Remember when a smartphone was a totally new concept? Chances are, you do. After all, it was only about a decade ago that the very first iPhone was released. Of course, you wouldn’t know that from the way our devices have weasled their way into every single aspect of our lives. These days, some of the hottest technological advances are all about finding ways to offer fewer features, a la the Light Phone… or ditching our smartphones entirely in favor of a good ‘ol low-tech Nokia. So You Want to Be Smartphone-Free? Getting out of the smartphone game is usually parsed as a way toRead More →

Embed Code <iframe frameborder=”0″ width=”100%” height=”180″ style=”margin:20px auto 25px;max-width:600px;” scrolling=”no” src=”https://fivethirtyeight.com/player/politics/27217506/”></iframe> Pennsylvania arguably tied Wisconsin as the tipping point state in 2016, according to FiveThirtyEight’s tipping-point calculation. And in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, both parties are already taking the Keystone State seriously. President Trump held a rally there earlier this year, and former Vice President Joe Biden has headquartered his campaign in Philadelphia. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew heads to Philadelphia to explore how politics in the state have evolved since 2016 and what the math looks like for both parties in 2020. FiveThirtyEight On The RoadRead More →

A letter bearing the seal of the Social Security Administration arrived toward the end of spring. James was afraid to open it. A 34-year-old with cerebral palsy, he depends on Social Security disability benefits for the majority of his income. The benefits cover his rent and bills each month. But it’s not enough to live on, so he supplements it with side gigs like DoorDash, Instacart and other delivery apps.  It’s a difficult, frustrating balancing act, trying to work enough to maintain independence — but not so much that his benefits are cut off. It’s also suffused with fear. James talked to The Penny HoarderRead More →

Poor, hungry college student. Many of us have been there. It’s kind of funny how normal that seems to us, the fact that young adults are going to school and living on minimal income or savings. In reality, that’s the way it’s going to be. College costs a lot of money, and young people usually don’t have a lot of money. Many college students struggle to live within their means. This can lead to even more debt on top of student loans or students depriving themselves of necessary items. Luckily, there are some ways to help you live within your means. Rent Rent is somethingRead More →

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 62 employees U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that it is investigating 62 current and eight former Border Patrol employees after uncovering a closed Facebook group that scorned migrants and lawmakers. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the agents could get counseling or face written reprimands, suspensions, demotions or firings. [The Associated Press] 241-241 “It was insane. It was pulsating. It was chaotic. It was breathtaking. It was cruel. It was unbelievable. It was extraordinary. It was epochal.” Such was the reaction of the cricket world to the World CupRead More →

In 2014, Dawoon Kang and Sara Margulis found themselves on the receiving end of piercing stares and prodding questions from five of the most famous investors in the U.S. They were contestants on “Shark Tank.” Kang and her two sister-cofounders, Soo and Arum, were pitching their 2-year-old startup, Coffee Meets Bagel. It’s is a dating app that positions itself as an alternative to swipe-right culture and a champion of slow, meaningful dating. Margulis and her husband, Josh, were pitching Honeyfund, a leading wedding-gift and honeymoon registry website — a brainchild based on their own honeymoon experience. They all looked slightly terrified, but none of themRead More →