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10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Facebook has created a new "Social VR" team to explore how we'll communicate in virtual reality.</b> The company made the announcement in a blog post.<p><b>2. The FBI has confirmed that it reset the San Bernardino shooter's iCloud password.</b> The reset occurred after the FBI attempted to gain access to …

Virtual Reality

Evernote at the Office: Round 2

I recently started a new job and have decided, once again, to use Evernote as my main note taking system. I know OneNote isn’t the best for me, and although I was strongly considering the default Notes app, the lack of Windows support keeps me on Evernote.<p>This time around I wanted to avoid doing …

Big Data: 33 Brilliant And Free Data Sources Anyone Can Use

Data is ubiquitous — but sometimes it can be hard to see the forest for the trees, as it were. Many companies of various sizes believe they have to collect their own data to see benefits from big data analytics, but it’s simply not true.<p>There are hundreds (if not thousands) of free data sets …

World Health Organization

Why You Might Want To Consider Retiring In Medellin, Colombia

Medellín may not be the first place that springs to mind when you're thinking of your perfect overseas retirement spot ... but perhaps it should be.<p>Medellin, Colombia<p>At least, that is, if you're looking for a clean and vibrant culture-rich city that's just a short flight from the U.S., and with …

These Inception-Like Images Will Blow Your Mind

*BRRRRAAAAWWWRWRRMRMRMMRMMM*<p><b>To see more of Buyuktas' work, visit his website, Facebook page, or Instagram.</b>

How I Launched A Successful Startup Without Quitting My Day Job

Successfully moonlighting as an entrepreneur is all about time, money, and motivation.<p>Three months after starting my first job out of college, I began to work on a startup on the side—and I haven’t stopped since. For three years, it was a juggling act: I would keep plugging away at my business …

7 Big Ideas That Will Define Business in 2016

Advances in tech and new thinking about employment issues mean that work won't be the same.<p>The workplace is changing quickly--and so are the rules that define it. And while much of this change is related to new technology, some of it stems from long-rooted issues that are just now coming to a head. …

The 25 Best Books for Entrepreneurs

If you have your sights set on building a massively successful company where you call the shots, you might want to start with the following books.<p>You are what you read, and if your goal is to build a massively successful company where you call the shots, you might want to start with the following …

11 signs that you shouldn’t launch a startup

Many people believe that they can create and launch a successful startup online. They think that they can magically make money just like Mark Zuckerberg did with Facebook.<p>They see the Internet — websites, social media sites and mobile apps — as a place where all they have to do is stake their claim …

25 books that every entrepreneur should read

We spoke with wildly successful entrepreneurs and VCs like Mark Cuban and Peter Thiel and pored over years of interviews with star founders to find the books that every aspiring entrepreneur should read.<p>Here are their top recommendations.<p><i>Bianca Male, Aimee Groth, Richard Feloni, Natalie Walters,</i> …

Self-improvement

21 ways to stop procrastinating right now

But procrastinating can be costly, especially at work.<p>To stop, you'll first need to understand the causes and temptations of procrastination. Then you'll want to follow these 21 steps:<p><i>Vivian Giang contributed to a previous version of this article.</i>

Procrastination

A Peek Inside How I Use Evernote to Organize My Life

For years, I have been singing the praise of Evernote. And with great reason. The program has quietly moved beyond its standard “to-do list” …

Productivity

Focus: Productivity Through Tasks and Time

When examining apps such as Wunderlist or even 2Do, you'll see software that takes in tasks and inserts them into collections – ones that can span projects, weeks, and interests. Undoubtedly, entering in your todos is an important part of getting things done; however, working through these tasks in …

Snapchat Is Looking to Buy an Ad Tech Startup

Snapchat wants to get serious about advertising—and it's looking for some much needed help.<p>The media company wants to build ad technology to automate …

Four Books That Every Entrepreneur Must Read in 2016

With a new year upon us, there is no better time than the present to start actually abiding by that New Year's resolution to start reading more. If you are an entrepreneur, chances are you may feel like you simply don't have time to read for fun, but it is very important that you do what you can to …

Entrepreneurship

15 Things Only a Person With ADHD Will Understand

There are very few things as stunning and breathtaking as an alpha woman. Her poised sense of self and her kind yet firm ways are a masterful thing …

Self-improvement

The Productive Power of Writing by Hand

Despite today’s advanced technological devices, there’s nothing like scribbling down a daily to-do list or strategically placing Post-it® Note …

How Being Busy Can Make You Less Productive

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Being busy has somehow become a badge of honor. The prevailing notion is that if you aren’t super busy, you aren’t important or hard working. The truth is, busyness makes you <i>less</i> productive.<p>When we think of a super busy person, we think …

Time Management

Branding for lean startups: How to brainstorm a simple and strong business name

Larry Page and Sergey Brin got the name “Google” from misspelling a mathematical term that is correctly spelt as “googol”. Googol represents the number “1” followed by one hundred zeros.<p>After misspelling the term (as Google), Larry and Sergey figured it would be a better name for their search …

Startups

The Only Productivity Tips You'll Need to Achieve Your Goals in 2016

If like me you've tried many systems and productivity hacks you already know there is no holy grail of productivity and that you have to find your way through the various tools and systems to create the best structure that suits your specific needs.<p>However the more systems we try the quicker we can …

75 Apps That Will Save You Time as a Busy Professional

The right apps can help you be more productive and effective and run a business more efficiently.<p>When you're constantly multitasking and putting in long days--and who isn't?--the right apps can be a lifesaver. Once you hit on the combination that works for you, your personal and professional lives …

12 Work Hacks To Keep You Sharp And Focused Throughout The Day

Demolish that to-do list.<p><i>This story is part of our monthlong “</i><i>Work Well</i><i>” initiative, which focuses on thriving in the workplace. You can find more stories from this project</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>Let's be honest: Concentrating on work for eight hours straight is downright impossible.<p>An office is packed with …

Time Management

Get Your Best Productivity System for 2016

Get the sticky notes off your desk<p>Chances are, you’ve been thinking about trying a new productivity system or technique. You’re ready to up your game.<p>…

A serial startup employee explains 4 key steps to building a $1 million business in under 48 hours

We were both in hoodies and had a shared penchant for the F-bomb and burritos, all of which led to a caffeine-infused mind meld.<p>It would be the first of many.<p>The matchmaker then introducing us was the prophetic and profane Dave McClure, general partner of 500 Start-ups, which is now headquartered …

Startups

The mental trick that can help you brainstorm your best ideas

A member of the team writes the ideas down, and everyone later reviews them to determine if any are viable.<p>Idea generation isn't always a group effort, however. All too often you find yourself sitting in front of your computer, trying to come up with a great marketing slogan or a name for a new …

Project Management

Moleskine Unveils New Notebooks Designed for Productivity and Organization

Moleskine’s notebooks are some of your favorites, and today the company is taking the wraps off of “Moleskine Pro,” a reboot of the original with …

How Procrastination Can Supercharge Your Business

Your procrastination can be the ultimate compass for your business future.<p>Procrastination is a bad, four-letter word, something to be avoided at all costs. For entrepreneurs, it is a sin somewhere between working for free and being a poor networker. I recently heard a quote, though, that changed my …

Procrastination

6 Essential Techie Tools To Boost Productivity And Get More Done In 2016

Burnout and overwhelm — two of business’s dirty little words. Technology can alleviate some of the pressure you feel from day to day tasks like managing tasks, projects and even your inbox. Paula Rizzo, author of <i>Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less …

Productivity 101: A Primer to the Getting Things Done (GTD) Philosophy

Getting Things Done, or GTD, is a system for getting organized and staying productive. It may seem complicated on the outside, but the end goal is to …

Research suggests this is the best music to listen to for optimal productivity

Luckily, music can help get us back on a more productive track.<p>Studies out of the University of Birmingham, England, show that music is effective in raising efficiency in repetitive work — so if you're mindlessly checking email or filling out a spreadsheet, adding some tunes will make your task go …

Time Management