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Stop worrying about the period in your Gmail address — Google says it doesn't matter

My personal email address is my name at gmail.com. Most of the time, it looks like this: kif.leswing@gmail.com.<p>But if I end up giving you kifleswing@gmail.com, don't worry. I'll still get the email.<p>In fact, if you're a Gmail user, the periods in your email address don't matter at all. Gmail …

IT security

Graphic design startup Canva just turned into a unicorn

Canva, the graphic design startup that lets users design fly flyers on the fly, has just turned into a unicorn. <b>The company said today it raised $40 million in its latest funding round, and is now valued at $1 billion</b>.<p>Cofounded by CEO Melanie Perkins–one of <i>Fast Company</i>‘s Most Creative People In …

Graphic Design

10 Wireframing Tools to Help you Create Great Websites, and Make Great Design Decisions

As a web designer or developer, you’re probably familiar with wireframes and their place in the design process.<p>Wireframes are skeleton structures …

Wireframing

5 Rules That Will Make You Instantly Suck Less at Design | Inc.com

As Jason Putorti, former lead designer at company Mint.com, once memorably put it, great design can seem like magic pixie dust sprinkled over a product, instantly transforming a so-so experience into something spectacular.<p>That's true, but also kind of intimidating to us mere muggles. Thankfully …

UI Design

A smart home mega sensor can track what goes on in a room

Creating a smart home currently requires either linking every connected device one-by-one or adding sensor tags to old appliances to make a cohesive IoT network, but there might be an easier way. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon developed a concept for a hub that, when plugged into an electrical …

Internet of Things

What is PR and why does your small business need it?

Getting the right people on board as early as possible to work towards a clearly defined goal can really set a business or project off on the right foot.<p>A PR strategy can be critical to the success of a small business.<br>At the very least, good communications will let people know that a company (and …

Public Relations

Top 10 Marketing Books of 2014 | Inc.com

My previous posts have identified the Top 10 Business Books of 2014 and the 7 Most Thought-Provoking Books of 2014. In this post, I turn to marketing, where it's been a <i>very</i> good year, with numerous groundbreaking titles. Here are the year's best:<p><b>Subtitle:</b> <i>Power Tips for Power Users</i><p><b>Authors:</b> Guy …

Marketing

The best new UX Books from the last 3 years – UX Collective

Best new UX books from the last 3 years<p>A new generation of design books published in 2015, 2016 and 2017, that have recently become part of my …

Tech giants back IoT licensing platform - Mobile World Live

Ericsson, Qualcomm and ZTE are among the backers of a “one-stop licensing platform” targeting IoT device makers.<p>Run by Avanci, a company founded this …

Domains for sale

The Biggest Decor Trends The Year You Were Born

Some ideas were surprisingly ahead of their time, while others haven't exactly aged well.<p>Interior tastes evolve a bit slower than hairstyles or fashion, but you'd be surprised at how much can change from year to year. The frills of the '40s, the eclectic '70s, the pastel explosion of the '80s — …

Interior Design

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

Super Stylish Package Design

I simply love package design! I firmly believe that a well designed package can make a difference for a lot of people when deciding what product to …

Graphic Design

Improve your core with these cycling specific sequences (video)

Your training off the bike is as important as the training you do on the bike. Your core is something you can’t ignore.<p>This muscle group is essential …

Solar Crowdfunding: In Need Of A Kickstart

Solar power is going intergalactic.<p>In an announcement late last month, SolarCity, the country’s largest installer of rooftop solar arrays, announced that private space company SpaceX had scooped up $90 million of its corporate bonds.<p>The marriage—no doubt blessed by Elon Musk, the entrepreneur at …

Solar Power

How IBM Plans To Help Reinvent The Modern Corporation

It’s no secret that big corporations aren’t what they used to be. In recent years, we’ve seen industrial stalwarts such as General Motors, Kodak and Blockbuster go bankrupt even as upstarts like Tesla, Instagram and Netflix rocket forward. The average lifespan of a company on the S&P 500 has fallen …

Innovation

Why SEO is sabotaging your content marketing

There has been much controversy over the past year or two when it comes to guest posting. While guest posting can be an integral part of a successful content marketing strategy, we know that using it solely as a link-building strategy is no longer effective (and is actually frowned upon by …

The 10-Minute, Do-Anywhere Workout

Boost your core and leg strength with this quick routine from bike racer and Amazing Race contestant Kym Perfetto<p>Bike messenger turned Hollywood stuntwoman, personal trainer, and SoulCycle instructor Kym Perfetto has an attitude that's as fierce as her physique. Her intense, no-nonsense workouts …

Jake Gyllenhaal

Best Electric Bikes

If it is at all possible to do your work commute without the use of a car you really should give serious thought to doing so. The impact on our …

Crowdsourcing funds will put solar panels on every school roof

Labour says schools would benefit by average of £8,000 a year and spread understanding of sustainability<p>Every school in the country will be offered help with installing solar panels on their roofs under plans being considered by Labour. Schools would not only be able to reduce their bills, but …

Solar Panels

How to exceed expectations in your first managerial role

After years of hard work, you’ve landed your first position as a manager. It’s now time to prove yourself in your new role, but that may be a …

Germany Builds A Solar City That Produces Four Times The Energy It Consumes [Video]

When it comes to clean energy, most people in green communities believe the future of power usage will be solar energy. Initially, such a belief …

5 metrics that affect the success of your website redesign

When you're undertaking a website redesign it can be tempting to rush in with the excitement of new possibilities, but it's important to consider the …

Science says these 9 tactics will help you win any argument

We've scoured the research and compiled the following science-backed tactics that will help you win any argument.

Peer-Reviewed

The internet of things will rock your business and here’s how

The internet of things will disrupt the hell out of your business and you best start preparing your business to meet that change by preparing to deal …

Internet of Things

SAP inks partnerships to extend Internet of Things services

SAP is collaborating with a number of companies to develop Internet of Things (IoT) services for the enterprise.<p>SAP has secured multiple partnerships …

Internet of Things

Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years

A new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has exceptionally good news for the future of renewable energy. Costs are …

Renewable Energy

Could A Peer-To-Peer Marketplace For Renewable Energy Be The Wave Of The Future?

What if we had more of an open relationship with our electricity providers?<p>Today if you want to sell excess power from a rooftop solar panel, you don’t have a lot of options. You either sell to the local utility, or you don’t sell at all. More to the point, you also have to accept whatever price …