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Seceding From Public Education

A letter to the editor I wrote recently on the virtues of school choice prompted some surprising feedback. My simple question—“When parents choose to patronize a school that better serves their child, why should we keep funneling billions of dollars to prop up a failing system that is serving no one well?”—elicited a lot more responses than I initially expected ... Read More »

Inside Netflix we reveal how brain scans and bots help shows go from lens to your living room

Netflix first launched in the UK in 2012 and, along with catch-up services like BBC iPlayer and streaming rivals like Amazon Prime, has completely transformed the way we watch television. WIRED was invited along to the firm’s recent Netflix Labs Day at its Los Gatos headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley for the global release of Marvel’s Iron Fist ... Read More »

Sex offender wrongly banned from Internet, court rules

A sex offender under lifetime supervision was wrongly banished from the Internet, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a unanimous decision, the high court ruled that the state Parole Board went too far when it imposed a total “Internet blackout” on a man who was convicted in 2003 of sexually molesting his young daughters and served two prison ... Read More »

New Smartphone from LG, Cloud Management Services from Staples Make Small Biz Headlines

If you want to run a mobile business, you need mobile specific tools like a smartphone and a cloud management platform. This week, small businesses got a few new options. First, Verizon called a new LG smartphone perfect for content creators. And Staples launched a new cloud management and records storage solution. You can read about these new services along ... Read More »

Social media’s hot new trend is actually from the ’90s

Houseparty MORE ON: APPS Women hate d–k pics as much as men like sending them De Blasio using tax money to fund app tracking his campaign promises Now the whole world is one big Pinterest board Your smartphone apps might be secretly leaking your info Remember when you’d fall asleep while instant messaging your friends into the early hours of ... Read More »

20 Taboo Topics to Stay Away From on Your Company’s Social Media Channels

If you use social media to promote your business online, you’ve probably put a lot of thought into what types of posts to share. But sometimes it can be just as important to consider what NOT to post on social media. Sensitive or taboo topics that don’t really relate to your audience can actually hurt your business if you post ... Read More »

Viber Secret Messages Feature Borrows From SnapChat Approach

The free calling and messaging app Viber now allows you to send photos and videos that disappear after the recipient has viewed them. Viber Secret Messages The update dubbed “secret messages” allows you to send self-destructing messages that disappear after a set time. “Some things are meant to be seen once and then never again,” the app’s social media manager ... Read More »

Control Your Email Inbox: Stop Email Notifications From Twitter, Facebook

Social media is one of the greatest inventions of the modern world. It allows us to connect with people we lost touch with, keep up with the daily lives of people we care about but don’t see often in real life, and share content that can be truly rewarding. Not to mention the ability to find others from around the ... Read More »

Read “Uninvested” to Take Control Back From Wall Street

I feel like I should start this book review with one of those “This is intended for mature audiences” warnings. Depending on your involvement in the financial industry, you might be disgusted. You might be insulted. You might even be dubious. Personally, I was left with this attitude of “Sure, just one more thing to be disillusioned about. “ “Uninvested” ... Read More »

Demanding a Return on Investment From Business Travel

How do you choose when to travel, and when not to, for your business? Let’s take, for example, attending a conference.  Let’s say you see a conference you would like to attend.  Better yet, let’s say an employee comes to you requesting approval to attend the conference. Now the conference may be worthwhile simply as an educational opportunity.  It may ... Read More »