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Microsoft Can Now Talk Better Than Humans And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?<p><b>1 – Microsoft says its speech recognition is now as good as humans.</b><p>Based on a study it did, the software giant put its speech recognition technology up against professional …

Small Business

More Than 1,000 U.S. Spies Protecting Rio Olympics

U.S. intelligence has assigned more than 1,000 spies to Olympic security as part of a highly classified effort to protect the Rio 2016 Summer Games and American athletes and staff, NBC News has learned.<p>Hundreds of analysts, law enforcement and special operations personnel are already on the ground …

Part microbe, part machine: Bionic leaf sucks up carbon dioxide as it makes liquid fuel

A team of scientists at Harvard University says it has come up with a bionic leaf — a system that could use solar power and hydrogen-eating bacteria to generate liquid fuel. The findings, described in the journal Science, offer an alternative path to making carbon-neutral solar fuels.<p>Part microbe …

Carbon Dioxide

Here are Google, Amazon, and Facebook’s secrets to hiring the best people

Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Google, Amazon. These top tech companies each receive over a quadrillion resumes per year (source needed). So it’s safe to say they have a good process for choosing the best job candidates. But what is it?<p>No, it’s not that list of popular Google interview questions …

Employment

Women Start Up New Businesses at Twice the Rate of Men

Here Are the Stocks to Buy If Hillary Clinton Becomes President

The head that wears the crown can also change the way the markets march.<p>During George W. Bush’s presidency, defense and oil stocks gushed. Under …

Former Apple CEO John Sculley’s views of leadership changed when he met Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

In 1983, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was looking for a new CEO to run his burgeoning company. He tapped John Sculley, the CEO of Pepsi-Cola and the marketeer who had devised the Pepsi Challenge, which helped the soda company take on Coca-Cola. Jobs wanted someone who could help upstart Apple …

Avoid Sucker Yields, Buy REITs With Growing Dividends

Truth or False: High dividend yield equates to high total returns.<p>If you answered True you could be in for a bumpy ride.<p>It’s actually a common misconception that a high yield is a central element to the calculation of total returns , and the facts are clearly justified, a dividend yield that is …

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New NASA Spacecraft Will Be Propelled By Light

Solar sails could travel to the outermost regions of the solar system faster than ever before.<p>In 1418, European sailing vessels left their ports to explore the Atlantic Ocean, initiating a great Age of Discovery.<p>In 2018, a small space probe will unfurl a sail and begin a journey to a distant …

Space Travel

STOCKS GET CRUSHED, OIL TUMBLES: Here's what you need to know

After oil and stocks diverged on Monday — stocks did nothing and oil sank— both oil and stocks fell in tandem on Tuesday.<p>First, the scoreboard:<p><b>Dow:</b> 16,153.5, -295.6, (-1.8%)• <b><br>S&P 500:</b> 1,903, -36.4, (-1.9%)• <b><br>Nasdaq:</b> 4,517, -103.4, (2.2%)• <b><br>WTI crude oil:</b> $29.90, -5.5%<p>Big oil<p>Exxon Mobil reported ugly …

Markets

Stratfor has 11 chilling predictions for what the world will look like in 10 years

In 2015, private-intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, published its Decade Forecast, in which it projects the next 10 years of global political and economic developments. While international analysts often try their hand at predicting the major events of the coming year, Stratfor …

Geopolitics

Whoops! Martin O'Malley Really Does Matter

For months, I've written off Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley. I mean, haven't we all? The guy has never polled above 10 percent nationally, putting him firmly in political footnote status.<p>But! With the race in Iowa tightening between Clinton and Sanders, O'Malley is seeing a bit of a relevancy …

Do You Want to Be Truly Rich? What I Learned From a Weekend With a Multimillionaire

The brilliant business insights were only the beginning.<p>Building a successful business takes a lot.<p>The greatest entrepreneurs start by identifying a problem, then creating an effective solution. If you want to push forward, you'll also need a hardworking spirit and the ability to remain resilient …

This Boy Was Thrown Out Of School Because Of His DNA, Parents Say

Colman Chadam carries genetic markers for cystic fibrosis, but doesn't have the disease itself, according to his parents. Inside their legal battle against the school district in Palo Alto, California.<p>On Oct. 10, 2012, 11-year-old Colman Chadam was pulled out of class at his public middle school in …

7 ways smart people ruin their own success

Some of them will make it. Many of them won't.<p>Lots of people say they want to be successful. They work to be more productive. And yet they manage to sabotage their path at every turn.<p>Perhaps it's because they don't know any better. Or maybe they have blind spots concerning their own behavior. Many …

The 'Soft Hair' on Stephen Hawking's Black Holes

A step toward solving the black hole information paradox.<p>On Tuesday, Stephen Hawking and friends posted a new paper to the arXiv server. It has a great, or at least peculiar, title: "Soft Hair on Black Holes."<p>What in the great wide universe could that possibly mean? Glad you asked.<p>The subject of …

7 counterintuitive secrets to being insanely productive

In fact, there are plenty of proven strategies for getting more done while staying happy and healthy.<p>To find out what those strategies are, we checked out the Quora thread "What is the secret to insane productivity?" as well as some other research, and picked out our favorite techniques.<p>Quora user …

Time Management

Bernie Sanders Will Not be the Democratic Nominee, No Matter What Happens in the Primaries

If you think Bernie Sanders will be the Democratic nominee for President in 2016, you're out of your mind.<p>There is no way the Democratic Party will allow that to happen, for two main reasons.<p>First, this is Hillary's turn to be the nominee. And although that's pretty distasteful for many of Bernie' …

How To Prevent And Cure Hangovers, According To Science

Just in case you party too hard on New Year's Eve.<p>Many people ring in the new year with lots of dancing and drinking, which then leaves them hurting the morning after.<p>Before you get to that point, the American Chemical Society has some chemistry-inspired tips on how to prevent a massive hangover, …

Capitalists should listen to Bernie Sanders

There is an irony to the presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders: The senator from Vermont is often cast as exotic because he calls himself a “democratic socialist.” Yet the most important issue in politics throughout the Western democracies is whether the economic and social world that social …

Middle-class

Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven't Noticed

Most of us haven't quite realized there is something extraordinary happening.<p>A few months ago, I freed myself from standard-procedure society. I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system. Since then, I see the world from a different perspective: the one that everything is …

Ancient Civilization

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Atoms Reach Record Temperature, Colder than Absolute Zero

Absolute zero is often thought to be the coldest temperature possible. But now researchers show they can achieve even lower temperatures for a …

Physics

Here's My Exact Strategy for Turning $15,000 Into $200,000 Every Month

Here are the 6 steps I used to transform my business, including my exact numbers and specific hacks.<p><b>This is a guest post from Russ Ruffino, founder of Clients on Demand. To sign up for the latest webinar on how to implement the problem-first approach in your business, view his free webinar.</b><p>Let me …

Standing on the brink of America's second Civil War

<b>WASHINGTON</b>, December 5, 2015 – Americans are split into two utterly opposed camps at odds over guns, gays, climate change, abortion, the welfare …