Honda’s popular Accord marks 2016 with revised styling and added features. Coupes and sedans are again offered (they have different design details front and rear), but the Hybrid won’t return until early next year. The 2016s are due to go on sale in August with prices ranging from $22,925 (including destination) for the LX sedan with manual transmission to $35,400 for the top-line V6 Touring sedan shown at right. That case became a textbook example on how not to mess with success. Seems Honda took that to heart when approaching the “new” 2016 Accord. Depending on what criteria you use, Honda’s Accord has either been the best-selling car in the country (retail sales) or the second-best (overall sales, which includes fleets). Either way, a resounding success. So how do you update such a popular product? Veeeeery carefully. The 2015 Honda Accord (top) had the highest retail sales of any car sold in the U.S. Styling alterations for 2016 (bottom) include a … [Read more...] about First Spin: 2016 Honda Accord
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Throughout her three years at Riot Games, the company behind League of Legends, Lacy made it her mission to hire a woman into a leadership role. Lacy had heard plenty of excuses for why her female job candidates weren’t Riot material. Some were “ladder climbers.” Others had “too much ego.” Most weren’t “gamer enough.” A few were “too punchy,” or didn’t “challenge convention,” a motto you can find in Riot’s company manifesto and recruiting materials. “Across the board, you’d have side-by-side similar backgrounds,” said Lacy, which is not her real name, “but the leadership team would constantly ixnay any female candidate for leadership.” Hiring a woman into a leadership position proved impossible for Lacy, she said, and she left the company in part because of the sexism she’d personally experienced. She said her direct manager would ask her if it was hard working at … [Read more...] about Inside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games
A record dealer in Wanted Records in St Nicholas Market puts on a vinyl record on the shop's turntable on Oct. 14, 2015 in Bristol, England. Although sales of vinyl records declined dramatically with the introduction of digital formats such as CDs and downloads, they are now on a huge upswing. Matt Cardy/Getty Images When the CBS Records factory in Carrollton, Georgia, opened its doors in 1981, it was the largest record-pressing plant in the world. It employed 1,400 workers on round-the-clock shifts to satisfy consumer demand for vinyl records. By 1990, CBS Records had shipped its billionth record. And by 1991, it closed forever. With the advent of the CD in the late 1980s, both vinyl record and tape cassette sales plummeted. Vinyl was relegated to an analog hobby for old-timers and record-store nerds. The future was digital. By the early 2000s, the CD became the new endangered species, nearly killed off by the rise of the MP3 and peer-to-peer file-sharing networks like Napster. … [Read more...] about The Vinyl Album Is Dead. Long Live the Album!
This edible cup from Loliware has a citrus flavor. LOLIWARE All of those milk jugs, pizza boxes and egg cartons really pile up — food wrapping and containers contribute to a significant chunk of the 23 percent of packaging-related landfill additions each year. Fortunately, although overall waste has continued to rise about 20 percent, packaging waste has actually decreased, in large part because manufacturers have learned how to more smartly encase their products. Now, forward-thinking scientists are being even more proactive about the issue by steering away from traditional packaging in favor of edible alternatives. The edible packaging trend fits right into the "reduce, reuse, recycle" tenet by eliminating materials which require fossil fuels to produce and usually wind up in a landfill somewhere. And this emerging industry isn't chump change, either. One report estimates that the edible packaging market will be valued at $1.1 billion by 2023, a sizable increase from the … [Read more...] about Why Throw Out Packaging When You Could Just Eat It?
Working anywhere like a cafe, home, hotel, etc. is becoming more popular for employees in several countries. jacoblund/iStock/Thinkstock Ditch the morning doughnuts and the breakroom coffee for a productive work environment that's more accommodating than flextime. According to a recent white paper by collaboration tech company Polycom, almost two thirds of the world's employees are "anywhere working," corporate lingo for working outside of the home office or brick-and-mortar workplace. In 2016, 43 percent of American workers worked remotely, a 4 percent increase since 2012, based on Gallup survey stats. The gig economy, generational preferences and technology are forcing huge shifts in workplace culture toward more flexible work schedules and locations in the U.S. Research has shown that working remotely increases productivity and well-being. Yet, studies also have cited concerns of teleworkers' isolation, visibility and fear of not being valued as employees. So, the advantages … [Read more...] about Survey Shows More People Are Choosing to Telework, Reaping Benefits