The Only Six Stocks That Matter

Just a few companies are driving the gains in major U.S. stock indexes this year, raising fresh concerns about the health of the market’s advance. Six firms—Amazon.com Inc., Google Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., Netflix Inc. and Gilead Sciences Inc.—now account for more than half of the $664 billion in value added this year to […]

Tech Firms Resist Role of Policing Terror Talk

Ever since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the breadth of U.S. electronic surveillance, tensions have simmered between the government and technology companies over access to users’ online communication. Congress is now raising the stakes. The Senate Intelligence Committee included language in an annual intelligence-funding reauthorization bill last month that would require companies such as […]

If You Wouldn’t Buy It Today, Then Sell It

We all have clutter, but we tend to assign value to things we spent a lot of money on, or that were given to us. Finance blogger Mr. Money Mustache has some simple advice for combating this: “If you wouldn’t buy it, you should probably sell it.” He uses some pretty big-ticket examples, like a […]

Use a "Bad Cop" When Negotiating to Help Make the Hard Calls

The hardest part of any negotiation is being tough. You want to make a demand or refuse a concession, but don’t want that refusal to shut down negotiations. In those cases, having someone to play “bad cop”—even someone who’s not there—can help. As business blog Entrepreneur points out, having someone on your side that can […]

Simple Rules of Thumb for Decorating Your Walls 

If you don’t have an eye for design, you might not know where to start when it comes to putting art on your walls. You can always go with your gut, but this infographic lays out some basic rules that make it simple. The graphic offers various design methods for hanging frames and art, with […]

iShows 2 Tracks Your Favorite TV Shows

iPhone: We enjoyed the original version of iShows when it launched because it made keeping track of all those TV shows you’ve been dying to watch easy. Now, an updated version makes it even better. On a basic level, iShows 2 tracks your favorite TV shows and alerts you to new episodes. There’s also a […]

The Truth About Bottled Water Expiration Dates (and How Water Goes Bad)

Bottled water is sold with an expiration date on the label, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t still drink it once the date has passed. This video explains how water can potentially become undrinkable, and when it’s safe to drink otherwise. If you’ve ever left a glass of water out overnight and taken a […]

OnePlus 2 invites officially open to all, event launch app lands in Play Store

In typical OnePlus fashion, it took the Chinese company a while to tease all the details about its latest flagship phone, the OnePlus 2. Now that the VR launch event is a little over 24 hours away, we’ve reached the final step in the announcement buildup: The invitation. OnePlus is officially accepting invitation requests via […]

The importance of the side project

If you’re in a startup, the idea of pursuing a “side project” may seem like a bit of a joke. The standard ethos from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv is that if you’re not living, breathing and bleeding your core product, you’re doing something wrong. And besides, who has the time? But there is a […]

A new Instagram quick edit screen means even Instagram knows filters are passé

It looks like Instagram version 7.3 didn’t just bring new Explore features – but an entirely new edit screen to help quicken the sharing process. Spotted by Droid Life, the latest build of Instagram for Android sports a new screen that condenses the Edit, Location Tag, User Tag and Caption tools all within one screen. There’s […]

A 250-year history of music subscription services

With the launch of Apple Music, debates over music streaming services are flaring up once again. Like Spotify, Rdio, Tidal and others, Apple Music promises access to a vast music library, and aims to turn that access into something people will pay for on an ongoing basis. Astute observers have noted that Apple Music’s business […]

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