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Are smartphones really making our children sad?

US psychologist Jean Twenge, who has claimed that social media is having a malign affect on the young, answers critics who accuse her of crying wolf<p>Last week, the children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, launched a campaign to help parents regulate internet and smartphone use at home. She suggested …

Teens

A lot of our ideas about bilingual children are total myths

“What’s that music?” my three-year-old asked as we listened to a song in a foreign language last December.<p>Could my toddler be showing an interest in her Russian heritage? Maybe this would be a chance to tell her about the revered winter holidays of my childhood in St. Petersburg, Russia—calling up …

Parenting

Conservative LA street artist taps Apple to mock Google

“Someone in Venice is not happy about Google’s firing of that memo guy. These are all over Santa Monica and Venice.” —@AlexRubalcava<p>Posted Friday on …

Google

What the first day of school looks like in 12 countries around the world

Many American students are gearing up for their first day back to school.<p>While the start of the school year differs by country, the first day back is normally a big day no matter where you're from. It's usually marked by excitement — or perhaps some dread if you don't want to give up your vacation …

Education

The 25 best private high schools in America

Attending a top private high school provides a solid academic foundation, helps students gain entrance into first-rate colleges, and prepares them for the challenges of the real world.<p>Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, released its newest rankings of the best …

Education

How to Reshape Your Brain and Learn Anything, Based on the Most Popular Coursera Class Ever

No matter what you want to know and remember, the same basic methods and principles apply.<p>You know that old saying that if you give a person a fish, they'll eat for a day, and if you teach them to fish, they'll eat for a lifetime? It's the perfect summary of just how important learning can be. But …

Pomodoro Technique

Mercedes-Benz gets reality check from Tesla owners after asking fans if they want electric cars

Mercedes-Benz’s company-owned retail network in the UK took to Twitter to ask its followers if they would consider buying an electric car.<p>The automaker, which recently discontinued its only all-electric vehicle, received an interesting reality check.<p>Mercedes-Benz used to offer an all-electric …

Electric Vehicles

Tesla Shows How Traditional Business Metrics Are Outdated

Elon Musk is having a moment. Tesla just delivered its first Model 3, the affordable model that he envisioned in his “secret” strategy some 11 years ago. He wanted to build a sports car, then build a more affordable car with zero emissions. He’s basically already there. The Model 3 has mostly rave …

Harvard Business Review

U.S. Home Prices Rise 6.7 Percent In June

Home price in the U.S. continued to show strength in June, new data show. Prices increased year over year by 6.7 percent from June 2016 to June 2017, and on a month-over-month basis, home prices increased by 1.1 percent in June 2017 compared with May 2017, according to the CoreLogic HPI.<p>“The growth …

No need for Fed to raise interest rates in near term: Bullard

(Reuters) - The Federal Reserve can leave interest rates where they are for now because inflation is not likely to rise much even if the U.S. job …

Economy

U.S. job openings at record high; labor market tightening

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job openings jumped to a record high in June, outpacing hiring, the latest indication that companies are having trouble finding qualified workers.<p>The monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, released by the Labor Department on Tuesday also underscored …

Economy

Why Google can’t compete with what Apple is doing with ARKit

While everyone is understandably excited about the iPhone 8 and its edgeless OLED display, hardware won’t be the only compelling new offering from …

Augmented Reality

Fired Google Engineer: Gender Memo Was My Response to ‘Group-Think’

Ex-Google engineer James Damore says problems with the company’s culture prompted him to write the memo on gender differences that ignited a social …

Mountain View

Google can't bring itself to tolerate diversity

Over the weekend, a Google engineer named James Damore gained infamy for publishing a 10-page criticism of the company's "authoritarian" approach to …

Diversity

This Lush product is helping the internet get a better night's sleep

And it only costs £14...<p>Let's face it, we could all do with getting a bit more sleep – whether we're struggling with anxiety that stops us drifting …

Wellness

The Construction Labor Shortage Needs Major Institutional Fixes

Ask commercial developers in a major market to name their biggest challenges, and the rising cost of construction will be at or near the top of the list. But while the complaints have grown louder in recent years, the underlying problem has been decades in the making, and the current …

Augmented Reality Technology: A Student Creates The Closest Thing Yet To A Magic Ring

We’ve seen super decoder rings and magic weight-loss rings, while Tolkien imagined One Ring to rule them all. These rings may be fun when it’s time to play make-believe, but they don’t work in the real world. Now a student in the Innovation Design Engineering Program at the Royal College in London …

What Is Ray Kurzweil Up to at Google? Writing Your Emails

Ray Kurzweil has invented a few things in his time. In his teens, he built a computer that composed classical music, which won him an audience with …

Machine Learning

A crackdown on foreign investment has raised 'genuine fear' in Toronto's housing market

The red-hot housing market in Toronto, Canada has come to a screaming halt since regulators introduced a levy on foreign buyers.<p>It follows a period of rapid growth, which had analysts concerned about speculative market conditions led by activity in apartments.<p>This chart from the Toronto Real Estate …

Real Estate

Less Work, Less Sex, Less Happiness: We’re Losing Generation Z to the Smartphone

Today’s teenagers are more sheltered and less independent than previous generations, and the shifts correspond with the mainstreaming of smartphones …

Millennials

BlackRock, Vanguard Say Bond Market's Got This Trade All Wrong

Two titans of the bond market are still clinging to the idea that inflation is going to make a comeback.<p>Time and again, weak economic data have made …

Economy

This School District Asked Real Estate Agents To Help Rekindle Its Reputation

Brian MacDonald was looking for a new home several years ago in the wealthy city of Pasadena, Calif. He says when he told the real estate agent that he had five school-aged children, she told him not to enroll in Pasadena's public schools.<p>That was pretty surprising to MacDonald. He's the school …

Education

How sleep deprivation is a huge public issue

UP TO half of us sleep poorly on a nightly basis and our 24/7 lifestyle, love affair with technology, anxiety, insomnia and undiagnosed medical …

Sleep

Say Goodbye to the Internal Combustion Engine

By Rory Christian and Larissa Koehler<p>Electric vehicles (EVs) don't make much noise on the road, but they're generating a lot of buzz about the future …

Electric Vehicles

50 Bikers With Big Hearts Escort Bullied 6th-Grader To School

When Tammy Mick learned that her son had considered hurting himself, she turned to a friend for help.<p>Bullies are intimidating because they’re rude, mean and sometimes violent. But they can be intimidated, too.<p>That’s why a group of 50 bikers in Dekalb County, Indiana, used their image to help one …

Good News

When our smartphones leave us out of touch

Most of us can walk and chew gum at the same time. But add a smartphone, and beware the zombies.<p>Hawaii recently enacted a law that will fine "smartphone zombies," or pedestrians so distracted by their screens they are oblivious when crossing the street. New Jersey is considering a similar …

Parenting

Apple wants to make it impossible for anyone to snoop on your iPhone screen

It’s completely your prerogative to sext with a special someone while you’re sitting between two strangers on a plane. After all, it’s your phone, …

iOS

After 40 years, Voyager still reaching for stars

“Few missions can ever match the achievements of the Voyager spacecraft during their four decades of exploration.”<p>Via NASA<p>Humanity’s farthest and …

Space Exploration