruction, of which Mr…

Innovate to accumulate
Want Windows 11? Your PC had better have these specs

Want Windows 11? Your PC had better have these specs

Microsoft has published its hardware requirements for Windows 11, adding strict new security requirements for its next operating system. Here’s what you’ll need to run Windows 11 when Microsoft releases it in the fall. Microsoft will release Windows 11 by holiday 2021, so you’ll have ample time to prepare. Microsoft is working with PC makers to develop Windows 11–ready PCs, and you may be able to upgrade to Windows 11 for free with your existing PC—provided it meets the minimum hardware requirements. Fortunately, if your PC doesn’t meet those requirements, you’ll have several years to replace it, as Windows 10 will be supported until 2025. New Windows 11 PCs will also ship this fall. We’ve updated this story to note that Microsoft has published a multipage document listing the detailed hardware requirements…