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The 5 best adapters you'll probably need for the new MacBook Pros

So here it is, the future of the MacBook Pro, and it's full of adapters.

The new MacBook Pros exclusively feature USB-C ports, which means your old USB accessories and peripherals wont plug into the new MacBook Pro without an adapter. 

We're not particularly fond of adapters. They're "extra" bits to worry about, and add extra cost to connecting our old stuff, which cost no money to connect in the past.

It'll take some time until everyone eventually replaces their old accessories with new models that support USB-C. Until then, we've found a few that could ease the transition.

Check them out:


For the minimalist.

A single, clean, and simple USB-C to USB 3 adapter for the person who connects only one peripheral or accessory at a time to their laptop. You could also use it to plug in your regular multi-USB hub, too.

Cable TV price increases have beaten inflation every single year for 20 years

The pay TV industry is losing customers, but prices continue to climb.

In fact, for US cable TV in particular, price increases have outpaced inflation for every single one of the past 20 years, according to a recent FCC report surfaced by Every one!

In 1995, cable cost $22.35 per month, on average. In 2015, it was $69.03. And the climb has been steady. Here's a chart showing how prices have gone up:

Now, it does makes sense for prices to go up for goods like cable as long as there is inflation. But cable's increases are more than double that of inflation. On average, cable prices went up 5.8% yearly for the past 20 years. Inflation clocked in at 2.2% per year, on average.

Here's a chart that shows how that tracks to inflation:


The hyper-connectivity revolution has taken global risk to extremes

The huge rise in global instability, keeping everyone awake at night, is characterized by senior military and diplomatic officials as the “most high-risk and unpredictable environment in their working lives.”

It’s all being driven by the hyper-connectivity revolution in communication, which can mean major consequences for the world of business as well as politics, as disparate rebels with an agenda can quickly turn a company into a cause celebre.

Gordon ‘Dee’ Smith runs private intelligence agency Strategic Insight Group and he has spent decades deciphering anomalies and hidden insights in the corporate landscape. In an exclusive interview with

10 things in tech you need to know today (TSLA, GOOG, FB, AAPL)

Good morning! Here's the technology news you need to know this Monday.

1. A leaked Uber email shows the company insisting that the minimum wage ruling only applies to two of its drivers. The GMB union called the email "misleading".

2. Elon Musk unveiled Tesla's solar roof and new Tesla Energy products. The solar roofs that Musk showed off were installed on houses on Universal Studio's famous backlot.

3. Alphabet's VC unit has backed an Irish genomics startup. The investment was in a genetic research company called Genomics Medicine Ireland (GMI).


The 10 most important things in the world right now

Hello! Here's what you need to know on Monday.

1. The FBI has secured a warrant to examine newly discovered emails related to US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private server. Clinton's campaign spent Sunday vigorously pushing back against the FBI.

2. US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid accused FBI Director James Comey of playing partisan politics, saying he may have violated federal law by revealing his office was continuing the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.


Ex-Barclays boss Antony Jenkins just launched a fintech startup

Former Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins has launched a new startup that aims to modernise the back office technology used by banks.

10x Future Technologies is working on a cloud-based core banking system — the technology that allows banks to hold deposits and accounts. Essentially, it's the heart of banking, around which everything else is built.

The company says in a statement that its new system will "give banks better access and insights into customers’ data, enabling them to offer products such as mortgages, credit cards, loans, savings and current accounts that are far better tailored to customers’ specific needs."

Apple just added a mini touch display on the keyboards of its new laptops — here's what it can do (AAPL)

Apple has taken the wraps off its new MacBook Pro, and it’s ditched the row of physical function keys that's been on every personal computer for decades.

In its place, there’s the “Touch Bar,” a thin touch display that provides different settings and shortcuts based on what you’re doing.

It'll be available in one model of 13-inch MacBook Pro, which starts at $1,799, as well as the 15-inch version, which starts at $2,399. Both will ship in the next two to three weeks.

A tiny startup called SnapRoute has overthrown Hewlett Packard Enterprise from leading its own project

On Monday, a tiny startup called SnapRoute is expected to make a startling announcement.

It is swooping in and taking over technical leadership on a project called OpenSwitch that was formerly created and spearheaded by IT giant Hewlett-Packard Enterprise 

HP is not leaving the project but will continue to be a member, a HP spokesperson tells us.

Yet people close to the project are calling this a major coup for SnapRoute.

"OpenSwitch has been decimated," said one person familiar with the situation. "HP killed OpenSwitch. SnapRoute is taking it over."

OpenSwitch is an effort to take on market leader Cisco by creating an open-source Linux-based network switch. It's part of a broader trend of companies doing similar work, including startups like Cumulus Networks, Pluribus Networks, and SnapRoute.

The launch of OpenSwitch was greeted

Google earnings crush targets and the company will buy back $7 billion of stock (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google topped Wall Street financial targets in the third quarter and authorized a $7 billion stock repurchase.

Google's stock barely budged in after-hours trading, rising about 1% despite the strong results.

Here are the key numbers:

Revenue: $18.3 billion net revenue versus analyst expectations of $18 billion, up 21% year over year.

EPS (adjusted): $9.06 versus analyst expectations of $8.64 per share.

Revenue in Alphabet's Other Bets was up to $197 million for the third quarter, from $141 million a year ago. While losses were hefty — $865 million — they were down from last year's $980 million.

The $7 billion buyback is only the second in the company's history, and is larger than the $5 billion buyback the company announced last year.

The 67 types of people in America, according to market researchers

Sixty-one percent of the people in my neighborhood are Laptops and Lattes; 16% are Trendsetters; 14% are Metro Renters.

At least that’s how Esri see it.

The market research giant, with over a billion dollars in annual revenue, divides Americans into 67 different groups based on household characteristics, personal characteristics, and more—gathering and then maps where they live. Esri gathers info from the Census, the American Community survey, and other licensed or proprietary databases.

Clients use this information to decide where to open stores, post advertisements, build developments, and more.

You can check your zip code here.