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The Rotten Side of Apple’s Founder

New documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine digs into the human imperfections at the heart of the ever-popular brand

Director Alex Gibney is not one to shy away from controversy. From his award-winning documentary on corporate greed Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, to Going Clear, his exposé on Scientology based on Lawrence Wright’s book due out later this year, Gibney often gets to the heart of our culture with a surgeon’s scalpel and objective eye. His latest film, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, which premiered recently at SXSW, is both a meditation on our relationship to the Apple devices that have conquered the world and a biography of the company’s titular founder and late CEO. The overarching premise is apparent from the title: the film asserts that Steve Jobs is still a presence in the technology we use every day.

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You Could Be Piloting a Flying Car by 2017

At SXSW 2015, a plan to curb inneficiency by way of a futuristic milestone.

Image courtesy of AeroMobil

This weekend at SXSW 2015, Slovakia-based developers AeroMobil announced their plans for a technology we’ve all been waiting on since The Jetsons. Flying cars, a long-time collective fantasy and conceptual yardstick for the march of progress, have been a dream, a cultural trope, a joke about how we think about “the future.” But speaking at a panel on the future of airborne automobiles, Juraj Vaculik, CEO of AeroMobil, says that his company’s first commercial model, aimed at “wealthy supercar buyers,” would ideally hit the market within the next two years. That’s right—if you happen to be fabulously wealthy, you could have your own flying car by 2017.

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A Robot is Breaking Hearts at SXSW

Meet “Ava,” the alluring face of AI that’s taking the festival by storm.

The time of year has come when, like migratory birds, the world’s music, film, and tech elite descend upon SXSW for their annual fiesta of ideas, panels, and aggressive networking. It only makes sense, then, that this event would also prove fertile breeding ground for some very interesting Tinder exchanges. One user, Brock, recently found himself chatting with a rather inquisitive young woman named Ava:

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Mute Buttons: How to Silence the Impending Barrage of SXSW Tweets

SXSW is about to begin, which means endless drunken, bragging tweets from Austin. Here's how to stop them before they start.


South by Southwest, the music, film, and internet media festival convened annually in Austin, doesn't start until tomorrow. But already, the tweets have begun. Chances are that if you're a GOOD reader and a Twitter user, your timeline is seeing a big uptick in tweets about barbecue and panels, Lone Star and bands. Chances are also that if you're not going to SXSW, the last thing you want to see for the next two weeks is an endless stream tweets from people who are there, talking about which panels to attend, which rapper to see, which after-party has the best open bar.

But you don't have to abandon Twitter for two weeks in order to avoid excessive Austin-based bragging or a deluge of SXSW insider chatter. Below are several tricks to help you keep your Twitter timeline #SXSW free. Remember, too, that these tips work for other hashtags of non-interest, including #Oscars and #Grammys. Happy ignoring!

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Are You On the List? SXSW's Party Economy

One woman's quest to get you and everyone else into all of South by Southwest's best parties.


Jennifer Sinski takes parties seriously.

“I had always been the one to RSVP all my friends to all the events,” Sinski says. “This is about spreadsheets. I like going out and I’m down to go anywhere, and I’ll go to four or five different parties, [but] I kind of want to know what’s going on.”

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