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Clear space on your iPhone or iPad to make room for an update

<b>Q:</b> <i>My iPhone keeps alerting me of an available update, but I can’t update because I’m out of storage. What do I do?</i><p><b>A:</b> Ah, yes. The annoying “This …

Swiss Currency Has Shot Up 15% So Far Today. Here’s Why That Matters

Chaos in the currency market is a sign of deep problems for Europe—and the whole global economy.<p>The global economy got a lot more interesting today, …

The Most Powerful Ways to Start a Presentation

The science is clear: People make decisions on the basis of first impressions. As speakers, we need to take advantage of that.<p>Some years ago, Nalini Ambady, an experimental psychologist at Harvard University, was curious about the nonverbal aspects of good teaching. She wanted to get at least a …

Public Speaking

The Presidents on the Presidents: How They Judge One Another

The two men could hardly have been more different. One the fatherless son of a single mother, the other a scion of the most important American …

Use Crowdfunding to Gauge Interest for Your Idea

It seems like everyone is using crowdfunding to kick off their new business venture, be it a new coffee shop, grocery store or gadget. But there’s been significant debate about just how useful crowdfunding really is. For every successful project, there are many more that never get off the ground, …

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Generation CrossFit

I first saw the kettlebell at the gym. Amidst the mirrors, the gleaming weight machines, the whir of ellipticals and treadmills, it looked conspicuously medieval, primitive, even a bit sinister, as though it were part of an intricate and now obsolete system of weights and measures, or a weapon used …

Case of Czech Gangster Reveals South Africa’s Dark Criminal Underworld

Rainbow nation or not, South Africa is battling a crime epidemic. Even as the country was in mourning for their beloved hero Nelson Mandela, Radovan …

The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013

It’s always tempting at this time of year to try to make a definitive list of the best ideas from the past 12 months. But then we end up debating what counts as best — important? useful? original? all three? — and compiling extremely long lists, struggling to shorten them, and over-thinking it all, …

A Year of Controversial Products

We have arrived at that time of year when publications, including this one, come up with lists of the best things of the past twelve months: books, (http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/12/the-most-crucial-games-of-2013.html), music, and so on. Reading them can make you feel as if …

A Few Words on “Duck Dynasty”

A few months back, my son and I sat down to connect with mainstream culture by watching some episodes of “Duck Dynasty”—about five of them, back to back. That sets me apart from the pundits—the liberal ones, anyway—who, while expressing their dismay at the bigoted comments made by the dynasty’s …

The Wild, Brilliant “Wolf of Wall Street”

Anyone who needs “The Wolf of Wall Street” to explain that the stock-market fraud and personal irresponsibility it depicts are morally wrong is dead from the neck up; but anyone who can’t take vast pleasure in its depiction of delinquent behavior is dead from the neck down. Martin Scorsese’s new …

David Cameron's proposed immigration laws criticised by UN

A document released from the office the UN high commissioner for refugees claims that genuine asylum seekers could be damaged by the proposed rules<p>David Cameron’s proposed immigration laws could stigmatise foreigners and create a “climate of ethnic profiling”, the UN refugee agency has said.<p>The …

Antonio Guterres

If You Want to Change, Don’t Read This

There is a great scene in <i>Godfather 2</i> where Kay (Diane Keaton) complains to husband Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) about his unfulfilled promise to make his business fully legit and quit being a mafioso. Michael responds that he is still working on it, reassuring Kay emphatically: “I’ll change, I’ll …

Pollution

Best and worst cities for small business workers

<i>(This story has been updated to correct the No. 5 position on the worst cities list. It's San Diego, not Detroit, which was incorrectly listed twice.)</i><p>Jobs growth on Main Street—a traditional driver of past U.S. economic recoveries—so far has been largely stagnant.<p>Faced with challenges, from taxes …

The 80% Energy Rule: An Old Secret to Success

A hard-charging professional flames out and discovers a better way of working based on the wisdom of long-lived Japanese islanders.<p>Who’s your business role model? Whether you go for high tech gurus like Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos or more down home exemplars of business greatness such as Henry Ford …

Ernest Hemingway

How To Get Better at Spotting Opportunities

To be a successful entrepreneur – or really, a successful anything – you need to be able to recognize an opportunity when you see one. Specifically, you need to be able to identify a problem or gap, and come up with an innovative solution. (Of course you also need to be able to execute that …