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Why CIA Director Brennan Visited Kiev: In Ukraine The Covert War Has Begun

Ukraine is on the brink of civil war, Vladimir Putin has said, and he should know because the country is already in the midst of a covert intelligence war. Over the weekend, CIA director John Brennan travelled to Kiev, nobody knows exactly why, but some speculate that he intends to open US …

How Android 5 Can Lock Manufacturers Tightly In To Google's Ecosystem

The discovery of some reworked icons (posted by Android Police) points towards a refresh of Android’s user interface in the next iteration of Google’s mobile operating system, but Android 5 can do more than change the look and feel of the world’s most popular smartphone OS. It can bind the …

Where Not To Wear Your New Google Glass

Yesterday, Google kicked off its first big come-one-come-all Glass sale, opening up the future-forward, fashion-backward devices to people beyond the few thousand initially chosen to be beta “Explorers.” By 3 p.m. Tuesday, “Cotton”-color shades had already sold out. Google is now claiming that all …

The Best Cities For Raising A Family

Raleigh, N.C., has built a solid economy around financial services, software and energy, a major retail shipping operation and its renowned Research Triangle.<p>The metro area is also blessed with quality schools, low crime, lots of oak trees and a low cost of living relative to its residents’ rising …

Four Charts On How Health Care Has Changed Since 'Mad Men'

“Mad Men” returns for its seventh season on AMC on Sunday night, with Don Draper, Joan Holloway, and the rest of the extended Sterling Cooper family back for an extended final go.<p>As a health care wonk, one joy of watching “Mad Men” has been how the show’s creators have used the characters’ …

At New York Auto Show, Audi Focuses On A3 Diesel While Others Diversify

Today at the New York Auto Show, while BMW and Mercedes-Benz each unveiled practical cornucopias of new product, Audi focused primarily on one offering, the 2016 A3 TDI Sportback.<p>The focus was especially acute because, as Audi of America President Scott Keogh said, sportbacks (read: wagons) don’t …

How Bad is The 401(k) Excessive Fee Problem?

<i>Note: This is the second in a series of posts about the problem of excess fees charged to defined contribution retirement plans. The first is</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>In the last post, I wrote about the problem of dominated 401(k) funds, which is almost exclusively a problem of excess fees. A plan that is offering a …

Sony Announces 7 Million PS4 Sales, Microsoft Still Silent On Xbox One

Sony has just announced that 7 million PS4s have been sold worldwide, five months after the console’s release. The launch has already shattered the notion that dedicated video game consoles are dead or dying, and these numbers only continue to reinforce that.<p>Sony announced the sales milestone on …

The Hybrid Cloud - Its Place In The Move To ITaaS

In my last post, I examined the demands IT transformation places on organizations that want to provide IT as a service (ITaaS). I suggested that while those demands make public cloud solutions very tempting, a hybrid approach combining private cloud deployments with public cloud services seems to …

How Researchers Use Social Media To Map The Conflict In Syria

Not long ago, for techPresident, I wrote an article on “Using Data and Statistics to Bring Down Dictators“. While researching for the article, I got in touch with Jay Aronson, the founder of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Human Rights Science. He pointed me to the work of another scholar, called …

What You Should Know Before Taking A Loan From Your Life Insurance

Aside from the death benefit, one of the great things about permanent life insurance is that it builds cash value. Your policy becomes an asset you own.<p>As you build cash value in your policy, you can easily take a policy loan against those funds to use for an emergency like a house repair you …

Cyberwars: Snowden, Wikileaks Cases Fit A Long Pattern Of Government Data Thefts

On September 23, 1780, three members of the New York militia intercepted a British spy carrying correspondence between Benedict Arnold, commander of the American garrison at West Point, and the head of British military forces in the colonies. The correspondence revealed General Arnold to be a …

Turn Your Mobile Or Tablet Into A Microscope With This Amazing Lens

Just a few hours left and the Kickstarter campaign for the Micro Phone Lens 150x – a soft, pliable lens that can <b>turn any smartphone or tablet computer into a hand-held microscope</b> – will be over. The initial goal of $50,000 has been more than doubled, with backers pledging, at the time of this …

Five Ways To Get Anyone To Do Anything You Want

Many years ago when I was earning my MBA at Wharton, students raved about a course Dr. Charles Dwyer taught in the education department. (The course might as well have been taught on Mars, but Dr. Dwyer was good enough to attract vast hordes of MBA students.) The highlight of the course, to many, …

Why The PS4 Continues To Dominate

At a certain point, probably around E3 last summer, the stars began to align for Sony's PS4. While that cosmic description in some ways elides the impressive work from everyone at Sony, it’s hard to look at it any other way. Sony rode a massive wave of approval from the core gaming fanbase, all the …

No More Teasing: Alfa Romeo Finally Returns To U.S.

Alfa Romeo has teased Americans with its return to the United States for years, and now, after numerous false starts, it will begin selling the 4C sports car this summer.<p>The 4C Launch Edition, unveiled Wednesday at the New York international auto show, is “just an appetizer” for the carmaker’s full …

Turn A Rejection Into A Job Offer

The woman was interviewing for a lucrative position as director of a sales team. After having three great meetings full of lively conversation about how she’d handle the job, she was optimistic. But then came the fourth and final interview, with the company’s executive vice president. Things were …

Doctor Who's Five Predictions For The Future of TV

Since the turn of the year, the BBC’s commercial arm has announced no fewer than three new distribution deals for Doctor Who – in the UK alone. Yet the veteran British sci-fi show – which was already available on the BBC’s public-service TV channels, on pay TV, on DVD and on iTunes – wasn’t exactly …

New York Auto Show: BMWi3 Is The 2014 World Green Car Of The Year

Just in time for U.S. sales to begin in May, the battery powered BMW i3 electric vehicle drove off with awards in two categories of the World Car of the Year awards at the New York International Auto Show today.<p>First, the BMW i3 won 2014 World Green Car, selected by a jury of 69 automotive …

5 Economic Reasons That Russians Think They Own Ukraine

Every time I visit Russia, I’m struck by how Russian people’s attitude to business and economics is utterly different from the West.<p>The rule of law simply doesn’t apply in many cases. Instead, decisions are based on a combination of connections and money.<p>This applies to the Ukraine. The connections …

Will Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Be A Success And Be Sold In 2015?

<i>Answer by Mark Rogowsky, Entrepreneur, raconteur, @maxrogo, on Quora,</i><p><b>It’s a gimmick and it’s going to fail.</b><p>Toyota keeps telling the world, “this is like the Prius, people made fun of that too!”<p>But the first Prius could refuel at <i>every gas station in America.</i> The hydrogen-powered Toyota FCV can …

We will fight the NRA with common sense

A year ago on Thursday, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill that would have helped fix our nation's gun laws by requiring background checks on all purchases of firearms. Ninety percent of all Americans -- and more than 80% of gun owners -- believe that all people should be subject to such checks. …

Exclusive: Syria submits more 'detailed' list of chemical weapons | Reuters

BEIRUT/THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Syria has submitted a “more specific” list of its chemical weapons to the global regulator overseeing the destruction of its stockpile after discrepancies were reported by inspectors on the ground, officials said.<p>A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds …

Today’s Apps Gone Free: Horn, Data Count, The Magic Castle And More

Save the people and animals of your village from a vicious curse in the visually stunning action adventure game from Phosphor Game Studios, Horn. We …

Samsung Executive Wanted To Attack The iPhone Shortly After Steve Jobs’ Death

In a recently released email, a Samsung executive believed the death of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs’ was the perfect time to attack …

Apple Said To Be Prepping A Bug-Fixing iOS 7.1.1 Update

It looks like Apple is gearing up to launch iOS 7.1.1, a minor update for its mobile operating system.<p>The news reached us from 9to5mac, which …

Why sleep is crucial to any wellness plan

Despite an ever-increasing focus on wellness in the workplace, employers often overlook a key contributor to the health and well-being of their …

Caffeine Actually Hits Your Body In Four Different Ways

Caffeine is the most widely used drug — most of us can't make it through the day without it. But what exactly is caffeine and how does it work? The latest Reactions video from the American Chemical Society breaks it down.<p>When caffeine enters your body, it is broken down into three "daughter" …