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Today in impeachment

When superpowers collide

Confronting inequality

Taking the top job

Google vs. Oracle

Democratic...and demographic divisions

Sustainable agriculture

Toilet wars

Scam season

Victims were targeted with scare tactics. They included ads warning of impending economic crises, the dangers of the deep state, and potential account freezes. All mixed with political disinformation referencing politicians like Trump and Warren and their parties.

The scare tactics used to sell overpriced silver to older conservatives

On reading this story, I reached out to my father-in-law and learned he too had seen these ads in his feed and had been tempted to call. This is fraud, in my view, and reading through the scripts the sales people use was chilling. I encouraged him to reach out to the Quartz investigations team -- and

On reading this story, I reached out to my father-in-law and learned he too had seen these ads in his feed and had been tempted to call. This is fraud, in my view, and reading through the scripts the sales people use was chilling. I encouraged him to reach out to the Quartz investigations team -- and to alert his peers to this ruse. If you have loved ones in their 70s or 80s, it's important for you to help educate them about these sorts of tactics. Yes, the companies should do more, but we also have to take some of the responsibility for not falling for this crap. Sharing this story with them is one good way to start.

Gaming's next frontier

Google Stadia is not the cloud gaming future we were promised. A less-than-perfect launch reveals the limits of streaming games.

Google Stadia is not the cloud gaming future we were promised

I really want the future Google and others are envisioning—where I can play games that used to require me to be tethered to a PC or console—wherever I am. It seems like a no-brainer move gaming into the cloud, much like we've done with music and movies, but streaming games is an entirely different prospect

I really want the future Google and others are envisioning—where I can play games that used to require me to be tethered to a PC or console—wherever I am. It seems like a no-brainer move gaming into the cloud, much like we've done with music and movies, but streaming games is an entirely different prospect. Latency nears to be as close to zero as possible, so that the game isn't jarring and you can actually play it, and networks need to be able to handle the large bandwidth streaming interactive high-resolution requires. Beyond the lackluster games on offer, Stadia seems to fall down on its core technology. But it's still early days. Hopefully Google can work out the kinks.

Not to be a Google defender, but these early hiccups seem excusable. We're only on day 2 of Stadia's public launch and early adopters can help iron out the bugs. If lag ruins the experience, Stadia will lose users, sure, but Google has every incentive to make it work. For now, the platform seems aspirational

Not to be a Google defender, but these early hiccups seem excusable. We're only on day 2 of Stadia's public launch and early adopters can help iron out the bugs. If lag ruins the experience, Stadia will lose users, sure, but Google has every incentive to make it work. For now, the platform seems aspirational but I can get behind Google's vision for the video game industry (even if that means using a wired controller). As a gamer, all I care about is speed, so I hope Google figures it out quick.

If Google can attract gamers from diverse backgrounds, then it might create a different target experience in the interim (until internet speed is not an issue). They can focus on narrative experience based games, such as Until Dawn or Heavy Rain, where you can sit back and think about your choices rather

If Google can attract gamers from diverse backgrounds, then it might create a different target experience in the interim (until internet speed is not an issue). They can focus on narrative experience based games, such as Until Dawn or Heavy Rain, where you can sit back and think about your choices rather than playing on reaction speed. Maybe even integrate simple technologies to ease the gameplay more, like assisted initial reaction or such. Story driven, strategic gameplays have a customer base with great demographics for Stadia: high income with limited time!

Hopefully, Google's iterative approach to product development will iron out the initial kinks over the coming months, while also encouraging infrastructure providers (ISP's etc) to step-up their rollout of improvements to networking in anticipation an increase in interest on online gaming.

Virtual reality is too boring. Fast Company writes that developers haven’t given us a good enough reason to leave our own realities behind in favor of their artificial worlds.

The big problem with virtual reality? It’s almost as boring as real life

I feel like this article only focuses on the enterprise applications of VR, which of course are not for everyday people. In the wake of Valve announcing their first flagship VR game, Alyx, this article is incredibly narrow.

ETFs are eating the market

Income inequality

Those in the most unequal societies are most likely to accept income inequality. Harvard Business Review highlights research showing such citizens believe they’re living in a meritocracy and take greater pride in their place in it, especially as they move up the income ladder.

Why Do People Tolerate Income Inequality?

We're to "take pride" in what we do. What are we working toward in our work? Is it worth taking pride for without it what he have to take pride in is life being considered worthless by those who take pride in what they do. What be the issue is how easily we're considered worthless by who takes pride

We're to "take pride" in what we do. What are we working toward in our work? Is it worth taking pride for without it what he have to take pride in is life being considered worthless by those who take pride in what they do. What be the issue is how easily we're considered worthless by who takes pride in what they do so much to take pride from another; may be for doing what you do too well according to whom it may concern. Then again not taking enough pride in what you do. Again "what are we working toward in our work?" when money is not the issue. What can we do to achieve all money can buy since money just buys our time so we spen time spending money so others too can spend time doing the same. What can we say & do worth more than all money can buy?

I will always love you, boss

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From Our Members

  • The future of Quartz is here! New media has been on an uncertain footing for a while, but doubling down on our products and our focus on original journalism is an exciting prospect.

  • So excited for the world to see the new Quartz! This has been a huge project in the works. Kudos to the product and development teams, and also to the curation team I'm on... We're producing the new briefing you see here.

    "The briefing reflects Quartz’s lens on the global economy and our respect for

    So excited for the world to see the new Quartz! This has been a huge project in the works. Kudos to the product and development teams, and also to the curation team I'm on... We're producing the new briefing you see here.

    "The briefing reflects Quartz’s lens on the global economy and our respect for your time. In just a few minutes, it should leave you feeling caught up, informed, and exposed to a wide range of perspectives—not just the news, but the context to understand it, as well as stories to fuel your curiosity, with avenues to explore and engage more deeply if you choose."

  • Congratulations on the new layout, it looks great. What I would still like to see are the 3 following improvements:

    1) I'm a member, so I don't want to be constantly told in the app that I can join (Become a member in Settings)

    2) I would like to be able to follow commentators, this is often the first

    Congratulations on the new layout, it looks great. What I would still like to see are the 3 following improvements:

    1) I'm a member, so I don't want to be constantly told in the app that I can join (Become a member in Settings)

    2) I would like to be able to follow commentators, this is often the first thing I read before the actual article. A list of my saved commentators allows me to come across exciting articles that I would otherwise have missed. (In this respect I don't see the possibility to save an article in the new layout anymore.)

    3) I have a highly visual disposition, so I miss the thumbnails of the article in the list view of the app.

    What I am extremely satisfied with is the member area, not to mention the excellent journalistic work.

  • Whoa. Loving this new update!! Bringing the best of Qz into a whole new level.

  • Very disappointed that the new version of the app has dumped the ability to follow individual users and to post articles. As someone who has been using Quartz since it was NewsPicks, this was a huge reason why I liked it in the first place— finding niche articles that I never would’ve stumbled upon

    Very disappointed that the new version of the app has dumped the ability to follow individual users and to post articles. As someone who has been using Quartz since it was NewsPicks, this was a huge reason why I liked it in the first place— finding niche articles that I never would’ve stumbled upon, and sharing things for other people. That community aspect was a major part of the app and it seems to have been completely wiped out.

    The new homepage is a major improvement over the old “Editors’ Picks” section, the performance of the app is way better, and I’m happy to see a larger focus on Quartz’s great in-house reporting— but the baby has been thrown out with the bathwater. All the new stuff is nice, but why kill a unique, core piece of the user experience?

  • Aesthetically, the newest incarnation of the app is outwardly stellar. That is certainly an achievement in and of itself, and to that I say a job well done.

    Regarding substance, Edward has some highly valid points, and they’re sentiments I share. The changes enacted are a radical departure from the

    Aesthetically, the newest incarnation of the app is outwardly stellar. That is certainly an achievement in and of itself, and to that I say a job well done.

    Regarding substance, Edward has some highly valid points, and they’re sentiments I share. The changes enacted are a radical departure from the NewsPicks I first encountered in July 2018, or the Quartz app I saw on Tuesday morning.

    Given the sweeping changes, it would be extremely insightful for the powers that be to publish something for members, providing a greater look regarding the impetus for this overhaul, and the general thinking behind it.

    On the whole, I will certainly reserve judgement on my personal user experience. Naturally such changes are always a work in progress. Yet on the whole, I have had nothing but positive experiences with NewsPicks/Quartz, and that counts for a lot.

  • Congrats! As a news obsessed UX designer working in news media, I constantly roam the web looking for different ways of presenting news content. And I have to say qz is doing absolutely amazing work in product development! New UX looks great! 👏👏👏 (...now let me try and submit this comment)

  • So, I have to say that I am still processing how the new version of the app is working but already missing the UI elements Edward is mentioning (I am still mostly on the old version). The new look is stunning, though.

  • I agree wholeheartedly with Hermann and Edward. I can’t find what John is reading anymore and that makes me sad. I’d never met him but I often went directly to his chosen articles and comments. Without this I am likely to use the app far less. I do appreciate the effort but it’s missing part of itself

    I agree wholeheartedly with Hermann and Edward. I can’t find what John is reading anymore and that makes me sad. I’d never met him but I often went directly to his chosen articles and comments. Without this I am likely to use the app far less. I do appreciate the effort but it’s missing part of itself. Respectfully.

    Where is the member directory button? Are you guys rolling out different versions simultaneously? How is Adèle still partially using the old app?

    Signed,

    On the fence

  • As with everything new it takes time but I will miss being able to follow .

    I am sure that there are valid reasons for Quartz but please consider that it was being able to expand and see what others are interested or invested in that make Quartz vibrant. Gone are the experts in various fields, Richard

    As with everything new it takes time but I will miss being able to follow .

    I am sure that there are valid reasons for Quartz but please consider that it was being able to expand and see what others are interested or invested in that make Quartz vibrant. Gone are the experts in various fields, Richard Branson, Cathy Crowley Dambisa Moyo may fade.

    I have some people I go to on a regular basis. We don't always share the same opinion but that is the point. Funnily enough it seems the people I follow the most share my view on following.

    Some of the people that will lose followers are the editors and that also takes away from the experience. For example I no longer can pick on Max to see what has piqued his curiosity

    I will still try to find Max , Edward M.Platts and Adele because their thoughts interest me. At least I can scroll the leaderboard to find them. They comment on issues that I have no connection with They make me think and they make me smile and sometimes they make me laugh. While Quartz is not social media and in real life we have never met in a new tech world we might qualify as friends.

  • Quartz represents the kind of reporting and community I respect and trust.

  • Try member library function. We can get to know insights of particular topics. I like it.