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Steve Jobs's Advice on the Only 4 Times You Should Say 'No' Is Brilliant

With so many things coming our way every day, Steve Jobs calls us back to the importance of focus with one prophetic quote.<p>In the frantic pace of life to do more and be more, we hardly think about the importance of <i>focus.</i><p>That's why, for those free-spirited, creative-thinkers and entrepreneurs …

Time Management

Building Global Community

I know a lot of us are thinking about how we can make the most positive impact in the world right now. I wrote this letter about how I hope we can …

Three Economic Lessons From 2016 — And Three Questions For 2017

<i>This is</i> <i>In Real Terms</i><i>, a regular column analyzing the latest economic news. Comments? Criticisms? Ideas for future columns?</i> <i>Email me,</i> <i>or drop a note in</i> …

Meet Henry Orenstein, the Man Who Changed How the World Plays

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How Indiana’s school voucher program soared, and what it says about education in the Trump era

Indiana lawmakers originally promoted the state’s school voucher program as a way to make good on America’s promise of equal opportunity, offering children from poor and lower-middle-class families an escape from public schools that failed to meet their needs.<p>But five years after the program was …

Education

What’s new and what’s not in the U.N. resolution on Israeli settlements

The long-anticipated coda of the Obama-Netanyahu relationship did not disappoint in its drama: With a U.S. abstention, Ambassador Samantha Power …

The Gamblers Behind Tech’s Biggest Deal Ever

<b>By Michal Lev-Ram</b><p>Photograph by Wesley Mann<p>December 27, 2016, 6:30 AM EST<p>How a computer mogul and a private-equity rising star paved the way for the …

After Weight-Loss Surgery, a Year of Joys and Disappointments

It was Oct. 11, 2015, and a middle-aged man and a young woman, both severely obese, were struggling with the same lump-in-the-throat feeling. The next day they were going to have an irreversible operation. Were they on the threshold of a new beginning or a terrible mistake?<p>They were strangers, …

How to be an excellent party conversationalist in 7 steps

Festive manicure: Check. Designer track pants: Got ’em. Paleo pumpkin bread for the hostess: It’s been recipe-tested…um, many times.<p>But what are you …

Patients Cared For By Female Doctors Fare Better Than Those Treated By Men

In a study that is sure to rile male doctors, Harvard researchers have found that female doctors who care for elderly hospitalized patients get better results. Patients cared for by women were less likely to die or return to the hospital after discharge.<p>Previous research has shown that female …

Medicine

The Best Indoor Plants to Clear the Air, Literally

Plants bring a new dimension of liveliness into the home, varying in their beauty, adding much-needed color, and interplaying beautifully with the …

Plants

10 Things The Most Successful People Do Every Day

What habits, tactics and routines do the most successful people use to achieve their earth-shaking accomplishments?One guy wanted to know. So he …

Self-improvement

The Top Trends Shaping Business For 2017

Last year’s outlook for 2016 suggested that you keep your eye on the growing consumer control, the questions around AI and the excitement of virtual reality applications. The landscape has changed — a lot. For the coming year, trends show a growing emphasis on a shifting local and global identity, …

Innovation

'Making a Murderer' One Year Later: Everything You Need to Know

Inside what's happened with Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey and the case that's fascinated America since Nexflix debuted its true-crime hit<p>This weekend …

Crime

The Obama-Biden bond is among the strongest in White House history

President Obama and Vice President Biden ride in the motorcade on the way to the signing of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. (Pete Souza/The White House)<p>When Barack Obama arrived in Washington in 2005, the freshman senator from Illinois took his place in the very last …

Pete Souza

The American Climbing the Ranks of ISIS

John Georgelas was a military brat, a drug enthusiast, a precocious underachiever born in Texas. Now he is a prominent figure within the Islamic State. Here’s the story of his long and troubling journey.<p><i>Updated January 25, 2017</i><p>At dawn on a warm September morning in 2013, a minivan pulled up to a …

Religion

UN’s ban on child labour is a ‘damaging mistake’

Academics say policy ignores benefits and reflects western prejudice<p>A group of international academics has condemned a United Nations convention which bans child labour as “harmful and unnecessary”, arguing that allowing young children to work can have positive effects which are not being taken …

9 Preview app tips every Mac owner should know

The Preview app can do more than simply preview files. See all that this sneakily powerful app on your Mac can do.<p>The Preview app ought to have a better opinion of itself. This stock Mac app goes around calling itself "Preview" when it can do so much more than just preview files. To help Preview …

Best tech gifts for kids

Looking for something a bit more high-tech for that kid, grandkid, niece, nephew, or the child of a family friend? We have your back. We’ve taken the time to dig through some of the highest rating tech gadgets this season, as well as a few general items we recommend such as smartphones, tablets, …

Kids

A Look Back at Pebble's Rise and Fall

After record-setting Kickstarters, Pebble found popularity wasn't everything.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate …

While We Weren’t Looking, Snapchat Revolutionized Social Networks

Snap Inc., the parent company of the popular photo-messaging and storytelling app Snapchat, is having a productive autumn.<p>A couple of weeks ago, Snap filed confidential documents for a coming stock offering that could value the firm at $30 billion, which would make it one of the largest initial …

11 classic novels that will make you a better leader

But according to Scotty McLennan, a lecturer in political economy at Stanford Graduate School of Business and the school's former dean of religious life, limiting ourselves to manuals and biographies and case studies means we're missing something big.<p>Some of the most valuable insights into the …

Literature

Ask The Expert: Five Books That Will Help You Master Storytelling

Propoint’s resident raconteur, Brian Roff, sat down with Columbia professor and presentation consultant Jesse Scinto to discuss how to create and deliver great presentations. In this excerpt from their conversation, we focus on storytelling. In our next article, we’ll continue with how to really …

Writing

3 Dividend Stocks To Buy Now And Hold Forever

With the S&P 500 down nearly 7% in the last three weeks alone, you can’t be blamed for wanting to throw up your hands and sell all your stocks.<p>But that’s the worst thing you could do, especially if you have a long time horizon and you mainly hold dividend-paying US companies. In fact, if you’re in …

Investing

How to Motivate Yourself in 10 Easy Steps

It’s 2:00 p.m. Your lunch sits snugly in your stomach causing fog to settle over your brain. Your energy is low. Thought processes stop mid-stream. …

Procrastination

How to Build Your Online Reputation and Gain More Followers

If you were to go online shopping, you would prefer to buy from an e-commerce site with a meritable online reputation, right?<p>The power of social …

4K Blu-ray has already lost to streaming

It may seem a tad hyperbolic to say this, but 4K Blu-ray could very well be the holy grail of home theater technology. Finally, a disc that makes movies look almost as good as they do in theaters, where many films are projected digitally in 4K. It crams in four times the resolution of existing …

Time Management Tips | How to Live on 24 Hours Per Day | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: As you look back on the year that has just past, do you feel as though you spent another 12 months merely existing instead of truly</i> …

Literature

The 4 Story Structures that Dominate Novels

All stories contain four elements that can determine structure: milieu, idea, character and event. While each is present in every story, there is …