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The Biggest Joke of the Obama Presidency

The Obama­care rol­lout is dy­ing the death of a thou­sand zeit­geists.<p>The jokes are too easy. But Pres­id­ent Obama has nev­er been this juicy a …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

The White House Wants to Help You Make Smaller Student-Loan Payments

Only a fraction of eligible borrowers are using programs that will let them reduce their monthly student-loan payments. The White House wants to change that.<p>The latest summer policy push from the White House is an ambitious effort to shift the college financing system to provide more support to …

This iPad game actually builds your kids' brains — and tells you how they're developing

Occasionally, when people shout “brains!” they’re not zombies looking for a fresh meal. Sometimes they just want to help you grow, learn, and be the best you can be.<p>Which, of course, is exactly what all parents want for their kids.<p>Seven months after launching the Fit Brains app to help adults build …

Seven Brain Games for Your Smartphone

Your phone is the last bastion of entertainment when you’re stuck waiting, well, anywhere. But refreshing your Facebook news feed or sending …

Is Sex the Key to Success?

Sure, sex burns calories. But a new study suggests that it puts money in your wallet, too. The Institute for the Study of Labor, an independent …

Hearst Magazines

Quants: the maths geniuses running Wall Street

Forget Gordon Gekko. Old-style City traders are being replaced by maths geniuses who use super-computers to beat the markets. But are 'quants’ a force for good or evil?<p>At seven minutes past one on the afternoon of Tuesday April 23 this year a tweet from the AP news agency in Washington was …

Hope Isn’t Enough: Without Conviction or Destination, Obama Flounders

Syria. Egypt. Afghanistan. Guantánamo. Food stamps. Gun laws. Any way you turn, the “hope” Obama has promised is turning rancid, writes Stuart …

It Took Two Years to Get This Fog-Filled San Francisco Timelapse Right

The early morning when the whole city is still sleeping and the sky is changing from black to pink to orange to blue is the best part of the day. For …

San Francisco

Want a free iPhone 5? Try Best Buy's limited trade-in program

Got an old iPhone lying around? For one day only, you can trade that for a free iPhone 5 at Best Buy.<p>Best Buy on Saturday will give customers a $150 trade-in credit for any working iPhone 4 or 4S, making the iPhone 5 free. The only out-of-pocket costs for the customer will be any applicable sales …

iPhone 5

The Big Banks Hiring The Most Right Now

Though unemployment rates are slowly improving, plenty of recession-weary businesses remain hesitant to expand their payrolls. But as tough as times still are for job seekers and employers alike, signs of recovery keep popping up in the financial services industry—particularly at the big banks. …

Obama Student Loan Policy Reaping $51 Billion Profit

The Obama administration is forecast to turn a record $51 billion profit this year from student loan borrowers, a sum greater than the earnings of the nation's most profitable companies and roughly equal to the combined net income of the four largest U.S. banks by assets.<p>Figures made public Tuesday …

How long is a spoonful of water?

Officially, Alex Bellos covers the maths beat around here but I'm pretty sure he doesn't have exclusive rights. Anyway, this is just a bit of fun. I …

The secret to a higher salary is to ask for nothing at all

Twenty years ago, I developed a powerful approach to negotiating that goes beyond “win-win.” It involves starting by offering the most and asking for the least. It works extremely well, but I was unable to explain why until I read Wharton professor Adam Grant’s excellent new book <i>Give and Take</i>.<p>Adam …

Employment

Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Goes Ex-Dividend Soon

Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 4/9/13, Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (NYSE: POT) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.28, payable on 5/2/13. As a percentage of POT’s recent stock price of $39.21, this dividend works out to approximately …

15 More Tech Skills That Can Instantly Net You A $100,000+ Salary

Now we've got 15 more to add to the list, from a salary survey done by Global Knowledge and TechRepublic. The research was conducted in late 2012, based on a survey of 9,500 tech professionals.<p>This survey asked these folks how much they earned and which IT certifications they had. That's a little …