Self-described tech geek? You’ve found the right place. Tech writer John Patrick Pullen let us into his world, with the latest in wearables, companies dominating the tech space, and even his own product reviews.
Then, we’ve got the costumes, face paint, pumpkin-carving tips, and perfectly creepy party snacks to make your Halloween the most haunting yet.
Did you know the Next Issue catalog features several magazines designed for younger readers (from tiny toddlers all the way through the teen years)? We’ve compiled top stories to share with the kids, so this weekend, make reading a family activity.
Next Issue Picks
Get On the Bus
A rowdy group of 17 friends throws caution to the wind, packing into a repurposed schoolbus in the middle of a blizzard for a mid-winter journey to snow-free singletrack in Moab, Utah. What could go wrong?
The Best and Worst of 2014
What a year it’s been. Super-viruses invading our computers and smart phones getting smarter. Cool cars on the road and nasty stuff in our chicken. Lightbulbs that last longer than many marriages and retailers who treat us like real human beings. Here, the highlights and lowlights of 2014.
How to Be the Greatest
How do you bluff a bad hand? Design a cooler office? Sell parkas in China, reinvent your brand, negotiate with unions? Canadian Business asked the people who have done these things (and more) to share their first-hand experiences, so now you’ll know too.
An explosive report last spring raised questions regarding the legitimacy of Cambodian anti-trafficking activist Somaly Mam, tainting nearly two decades of work on behalf of victims. But how do the allegations hold up? In her first interview since the scandal, Mam tells her side of things.
Have a Haunted Halloween
Create the Ultimate Halloween Mask
Face painting can be the start of an awesome costume—or a full transformation on its own. Either way, there’s no need to call in a professional. These simple, step-by-step instructions for five favorite looks make the process so easy it’s almost scary.
As part of Woman’s Day’s Halloween Fun Guide, learn to transform pumpkins, gourds, and squashes into clever characters. We really like the curious raccoon, fantastic fox, and adorable turtles.
Kids in the Hood
Do you know someone that would like to be a frog, shark, owl, fox, spider, or bat for Halloween? These six wickedly easy D.I.Y. costumes all start with a hoodie—and can be turned back into plain sweatshirts after Halloween.
Gather up your goblins and scare up your skeletons—it’s fright night on the farm! Every great Halloween party needs three things: Spooky-cute costumes, ghoulish games, and food that’ll make guests shiver with excitement. Read for some haunted how-tos.
John Patrick's Tech-Centric Picks
Nest Hatches a Connected-Home Boom
I profiled Nest in the June 2014 issue of Entrepreneur, so I was especially interested in Austin Carr’s take for Fast Company. While I focused on co-founder Matt Rogers, this story covers his partner Tony Fadell. The pair are a dynamic duo shaping the smart home.
Transportation: Uber Banks on World Domination
This tech-backed taxi company may not be in your town (yet), but it’s already changing the world of transportation. I love how Adam Lashinsky covers both the financial and personal impacts of the service in its battle to go worldwide.
When the slickest designed publication on the newsstand (or the tablet) has a design issue, it’s a must-read. Editor-in-chief Scott Dadich unfurls his genius in this piece which explains how WIRED purposely gets its layouts wrong to make them oh-so right.
Tech: Ear Candy
The happy marriage of art and editorial—that’s what makes magazines beautiful. You don’t see that with online articles. Every month, I look up the magazine stories I wrote on Next Issue; there’s no shame in that. I wrote this eye-popping computer monitor review. My compliments to photographer, Ben Alsop.
Stories to Share with Kids
30 Freaky Facts About Weather
Read this with the kids to discover some amazing powers of nature. Example: You can tell the temperature by counting a cricket’s chirps. Great sound effects make this read even more fun.
The New Wave
Meet 12 elite members of Young Hollywood’s crazy-cool crew, including Quvenzhané Wallis, Bella Thorne, Jaden Smith, and Maisie Williams.
10 Trips to Take Before Your Kid Turns 10
Get your young ones involved in planning the next family trip with this list of attractions worth seeing before they outgrow them.
Sports history is filled with unforgettable pressure-packed performances. And no one provides them these days like these six athletes.
Onscreen, she’s Lars Von Trier’s muse of brutal erotica. Offscreen, she’s…launching a preppy-chic denim line? Alexandra Marshall encounters the many sides of Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Head Over Heels—and Handbags
Give a girl the right shoes and bag and she can conquer the world. So, of course, our friends at LOULOU packed their pages with the most fab finds per square inch so you can go forth and rule!
When it comes to breezy elegance and unselfconscious sex appeal, Paris will always be the ne plus ultra of style. With resort collections brimming with menswear-inspired trousers and body-skimming knits, the city serves up a French lesson to remember.
For human-rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin’s fairy-tale wedding to George Clooney, only a dream dress would do. Enter Oscar de la Renta.