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Robin Arzon, Peloton’s head instructor, loves Dolly Parton and BeyonceSep 20, 2019
What Robin Arzon, Head Instructor and Vice President of Fitness Programming at Peloton and author of “Shut Up and Run” listens to throughout the day.1. Waking Up
“9 to 5,” Dolly Parton
8 books you need to read to save the planet, according to people who already areSep 20, 2019
Founders and CEOs of B-Corps and nonprofits share the books that inspire them to address the world’s biggest challenges.
Today, the United Nations gathered in New York City to kick off the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74). It’s a big deal. Each year, all 193 member countries meet as members of the General Assembly in New York City to discuss, debate, and make decisions regarding international development, peace and security, law, and sustainability goals. This year, there will be a special UN high-level meeting called Action for People and Planet, covering topics such as climate action, universal health coverage, and sustainable development from September 21 to 27.
The billion-dollar race to change how drugs are madeSep 20, 2019
Alphabet’s AI lab DeepMind is proving that artificial intelligence can be game-changing for drug discovery. Could savvy upstarts upend Big Pharma?
This article is part of Fast Company’s editorial series The New Rules of AI. More than 60 years into the era of artificial intelligence, the world’s largest technology companies are just beginning to crack open what’s possible with AI—and grapple with how it might change our future. Click here to read all the stories in the series.
This house design is completely free, and it could help save the worldSep 20, 2019
Anyone can download the plans for this elegant three-bedroom home, which won Phoenix, Arizona’s competition aimed at jumpstarting energy-efficient construction.
A few years ago, city officials in Phoenix, Arizona, were looking for a way to address the need for more sustainable architecture in their hot, arid environment. Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the United States—and as a result, has a significant environmental footprint. But in 2016, officials debuted a road map designed to transform it into a completely carbon-neutral, zero-waste city. Encouraging ultra-low-energy-usage homes was a natural part of its sustainability goals, but design services can be expensive and slow to procure for the average homebuilder.
Jim Gaffigan goes dark in his new movie, but the darkness was already thereSep 20, 2019
Amazon plans to have 100,000 electric delivery vans on the road by 2030Sep 20, 2019
But the company will roll out the new EV fleet much earlier—by 2021.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has revealed that his company has placed an order for 100,000 electric delivery vans from Michigan-based electric vehicle company Rivian. Amazon says its order of 100,000 vehicles is the largest order ever of electric delivery vehicles. It is just one of the ways Amazon pledged on Thursday to help combat climate change.
Trump met with Mark Zuckerberg at the White House and posted about it . . . on TwitterSep 20, 2019
The meeting is significant because Trump is a longtime critic of Facebook, and the social media giant has increasingly been coming under the scrutiny of lawmakers.
The Facebook CEO met with the president at the White House on Thursday, reports CNBC. During the meeting, the president posed for a photo with Zuckerberg and then bragged about the “nice” meeting the two had . . . in a Twitter post. To be fair, Trump also included a link in the tweet to the same image on Facebook—still, everyone knows his platform of choice is not Zuckerberg’s.
What to do if your child is worried about the absurdly high cost of collegeSep 20, 2019
College is ridiculously expensive. Your child has every right to be worried, so don’t brush it off.
I was moderating a panel recently that was meant to give high school students advice before they go off to college. Almost all of the panelists gave tips that boiled down to, “Don’t worry.”
Global Climate Strike: everything you need to knowSep 20, 2019
Today, people are taking time off from work and school to demand climate action.
Today is the Global Climate Strike, where kids (and adults who support them) around the world are leaving school and work to rally to demand more aggressive action on climate change. The cause has been taken up by large sections of the business community: Many companies are closing their stores or taking their websites dark. And groups of employees, especially in tech, are using the walkout to try to push their employers to change policies. Two thousand scientists are marching in support.
5 simple rules to make AI a force for goodSep 20, 2019
The rise of AI has lead to tattered privacy protections and rogue algorithms. Here’s what we can do about it.
This article is part of Fast Company’s editorial series The New Rules of AI. More than 60 years into the era of artificial intelligence, the world’s largest technology companies are just beginning to crack open what’s possible with AI—and grapple with how it might change our future. Click here to read all the stories in the series.
Twitter will now let you hide the replies of other usersSep 20, 2019
By adding the “Hide Reply” feature Twitter is trying to make the platform a less toxic place, and 27% of people who had their tweets hidden said they would reconsider how they interact with others in the future.
Twitter has announced that it is rolling out its anticipated “Hide Replies” feature in the U.S. and Japan today. The feature was originally announced back in February and rolled out in a testing phase for Canadian users earlier this year. Twitter says the U.S. and Japanese rollout is an extension of that test—but they are essentially making it a feature as it’s available to all users in both countries.
3 times when procrastination can be a good thingSep 20, 2019
Creative procrastination, rather than idle postponement, can make you more successful.
It took Leonardo da Vinci years to finish painting the Mona Lisa. You could say the masterpiece was created by a master procrastinator. Sure, da Vinci wasn’t under a tight deadline, but his lengthy process demonstrates the idea that we need to work through a lot of bad ideas before we get down to the good ones. Procrastination tactics can help with this process, says Jeremie Bacon, CEO of Imagineer Technology Group, a relationship management software provider.
7 successful women on the “mistakes” that changed their careersSep 20, 2019
Seven leaders, from Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani to fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff, discuss the importance of taking risks.
Making mistakes is inevitable. From the little hiccups—like hitting “reply” instead of “forward”—to years-long regrets like spending too much time in a just-okay job, those missteps can seem like the end of the world.
7 new incredibly useful things you didn’t know Gmail could doSep 20, 2019
Unleash your inbox’s inner genie with these easy-to-implement Gmail upgrades.
All right, I’ll admit it: I have a bit of a problem.
Patagonia enlists teen activists to speak out for Global Climate Strike campaignSep 19, 2019
The brand is closing all its stores on September 20th—and buying ads to raise awareness for Climate Week protests.
It comes as no surprise that Patagonia decided to close its doors on Friday for a few hours so its employees can march alongside young activists in the Global Climate Strike. But the brand is also doing something for Climate Week that it rarely does: paying for advertising.
A football field-size asteroid snuck up on NASA and almost hit the EarthSep 19, 2019
So much for space nets.
Scientists think the Earth is overdue for a reboot of Armageddon, or rather they think the planet is just about due for another massive asteroid strike like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs. Those scientists who may or may not also be Bruce Willis enthusiasts almost got their wish when an asteroid about the size of a football field hurtled just 40,400 miles over Earth in late July. It was the largest space rock to come so close in a century.
Here’s why YouTube is stripping some users of verification badgesSep 19, 2019
YouTube is changing its verification program, including updating the look and the eligibility requirements, the company announced today.
YouTube is changing its verification program, including updating the look and the eligibility requirements, the company announced today.
Google just made the largest ever corporate purchase of renewable energySep 19, 2019
18 new energy deals around the world will help build infrastructure worth more than $2 billion.
Two years ago, Google became the first company of its size to buy as much renewable electricity as the electricity it used. But as the company grows, so does its demand for power. To stay ahead of that demand, Google just made the largest corporate renewable energy purchase in history, with 18 new energy deals around the world that will help build infrastructure worth more than $2 billion.
Bacardi just found the best use for plastic straws ever—turn them into vinyl recordsSep 19, 2019
The Straw Vinyl program takes old straws and spins them into limited-edition vinyl records.
Normally, if your record sucks, that’s a bad thing. (Just ask Jet!) But now, thanks to a collaboration between Bacardi and Lonely Whale, if your record sucks, it’s a good thing—at least for the planet.
USDA lets pig farms self-regulate: What could possibly go wrong?Sep 19, 2019
Will self-regulation make consumers safer?
There have been a lot of food recalls in the last year, ranging from turkey to Hy-vee meat products to ground beef to all kinds of Tyson chicken products, so you might think any changes in raw meat processing would be to make sure that consumers are safe, right?
Felicity Huffman gets 14 days in prison in the college admissions scandalSep 13, 2019
Actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced today to 14 days in prison for her involvement in the college admissions scandal that rocked the country earlier this year.
Actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced today to 14 days in prison for her involvement in the college admissions scandal that rocked the country earlier this year.
Trump administration may strip California of its power to regulate car emissionsSep 13, 2019
Andrew Yang and Donald Trump get more support than Joe Biden from Big Tech workersSep 13, 2019
Overall, the most popular candidates among donors who work at Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft were Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders.
Poor Joe Biden. He just can’t catch a break—the near-constant inability to utter a sentence without a gaffe, being the human piñata at every debate, the bleeding eye, the teeth falling out, the protesters interrupting his truly heartbreaking story of losing his first wife and daughter in a car accident. Even the sympathy he earned from the outrage over Julian Castro’s callous remark about his forgetfulness last night only served to accentuate the age question.
Forests are a big part of the climate solution, but we’re not fixing the problemSep 13, 2019
The state of the world’s forests is now worse than it was when hundreds of governments and companies made a commitment to end deforestation by 2030.
Five years ago, hundreds of governments and companies—from Peru and Norway to McDonald’s and Walmart—made a historic pledge to cut deforestation in half by 2020, and end it by 2030. But a new report tracking the commitment, the New York Declaration on Forests, finds that the state of the world’s forests is actually now worse. The annual rate of tree cover loss each year has increased by 43%. On average, between 2014 and 2018, an area of forest the size of the state of Colorado disappeared each year.
A shocking 73% of stories on LGBTQ websites are being flagged as unsafe for brands, survey saysSep 13, 2019
CHEQ research of 15 major media sites found that more than half of neutral or positive stories are still being flagged as unsafe for advertisers.
The concept of brand safety has moved from a few backroom meetings to the forefront of any major advertiser’s priority list over the last few years. Simply put, brands don’t want the ads they’re paying a lot of money for to appear alongside offensive or dangerous content. Makes sense, right? Of course, this is not an exact science, as the laundry list of YouTube scandals and the work that activists like Sleeping Giants are doing will attest. It’s a never-ending battle against a constantly moving target, and because so many ads are bought and sold amid the nanoseconds of the programmatic system, brands have enlisted the help of algorithms to keep up with what content their ads are going to be placed alongside.
Beto O’Rourke’s violent troll shows how easy it is to keep breaking Twitter’s rulesSep 13, 2019
Politics is ugly on Twitter.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke took a strong stance against guns—and the Twitter trolls came for him.
I disrupted the system, and I failed. Here’s what I learnedSep 13, 2019
Walking a marathon taught this sociologist that going against the grain doesn’t always end in triumph.
We happily trumpet our stories when we disrupt systems and succeed, but what about when we fail? Should we return to life as usual with our tails between our legs?
Micro moon! Harvest moon! Friday the 13th! Our endless lunar obsession, explainedSep 13, 2019
If you’re a fan of the moon, there’s a lot to tweet about today. We’ll try to break it down for you.
There’s a certain corner of the internet that is very excited for night to fall. This time the excitement extends beyond sky-gazing Twitter and astronomy subreddits, because there is a lot going on with the moon this evening, so keep your black cats indoors.
Let’s talk about SNL’s most important new cast member: Bowen YangSep 13, 2019
Don’t let the conversation around a certain new SNL cast member overshadow the celebration for Bowen Yang, the hilarious comedian, podcaster, and SNL writer who just got promoted to featured player on the show.
For about five hours on Thursday afternoon, Bowen Yang was the toast of the internet and the broader world of comedy beyond.
Female founders question whether Americans will elect a woman president in 2020Sep 13, 2019
A survey of women founders reveled a broad belief that sexism still pervades the American electorate.
Female founders are more encouraged by different potential presidential candidates than male founders are.
The unbearable maleness of Victoria’s Secret could be its undoingSep 13, 2019
John Mehas, the CEO of Victoria’s Secret, is trying to learn from his competitors at female-founded startups before it’s too late.
Victoria’s Secret is in desperate need of a makeover. The brand’s sales have been in decline for the last three years, and while there are many reasons for this downward spiral, the most obvious is that its core message—that lingerie is a way for women to titillate men—no longer resonates in a post-#MeToo era.
When your body calls time-outSep 13, 2019
After 16 years of running a $1B company, a major health scare caused me to finally get honest about anxiety.
It was early February 2017. It had been a stressful morning at work. I was coming back from lunch and walking up the stairs to my third-floor office when I started to feel light-headed. I was out of breath, and my heart was racing. I asked my assistant to come in to my office. She took my pulse and said we needed to call an ambulance.
This smart toilet seat monitors your heart health through your gluteus maximusSep 13, 2019
Researcher Nicholas Conn, one of the seat’s inventors, explains why this unlikely form of health monitoring is so practical.
London is going to use heat from the Underground to help heat its homesSep 13, 2019
London is just the latest city to figure out that using heat it already generates can save enormous amounts of energy.
On a hot summer day, the temperature inside a subway car in the London Underground can sometimes climb above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and even in the winter, the city’s Tube lines can be so toasty from the operation of the trains that extra heat needs to be vented outside. But by the end of the year, one subway line will begin making use of that heat—sending it to hundreds of nearby homes and businesses to help keep them warm in cold weather.
What to do if your boss is professionally ‘breadcrumbing’ youSep 13, 2019
“Breadcrumbing” is a term usually applied to relationships. But it can also happen at work, if your boss isn’t committed to your professional development.
While “breadcrumbing”—being strung along by small reinforcements without true commitment—has been around in the dating world for a while, the idea can apply in professional contexts as well. An August 2019 BBC report says bosses may be guilty of leading employees on, rather than genuinely committing to their development. In a tight labor market, this can be the kiss of death for employee engagement and retention.
Another reason to silence your notifications: They could alter your memorySep 13, 2019
“We’ve known for a long time [multitasking] might slow you down, but our research shows, it’s not just you might be slowed down; it might affect what you’re perceiving in the moment.”
We live in a world of countless tabs, and constant push notifications. Every service seems to be vying for our attention all the time. And when it isn’t, there always seems to be something tempting us into distraction.
Fabric dyes are a toxic problem. These beautiful alternative colors are made out of food wasteSep 13, 2019
This designer developed a safer, simpler, and healthier solution to conventional fabric dye—using scraps of old fruits and veggies.
In the United States alone, more than 15 million pounds of textile waste is generated each year. In response to the environmentally harmful practices of fast fashion—a business model that prioritizes quick and cheaply made garments over long-lasting quality and fair workers’ wages—some brands and designers are making ethically sourced materials and manufacturing processes a production requirement.
The five-minute email rule completely transformed the way I workSep 13, 2019
This editor has a rule to spend no more than five minutes on an email. Here’s how she makes it work.
We’re all drowning in email. And if you’re spending 15 minutes on every reply, no productivity system is ever going to save you. Not inbox zero, not batching, not turning off notifications—nothing. Your only hope is retirement.
Microsoft President Brad Smith’s book about tech is no love letterSep 8, 2019
Tools and Weapons is a surprisingly unblinkered look at technology’s impact on society, and how Big Tech can help matters rather than hurt.
If you sat down to compile a ranking of the most recognizable top executives at leading technology companies, Microsoft president Brad Smith would probably not make even your long list of contenders. But though he is not exactly a household name, Smith nonetheless plays as critical a role as his boss, CEO Satya Nadella, as an emissary to the world beyond Redmond.
How big data could help make it easier for landlords to evict youSep 7, 2019
Real estate data firms say they’re helping real estate investors deliver what buyers and renters want, but critics worry the data revolution could deliver disproportionally to big landlords and developers.
It’s easy to track prices of some things: Drive down any major street and you’ll only have to pass a few gas stations to know roughly how much gasoline costs in your area. Turn on the news during the workday, and you’ll quickly learn how the big stock market indexes are faring. Go shopping every week, and you’ll soon know how much bananas or eggs cost at your local supermarket.
How to watch the US Open tennis 2019 finals live on ESPN without cableSep 7, 2019
Tennis fans, the big weekend is here!
The final matches of the United States Open Tennis Championships are happening this weekend, and cord-cutting tennis fans around the country will be gathering around their computers, smartphones, and smart TVs to catch all the action. Excitingly, tennis legend Serena Williams will face off against 19-year-old Canadian player Bianca Andreescu on Saturday afternoon for the Women’s Final, which is just one of the highly anticipated games on deck. Here’s the full weekend lineup:
You may never be as funny as Danny McBride, but you can be as prolificSep 7, 2019
‘Righteous Gemstones’ creator Danny McBride talks to ‘Fast Company’ about dividing and conquering, shifting gears, and other time-management tricks that help him get it all done.
Here is what Danny McBride, comedic patron saint of soulful aggro dude-bros, has been up to lately. Prepare to feel lazy about however you spent the last two or so years:
There’s a new group of workers spreading organic pesticide on crops: beesSep 7, 2019
As they leave their hives, the bees get coated with a beneficial fungus that they spread to plants, which protects things like strawberries from disease.
Bees are great at retrieving tiny cargo: their main job is to visit flowering plants in order to gather pollen and nectar for their hive. Now one pesticide company has gained federal permission to ensure they’re bringing something special along on each trip. The Canadian-based company Bee Vectoring Technologies just received EPA approval for an organic fungicide that bees can carry directly from hive to crop. The breakthrough could help farmers eliminate the need for chemical spraying.
3 lessons that being in the NFL taught me about leadershipSep 7, 2019
It’s not just about commanding orders. It’s about understanding how to cultivate an environment that inspires your team to do their best.
You’ve probably seen many analogies between football and business, but it’s never been more relevant than today. New technologies have changed the modern workplace, which impacts how we work in multiple ways. Like football, conditions often shift quickly, and there is more significant pressure to advance in a shorter amount of time. Employees, like players, must be nimble and agile and able to adjust to changing needs and priorities. This is no easy feat because you’re also dealing with a company’s constantly evolving goals.
This radical plan would see the U.S. build 12 million new units of social housingSep 6, 2019
That’s just one part of People’s Action’s “A National Homes Guarantee,” which offers a vision for making housing a right in the country, through a tenants’ bill of rights, green construction training, and a massive building project.
Having a roof over one’s head sounds like it should be a basic right. And it should go without saying that that roof should come free of toxic mold, the possibility of sudden eviction, and rent too high to make monthly payments feasible. In the U.S., however, having a home—not to mention one without mold and with stability—is far from given.
Coming to America? The U.S. government wants your Myspace nameSep 6, 2019
If you want to come visit the Unites States, get ready for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ask for your social media usernames along with traditional information, like your full legal name and birthday.
If you want to come to the Unites States, get ready for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ask for your social media usernames along with traditional information, like your full legal name and birthday.
Vertical video has won so much, Samsung made a concert stage optimized for your phoneSep 6, 2019
The brand threw a show in London with a three-tier stage that just happens to fit perfectly in vertical frame.
No matter what kind of music it is, the concert experience has always had its staples. You’ve got the people up front singing every lyric. You get a little audience-artist call and response. You’ve got those joy-crying as their emotions get the best of them. And those yarfing in the back corner after being overserved.
How to learn to embrace your anxiety (and turn it into excitement)Sep 6, 2019
Harnessing that nervous energy might actually boost your career.
There’s a fine line between anxiety and excitement. Physiologically, the two are almost identical. You know the feeling: elevated heart rate, stomach butterflies, sweaty palms, and nervousness. They’re all symptoms that result from the arousal of the nervous system.
Here’s how Apple Card users are customizing their plain white credit cardsSep 6, 2019
These customers are pushing back against Cupertino’s minimalism.
Apple’s new credit card, the Apple Card, is little more than a thin layer of titanium coated with a layer of white finish, laser-etched with the Apple logo and your name so they glimmer. It’s a very Apple credit card: a perfectly minimal example of the pared-back aesthetic that has made Apple’s industrial design so widely sought after.
8 states and D.C. are now investigating Facebook for potential antitrust violationsSep 6, 2019
New York attorney general Letitia James is leading a multistate antitrust probe of the company.
New York attorney general Letitia James is leading a multistate investigation into whether Facebook violated antitrust laws, she said in a statement Friday.
This video testing out increasingly expensive pianos sounds like a million dollarsSep 6, 2019
Technically, it sounds like $2.5 million, but we doubt you’ll be able to spot the difference.
What: A new video exploring the sonic differences between differently priced pianos.
These are the reasons why we (still) don’t have many women CEOsSep 6, 2019
Companies benefit when they have more women in leadership positions. Yet, women continue to face unique challenges in their climb to the top of the corporate ladder.
Women comprise about 47% of the U.S. workforce, yet they make up barely a quarter of all senior executives at large U.S. public companies. Even worse, only about 5% of Standard & Poor’s 500 companies have female CEOs.
The national parks system is falling apart: These diverse service corps can help fix itSep 6, 2019
Local service corps are organizations that restore and maintain trails in our national parks. They’re also a great way to get a diverse population interested in conservation.
America’s national park system is getting wilder by the second—and that’s not great news for visitors. This country’s park system is made up of more than 85 million acres of outdoor space. It features pristine forestland, breathtaking canyons, and monumental former battlefields across all 50 states.
Jennifer Lopez posted a video showing how she mastered pole dancing for ‘Hustlers’: “I’ve never been bruised like this”Sep 6, 2019
Jennifer Lopez documents the painstaking progress she made to go from novice to pro for her new movie ‘Hustlers’ in a behind-the-scenes mini-doc.
The new movie Hustlers is based on a true story of a group of strippers in New York City who fleece dozens of wealthy men during the late-2000s financial crisis. In the film, which hits theaters September 13, Jennifer Lopez stars as Ramona Vega, a veteran stripper who serves as a mentor to newcomer Destiny (Constance Wu). To make her role as a top-tier stripper convincing, Lopez took a crash course with pole choreographer Johanna Sapakie—and, according to Lopez, “It might be one of the hardest” things she’s ever done for a movie.
Facebook’s secret crush? Maybe it’s Match GroupSep 6, 2019
Facebook’s matchmaking ambitions have some investors breaking up with Match Group.
A day after Facebook announced the launch of its dating service in the United States, investors are showing less love for Match Group, the parent company behind some of the world’s most popular dating platforms, including Tinder, Match.com, Hinge, and OKCupid.
How to strike a good work-play balance when traveling for businessSep 6, 2019
Work travel can be draining. It can be hard to stay focused, or a struggle to enjoy the time away. Here are 5 tips for making the most of your trip.
Traveling for work can be exhausting. But it can also be incredibly rewarding.
Why so many women want to change careersSep 6, 2019
Right now, two-thirds of the female workforce is wondering whether they should not just leave their jobs but change industries entirely.
Seventy-three percent of women are interested in changing careers according to InHerSight’s recent study of 1,500 working women. That means right now, two-thirds of the female workforce is wondering whether they should not just leave their jobs but change industries entirely.
KitKat is ditching plastic packaging for paper you can turn into origamiSep 6, 2019
The candy brand, which is hugely popular in Japan, will debut the new packaging design in September.
Companies across myriad industries are pledging to make their products—and packaging—more sustainable. One such company is the food and drink giant Nestlé, which announced in January that it had committed to exclusively issue 100% recyclable packaging for its candy by 2025. As part of that goal, Nestlé’s Japan confectionery branch recently released new packaging for its popular miniature KitKat chocolate bars, which will now be wrapped in paper instead of plastic.
Ring’s smart home plans would sound great if Ring itself was less frighteningSep 2, 2019
The Amazon-owned security company makes an excellent alarm system. But it creates an anxiety-inducing feedback loop.
For the past few months, I’ve been letting Ring—and, by extension, Amazon—monitor my house.
How to be ruthless with your time and support your team at the same timeSep 1, 2019
Unless you’re a one-person operation, time management requires you to consider how your practices impact everyone else.
Your time is a precious commodity. It’s your one nonrenewable resource, and it’s something that you can’t get back. As linguists George Lakoff and Mark Johnson have noted, the metaphors we use around time reflect sacred scarcity. We say time is money. We invest, save, protect, spend, audit, give, squander, waste, and budget our time.
Personal branding for people who hate personal brandingAug 31, 2019
Self-promotion might not come naturally for some, but less outgoing people can use their natural strengths to create an authentic online presence.
Psychologist Carl Jung popularized the terms “introvert” and “extrovert” back in 1921, but he didn’t think anyone was solely one or the other. “There’s no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert,” he wrote, and yet, nearly a hundred years later, we still love to use these terms to explain our behaviors.
‘It’ returns, ‘Empire’ winds down, and 134 other September movies, TV shows, albums, and books to check outAug 31, 2019
Get ready to go back to Derry with ‘It: Chapter Two’, witness the end of an ‘Empire,’ and dance to Charli XCX. Here’s your creative calendar for September.
There goes summer 2019 into history’s dustbin. So long, you big weirdo! You were filled with superhero movies (one of which was the highest-grossing film of all time), Disney live-action films, failed comedies, and decent horror movies—all of which were overall kind of unsatisfying. (Thanks for Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood and The Farewell, though!)
This stunning new film captures how humans have reshaped every part of the EarthAug 31, 2019
From deforestation to natural resources extraction to the creation of landfills, ‘Anthropocene,’ a meditative new documentary, brings us face-to-face with how we’re wrecking our planet.
The new documentary Anthropocene: The Human Epoch doesn’t waste any time getting to the point: For the first minute of the film, all we see are flames. It’s mesmerizing, in a way, the same way that a fire burning in a hearth on a cold night inevitably draws our gaze. But this blaze is underpinned with a sense of horror: In the last few seconds before the scene cuts, we see that it’s burning something—it’s hard to tell what, but we know it’s important, and we know that it’s something to do with our collective future that we’re ruining.
The biggest threat to Apple’s new iPhones: consumer malaiseAug 31, 2019
From people’s fondness for their current smartphones to economic gloom, Apple will have to fight several negative trends this holiday season.
Apple’s new iPhones may be born into an unwelcoming world.
Hurricane Dorian threatens to turn hipster scooters into flying menacesAug 30, 2019
Hurricane force winds + scooters = Bad news
With Hurricane Dorian bearing down on Florida as a potential Category 4 storm, officials are battening down the hatches, urging residents to stock up on supplies, and, in a modern-day twist to hurricane preparation, getting scooters off the street.
How to watch the ACC Network live online without cableAug 30, 2019
The new offering from ESPN is available through a number of live-TV streaming services.
Earlier this month, ESPN launched its long-gestating ACC Network, or ACCN, a channel devoted to the NCAA’s Atlantic Coast Conference. The network is a joint venture between the Disney-owned sports juggernaut and the ACC and has gotten off to a rocky start with technical difficulties, but once those are under control, it promises to be popular (albeit niche) offering for sports fans.
Even oil companies say they don’t want to pollute as much as Trump wants them toAug 30, 2019
As the EPA rolls back rules preventing the release of methane, oil companies like BP and Shell don’t want to give up the little bit of green cred they get from preventing one kind of emission.
When the Trump administration announced its plans to roll back regulations that cut methane pollution—a greenhouse gas more potent than CO2—from oil and gas companies, even some oil and gas companies said that they didn’t want that to happen.
Microsoft-backed facial recognition firm rethinks its role in Hong KongAug 30, 2019
Amid the mass demonstrations in the special administrative region, AnyVision is reconsidering business plans there. But the firm continues to defend the use of its technology by the Israeli army at West Bank checkpoints.
When Microsoft’s M12 venture fund announced its investment in Israeli face recognition company AnyVision in June, the deal was temporarily held up as the startup sought to determine whether its products adhered to Microsoft’s tough AI ethics standards. After all, facial recognition technology has become a locus of controversy in recent years, raising privacy and civil rights concerns due to its use by law enforcement and governments around the world. After a few weeks, the company said that all of its investors, including Microsoft, were satisfied that the company was a “tool for good,” according to Bloomberg.
Here’s how the latest round of Trump’s tariffs will affect you (yes, you)Aug 30, 2019
School supplies and back-to-school clothing are both being targeted.
The president’s trade war with China is heating up, and come Sunday average American consumers will be right in the crosshairs. While earlier tariffs affected raw goods, like soybeans, cogs, sprockets, and other things that consumers don’t really care about outside of math-class story problems, the tariffs going into effect on Sunday are targeted at finished consumer products, aka the stuff you see on the store shelves. Specifically, about 60% of the $300 billion of Chinese imports that are being hit, or around 3,800 items, are finished consumer products.
Netflix’s ‘Great British Baking Show’ is back—without these 7 classic character typesAug 30, 2019
The popular competition show returns—as a weekly series—but in skewing younger, it loses several essential components to its success.
When those of us in Fast Company’s Creativity Slack channel saw the first look at the new cast of amateur bakers for “Collection 7” of Netflix’s Great British Baking Show, the reaction was not kind.
Muji’s brand-new pop-up is half store, half design galleryAug 30, 2019
The company is celebrating the designer who shaped it for two decades, Ikko Tanaka, and his prescient vision of how branding can do more with less.
Muji already has 19 stores in the United States. But today, it’s opening a new kind of location in the city: a pop-up in Soho that will last for just six months.
Hurricane Dorian live cams will stream the storm from Florida citiesAug 30, 2019
The storm could make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane.
While the exact path of Hurricane Dorian is still uncertain, it now seems destined to make landfall somewhere on the coast of Florida or perhaps Georgia. The storm is currently a Category 2 hurricane, and those already 100-mph winds are expected to strengthen over the next few days. The forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say that Dorian is expected to become a major hurricane on Friday and remain an extremely dangerous hurricane through the weekend. Dorian could hit the United States as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane on Monday as it moves toward warmer water.
This is why you should learn to embrace stress (rather than fight it)Aug 30, 2019
Stress can serve as a useful signal that you need to move your life in a different direction.
Stress in the United States is at one of its highest points ever. According to a report by the American Psychological Association, over 60% of people are stressed about the future and money. Significantly, 61% of Americans are also stressed about their work.
A visual history of the most coveted design object of all: TiarasAug 30, 2019
France’s revered 18th-century jeweler to Napoleon, Chaumet, is staging an exhibition of its vast collection of historic tiaras—which, as it turns out, played a far more important role in politics than you might think.
For centuries, the tiara has been held in the highest esteem–as a marker of status, an ornate piece of jewelry, a beautiful design object. Royal families all over the world have inherited these precious adornments since antiquity, which were usually used to mark moments of great celebration and succession. In this sense, these objects have always been out of reach for normal people. But this summer, an exhibition centered on the history of tiaras is making them more accessible.
Stock photos for vaccines are dangerously bad, so this photographer redesigned themAug 30, 2019
Let the anti-propaganda campaign begin!
The misinformation behind the anti-vaxxer movement has gone far enough. The United States is on the precipice of a major measles resurgence because of pseudoscientific propaganda. We need more resources that truthfully and clearly communicate the science from the CDC and WHO that proves that vaccines are safe—and you should have your children vaccinated for everything from the flu to polio. One overlooked tool in that fight? Stock photos.
Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash will spend $90 million fighting to keep drivers as contractorsAug 30, 2019
A California bill could change the lives of ride-sharing drivers, but Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash don’t want that to happen.
Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash–companies that have raked in billions on the backs of workers that don’t have legally protected minimum wages, guaranteed sick days, or traditional health benefits–have announced they will spend almost $100 million fighting legislation in California that attempts to designate those workers as employees instead of independent contractors, reports the New York Times.
“Alexa, roll down the windows!” Inside Amazon’s quest to get in your carAug 30, 2019
Competing with Apple and Google when you don’t have your own smartphone platform is tough. But Amazon has a plan—and lots of patience.
The demo house Amazon built inside one of the towers at its Seattle headquarters to show off its Echo smart speakers has a new room, and an important one: a garage.
How Quinta Brunson and ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ break down tropes for black women in comedyAug 30, 2019
HBO’s ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ is dismantling the monolith of black women—and for castmate Quinta Brunson that means everyone is on their A game.
From writers to performers, there’s absolutely no shortage of black women in comedy. However, when it comes to mainstream accolades and opportunities, there never seems to be enough seats at the table to show the full breadth of what black women can bring. Recent breakouts like Issa Rae and Tiffany Haddish continue to push doors open for yet-to-be-discovered talent, just as the comedians before them have done. But being a minority in a still very white and male industry creates an archetypal box for new talent that can stifle distinct voices.
This podcast helped Missy Elliott finally get her MTV VMA Vanguard AwardAug 27, 2019
Missy Elliott finally got the Vanguard Award at MTV’s VMAs—and she made sure to thank Kid Fury and Crissle West of the podcast ‘The Read’ for making it happen.
For two decades Missy Elliott has been a pioneer in hip-hop—not only as a rapper, songwriter, and producer, but also as a music video artist.
Hey Siri and Alexa, the BBC is making its own voice assistant known as ‘Beeb’Aug 27, 2019
The BBC says that having its own assistant will allow the organization to “experiment with new programs, features, and experiences without someone else’s permission to build it in a certain way.”
We’ve got Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Amazon’s Alexa. And starting next year there will be another voice assistant in the mix—Beeb by the BBC. As (you guessed it) the BBC reports, the organization is currently in the early stages of designing its own digital assistant, which will be activated with the wake-word “Beeb” (though they say “Beeb” is just a working title right now and could change).
5 changes CEOs can make if they’re serious about ending shareholder primacyAug 27, 2019
If the Business Roundtable is serious about encouraging stakeholder capitalism, here are some things they might do.
Last week, the Business Roundtable, a lobbying group of the nation’s leading CEOs, including global behemoths such as Apple, Walmart, Pepsi, and BlackRock, released a statement to commit to delivering value for all stakeholders, including customers, workers, suppliers, and the communities where they operate. The decision is being hailed as a call to end shareholder primacy, the idea that corporations maximize profits for their shareholders, which has guided corporate behavior thus far.
This monthly subscription box wants to get you pregnantAug 27, 2019
Natalist sells a curated collection of redesigned essentials for women trying to conceive. Can this mom-led startup make the process more educational—even delightful?
“When I was trying to get pregnant, I felt like there were always babies in my face,” says Silicon Valley alum Halle Tecco, 35. Every pregnancy test or fertility tracker featured some cherubic newborn—or packaging dosed in nauseating hues of baby blue or pink, she recalls.
Johnson & Johnson must pay $572 million in landmark opioid caseAug 26, 2019
The first-of-its-kind ruling is likely to inform thousands of lawsuits against opioid drugmakers and retailers.
In a landmark ruling that could reshape the legal battle for pharmaceutical companies accused of facilitating the U.S. opioid crisis, an Oklahoma judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for helping ignite the epidemic of addiction and overdoses in that state.
Seventh Generation is donating its national ad airtime to the climate strikeAug 26, 2019
For the week of September 16, the company’s six-figure ad buy will be controlled by the Youth Climate Movement to push the message of the global event on the 20th.
In an ordinary week, Seventh Generation’s TV ads involve Maya Rudolph hawking its laundry detergent or recycled toilet paper (and singing about why trees shouldn’t die to wipe your butt). For the week of September 16, leading up to the Global Climate Strike on September 20—when millions of people may walk out of work and school to demand climate action—the company will donate its six-figure ad buy to the Youth Climate Movement instead.
15 weird warning signs that winter 2019 could be a frigid hellscapeAug 26, 2019
Check corn husks, count acorns, and observe the ants.
Winter seems pretty far away when you’re sweltering and slapping mosquitos on a muggy August afternoon. However, the Farmers’ Almanac is looking ahead to the cold months. And its extended weather forecast predicts a “polar coaster” of frigid temperatures and “copious” amounts of snow, sleet, rain, and ice.
Ikea believes it has the book that will change your life: its 2020 catalogAug 26, 2019
The latest trend for job seekers: ghosting employersAug 26, 2019
Sometimes even after they’ve made an offer.
We know that it’s a job seeker’s market thanks to historically low unemployment (currently hovering at 3.7%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Apparently, some job seekers are taking advantage of their ability to pick and choose among offers and are ghosting potential employers.
Giving on PayPal has bucked the recent downward trends for philanthropyAug 26, 2019
What can we learn from a platform where giving is up this year, while overall giving is trending downward?
In 2018, Americans gave away a total of $428 billion. That may sound like a lot, but it decreased about 2% compared to 2017 levels when adjusted for inflation, driven in large part by a reduction of individual giving. But recent data from PayPal shows the online payment platform has bucked that trend.
Turns out Latinx people are staggeringly underrepresented in Hollywood moviesAug 26, 2019
Only 4.5 percent of speaking roles in the top-grossing 1,200 movies from 2007-2018 went to Latinx performers, according to a new USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study.
A general rule of thumb is that any time the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative releases a study, it’s quite embarrassing for Hollywood.
How to watch the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards live without cableAug 26, 2019
Take a break from TikTok to watch MTV tonight. The annual Video Music Awards begin at 8 p.m., and you can stream it on your digital device.
It’s hard to believe now, but back in the old days, people used to complain about MTV not showing music videos anymore. While the youth of today are surely too busy making their own videos on TikTok to care about what MTV is doing, some Gen Zers may want to take a break from their daily content-creation efforts to watch the star-studded performances on MTV’s 2019 Video Music Awards.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Earth Alliance just pledged $5 million to save the AmazonAug 26, 2019
It’s one of the first moves of the star’s new organization, Earth Alliance. You can help by giving money too.
As the Amazon rainforest burns in Brazil—satellites have detected thousands of fire alerts over the last week—Leonardo DiCaprio’s new organization pledged $5 million to help local organizations run by indigenous communities protect what’s left.
Nike, New Balance, and USTA serve up ads celebrating female stars for U.S. OpenAug 26, 2019
Get ready for Grand Slam action with new ads that focus on inspiration, empowerment, and equality. Just in time for Women’s Equality Day.
The 2019 U.S. Open kicks off today in Queens, New York, and there are plenty of questions heading into it. Will Serena be healthy? Will Naomi Osaka’s knee hold up? Can 15-year-old Coco Grauff surprise us again?
What Melinda Gates, Billie Jean King, and Michelle Obama want you to know about Women’s Equality DayAug 26, 2019
Women are still fighting for equality.
Ninety-nine years ago today, the 19th Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. It was a major milestone in the history of our democracy and a hard-fought victory for white women, but women of color were left behind over the ensuing decades. As the Hill writes, the 19th Amendment should not be romanticized.
Kim Kardashian West renames controversial Kimono shapewear brand SKIMSAug 26, 2019
After the internet and Kyoto’s mayor dragged her for cultural appropriation (again), KKW made good on her promise to change the name of her shapewear brand.
This International Dog Day, teach your dog how to beg for treats in a new languageAug 26, 2019
How many languages does your dog understand?
To mark International Dog Day, language-learning program Rosetta Stone wants to teach your dog a new trick. Specifically, it wants to teach your dog to be bilingual.
Settling into a new job can be hard. Here’s how to channel nerves into successAug 26, 2019
It’s okay to be nervous. But when you view your new job as an exciting opportunity, not an overwhelming obstacle, you’ll make strides.
For many of us, walking into the first day of work at a new job is a nerve-wracking experience.
Here’s all the fine print on Disney+Aug 26, 2019
Taking the Disney+ bundle will make password sharing a bit harder.
Disney is giving fans a better idea of what to expect with its Disney+ streaming service when it launches on November 12. In addition to the actual content, Disney+ will come with the following perks and restrictions:
KFC is going to sell plant-based fried chickenAug 26, 2019
First comes a test at one Atlanta location. But then you might be able to get fried Beyond Chicken in buckets nationwide. Will you be able to tell the difference?
A year ago, Kentucky Fried Chicken had no plans to put plant-based chicken on its menu in the U.S. But tomorrow, the chain will become the first national quick-service restaurant to introduce the food, beginning with a limited test in a single Atlanta restaurant.
Researchers confirm that your selfies make you look like an a**holeAug 21, 2019
“The cautionary tail for this is, what people think your reasons are may be different from what they genuinely are,” says Washington State University professor of psychology Chris Barry.
The selfie is the portrait of a generation. It’s why Snapchat automatically opens to show you your own face. And it’s why every smartphone on the market has a front-facing camera.
Why you react the way you do in a crisis, according to a former Navy psychologistAug 21, 2019
Why are some people calm and rational, while others become fearful and paralyzed? According to a former military psychologist, it all comes down to training and experience.
There is a classic scene in any disaster movie: The tsunami, or earthquake, or alien descends, and everyone runs, screaming.
This is why we need to pay attention to women and sextechAug 21, 2019
The most powerful pioneers in the sextech industry are women who won’t wait for brands to catch up to their needs. They are developing technology and products and shaping the conversation themselves.
When the game-changing micro-robotic vibrator, the Osé, invented by tech pioneer Lora Haddock, was banned at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, it ignited a firestorm, particularly given the show’s history of showing love (or lust) for sextech in the past—as long as the products were for men. VR porn has been a mainstay at CES since 2017, various sex robots for men have launched on the show floor, Trojan Condoms has exhibited sex toys, and an adult film company exhibited the same year the Osé was blocked.
When you’re done with this T-shirt, bury it. It turns into worm food in 12 weeksAug 21, 2019
You can compost Vollebak’s Plant and Algae T-shirt, and it will decompose in just three months.
Our landfills are crammed with clothes. The EPA estimates that 10.5 million tons of textiles are thrown into them every year, representing 7.6% of all landfill waste. The problem is that most of our clothes contain some sort of synthetic material, which takes hundreds of years to decompose, so they take up space on our planet long after we’re gone.
I’m a contractor earning below-market rates. Should I ditch my partners?Aug 21, 2019
If your distributors or customers won’t pay you market rates, it is time to make a change.
Editor’s Note: Each week, Fast Company presents an advice column by Maynard Webb, former CEO of LiveOps and the former COO of eBay. Webb offers candid, practical, and sometimes surprising advice to entrepreneurs and founders. To submit a question, write to Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Museum of Ice Cream is returning to New York City with a permanent locationAug 21, 2019
Instagram’s favorite museum is opening a flagship location in NYC this fall. Here’s how the company is building a more permanent business from a pop-up.
The Museum of Ice Cream, which opened its first pop-up experience in New York City three years ago, is announcing today that it is returning to the city with a permanent installation this fall.
Airbnb should be legally on the hook for illegal rental listings, Hawaii rep saysAug 21, 2019
The latest attack on Section 230, the law that built the internet, focuses on home-sharing platforms.
The tech industry’s favorite law is facing another attack on Capitol Hill, this time from a congressman looking to curb errant rental listings on Airbnb. In an unsurprising twist, the lawmaker also has ties to the hotel industry.
How unpaid internships hurt all workers and worsen income inequalityAug 21, 2019
Unpaid internships have long been criticized for favoring privileged students while others who face down a record-high $1.6 trillion in student loan debt are expected to work for free, essentially setting up income inequality before their careers even begin.
This story is part of Fast Company’s editorial package “The Intern Economy.” In the spirit of back to school and new opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, we’ve collected the personal stories of interns and managers to reveal what this step on the first rung of the career ladder means for the future of work. Click here to read all the stories in the series.
Smaller airplane seats aren’t just miserable, they could be dangerousAug 21, 2019
A new bill requires the FAA to better regulate shrinking airline seats, but politicians are impatient at the agency’s apparent lack of progress.
Air travel is terrible. In part because the airlines have continually shrunk seat size over the past four decades in an attempt to maximize the total number of people who can fit on a plane and, in turn, the amount of tickets they can sell. The reason the airlines could do this, of course, was that there was no law to stop them.
Celebrities including Rob Lowe and Adriana Lima are falling for a 7-year-old Instagram hoax todayAug 21, 2019
The hoax originated on Facebook all the way back in 2012.
If you follow a lot of celebrities and influencers on Instagram, you might have seen some of them post an image of an alarming block of text in the last 24 hours that claims Instagram is about to change its privacy and photos rules, and anyone who does not explicitly post that they do not consent to the changes will see their IG private messages made public and that the copyright to every photo they’ve ever published on the site will revert to Instagram, which the company can then use for any purpose it wishes.
Jigsaw CEO Jared Cohen still loves FunnyordieAug 21, 2019
Behold the astronaut lounge at Virgin Galactic’s $250K-per-flight spaceportAug 21, 2019
It’s part first-class lounge, part office, and part red carpet for the ultra-wealthy customers who will take flight beginning next year.
If space-obsessed billionaires get their way, people who can pay a whopping amount of money—about $250,000—will be hopping on a commercial rocket for a space flight in the next few years. At Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, astronauts are scheduled to fly as soon as 2020, and the company is now readying its spaceport for its first customers. Where will these wealthy space tourists hang out before they get on their spaceship? Inside a gorgeous lounge full of natural materials, featuring a view of the New Mexico desert and not a piece of technology in sight.
Maybe WeWork should fix its insecure Wi-Fi before pursuing bigger dreamsAug 21, 2019
The We Company sees itself as a world-changing tech platform. But it’s used the same easy-to-guess password and dated Wi-Fi security for years.
“Technology is at the foundation of our global platform,” declares the We Company, parent of coworking behemoth WeWork, in the prospectus for its upcoming IPO. With a valuation of $47 billon, the company is certainly priced like a tech giant. And it has lofty visions of using a bevy of sensors, proprietary software, and big data to revolutionize work in ways that go far beyond the mundane business of renting office space to startups.
This is what to say (and what not to say) during any salary negotiationAug 21, 2019
Talking about money can be really uncomfortable, no matter how strong your case is for deserving a higher salary. Here’s how to frame the conversation and what to avoid saying at all costs.
No one ever taught me about negotiating, and for the first several years of my career, I was so happy to get any job offer. When the hiring manager stated the salary, I simply said, “Okay, thank you.” The idea that I could ask for a higher number, and that my skills and talent were worth more than the company’s initial offer, never crossed my mind.
The Domino’s delivery of the future will arrive by electric bikeAug 21, 2019
Pizza delivery by e-bike is faster, cleaner, and makes everyone happier.
If you order a Domino’s pizza for delivery later this year in several cities across the U.S., the chances that it will arrive by e-bike—not by a car stuck in traffic—are pretty high.
The Obamas’ first film, ‘American Factory,’ debuts on Netflix—and it’s getting crazy good reviewsAug 21, 2019
So far the reviews for ‘American Factory’ have been off the charts. Currently, it’s got a 97% Tomatometer rating on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.
In May 2018 former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama inked a multiyear agreement with Netflix to produce original series and films for the streaming giant, and today the first of those is available to watch. Called American Factory, the documentary follows the events of when a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in an abandoned General Motors plant in Ohio and hires 2,000 blue-collar American workers to work alongside Chinese immigrants. As France24 explains:
Water cremation and human composting: the new, eco-friendly frontier of dyingAug 21, 2019
We are running out of space to bury people, and cremation has an enormous carbon footprint. So people are finding new ways to dispose of the bodies of their loved ones.
Matt Baskerville has served as a licensed funeral director in Illinois for the past 24 years. In that time, he’s seen his industry—and what people want after their deaths—change dramatically.
These 4 Gmail alternatives put your privacy firstAug 21, 2019
If you don’t want your email provider, its partners, or even hackers skimming your messages, choose one of these providers, which offer end-to-end encryption and other measures.
Since its debut in 2004, Gmail has had the most popular email service on the planet, with a staggering 1.5 billion users worldwide. It’s one of the most versatile and useful email platforms out there. Besides its built-in features, it also supports rich customization via a wide range of plugins. That, combined with its powerful search features and the fact that Gmail is free—well, it’s little wonder that over a third of the world’s four billion internet users use it for their email needs.
We need to change our perception about what it means to have a successful career in techAug 20, 2019
The tech industry is much more than its coders and engineers.
Which of these skills lead to a successful career in technology?
These are the 10 best places to buy a vacation home, and they’re not where you’d guessAug 20, 2019
Want to be the Trump of Kissimmee?
There may be a recession looming, but some people out there still have the resources to both take a vacation and buy a home in which to while away their days away from Slack notifications. Of course, if you are one of the lucky few with down-payment money burning its way through your savings account, you probably want to make a good investment and buy a vacation home that can earn back a little of the mortgage money when you rent it out to strangers on Airbnb or, as the case may be, Vacasa.
Pumpkin Spice Spam: Fake news becomes unfortunate realityAug 15, 2019
The pumpkin spice craze is officially over.
Pumpkin Spice is big business. According to data from Neilsen, pumpkin and pumpkin spice-flavored items accounted for $414 million in sales in 2017, up 45% from $286 million in 2013, the New York Times reported at the time. While Starbucks has firmly planted the Pumpkin Spice flag with its PSL, the “autumnal” drink hitting the market on August 27 this year, the world has also been gifted with things like Pumpkin Spice Pringles, Pumpkin Spice Coffee-Mate, Pumpkin Spice English Muffins, Pumpkin Spice Beer, and Pumpkin Spice Werther’s Originals.
This organization started offering free showers to homeless people in San Francisco. Now it’s inspiring a movementAug 15, 2019
Lava Mae uses a mobile trailer with showers and bathrooms to offer basic hygiene services to homeless people. To bring the services to others, it launched a free kit, so anyone can start up similar services in their city—and the idea is spreading across the country.
Every Wednesday afternoon, a silver trailer pulls up in front of a social service organization in Plano, Texas, and begins offering free showers to local homeless people. On Fridays, it moves to a soup kitchen in the city of Denton, then drives to two other North Texas cities on other days of the week. The service, from a two-year-old nonprofit called Streetside Showers, is one of 100 that have spawned from the ideas of Lava Mae, a San Francisco-based organization that started transforming old city buses into mobile showers and toilets six years ago.
Charter and Disney are going to crack down on cable password sharingAug 15, 2019
If Spectrum gets its way, TV Everywhere apps might not be so easy for anyone to access.
Charter appears to be making progress in its crusade against people who share their cable TV logins with others. As part of a new carriage agreement between Charter (which operates the Spectrum brand) and Disney, the two companies say they’ll “work together to implement business rules and techniques to address such issues as unauthorized access and password sharing.”
For privacy reasons, Nest Cam users can no longer disable the status light while recording or live-streaming footage.
Back in May, Google published a set of privacy principles for its smart home devices, one of which said that it would provide a “clear visual indicator” when a camera is turned on and sending data to Google. Now that Google’s making good on that commitment, a lot of customers aren’t happy.
Virgin Galactic is throwing open the doors to its Spaceport America headquartersAug 15, 2019
Ground control to Richard Branson.
Virgin Galactic has left the Mojave Desert and made its way to its new home in New Mexico. Last year, the company announced it was packing up its staff, vehicles, and operations for its commercial spaceflight activities and heading to Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built space station. Now we have the first glimpse.
It’s snowing plastic in the Arctic nowAug 15, 2019
This villa offers “forest therapy” in the middle of a cityAug 15, 2019
Surround yourself with plants all. The. Time.
It’s well-documented that plants are good for people. Not only do they serve as natural air-filters, absorbing harmful toxins from the oxygen we inhale, but they simply make us happier, too. A study conducted in Japan determined that “forest therapy” decreased participants’ cortisol levels, blood pressure, and heart rate. And Danish researchers have concluded that children who grow up surrounded by greenery are 55% less susceptible to developing mental health concerns later on in adolescence and adulthood.
It’s easy to lose focus on goals. Here’s how to stay self-disciplinedAug 15, 2019
Because self-discipline isn’t always innate, these tips may help to stay resolute and on track toward your goals.
Self-discipline doesn’t come naturally to everyone.
Finally, a Google Doodle really worth your drunken attentionAug 15, 2019
Drop what you’re doing, and go eat nachos.
Some hero turned the fake movie from ‘The Office’ into a high-octane action thrillerAug 15, 2019
‘Threat Level: Midnight,’ Michael Scott’s janky attempt at making an ‘Office’-set action movie, gets the ‘Mission: Impossible’-style trailer treatment in this slick video.
What: A fake trailer for Threat Level: Midnight, which looks like it could be the next major action franchise but is most definitely not.
Google Assistant now helps family members boss each other aroundAug 15, 2019
Now you can assign reminders to other people by voice.
Google Assistant is already an efficient way to at set your own reminders, but now you can use it to delegate tasks as well. Tell your kids to take out the trash, or ask your spouse to pick up milk on the way home, and they’ll get a reminder at the appropriate time or location on their phones (via the Google Assistant app), Google Home speakers, or Google Assistant-powered smart displays.
This cat font rules (and dog fonts drool)Aug 15, 2019
If you like cats, you’ll love this cat font.
As any cat owner knows, felines are the most regal of all species. Even digging through the litter box, the mangiest cat challenges the most-buttoned-up dog. And so it’s no surprise that, while a dog font looks like a droolier Comic Sans, this new cat font—developed by the direct-to-consumer cat food brand Smalls in collaboration with Olso type foundry Good Type—is speaking its own, subtle, secondary language: the coiffed language of cats.
Beautycon evolves beyond makeupAug 15, 2019
How CEO Moj Mahdara creates a festival that transcends free makeup samples with performances and high-profile conversations about financial literacy and women in business.
“There’s a lyric of Beyoncé’s that I think about a lot,” says Moj Mahdara, Beautycon CEO and cofounder: “‘I woke up like this.’ I noticed a distinct change in mood, culture, the ‘Gram, and the attitude across the board when those five words came out. It was an anthem. It literally unlocked permission for everyone, when they wake up, to say ‘I’m flawless. I’m good as I am.'”
5 times when using paper and a pen is better than using an appAug 15, 2019
Sometimes tech can be a lifesaver, but in certain cases, opting for an analog option is the more productive choice.
We’re living in a digital world—one where screens dominate our time. The average American adult spends three hours and 43 minutes on mobile devices, according to 2019 research by eMarketer. This doesn’t include the time spent on a computer at work or parked in front of the television at home.
More employers are considering hiring people with criminal recordsAug 15, 2019
A shortage of workers—and shifting attitudes—are creating more opportunities for people with criminal records.
As the unemployment rate remains at or near historic lows, among the top concerns of business leaders is where to find new pools of talent from which to draw. A new survey from recruitment and staffing services firm Adecco USA found that companies in many industries are looking at new pools of talent they may have never considered, including people with criminal records.
The humble shipping container home gets a luxurious upgradeAug 15, 2019
Designed by Brazilian architect Marilia Pellegrini, the 194-square-foot minimalist home was inspired by the famous Japanese designer Kenya Hara.
Shipping containers have been used to create emergency housing, dorms, breweries, and even a Taco Bell. But rarely do these adaptive reuse projects look so beautiful that they transcend their humble origins altogether.
These are the funniest passport photos we’ve ever seenAug 15, 2019
Passports are designed to be mundane. This photographer fixed that.
For our safety, passport photos have highly stringent requirements. You must be facing the camera head-on. The background needs to be clear, without shadow. You can’t have anything in your hair. Glasses must be removed. Your head must take up 70% to 80% of the frame. And don’t you dare smile.
This is the system that helps me achieve Inbox Zero every dayAug 15, 2019
This PR professional gets between 400 and 600 emails every day. Here’s the system she uses to keep it under control.
As a public relations professional who runs a boutique PR company for independent filmmakers and other clients, I receive a lot of emails. An average day is between 400 and 600 emails. I’m sure your inboxes are much the same—maybe worse.
How Melbourne revolutionized how cities can switch to renewable powerAug 15, 2019
Sick of waiting for broader policy to change, the Australian city helped finance a massive wind farm by making a commitment to 10 years of renewable purchases. The city’s manager of urban sustainability explains how your city can do it, too.
As a local government in Australia, Melbourne, has no policy control or ownership of our electricity generation assets or grid. Globally, we are seeing the lack of national and international action kick city governments into action. This is a good thing. We’re already leading, despite the obstacles. In Melbourne, where I’m the manager of urban sustainability, we’re tired of waiting for state and federal policy to move. So, we set out to find a new way for the city and other large energy users in Melbourne to take voluntary action to accelerate the removal of carbon from the grid.
Mind-reading technology is closer than you thinkAug 15, 2019
Companies and governments are getting closer to mind-reading technology, and right now, no laws prevent the NSA from spying on our brains or from companies collecting brain data and selling the information to third parties.
Try to remember every thought that crossed your mind at work today—from the benign, like what to have for lunch, to the inflammatory, like why that supervisor is such a jerk. Now imagine if your boss had access to all of those thoughts and feelings. Sounds crazy, right? It’s rapidly becoming closer to reality.
Are ‘deplorables’ the villains in ‘The Hunt’? Watch the trailer and decide for yourselfAug 9, 2019
‘The Hunt,’ a political satire directed by Craig Zobel, has some people wondering who are the heroes and who are the villains.
To paraphrase Lin-Manuel Miranda, sometimes it’s impossible to tell the sinners from the saints.
Serious Ford recall affects 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator with missing partAug 9, 2019
The brand new SUV is being recalled.
In the words of my kindergarten teacher, Ford Motor. Co. made a little oopsie.
Foot Locker and Nike want to supercharge your sneaker shopping with ‘Power’ retail storesAug 9, 2019
What retail apocalypse?
As I’ve reported, Foot Locker is thinking carefully about how to avoid the retail apocalypse. For one thing, it has developed an in-house consulting company focused on understanding youth culture, which will inform its own strategies while also providing counsel to outside brands looking to better target sneakerheads.
The GOP and Republican groups won’t advertise on Twitter over bias claimsAug 9, 2019
Republican groups want Mitch McConnell’s account unlocked.
The GOP is reportedly taking its advertising money out of Twitter’s pocket.
When you should aim for ‘good enough’ rather than perfectionAug 9, 2019
There are some instances where doing a “good enough” job is sufficient. But when you’re not in a life-or-death setting, aiming for perfection shouldn’t be the goal.
Perfect is the enemy of good. Done is better than perfect. The best is the enemy of the good.
Don Jr.’s visit to luxury resort ‘prelaunch’ in Indonesia revives conflict-of-interest concernsAug 9, 2019
The visit comes amid increased trade tensions between the countries—and a renewed focus on potential conflicts of interest with the daughter of a business partner of President Trump’s.
President Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., plans to travel to Indonesia next week to celebrate the upcoming launch of Trump-branded luxury resorts in West Java and Bali. The visit comes amid increased trade tensions between the countries, with Indonesian officials worried about potential U.S. tariffs on the country’s products—and a renewed focus on potential conflicts of interest inherent in the development deal. The most recent issue raising concerns among ethics experts is the fact that the daughter of the Trump Organization’s billionaire business partner is being considered by Indonesia’s president for a Cabinet-level position.
Delta’s ban on pit bulls just got overturned by some dog-loving fedsAug 9, 2019
Your cuddle bug pit bull service dog can fly the friendly skies.
Pit bulls can fly! Not on their own, of course, but a new federal rule says that airlines are no longer allowed to ban entire breeds of dogs, most notably pit bulls, as service animals, which is good news for dog lovers and those who rely on a pit bull for assistance.
Discord now has a private alternative to Twitch game streamingAug 9, 2019
The popular video game chat service promises “zero-latency” video streaming for a maximum audience of 10.
The video game chat service Discord is putting out a new way to live-stream games for other people to watch, but it’s a lot more intimate than broadcasting on Twitch or YouTube. The new “Go Live” feature lets users play games for an audience of up to 10 people, with Discord promising no lag between the player and the viewers. The idea is to replicate the old childhood experience of taking turns playing games in someone’s living room but over the internet.
5 signs that you’re being manipulated in the workplaceAug 9, 2019
The best way to stop being manipulated at work is to recognize the signs that it’s happening in the first place.
You’re nervous or dread going to work because you don’t know what to expect from your boss. Half the time, they are a wonderful person and mentor, but the other half of the time, they turn into a completely different person. You are scared to share your thoughts and ideas in a meeting for fear of retribution or backlash. You have a coworker offer to do a favor, but then they make you obligated and indebted to them. You confide in a colleague at work only to have them use it against you in a complete violation of trust.
Five years after Ferguson, let’s make sure frontline activists don’t become ‘living casualties’Aug 9, 2019
In the wake of the Ferguson Uprising and other social movements taking place across the country, it’s more important than ever to make sure that frontline activists are able to survive the trauma and move on with their lives.
By the time of Michael Brown’s killing, Kayla Reed had dropped out of college and was working as a pharmacy technician in St. Louis, Missouri. Four years later, she was the strategist behind a highly sophisticated grassroots effort to oust the county prosecutor, Bob McCulloch, who failed to indict the officer who killed Brown.
Amazon investigating whether your Alexa was made with child laborAug 9, 2019
Alexa, find out who made you?
Hey Alexa, were you made by Chinese schoolchildren?
This fake Ikea manual explains Sweden’s laws to Trump in a way he’ll understand: picturesAug 9, 2019
Created by two Swedish designers, the manual explains why Sweden’s prime minister can’t meddle in investigations, including A$AP Rocky’s.
The American rapper A$AP Rocky is currently awaiting a verdict in Swedish court for an alleged assault—a case in which President Donald Trump attempted to intervene. Rocky was arrested after TMZ posted a video showing the rapper beating up two men (Rocky says he was defending himself). Responding to reports that Rocky was being treated poorly in Swedish custody, the State Department and then Trump himself reached out to Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to talk about the situation, with the aim of convincing Löfven to release Rocky.
The 20th-century designer whose work could help cities survive in this centuryAug 9, 2019
Roberto Burle Marx, a pioneer in garden design, emphasized the importance of working with native plants.
Today, deforestation is a leading contributor to global warming, a harrowing reminder that we need trees to survive. But when plants are cultivated in their natural habitat, they absorb harmful carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thus offsetting the damaging effects of climate change. Roberto Burle Marx, Brazilian landscape architect, painter, and ecologist, realized this decades ago. His modernist gardens, known the world over for their dynamic textures and vibrant hues, demonstrated Burle Marx’s natural artistic sensibility and his deep reverence for the tropical plants native to his home country. Now, an entire horticultural exhibit celebrating Burle Marx’s legacy, Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx, is on view at the New York Botanical Garden through September.
Why the backlash against Equinox? Perhaps because Stephen Ross is such a rarityAug 9, 2019
The Equinox gym chain faces fallout for its parent company’s chairman’s decision to host a Trump fundraiser.
As fancy gyms Equinox and SoulCycle continue to face blowback over a Trump fundraiser scheduled by billionaire real estate developer Stephen Ross—chairman of the fitness chains’ parent, The Related Companies—an analysis of public campaign-finance data from The Center for Responsive Politics shows it’s quite rare for heads of major corporations to fund President Trump’s campaigns.
Behind the scenes with March For Our Lives as they shift tactics and mature a movementAug 9, 2019
How the Parkland students and their allies are influencing change on a grassroots level and defining the gun-reform movement around America.
On a summer weekend at the end of July, around 300 student volunteers from across the country, from Boston to Los Angeles, gathered at a hotel in humid Houston for a training summit. These young activists were expecting to receive a crash course in how to better serve their communities in combating gun violence. As Saturday’s activities commenced, the nightmare scenario they were preparing for became reality. News flooded in about a mass shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California.
Having trouble delegating? These 3 questions can helpAug 9, 2019
To be an effective leader, you also have to be an effective delegator—but that can be easier said than done.
To be an effective leader, you also have to be an effective delegator—but that can be easier said than done. People often complain about being overloaded, yet they’re hesitant to delegate, says Dana Brownlee, author of The Unwritten Rules of Managing Up and founder of Professionalism Matters, a corporate training firm.
What not to do in the meeting roomAug 9, 2019
Office meetings aren’t glamorous, but, sadly, they’re a necessity. Here are some tips on how to stay alert and polite.
No matter what type of office you work in, chances are you have your fair share of meetings to attend. And while you might bemoan the fact that you’re forced to spend hours each week holed up in conference rooms, the reality is that it’s your obligation, as an employee, to attend meetings as necessary. That said, the way you act during those meetings could impact the way others view you professionally, so be sure to avoid these unfavorable behaviors that’ll only make you look bad.
You need to let go of wanting more if you want to get ahead in your careerAug 9, 2019
Resisting tasks and challenges and wanting what you think is “better” is a sure way to feel dissatisfied and not get anything you want. Here’s what to focus on instead.
You’d have to be on an extremely long silent retreat to have missed all the research studies and buzz around how mindfulness can elevate your performance at work. Most of it emphasizes how mindfulness can improve your focus, creativity, decision-making and problem-solving, as well as reduce stress. But I think its greatest impact on performance is through improving your attitude, particularly around the practices of letting go and nonresistance that run counter to conventional career wisdom.
What I learned from building 5 companies in 5 totally different industriesAug 3, 2019
The lessons I learned can be used by anyone who’s looking to explore a new opportunity outside their current field.
As teenagers, we are asked to decide which field we would like to pursue—ostensibly for the rest of our working lives. Our college major or the first few jobs we take often become the label that the world uses to describe us. This can be incredibly frustrating for those of us who are seeking new job opportunities and are told we do not have the experience that a new role in a different industry requires.
Why we watch what we watch when we watch: The 5 jobs TV shows do for us in the Peak TV eraAug 3, 2019
With the paradox of choice paralyzing viewers when they open Netflix or Hulu, this is how to balance your TV-watching diet.
If the Bruce Springsteen of 1992, the one who released “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)”, could jump directly into 2019, once he got over his astonishment at being a timelord, he would probably laugh at his old song’s impossibly quaint sentiment. There are now, of course, enough streaming services to make the very concept of a “channel” seem Jurassic, while the baseline of quality for most shows is ridiculously high. Nothin’ isn’t on anymore; everything is.
You can just plant this biodegradable flower pot right in your backyardAug 3, 2019
It’s the first commercial application of a new biodegradable plastic made from a waste product from paper manufacturing.
Buy a plant or flowers and more often than not it will come in a pot made of black plastic that you’ll get rid of once you replant your new purchase. But that black plastic is incredibly hard to recycle, making the act of growing plants more wasteful than it should be. Now there’s a solution: If you bring flowers planted in this new type of pot home from a nursery, you’ll be able to plant everything—including the plastic pot—in your backyard. The material, which is in development now, is designed to slowly break down in the soil.
Why Facebook’s new ‘privacy cop’ is doomed to failAug 3, 2019
Giving an outside assessor a role in monitoring Facebook’s privacy practices sounds like a great idea, but it’s unlikely to work miracles.
The Federal Trade Commission issued its largest-ever fine, of $5 billion, to Facebook for violating a 2011 privacy settlement in late July. But the amount is only about a month’s worth of the company’s revenue, suggesting that the fine, while seeming large, is, in fact, rather modest.
Now it’ll be “Instagram From Facebook” and “WhatsApp From Facebook”Aug 2, 2019
Whatever the rationale for the rebrand, it seems unlikely to stick.
Two of the digital world’s most potent brands are getting a revise. According to a new story by The Information’s Alex Heath, Facebook will rebrand Instagram and WhatsApp as “Instagram From Facebook” and “WhatsApp From Facebook,” respectively. A Facebook spokeswoman confirmed Heath’s reporting and explained that the company wants “to be clearer about the products and services that are part of Facebook.”
HBO’s ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ is weird, funny, and necessary (and, yes, very black)Aug 2, 2019
“A Black Lady Sketch Show” represents a milestone in mainstream representation. But it’s what it does with its existence that makes it extraordinary.
A Black Lady Sketch Show is an undeniable game changer for comedy.
French’s mustard ice cream has met its match with Oscar Mayer’s Ice DogAug 2, 2019
While the War on Christmas gets a lot of publicity, the War on Ice Cream has flown under the radar until now. Sure, there have been assaults before (like pickle-flavored soft serve), but lately it seems as if we’re seeing a coordinated attack on all that is good about ice cream.
Are shared e-scooters good for the planet? Only if they replace car tripsAug 2, 2019
It takes a lot of carbon to make, ship, and charge an e-scooter. It’s only worth it if scooting means you don’t drive.
Shared dockless electric scooters, or e-scooters, transport riders over short distances in cities. Ride-share companies promote them as an environmentally friendly choice that reduces dependence on cars.
These stunning images of Greenland’s melting ice are a bleak depiction of a climate tragedyAug 2, 2019
In the wake of one of the biggest heat waves in recorded European history, Greenland’s melting ice accelerated dramatically.
Right now, Greenland is melting. As the world struggles to get greenhouse-gas emissions under control, oceans are storing the excess heat made by humankind’s bad choices. The warming ocean temperatures seep under the world’s ice sheets, causing the ice to collapse and the sea levels to rise. Greenland, home to the second-largest ice sheet in the world, is witnessing the impact right now.
How a fierce debate over GMO could determine the future of agriculture in AfricaAug 2, 2019
Ghana plans to release genetically modified cowpea seeds this year or next, which would make it the third sub-Saharan African country to approve the local production and sale of GM food. But will they benefit the small farmers they were designed for?
This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center. All images by Ankur Paliwal for Undark.
Two professors sent 80,000 fake emails to VCs to study gender and racial biasAug 2, 2019
Entrepreneurs with female and Asian-sounding names received more interested replies. But that doesn’t mean bias against women or POC isn’t happening.
During his six years teaching a course on financing for startups, Ilya A. Strebulaev heard a common concern from students: Silicon Valley investors discriminate against women and people of color.
Keep your legal weed secure and private with this portable biometric smart safeAug 2, 2019
Trova is a super sleek portable safe that opens biometrically or through a Bluetooth app.
Marijuana is legal for recreational use in a growing number of states, with more joining the bloc all the time. But just because you like to deal with your anxiety with a legal joint, cope with your back pain with a bong hit, or have a THC-infused cookie while you’re watching BoJack Horseman at the end of a long day, that doesn’t mean you necessarily want your kids or your in-laws to discover your stash.
The world’s most revolting font is made out of gerrymandered voting districtsAug 2, 2019
Shout-out to Texas’s 15th Congressional District and Ohio’s 7th and 12th, whose unlikely shapes made a new font called Ugly Gerry possible.
The slow and steady progress of gerrymandering has transformed voting maps all over the country. By redrawing dozens of districts along lines that favor their party over the past decade, politicians have reshaped the democratic process in the United States. This process really kicked into high gear after the 2010 elections, which put Republicans legislatures in charge of redistricting based on the 2010 census.
Poshmark data breach: Fashion marketplace says a hacker gained access to personal infoAug 2, 2019
The hacker stole user names, emails, cities of residence, social media profile information, and more.
A data breach is dampening the fun at Poshmark, the social-fueled online fashion marketplace known for its virtual “live” parties. The company disclosed yesterday that an unauthorized party gained access to its servers and swiped users’ personal information, including full names, usernames, hashed passwords, gender, and cities of residence. The hacker also stole user emails and social media profile information from users who connected with Poshmark on social media. To add insult to injury, clothing size preferences were also stolen.
How companies can get politically active without breaking the lawAug 2, 2019
From taking a stance on issues ranging from Charlottesville to the immigration crisis, companies are getting politically engaged like never before. But they need to be careful to hew closely to the morass of federal campaign finance laws that govern this sort of activity.
It’s time to throw out the maxim that politics is a third rail for corporations. With the 2020 election underway, brands are harnessing opportunities to reach customers and engage employees by having a political voice—and they’re doing it legally.
How to learn new skills more quickly and effectivelyAug 2, 2019
Author Scott H. Young learned 4 languages in a year. Now he wants to help you learn things faster.
You may think you’re a quick learner, but Scott H. Young sets the bar. He learned MIT’s four-year computer science curriculum in less than 12 months, and four languages in a year, both of which he writes about on his blog. While acquiring knowledge of this magnitude feels seemingly impossible, Young cracked the learning code by studying “ultralearners”—people who pursued extreme, self-directed learning projects and employed similar tactics to complete them successfully.
Target just launched Halloween costumes for kids with disabilitiesAug 2, 2019
Target is not just making life easier for kids with mobility or sensory issues. It’s throwing down the gauntlet to the rest of the industry to do better for these kids.
For kids with disabilities—whether that involves sensory or mobility issues—finding a halloween costume can be hard work. Since it’s close to impossible to find a costume off the rack at a store, parents need to make something themselves or find an organization that will help them.
Here’s what Nobel Prize–winning research says will make you more influentialAug 2, 2019
Using this easy method to frame choices made me more persuasive.
Daniel Kahneman may be the most revered and well-known behavioral scientist on the planet, and for good reason. In 2002, he won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for discovering that the way a choice is framed shapes how it is perceived and whether it will be acted on. For instance, in one of Kahneman’s legendary research studies, people were given the following scenario:
How to watch Shark Week 2019 live without cableJul 28, 2019
Discovery’s long-running event is happening this week. Here’s how cord-cutting fin fanatics can watch it live.
Christmas is great and all, but for shark fans, late July is the most wonderful time of the year. That’s because it’s time once again for the Discovery channel’s annual Shark Week event, a weeklong block of programming dedicated to that most fascinating variety of sea creature.
The simple 5-step process to creating emotionally intelligent teamsJul 28, 2019
So many of us are overwhelmed at work. When you’re a manager, you need to deal with your own stress as well as your team’s.
In a recent workshop I led, a leader expressed that she was losing her grip on her work. She started to fall behind on tasks, make more errors, and regularly work overtime, which left her exhausted. She thought that pushing herself came from her strong work ethic.
Two White House cyber veterans imagine what a hacker-fueled war would look likeJul 27, 2019
In their new book, ‘The Fifth Domain,’ Richard Clarke—the first White House cyberczar—and Robert Knake imagine the kind of war that few people want to think about.
Since he left the Bush White House—and railed against the way the administration handled the threat of terrorism and the invasion of Iraq—Richard Clarke has been sounding the alarm on cybersecurity. “Cyber 9/11” or “Cyber Pearl Harbor” are tossed around a lot among American cyberworriers, and Clarke says it may have already happened during the 2016 U.S. election. But the real granddaddy of all cyberdangers is a cyberconflict that spills into a shooting war. In this excerpt from their new book, The Fifth Domain, Clarke and Robert Knake, a former National Security Council director of cybersecurity policy, imagine what that kind of battle might look like—just a few months from right now. —The Ed.
Richard Clarke is sounding the alarm about another kind of 9/11Jul 27, 2019
The U.S.’s first counterterrorism czar says the country desperately needs a new approach to defending itself from—and waging—cyberattacks.
Richard Clarke knows a few things about clear and present dangers. He had already served under six presidents and been appointed the U.S.’s first counterterrorism czar when he joined the George W. Bush White House, but when he tried to alert important decision-makers before September 11 about the threat of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil, those warnings were largely ignored. (Afterwards, he famously apologized publicly for the government’s failures.) These days, Clarke is still trying to get people to think hard about the next big attack—the cyber version—and all the ones that have already happened.
I went to BuzzFeed’s first-ever live event. Here were the highs—and many, many lowsJul 27, 2019
From Lil Nas X to ‘Damn, Daniel,’ Buzzfeed’s mashup of meme culture proves this stuff lives on the internet, and not IRL, for a reason.
It’s a pristine summer afternoon in New York City, and I’m watching a woman in white climb into a giant cupcake.
We’ve officially exhausted the Earth’s natural resources for the yearJul 27, 2019
And it’s still only July–which is bad news for the planet. But the group behind Earth Overshoot Day has spelled out some concrete solutions to reverse this trend.
Earth Overshoot Day marks the point at which we’ve collectively blown through the amount of food, timber, fiber, and carbon that the planet can renew or manage in a year. It’s a barometer for how badly we’re stressing the planet’s natural resources, and how out of sync we are with what it can sustainably provide.
Why following your dreams is a destructive startup mythJul 27, 2019
Ignore the cliché that you need to grind every day. It’s more important to go at your own pace.
Lace up your Allbirds, finish that keto smoothie, and grab an electric scooter. It’s time to rise and grind and hustle until the haters ask if you’re hiring. You need to pivot, scale, disrupt, and change the world, one user at a time. After all, if you dare to follow your dreams, the money will soon follow.
Meet the Canon Cat, the forgotten 1987 alternate-reality MacJul 27, 2019
The Mac’s original father envisioned a radically different machine than what Apple shipped in 1984. Then Canon gave him the chance to do things his way.
The Mac will always be identified with the year 1984. But 40 years ago, the Macintosh project started as an under-the-radar effort within Apple by Jef Raskin—he dropped his first name’s second “f,” deeming it redundant—who was the company’s publications manager and 31st employee. In an era when computers were still largely the province of enthusiasts and geeks, he envisioned a device that was approachable and affordable enough for the masses, and named after his favorite apple—the Macintosh.
Smithsonian’s African American Museum selects the first podcast for its collectionJul 26, 2019
Revision Path is joining the Smithsonian’s permanent collection.
Maurice Cherry’s engrossing design podcast Revision Path has won many awards over the course of its 300 episodes, including accolades from AIGA and the Creative Market Awards. Now it has a new laurel to add to its crown: It is the first podcast to be added to the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).
The heat wave in Europe could jeopardize Notre Dame recovery effortsJul 26, 2019
It’s nearly 110 degrees in Paris.
The heat wave sweeping Europe this week has set record highs across France, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. On Thursday, Paris was the hottest it has ever been, with the temperature hitting nearly 110 degrees. Notre Dame remains in a precarious state after suffering extensive fire damage in April, and one architect is worried the heat could make things worse.
This is what the busiest air-travel day in aviation history looks likeJul 26, 2019
Your conversations with Apple’s Siri may not be so confidentialJul 26, 2019
Amazon and Google understand Apple’s plight.
Ahead of this year’s CES conference, Apple made a billboard-sized privacy statement: “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone,” it declared. It was a thumb to the nose of tech companies (*cough* Facebook) that peddle users’ personal data to the highest bidder.
The Sprint/T-Mobile merger was just blessed by the DOJ, but lawsuits remainJul 26, 2019
The strange afterlife of Cambridge Analytica and the mysterious fate of its dataJul 26, 2019
As the U.S. announces a lawsuit against Cambridge Analytica, the Mercer-controlled Emerdata discloses that it now owns the disgraced Trump data firm and its parent company.
On Wednesday the U.S. government announced a long-awaited $5 billion penalty against Facebook and a complaint against Cambridge Analytica, appearing to bring to a close one chapter on the disgraced data firm that paid for data on 87 million unwitting social media users.
Vape pens suspected of causing severe lung injuries in Wisconsin teensJul 26, 2019
The teens all have symptoms that include extreme coughs, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
Eight teenagers have been admitted to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in the last month with extreme coughs, shortness of breath, and fatigue. They arrived needing help to breathe and were quickly hooked up to oxygen masks and given steroids to help their lungs regain function. Some had lost weight from vomiting and diarrhea. A Wisconsin man was put into a medically induced coma after arriving in the hospital with similar but more severe heart and lung damage. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has three epidemiologists and a team from two bureaus working on finding answers.
Your commute is making you miserable. Here’s how to make it more enjoyableJul 26, 2019
A long commute impacts your mood and productivity at work. But you might have more power over it than you realize.
We’ve all been there: You tell people your commute is 45 minutes each way, but every day, there’s a delay. An accident. A broken-down train. To compensate for the inevitable delays, you leave the house earlier and earlier. And to leave earlier, you have to go to bed earlier—or be exhausted for the whole day. You spend most of the commute staring at the clock and panicking at the first sign of brake lights in the distance.
How to watch the Fortnite World Cup FinalsJul 26, 2019
$30 million in prize money is up for grabs, the largest ever pot for an esports event.
Just because the FIFA Women’s World Cup is over doesn’t mean you have to hang up your pom-poms. The first-ever Fortnite World Cup Finals is finally here, and all the multiplayer battle-royale action is streaming live.
A new wave of smart cities is here, and they look nothing like what you’d expectJul 26, 2019
You may already live in a smart city, and you don’t even know it.
An abandoned mine shaft beneath the town of Mansfield, England, is an unlikely place to shape the future of cities. But here, researchers from the nearby University of Nottingham are planning to launch a “deep farm” that could produce 10 times as much food as farms aboveground. Deep farms are an example of what the latest wave of smart cities looks like: putting people first by focusing on solving urban problems and improving existing infrastructure, rather than opening shiny new buildings.
Why not all spending is created equalJul 26, 2019
We’re trained to think that cutting our spending means we’ll be less happy. But as author and personal finance writer Kristy Shen argues, some spending cuts can actually increase our happiness.
There are a lot of personal finance “experts” out there who will tell you that the key to making money is to stop spending so much of it. They’ll tell you to stop buying that coffee, and cancel that trip if you want to save for retirement.
How to stop DoorDash from deducting your tips from delivery people’s payJul 22, 2019
They can’t deduct what they don’t now about.
Multibillion dollar-valued food-delivery service DoorDash is in the news this week–and not for good reasons, or even new reasons. A recent first-person New York Times article on the gig economy delivery hustle has reignited outrage about the company’s controversial pay and tip policy. In essence, the more you tip your delivery person, the less DoorDash pays them–down to as low as a $1 minimum from the company.
Cop’s alleged threat against AOC highlights Facebook’s tricky problem with ‘satirical’ newsJul 22, 2019
A network of “satirical” sites is designed to troll conservatives into believing their outrageous stories are true.
A police officer in Gretna, Louisiana, has been fired after a Facebook post in which he appeared to call for Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be shot, nola.com reports, and a second officer was fired after liking the post. The officer was responding to a bogus news story claiming the New York Democrat said soldiers are overpaid.
Starbucks wants to create the AWS for restaurantsJul 22, 2019
Proprietary Starbucks software is going to facilitate rewards, ordering, payment, personalized information, and offers for other restaurants in the industry.
Starbucks may soon be rivaling the services of another Seattle-based megacorporation.
Tofurky is suing Arkansas for the right to call its products plant-based meatJul 22, 2019
A new law in the state will make it illegal to label products like “plant-based meat,” “cauliflower rice,” or “almond milk.” Plant-based producers (and the ACLU) say that’s a violation of the First Amendment.
In Arkansas, it’s about to be illegal to call a veggie burger a veggie burger. The new law, set to go into effect on July 24, is the latest in a series of state laws to ban plant-based meat producers from using “meat” and related words in their labelling. But a new federal lawsuit argues that the Arkansas law violates both the First Amendment right to free speech and the Fourteenth Amendment right to due process.
Olivia Munn is starring in a new cybersecurity thriller about the Sony hack . . . for IT managers?Jul 22, 2019
‘The Fallout: A Real-World Cybersecurity Story’ is a three-part series aimed at raising awareness for Lenovo’s ThinkShield security products.
Web security and privacy is now part of our culture. Witness everything from data breaches at Under Armour and Marriott, to privacy issues everywhere from Cambridge Analytica to Superhuman to FaceApp.
From a cyborg manifesto to hacking humanity, read this artist’s tech-themed poetry created on the spotJul 22, 2019
Fast Company invited artist Shanelle Gabriel to perform spoken-word poems on the fly at its European Innovation Festival. Read her thought-provoking work.
Earlier this month, Fast Company’s European Innovation Festival in Milan brought together the foremost thinkers in business, tech, and entertainment around the idea of humanity’s convergence with super intelligence. Professor Yuval Noah Harari’s keynote imagined a post-human world where machines aren’t tools of man but man becomes machine; Gucci president and CEO Marco Bizzarri explained how the legacy brand’s mix of creativity and tech won over Gen Z; Scientists Riccardo Sabatini and Moran Cerf broke down the ethics and democratization of artificial intelligence and bionics; and Director Darren Aronofsky touted the power of storytelling in conjunction with tech to effect change in environmental issues—just to name a few of the summit’s discussions.
This vacant lot is turning into a park designed to protect the neighborhood from floodingJul 22, 2019
North Miami is starting to feel the effects of rising sea level. So the city bought a property that was continually flooding and will instead turn it into a piece of public land that helps mitigate the problem.
Until recently, a vacant lot on a street in North Miami held an ordinary single-family home. But after it flooded repeatedly, and as sea-level rise continues to make flooding even more common in the area, the city decided to use a grant to buy the land. The site will soon become a community space that doubles as a place for stormwater management, helping keep other houses on the block dry and creating a model that could be used in other neighborhoods.
Immigrants are good for business, and this study proves itJul 22, 2019
People don’t understand how disaster-relief money gets spent—and it makes them less likely to donateJul 22, 2019
How can the disaster-relief world change people’s perceptions to increase donations?
Over the last two years, the United States has experienced 30 natural disasters that have each caused at least a billion dollars worth of damage. In many cases, the damage toll was far higher: The 2017 trifecta of Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma combined for a total of $265 billion in losses.
Tainted alcohol isn’t just a Costa Rica problem—here’s what tourists need to knowJul 22, 2019
A number of countries have seen recent outbreaks.
To help patients relax, my dentist has a serene picture hanging above the chair in her office. It features a typical beach scene with golden sand, azure waves, and a swimsuit-clad person sipping a cocktail with an umbrella in it. That’s an idyllic idea of a dream vacation, but after a spate of counterfeit-alcohol-related deaths, maybe the person in the photo should drop the cocktail.
This is how gig-economy work has evolvedJul 22, 2019
Gig work has always existed, but it has come to mean so much more than what it meant in the past.
“Gig.” You’ve heard it mentioned at afterwork drinks, debated on employment sites, and beaten to death by pundits. It may have a new name now, but gigs have been around as long as humans have been paid for “services rendered.” What we now call gigs used to be referred to as part-time, freelance, or consulting.
See ‘The Simpsons’ house revamped in 2019’s most cliche design trendsJul 22, 2019
What if Marge and Homer had hired an interior designer?
I don’t recall when a purple side table, purple cabinets, or purple dressers started looking normal, but it was definitely at some point during the 30-year history of The Simpsons. Those 662 episodes (and counting!) have drilled teal, lilac, and pink interior design into our collective consciousness. But what would those vivid living spaces look like in real life? And how would that iconic living room setup look if it had been designed today, rather than in the 1980s?
5 quick takeaways from Marvel’s huge Phase 4 newsJul 22, 2019
Everything you need to know from Marvel’s juicy Comic-Con presentation.
It was a big weekend for Marvel, in the midst of its biggest year yet. As Avengers: Endgame overtook Avatar for the title “#1 movie of all time that isn’t called Gone With the Wind,” Marvel Cinematic Universe overlord Kevin Feige appeared at Comic-Con to deliver to rabid fans all the news they’ve been craving about what happens next.
Five soft skills you need to be a better leader in 2020Jul 22, 2019
Everyone can be a leader at their own level. These are the top five soft skills you should start practicing immediately.
How do we determine what it means to be a leader? What are the qualities, and how do you demonstrate your leadership?
Supersonic travel is on the verge of a comeback—here’s whyJul 22, 2019
New plane designs would limit the noise created by supersonic booms, pointing toward a new era of supersonic flight.
Flying faster than the speed of sound still sounds futuristic for regular people, more than 15 years after the last commercial supersonic flights ended. The planes that made those journeys, the 14 aircraft collectively known as the Concorde, flew from 1976 to 2003. It traveled three times faster than regular passenger aircraft, but the airlines that flew it couldn’t make a profit on its trips.
7 tips for getting off to a good start at your first jobJul 22, 2019
We asked experts who work with young professionals about the best ways to set yourself up for success.
Taking the reins at your first job can seem daunting. How do you make a great first impression? How do figure out what to prioritize? And how can you avoid pitfalls that will take you off course?
I thought I knew what it meant to lead with vulnerability. Then I became CEOJul 22, 2019
Brené Brown makes it seem so easy. It’s not.
Vulnerability is a hot topic right now, with leading voices like Brené Brown and Elizabeth Gilbert sharing research-driven reasons to let down your guard at work and make space for real understanding and empathy. It’s an easy concept to buy into. Wouldn’t we all like to live in a world where people were honest about their insecurities and needs, rather than projecting overconfidence and aggression, especially in business?
The world’s most-advanced AI can’t tell what’s in these photos. Can you?Jul 22, 2019
Researchers from UC Berkeley, the University of Washington, and the University of Chicago are building the ultimate archive of photos that confuse AI.
Is that a manhole cover or dragonfly sitting on a table? Is that a green iguana or just a squirrel running with some nuts? Is that a unicycle or a crocodile crossing the road? To humans, the answer is obvious. But the best image-identifying artificial intelligence in the world hasn’t a clue.
Leana Wen wanted to broaden Planned Parenthood’s mandate. Now she’s out as presidentJul 16, 2019
“I believe that the best way to take on abortion care is to contextualize it as the fundamental healthcare that it is.”
Newly installed Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen is leaving the nonprofit after just seven months on the job, following a break with her board of directors over the organization’s future. Her departure, which she announced on Twitter, comes as Planned Parenthood and its national network of affiliates grapple with aggressive challenges on the part of Republican-led statehouses to the legal precedent established by Roe v. Wade.
CES 2020 gets a dress code, sex toys, and more diversity programmingJul 16, 2019
The Consumer Technology Association, which organizes the annual CES, is putting in measures to improve diversity and ensure that people are fully clothed on the event floor.
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), organizer of the massive annual gadgetfest CES, wants you to know that it’s heard the criticism about the show’s lack of diversity and sexism loud and clear.
Emails show that ICE uses Palantir technology to detain undocumented immigrants: WNYC reportJul 16, 2019
Palantir has denied that its tech is used in this way.
The data-mining company Palantir has faced increasing scrutiny over its connection with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the raids on immigrant communities that the agency carries out. While Palantir has denied that its software directly enables workplace raids, ICE emails obtained by WNYC explicitly cite the agency’s use of Palantir technology.
Senators tee off on Facebook cryptocurrency chief in banking hearingJul 16, 2019
Facebook’s head of Calibra, David Marcus, hoped to convince D.C. lawmakers that Facebook can be trusted with financial products. They weren’t convinced.
Facebook’s David Marcus, the man leading the development of Facebook’s new cryptocurrency wallet, Calibra, got some rough treatment in front of the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday morning. Numerous lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed deep reservations about entrusting a major financial platform to the social network, which by its own admission has a poor record on user privacy.
Instacart drivers worry that new policy hiding some customer addresses may put them at riskJul 16, 2019
The company has begun hiding the addresses of some assignments until after the driver accepts it—a policy change that drivers fiercely opposed last year.
Grocery delivery service Instacart is in the hot seat again for how it works with its drivers, known as “shoppers.” On the heels of a Bloomberg article about shoppers claiming they are pressured to take nonlucrative assignments, some workers alerted Fast Company to a new controversy: losing the ability to preview the address of a delivery before accepting the assignment (known as a “batch”).
Our favorite Twitter reactions from this year’s Emmy nomineesJul 16, 2019
This year’s Emmy nominations have just been announced, and the nominees had many different ways of reacting to the news online.
When someone wins an Emmy, several very expensive cameras are always standing by to capture every facet of their instant reaction.
Busch wants to save forests with the promise of unlimited beerJul 16, 2019
The beer company is going to plant 100 trees for every person who can find its secret pop-up bar in a forest (and give one winner free beer for life). But please take your cans with you when you leave.
Earlier this year, Busch beer turned several Nascar vehicles into limited-edition beer cans that were auctioned off to raise money for the antilittering nonprofit Keep America Beautiful. Now it’s hosting an event that will put many more cans into the hands of drinkers who are out in nature. What could possibly go wrong?
Here’s how we can make sure that every child has the opportunity to go to the moonJul 16, 2019
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, we need to cultivate a more diverse workforce to spearhead the next moonshot, argues the CEO of DreamBox Learning. That begins in the classroom.
On July 20, 1969, the world watched in wonder as Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon. It was the result of years of work and ingenuity on the part of scientists, engineers, computer programmers, mathematicians, and astronauts. In photographs taken at NASA’s Mission Control Center on that historic day, you see people cheering, American flags waving.
Serious eye-drop recall hits CVS, Walgreens, Walmart: Here’s what to knowJul 16, 2019
Check your medicine cabinets.
If you regularly use eye drops, you’re going to want to check your stash.
Fast Company is hiring a design writerJul 16, 2019
Join our award-winning design news channel!
Co.Design, Fast Company’s award-winning design news channel, is looking for an intrepid reporter and writer to cover the intersection of design, business, and technology. You should have experience reporting on at least one of these subjects, and you should be a critical thinker who’s as comfortable writing short news posts as you are reporting a 2,000-word feature. This is a full-time, freelance position with competitive pay, no benefits. To apply, send your résumé and a short note explaining why you’re interested in the job to Co.Design editor Suzanne LaBarre: slabarre at fastcompany dot com.
I’m at the T-Mobile. I’m at the Taco Bell. I’m at the combination T-Mobile and Taco BellJul 16, 2019
What happens when you cross T-Mobile with a Taco Bell? NYC, L.A., and Chicago are about to find out when pop-up “T-MoBell” stores open their doors.
Brands spend a lot of time and money strategizing the best way to get our attention. Maybe it’s a Super Bowl ad. Maybe it’s a celebrity endorsement. Maybe it’s a seemingly nonsensical Stranger Things tie-in. And sometimes, maybe it’s partnering up with another brand in order to combine respective audiences and fans and provide an unexpected halo to each other. Supreme x the North Face. Spotify x Starbucks. Nike x Apple. Taco Bell’s had a massive hit with its Doritos Locos Taco collaboration with the Frito-Lay brand, not to mention the store-sharing that inspired an instant classic.
Why MIT’s social tech incubator is launching an investment fundJul 16, 2019
MIT Solve is now going to start backing small, for-profit ventures taking on global issues, from access to clean water to the need for a circular economy.
As the executive director of MIT Solve, a tech incubator launched in 2016 that sources and supports solutions to global challenges, Alex Amouyel has watched the social-impact innovation landscape evolve significantly in the last three years.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX shows off VR Hyperloop so you can glimpse the future of travelJul 16, 2019
This is what a Hyperloop commute could look like.
Elon Musk knows how to stay busy. In the middle of Tesla Model X production and the SpaceX space-shuttle hustle, Musk is also working on Hyperloop. Today, it unveiled the most in-depth virtual reality experience of the Hyperloop yet, giving the public a real glimpse of what the futuristic transportation could look like, and it’s less like a gerbil habitrail than a sleek metro system.
How Spotify and other popular apps trick you into doing free laborJul 16, 2019
Companies are putting you to work for them by encouraging you to feel ownership of their products—without actually giving you any ownership.
Possessions are going out of fashion. An endless stream of media reports claims that millennials—that amorphous mass of people born in the 1980s and 1990s who have grown up with the internet and digital technology—are in favor of accessing rather than owning stuff.
A Telegram chat may (rightfully) bring down Puerto Rico’s governorJul 16, 2019
Calls for the governor’s resignation are growing louder.
As Puerto Rico continues rebuilding from the devastation of back-to-back hurricanes, bankruptcy, and a fraught relationship with the federal government, a new storm is brewing and the island’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, may be swept away by it.
What you look like as a Renaissance painting, according to AIJul 16, 2019
A new project lets anyone play with an AI to create stunning portraits.
Algorithms have become impressive painters. Many of the AI art projects that transform images into paintings use a technique known as style transfer, in which the algorithm copies surface-level, stylistic elements of a body of paintings over to a modern day photo.
You’re missing out by not hiring autistic workers. Here’s how to ensure that they thrive at workJul 16, 2019
Many companies overlook workers with autism. Here’s why they miss out when they do so and what they can do to make sure that autistic employees thrive in the workplace.
Companies seek a competitive edge by hiring talented people; yet, many capable workers are overlooked because they have autism.
People are flooding Instagram with pink clouds to drown out grisly images of slain teenJul 16, 2019
Instagram is having trouble scrubbing its platform of graphic images related to the murder of a teenager.
Two days after the brutal murder of an upstate New York teenager, Instagram is still having trouble scrubbing its platform of gruesome images and offensive memes related to the incident.
Slow to embrace diversity in the workplace? It’s probably affecting business.Jul 16, 2019
If you’re unwilling to embrace diversity for diversity’s sake, do it because it’s better business.
“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.”
Pottery Barn is releasing a “Friends” collection (including Rachel’s apothecary table)Jul 16, 2019
The furniture company shows it has a sense of humor with its forthcoming collection inspired by the beloved show.
I was only 16 when the Friends episode “The One with the Apothecary Table” aired, but it taught me everything I know about interior decorating.
Dozens of universities are declaring a climate emergencyJul 10, 2019
Along with educational networks representing more than 7,000 other schools, a long list of higher learning institutions are publicly declaring that we are in an environmental crisis.
The U.K. Parliament declared a climate emergency at the beginning of May. Two weeks later, so did the cities of Dublin, Ireland, and Geneva, Switzerland. Sydney, Australia, followed in June; hundreds of other cities have made the same declaration. At the beginning of July, Los Angeles set up a Climate Emergency Mobilization Office. Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez want the federal government to declare a climate emergency. Now, universities are doing the same.
Here’s why we need more diversity in AIJul 9, 2019
At the Fast Company European Innovation Festival in Milan today, tech executives discussed how artificial intelligence is only as good as the data that trains it.
What happens when the training data that feeds our artificial intelligence is limited or flawed? We get biased products and services.
Remembering Phil Freelon, a visionary architect who championed diversityJul 9, 2019
Freelon has died at the age of 66. He worked tirelessly to make architecture more diverse and inclusive—and designed some of the most influential American architecture of the 21st century.
Phil Freelon, the renowned architect behind the National Museum of African American History and Culture and many other influential projects, has died. The NorthStar Church of the Arts, the arts and spirituality space that Freelon co-founded with his wife, jazz singer Nnenna Freelon, confirmed his death in a post on Facebook. He was 66.
Guess what WarnerMedia’s HBO Max announcement did to Netflix stockJul 9, 2019
A collective shrug?
The gauntlet was thrown down. A few gauntlets, actually. But none of the typical warning signs seem to make much difference to Netflix Inc.
A brief eulogy for the 12″ MacBook, a machine of unfulfilled promiseJul 9, 2019
It was sexy, innovative, and influential. But the smallest MacBook also got frozen in time.
As part of a refresh of its entry-level lineup of portable Macs, Apple has discontinued the 12″ MacBook—the last laptop it offered without a “Pro” or “Air” in its name. Rationally, that does not come as a shocker. At the same time the 12″ MacBook is going away, the company is introducing a MacBook Air with a 13″ True Tone display at a starting price of $1099. Only a little thicker and heavier than the 12″ model, it hits a sweet spot that’s pretty . . . well, sweet.
HBO vows to leave HBO Now alone after its Max streaming service is launchedJul 9, 2019
Just when you thought you had enough streaming services, here comes HBO Max. The new streamer is bringing ‘Friends’ to the table, and it’s independent of the other HBO services.
“How many streaming services will finally be enough?” is the question a nation of entertainment addicts and their benefactors will be grappling with well into the future. Tuesday’s news begs another question, though: How many HBO-branded streaming services will be enough?
Why are we wasting a third of the food we produce? (and how to stop)Jul 9, 2019
“Food is not about the quality of ingredients, it’s the quality of the ideas behind them,” says chef Massimo Bottura
Massimo Bottura, the world-renowned chef, doesn’t like to waste food.
France is adding an ‘eco tax’ to flights out of its airports in 2020—and that’s a good thingJul 9, 2019
Consumers will barely feel this tax, but the planet will.
One of the saddest facts about travel aside from over-tourism and generally gross tourist behavior is that air travel is truly bad for the planet, responsible for at least 2 to 3% of man-made carbon dioxide emissions globally. While hybrid and electric planes are slowly being developed, and biofuel for jets is in the works as an affordable, sustainable solution, the planet is overheating, and plane travel’s carbon footprint is making it worse.
The newest plant-based meat brand comes from a 19-year-old founderJul 9, 2019
Nuggs are trying to inject a little more attitude into the fake meat space.
As a 14-year-old, Ben Pasternak built an app that became the top trending app in Apple’s App Store. By 15, he had dropped out of high school, moved to New York City, and started a social networking app that was later acquired. His latest venture: a plant-based chicken nugget brand that just raised $7 million in funding led by the food giant McCain Foods.
To thwart face recognition, maybe just wear Juggalo makeupJul 9, 2019
The Insane Clown Posse wins this round.
Back in 2009, the clever businessmen known as the Insane Clown Posse sang about coming up with “somet’in’ special for you and yo face.” Turns out that “somet’in’ special” may have been blocking facial recognition technology with Juggalo face paint.
How Ross Perot befriended Steve Jobs and helped bring us the iPhoneJul 9, 2019
The billionaire presidential candidate was disappointed by his investment in NeXT. But anyone who owns an iPhone, iPad, or Mac should be grateful.
Most of us will best remember Ross Perot, who died on Tuesday at 89, for his idiosyncratic runs for the presidency in 1992 and 1996. But the career of the Dallas billionaire, who made his fortune by founding computer automation company Electronic Data Systems in 1962, is full of fascinating sidelights. One of them is his friendship with Steve Jobs and his investment in Jobs’s second computer startup, NeXT—the company whose technology eventually played a defining role in making Apple the 21st century’s most iconic business success story.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders want the U.S. to declare a climate emergencyJul 9, 2019
With a new resolution proposed in Congress, progressive lawmakers including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders want to designate climate change a national emergency to mobilize a national effort to combat it.
To date, 744 local governments and 16 countries have declared a climate emergency to spur action in the face of the crisis.
You know someone crossed a line when people are defending Brand TwitterJul 9, 2019
How a dumb Vice story somehow became a Mr. Peanut Twitter empowerment moment
It’s a funny thing, Brand Twitter. That amorphous, alt-social universe—where corporations and their mascots parade themselves as actual people in order to forge what marketers call “emotional connections”—began as a clever novelty (LOL, look, my favorite cereal just made a joke about this specific pop-culture happening!) but has evolved into the 140-character version of the old-school, 30-second TV ad. At its worst, it’s an interruptive brand message amid the content you’re actually on the platform to see. At its best, much like a great Nike ad or a funny beer commercial, a branded tweet is smart, funny, or clever enough to almost make you forget they’re just here to sell you something.
These are the 3 types of stories that leaders need to masterJul 9, 2019
Stories are a powerful way to make a point and start a relationship on the right foot.
Ross Perot helped set the stage for Donald Trump in one crucial wayJul 9, 2019
Perot, the Texan billionaire who sought the White House in the 1990s, died at 89.
Ross Perot, the Texas billionaire who in 1992 was the most successful third-party candidate for president since Theodore Roosevelt, died Tuesday at 89.
Earthquake kit list: Here’s everything that should be in your disaster go bagJul 9, 2019
Brace yourself for paper maps, a compass, and coins for the pay phone.
Were you shaken up by the earthquakes that rocked Southern California last week? The recent seismic activity damaged roads, sparked fires, rattled Dodger Stadium, and left a crack in the Earth so large it could be seen from space. It also scared the tuna salad out of a lot of people.
Aziz Ansari’s Netflix special is a snapshot of a comedian working through some stuffJul 9, 2019
What to do when recruiters and potential employers ghost youJul 9, 2019
Being ghosted is not a pleasant experience. But you don’t have to let it define you.
The digital age has introduced new, and often painful, ways of ending relationships.
Scientists built a car that drives like a human. Here’s how people reactedJul 9, 2019
People trust robot drivers more quickly than you might expect.
Thanks to laser-depth sensors and 360 degrees of camera vision, self-driving cars see better than humans can. They can accelerate with an evenness that no fleshy calf can match. And thanks to software capable of simulating millions of traffic patterns—and accidents—they develop more experience than a person could acquire over several lifetimes.
Jony Ive’s real legacy, according to Apple designers who worked with himJul 3, 2019
“I thought to myself, Jony has no idea how we work in software.”
Everyone had an opinion last week, when news broke last that Apple’s longtime design chief Jony Ive was stepping down. But what of the people who worked with him? What better way to evaluate the legacy of a design leader than through the colleagues who toiled alongside him?
Actually, it’s good to be bored at workJul 3, 2019
Designers like Paula Scher have long embraced boredom as a productivity tool, and new research supports the idea.
Being bored is no fun, especially at work. There’s nothing worse than finding yourself bored in your cubicle on a Monday morning only to realize there’s still four and a half more days to the weekend. But new research out of the Research School of Management at Australian National University argues that while boredom is certainly boring, it isn’t all bad. This loathed mental state can actually spark precious creativity.
On the Moon, the astronauts snacked on sweet Slim Jims right inside their helmetsJul 3, 2019
Pillsbury developed high-protein Space Food Sticks at the request of NASA, then tried to get people on Earth to eat them.
This is the 33rd in an exclusive series of 50 articles, one published each day until July 20, exploring the 50th anniversary of the first-ever Moon landing. You can check out 50 Days to the Moon here every day.
Apple pulled 634 apps from the App Store at the request of governmentsJul 3, 2019
The apps were pulled during the second half of 2018, with the most requests coming from China.
Like most other major tech companies, Apple publishes regular transparency reports that details which countries and how often those countries request data on their users. These data requests could be for things like access to a user’s iCloud backup files, access to their emails, or even requests to delete a user’s account.
These are the sneaky new ways that Android apps are tracking youJul 3, 2019
Google’s operating system manages access to your personal information. But what happens when apps refuse to play by the rules?
You could admire the tenacity if it didn’t come with such trickery: After years of effort by Google to stop Android apps from scanning users’ data without permission, app developers keep trying to find new work-arounds to track people.
Tesla reports record production numbers for Q2Jul 2, 2019
Tesla’s shares jumped following the Tuesday announcement.
Tesla just teased its earnings results.
Waymo can now pick up some California passengers in its self-driving vehicles—but there’s a catchJul 2, 2019
Waymo can give rides in its self-driving taxis but it can’t yet charge a fare, and a human driver must be behind the wheel.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has admitted Alphabet’s Waymo into its Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service pilot, allowing the company to operate its self-driving cars on California roads—with some notable restrictions.
When it comes to streaming devices, Roku crushes rivals like Apple TV and Fire TVJul 2, 2019
A new report says 41 million Roku devices are being used in the United States, far ahead of Fire TV, Apple TV, and others.
A new study by Strategy Analytics puts Roku far ahead of other platforms in the streaming device wars, at least within the United States. The firm estimates that more than 41 million Roku devices were being used in the first quarter of 2019. In second place, surprisingly, was Sony’s PlayStation consoles (31 million devices), followed by Microsoft Xbox consoles (29 million), Samsung TVs (27 million), Google Chromecast and Android TV devices (24 million), Amazon Fire TV devices (22 million), Nintendo consoles (18 million), Apple TV (13 million), and LG WebOS TVs (12 million).
Walmart, Target offer to help the government investigate archrivals Amazon and GoogleJul 2, 2019
A retail association is urging the Federal Trade Commission to step up its antitrust investigations for Big Tech.
A retail association, whose members include Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, has thrown its support behind the U.S. government’s antitrust investigations into Big Tech’s dominance of the online marketplace. Currently, the FTC is investigating Facebook and Amazon, while the Department of Justice is handling inquiries into Apple and Google.
How the Santa Fe school shooting “survivor” hoax unraveledJul 2, 2019
A man who claimed to protect students at the Texas mass shooting last year was never even there.
After the Santa Fe High School shooting in May last year, which left 10 people dead, substitute teacher David Briscoe was lauded a hero, as he described to CNN and The Wall Street Journal how he protected his students until police arrived on the scene.
In S.F., Lyft’s promise of better bike share hits a roadblockJul 2, 2019
As Lyft and the city grapple over an exclusivity clause in their contract, bike-share docks are sitting empty, and commuters are getting frustrated.
Electric bicycles are booming in popularity across the U.S. As cities look to support non-car forms of transportation to reduce both congestion and emissions, bike-share companies are quickly realizing that electric-assist bikes can attract a wider range of ridership than basic pedal-power cycles. While some places, like Madison, Wisconsin, have swiftly converted their bike-share systems to entirely electric, in other places, the road has proven a bit bumpier.
Why we need to customize maternity leaveJul 2, 2019
Companies need to stop treating it like a one-size-fits-all solution, argues Health-Ade Kombucha CEO and cofounder Daina Trout.
This month, my son, Hendriks, will turn four, and our family will welcome the arrival of a little brother. While the birth of a second child is something to celebrate, the truth is that motherhood is even more complicated—for me—the second time around.
Moon landing tapes up for auction after NASA sold them to an internJul 2, 2019
The intern paid $218 for the tapes.
Back in 1976, NASA gave 1,150 reels of 2-inch Quadruplex videotape to a government surplus auction. Gary George, a former intern at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, snapped up the lot of them for $218, in the hopes of selling them to news stations to record over for $50 a pop. He never watched them, but because his dad was a space buff, kept three of the tapes marked as “Apollo 11 EVA” (aka Extravehicular Activity, better known as a spacewalk). When he eventually watched the tapes, he realized that he had one of three surviving copies of one of the greatest feats of human ingenuity, the July 20, 1969 Moon landing. Now, those videotapes will be auctioned off to the highest bidder when Sotheby’s will mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by putting the tapes up for sale on July 20th, at a starting bid of $700,000.
This majestic new book collects seven decades of cat photographyJul 2, 2019
Walter Chandoha started photographing cats in the 1940s. Taschen’s latest tome contains hundreds of his iconic pictures of felines of all stripes.
Walter Chandoha took perfect photos of cats for decades, beginning in 1942 and continuing until 2018, the last year of his life. The images he produced ranged from the saccharine cuteness of his famous 1955 photo of a kitten and his toothless daughter Paula smiling at the camera to blood-curdling photos of street cats in New Jersey, like those depicted his 1961 photo The Mob.
What I learned after making a terrible hiring mistakeJul 2, 2019
A candidate who interviews well won’t always make a good employee.
When it comes to business, some of us have to learn the hard way, like making costly hiring mistakes. I’m still recovering from one I made several years back. It all had to do with bringing what I call a “jungle fighter” into my company. These types of employees are typically individuals looking to win at all cost. They’re often impatient, aggressive, and will trample coworkers to get what they want.
Watch every goal Team USA has scored at the Women’s World Cup so farJul 2, 2019
Here’s something to see before the U.S. Women face off against England in the semifinal.
The U.S. Women’s National Team will go up against England today in the semifinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The game is widely considered to be one of the toughest matchups in the entire competition as Team USA—and its star, Megan Rapinoe, who has scored every U.S. goal in the knockout rounds—faces off against England’s Lionesses, and its star, Lucy Bronze, as the teams vie for a spot in the finals. (Here’s how to watch without cable, by the way.)
Protest the migrant camps on your lunch break, at one of today’s nationwide ralliesJul 2, 2019
Today’s reports from the camps are grim. Here’s how to make your frustration heard.
If you’re looking to get out of the office during lunch on this short week before the Fourth of July, why not celebrate the U.S. of A the old-fashioned way and join a protest?
Your Chobani yogurt may taste even better now that it’s fair-tradeJul 2, 2019
Chobani is teaming up with Fair Trade USA to help dairy farmers.
Soon you’ll be able to put a dollop of fair trade yogurt over your sliced fair trade bananas. The ethically minded leaders of Greek yogurt company Chobani have teamed up with Fair Trade USA, a nonprofit group in Oakland, Calif., to promote dairy farmers who are doing the right thing. The companies are creating a label that will let customers know that the milk product they are buying originated on a farm that treats its workers and cows humanely.
Why Nike was right to listen to Colin Kaepernick over Betsy Ross flag kicksJul 2, 2019
The swoosh canceled the launch of a new limited edition Air Max 1 that featured a 1776 version of the American flag.
Over the weekend, Nike decided to cancel a planned launch of a special edition July Fourth version of the Air Max 1 that featured the 1776 version of the American flag stitched on the heels. They made the decision after consulting with Colin Kaepernick. The flag features 13 stars in a circle, and is commonly known as the Betsy Ross flag, for its original designer. While it is a symbol of the American revolution, it’s also been co-opted by white nationalist groups over the years, including the American Nazi Party.
All-women podcast network Earios has podcasts for everyoneJul 2, 2019
A podcast space of their own.
Around 34 million women listen to podcasts, which is about half of podcast fans, yet only approximately 22% to 30% of the shows they listen to are hosted or co-hosted by women. Even fewer of the podcast networks are founded by women. After years working in Hollywood running their ideas through male gatekeepers, actors and writers Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci, along with former agent Priyanka Mattoo, decided to build the podcast network they wanted to see in the world. Yesterday, they launched Earios, a female-founded podcast network dedicated to sharing content created by women but intended for everyone.
5 types of connections you need in your LinkedIn networkJun 26, 2019
The number of connections to kick-start the value of LinkedIn’s network is 30. Are yours the right ones?
Having a robust professional network can be a game changer when thinking about your career journey. The people in your network can help make future connections, refer you for a job, provide advice, and so much more. But building a thoughtful–and more importantly, actionable–professional network, can seem daunting. Who should you connect with and why?
America’s housing crisis, summed up in 3 chartsJun 26, 2019
Rents are rising while incomes stagnate. It’s an “unprecedented” situation, as a new Harvard report details.
Every year, Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies releases a detailed report about the state of American housing. This year’s document, released yesterday at an event in Atlanta, contains some positive news—alongside harrowing numbers. At one point during the event, Chris Herbert, managing director of the center, jokingly described himself as “a member of the joint center for doom and gloom.”
Ntwrk lands Drake and Live Nation as investors to build out the QVC for Gen Z and young millennialsJun 26, 2019
Ntwrk’s deft use of celebrity—and the brands who also have access to them—gives it an advantage in the influence-driven commerce game.
Converse is quietly reinventing one of America’s most iconic sneakersJun 26, 2019
A new line of Chuck Taylors made from upcycled jeans is just the beginning of Converse’s efforts to rethink its most famous design around sustainability.
This August, Converse will release a new line of sustainable shoes made from discarded jeans. Dubbed Renew Denim, every pair will be unique because it’s been sourced from worn denim. But Renew Denim is only the first step in an roadmap for Converse to produce millions of Chuck Taylors and Chuck 70s out of upcycled textiles of all sorts.
These 5 workplace habits might speed up cognitive declineJun 26, 2019
Thinking of skipping lunch again? You might want to think twice.
Some cognitive decline might be an inevitable part of aging, but lifestyle habits can determine just how fast (or slow) that takes place. As neuroscientist Tara Swart previously wrote in Fast Company, implementing habits like regular exercise, changing your eating patterns to incorporate intermittent fasting and time-restricted eating, as well as prioritizing sleep “can have a tangible effect on how well you age.”
Inside the shadowy spyware that is helping governments track down the next Jamal KhashoggiJun 26, 2019
There’s some new competition for NSO, the Israeli company accused of helping the Saudi government track down Jamal Khashoggi.
Last month, Facebook said that WhatsApp users were vulnerable to a sophisticated exploit capable of hacking into phones with little more than a few unanswered calls. The new exploit was likely part of Pegasus, a spyware suite created by the Tel Aviv-based NSO Group, which boasts of its ability to take over phones and computers on behalf of high-paying government clients, according to WhatsApp and Citizen Lab, a research center at the University of Toronto. While the U.S. Justice Department recently told Fast Company that it is aware of the exploit, a rep for the agency would not comment on whether it is actively investigating it.
Startups are meant to love metrics, but this founder is confusedJun 26, 2019
To measure what matters, entrepreneurs need to first figure out what to measure, says Maynard Webb.
Editor’s Note: Each week Maynard Webb, former CEO of LiveOps and the former COO of eBay, will offer candid, practical, and sometimes surprising advice to entrepreneurs and founders. To submit a question, write to Webb at email@example.com.
Arby’s is making carrots out of meat. Yes, meatJun 26, 2019
I guess that’s one way to get your “vegetables.”
“I’m so excited. You’re the first person I’ve talked to about this,” says Arby’s chief marketing officer, Jim Taylor. “I’ve been working behind the scenes for three months.”
Facebook and Yelp pages for Aviary bar are a battleground after Eric Trump’s spitting claimsJun 26, 2019
A high-end Chicago restaurant is getting rants and raves after the president’s son said he was spit on by an employee.
Ryan recommends the Aviary. “The staff is excellent,” he writes on Facebook.
How to mute Trump on Twitter during the Democratic debatesJun 26, 2019
If for some reason you decide you want to mute the president this week, Twitter has you covered.
The first round of Democratic primary debates is taking place over two nights this week in Miami, where 20 candidates will face off against each other—10 candidates each night—in an attempt to win over voters and proceed to the next round of the Hunger Games-style cage match that is American presidential politics in 2019.
We can build our cities for e-commerce, we just need to repurpose our parking lotsJun 26, 2019
They’re dark, desolate, and frequently dirty—it can be hard to think of underground parking garages as anything other than concrete wastelands. But what if these cramped, neglected spaces were actually untapped jewels of real estate?
With the rise of big data, IoT, and connected cars, the parking industry is undergoing dramatic transformation, and investors worldwide are starting to take note. “The parking industry is a significant market but remains fragmented with many opportunities for technological innovation,” said SoftBank when it recently invested hundreds of millions in ParkJockey, a startup that’s monetizing parking lots and making it more efficient for drivers to find parking spaces. Hoping to benefit from the acceleration toward electric cars and the data produced by parking lots, Sumitomo just bought Q-Park Nordics for $450 million. With similar hopes, Park24 partnered with the Development Bank of Japan to acquire the U.K.’s largest parking lot operator for $407 million.
America is facing an eviction crisis. This tool could keep families in their homeJun 26, 2019
Hello Landlord helps facilitate communication between landlords and tenants who are facing eviction.
Nearly one in 40 families were evicted from their rental homes between 2000 and 2016, according to estimates from Princeton’s Eviction Lab. It’s a harrowing number that illustrates the breadth of the eviction crisis facing America right now.
Is writing a cover letter worth it?Jun 26, 2019
No one likes writing them, and recruiters just skim them. Is it finally time for cover letters to die? Not so fast.
Most people probably don’t like writing cover letters, even those of us who write for our profession. Cover letters can be an uncomfortable: it’s a letter, so it feels like it should be kind of conversational and at least a little personal. But it’s also a sales pitch too; you want to convince the person reading it why you are the best one for the job. Finally, you want to interject a little personality into it, and tell your story in a way that a list of skills on your resume can’t.
Apple just launched a guide to the 2020 Democratic presidential candidatesJun 26, 2019
Robots will take 20 million manufacturing jobs in the next 10 years aloneJun 26, 2019
And they’ll take away more jobs in lower-income areas than higher-income areas.
A report by the analysis firm Oxford Economics says that by 2030 robots introduced into the manufacturing sector will take 20 million jobs away from humans. Those numbers are especially bleak considering the report found that since 2000, robots have only taken 1.7 million jobs away from manufacturing workers. In other words, in the next 10 years, robots will take away over 11 times the number of manufacturing jobs from humans that they took in the previous 20 years.
Astronauts had fun on the Moon—and people on Earth fretted about itJun 26, 2019
They weren’t upset about astronauts enjoying themselves. The question was, could the equipment handle the fun?
This is the 26th in an exclusive series of 50 articles, one published each day until July 20, exploring the 50th anniversary of the first-ever Moon landing. You can check out 50 Days to the Moon here every day.
Mass shootings have shaped the gen Z worldview more than any other issueJun 26, 2019
A new report on the habits and values of generation Z sheds light on their political values, consumer behaviors, and life goals.
More than three-quarters of young Americans say there’s a lot of corruption in America, and yet only 8% say they pay close attention to national politics.
The one strategy that could finance the whole Green New DealJun 26, 2019
The current banking system in the U.S. doesn’t meet the equity or environmental aims of the Green New Deal. But the push to establish government-run banks that do is gaining momentum as an alternative.
For the latter half of 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux and activist allies from all over the country camped out in North Dakota to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which was likely to harm their native lands through an invasive engineering process and inevitable oil spills.
Madewell, Patagonia, and Eileen Fisher want to buy your old clothesJun 26, 2019
The newest fashion trend: Brands want to prolong the life of your clothes by finding new uses for them long after they’ve left your closet.
By now, you’ve probably seen some of the stats about how the apparel industry is wreaking havoc on our planet. As a fashion writer, I read through these figures every day, and they are staggering to me. McKinsey reported the world tipped over into manufacturing 100 billion articles of clothing annually in 2014. (Consider that there are only 7 billion humans that inhabit the Earth.) The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a sustainability nonprofit, says that the average number of times that a garment is worn before it stops being used has gone down by 36% over the last 15 years, and many consumers wear items less than 10 times before they chuck them out.
Apple buys Drive.ai, showing its autonomous car project is still aliveJun 25, 2019
Mountain View, California-based Drive.ai made kits that turned regular cars into self-driving ones.
Axios’s Kevin Waddell and Ina Fried are reporting that Apple will buy Drive.ai for an undisclosed sum. Their story confirms an earlier San Francisco Chronicle article that said Apple was kicking the tires on the autonomous driving company.
This high-tech soccer jersey changes colors so fans of rival teams don’t beat you upJun 19, 2019
Women’s World Cup fans don’t need this—yet.
When it comes to soccer, the fans at the Women’s World Cup are pretty civil. But head to, for instance, Argentina, and it’s a different story, as the intense rivalry between Boca Juniors and River Plate has erupted into violence on multiple occasions. They aren’t alone in their ardent support for their team: The Flamengo v. Fluminense game in Rio de Janeiro is known for zealous passion; Liverpool fans love to hate Manchester United; and let’s just say you would not want to be caught in a Roma jersey in Lazio territory when those two Italian teams face off.
How an Ideo.org designer created a Yelp for refugeesJun 19, 2019
At Ideo.org, Jennifer Rose helped develop Kuja Kuja, a platform refugees can use to rate and suggest services. Now she’s Kuja Kuja’s global design director.
Jennifer Rose is the global design director of Kuja Kuja, a platform for tracking satisfaction ratings and ideas from refugees around the world. She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women, a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry.
This skill makes you more employable, no matter the roleJun 19, 2019
An employer shares 7 ways to sharpen this skill and make yourself more attractive to recruiters.
I’ve found that one of the most interesting predictors of success is being a good writer—even if the job itself doesn’t require much writing. For this reason, I emphasize hiring good writers and encourage team members to prioritize writing skills. Almost every time I’ve broken the “hire good writers” rule, I’ve regretted it.
This is the most poetic way to block your phone’s distracting notificationsJun 19, 2019
It’s like a Faraday cage, in the form of a beautiful stoneware bowl.
After staring at a screen all day, the last thing I want to do is look at my phone. But inevitably, the texts and notifications roll in, and it’s easy to get sucked into more screen time.
Is it better to be happy, excited, or satisfied at work?Jun 19, 2019
For instance: Satisfaction is a great feeling, but it might take years at a job before you truly feel satisfied.
There are many different positive emotions: anticipatory emotions when you’re looking forward to something; momentary emotions when you achieve something wonderful; favorable emotions when you’re doing something fun. And then, there are sustained emotions that reflect an overall mood or state. But which type of emotion should you strive to feel at work? Is it better to be happy, excited, or satisfied?
Must Hear TV? NBCUniversal uses “commercial innovations” to cut through the attention economyJun 19, 2019
At this year’s Cannes Lion, NBCUniversal unveiled new strategies to help brands cut through the static.
Much has been said about the perilous state of the attention economy. Some have signaled its collapse, while many have declared it straight up dead. The salve for marketers against dwindling attention spans has always been creating an emotional connection with consumers—supplementing their experience with meaningful content and not being a mere distraction. But with global advertising spending estimated to swell to more than $616 billion this year, that’s a lot of meaningful static to cut through.
Advice for startup newbies: Think big (but keep the lights on)Jun 19, 2019
Two ambitious and confident early-stage founders ask Maynard Webb for advice on next steps.
Editor’s Note: Each week, Maynard Webb, former CEO of LiveOps and the former COO of eBay, will offer candid, practical, and sometimes surprising advice to entrepreneurs and founders. To submit a question, write to Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scientists are studying the dust inside homes. Here’s what they’re discoveringJun 19, 2019
You vacuum it, sweep it, and wipe it off your furniture. But do you know what it actually is—and how it may affect your health?
Don’t feel bad if you’re clueless about your dust. Scientists are not that far ahead of you in terms of understanding the sources and health risks of indoor air particles. That’s an issue, because people spend a lot of time indoors. Indeed, the average American stays within four walls for almost 90% of their day. So knowing more about how your indoor environment affects your health is vital.
Want to learn to play piano? This innovative keyboard will teach youJun 19, 2019
Roli’s first keyboard garnered a cult following among musicians. Now, the company is launching the world’s first modular instrument, aimed at beginners and pros alike.
Learning to play piano—or any instrument, for that matter—is difficult. It requires learning a totally new language, an understanding of music theory, and practicing for hours every day to sync your brain with your muscle memory. I should know: I badly play a Nord Piano 2 I bought years ago, a red 88-key beast that can exquisitely reproduce the sounds of a royal grand piano or a funky electric keyboard. Playing it is an amazing sensation, a pure joy—a joy that required sweat and tears over the years, beginning when I was in primary school.
Need to break bad news to your investors? Here’s how to do itJun 19, 2019
As a founder, odds are good that you’ll have to deliver your fair share of bad news.
Building a startup is not a good project for people easily deterred by setbacks. Between growing a customer base, hiring, managing and retaining talent, striving to meet quarterly objectives, and reporting to investors, startup life is unpredictable at best.
Should zoos exist?Jun 19, 2019
Should the future of educating the public about exotic animals be in sanctuaries and virtual zoos, not places where animals are kept in cages?
The high-profile death of the gorilla Harambe, who was shot dead in 2016 at the Cincinnati Zoo after a young boy fell into his enclosure, sparked a massive outcry—and conversation—about what is still one of the most hotly contested debates involving animal welfare. Just this past weekend, activists turned up at the Bronx Zoo to demand the release of Happy the elephant, chanting in unison that “Happy is not happy.” Indeed, the idea that keeping animals in captivity is morally acceptable has long been questioned by those who argue that zoos infringe upon animals’ freedom. In recent years, an increase in research on the ethics of captivity has helped to dispel the misconception that critics of zoos are simply anthropomorphizing the animals they say they’re trying to help.
The hologram concert revolution is here, whether you like it or not: Meet the company touring Whitney Houston and Buddy HollyJun 19, 2019
Base Hologram has made its mission clear: create premium holographic shows. But will the ethical questions surrounding holograms keep it from success?
Coachella 2012 set the internet ablaze when Snoop Dogg closed out his headlining set by bringing out a “hologram” of the rapper Tupac Shakur. The reactions ranged from “creepy” to “astonishing”—but all entertainment veteran Martin Tudor could think was, “Now what?”
Adult performers and models will protest over account removals at Instagram’s HQ todayJun 19, 2019
They say Instagram doesn’t provide clarity of why an account is removed, and removals seem to be arbitrary.
If you go past Instagram’s headquarters in Silicon Valley today, you’ll probably notice a large crowd of people outside protesting the company. Those people will likely be dozens of adult performers and models who are angry at what they say is Instagram’s confusing guidelines about nudity on the platform, reports the Guardian.
This prominent MIT scientist wanted to bet his life by flying to the MoonJun 19, 2019
The legendary scientist who helped design the navigation system that got us to the Moon wanted to be among the astronauts who made sure it got us there.
This is the 19th in an exclusive series of 50 articles, one published each day until July 20, exploring the 50th anniversary of the first-ever Moon landing. You can check out 50 Days to the Moon here every day.
These 4 designers wear the same thing every day. Here’s how to copy their lookJun 19, 2019
“Having a uniform is not just better for you, because it saves you so much time in the morning, but it also means you don’t have to own as much.”
You’ve probably seen Sophia Amoruso in a fabulous gown at a red carpet event or launch party. As the founder of Girlboss, a global community and media company, she occasionally finds herself in situations where she needs to make a fashion statement. But if you bump into her at the office everyday, chance are you’ll find her in a simple, utilitarian jumpsuit. “And not the sexy kind,” she specifies. “The dungaree mechanic-style jumpsuit that screams IDGAF.”
Twitter disables precise location tagging in tweetsJun 19, 2019
The company said people weren’t using the feature.
For years Twitter has given users the option of tagging their precise location, down to the exact latitude and longitude, in a tweet so their followers could know exactly where they were when they tweeted. Soon, that feature will be no more.
Everything you need to know about the booming business of fighting food wasteJun 19, 2019
A new wave of companies is figuring out how to make new products from food that used to end up in the trash, from pulp popsicles to beer bread. Here are 20 to watch.
The label on a bottle of the cold-pressed juice Wtrmln Wtr doesn’t mention food waste. But the problem was the inspiration for the company, which launched six years ago. When the founders learned that hundreds of millions of pounds of watermelon stayed in fields to rot because the fruit was judged too unattractive for sale in supermarkets, they decided to create a product that could help avoid that waste. The juice is now available nationally, and the company is growing 30% year-over-year.
This Gmail pro tip will change how you think about your inboxJun 19, 2019
With a little outside-the-box thinking, Gmail labels can make your inbox smarter than ever.
It’s easy to think of Gmail’s labels system as a glorified filing cabinet for your inbox—but if you’re treating labels strictly as folders, you’re missing out on some of their most powerful possibilities.
These are the top 100 CEOs in 2019, according to actual employeesJun 18, 2019
It’s also interesting to see who is *not* on the list.
Horrible bosses get a lot more attention than good bosses, which isn’t fair. After all, it’s a lot easier to be a horrible boss than a good one. All you have to do is pay yourself 1,424 times what your average employee makes, steal your employees’ ideas and pretend they’re your own, foster a culture of competition and strife, belittle your underlings as often as possible, get handsy at the holiday party, blame people for your own bad decisions, and give yourself a raise and a bonus while cutting costs everywhere else.
Facebook’s cryptocurrency effort is about far more than FacebookJun 18, 2019
Libra’s goals are ambitious, and many details remain to be determined. But from Visa and MasterCard to Uber and Lyft, it’s backed by a lot of big names.
Facebook’s much-rumored move into cryptocurrency is official. On Tuesday, the Facebook-led Libra Association introduced itself and its mission to the public. This alliance of financial and tech titans will function as an independent not-for-profit organization headquartered in Geneva, responsible for overseeing the development and governance of a new blockchain built for payments. The group aims to create a cryptocurrency that is stable, scalable, and compliant, and designed for a mass consumer market that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have not yet served—including consumers in countries where even having a bank account at all is not the norm.
Here is the patriarchy, handily summed up in one Joe Biden imageJun 12, 2019
The look on Biden’s face. The forceful, accusatory finger. Her reaction. It all comes together in a photo that captures how certain men see the world.
On Tuesday afternoon, a CUNY professor sent out a series of tweets recounting Joe Biden’s flagrantly horny interactions with women in the audience for his speech. As individual cringey lines began their echo chamber orbit through retweets and screenshots, one crucial piece of context was missing. The speech was from 1973.
3 things you can do outside of work to boost your resumeJun 12, 2019
Former recruiter Andrew Fennell shares some ideas on what you can do to improve your resume when you’re not at work.
You might be a new graduate looking for that first step on the career ladder, a skilled professional with years of experience, or an eager job seeker looking for a foot in the door after an extended career break. If you’re looking for a job, you need to make your resume stand out. Recruiters spend an average of 7.4 seconds looking at our resume, so it needs to grab their attention immediately.
The Trump administration is holding migrant kids in a former internment camp for Japanese AmericansJun 12, 2019
Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.
The Trump administration has decided that an Army base in Oklahoma is the perfect place to hold the growing number of immigrant children it is keeping in custody, despite some incredible symbolism that would have others thinking twice. The Army base, Fort Sill, was once used as an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II.
I study floating cities. I’m convinced offshore living is the futureJun 12, 2019
Often criticized as playthings of Silicon Valley billionaires, floating cities have the potential to help coastal regions adapt to climate change, writes researcher Nathalie Mezza-Garcia.
How to apologize for messing up at workJun 12, 2019
Mistakes happen–and they suck. But there are ways to turn the situation to your advantage.
One of the worst feelings at work is when you realize you totally messed up. You stare in disbelief at first hoping that you didn’t really make as big of a mistake as you think you did. Then, with a pit in your stomach, you calculate all the ways you can hide and hope that nobody notices what happened.
Why 10 state attorneys general sued to block the T-Mobile/Sprint mergerJun 12, 2019
This astoundingly clever watch will ruin all other watches for youJun 12, 2019
Finally, a timepiece that can easily be put on with just one hand.
I’m a full-grown adult, but putting on a wristwatch is still a small achievement of dexterity each morning. You have to flip one hand upside down, while the other hand—using methodologies that sports technicians using slow motion cameras can still barely deconstruct—must somehow grab both ends of the strap and coax them together through a buckle.
It’s baaaaack: Here’s your survival guide for Build-A-Bear’s Pay Your Age DayJun 12, 2019
Exactly what to do when a team member quitsJun 12, 2019
It’s inevitable, so here’s how to handle a resignation with grace and support.
It’s every manager’s nightmare. The day someone you’ve been investing in, mentoring, and coaching decides to fly the coop for greener pastures.
I wrote down my feelings about every purchase I made for a weekJun 12, 2019
What I discovered about money and guilt surprised me.
I don’t have a dramatic money story. I grew up in a financially comfortable family where we weren’t afraid (at least for the most part) to talk about money. For most of my adult life, I lived by three simple premises that my parents drilled into me: Spend less than what you earn; buy things on sale as much as you can; and be selective about what you are willing to spend a lot of money on (one of those should be your health). My dad also drilled into me the importance of investing early–something I ignored in my early 20s, but that’s a story for another day.
This new marketplace pays farmers to fight climate changeJun 12, 2019
Returning to more traditional farming techniques can have a huge effect on emissions. Now companies looking for offsets can help incentivize farmers to do it.
One of the biggest solutions for the climate isn’t as obvious as wind power or electric cars. But if farmers make changes to the way they manage soil on farms—and that happened on farmland globally—it could theoretically suck a trillion tons of CO2 from the atmosphere, or as much as humans have emitted since the Industrial Revolution.
I think my HR team is coaching job candidates behind my backJun 12, 2019
If you suspect employee prospects have been given the answers ahead of time, change your playbook.
Editor’s Note: Each week Maynard Webb, former CEO of LiveOps and the former COO of eBay, will offer candid, practical, and sometimes surprising advice to entrepreneurs and founders. To submit a question, write to Webb at email@example.com.
The latest leap forward in visual AI is downright mesmerizingJun 12, 2019
A new algorithm, developed by University of Washington and Facebook, can “wake up” people in still photos.
It’s one more crack in the fabric of reality as we know it: Researchers at the University of Washington and Facebook have described their work on software that can take any image containing a human body—whether in a painting or a photograph—and automatically create an animated character that walks through the still image.
At nonprofits, the “reward” for work still isn’t moneyJun 12, 2019
Two new surveys find that low salaries are the No. 1 complaint of people working in the sector.
One of the classic refrains about nonprofit work is that those doing it will feel so rewarded. As in, emotionally—not financially. “Most of us who entered the nonprofit field didn’t do so because of the Benjamins,” wrote Vu Le, who runs the popular nonprofit blog Nonprofit AF. “However, it’s gotten ridiculous, and too many nonprofits just suck at determining salaries and paying their staff fairly.”
Alexis Ohanian on paternity leave, parenting with Serena, and perfecting his dad jokesJun 12, 2019
The Reddit cofounder is on a mission to bring paid paternity leave to all.
Fatherhood is hard, even when you’re the founder of a billion-dollar company and married to one of the world’s most accomplished athletes.
What it’s really like to wear a capsule wardrobe every single dayJun 12, 2019
A new crop of fashion brands are designing shape-shifting pieces that can be worn in many different ways. The idea? Clothing that you can wear every day—for years.
I’ve worn Aday’s wrap dress every day this week, but you wouldn’t know it. The highly anticipated dress—which sold out in two weeks—was carefully designed to be reconfigured in at least three ways, creating slightly different looks. One day, I wore it as an A-line swing dress, and the next, as a pinafore over a T-shirt. Then, with the addition of an adjustable belt to emphasize the waist, it became a more tailored, body-hugging dress.
Hong Kong protests: Videos show dramatic wave of resistance against extradition billJun 12, 2019
Demonstrators are protesting a bill that would allow extraditions to mainland China.
A massive protest in downtown Hong Kong turned violent on Wednesday when riot police fired tear gas and high-powered water hoses in an attempt to break up the crowds. Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets this week to protest a bill that would allow people in Hong Kong to be sent back to mainland China for extraditions, a move that has stoked growing anger of China’s control of the semiautonomous territory and the erosion of civil liberties there, as CBS reported.
This computer changed the world—and you’ve never heard about itJun 12, 2019
NASA needed a supercomputer to get us to the Moon, and it had to be generations ahead of the state of the art at the time.
This is the 12th in an exclusive series of 50 articles, one published each day until July 20, exploring the 50th anniversary of the first-ever Moon landing. You can check out 50 Days to the Moon here every day.
How to get the ultimate home office, according to 4 CEOs who work remotelyJun 12, 2019
The CEOs of Basecamp, Flexjobs, InVision, and Dribbble share the ultimate work-life hacks. Tip No. 1: Make sure there’s a door—that locks.
If you commute to an office every day, working from home is the ultimate perk. But some companies have transitioned completely away from headquarters and have workforces that are entirely remote. Some workplace experts are even calling remote work the “new normal.”
Facebook Watch claims 140 million daily viewers while YouTube struggles with toxicityJun 12, 2019
With breakout shows from Steph Curry and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Facebook Watch is seeing an upswing in viewers and is paying out more creators, but neither YouTube nor Netflix should be worried just yet.
Since launching in 2017, Facebook Watch has been under intense scrutiny as the latest would-be challenger to rival YouTube. Although Watch hasn’t even come close to capitalizing on what many thought was a built-in audience with Facebook’s 1.56 billion daily active users, new data does suggest positive traction in viewership—and more money going to its creator partners.
Iceland has a challenge for visitors: Drink the tap waterJun 5, 2019
Startup that aims to dominate new space race raises funds from Sumitomo and Perot JainJun 5, 2019
Hypergiant, a Texas-based startup that launched a year ago and aims to use big data to dominate the new space race, announced today that it raised funds from Sumitomo Corporation of Americas and Perot Jain.
Hypergiant, a Texas-based startup that launched a year ago and aims to use big data to dominate the new space race, announced today that it raised funds from Sumitomo Corporation of Americas and Perot Jain, the venture capital arm of Perot Industries. In a release, the company claims to be “on pace to be one of the fastest technology companies to reach $100M in realized revenue.”
See the classic Eames Shell Chair redesigned 13 different waysJun 5, 2019
A midcentury icon gets a surreal makeover by British artist Chris Labrooy.
There’s something Duchamp-esque about the latest work of Chris Labrooy. The British artist and designer’s ongoing remix project, Garden of Eames, transforms the classic Eames shell chair, designed in 1950, into surreal fine art that packs an absurdist punch.
These are 4 key signs someone isn’t trustworthyJun 5, 2019
In conducting thousands of interviews and working with more than 100 companies as an investor, I’ve noticed a few red flags to watch out for.
Why VW decided to reference its scandal in its new electric-car ad campaignJun 5, 2019
Johannes Leonardo cofounder and chief creative Leo Premutico outlines the approach and strategy to bring the brand out of its self-inflicted darkness.
Volkswagen’s newest commercial starts with the Simon & Garfunkel refrain “Hello darkness, my old friend . . . .” and ends with its own line, “In the darkness, we found the light. Introducing a new era of electric driving.” As bookends for the new spot, they also represent the carmaker’s strategy to directly address the ongoing problems stemming from a diesel emissions scandal that began in 2015 in order to move on from it.
Work at one of these 5 companies if you want a pet-friendly environmentJun 5, 2019
These companies get high marks for welcoming furry assistants.
Here’s something that may come as no surprise: 65% of 1,000 pet owners polled in the U.S. believe that having their furry companions along for the day in the workplace would positively benefit company culture. That is (consider the source) according to a new survey from Wellness Natural Pet Food.
Anyone can turn a wall into a touchscreen with this easy, DIY kitJun 5, 2019
Bare Conductive’s latest product makes it easy to transform walls into interactive sound and projection mapping panels.
At first glance, it looks like just another mural that would look right at home in a WeWork. There are cutesy graphics depicting microphones, thermometers, and cars surrounding interlocking letters that read “Interactivity Everywhere.” But this is no ordinary mural: If you put your hand on the cartoon-like raincloud, you hear the sound of rain, while if you touch the basketball, you hear the sound of it bouncing.
How to (successfully) change careers at your current companyJun 5, 2019
Chances are you already have easily transferrable skills and expertise for where you want to go.
The days of having a single career path until retirement are long gone–and that’s a good thing. Research from Deloitte shows that 43% of millennials plan to leave their current jobs within two years. The reality is, we evolve and so do our interests, along with our ability to take on new challenges. This doesn’t mean that changing careers isn’t scary. It can require going back to school, taking on student loan debt, or sacrificing a comfortable high-paying position for an entry-level one.
Londoners call bollocks on Trump’s claim that the U.K. loves himJun 5, 2019
U.K. residents on Twitter are correcting the record about Donald Trump’s visit.
Like a crumpet falling out of a lorry on Downing Street, Donald Trump is currently visiting jolly old England. Also currently in England: hordes of angry demonstrators.
The world’s biggest companies could lose over $1 trillion to climate changeJun 5, 2019
And that’s only considering a fraction of big companies, including Apple and Microsoft, that reported risks–the real costs they face will probably be much higher.
The world’s biggest companies have started adding up the financial risks they face from climate change–and for 215 companies that disclosed those potential costs in a new report, the total financial impact could be nearly $1 trillion. Many of those costs could occur within the next five years.
Exclusive: Vaughn Wallace is taking podcast listeners inside National GeographicJun 5, 2019
First episode: “Humpback Whale Song of the Summer”
Flipping through copies of National Geographic magazine was one of the (few) joys of going to the doctor’s office as a kid. The pages of the yellow-framed magazine contained the entire world, showing glimpses of life on the other side of the planet, in the deepest jungles and driest deserts and coldest terrains.
This one person will have the most important career advice for youJun 5, 2019
Spoiler alert: It’s not a coach, guru, your boss, mentor, or mom.
In January, I quit my job. It was the first Friday of the New Year, and I’d managed to convince myself over the holidays that I could stick it out, even though I’d been miserable for months. I wanted to do what I thought was the right thing: stay in a secure role while I looked for another full-time gig.
Air France-KLM’s radical new plane design could change the way the world fliesJun 5, 2019
The airline hopes the “Flying-V,” a concept design that it’s helping develop, could cut its fuel costs by 20%.
The aviation industry’s profit margins have been reduced to the bare minimum over the past two decades, and commercial air travel now contributes 2.5% of all global CO2 emissions. In short, we really need to start thinking differently when it comes to airplane design.
Afghanistan beats the world in depression, and it can barely copeJun 5, 2019
As the toll of war rolls on, demand for professional mental health services vastly exceeds supply.
The Amyali Shrine on the outskirts of the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad is primarily a pit stop for pilgrims seeking God’s blessings, but it doubles up as a temporary shelter for the mentally ill.
Just graduated? Here are 5 things you need to know about money managementJun 5, 2019
Personal finance author Tony Steuer shares the best money tips that every college graduate should consider.
You’ve just graduated from college. Congratulations! You have exciting (and slightly terrifying) decisions ahead of you. Where will I work? Where will I live? How will I make a stable life happen?
My board doesn’t support my vision. Should I find new members?Jun 5, 2019
Before expanding your board, try communicating with your directors.
Editor’s Note: Each week Maynard Webb, former CEO of LiveOps and the former COO of eBay, will offer candid, practical, and sometimes surprising advice to entrepreneurs and founders. To submit a question, write to Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This plugin fixes one of the most annoying things about Google SearchJun 5, 2019
Avoid tab-ageddon with Google Results Previewer.
Google took over the world with a search bar, and a long list of blue links beneath it. Google Search has changed significantly over the years–most notably, searches now autocomplete before you can finish typing, and sometimes, Google will just list your answer to a simple query rather than making you click into a site. But the fundamental UI hasn’t changed much in years. You search. You see links. You roll the dice with a click. Maybe it’s what you’re looking for; maybe it’s not.
Volkswagen aims for feel-good redemption in new major ad campaignJun 5, 2019
Is an electric microbus and Simon & Garfunkel enough to make you forget about the emissions cheating scandal?
Behind the blackness of a blank screen we hear audio of news reports around VW’s 2015 emissions scandal and the ensuing fallout: mistrust, dissatisfied customers, and billions in legal fees and regulatory fines. A switch goes off, the news reports stop. A single figure, a man lit by a lone lamp, sits in studied contemplation. Pencil at lips, hand at forehead, tired, thinking. The iconic first guitar plucks of the Simon & Garfunkel classic “The Sound of Silence” kick in. “Hello darkness, my old friend . . . .”
Ikea is quietly debuting robotic furnitureJun 5, 2019
Ori, an MIT spin-off that designs motorized, shape-shifting furniture, is licensing its technology to the furniture giant.
Five years ago, MIT debuted a piece of furniture straight out of The Jetsons. It was a glowing robotic box that could transform a 200-square-foot apartment into a 600-square-foot apartment, expanding or contracting at the push of a button to reveal a bed, bathroom, and storage. Eventually the project, then known as Cityhome, became a company called Ori. Today, the startup works directly with developers to integrate its robotic units into apartment buildings, and will even mail you a robotic walk-in closet.
I’ve trained 5,000 retail employees. Here’s why Sephora’s one-hour diversity workshop is far from enoughJun 5, 2019
Three things diversity training needs to include to succeed at any organization.
This week, Sephora will close over 400 of its stores for the morning, to host a one-hour company-wide inclusion workshop, about a month after R&B singer SZA tweeted that she was racially profiled at Sephora’s Calabasas, CA location. Just one year ago, Starbucks similarly closed its doors for an afternoon to hold anti-bias training after a racial profiling incident.
The simplest whiteboard redesign is also the bestMay 29, 2019
It’s a table for brainstorming and wireframing until you need to present your ideas to a group–at which point it turns into a wall-mounted whiteboard.
Whiteboards are still a ubiquitous part of office life, and despite other recent redesigns and new apps that optimize your sketches, they haven’t changed all that much. But a new product from by Swiss furniture company Moving Walls integrates a whiteboard into a meeting table–which can then be easily hung on the wall for discussion.
You don’t have to work long hours to be a workaholicMay 29, 2019
Workaholics find it almost impossible to disconnect from work, even if they desperately want to.
It used to be that being seen as a workaholic was a badge of honor. Luckily, we now know just how severe the consequences are from working long hours. Everyone loves a hard worker, but too much overwork has been linked to everything from increased stress and poor sleep to an inability to communicate, collaborate, and think creatively.
Hilton launches a global foundation to prove that travel can still change the worldMay 29, 2019
The new foundation will serve as the corporation’s primary international philanthropic arm.
Conrad Hilton thought that travel could make the world a better place. One hundred years later, the hotel group that bears his name is launching a foundation to prove him right.
Watch live: Robert Mueller gives first public statement about Russian InterferenceMay 29, 2019
Robert Mueller is about to give a press conference. Here’s how to watch it live.
This morning, special counsel Robert Mueller made the announcement that he plans to give a public statement regarding his Russia investigation. It’s unclear exactly what he’s going to say, but a rapt nation will surely watch. The press conference begins at 11 a.m. ET this morning.
Here’s a kids’ podcast that tells native stories with native voicesMay 29, 2019
The eight-part podcast is a prequel to a PBS Kids animated series coming this summer.
Molly of Denali is not just another podcast for kids. The Alaska-set action-adventure series is part Encyclopedia Brown, part American Girl, and all rooted in Native storytelling. The star of the show is Alaska Native Molly Mabray, who lives in the fictional Alaskan town of Qyah with her bush pilot mother and wilderness guide father. The adventure begins when Molly’s birthday cake goes missing just days before her 10th birthday. Being a curious young woman, she sets out to crack the case with the help of a mysterious raven and ends up finding something way better than a piece of cake.
Should I accept a new job late in my pregnancy?May 29, 2019
“In order to do it all, you have to first give yourself permission to live by your rules. You also need to decide what ‘all’ means for you.”
You don’t really want me right now. I’m super pregnant.
This street mural was inspired by overworked designersMay 29, 2019
And their messy digital file-keeping practices.
Visitors to the D&AD design festival in London last week would have noticed something on the side of a building that looked wryly familiar, even at several stories tall. It’s an augmented-reality street mural–dubbed “GIF-ifi” by its creator, the U.K. graffiti artist INSA–depicting a designer’s computer desktop, complete with a giant pixelated pointer and MacOS-blue folders labeled “Final Revision,” “Definitely Last Final Revision,” and “Absolutely Last Final Revision.” When visitors point their smartphones at the mural, it comes alive in looping animation through INSA’s GIF-iti app.
Lyft has spent enough money to offset more than 2 million tons of CO2. Is it enough?May 29, 2019
Lyft has spent the past year investing in a company that makes parts for lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles. But can they really say it’s helping Lyft achieve carbon-neutrality if the company is still supporting polluting cars?
Last September, Lyft announced that their operations were fully carbon neutral. For a company built on a foundation of internal-combustion-engine-car transportation, this is quite the statement. Lyft completes over 1 million rides per day. While Lyft has pledged to help its drivers transition to electric vehicles, it will be a slow process; less than 2% of all vehicles on the road in the U.S. now are electric. And even though Lyft acquired the bike-sharing company Motivate last year and consequently now controls an important green transit option in many cities like New York and San Francisco, it’s still primarily a ride-hailing company.
I want to build a customer roster but but clients are taking advantage of meMay 29, 2019
Even startups need to set ground rules for their customers. And be prepared to walk away from abusive clients.
Editor’s note: Each week, Maynard Webb, former CEO of LiveOps and the former COO of eBay, will offer candid, practical, and sometimes surprising advice to entrepreneurs and founders. To submit a question, write to Webb at email@example.com.
The world’s leading euthanasia advocate designs a “death pod”May 29, 2019
Philip Nitschke’s “Sarco” shines a harsh light on everything screwed up about our cultural attitude toward death.
The industrialized West doesn’t know how to deal with death. Culturally, we only seem capable of engaging with the end of a human being’s life in one way: as a problem. That problem can be “solved” by medicalizing it into a million little pieces, throwing money and fantasy at it, or simply turning away from the people facing its natural approach. Rituals of acceptance, dignity, or even beauty around death are not part of our social firmware–which is why a project like Philip Nitschke’s Sarco may seem sincere, obscene, crass, and humane all at once.
Amazon introduces $90 “mini” Echo Show with HD and new privacy shutterMay 29, 2019
The new 5.5-inch screen is still big enough to perform Show’s main functions. Amazon wants you to have one in every room in the house.
Honey, Amazon shrunk its Echo Show smart display! The company announced a much smaller 5.5-inch display version of the device–just more than half the size of the original 10-inch screened version of the device.
The problems with these 5 dumb (but common) hiring practicesMay 29, 2019
There is a dark side to behavioral questions and personality tests.
It’s very rare these days to get a job without going through some sort of interview process, whether it be over the phone or in a boardroom with two or three panelists grilling you about your skills and expertise. It’s a process that most professionals have accepted and have also probably spent countless hours preparing for.
These 5 apps can help you find your next big idea, fasterMay 29, 2019
From initial brainstorming onwards, these cool tools will help you be brilliant–in the most efficient manner possible.
They say a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Know what else is terrible to waste? Time! So instead of spinning endlessly in your Herman Miller waiting for inspiration to strike, check out these useful tools that can help you generate new ideas in the most expeditious fashion.
New York City’s most chaotic design system is its most successfulMay 29, 2019
The branding of NYC’s subway system is a free-for-all, with different styles and ideas all mashed together over the decades. So why does it work?
Like most New Yorkers, I take the subway every day. I know exactly where to stand on the platform to exit at the correct staircase, so as not to fritter away even a second of time on my daily commute. I rush to, on, and off the train. And I studiously observe the unspoken subway riders’ code: Don’t Look Anywhere But Down.
I’m a former elite athlete and I call BS on tech’s obsession with working long hoursMay 29, 2019
As a champion gymnast, I trained 22 hours a week. Now, as a startup founder, I see how dangerous “hustle culture” can be.
Lots of people in tech are obsessed with putting in long hours. Elon Musk once said that “nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week” and suggested that the correct number was between 80-100 hours. Freelance marketplace Fiverr, with venture funding to the tune of $111 million, came under fire for an ad campaign that described an aspirational lifestyle where lunch is coffee and sleep deprivation is “your drug of choice.”
Microsoft seems to be planning to revamp Windows with “a modern OS”May 29, 2019
The new OS will rely heavily on cloud AI computing and new input methods like eye gazing.
Speaking at Computex in Taipei, Microsoft’s vice president of consumer and device sales Nick Parker took to the stage to tease what could be the most significant revamp to the Windows operating system in years. Maybe. It’s kinda hard to tell because Parker was relatively vague about things.
Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business share advice for new gradsMay 29, 2019
Innovative leaders from Pinterest, Lyft, The Weather Channel, Andreessen Horowitz, and more offer tips for succeeding in creative fields.
Are investors willing to pay a “greenium” for sustainable stocks?May 29, 2019
Despite the surging focus on environmental sustainability, a new study suggests investors still care about the old kind of green.
“Green” investing is a big business. Virtually every brokerage firm offers a slew of financial products aimed at environmental improvement–green mutual funds, green stocks, green bonds, and green exchange-traded funds.
Ikea is launching a new, superpowered shopping app this yearMay 29, 2019
Finally, an easy way to order a new couch–from your couch.
Ikea’s global sales have grown sluggish. Profits are down, as consumers ditch the company’s suburban big blue showrooms for online shopping, and the world’s largest furniture retailer needs to plan a second act. So it has started opening smaller downtown stores to entice shoppers who might not want to spend a day (and drive a minivan) just to buy a flat pack table.
You can use Apple Pay on NYC subways and buses starting FridayMay 29, 2019
Apple Pay contactless payments will be accepted on all Staten Island buses, in addition to 16 subway stations on the 4, 5, and 6 lines.
New Yorkers, rejoice! If you’re an iPhone user, your days of buying physical metro cards are up (if you want them to be). That’s because starting this Friday, May 31, select MTA subway and bus stations will take contactless Apple Pay payments in lieu of physical metro cards.
Trump’s trade war means Apple’s earnings could fall by 29%May 22, 2019
China can’t compete with America on raising tariffs, so it may choose to hinder American tech giants to show its power.
As the trade war between the U.S. and China sees no signs of abating, investment banking firm Goldman Sachs says Apple’s earnings could take as much as a 29% hit if China decides to retaliate against well-known American companies like Apple. As Bloomberg reports:
See which Democratic candidate has the best (and worst) typographyMay 22, 2019
This is how Planned Parenthood is fighting Georgia’s and Alabama’s abortion bansMay 22, 2019
The organization wants to amplify one message, in particular, to its patients: Abortion is still legal, its doors are still open. And to the legislators: They are ready to fight back.
Last week, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law a bill that seeks to prohibit abortions at every stage of pregnancy, making Alabama the first state to pass an outright ban on abortion. The bill makes an exception for cases where a mother’s life is at risk but does not extend the same protections to pregnancies that result from rape or incest.
A massive CBD emporium just opened in NYC–and it may be the future of wellnessMay 22, 2019
More than 2,000 Baltimore residents now have access to affordable, healthy food, because of this Salvation Army area commanderMay 22, 2019
For bringing a grocery store with affordable, healthy food to one of Baltimore’s food deserts, Gene Hogg is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.
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A 2018 Johns Hopkins study found that nearly a quarter of Baltimore’s residents live in “food deserts,” where poverty and lack of retailers make healthy food inaccessible.
How a UX designer created a Capital One chatbot so good, some people want to marry itMay 22, 2019
For creating the first natural-language chatbot for a U.S. bank, Steph Hay is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.
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After transitioning from journalism to user experience design, Steph Hay found herself at Capital One helping to create an AI assistant that customers would end up loving so much, one invited it to Thanksgiving dinner. “Eno” is the first gender-neutral AI assistant in banking, bucking the trend among companies to render smart assistants female. “We want our customers to relate with and trust Eno,” Hay says. “To do that in the context of money, something so nuanced and personalized, meant we needed to strip away anything about the character that could inhibit trust. Gender is one of those variables.” Today, millions of customers use Eno–the first natural-language chatbot from a U.S. bank–to manage their accounts, report fraud, and shop online. (Eno is the backward spelling of one, as in Capital One.) Hay’s 70-person team has continued to update the technology since its 2017 debut; moving fraud notifications to Eno’s expanded language capabilities drove up Capital One’s understanding of user responses from 85% to 99%, and reduced user frustration. On top of the dinner invite, Eno has fielded marriage proposals. Eno’s response? “Nah, I’m a young chatbot and still getting to know little ol’ me.”
Architect Jonathan Marvel is redesigning Puerto Rico’s power grids (and communities) to make them hurricane-proofMay 22, 2019
For bringing power back to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and teaching locals how to finance, install, and service their own solar power hubs, Jonathan Marvel is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.
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When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, in 2017, architect Jonathan Marvel, who was born on the island and now works in New York, saw an opportunity to rethink the island’s infrastructure. He cofounded Resilient Power Puerto Rico (RPPR), a nonprofit that has restored electricity to some of the poorest communities by taking advantage of the island’s abundant sun. RPPR built its first “solar hub” a month after the storm, and has since installed more than 30 at community centers. But instead of just donating solar panels and batteries, RPPR helped recruit and train locals to install them, created a tool kit that communities can use to plan and finance new solar hubs themselves, and set up water-treatment systems that run on the solar power. Marvel is now developing plans for resilient housing communities that can survive future storms better by not being grid reliant. Puerto Rico, he says, “could be an example for the rest of the planet on how to be completely independent, from an energy perspective.”
How the cofounder of Breaker created a podcast app that (finally) serves listenersMay 22, 2019
For creating a podcasting app that surfaces what listeners actually want to hear, Breaker cofounder and CTO Leah Culver is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.
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When Leah Culver started listening to the true-crime drama Serial, it was because everyone was telling her to. (That, and she was training for a marathon.) But when she finished and began sifting through the glut of nearly 660,000 podcasts to find something else, it quickly devolved into “a chore,” says the Dropbox alum. “I wanted to make it more fun.” So she built Breaker, a free, two-year-old podcast app that combines elements from other content-discovery platforms to surface ear-gems tailored to a specific user. A Netflix-style home screen greets listeners with a carousel of new episodes in their subscribed-to series, as well as options like “Continue listening” and “Under 20 minutes.” There’s also a Spotify-like playlist function that allows users to sort and reorder new episodes in just a couple of taps, and an Activity tab that reveals what friends are listening and subscribing to. Today, the average Breaker user spends 25 minutes per day in the app, and new users’ activity doubles between their first and second month—a sign that they’re finding new content they like. Breaker recently introduced a feature called Upstream that allows podcasters to charge users for subscriptions or single episodes inside the app. (The company takes 4%.) “Right now, to make money on a podcast, you have to have a large audience and sell ads,” says Culver. “We wanted to provide an easy, alternate way.”
Alfonso Cobo’s Unfold app is bringing curated, beautiful Instagram stories to more than 16 million usersMay 22, 2019
For creating Unfold, an app that helps celebrities, brands, and regular users create gorgeous Instagram stories, Alfonso Cobo is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.
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Kim Kardashian West, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, and other megawatt stars posted Instagram Stories over the past year that looked like high-end scrapbooks, with photo collages curated against minimalist backgrounds. They were created using templates by Alfonso Cobo, the cofounder of the app Unfold. Cobo launched the app in 2018 with templates—inspired by paper products, indie magazines, and analog photography—designed specifically for Instagram Stories. “It’s all related to our shorter attention spans and desire for real content,” Cobo says. Unfold has 16 million users and is No. 1 in the App Store in seven countries. Cobo expects $8.2 million in revenue in 2019, in part through brand partnerships: Unfold’s branded content studio, launched last November, has created custom templates for Equinox, Tommy Hilfiger, the AIDS nonprofit Product Red, and others. Meanwhile, Cobo debuted Unfold Plus in May 2019, which provides users who pay $2.99 per month with exclusive story templates, stickers, and other features—including a camera inside the app.
How this CVS Health executive is compelling beauty companies to use unaltered images in their ad campaignsMay 22, 2019
For battling unrealistic beauty standards, CVS Health CMO Norman de Greve is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.
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In an age when beauty standards have become wildly unrealistic, CVS Health—the country’s second-largest beauty retailer, with nearly 10,000 stores—is fighting back. Under CMO Norman de Greve, the company began assessing a year ago all the images in its stores, social media feeds, advertising materials, and on its website, and applying a “Beauty Unaltered” watermark to those that had not been substantially retouched—and a “digitally altered” label to those that had. Today, some 70% of images have been examined as part of the Beauty Mark initiative, and de Greve is working closely with every brand in CVS, including L’Oréal, CoverGirl, and Revlon, to achieve its goal of labeling 100% of the images in its stores by 2020 and moving the needle toward greater transparency in the beauty industry. “We have a platform that can enable this to happen,” he says.
Bangkok has a flooding problem, so this architect designs parks that covertly hold millions of gallons of waterMay 22, 2019
For designing infrastructure that embraces Bangkok’s water, instead of trying to keep it out, Kotchakorn Voraakhom is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.
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As sea levels rise, Bangkok is simultaneously sinking, making the flat, paved-over megacity vulnerable to flooding when it rains. Instead of building infrastructure to keep stormwater out, local architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom designs parks to capture it. “Getting rid of water is an impossible approach, because we’re a city of water,” she says. The wedge-shaped Chulalongkorn Centennial Park, in central Bangkok, for example, which opened in 2017, can hold 1 million gallons of water. An on-site museum with a sloping green roof directs water through wetlands and into a retention pond at the lowest part of the grounds, which helps prevent nearby blocks from flooding. Another park that Voraakhom designed, which will open this summer on a university campus on the northern edge of the city, features a massive green roof that will not only grow rice and other food for students, but also (in conjunction with other “rain gardens” on campus) capture more than 2.5 million gallons of water. Through a social enterprise called Porous City Network, Voraakhom works with communities throughout Southeast Asia to help find other ways to bring back green space and live with water.
How this entrepreneur found a way to take on the AI giants–with synthetic dataMay 22, 2019
For finding a way to compete in AI without having to amass massive amounts of data first, Element AI CEO Jean-Francois Gagné is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.
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The AI revolution has been led by a handful of tech giants—think Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft—but Jean-François Gagné‘s Element AI is forging an intrepid path to subvert their dominance. Unlike an Amazon or a Microsoft, startups don’t have ready access to the vast quantities of big data required to train machine-learning algorithms. So Element AI created a clever system for developing algorithms using data the company generates itself through a simulator. “This helps us bootstrap our training process, and then we can fine-tune with the customer’s data and get good performance quickly,” says Gagné, whose clients include the Port of Montreal, in his hometown, which now uses AI to eliminate wait times for truckers arriving to pick up their shipments. In addition, Gagné, whose cofounders include the University of Montreal’s Yoshua Bengio, a living legend among AI researchers, instituted a fellowship program, which allows Element AI to tap the expertise of top university researchers without luring them from academia. The company, founded in 2016, has grown to 525 employees and raised $100 million, and Gagné is looking to bring his approach to AI to the insurance, financial services, and cybersecurity industries.
How the Diet Prada cofounders became the fashion industry’s most influential watchdogsMay 22, 2019
For calling out copycat fashion designers and championing new ones, Diet Prada cofounders Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler are among Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.
One of the most influential voices in the fashion industry right now belongs to Diet Prada, an Instagram account with 1.3 million followers. Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler, who met while working at the accessories label Eugenia Kim, started the account in 2014 as a lighthearted way to call out knock-off designs, cheekily showcasing side-by-side images of, say, a Marni rehash of a Prada shirt from a few years earlier. In the past year, though, Diet Prada has become a champion for design integrity and accountability in an industry undergoing upheaval. Liu and Schuyler, who fund the project through branded merchandise and partnerships with select fashion brands, continue to call out too-close-for-comfort imitations by well-known designers including Virgil Abloh, Jason Wu, and Christian Siriano. But Diet Prada is now equally focused on revealing how fast-fashion brands and influencer-owned labels peddle knock-offs from designers too small to fight back. “Young creatives don’t have the resources to battle in court,” says Liu. The pair are also using the account to root out examples of model abuse, misogyny, and racism in the industry. The duo’s efforts last November to highlight a racially charged Dolce & Gabbana ad featuring a Chinese model—along with a series of racist DMs that appeared to be from Stefano Gabbana—reportedly reached Chinese officials, who canceled D&G’s planned Shanghai runway show. “There are many problems in fashion beyond knock-offs,” says Schuyler. “We’ve got a community that wants to hear about these things and keep these people accountable.”
How the founder of DuckDuckGo created the ultimate privacy-oriented search engineMay 22, 2019
For developing a browser that keeps your online activity private, DuckDuckGo founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.
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Gabriel Weinberg‘s privacy-focused search engine doesn’t track users or log their search histories. What it does is offer peace of mind. Weinberg created it 11 years ago after hearing, as an angel investor, pitch after pitch from ad-tech startups about how they could slice, dice, and target groups of users using deeply personal data. “I thought, This is shady, and it’s only going to get crazier,” he says. Today, his engine has a small but devoted following: After growing 50% year over year, it reached 30 million searches a day in 2018, and is poised to grow even faster since Google added DuckDuckGo as a default search-engine option in its latest Chrome browser in more than 60 markets this past March. DuckDuckGo has also introduced a browser extension for Firefox and Chrome as well as mobile apps for iOS and Android devices that mask users’ search histories, block web trackers, and route browser traffic through encrypted connections whenever possible, allowing users to reduce their digital footprint in ways “that don’t involve much of a sacrifice,” Weinberg says. Since launching a little more than a year ago, the apps and browser extensions have been installed more than 10 million times.
How Adobe designer Khoi Vinh is bringing voice controls to app developmentMay 22, 2019
For helping developers incorporate voice controls into their apps, Adobe principal designer Khoi Vinh is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.
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Apps are getting easier to use largely because they’re getting easier to build: Better software enables designers to experiment with user interfaces without having to enlist coders. But so far, these prototyping tools have focused on visual interfaces. What happens if you want to let users talk to your app? “It’s important for [designers] to be as creative as possible with voice from the beginning,” says Khoi Vinh, who spearheaded a feature inside the Adobe XD design tool kit that adds voice controls to any app prototype. The project began three years ago, when Vinh rallied Adobe to acquire a voice-tech startup called Sayspring and incorporate its technology into XD. Today, designers using the program simply need to place an arrow between two of their proposed app screens and type out the voice command (like “show me movies”) that will move users from one screen to the next. The feature launched in late 2018, and a specific kit that allows designers to incorporate Alexa-based voice commands into apps has been downloaded 15,000 times.
What do Seth Meyers, an investment banker, and a former nun have in common?May 22, 2019
They’re all on Fast Company’s new list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.
When Fast Company introduced the 100 Most Creative People in Business 10 years ago, it was a watershed. Other business publications ranked individuals by wealth or power, but this publication sought to take stock of something intangible and, as then editor Bob Safian explained, offer a “snapshot of the range and depth of creativity across our business landscape.”
How “returning citizen” Desmond Meade helped restore voting rights to Florida’s ex-felonsMay 22, 2019
For championing Florida’s Amendment 4, voting rights activist Desmond Meade is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.
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Florida voters made a landmark decision to restore voting rights to 1.4 million ex-felons via a ballot initiative last November that amended the state’s constitution. Desmond Meade, executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and a “returning citizen” himself, led the effort, traversing the state for two years to help collect more than 760,000 signatures for the measure and then advocating for its passage. Meade, who obtained his law degree but is unable to practice because of previous felony convictions, petitioned for the amendment in liberal and conservative counties alike, speaking to anyone he could, even those who claimed to be tough on crime. “Our win showed that you can move major policy issues when you’re able to transcend politics,” he says. “We had about 1 million folks who voted for Amendment 4 who voted for [Republican] Governor DeSantis. It was an eye-opener.” He’s now defending the amendment as the Florida Legislature wrestles with how to implement it. But one thing is clear: “Elected officials are going to have to figure out how to engage these potential new voters,” he says, “including myself.”
Meet the woman raising cannabis to a higher medical standardMay 22, 2019
For working with governments, growers, and biomedical companies to standardize medical cannabis globally, ICCI’s Steph Sherer is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People.
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As marijuana becomes increasingly legal worldwide—it’s now medically approved in 35 countries—the Prague-based International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI), which Steph Sherer cofounded in 2015, is ensuring that medical cannabis products are effective, safe, and consistent. “People are making claims without going through a scientific process,” Sherer says. “They’re taking general clinical trial data and linking it to what they’re selling.” The organization has three focus areas: government relations (working with countries, the UN, and the WHO to help them regulate medical cannabis), biomedical services (developing and running clinical trials and quality tests), and plant science (helping growers genetically monitor, analyze, and refine their crops). ICCI is currently working with more than 250 companies in biotech, agriculture, nutrition, and more to test and develop products. Last year, ICCI developed six proprietary screening technologies, including a metabolic scanner and an AI program that helps growers establish uniform cannabinoid content across growing platforms.
How the National Theatre’s executive director is opening up theater to the hard of hearingMay 22, 2019
For her work making theater more accessible to people who are hard of heating, National Theatre Executive Director Lisa Burger is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.
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Live theater has historically been less accessible to people with hearing impairments, because performances usually change from night to night and actors frequently skip or improvise lines, rendering traditional subtitles—prepared in advance at many theaters and broadcast on screens in the back of certain seats—unhelpful. “Theatergoers who are hard of hearing could only choose from certain performances and had to sit in specially designated seats, often away from their friends and family,” says Lisa Burger, who has been executive director of the National Theatre in London for 17 years. Frustrated, she spent two years working with Accenture to develop software that “listens” to dialogue on stage, matches it to other dialogue in the script to ensure it is as accurate as possible, and projects it via Wi-Fi onto the lenses of special glasses. The specs, which are provided free to the public, debuted in October and will be offered for the National Theatre’s entire 2019 lineup. Next, Burger will make the tech available to other venues in the U.K.
Her AI-driven software helps farmers save water and make better decisions. No wonder Coca-Cola is using itMay 22, 2019
For harnessing AI to help farmers make key decisions about their crops, Agrosmart CEO Mariana Vasconcelos is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People.
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Mariana Vasconcelos, the daughter of farmers in Brazil—the world’s third-largest food producer—saw firsthand how hard it is for growers to make decisions regarding irrigation, harvesting, and pest control. “They would rely on intuition and their neighbors,” she says. But as climate change led to droughts and irrigation limitations, “that made me want to bring technology to farmers so they could be more resilient.” In 2014, when she was just 23, Vasconcelos founded Agrosmart, which creates software that uses artificial intelligence to make agricultural predictions based on data from the soil, weather conditions, and the genetic properties of the crop. The software, which resides on farmers’ phones, analyzes the raw data collected from sensors and transmitted via satellite or lower-broadband 3G network to make recommendations on everything from seed placement to climate modeling. Brazilian farmers using Agrosmart have increased crop yield and saved up to 40% more water, and the company now monitors more than half a million acres, which is four times more than it did in 2017. Coca-Cola uses Vasconcelos’s tech to monitor fruit farms in Espírito Santo.
CrowdStrike, cybersecurity firm that investigated 2016 DNC hack, filed for IPOMay 14, 2019
CrowdStrike, which has been involved in some high-profile cybersecurity investigations, filed to go public Tuesday.
The cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, perhaps best known for its role in investigating the Russia-linked hack on the Democratic National Committee in 2016, filed Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission to go public.
Pixel phone owners: Google may owe you $500May 14, 2019
Google settles a class-action lawsuit over faulty Pixel microphones.
Google will pay original Pixel owners up to $500 after settling a class action lawsuit over phones with defective microphones. As Fast Company first reported last year, the lawsuit alleged that Google knowingly sold the faulty phones, even after complaints became widespread. A Google employee even appeared to acknowledge the issue in March 2017, blaming a “hairline crack in the solder connection on the audio codec.”
Buying clothes for your kids’ summer camp? This concierge service is here to helpMay 14, 2019
Primary, a kids’ clothing brand that specializes in basics, will open a Camp Concierge tomorrow to help anxious parents take care of their shopping needs.
Shopping for kids’ clothes can be fun, but not when a teacher hands you a checklist of 50 items you need to buy all at once. Around this time of year, many parents are getting lists of clothes that their kids will need for camp–things like soccer shorts, rash guards, and swimsuits. Suddenly, you’re scrambling to take care of yet another task.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle criticized for promoting pricey “emotional workout”May 14, 2019
The new parents highlighted more than a dozen accounts in the wellness sphere, ranging from meditation to fitness.
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a few of their favorite brands that promote mental well-being, but not everyone is feeling better.
Athleisure sunglasses have arrivedMay 14, 2019
They look like regular glasses but are appropriate for sports.
Athleisure has slowly taken over all of fashion, creating a seamless divide between activewear and regular clothing. Many apparel brands now make their entire collections from materials invented for sports, with features like four-way stretch and moisture wicking. Footwear brands now create hybrids between sneakers and formal shoes. So what would athleisure eyewear look like?
Is this the generation that will trash tampons and pads for good?May 14, 2019
What’s behind the rise of reusable period products?
For as long as there have been women, there have been periods. It’s just taken a few millennia, give or take, to shake off the stigma of basic reproductive biology and acknowledge them publicly. And we’re sharing that knowledge, in tweets and in open discussion. Not only is period talk no longer taboo, but a documentary on period shaming won an Oscar this year.
KFC has been name-checked in some rap bangers–and this KFC-curated Spotify playlist proves itMay 14, 2019
The brand’s new Spotify playlist “Bucket Bangers” is the foundation for a new campaign in France celebrating its finger lickin’ place in culture.
It may not be the first rap song (or any song, for the matter) to explicitly use KFC in its lyrics, but it has to be one of them. The ninth track on Run DMC’s legendary 1986 album Raising Hell is “You Be Illin,'” and it starts with an anecdote:
TripAdvisor unveils new safety features after controversy over sexual assault reportsMay 14, 2019
Two new safety features should make travelers feel safer using the site.
TripAdvisor has been at the center of a storm over how it handles reports of sexual assault and other crimes that take place in the hotels it features. Today, it announced a new strategy that hopefully puts travelers’ safety first.
Google’s new all-encompassing Google Travel features make you your own travel agentMay 14, 2019
Google Maps, Trips, Hotels, Flights, and Search now all live in one place.
Tell the boss that you’re escaping the relentless rain and taking all your vacation days, because Google is making it easier than ever to book a vacation. The company announced today that Google Maps, Trips, Hotels, Flights, and Search will all live in one place, which means you can figure out where you’re going, where you’re staying, and how you’re going to get there.
Fox News viewers and Snapchat users are still feeling the BernMay 14, 2019
That’s one way to stand out in the pack of Democratic nominees.
In an effort to understand what media diets can tell us about voting preferences, Morning Consult looked at how Democratic primary vote choice varies according to usage of major social media and news platforms. The results of their polling of 33,317 potential Democratic primary voters offer a fascinating portrait of the 2020 presidential election. It also reveals that former Vice President Joe Biden is the most popular candidate.
This “pocket neighborhood” has 8 houses on a lot, instead of one McMansionMay 14, 2019
The Atlanta suburb of Clarkston is about to undertake an experiment in smaller living, with a development of 250- to 500-square-foot houses that cost less than half the average home in the area.
On an overgrown vacant lot in the small city of Clarkston, Georgia, a short drive from Atlanta, a new community of eight tiny homes will sit on a half acre that once held one single-family house. “There’s very little available land to build new housing,” says Ted Terry, the city’s mayor, explaining that Clarkston was originally a farming town filled with apartment complexes as Atlanta sprawled closer over time. “We said that the most practical thing to do is to make the most use of the little that we have available.”
John Cleese has some good recommendations for how to deal with a**holesMay 14, 2019
The Monty Python legend sat down with Fast Company to talk about a new documentary, which posits that “assholery” is a crisis that threatens the republic.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that there is an emerging intellectual field best described as “asshology”: the study of the assholes who seem to be suddenly all around us, from the assholes who tried to pay their kids’ way into college to the assholes who harass mass-shooting victims and all the way up to, of course, our asshole political leaders.
Spotify’s new Soundtrap for Storytellers makes it even easier to start that podcastMay 14, 2019
We should hold tech giants to these 5 rules if we want to stop manipulative designMay 14, 2019
Step one: Platforms should disclose when they are using the tools of behavioral science to influence your behavior.
Uber’s business model is incredibly simple: It’s a platform that facilitates exchanges between people. And Uber’s been incredibly successful at it, almost eliminating the transaction costs of doing business in everything from shuttling people around town to delivering food.
Why you shouldn’t blame willpower for your lack of self-controlMay 14, 2019
We like to think that self-control comes from having a lot of willpower. But our emotions play more of a role than we think.
If I talk about someone who has great self-control, what comes to mind? Many of you probably picture someone who has a lot of willpower (and maybe looks serious most of the time). But that’s just one part of the puzzle.
Hulu keeps NBC shows even as Disney takes control from ComcastMay 14, 2019
Comcast is keeping its Hulu stake until at least 2024, but Disney will run the show in the meantime.
Comcast and Disney have reached an unusual agreement on how to handle the rights to Hulu going forward. Under a “put/call” agreement, Comcast will hold onto its 33.3% stake in the streaming service until at least January 2024. At that point, Comcast can make Disney buy out its stake for “fair market value” (as assessed by independent experts) or $27.5 billion, whichever is greater.
America just had its wettest 12-month period on recordMay 14, 2019
Think it’s wet? You’re right as rain.
If you feel like it’s been raining forever, you’re not imagining things.
Five reasons to ignore resumesMay 14, 2019
There is a minimum 46% probability that you will decide who’s going to get an interview (or not), based on lies and exaggerations.
Most candidates are preselected for an open role using a traditional but not-so-effective method: by screening resumes, checking for the schools they attended, searching for the right keywords, and looking for suitable experience. After interviewing those who successfully passed this stage, somebody gets hired. The problem is at least 50% of the time, the person stays no more than 18 months on the job.
Watch HBO’s Big Little Lies season 2 premiere at a Wing location near youMay 7, 2019
Advance screenings are coming to New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.
In advance of Meryl Streep’s much-awaited debut on Big Little Lies, HBO is teaming up with The Wing to promote the show’s new season. As part of the partnership, the women’s social club and coworking space will host advance screenings and events at Wing locations across San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. One such event will be a panel discussion with the stars of the show—Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, and Zoe Kravitz—at the Wing’s SoHo location.
Walmart is getting into the veterinary businessMay 7, 2019
Look out, Chewy.com
Walmart wants in on the $70 billion-a-year pet industry. That means you’ll soon be able to pick up a party pack of Tostitos, a flat-screen TV, hand towels, and get your dog de-wormed while you shop at the world’s biggest retailer. The megastore announced plans to open 100 veterinary clinics in its stores within the next 12 months, adding to the 21 clinics it has today. It will offer services such as exams, vaccinations, and treatments for minor illnesses at discounts of up to 60% off.
Last chance to enter the 2019 Innovation by Design Awards!May 7, 2019
Why Uber and Lyft drivers are striking to protest Uber’s upcoming IPOMay 7, 2019
On the morning of May 8, you’re going to want to take public transit.
On Wednesday morning, Ubers and Lyfts in several major cities, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, may be hard to come by. Hundreds of drivers across the metro areas plan to go on strike for two hours, between 7 a.m. and 9 am, in protest of low pay and exhausting labor conditions. The timing of this strike is significant: Morning rush hour is a big moneymaking time for ride-hailing, and this work stoppage is planned for the day before Uber is expected to go public to the tune of $90 billion. While a single strike will almost certainly not affect the company’s valuation, the drivers hope to send a clear signal about their perspective on the inequity inherent in the company before it goes public.
How to tell if a problem is complex or merely complicatedMay 7, 2019
Humans are very good at linear thinking, but we can’t solve complex problems that way.
Have you ever thought about why humankind has successfully traveled to the moon, but companies still have a hard time figuring out how to grow faster than the competition? That we can make interventions using nanotechnology, but struggle to turn around the performance of a business unit? Or that we can build robots that perform delicate surgical operations, but we still can’t find a way to provide good and cost-effective healthcare?
That Game of Thrones coffee cup was the most preventable self-own in TV historyMay 7, 2019
The cup may be gone, but it actually stole a scene in which showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss made a cameo.
By now you’ve heard that an errant coffee cup became the unintentional star of this week’s episode of Game of Thrones. We’ve talked about whether it was a Starbucks cup or not, and why either way, the coffee giant may have become the show’s most high-profile brand partner.
Video shows Sandra Bland’s arrest from her cell phoneMay 7, 2019
Bland’s relatives are calling for authorities to reopen the case into her death, which was ruled a suicide.
Newly released video has emerged showing part of the arrest of Sandra Bland from her own perspective, leading her family to call for a reinvestigation into her death.
The major missing piece in EA’s Netflix for gamesMay 7, 2019
These vases were made with immortal human cellsMay 7, 2019
The future of interior decoration is . . . your own living tissue?
Delftware–also known as Delft pottery or Delft Blue–is a typical white and blue tin-glazed earthenware named for the Dutch town where it has been made for centuries. Typically decorated with plants, daily scenes, and other graphic motifs, Delftware can be traced back to the 14th-century Chinese porcelain that Europeans loved so much, they started to produce their own with different decorations in the 16th century.
How a kid from the Netherlands and a startup called BeatStars led to Old Town RoadMay 7, 2019
The story of how Lil Nas X’s unstoppable chart-topper came together is just as unlikely as the song itself.
“Old Town Road” is the little country/trap fusion that could–and almost didn’t.
Sorry Lady Gaga, but this pigeon won the Met GalaMay 7, 2019
The rising star made its red carpet debut at the annual fete.
The Met Gala is the FOMO-inducing, annual fete thrown by the Met Museum’s Costume Institute. This year’s theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” and the celebrities went all-in on the idea of pretending to read Susan Sontag’s seminal essay on fashion. Since *takes off bifocal Snapchat Spectacles, looks around* none of us were invited, we had to watch the festivities unfold on social media.
Netflix documentary Knock Down the House isn’t just the Ocasio-Cortez story. It’s a call to actionMay 7, 2019
Director Rachel Lears talks about the process of documenting four races in the 2018 election, and the impact those races might have on 2020.
At first, it was simply a matter of geography.
Hey HBO, Adobe fixed the Starbucks cup in Game of Thrones for youMay 7, 2019
A brutal roast for a dark roast.
This week’s Game of Thrones episode contained all sorts of surprises. Sansa launched a sustainable fashion line to thwart climate change, Jon Snow turned into the fourth dragon, and Cersei switched to beer.
Managers, it’s time to give up on the annual review once and for allMay 7, 2019
There’s plenty of evidence that shows annual reviews don’t improve an employee’s performance. A workplace expert suggests alternatives that companies can adopt instead.
Back in the day, managers and employees across a wide variety of industries and employer sizes lived and died by the annual review. But not only are they a lot of work for everyone involved, they aren’t even particularly useful. Many organizations also provide little or no guidance to managers on how to conduct a performance review, which means that individual experiences can vary tremendously.
The threat of facial recognitionMay 7, 2019
Do those championing new surveillance technology not realize that they too will be affected by it?
This essay is part of The Privacy Divide, a series that explores the misconceptions, disparities, and paradoxes that have developed around our sense of privacy and its broader impacts on society.
This is how to use your college career services long after graduationMay 7, 2019
It doesn’t matter if you graduated years ago, your alma mater wants you to succeed—and may have resources to help you find your next job.
For many college seniors and graduate students, commencement is just around the corner and, with it, thoughts about the future. But what many of these new members of the workforce may not realize is that their alma mater’s career services and alumni outreach offices can be of use to them long after they’ve picked up their degrees.
These are NYC’s worst landlordsMay 7, 2019
There were 18,007 evictions in New York City in 2018. A new mapping project shows how landlords use lawsuits as a way to drive out rent-stabilized tenants.
One of the worst landlords in New York City is a man named Ved Parkash, who owns buildings that house nearly 1,500 families in the Bronx. According to a new list that reveals the city’s worst evictors, Parkash has evicted 66 families in 2018 alone–along with neglecting his tenants’ needs so much that one person nearly died from a disease spread through rat urine.
The chaos wrought by climate change is already here–just look at MiamiMay 7, 2019
Photographer Anastasia Samoylova walks through Miami every morning, documenting the small but important changes in a city already reeling from the effects of climate change.
Anastasia Samoylova lives on the “knife edge” of climate change. That’s how the Miami-based photographer describes life on the planet’s coastlines in 2019, where flooding, extreme storms, and erosion are already reshaping communities. Climate crisis is still theoretical for people in some regions. In Miami and other coastal cities, it’s a daily reality.
You don’t need to wait for authority to be a leader at your companyMay 7, 2019
The most important thing that comes with any role is the ability to control how resources are used within the organization. It requires very little actual authority to lead.
It is tempting to look around the workplace and think about all the ways that you would do something differently if you were in charge. We quickly internalize the hierarchy within any organization and assume that the ability to lead change requires being in a spot on the org chart with lots of people reporting to you.
Amazon opens its first Go store in NYC–and the first that accepts cashMay 7, 2019
The move is unexpected, considering Amazon is the major player in the move toward cashless stores.
The first Amazon Go store has come to New York City, and it’s like no other. That’s because the store is the first to accept cash. Located on Vesey Street in New York, the newest Amazon Go store works much like other Go stores: Users scan themselves in with the Amazon Go app and then walk out with whatever they want. The items they take are noted by cameras and other systems, and the customer is billed automatically for the goods to their account.
Apple stock is spiking after a decisive earnings beatApr 30, 2019
After a rough 2018, Apple may be rebounding.
Apple of course was never going away, but it did have a rough go of it last year. Sales have been lagging–especially for the iPhone–due, in part, to increased competition in China. This caused the company’s stock to plummet last fall.
Young TV viewers turn to antennae to escape cable’s insane pricesApr 30, 2019
Survey says 31% of U.S. households now use an antenna, with 45% adoption among 25- to 34-year-olds.
While it’s no secret that antenna use is on the rise in the age of cord cutting, a new survey by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) includes a surprising detail about just who is turning to this decades-old way to watch free TV. Last year, 31% of U.S. households had an antenna hooked up to at least one television, up from 28% in 2015, but among 25- to 34-year-olds, antenna adoption was even higher than average, at 45%.
Facebook’s “FB5” is cleaner and Groups-centric (but not much more private)Apr 30, 2019
The fifth major revision of Facebook isn’t introducing the privacy focus Mark Zuckerberg touted at F8.
Here at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg devoted most of his keynote to emphasizing that the company really cares about privacy—though he acknowledges that some will be skeptical—and is working on end-to-end encryption, ephemerality, and other features that will keep users’ data from prying eyes (including those at Facebook itself). Those changes are going to take a while, he said.
Cheddar, the so-called millennial CNBC, scooped up by Altice for $200MApr 30, 2019
The OTT news channel for millennials is joining one of the old cable ranks.
Cheddar was supposed to be the millennials’ answer to boring old cable television. Now, it’s joining a cable company. Altice, the cable company once known as Cablevision, has purchased Cheddar for a whopping $200 million. The company’s founder and CEO, Jon Steinberg, is being promoted as part of this deal, and will oversee two other Altice-owned news networks, reports the Wall Street Journal.
The Green New Deal’s supporters hope to harness power of narrative with Federal Writers’ ProjectApr 30, 2019
The ambitious proposal echoes the legendary 1930s-era New Deal project that employed such greats as Ralph Ellison, Saul Bellow, and Zora Neale Hurston.
Any collective plan to avert planetary disaster will first need to harness the full powers of storytelling and mythology if it’s going to stand half a chance. That’s the main lesson of the wildly popular recent video, “A Message From the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” a seven-minute film published by The Intercept (and based on an article by Kate Aronoff). Set a couple of decades in the future, it stands as a “flat-out rejection of the idea that a dystopian future is a forgone conclusion,” as the accompanying article by Naomi Klein puts it. Narrated by Ocasio-Cortez and illustrated by Molly Crabapple, the film offers a peek at a future in which the Green New Deal has come to pass and Americans are benefiting from its life-affirming roster of policies, from Medicare and jobs to regenerative practices and a climate policy that has helped to stop the planet from burning down.
I heard groans when Facebook announced its new Dating featuresApr 30, 2019
The company announced the new features at its developers conference in San Jose. They weren’t warmly received.
The groans were audible. I’m serious.
The newest hot coworking space costs just $2.25 an hour, because it is a parking spotApr 30, 2019
WePark shows that in cities like San Francisco, coworking is unaffordable to many, and the sheer volume of free space allocated to parked cars could be put to much better use.
On Monday, April 29, San Francisco workers from various industries–tech, investing, design, activism–gathered near Civic Center to work for the day. This is not unusual: Of any city in the U.S., San Francisco has the highest proportion of coworking spaces relative to its population, and it’s pretty common for freelancers and remote employees to find themselves working in close proximity to each other, but not exactly together.
Netflix vows to look into research linking 13 Reasons Why and suicideApr 30, 2019
The Obamas announce their Netflix slate of film and TV projectsApr 30, 2019
From Frederick Douglass to kids and their veggies, the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions offers a wide slate of content.
Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s Netflix-based production company, Higher Grounds Productions, has announced its first seven projects, including a feature adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, and a kids’ series, Listen to Your Vegetables and Eat Your Parents, that takes families on an adventure around the world, telling the story of food.
Mark Zuckerberg vows to stop moving fast and breaking thingsApr 30, 2019
The CEO told developers at the company’s F8 conference that Facebook will rebuild itself around user privacy.
At the company’s developer conference in San Jose, California, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg described what he called the “next chapter” in Facebook’s history, meaning the redesigning of its products for a privacy-focused future.
Device searches at U.S. borders are “unconstitutionally broad,” rights groups sayApr 30, 2019
New documents allege that border agencies claim broad rights to inspect electronic devices to find evidence of anything from tax evasion to environmental violations.
While border agencies Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement often say they need to inspect people’s electronics at the border to stop human smuggling, smuggling of child pornography, and terrorism, the American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation say the agencies are authorized to search for a far wider range of types of evidence.
Facebook’s Oculus Quest and Rift S will ship May 21 for $399Apr 30, 2019
The Quest trades some resolution for mobility–it uses no tether to a PC–while the (tethered) Rift S offers new features for PC gamers.
Facebook says its new Oculus Quest and Rift S VR headsets will begin shipping May 21–each for $399.
Want new affordable housing quickly? Try splitting up existing homesApr 30, 2019
Instead of trying to build new affordable housing, PadSplit is converting existing homes into multiple single-room units.
Affordable housing is expensive to build–and that means construction is happening far too slowly to meet demand. In Atlanta, a startup called PadSplit is adding new affordable units more quickly by reusing rooms in single-family homes instead.
Instagram will soon let creators tag products in posts for saleApr 30, 2019
Users can click the tags to go to an e-commerce page to buy the products.
Facebook’s Instagram said it will soon start testing a new feature that will let users click and buy products shown in the posts of popular creators like Kylie Jenner.
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Why do so many Spotify users fall asleep to Ed Sheeran?Apr 30, 2019
An analysis of 20,000 sleep and relaxation playlists on Spotify reveals the tunes most conducive for getting to the land of Nod.
Ed Sheeran has a lot of laurels to rest on. He’s a multi-Grammy Award-winner, a Game of Thrones cameo artist, and a fashion icon. The singer-songwriter now has a fresh distinction: He’s the musician that puts the most people to sleep.
When to ditch your work-life boundary and say yes to opportunitiesApr 30, 2019
Don’t be so stringent that you miss out on growth opportunities.
Whenever you discuss work-life issues, you probably spend a lot of time talking about having appropriate boundaries and how to say “no.” However, you may want to decline less often and say “yes” more of the time–because saying “yes” is the fastest route to developing your talents and growing your career.
This gorgeous museum is made from old jet fuel tanksApr 30, 2019
Architects turn five aviation containers at a Shanghai airport into a gorgeous arts and culture center called Tank Shanghai.
You’ve probably seen aviation fuel containers at the airport: those giant, rusty cylinders, usually painted white. It’s hard to believe that such ugly structures could be turned into a beautiful art space like Tank Shanghai.
Halima Aden is Sports Illustrated’s first model to wear a burkini and hijab in the Swimsuit IssueApr 30, 2019
“That’s always been my messaging: Don’t be afraid to be the first.”
Sports Illustrated‘s annual Swimsuit Issue hit a major milestone in representation with Halima Aden as their first-ever model to wear a burkini and hijab.
Mayhem at The Markup: Staffers resign en masse at highly anticipated tech news outletApr 23, 2019
The yet-to-be-launched nonprofit news site is in a state of panic after its beloved editor-in-chief was let go.
Jeff Larson and Sue Gardner likely didn’t anticipate this blowback. The two media executives are at the helm of the Markup–a still-in-development investigative news publication that was slated to launch in July–along with ProPublica veteran Julia Angwin. Today, however, Angwin announced that she was being let go from her position as editor-in-chief, due to alleged differences with Gardner. Larson will be taking over as editor-in-chief. And now reporters are resigning.
We need to stop shaming women for wanting (or not wanting) to return to workApr 23, 2019
Women are often judged for choosing to stay at home, or for choosing to return to work. This is damaging and has to stop, argues one economist.
Nothing in the Mommy Wars takes on as much weight as the choice to return to work or not. A friend of mine has a son who was asked, “What kind of mom do you have? I have a stay-at-home mom,” to which my friend’s son responded, “Oh, I have a stay-at-work mom.”
Is my measles shot from childhood still working? 5 answers to questions about the outbreakApr 23, 2019
As measles cases continue to be in the news, you might have some concerns about whether you’re protected.
As the measles outbreaks spread, many people are growing concerned. New York City declared a public health emergency and mandated vaccinations in four zip codes where vaccination rates have been low. A Israeli flight attendant is in a coma from being infected with the highly contagious disease.
Feeling anxious about that stack of books you haven’t read? This video wants to help youApr 23, 2019
Just in time for World Book Day, filmmaker Max Joseph delivers a visual essay that will soothe your reading FOMO.
A recent study found that we spend more than a quarter of the day engaging with digital content. That means, on average, 8.8 hours a day are spent on social media, watching videos, listening to podcasts, etc. And that number only increases with younger generations: 11.4 hours for Gen Z and 10.9 hours for millennials.
Disney+ subtracts the studio’s racist movie historyApr 23, 2019
The infamous Jim Crow scene in “Dumbo” and the highly controversial “Song of the South” will not be on Disney+. But what about all the other racist content?
As Disney+ prepares to open the studio’s lauded vault of classics to fill its digital streaming platform, there are a few movies and scenes that won’t find a home on Disney+, namely Song of the South and Dumbo‘s Jim Crow scene.
Google spinoff Wing earns first FAA approval for drone deliveryApr 23, 2019
Look! Up in the sky! It’s Wing!
An offshoot of Alphabet Inc, aka Google’s parent company, is officially the first drone operator to receive FAA approval to start flying as an airline. While that doesn’t mean humans will be flying in drones anytime soon, it is an important step to giving the company the legal authority it needs to start delivering products to customers.
What happens when a big business tries to rebrand a neighborhoodApr 23, 2019
There are many ways that neighborhoods get their names–and some are better for residents than others.
What if Google tried to rename your neighborhood?
Doing this one thing can speed up your recruitment processApr 23, 2019
Creating accurate job descriptions can shave time off from your hiring process.
The decision to bring a new employee on board isn’t one to be taken lightly. The average length of the hiring process in the U.S. is about 24 days, according to job site Glassdoor, but in some cases, it could be months from when you first post an open position to when you actually find yourself ready to extend a job offer. If you find that it’s been taking your company far too long to hire for open roles, here’s one thing you can do to improve your turnaround time: Create more accurate job descriptions.
Luminary has launched. Is the latest “Netflix for podcasts” worth it?Apr 23, 2019
With its roster of shows created by marquee names and podcast veterans alike, Luminary sounds like $100 million. (That’s how much it’s got in funding.)
What is a fair price for ridding oneself of podcast ads? Luminary CEO Matt Sacks is betting it’s $7.99 a month. At least that’s how much his just-launched podcast platform charges for its big-ticket roster of premium exclusives.
This iconic piece of 1960s tech is being re-released by MoMAApr 23, 2019
And it comes with brand-new Bluetooth guts, thanks to an internal redesign that’s exclusive to the MoMA Design Store.
In 1965, architect and designer Marco Zanuso created a tall, narrow radio called the Grattacielo–Italian for skyscraper. The radio, the result of a collaboration with designer Richard Sapper for the Italian electronics company Brionvega, became an influential piece of design from the era. The radio, along with other electronics the duo designed, “became enduring icons of the sleek, minimalist style known as techno-functionalism,” according to Zanuso’s 2001 obituary in the Los Angeles Times.
The whole Trump-Russia saga, summed up in a single Google search mistakeApr 23, 2019
The Mueller report revealed a campaign and presidency defined by bouts of amateurish incompetence and bursts of lawyerly prowess.
The various subplots of the Donald Trump-Russia saga often feel like they belong less in a Special Counsel investigation and more in the you-won’t-believe-this tabloid pages that made our president famous to begin with. Never a dull moment, at least.
Elon Musk thinks Tesla can build 1M “robotaxis” in the next yearApr 23, 2019
The Tesla CEO is pinning his company’s profitability on this moonshot.
The latest Tesla moonshot is a doozy. On Monday, Elon Musk told an audience that Tesla plans to launch a large fleet of “autonomous robotaxis” in 2020. And not just a few: The Tesla CEO said the company planned to have a million of the self-driving vehicles on the road next year.
The single most important skill for successful business leadersApr 23, 2019
At a time of accelerating change, your longevity depends on how well you time your leap from a flattening growth curve to a more promising arc. According to the president of Capital One Financial Services, you should consider three variables before making a jump.
How do you measure a leader’s success? Traditional metrics center around growth, revenue, and profit generation. But at times of rapid and significant change, it’s not just how fast you go but how well you jump. How well you make the leap to a new growth curve may ultimately determine your long-term success. But there are good jumps and bad jumps. By managing a few key variables, you can make sure to jump from the right place at the right time in the right way.
Apple denies using face recognition in its stores after teen sues over false arrestApr 23, 2019
The false arrest and charges reportedly led to severe stress and hardship.
Ousmane Bah has pretty solid alibi during the time frame that police say a thief used his name and ID and stole from an Apple store in Boston. He was at his senior prom.
Report: 60% of employees would be more loyal to a company that covered abortion careApr 23, 2019
Americans want companies to speak out, even on the controversial subject of reproductive rights.
If we’re seeing more business leaders take on social issues–both within their workplaces and publicly–it’s in no small part because of pressure from customers and even employees. Even in 2019, some CEOs are reluctant to take a stand, especially on more polarizing issues, and would rather focus on their bottom line.
Most people are focused on the wrong measure of successApr 23, 2019
In your career, you earn currency with those in power. Unfortunately, most people focus on building up their performance while forgetting to build their relationship currency.
Attracting a sponsor takes more than doing good work. It takes more than delivering above expectations and getting it right every time. It takes more than offering to do work outside your scope and beyond your responsibilities.
See Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos as classical sculpturesApr 23, 2019
Yes, it’s meant to be ironic. But do you know for sure?
Jeff Bezos’s steed rears up on two legs. But he is calm, showcasing an awkward smile, seemingly unaware of his own overwhelming show of force. Elon Musk hunches over under the weight of his angel wings, with a flamethrower at the ready on his hip. Sergey Brin looks off into the distance, a latter-day Julius Caesar wearing Google Glass. Steve Jobs sits much like The Thinker, his hand poking at an iPhone rather than resting under his chin.
“Machine teaching” is a thing, and Microsoft wants to own itApr 23, 2019
The company’s quest for AI dominance now has its own buzzword.
Microsoft is rallying behind a new buzzword as it tries to sell businesses on artificial intelligence.
Those in power need to stop using black women as propsApr 23, 2019
Too often in the worlds of politics and tech, black women are used to cover up a lack of diversity. I wasn’t raised to be a token, and I want others to learn the same.
My grandmother had a saying for when I used to complain about something–“Well, black folks, especially black women, are the mules of the world. We work full-time jobs, are full-time mothers, and are full-time caretakers of the community. We are the original beasts of burden.”
This clever office furniture helps you hack your open plan office hellApr 23, 2019
Steelcase noticed that workers often take matters into their own hands to create privacy in their open offices–so it created a furniture line meant to help.
The nature of work is changing around us. With the rise of remote work and the cost savings associated with moving to an open plan office (despite employees’ grumblings), companies are using less office space–and less office furniture. That poses a problem for Steelcase, which is the biggest office furniture company by revenue in the world.
In a major reversal, Netflix is about to reveal how many people watch its most popular showsApr 16, 2019
During the streaming giant’s first-quarter earnings call, Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos revealed that they’d be sharing more data with both creators and viewers in the months to come.
In the streaming Game of Thrones, Netflix reveals: Data is coming!
TED just raised $280 million for 8 world-changing projectsApr 16, 2019
For the second year, TED is providing significant funding and institutional support to projects tackling some of the world’s most entrenched problems–from climate change to girls’ education to public health crises.
Last year, TED announced the Audacious Project: a massive philanthropic effort to fund projects tackling specific but pernicious issues across the globe. According to Chris Anderson, the head of TED, the Audacious Project “came out of people in the TED community saying, ‘Do more, turn ideas into action.'” TED is now a nonprofit with an annual revenue of over $66 million; its annual conference costs thousands to attend, and draws attendees from the nonprofit, business, and impact communities. People were getting frustrated, Anderson says, that the organization was not doing enough to actively support the kinds of ideas it brought onto the stage.
Why Apple and Qualcomm made peace now: A 5G iPhone in 2020Apr 16, 2019
A report says that after the companies settled their two-year patent dispute, they agreed to a licensing agreement for 5G modems.
After all the fiery language in court filings and court rooms (Apple called Qualcomm’s business model “extortionist,” for example), after all the ego and gamesmanship, the truth is Apple and Qualcomm need each other. And there are good reasons why the two companies decided to make up now.
Walmart.com just dropped a $48 kids’ clothing subscription boxApr 16, 2019
Bill Gates isn’t scared of sharks, but he wants nothing to do with mosquitoesApr 16, 2019
It’s the philanthropist’s annual Mosquito Week.
Disease-carrying mosquitoes kill more than a half million people each year–and they’re mostly children. In fact, mosquitoes that transmit malaria and other diseases kill more people in one day than sharks have in 100 years. By the numbers, it’s reportedly 1,470 per day versus just 1,035 every 100 years. Yet these tiny terrors still don’t get a weeklong event on Discovery Channel.
Jack Dorsey defends Twitter’s anti-abuse AI during heated TED exchangeApr 16, 2019
At TED, the Twitter cofounder says algorithms can help solve the platform’s problems with abuse and misinformation, but not everyone’s convinced.
Jack Dorsey knows his platform is flawed. “It’s a pretty terrible situation when you’re coming to a service to learn something about the world, and you spend the majority of time reporting and receiving abuse,” the Twitter cofounder said on the stage at TED in Vancouver, during a conversation with the head of TED, Chris Anderson, and Whitney Pennington Rodgers, TED’s current affairs curator. Dorsey was referencing the fact that a woman is abused on Twitter every 30 seconds, or that the platform, through the proliferation of bots on it, has been accused of influencing elections in the U.S. and most recently, in Israel, or allowing toxic accounts linked with extremist groups to linger.
After earnings report, Netflix stock fell despite overall beatApr 16, 2019
Despite a healthy earnings report, Netflix’s stock is still slumping.
Despite an overall healthy earnings report, Netflix’s stock saw a steep nosedive–falling as much as 5%. This was likely because the company provided a less-than-ideal outlook for its next quarter’s performance. The stock now seems to be recovering and is only down by a little more than 1% in after-hours trading.
Qualcomm stock soars after settling Apple patent disputeApr 16, 2019
The two companies have agreed on a patent licensing schedule and have agreed to drop all litigation. Qualcomm stock is up 13% on the news.
Apple and Qualcomm have settled their patent royalty dispute. The two companies have agreed on a patent licensing schedule and have agreed to drop all ongoing litigation against each other.
Face-recognition tech offers new clues into a very old murder: Abraham Lincoln’sApr 16, 2019
Did John Wilkes Booth get away with it? Don’t bet on it.
A team of sleuths, taking part in the Discovery Channel TV series Mummies Unwrapped, has taken facial recognition technology and used it to offer new ideas about one of the most famous murders in U.S. history—the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
This stunning new Leica ad celebrates the heroics of photojournalismApr 16, 2019
There are hints and nods to history, but the message would be more powerful if it wasn’t complete fiction.
Photojournalists are the eyes of the world. In both war and peace, they show us the stories happening around the globe, whether it’s victims of armed conflict or a rare glimpse of nature. It’s been more than three years since we first saw the photo of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying face down on a sandy Turkish beach, and yet I bet you can still picture it. Its impact on Syrian refugee relief was immediate.
Paul Allen’s virtual reality “Holodome” went to TED looking for partnersApr 16, 2019
The late Microsoft cofounder is having a moment.
If you’re a tech-savvy billionaire, there’s a good chance you’re working on some straight-outta-Star Trek secret project. Such was the case with Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen who, before his death, was working on a pet project—an immersive virtual reality experience that takes users on a virtual trip, no headset required.