Grayfields

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The headlines are telling: “American Apparel files for second bankruptcy,” “The Limited Is Closing All 250 of Its Stores,” “Macy’s is closing 68 stores,” “Sears and Kmart Closing 150 Stores,”“Sports Authority Will Close All 463 Stores,” But the most dour observation belongs to The New York Times, “Department Stores, Once Anchors at Malls, Become Millstones.” Ouch! What’s driving this trend? …

Screensucking

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Christmas 2015 was a beautiful day in San Diego. Joshua Burwell, a 33-year-old visiting from Sheridan, Ind., decided to hike Sunset Cliffs to watch the sunset. Witnesses noticed someone distracted by an “electronic device” seconds before Burwell plunged off the cliff. He was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived. It was another example of the intoxicating spell our digital devices cast …

Pioneer Rayz: When Opportunity Knocks

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Apple’s decision to remove the audio port from the iPhone 7 resulted in a public outcry of world-ending proportions. To some Apple aficionados it was armageddon meets invasion of the headphone port snatchers. But as any creative individual will tell you, problems spell opportunity. And so Pioneer this week launched its Rayz headset that adds a Lightning port to its …

Simplicity

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Welcome to our simplified site. Every few years, we review how our digital outpost has evolved and ubercool version 14.0, the previous iteration, had clearly become too complex and unwieldy, making our innovation and trends content hard to navigate and updating a major challenge. So we scrapped it all and are beginning from scratch. You too should periodically review your …