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14 ways to save money by thinking like a millennial

With the rise of smartphones, there are now a bunch of ways to cut costs by embracing a more mobile lifestyle. There are apps that will let you invest with no fees and subscriptions that can help you rack up big discounts on everyday items like food. There is also a wealth of entertainment you can …

Personal Finance

I used an app to start investing, and it made me realize how little I know

This past February, I decided to try investing for the first time.<p>Putting money into a system that could change at any second is a scary thought. In fact, the only investment I've ever made was probably in a gym membership. I was just like my peers who didn't want to put their money at risk, a …

Investing

The Next Big Tech Revolution Will Be In Your Ear

Experts in UX, AI, and product design weigh in on the next big modality in computing.<p>“I wish I could touch you,” Theodore says, laying in bed. He’s met with silence. Rejection. Until she speaks up, tentatively. “How would you touch me?”<p>It’s a famously poignant scene from the movie <i>Her</i>, as the …

Artificial Intelligence

How to Convert Twitter Buzz into Sales

Twitter buzz is good, engagement is great, and sales - or new clients and customers - are even better. Writing tweets that drive relevant interactions is important. Having a lot of conversations on Twitter is great. Finding that magical time of day to tweet matters, too. (News flash: research says …

Marketing

Social media puts users in the driver's seat

<b>(CNN) —</b> What is email? Seems like a silly question. Before the explosion of social media, it was simply the way people communicated on the Internet.<p>But the effect was astounding: Email destroyed the firm, traditional, century-old separation of work and leisure. Thanks to email, people in the …

Social Media

Bring Google's '20% time' to your classroom with passion-based learning

Teacher Adam Schoenbart gives his students an hour a week to pursue a topic that interests them – and it has transformed their engagement<p>Half a century ago, a scientist called Art Fry added a little glue to the back of a piece of paper – and created the Post-it.<p>Fry made this stationary staple at …

Teaching

Tim Cook said he's gay. In 29 states, you could be fired for doing the same

On Thursday, Apple (AAPL) chief executive officer Tim Cook confirmed what had long been believed: he is a gay man.<p>In coming out in Bloomberg …

The 5 Scariest Teachings of Jesus

Halloween is a celebration of artificial fear. No goblins or witches are really going to cause harm to us. For Christians, the deeper and more genuine fear may come from within our own faith. If taken seriously, after all, it threatens to upend our society. Let's look at just five scary directives …

When the Government Wanted a Database of Everyone's IQ

Today people worry about NSA spying. Fifty years ago it was intelligence tests. The conversation hasn't changed.<p>In November of 1967, The Atlantic's cover featured an evil Uncle Sam generating data readouts in a dark control room. The journalist behind the cover story, Arthur Miller, noted at the …

Behind the Video of Eric Garner's Deadly Confrontation With New York Police

<b>Updated July 23, 2014</b><p>On July 17, Ramsey Orta was talking to his friend, Eric Garner, about where to eat dinner — Friday’s, maybe, or Applebee’s. They …

Law Enforcement

Update: Rebels to hand Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 black box over to Malaysia government

Europe weighs Russian sanctions, scammers make fake Facebook pages of victims, and looting reported at crash site<p><i>Updated</i><p>The tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 last Thursday, and the aftermath -- a crash site in rebel territory -- are sadly tangled in a larger global conflict. At its …

Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett, And Bill Gates Chastise House GOP On Immigration

Three of the world's richest men are calling on Congress to pass legislation that would overhaul the nation's immigration system and provide some sort of path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.<p>Casino magnate and conservative donor Sheldon Adelson joined Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren …

10 years of hard labor: 'Back to square one' for Myanmar press freedoms?

Four journalists and an executive from a Myanmar magazine have been sentenced to 10 years of hard labor on charges of violating state secrets by claiming the military was making chemical weapons.<p>The sentencing has drawn an outcry from international media and rights watchdogs, who say it is evidence …

U.S. Culpability in the Failure of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

The Obama administration deserves much of the blame for the failure of the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.<p>It had originally been hoped that the United States would present a binding framework along the lines of what moderate Israeli and Palestinian political leaders had agreed to …

Israel

China-Vietnam Spat Is About More Than Oil and Gas

Territorial conflict is an old story in the South China Sea, where several nations make conflicting claims on the region—and its oil and gas potential. But the escalating conflict between Vietnam and China is something new altogether.<p>Starting May 1, naval and coast guard vessels of Vietnam and …

China

How Many People Are Wrongly Convicted? Researchers Do the Math.

Is there a more tragic story than an innocent person going to prison? Tragic, and powerful. That’s why <i>The Shawshank Redemption</i> is one of the most beloved movies of our time. And why we’ve all heard of this quote from an esoteric 18th-century English guy, William Blackstone: “It is better that ten …

The future of American cell phone privacy goes to court today

Do police have the right to hunt through your iPhone’s treasure trove of text messages, photos, and call history during an arrest?<p>The Supreme Court will attempt to answer that question Tuesday as it hears two related cases that consider the privacy protections of personal data in cell phones.<p>At …

Surveillance

Fears Grow Over Deadly Virus In Saudi Arabia As Government Campaign Seen As Too Little, Too Late

In Saudi Arabia, people are wearing surgical masks in the streets as panic sets in about the deadly virus.<p>For the last eight days Fatima Ahmet has not sent her children to school. The mother of four said that school officials have called her daily and pleaded with her to at least come by the small …

Who Are Boko Haram? Extremists Escalate Nigeria Terror Campaign

A recent bomb blast that ripped apart a bus station in Nigeria's capital was a sign that a bloody al Qaeda-linked insurgency is intensifying, analysts say.<p>Boko Haram, an Islamic sect whose name roughly translates to "Western education is a sin," is widely believed to be behind Monday's attack that …

Africa

Egypt's Population Boom Threatens Cultural Treasures

Surging demand for housing and services puts historical sites at risk.<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>On a blustery February morning, residents of Alexandria's Wabour el Maya district woke to the din of bulldozers and power drills tearing into the decorative brick</b> …

Food security law benefits thousands in India

One big issue for Indians hittting their second week of general elections, is food security. The right to food was enshrined in a law enacted in 2013 across India but the state government in Chattisgarh was one step ahead in bringing in the legislation two years earlier.<p>The new law guarantees cheap …

Associated Press News

French voters toss out the status quo in local elections

French voters turned to the mainstream conservative party in municipal elections over the weekend as citizens continue to lose faith in the ruling socialist party.<p>Socialist French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault resigned Monday after his party lost about 155 seats in cities and towns across the …

Climate change 'already affecting food supply' – UN

Report by climate change panel says global warming is fuelling not only natural disasters, but potentially famine – and war<p>Climate change has already cut into the global food supply and is fuelling wars and natural disasters, but governments are unprepared to protect those most at risk, according …