With ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ Spike Lee Has Made a Black Movie for White Audiences – And That’s Okay

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: Spike Lee’s latest movie is his first to cater directly to white audiences and that’s something worth talking about.) At first glance, BlacKkKlansman checks all of director Spike Lee’s typical boxes — it’s black, unapologetic, […]

That’s trillion with a T—Apple hits market value of $1 trillion

The trillion-dollar ceiling has been broken. So who’s going to pay for it? (credit: Ars Technica) Apple, the company Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded in 1976 in possibly not a garage, became the most valuable company in the world in 2012, passing Microsoft as iPhone sales pushed the company into the stratosphere. Today, Apple’s […]

Lenovo designed an Amazon Echo Show look-a-like that’s better and cheaper than the original — here’s what the $200 Smart Display is like to use

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Lenovo Lenovo and Google teamed up to create the Smart Display, a smart home hub with a screen that takes direct aim at the $ 230 Amazon Echo Show.  The Smart […]

'I can't watch it before I go to bed' Face of fraud advert that’s scaring us stiff

The online response suggests people are now scared stiff. Sky News presenter Gillian Joseph said: “She scares me every time she’s on.” Twitter user John Matthews added: “Tell me about it. I can’t watch it at night before I go bed.” Another user, Allison Morris, added: “She looks like she’s had three ex-husbands who all […]

Trump said Saudi Arabia will bring 2 million barrels per day to the market — here’s why that’s unlikely

Trump said Saudi Arabia will boost oil production by 2 million barrels per day. But analysts have predicted Saudi Arabia will add as much as 800,000 to 1 million barrels per day.  Saudi Arabia is unlikely to use up most of its spare capacity, and an output increase of that size would take a long […]

Avengers Infinity War: Josh Brolin reveals Thanos deaths bombshell – ‘That’s not OK!’

The film notoriously saw half of all humanity wiped out – thanks to Brolin’s supervillain Thanos. Among the deceased were a huge number of Marvel heroes; among them King T’Challa, Spider-Man, Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange, as well as several of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, Brolin has said that he had no idea […]

That’s entertainment! How to keep the kids happy on a budget this summer

Getty Baking with the kids can be both fun and cheap It’s almost that time of year again, when school’s out for summer and the kids are excited for six weeks off.  But when the initial elation eventually wears off, your children can quickly grow bored and that’s when your wallet starts comes out.  Researchers […]

Inside the private island resort on a South Pacific lagoon that’s on sale for $23 million

Coffeys Tourism Property Brokers The Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort in the Cook Islands is for sale. This slice of paradise comes at a cost, though, and is on the market for $ 23 million (£17 million). The luxury resort comes with 36 bungalows, restaurants, bars, pools, and a gym. There are 45 years left […]

The 1969 US downturn can tell a lot about a key recession signal that’s been flashing yellow

Getty Images / Mario Tama The US yield curve has been flattening over recent months. Risk of inversion, a key recession signal, rises as the curve flattens. The 1969-70 recession can offer us a look at what today’s yield curve movements might mean. The persistent flattening of the U.S. yield curve has investors scratching their […]

The mysterious new ‘Fallout’ game is reportedly using the same survival formula that’s seen wide success in other online games

There was a time, around four or five years ago, when it seemed the only games that were being released followed the same formula: early access, open-world, and survival. Games like Day Z and Rust exploded almost overnight, and many copycats followed. The premise of an open-world survival game is relatively simple —  you’re thrust […]