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Bill Gates is surprisingly strict about his kids' tech use — and it should be a red flag for the rest of us

For all his success in designing world-changing technology, Bill Gates has set surprisingly strict rules for how his kids can use that technology, the billionaire philanthropist has said in multiple interviews.<p>"You're always looking at how it can be used in a great way — homework and staying in …

Silicon Valley

New Zealand Photographer Documents Children Growing Up Without TV

Can you imagine life without TV or your smartphone?<p>One mother of four, living in rural New Zealand, is raising her children without those modern …

What I Learned Losing $1.5m of My Own Money

<i>Vitaliy Rizhkov is the founder of Finic, which helps turn your memories into art. He is running the startup with 100 percent transparency sharing every little detail such as all financials, salaries, hiring, firing, successes and failures on his blog StartupLabs. This post first appeared in Russian</i> …

Business Strategy

The Argument Economy

'Hot takes' can light the world on fire—and also prevent people from seeing things as they are.<p>Earlier this month, following news that Joni Mitchell had collapsed and been hospitalized, <i>Time</i> magazine published, on its website, a lengthy appreciation of the legendary singer-songwriter. The piece, …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

Could China Become The OPEC Of Solar Manufacturing?

Not so long ago, solar power was championed as the solution to America’s energy problems because it promised to destroy energy cartels.<p>More than four decades after enduring the slings and arrows of the Arab oil crisis, most Americans still consider energy independence (or at least reduced …

Study: Social networks are making you distrustful and unhappy

Facebook's 2012 experiment, while controversial, showed that what other people post on social media can alter moods. Apparently, though, that's not the only thing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others of their ilk can do: according to a study by two European researchers, social media could also …

Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls

Every smart phone has a secondary OS, which can be hijacked by high-tech hackers<p>Like many of the ultra-secure phones that have come to market in the wake of Edward Snowden's leaks, the CryptoPhone 500, which is marketed in the U.S. by ESD America and built on top of an unassuming Samsung Galaxy …

Security

Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are …

Semprius' Stacked Solar Cells Could Make Solar Energy Cheaper Than Natural Gas

Two of the main obstacles to the widespread adoption of solar energy are cost and efficiency. However researchers at the Durham, North Carolina-based …

Marcus Bleasdale's Shocking Photos Reveal the Ugly Truth Behind Smartphone Manufacturing

Most of us are never farther than arm's reach of our smartphones. We use them constantly to snap pictures and post tweets, oblivious to the …

AT&T undercuts T-Mobile’s full price on the Lumia 635: $139.99

Perhaps this non-subsidized cellular device approach — where carriers don’t pay part of a phone’s cost in return for lengthy service contracts — is …

All About the Tesla Model 3

Tesla now has more than 400,000 pre-orders for its smaller, more affordable sedan, and more specs about the long-awaited electric car are beginning to come out.<p><b>UPDATE, July 10, 2017</b>: Elon Musk tweeted pictures of the first production model—the outside, anyway.<p><b>UPDATE, July 3, 2017:</b> Elon Musk said on …

Silicon Valley’s Real Estate Crunch Is A Golden Opportunity For Other American Cities

When Curse CEO Hubert Thieblot told his employees last year that he was moving the company’s San Francisco headquarters to Huntsville, Alabama last year, they thought he was crazy.<p>About 20 of his employees quit because they didn’t want to relocate.<p>“It was very controversial,” said Thieblot, who had …