The secret origin story of the iPhone
“The iPhone is the reason I’m divorced,” Andy Grignon, a senior iPhone engineer, tells me. I heard that sentiment more than once throughout my dozens of interviews with the iPhone’s key architects and engineers. “Yeah, the iPhone ruined more than a few marriages,” says another.
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The Norwegian who knew his tortoises so well that he changed the course of history
This article has previously been published in Norwegian in Aftenposten Historie no. 6, 2015 and Biolog no, 1, 2014. Due to several requests, I have now translated it into English. On December 27 1831, the frigate HMS Beagle left Plymouth on a five year journey around the globe.
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Open Thread 75.75
It is a pleasure to answer your question, Mark. Comment-citations are drawn from BibTeX/ASCII file (that presently contains 4200 citation-entries). Most entries having one or more auxiliary files associated to them (4800 auxiliary files and code-examples, 9 GB of storage, original source texts preferred).
Productivity 
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What ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Author Kevin Kwan Can’t Live Without
If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked Kevin Kwan, whose novel Rich People Problems comes out on Tuesday (the third in a series that includes Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend), which items he can’t live without.
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Ask HN: How do I switch from being a passive consumer to an active producer?
Lately I've realized that I consume way too much. Be it Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, HackerNews, Youtube, etc. Even though I have a job and I deliver value to society on a dialy basis, I feel like I could contribute more.
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