Amazon Makes Even Temporary Warehouse Workers Sign 18-Month Non-Competes

The work is repetitive and physically demanding and can pay several dollars above minimum wage, yet Amazon is requiring these workers — even seasonal ones — to sign strict and far-reaching noncompete agreements. The Amazon contract, obtained by The Verge, requires employees to promise that they will not work at any company where they “directly […]

Innovations that offer independent living to young adults with complex needs

Life hasn’t always been so sociable for the 26-year-old, who has a learning disability and whose hyperactive, challenging behaviour meant he’d previously struggled in shared accommodation. But two-and-a-half years ago he became one of the first residents of Broom Lane, a specialist residential scheme for young adults with complex support needs. Owned by the housing […]

Inflation basket of goods highlights seven decades of changing UK lifestyles

In 1947, the Ministry of Labour and National Service began recording the prices of a “typical” shopping basket to help calculate inflation. As the prices of the various items in the basket change over time, so does the total cost of the basket. Each year, the basket is updated and new products and services are […]

Digerati, heal thyself: Blaming our shortcomings on our devices

More often than not, when you’re ignoring your friends at the table, you’re doing it to connect to someone else. Is that always good? Maybe not, but the ability to connect to people who aren’t near us is just as important as being able to connect to those around us. It’s one of the fricking […]

Tracking travelers’ phones let Cincinnati airport cut security line waits by a third

Going through airport security is a miserable experience, but airports are at least starting to figure out ways to get you through the line quicker. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport says that the median wait time in its security lines has dropped by a third, going from 13.2 minutes to 8.9 minutes, after installing a system […]

Buses, canteens, parking – is cash on the way out?

With buses in London no longer accepting cash, work canteens and vending machines moving rapidly towards being card-only, and even schools looking for parent payments for special events to be made online, it could well seem that the days of British coinage are numbered. There is even an unemployed man who reportedly begs in Mayfair […]

Dead Drops: what to do if you see a USB stick sticking out of a wall

In the early days of espionage, spies needed a way to exchange sensitive material in public without meeting: a system of “dead drops” was developed (distinct from a “live drop”, when spies met). A small hollow behind a loose brick in an alleyway wall or under a flagstone on a towpath were perfect for stashing […]