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‘Battlefield 1’ is a reverent homage to the first World War, but its marketing is far from that

This may sound cynical, but I never really expect video games to depict the grim realities of war with any respect or nuance. There just isn't any industry-wide precedent for it.

That's why it's such a pleasant surprise to hear that "Battlefield 1," which bucks trends by going back in time to World War I, manages to pull it off with some amount of grace. I haven't played the final game yet, but my colleague Ben Gilbert (as well as everyone else I've talked to) insists the game is refreshingly reverent of its setting.

Enjoying that Prime membership comes at a big cost to Amazon (AMZN)

Generally speaking, being the world’s largest online retailer is a good thing. Amazon’s ubiquity can tell you that.

Staying that big, though, can carry an equally massive cost. This chart from Statista shows it pretty well: Amazon’s net shipping costs have grown from $317 million a decade ago to more than $4.5 billion over the first three quarters of this year — before the holiday shopping season has even started.

Now, given how much Amazon’s profile has grown over that time, some rise is expected. A big chunk of that cost, though, is due to the service that’s

Postmates CEO says it was 'super, super difficult' to raise $141 million for the delivery company battling Uber and Amazon

Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann didn't mince words about his company's long-rumored funding round. 

"It was a super, super difficult fundraise for us," Lehmann told Bloomberg's Eric Newcomer

The company confirmed to Bloomberg that it had raised $141 million in its most recent round, lead by previous investor Founder's Fund. Fundraising documents

Peter Thiel defends bankrolling Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker: 'Single-digit' millionaires have 'no effective access to our legal system'

Tech billionaire Peter Thiel said Monday that "single-digit" millionaires had a tough time getting "effective access" to the US legal system.

Thiel, who cofounded PayPal and is a prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist, took questions following his pro-Donald Trump address at The National Press Club. He was asked at length about his bankrolling the lawsuit against the website Gawker by wrestling star Hulk Hogan.

Gawker shut down as a result of the lawsuit, which was filed because the website published a sex tape involving Hogan.

"Let's start with the factors of the case," he said. "It involved a sex tape. If you make a sex tape with someone's permission, you're a pornographer. If you make a sex tape without permission ... you are a journalist. I would submit that as an insult to all journalists."

BMW will reportedly release an electric SUV in 2021

BMW is planning to launch its electric SUV, the i5, in 2021.

Automobile Mag first reported in August that BMW was working on Project iNext: the German automaker's commitment to release an all-electric car with self-driving capabilities by 2021. But Autocar reported for the first time on Monday that the Project iNext car will be an electric SUV.

Autocar cites sources who say that BMW has settled on an SUV bodystyle for its next model to accommodate the size of a battery pack without compromising on the car's proportions. BMW also settled on an SUV because it appeals to a segment with greater demand and profit margins than hatchbacks, according to the sources.

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.