features

The People Trying to Put Camden Back Together as Guns Tear It Apart

Camden-anthony-dillard

Feed-twFeed-fb

Amid the crumbling row houses in once-industrial Camden, New Jersey, murals are dedicated to the fallen, hundreds more lost in one of America’s deadliest cities. One is dedicated to a veteran who survived his deployment in Iraq unscathed, only to be shot and killed in his hometown.

“This is not a war you can win in one day,” one Camden police officer said. “This is not a war where you can go and get rid of the bad guys and say, ‘OK guys, here’s your city back.’

“We have to occupy this city forever.”

Homicides are down across most of the country, but little has changed in Camden. Parents are still losing their children at an alarming rate. Over 40% of all victims of firearm-related homicides are 25 or younger. In Camden, the typical victim is just 22. Read more…

More about Features, Poverty, Us World, Us, and Contributor


Top 10 Tech Companies for Culture and Values

Apple_employees

Feed-twFeed-fb

Some companies know exactly how to make their employees happy, and Twitter is at the top of the list.

The social media giant ranked No. 1 out of 25 companies with the best culture and values, according to a new report from job community site Glassdoor.

From Google to Facebook to Apple, 11 tech companies managed to make the list — more than any other industry.

Results were based on feedback from people who know these companies the best — their employees. Culture and value ratings were based on a five-point scale, with “1″ representing “very dissatisfied,” “3″ meaning “OK” and “5″ standing for “very satisfied.” Read more…

More about Technology, Features, Work, Employee, and Glassdoor


12 Lifelogging Apps to Help You Raise Your Baby

Lifelogging-baby-apps

Feed-twFeed-fb

Whether you’re a new or veteran parent, there’s no doubt that taking care of little one keeps you on your toes. Staying on top of your child’s doctor appointments, eating habits, sleep schedule and more can be a challenge.

Fortunately, there are plenty of apps out there to lend you a hand. From tracking your baby’s development to storing important health information, lifelogging apps can help you better understand your child’s needs, save time and make parenting a whole lot easier

We’ve compiled 12 essential lifelogging apps to help you keep track of your little bundle of joy Read more…

More about Apps, Features, New Parents, Babies, and Apps Software


Beyond Millennials: How to Reach Generation Z

Ap329785977351

Feed-twFeed-fb

Millennials are so last year.

As the generation that inspired countless thinkpieces eases out of the public eye, marketers are honing in on the next wave of consumers: Generation Z. These folks, born in 1995 or later, make up 25.9% of the United States’ population, contribute $44 billion to the American economy and differ from their predecessors in a few key ways.

While millennials — a.k.a. Generation Y — grew up alongside the World Wide Web, Gen Z is growing up with social media. This shapes everything from their academics to after-school activities, with more than half of Gen Z using YouTube for research projects and a third collaborating with classmates and watching lessons online. Read more…

More about Facebook, Social Media, Features, Generation Y, and Millennials

Beyond Millennials: How to Reach Generation Z

Ap329785977351

Feed-twFeed-fb

Millennials are so last year.

As the generation that inspired countless thinkpieces eases out of the public eye, marketers are honing in on the next wave of consumers: Generation Z. These folks, born in 1995 or later, make up 25.9% of the United States’ population, contribute $44 billion to the American economy and differ from their predecessors in a few key ways.

While millennials — a.k.a. Generation Y — grew up alongside the World Wide Web, Gen Z is growing up with social media. This shapes everything from their academics to after-school activities, with more than half of Gen Z using YouTube for research projects and a third collaborating with classmates and watching lessons online. Read more…

More about Facebook, Social Media, Features, Generation Y, and Millennials

How to Use the 7 Least Popular Emoji

Emoji_lonely

Feed-twFeed-fb

Far away from our beloved smiley faces, hearts and various anthropomorphic cats are those other emoji — hidden away in the obscure pages of useless keyboards. Neither their meaning nor purpose is clear at first glance, and their lack of utility relegates them to a life of Unicode loneliness in your iPhone or Android.

With dozens of emoji, it makes sense that a few will prosper while others wither away in anonymity. These lonely emoji rarely see the light of day, and with the help of Emojitracker, we can see exactly how underutilized they are

More about Iphone, Android, Social Media, Features, and Texting


Why Money and Inexperience Are Escalating Sexism at Startups

Baseball_card_thumb4

Feed-twFeed-fb

It’s a story we’ve come to know well: A freewheeling, young startup founder captures the zeitgeist with a smart idea and attracts investors who are willing to stake him with millions of dollars. Then one day, his private views about gender and sexuality become public, go viral and bring a new kind of scrutiny to his company and career

This might sound familiar to Justin Mateen, the 28-year-old cofounder and chief marketing officer of dating app Tinder. Mateen stands accused of sexual harassment and sex discrimination, according to a lawsuit filed recently in California by Whitney Wolfe, a former Tinder employee Read more…

More about Media, Social Media, Startups, Features, and Business


Save Battery Life With These 7 Lite Versions of Your Favorite Apps

Lite_apps

Feed-twFeed-fb

Apps help you stay connected and can improve your daily efficiency — that is, as long as they don’t drain your phone’s battery first.

As apps become more sophisticated, they tend to become battery hogs, tooSocial media, email and other applications eat up power and memory much faster than we’d like. But there are plenty of free “lite” versions you can use as alternatives to your favorites. They may not have all the bells and whistles you’re used to, but they will help extend your battery life

We’ve compiled a list of seven simpler versions of our favorite apps so you don’t have to worry about your battery or memory. Check them out below Read more…

More about Apps, Android, Features, Lite, and Ios


7 Things We’d Change About LinkedIn

Linkedin2

Feed-twFeed-fb

You didn’t really think sending the recruiter at your dream company a Facebook message would work, right?

That’s why you have LinkedIn, the definitive online platform for networking and finding new career opportunities. The website has effectively cornered the market on adapting social networking to the professional space, but it can use a few upgrades to make the most of its unique place in the virtual world.

While one of its most frustrating defaults — allowing other people to see that you’ve visited their profiles — is easily fixed, there are still a few things the company can do to streamline the experience for the average user. Read more…

More about Networking, Linkedin, Social Media, and Features

7 iPad Apps to Help Students With Dyslexia

07-24-14_dyslexia_quest_app

Feed-twFeed-fb

Dyslexia is a language-based disorder that makes reading, recognizing words, spelling and decoding especially difficultMore than 20% of the U.S. population is dyslexic, according to the National Institutes of Health, yet stigma and misconceptions often prevent dyslexic people from seeking help.

It’s something you’re born with, but while dyslexia is a lifelong learning disability, early and effective methods can decrease its impact and help dyslexic students maintain the same learning level as their peers.

We rounded up a list of seven apps that students — as well as parents and teachers — may find particularly useful. As with non-dyslexics, each person’s strengths and weaknesses differ; these apps are meant to cover a range of issues and ages. Read more…

More about Apps, Features, Tech, Education, and Social Good