Features by Alex Schmidt

Biya Lhid and the Moroccan Hanbel she made.

Anou, the accessible Etsy of Morocco

New website launched in Morocco helps rural artisans set their wares.
Posted In: Morocco, artisans, crafts, Etsy, anou

Ever get lost at the airport? Blame the signs

"Wayfinding": There's money to be made off of real, physical signage, even as it gives way to a digital future.
Posted In: Signs, airport, wayfinding

Buying your way onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Movie studios, fan clubs or anyone can raise the funds for a star.
Posted In: hollywood, Janis Joplin, Matt Damon

Why don't more consumers use automatic bill pay?

When it comes to paying bills, we could all just automate and do everything online without even thinking about it. So why don’t we?
Posted In: bills

Making Grand Theft Auto pay

Grand Theft Auto V cost $265 million to make. Pre-sales have been good, but GTA already has a huge following. With development costs now so high, creating a new game from scratch has become a high-stakes business.
Posted In: video games, grand theft auto

New school Silicon Beach meets old school Hollywood

With Netflix reporting first quarter revenue of over $1 billion, others are seeing profit in original storytelling. And major tech companies are setting up production studios all over L.A.
Posted In: Silicon Beach, Tech, hollywood, YouTube

Brazilian banks lead way on biometrics

Despite the high cost, biometrics actually saves the banks money by reducing fraud and eliminating other problems that first world nations don't face.
Posted In: brazil, ATM, Biometrics

Work from home, get distracted

With enough planning -- and maybe some soundproofing -- some are still finding ways to get their work done at home.
Posted In: office

QR codes bridge real life with cyberspace

Little black and white squares have started popping up in magazines, on billboards and storefronts. They're called QR codes, and are aimed at linking the online world with the real world.

No town too small for tourism

The town of Ord, Neb. may have a population of just 2,200, but the local convenience store is stocked with tourist brochures. Alex Schmidt explores how this and other small-community economies are pulling people back.
Posted In: Travel


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