Breaking Up with Your Smartphone: A Step-by-Step Guide to Quitting

Fabuwood, a kitchen cabinet manufacturer in Newark, implemented a policy last May that prohibits the use of phones during meetings. They have installed “device shelves” outside their six conference rooms, and 80 employees have opted for flip phones that the company offers to cover. Despite initial criticism, employees have found that meetings are now more engaging and productive. Company founder Joel Epstein, a long-time flip phone user, was inspired to make this change after observing how smartphones affected his employees. He began an initiative called “InFocus” and found productivity increased by 20% after just six months.

Reactions have varied, with some people believing that they could never switch to a flip phone and others describing it as life-changing. Long-term flip phone users enjoy improved relationships and increased productivity as well. Abraham Brull, a software development manager at Fabuwood, emailed the author about how switching companies to one that encourages healthier technology use had helped him. This change is not just a personal attitude of satisfaction but also a method of improving work performance.

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Unlikely Industry Player Anguilla Profits Big from A.I. Boom

Artificial intelligence’s integration into everyday life has stirred up doubts and unsettling questions for many about humanity’s path forward. But in Anguilla, a tiny Caribbean island to the east of Puerto Rico, the A.I. boom has made the country a fortune. The British territory collects a fee from every registration for internet addresses that end […]

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China Surpasses U.S. in A.I. Talent: A Key Metric

China lags behind the United States in artificial intelligence that powers chatbots like ChatGPT but excels in producing scientists behind new humanoid technologies. New research reveals that China has surpassed the United States as the biggest producer of A.I. talent. The country generates almost half the world’s top A.I. researchers, compared to 18 percent from […]

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Brands Brace for Impact as TikTok Faces Criticism

Amid debate in Washington over whether TikTok should be banned if its Chinese owner doesn’t sell it, one group is watching with particular interest: the many brands — particularly in the beauty, skin care, fashion, and health and wellness industries — that have used the video app to boost their sales. Youthforia, a makeup brand […]

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