Defakto’s Vektor strikes a great balance as a minimalist, slim automatic watch

Defakto is a small German watchmaker that has made a name for itself over the years thanks to the unique, but classic designs it boasts thanks to mark founder Raphael Ickler. The latest watch from Ickler and Defakto, the Vektor, continues this tradition of smart, minimalist looks, but adds a very slim case thanks to use of a Miyota 9015 automatic Japanese movement, and brings some extra retro appeal with a domed plexiglass front sphere and manually bent-minute and second hands that follow the curve of the dome. As a…

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Thinking about the social cost of technology

Every time I call my mum for a chat there’s usually a point on the phone call where she’ll hesitate and then, apologizing in advance, bring up her latest technological conundrum. An email she’s received from her email provider warning that she needs to upgrade the operating system of her device or lose access to the app. Or messages she’s sent via such and such a messaging service that were never received or only arrived days later. Or she’ll ask again how to find a particular photo she was previously…

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Travis Kalanick appoints Ursula Burns, John Thain to Uber’s board

Former Uber chief Travis Kalanick has appointed two more people to the ridesharing company’s board. One of the seats is going to Ursula Burns, former CEO and Chairwoman of Xerox. The other is going to John Thain, who has served as CEOs of CIT Group, Merrill Lynch and the New York Stock Exchange. A spokesperson for Kalanick provided us with the following statement: “I am happy to announce that Ursula Burns and John Thain have agreed to join Uber’s Board of Directors. Until earlier this year, Ursula was Chairman and CEO of Xerox, while John…

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