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How Restaurants Are Getting People To Put Away Their Phones

(9) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 2:57 PM

Most Americans say phones don’t belong at the table during meals, though the vast majority of millennials admit to checking their phones during dinner.

Concern over the practice has sparked some restaurants to encourage customers to put away their phones -- with mixed results, depending on...

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How J.Crew Colors Get Their Wild Names

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 7:00 AM

Looking through the J.Crew website this season may give you ideas for a holiday party menu. There's a cashmere sweater in harvest grape, moccasins in dark nutmeg and chinos in melted caramel and fresh sage.

"People really respond to food," said Tom Mora,...

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Why Many Americans Still Don't Have Internet Access, In 4 Charts

(33) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 4:31 PM

In some American cities, up to 40 percent of households don't have an Internet connection, according to a new analysis based on census data.

Bill Callahan, director of the digital access advocacy group Connect Your Community 2.0, crunched numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau to find the best-...

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How Venues Are Fighting Back Against Annoying Smartphone Behavior

(62) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 7:43 AM

Phone bans at concerts have become common practice for artists who are sick of looking out at a sea of glowing phones and playing to an obnoxiously large percentage of fans who are watching the show through a tiny screen.

“Put that shit away as a courtesy...

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When Will Texting And Driving Be As Taboo As Drunken Driving?

(50) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 3:23 PM

When it comes to texting and driving, the problem isn't a lack of awareness about the risk. Ninety-eight percent of people know that it's dangerous, yet three in four are offenders, according to a new survey that AT&T designed with Dr. David Greenfield, founder of The Center for...

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These Apps Help You Realize How Much Time You Waste On Your Phone

(7) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 7:43 AM

How many times a day do you check your smartphone? A dozen? Fifty? As several new apps on the market will tell you, the number is probably much higher than what you guessed.

Moment tracks how many minutes you spend on your phone each day, along with...

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This App Cuts Off Your Access To Work Emails At Night

(6) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 11:09 AM

As one of David Thielen’s sales engineers was being prepped for emergency gallbladder surgery last year, the engineer started to answer a support ticket on his smartphone.

“I said, ‘Cut off his domain access, now. I don’t care if it’s in the middle of the ticket,’” said Thielen, CTO...

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How To Make A Digital Detox Actually Stick

(3) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 9:38 AM

Imagine a weekend, a week or even a month without your iPhone, computer or any other devices. Chances are you’re not going to work, at least not in the same capacity. You might go far away from home, to take in views of old growth forests or coastal sunsets. You...

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This Fake Phone Helps You Focus On Real Life

(16) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 5:04 PM

A phone that's not a phone had raised more than $13,000 on Kickstarter as of Tuesday afternoon, well over its $5,000 original fundraising goal. The "NoPhone" lets you to avoid the horror of not having a smartphone in your hand by giving you a plastic phone-shaped block to...

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Fashion Keeps Embracing Guns, While Guns Keep Killing Women

(103) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 5:33 PM

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) brought the message that gun violence is a women's issue earlier this week, declaring at an Iowa domestic violence event that "dangerous people with guns are a threat to women.”

“Women can lead the way," she added.

October is Domestic Violence...

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Why Medical Conspiracy Theories Are Here To Stay

(4) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 1:54 PM

Nearly half of Americans embrace some type of medical conspiracy theory, according to a study published this year by the University of Chicago. So it's no surprise that a new crop of outlandish beliefs around the spread of the Ebola virus have started to take hold.

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Ebola Swag Is Here, 'Because Fashion Is Infectious'

(13) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 4:42 PM

As countries around the world send supplies to West Africa to aid thousands of people infected with Ebola, crafty entrepreneurs are sending Ebola-themed novelty items to people looking to incorporate the deadly virus into their clothing and decor.

A search for "Ebola" on Etsy turns up more than 100...

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Get Ready For The Spread Of Ebola Hoaxes

(16) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 6:06 PM

As Ebola hysteria takes over cable news, a growing number of liars have taken to crowded public spaces to announce that they have the deadly virus.

On Monday afternoon, a man in a surgical mask boarded a Los Angeles bus, leaned into the driver and said,...

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Der eine Fehler, den Sie im Badezimmer machen

(7) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Es ist gerade ein guter Zeitpunkt sich auf seine Gewohnheiten beim Hände waschen zu besinnen - die Grippezeit ist wieder da!

Hände waschen kann davor schützen, erklärt das Center for Disease Control und Prevention (CDC) der USA. Wir sollten mehr Zeit auf das Händewaschen verwenden, aber noch mehr...

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How To Nicely Tell Wedding Guests Their Phones Aren't Invited

(11) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 3:21 PM

Just before Heather Letostak’s wedding ceremony began, the priest made an announcement: No phones allowed.

“He kind of joked around,” said Letostak, who got married in May. “He pulled his cell phone out of his pocket and told the guests, ‘The bride and groom have requested that you guys...

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The One Answer You Should Never Give In An Interview

(134) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 3:59 PM

Many of us have been there: You're in an interview, doing fairly well, when the interviewer asks you that dreaded question:

"What's your biggest weakness?"

In an effort to avoid mentioning your actual biggest weakness, whatever it may be, you turn to what sounds like a good answer: "I'm a...

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The Biggest Mistake You're Making In The Bathroom

(68) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 9:17 AM

It's a good time of year to reflect on our handwashing habits. Flu season is here, and enterovirus D68 has spread to all but three states in the continental U.S.

Handwashing can protect against both, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We should be doing...

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The Horrific Risk Of Gun Violence For Black Kids In America, In 4 Charts

(154) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 6:49 PM

In a moving letter to the family of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, mourned the American epidemic of gun violence against children:

I will support you and your efforts to seek justice for your Michael and the countless other Michaels & Trayvons of our country. The...
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【マッピング】18カ月の間にアメリカの学校で起きた74件の銃発砲事件

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 4:37 AM

この18か月で起きた学校での発砲事件は少なくとも74件であることがEverytown for Gun Safetyという、銃規制の制定を求める取り組みを行っている団体の集計により明らかとなっている。

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All 74 School Shootings Since Newtown, In One Depressing Map

(1737) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 4:00 PM

After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, President Obama promised "meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this." His gun reform push, focused on a background check measure that had overwhelming public support, failed in the Senate last year,...

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