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Behold...The Salad Dressing Algorithm

There are a million ways to dress a salad but really only two basic types of dressing: creamy and vinaigrette. Pick one, then customize it for your …

5 Non-Evil Ways to Get People to Do What You Want, From Dan Pink

I’ve posted about getting people to like you, winning arguments and FBI methods for negotiation — but let’s take it to the next level.<p>There are ways …

Why Killing the Password Is the Next Billion-Dollar Industry

Countless data-breaches and password leaks are popping up, such as the recent leak of customer accounts on multiple video game networks.<p>It's becoming increasingly difficult to live a safe life online relying on the password, as even the most intricate password is useless if someone finds it and …

Authentication

4 Ways to Identify Team Dysfunction

Tired of dealing with team problems? Try these four steps to quickly identify and eliminate team dysfunction.<p>Very few tasks are completely in isolation for today's leader. Leaders harness diverse resources and collaborate across functions. In fact, my favorite definition of teamwork is "connected …

7 Ways to Deal With Overwhelm in Your Company

Prioritize your day to be the most productive and efficient as possible and get more done!<p>According to a recent survey we conducted of 500 business owners, over 70% reported feeling “overwhelmed” running their companies. They felt pulled in too many directions, like they were wearing too many hats, …

Time Management

5 Electronic Hubs for the Savvy Traveler

1. Stay Connected<p>2. It's Hip to Be Square<p>3. Lucky Number Seven<p>4. Gotta Connect 'Em All<p>5. Top of the Class<p>OK, travel pro. You've mastered the art of …

Brightup Is A Smart Home Lighting System That Works With Your Existing Bulbs And Lamps

Smart home lighting is a growing field, with entrants including Philips and LIFX, but one other new contender has a different approach that might appeal more to some. The Brightup system consists of plug socket hardware and in-wall dimmers, connected to and controlled by a central hub via Z-Wave RF …

Vivint Launches Smart Home Platform: 'We Consider Apple a Direct Competitor'

While many smart home companies are likely gearing up to work with Apple's newly announced Home platform, others companies like Vivint want to …

Nest to Launch in France, Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland

Google’s Nest connected home platform will expand across Europe later this month with the release of its learning thermostat and smoke alarm in Belgium, France, Ireland and the Netherlands.<p>Nest’s products will be available in 400 retail stores across the continent at launch, followed by another 150 …

Apple TV Could Become A Home For HomeKit Smart Devices

Apple’s HomeKit is still in its earliest days, with the connected home framework technically shipping with iOS 8 but not offering up any consumer endpoints to explore just yet. The latest beta of the Apple TV operating software shows (via AppleInsider) we could be nearing more visible HomeKit …

Nest acquires Revolv in a bid to control your entire smart home

Nest has just acquired Boulder, CO-based Revolv, one of the most flexible smart home platforms on the market. It's a big move in the growing smart home market, which has two main battles: the individual devices and the platform they run on to make our homes smarter. Nest, with its popular smart …

Stick this wireless, iPhone-controlled light switch on any wall

Ever been annoyed by the placement of light switches in your house? Is there never one around when you need it? The Avi-on Switch is a new light switch (with an associated iPhone app) that you can literally just stick onto your wall like a Post-It Note, no wiring required.<p>Here’s how it works. The …

Home Automation

IBM goes all consumer-y in its bid for continued relevance

IBM’s partnership with Twitter (Twitter!) is all about making the company’s Watson and other tools more aware of what’s going on in today’s world. …

How to Hack Your Own Network and Beef Up Its Security with Kali Linux

Kali Linux is a security-focused operating system you can run off a CD or USB drive, anywhere. With its security toolkit you can crack Wi-Fi …

Linux