The path to economic development is growing more treacherous, again

IN THE 1990S economists had almost given up on the developing world. Although individual countries, like Singapore or South Korea, occasionally scaled the income ladder, the overall picture was, in the words of Lant Pritchett, a development economist at Harvard University, “divergence, big-time” between advanced economies and the rest. Then the scene changed. From the […]

Female-Led ‘Kung Fu’ Sequel Series in Development at Fox

Reboot mania has reached a fever pitch, with Fox reviving a classic martial arts western series that may have been better left behind in the dust. The ’70s series Kung Fu is receiving a sequel series featuring a female lead and a hopefully less whitewashed cast. The original series, which ran from 1972 to 1975, arrived […]

Microsoft suspends development of touch-friendly Office apps for Windows

Enlarge (credit: Nicole Klauss) Microsoft has stopped developing new features for the touch-friendly Office Mobile apps for Windows 10, reports the Verge. Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, and PowerPoint Mobile first made their debut with Windows 8.1. Their significance is twofold: they have a user interface that’s designed to be touch-friendly, and they’re built using Microsoft’s […]

Toyota Says Supra Development Team Stopped Talking to BMW Years Ago, Hasn’t Ruled Out Manual

Shrouded in secrecy and driven by hype, the next Toyota Supra has been a tough nut to crack. However, its co-development with the BMW Z4 left us thinking we’d soon have a situation akin to the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ. In this case, it possible that calling the cars “jointly developed” might not be entirely […]

A dead mall near Apple’s Silicon Valley headquarters is transforming into a $4 billion development

Eric Risberg/AP City officials approved the construction of a $ 4 billion development project just blocks away from Apple Park, the company’s new headquarters. The project was stalled for years due to concerns about congestion, traffic, and declining home values. The approval could set a precedent for future affordable housing proposals, including a $ 29 million initiative in […]

Colombia’s development bank has brought in private-sector discipline

Removing road blocks IT COSTS more to send a 40-foot container by road from Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, to Buenaventura on its Pacific coast than to ship it on from Buenaventura to Shanghai. According to the World Economic Forum, Colombia’s roads are among the worst in Latin America. For more than 20 years governments have tried […]

$600 Chromebooks are a dangerous development for Microsoft

Lenovo Among the new hardware launched this week at IFA in Berlin are a couple of premium Chromebooks. Lenovo’s $ 600 Yoga Chromebook brings high-end styling and materials to the Chromebook space, along with well-specced internals and a high quality screen. Dell’s $ 600 Inspiron Chromebook 14 has slightly lower specs but is similarly offering […]