Issue 181

December 2013 / January 2014


Now

  • Where Will Your New Phone Break?

    Broken smartphones have cost Americans $13 billion over the past five years, says warranty company SquareTrade, which also surveyed where in the home they break. Should you receive a new iPhone 5S or Samsung Galaxy S4 this holiday season, here's where to be careful.

  • Pivot, aka Evolution

    Dell is readying a campaign to promote its new image--a radical turn from hardware to software. But news coverage of Dell's early days (when it was called PC ’s Limited) is a good reminder that change is natural--for every company.

  • Is it Time To Go Analog?

    While old print brands try expanding their online presence, the cooking directory Allrecipes.com is going in reverse: Its new (print) magazine debuts with a December issue. Can other digital directories benefit from a lower-tech extension? Three branding experts dream up new projects.

  • The New Rules of Food

    The past five years have seen a huge boom in boutique, specialty, and niche food startups—a process chronicled by Rachel Hofstetter in her new book, Cooking Up a Business, out in December. Most follow a similar success plan.

  • What the GED Can Teach CEOs

    Do computers help people think better? Based on data from the GED, the high school equivalency degree, it sure seems that way: On paper, 72% of students passed. On computers, 88% did. (Starting in January, the test goes all-digital.)

  • Explain the Trend: Turning Readers Into Doers

    Sites that constitute a new model for media--Upworthy (the leader, with 22 million monthly visitors and an $8 million funding round), NationSwell, and TakePart--are making activists out of readers. Why?

  • Copyright Class of 2014

    The debate over copyright--its value and appropriate length--is far from resolved, but the anti-copyright crowd celebrates what it can. January 1 marks the fifth year of international parties (with the biggest in Zurich) for Public Domain Day, when works become open. A brief guide to this year:

  • Fly the Friendlier Skies

    Celebrated restaurateur Danny Meyer’s firm, Hospitality Quotient, has Delta as a major client--but he isn’t improving the food. The business is teaching customer service. Can he have much success in the airline industry, where low fares dominate?

Next

Wanted

  • Gadget Guide: Tinker Toys

    Digital gizmos make great gifts, but some givers reasonably wonder, Must everything be so hot-wired? Now you can choose. Here, three pairs of products-- with one option for the techie, and its steampunk counterpart for the Luddite in us all.

  • Gadget Guide: The Home Baristas & Picture These

    Digital gizmos make great gifts, but some givers reasonably wonder, Must everything be so hot-wired? Now you can choose. Here, three pairs of products-- with one option for the techie, and its steampunk counterpart for the Luddite in us all.

  • Party Guide: Designer Games

    Cups, spirits, billiards--the shopping list for holiday festivities goes on and on. This batch of thoughtfully designed goods for playing, sipping, snacking, and (inevitably) cleaning it all up means no host has to hit Party City.

  • Party Guide: Your Bar, Curated

    Cups, spirits, billiards--the shopping list for holiday festivities goes on and on. This batch of thoughtfully designed goods for playing, sipping, snacking, and (inevitably) cleaning it all up means no host has to hit Party City.

  • Party Guide: Good Taste

    Cups, spirits, billiards—the shopping list for holiday festivities goes on and on. This batch of thoughtfully designed goods for playing, sipping, snacking, and (inevitably) cleaning it all up means no host has to hit Party City.

  • Party Guide: ...And For The Aftermath

    Cups, spirits, billiards--the shopping list for holiday festivities goes on and on. This batch of thoughtfully designed goods for playing, sipping, snacking, and (inevitably) cleaning it all up means no host has to hit Party City.

Fast Talk

  • A Greater Escape

    Can the Movie Theater Be Saved? While Hollywood sticks with the same old ideas--bigger, pricier blockbusters--these outsiders are making real changes.

  • Now Playing: It's Not the Movies

    Can the Movie Theater Be Saved? While Hollywood sticks with the same old ideas--bigger, pricier blockbusters--these outsiders are making real changes.

  • Sit Back and Really Relax

    Can the Movie Theater Be Saved? While Hollywood sticks with the same old ideas--bigger, pricier blockbusters--these outsiders are making real changes.

  • New Films for New Audiences

    Can the Movie Theater Be Saved? While Hollywood sticks with the same old ideas--bigger, pricier blockbusters--these outsiders are making real changes

Columns

From the Editor