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Past articles by Joshua:

Parasite makes Amazon's top-10 leading up to Oscar wins

Hours after "Parasite" took the Oscar for Best Picture, social media was blazing with appreciation for the Korean film, with hashtags #ParasiteBestPicture trending on Twitter and Google searches for "Parasite" far outpacing all other nominated movies. → Read More

Tesla hiring for manufacturing, design, and engineering hit all-time highs

Tesla Motors ($NASDAQ:TSLA) is having a good day on Wall Street. It beat earnings expectations and posted its first-ever profitable quarter and is now considered the second most valuable carmaker in the world. → Read More

Why did Netflix beat subscriber growth expectations? Original content. Full stop.

While some analysts were expecting ho-hum results from Netflix ($NASDAQ:NFLX) in light of the launches of Disney+ and Apple TV+, the streaming service announced today in its fourth-quarter report that it added more new subscribers than expected. While the company expected to add 7.6 million subscribers last quarter, it actually added 8.8 million globally. → Read More

Is Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs doomed? Hiring tumbles at Google's city of the future

Alphabet ($NASDAQ:GOOG), Google's parent company, is virtually always hiring thousands of people. As of this week, it has over 4,200 openings at offices around the world. But one of its companies, Sidewalk Labs, is experiencing an unusual, statistically relevant, cut in hiring investment. → Read More

Is the Smart Home a Dumb Choice in the End?

Is all of this smart-home, Internet of Things business actually more convenient? On first glance, it would seem so. But in daily practice, one begins to wonder about his sanity and need for tech in places where, let’s be honest, sometimes tech just isn’t necessary. → Read More

Amazon's biggest obstacle to customer happiness is its own app

According to eMarketer, 53.9% of all U.S. e-commerce sales will be made via mobile devices by 2021. Among all of the mobile e-commerce apps, Amazon ($NASDAQ:AMZN) is the most popular by a long shot, according to Verto Analytics. In fact, Amazon's monthly reach is 86% compared to 53% for second-place Walmart. → Read More

Buzzfeed rising: Hiring is up 208% at the embattled media company since layoffs

Buzzfeed ($BUZZFEED) made the news at the beginning of 2019, but not by breaking a news story or releasing a viral video. Instead, it caught our attention when it laid off 15% of its workforce. The aftermath was ugly: a shrinking workforce and tumbling employee morale. Meanwhile, remaining Buzzfeed employees are struggling to get an editorial union recognized by higher ups who don't appear… → Read More

Have Apps Replaced Radio Psychologists? Dr. Drew Weighs in on Tech’s Therapy Trend

Services like Talkspace are offering up on-demand, text-and-video-based therapy with licensed professionals for as little as $49 a week. But Dr. Drew Pinsky, the same man who popularized off-the-cuff, anonymous therapy, is not immediately on board with digital therapy. → Read More

Bezos goads rivals to raise wages, but here's how his employees feel about how they're paid

In his letter to shareholders today, Amazon ($NASDAQ:AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos challenged his competitors to match the company's $15 minimum wage policy. He also challenged them to even beat them and create competition. → Read More

Candy Crush Addiction Is Real—and Can Lead to Destructive Results

Candy Crush is, in short, the greatest boredom-killer in human history. It’s perfectly engineered to be easy to get into, satisfying to stick with and addictive as hell. → Read More

Arcades Are Dead in America, But Thriving in Japan. Why?

Why do arcades still thrive in Japan when they completely disappeared in America outside of kid-focused party places, like Dave & Buster's and Chuck E. Cheese's, that appear to be more theme park or happy-hour den than actual arcade? → Read More

From NES to PlayStation, retro gaming is booming. But will it last?

Everyone craves the good old days, and companies like Nintendo and Sony are cashing in. But is this fad built to last or will our fixation with pixelated graphics come and go like mom jeans? Sales – and a look at who’s buying – show old games are here to stay. → Read More

Are E-Books Finally Over? The Publishing Industry Unexpectedly Tilts Back to Print

In a world where we do everything online, independent bookstores are on the rise, while ebook sales are on the decline. Does this mean that the verdict is finally in on ebooks? Have we chosen the paperback over the Kindle edition? → Read More

Slack May Actually Be Hurting Your Workplace Productivity

On first glance, all of the tools Slack provides work places and employees sounds useful. But are they really good? For all the time we spend using Slack on a daily basis, does it actually improve productivity? → Read More

Online Piracy Is Still Very, Very Real. Why Can’t Companies Stop It?

Piracy—the kind that results in valuable digital booty—is a challenging series of hoops to be jumped through mixed in with a dash of technical know-how. → Read More

Bored with Netflix? As it goes global, the selection is about to explode

Netflix is going global. And even if you never leave step foot outside America, you should be excited. The numbers show that as Netflix growth is slowing in the U.S., it’s on fire in other countries like Japan, with hiring to match. More subscribers abroad means more original, diverse content, and plenty to watch when House of Cards gets stale. → Read More

The numbers don’t lie: Facebook is faltering. So what will eventually replace it?

Facebook is faltering, and the data prove it. User growth is slowing, employee outlooks are dipping, and young people are looking elsewhere. But for Facebook to fail, a new social media app must arise. Who will it be? → Read More

It’s over: Tinder won the dating wars. Swipe or stay home

From OKCupid to Bumble, a variety of online dating apps still elbow for superiority, but look at the numbers and the verdict is clear: Tinder wins by a mile. It’s more popular than ever, and every competitor is starting to slide. Here’s why the swiping model can’t be beat. → Read More

VR is in a tailspin, and the sales numbers prove it

VR is the future! Except if you look at the data. Sales of the biggest VR headsets, including the HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, and Oculus Go, are all declining. What does it mean for the state of VR, and where do we go from here? → Read More

How To Keep Your Junk Cool and Comfy in the Summer Heat

Read this and thank us later. → Read More