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Normally it’s tough for new smartphone makers to stand out in the jam-packed smartphone market. One notable exception is the China-based start-up Xiaomi. Over the past year, Xiaomi has racked up a number of superlatives and accolades for its stylish, reasonably-priced phones and innovative business model. Though Xiaomi didn’t ship its first smartphone until August 2011 and only sells […]

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I hate clutter. I love selling extraneous stuff and making money. But because I mostly donate my belongings or take them to secondhand/consignment stores, I don’t have an established selling presence on sites like eBay or Amazon. These characteristics make me an ideal candidate for eBay’s Valet program, which sells products for people on eBay […]

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Until recently, I regarded the Korean island of Jeju simply as a resort destination. Jeju, which is South Korea’s largest island and southernmost point, boasts balmy temperatures year-round, dormant volcanoes that are ideal for hiking, and picturesque waterfalls. In 2011, UNESCO named Jeju one of the world’s “New 7 Wonders of Nature.” Many people, including Koreans, […]

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I spent a good chunk of my career at Forbes. Now I’m writing there again, on a freelance basis – specifically for Forbes Asia magazine. Last month, I worked on Forbes Asia’s annual “Fab 50” list, which is a curated list of Asia’s best companies, as determined by a proprietary formula. I wrote all the […]

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The intersection of technology, culture, and society fascinates me. I was an American Studies major in college and I seriously considered doing a double major in anthropology. I find the topic of Internet addiction particularly intriguing because it sparks complex questions about the pros and cons of technological progress and the role of government and policy (in […]

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For my latest Money magazine tech column, I explored podcasting apps. (I realize these apps are better described as podcatching apps or podcast managers since they grab and organize podcast feeds rather than create them, but this story was for a general audience, so we used the term ‘podcasting app’ in a general sense.)  As […]

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Losing a file is one of a reporter’s worst fears. Over the years, I have lost many, many files to Microsoft Word crashes and malfunctioning flash drives. Each time my file didn’t save properly, got corrupted or simply went missing, I freaked out. What I needed was a more foolproof file backup system than a […]

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Figuring that people are intrigued by T-Mobile’s no-contract plans, but unsure how the (relatively) new plans compare to the competition, I wrote a short guide for the July issue of Money magazine. The article looks at four common types of smartphone users: a value-oriented, four-person family; a price-conscious user who tends to hold onto his/her […]

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The New York City public school system is a fascinating reporting topic. Did you know that one out of every 50 American children is part of the NYC school system? That the NYCDOE has a $24 billion annual budget?  When you’re talking about NYC schools, size matters. So, it’s been interesting for me to look […]

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More than a decade before Code.org or Girls Who Code kicked off, New York nonprofit MOUSE was teaching tech in underserved city schools. MOUSE is still doing that work, but now its reach is national. MOUSE recently marked its 15th anniversary with a celebration in New York City. I covered the event for EdSurge. It […]

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