You'd Better Work
Some people (not us, please) find technology to be distracting at work. How can one settle for crunching numbers and filling out forms when the fruits of Instagram, Snapchat and even Tinder are constantly ripe for perusal?
But a recent study shows that the average worker is almost twice as productive now than the average worker in the 1970s was, the Telegraph reports. And it’s not because we’re no longer being distracted by garish polyester sportcoats and rampant sexual harassment in the workplace.
“I would never throw a laptop at someone, like it appears in the movie. Not even at Mark.” – Eduardo Saverin [CNET]
Was buying Skype for $8.5 billion worth it for Microsoft? [New York Times]
The headphones you use to block out the sound of your annoying coworkers may actually be harming your productivity. [Wall Street Journal]
Meet Flame, the terrifying spy malware spreading across the Middle East. [Wired]
The Museum of Endangered sounds includes–of course–the sound of dial-up. [Savethesounds.info via Hacker News]
Farewell, Yellow Pages. [PaidContent]
App for That
Stop maximizing that Excel worksheet whenever a coworker walks by your cubicle. Everyone already knows that you are looking at the J-Crew sale page while playing angry birds on the iPad in your lap.
Or if they somehow didn’t know, they will soon. Once you download School of Visual Art Interaction Design MFA candidate Eric St. Onge’s thesis project, trying to hide your shocking lack of productivity on sunny spring Fridays (but also, be honest, on rainy Mondays too) will be even more impossible.