| Feb 2, 2014
| 8:35 AM
Of course it's Apple's "1984" ad for the original Macintosh computer.
The ad ran in its full 60-second length only once on national television--during the third quarter of Super Bowl 18, on Jan. 22, 1984. (It was shown a month earlier on a TV station in...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 5:19 PM
Long before anyone heard of Dorothy Hamill, Shaun White, Bob Costas, Steve Jobs, live streaming or the Borg, there was Uncle Walter.
He stood with his back to the camera as a blizzard set in. Then he whirled around and started a revolution.
| Jan 11, 2014
| 8:00 AM
For decades, finding Spanish-language books in the U.S. was like tilting at windmills.
Booksellers stocked few titles in the language of Cervantes, and those they carried came at a hefty premium. A paperback copy of "Don Quijote" in the original Spanish...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 9:30 AM
Inside a small TV studio in Los Angeles, Ondi Timoner is absorbed again in the making of documentaries. She's on the phone discussing editing options for one project, then planning for the fundraising event of another. Standing nearby is director...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Had Steve Jobs commissioned a song, it would have felt like Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." Modern but ageless. Sleek, streamlined, memorable and futuristic.
"We're up all night to get some, we're up all night for good fun," Pharrell optimistically declares,...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The setting: a gloomy metropolis in the not-too-distant future. Endless rows of identically clad proles sit before a giant screen, watching Big Brother rant about the virtues of group think. "We are one people with one will, one resolve, one cause!" he...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 8:53 AM
SAN FRANCISCO -- How do new inmates cope with the lack of privacy in prison? What advice would an inmate give someone facing a long prison sentence? What are the effects of incarceration on inmates' families?
All good questions, none of which had good...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 12:00 PM
In 1979, when Tom Hanks was just another struggling New York actor, he withdrew a biography of Walt Disney from the public library and found himself fascinated by the animator's story, in particular his tenaciousness in the face of early professional...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 2:48 PM
Watching true believers in action is always fascinating and often terrifying. Consider the mobilization of the bitcoin faithful every time someone writes an article questioning whether bitcoins really are the greatest advance in currency since Yap...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 4:12 PM
An essential element of the Tim-Cook-Is-Not-Steve-Jobs meme is that its proponents have no idea about (1) who Steve Jobs was, and (2) how Apple performed under his leadership.
An excellent example of the form is buried within Fred Vogelstein's article...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 10:37 AM
The Cupertino City Council gave final approval Tuesday for Apple to build a massive new headquarters in the Santa Clara County town of 58,000.
More than 2½ years after the late Steve Jobs first unveiled plans for the ambitious "spaceship" design, the...