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... working with the University of New Hampshire's Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise to improve their business strategy and tap more sources of funding. Carolyne Ekyarisiima inspecting the mobile app developed by one of the young coders at the Entrepreneurship Summit. (Quartz/Abdi Latif Dahir) ...
He tells Quartz over email that he finds the new research compelling, but far from definitive. The primary strength of this paper, Sacks says, is that the researchers have access to a huge dataset that, unlike many previous studies, includes a large number of high-income people. His main concern is that the ...

Until that happens though, the Kim regime will be busily improving its missile and nuclear technology, with the ability to obliterate US cities very much in mind. And we'll be back to stressing out about the next unpredictable move from either side. This was published in the weekend edition of the Quartz Daily ...
In a recent survey of social media use in Africa, WhatsApp—and its Facebook-owned sister app Messenger—was crowned the king of apps in Africa. All except for one country: Ethiopia. The Horn of Africa nation, joined by Iran and Uzbekistan globally, stood out as the only nation where Telegram was more ...
The US should no longer be seen as a nation of immigrants, at least from the perspective of US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The federal agency charged with processing immigrant visas, known as USCIS, removed the characteristic phrase from its mission statement today. The welcoming tone of ...
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” — Max Planck, German quantum theorist and Nobel Prize winner. There are two primary mental shifts that occur in the lives of all highly successful people. Many make the first, but very few make the second. Both of these shifts ...

In the classic 1969 business book parody The Peter Principle, the Canadian educator Laurence J. Peter took aim at an “ever-present, pestiferous nuisance” found in industries of all sorts: managerial incompetence. The explanation for it, Peter wrote, was his titular principle—that any employee in a hierarchy ...
It's not always easy to tell if you're in a toxic relationship. Part of the problem is that many unhealthy relationship habits are baked into our culture, and we just consider them part of the norm. For those of you freaking out that your relationship might be unhealthy, here's a handy guide, courtesy of author Mark ...
More than 100,000 telecom execs, equipment vendors, and smartphone enthusiasts will descend on Barcelona for Mobile World Congress next week. Much like the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, tech companies use the four-day event, which starts on Feb. 26, as a backdrop to launch their ...
Representatives for Anbang, the Waldorf Astoria, and Strategic Hotel and Resorts did not respond immediately to Quartz's requests for comment. Anbang came under scrutiny several years ago as regulators began to question the true ownership behind the company, which was buying up global properties ...
Think of yourself as an engine that is constantly delivering goods and services to your work, spouse, children, and friends. You need excellent-quality fuel to stay in tip-top shape and keep performing at this level. That fuel is self-love. Because it's easy to misconstrue the concept of self-love as narcissism or ...
Work—the very meaning of the word—is undergoing metamorphosis. In a few years' time, traditional office employees all over will find themselves suddenly working for themselves, working freelance, or perhaps out of work entirely and seeking a new path forward.
This was the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, just last week. In the intervening days, a series of economic data updates weren't especially hopeful. Data out today confirmed that the UK economy slowed down at the end of last year, growing just 0.4% in the fourth quarter from the quarter before.
I spent my career in the CIA tackling some of the most serious national-security issues confronting the United States. For many years, I worked toward protecting our democracy, our citizens, and our nation against threats emanating from abroad: I was one of the first analysts on the Afghanistan Task Force at ...
When one Quartz reporter tried to flag a video on Wednesday, Feb. 21, that claimed David Hogg, one of the students who is calling for gun control, was a “crisis actor,” the “Give Feedback” option on the post showed her multiple labels to describe the problem, from “harassment” to “nudity.” It did not show ...
Likewise, at Quartz, ladies are avowed interrupters. Incessantly repeating that women are timid and need help getting basic respect on the job confirms a false sense of male superiority and just isn't true; how will that cultivate strong people dealing as equals? Respectful colleagues are awesome, but ...
While taking a series of short-exposure photographs to test his 16-inch telescope, Argentinian amateur astronomer Victor Buso caught the image of an initial burst of light from an exploding star in a distant galaxy. It was a remarkable discovery. The chances of such a discovery are one in 10 million—or ...

A 100-page report written by artificial intelligence experts from industry and academia has a clear message: Every AI advance by the good guys is an advance for the bad guys, too. The paper, titled “The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation,” calls this the “dual-use” ...
When Dave Alperson got his first job at an Amazon warehouse in 1997, as a temporary hourly employee, it involved walking around the warehouse with a list of where to find products—mostly books—that customers had ordered. Twenty years later, as a regional director of operations for Amazon in Indiana, he oversees 18 ...
US President Donald Trump has 47.9 million followers on Twitter. But, by one estimate, almost 18 million—about 38%—are fake. Trump's astounding tally of fraudulent followers has been widely reported. What hasn't been explored is the huge number of bots following the media institutions covering Trump.
Jason Karaian is global finance and economics editor at Quartz, based in London. He previously spent 10 years at The Economist Group, first at the European edition of CFO magazine writing about the financial aspects of business and later, as financial services editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, ...
Officials at PNB had told Quartz earlier that its SWIFT system isn't linked to the core banking system (CBS), a centralised database of all transactions. Therefore, these transactions went unnoticed. Even SWIFT insists on multiple checks by firms to ensure that employees don't game the system. In case of a ...
Wakanda may not have been real, but the Black Panther costume designer Ruth Carter and Hannah Beachler, the film's production designer, both drew on very real tribes and cultures to represent the various peoples that form part of the nation of Wakanda. In Black Panther, Wakanda is a kingdom made up ...
Morocco has become the latest country where Uber's plans for world domination has been halted by local regulation. In a statement, the ride-hailing giant has announced that it will temporarily shutter operations in Casablanca this week given the lack of “clarity about integrating applications like Uber into ...
On Dec. 15 last year, Washington DC-based civil rights activist Deepa Iyer sent out a tweet: “On this year's #desiwallofshame, Ajit Pai tops the list for being on the wrong side of history, for choosing profit over civil rights, and for advancing the anti-immigrant, white supremacist agenda of the Trump ...
... to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump—we support them).” As Quartz reported before the election, most in Moscow believed that Clinton would win. The campaign was aimed at weakening her and America's political system—the fact that Trump actually won was, presumably, a bonus.
In a decade from now, going by promises, travelling the 150 kilometre distance between Mumbai and Pune may take just as long as getting food delivered to one's doorstep today. On Feb. 18, the Maharashtra government signed a framework agreement (pdf) with US-based Virgin Hyperloop One to set up a ...
There is no easy explanation for such vastly dissimilar people as George (Harrison) and Ravi Shankar instantly connecting with each other, almost as if their relationship was preordained. Their family backgrounds were completely different. The Beatle was the son of a bus conductor father and a shop ...
In Steven Pinker's new book out this month, Enlightenment Now, the Harvard professor catalogs reams of data to show that the world has actually gotten much better over time, despite what you hear on the news. The book looks at increased life spans, decreased inequality, and even a 37-fold reduction in ...
The number of measles cases has rebounded in Europe in 2017, after setting a record low in 2016. The continent recorded some 21,000 cases last year, according to the World Health Organization, which is nearly four times as many cases as in the year before that. The surge in cases comes as a result of ...
Europe's southern economies are steadily shaking off their sickly image. Take Portugal, which today reported that its economy is growing at the fastest rate since 2000. Real GDP increased by 2.7% last year, compared with 1.5% in 2016.
Last week, traders in a popular money-making activity, commonly called “the short vol trade,” had a rude awakening. The XIV—the most popular product to bet on US stocks volatility staying low—lost about 95% of its value, worth around $2 billion, in 15 minutes. It will now be shut down (paywall) by Credit ...
Your main task this afternoon is to interview the last two candidates for the position of manager on your team. At the close of the second interview you realize both candidates have the same relevant experience, strong academic results and practical ideas to implement once they start. You're wondering how ...
South Africa president Jacob Zuma handed in his resignation today (Feb. 14), after weeks of painful and protracted discussions with the country's ruling African National Congress. The embattled leader has rightly earned the nickname 'Teflon president' for surviving multiple scandals since becoming ANC ...
Ola caters to category of users through three different services: premium (prime, lux, rentals), low-cost (including autorickshaws), and car-pooling. “We see a lot of growth coming from these three buckets,” an Ola spokesperson told Quartz, adding, “Auto rickshaws are doing really good in tier-2 cities where ...
Despite entering India a year after Netflix, Amazon's Prime Video service has pipped the former. At the end of 2017, Prime held nearly 10% of the total over-the-top (OTT) streaming market with over 610,000 subscribers, according to data shared by London-based IHS Markit with Quartz. In comparison ...
Feature phones are making a comeback in Africa. But in truth, they never really went away. The market share of feature phones rose to 61% in 2017 from 55.4% in 2016, while market share for smartphones fell to 39% from 44.6%, according to data provided by IDC. The recovery of feature phone growth in ...
It turns out love is not a universal language. In the time leading up to Valentine's Day (Feb. 14), the world expressed its love and angst in—often dramatically—different from country to country. Quartz analyzed data provided by Tenor, a search engine for GIFs, to identify how people in 45 countries were ...
The offering is due to open to the general public in March, but investors who got in on an earlier, private investment round, are already flipping their GRAM cryptotokens for twice the price they paid, according to sale documents seen by Quartz. While investors commonly sell part of an allocation in an ...
Eager to keep up with the pace of change, some Silicon Valley researchers are embracing a grade-school technique to enhance their cognition and memory. Michael Nielsen, a research fellow at Y Combinator Research, a division of Silicon Valley's top startup accelerator, took to Twitter last week to ...
Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland, parliamentary faction leaders of the Alternative for Germany. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop). Share. Written by. Jill Petzinger. Obsession. Propaganda. 3 hours ago. The Alternative for Germany (AfD) is taking matters into its own hands and is launching its own online ...
It was the economist Albert Hirschmann who espoused the idea of an 'enclave economy' in the late 1950s. This is a phenomenon where one sector of a country's economy is highly developed but exists in a way that has practically no bearing on the rest of the country's economy. The best example of this is, ...
EMarketer's estimates are based on an analysis of survey and traffic data from other research firms and regulatory agencies, Facebook's own disclosures, historical trends, and demographic and socioeconomic factors, the firm told Quartz. A user is defined as someone who logs onto a platform at least once ...
There's a general misconception that whatever passes for popular art in Kenya are the curios sold to tourists or the murals that hang in restaurants and airport lounges. But as a new book shows, nothing could be further from the truth. In over 600 pages, Visual Voices presents over 400 pieces from 57 ...
But translating that rhetoric into concrete trade policy is a thorny task for Trump's top advisors, who were welcomed at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos for clues to Trump's administration really wants, and how it plans to manage the world's biggest economy. Quartz found their public statements ...
On both occasions “I was 'invited' to the CID's [Criminal Investigations Department] headquarters in Kibuli by a person who introduced themselves as a police officer [but who was unable to produce any evidence to prove it]” he told Quartz Africa by email. Ogon believes that working for the Daily Monitor puts ...
The American government is cracking down on kratom, a plant native to southeast Asia that many in the US are turning to for relief from pain, depression, and symptoms of opioid withdrawal. The herb, technically legal but unregulated in the US, often comes in the form of a powder, which can be mixed into ...
“The Competition Commission of India has confirmed that, on the majority of issues it examined, our conduct complies with Indian competition laws,” a Google spokesperson told Quartz. “We are reviewing the narrow concerns identified by the commission and will assess our next steps.” India's order against ...
Most people associate the word “addiction” with problems like gambling, alcoholism or drug abuse. But look at a child bent intently over the electric-blue glow of a smartphone, and it's hard not to wonder whether we need to expand our definition of “addiction”. The question of whether kids are actually ...
As a child, Diljeet Titus developed a fascination for his grandparents' classic cars. He even planted his toy cars in the ground, hoping they would grow into trees filled with real ones. But it wasn't until decades later, when he established his own law firm that he had enough money to start investing in his ...


 

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