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Challenge 6: Dream House

Saturday, February 07, 2015

It's time to get really bored and make something creative. You might just learn something about yourself. Here are your instructions! 
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Challenge 5: One Small Observation

Friday, February 06, 2015

For today's challenge, we want you to take note of one person, object, or interesting, uninventable detail you would have missed if your nose were glued to your phone.
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Challenge 4: Take a Fauxcation

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Your instructions: Craft an away-message (or use one of ours). Put it up for an hour, an afternoon, or the whole day. It will make you more productive at things that matter. 
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Challenge 3: Delete That App

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Your instructions for today: Delete that app. And listen in as our favorite casual cell phone video gamer confronts the designer of her worst addiction. 
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Challenge 2: Photo Free Day

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

We take 10 billion (yes, that's a "b") photos per month, mostly on our phones. Today, we want you to start seeing the world through your eyes, not your screen.
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Challenge 1: Keep That Phone in Your Pocket

Monday, February 02, 2015

To kick off our week of Bored and Brilliant challenges, try this: on the train, bus, sidewalk, or passenger seat, keep your phone in your pocket. Or — bonus points — in your bag.
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Bored and Brilliant by the Numbers

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thousands of people are signed up to track their phone usage as they take the Bored and Brilliant challenges. Herewith we present the results by the numbers. 
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What 95 Minutes of Phone Time a Day Does to Us

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Prepare for our week of Bored and Brilliant challenges with a peek at the data we're gathering on how much you use your phones and the science behind why it matters for your brain.
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9 Things We Learned About Phones From a Teenager

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hint: High school is pretty much how you remember it, but the mean girls don't have to look you in the eyes anymore.
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Bored and Brilliant: FAQ

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What is this whole thing about anyway? Tech support answers, our challenge rules, and more.
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How To Sign up For Bored And Brilliant

Monday, January 12, 2015

Join New Tech City to help you put down your phone, embrace spacing out and get inspired. Here's how to start.
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The Case for Boredom

Monday, January 12, 2015

We're kicking off New Tech City's biggest project yet. It's called Bored & Brilliant: The Lost Art of Spacing Out. Our goal is to get you rethinking our relationship with technology.  
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This Is How You Save Your Beloved Voicemail Messages Forever

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

It's not as easy as it should be. 
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Seriously, Listen to Your Voicemail

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Ask a 20-something, or even a 40-something, if they'd miss their voicemail if it went away tomorrow. Many wouldn't flinch. But there's something deeper we're giving up if that happens.
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Tell Us About Your Relationship With Your Phone

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

We want your stories. Is your smartphone a fifth limb? A necessary evil? A nemesis? A best friend? A bad boyfriend? You tell us.
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Tales of Real Life Tech Addiction

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

In which video games at 3 a.m. make someone sick, and our mothers nod knowingly. 
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Screens Really are a Nightmare for Sleep

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

May we suggest a holiday activity for the family? Sleep... without screens.
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Look How Cute This Military Cyber Warfare Training Ground Is

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Somewhere hidden in the sleepy suburbs of New Jersey, there is a very small "town" called CyberCity, where the military is training to defend against cyber attacks.
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Look! I Taught My Dad To Download Podcasts

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The New Tech City intern took on a huge challenge. She taught her dad how to listen to podcasts, and boy was it fun. 
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Your Facebook Friend Said Something Racist. Now What?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

There's a formula for a productive conversation about tough topics. Also, we made a flowchart. 
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