Neom’s got a trillion problems but $1T ain’t one

A utopian city rises in the Saudi desert — theoretically, at least.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 2, 2023

7-Eleven in Japan dials convenience up to… well, eleven.

Masatoshi Ito, who helped grow Japan’s 7-Eleven empire, has died at 98.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • March 16, 2023

The drama around India’s richest man

From rich list to hit list.

Jacob Cohen • January 31, 2023

Is India Apple’s next frontier?

It sure is looking like it.

Jacob Cohen • January 24, 2023

China’s economy slowed down in 2022

Population decline, housing problems, covid, and more.

Jacob Cohen • January 19, 2023

Why foreigners can’t buy Canadian homes

Canada, in an effort to curb the housing shortage, is banning foreign investors from buying for two years.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 5, 2023

Tech winter is dire for immigrant visa holders

Tech companies use H-1B visas to hire skilled workers from overseas. But now they’re laying them off.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • December 9, 2022

What to know about the Taiwan chip situation

The world put all its chips in one basket — now it’s trying to decentralize.

Jacob Cohen • October 25, 2022

Truss’ resignation is all about the economy

And lettuce, apparently.

Jacob Cohen • October 21, 2022

Buying bread? You’re gonna need more dough

Breadflation is surging across the globe.

Rob Litterst • October 21, 2022

What the heck is a golden passport?

The ultra-wealthy are paying big bucks for the right to travel freely throughout Europe.

Rob Litterst • October 4, 2022

Iran’s internet blackouts, explained

Amid widespread and deadly protest, Iranians have limited internet access.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 27, 2022

Digits: Plasma, funerals, and Hallmark

Plus: Funeral homes and AI surveillance art.

Jacob Cohen • September 26, 2022

Digits: Solar sheep, a PornHub ban, and more

Plus: India’s electric boom, cheap pheromones, and Saudi tourism.

Jacob Cohen • September 6, 2022

India’s new ecommerce system, explained

India’s Open Network for Digital Commerce could make ecommerce easier for smaller sellers. Would it work elsewhere?

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 7, 2022

AC sales are heating up in Europe

Europeans typically haven’t embraced at-home AC like Americans have. But now it’s really hot.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 29, 2022

The robot workforce is coming

Labor shortages and other factors are pushing countries to adopt automation.

Rob Litterst • July 8, 2022

Latin music is taking over the world

“Despacito” helped bring Latin music to a wider audience, and new artists are taking the genre to new heights.

Rob Litterst • June 27, 2022

What’s happening in China?

Usually a source of growth, China dragged brands down in Q1.

Jacob Cohen • May 26, 2022

Digits: Tom Cruise, military baby food, Uber prices

Plus: Apple’s wild repair program, and one helluva expensive Mercedes.

Jacob Cohen • May 23, 2022

So long, Bolshoi Mak

After suspending Russian operations in March, McDonald’s has decided to sell off and “de-Arch” its 800+ stores.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 17, 2022

Why many remote jobs are moving abroad

A mismatch between tech job demand and visa supply is forcing many American tech jobs abroad.

Rob Litterst • May 11, 2022

Backing out of Russia is costing oil companies billions

Some of oil’s biggest players are paying the price for backing out of Russia.

Rob Litterst • May 9, 2022

Russia’s war in Ukraine is causing ripples in the world of online chess

A government ban has made it harder for Russian players to play on

Rob Litterst • May 6, 2022

Digits: Emoji news, overdue books, avocado mayhem, and more

Plus: Remote worker stats, and China’s livestream caps.

Jacob Cohen • April 4, 2022

Asian languages are on the rise. One reason: cartoons

Pop culture is leading younger generations to study Asian languages.

Rob Litterst • April 4, 2022

Toronto is the next Silicon Valley, eh?

Toronto is emerging as a tech hub due to its universities, corporate offices, and worker-friendly immigration policy.

Rob Litterst • March 22, 2022

How the war is destabilizing the digital gig economy

Ukraine and Russia are key players in the global gig economy, and the war is exposing how much American and European companies rely on them.

Mia Sullivan • March 16, 2022

Russia vs. Meta: A strained relationship just got more complicated

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to a tense back-and-forth between Russian authorities and Meta.

Rob Litterst • March 14, 2022

Digits: NJ’s gas debate, music revenues, 15-minute delivery flops, and more

Plus: Mumbai carbon plans and Europe’s thermostats.

Jacob Cohen • March 14, 2022

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