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This Google Expert's Top SEO Tips For Job Seekers In 2017

Putting "customer happiness ninja" as your LinkedIn headline—even if that's your actual job title—won't do you any favors.<p>When’s the last time you Googled yourself? If you said never, it’s time to start. Recruiters and potential employers are already searching you to decide if you’re a candidate …

LinkedIn

"Valley Of The Gods" Recounts The Wild Ride Of Peter Thiel's Fellows

In a Q&A, author Alexandra Wolfe follows the lucky 20 who dropped out of college and were given $100,000 to become tech entrepreneurs.<p>For Peter Thiel, the ultimate contrarian, it was the ultimate prank.<p>Back in 2011, the legendary PayPal founder and Silicon Valley investor launched an initiative …

Silicon Valley

Five Ways To Say "No" So You Can Finally Reclaim Your Focus

Staying productive is all about consciously deciding what not to do. Here's how.<p>It isn't news that culture is obsessed with <i>doing</i>—with being in motion, with being occupied, with being busy. But the upshot of all this doing is that we spend very little time deciding exactly what we should be doing in …

Productivity

This 750-Mile Trail Could Create A Bike Path Across New York State

A proposed car-free path from New York City to Canada is the latest in a wave of sustainable transit infrastructure developments taking shape across the country.<p>For a lot of people, 750 miles is a distance to be traversed by car, perhaps by a short flight. But in his week-long State of the State …

Urban Planning

75% Of Americans Think Self-Driving Cars Aren't Safe

What do they think of human drivers, though?<p>Autonomous vehicles (AVs) could one day make roads much safer, experts believe. Studies show the rate of crashes and fatalities falling in proportion to the rate of AVs coming into circulation. Safety really is the whole point of driverless driving: …

Autos

"House Of Cards" Captures The Mood Of Large Parts Of America In A Creepy New Promo

As reality ups the bar, President Frank Underwood sounds kind of appealing right now.<p><b>WHAT:</b> A teaser announcing the premiere date of <i>House Of Cards</i> season five (which is May 30).<p><b>WHO:</b> Netflix released the promo via Twitter this morning.<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> A few short years ago, the idea that Kevin Spacey's …

Entertainment

John Oliver Returns, Steve Jobs Pitches Government Work: The Top 5 Ads Of The Week

Adidas gets trippy with pop culture, Budweiser has a sweet Chinese story, and yep, Logan still looks awesome.<p>We live in a time economy. This is not news. For years now we've heard how movies, television, sports, games, magazines, and more are no longer simply jostling with their peers in a given …

Comedy

A New York Agency Is Streaming Puppies On Facebook Live Instead Of The Inauguration

Make counter-programming great again.<p><b>WHAT:</b> A Facebook Live stream of puppies that occurs at the same time as the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States.<p><b>WHO:</b> Critical Mass<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> If you want to bear witness to the beginning of this deeply uncertain period of American …

Facebook

PG-13 Movies Contain More Gun Violence Than R-Rated Movies

But rarely any consequences.<p>There is more gun violence in popular PG-13 movies than in the biggest R-rated movies, according to a new study published in the journal <i>Pediatrics</i>. The study, which continues from a 2013 study on the same subject, found that gun violence continues to grow in movies …

Entertainment

The Science And Politics Of Counting The Crowds At The Inauguration And Women's March

Organizers have reason to exaggerate, but AI and eyes in the sky are starting to provide a much better estimate of how many people show up.<p>Public events are a numbers game. If a hundred people show up at a protest in Washington, D.C., who cares? But a hundred thousand? Okay, let's hear what they …

Glenn Beck

Ultimately, Michael Keaton's "The Founder" Makes Sense For Trump's America

The story of how Ray Kroc "founded" McDonald's is depressing, but it had to be told.<p><i>The Founder</i>, which opens in theaters nationwide on January 20, the very day Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States, is a biopic about a narcissistic businessman that, sadly, is fitting for this …

Food

Eating Hot Chili Peppers Makes You Live Longer, Says Science

Make it spicier.<p>Spicy food isn't just delicious, it could help you live longer. Eating hot chili peppers can reduce your chance of dying, and help prevent heart disease and strokes, says a new study from the University of Vermont (a place with notably not a lot of spiciness in its regional cuisine).<p>…

Longevity

This Gorgeous New VR Film From Oculus Lets You Explore Lucid Dreamlike Memories

With VR struggling to become mainstream, Dear Angelica needed to showcase the best of the Oculus platform. It succeeded tremendously.<p>Get ready to step into, and walk around in, a series of surreal, lucid dreamlike memories. At the Sundance Film Festival today, Oculus Story Studio, the filmmaking …

Virtual Reality

7 Tech CEOs And Execs On Why Obama Was Innovator In Chief

As President Obama leaves office, entrepreneurs and tech leaders weigh in on his legacy.<p>Barack Obama was, in many ways, the first president who was truly plugged in. Over the course of his 2008 campaign, Obama famously embraced social media like no candidate previously had, and upon assuming …

Innovation

India’s Demonetization Is Having A Domino Effect On Credit, E-Commerce

Digital wallets are suddenly ubiquitous, but bigger changes are to come.<p>When graduate student Drew Newman went on vacation to India earlier this month, he found a nation in the throes of transformation. "Even in small cities, you’d see handwritten signs on tuk-tuks saying ‘We accept Paytm’ or …

eCommerce

"The Founder" Director Voices Concern About The "McDonaldization" Of Movies

As The Founder, a biopic of McDonald's franchiser Ray Kroc, opens, director John Lee Hancock explains how films can be like Big Macs.<p>The most prized element of the cuisine on hand at McDonald's—aside from the fact that it's there and you're hungry and maybe a little buzzed—is its uniformity. The …

Entertainment

These Self-Driving Cars Assemble Into Moving Towns

A compelling concept imagines how autonomous vehicles might revolutionize suburban and rural life.<p>We’ve been told that the self-driving car will lead to better cities, that it could dock with your apartment to add more space, or be an office on the way to work. With companies like Uber investing …

Driverless Cars

With Nintendo's Switch Game Console, New Ideas Create New Experiences

Even in the era of Super Mario Run, Nintendo is serious about pursuing its own vision and building its own hardware. Here's why.<p>Link, the elfin hero of the Legend of Zelda series, has been rescuing the princess for over 30 years and 17 games. With the latest installment, <i>Breath of the Wild</i>, he …

Nintendo

For A Film About Multiple Identities, M. Night Shyamalan's "Split" Can't Find Its Own

What should've been Shyamalan’s triumphant return is just too riddled with issues—one main one in particular. MAJOR SPOILERS AHOY.<p>Before I go any further, I’m just going to go ahead and rip the bandage off and reveal what we all wait for with any of M. Night Shyamalan's films: the twist. If you …

Entertainment

Indiegogo Wants To Reclaim Its Momentum With A Renewed Focus On Entrepreneurs

CEO David Mandelbrot spoke with Fast Company about what the platform is doing to stand out from the crowdfunding crowd.<p>Kickstarter is for creative projects. CrowdRise (acquired last week by GoFundMe) is for nonprofit fundraising. And Indiegogo is for... well, exactly what <i>does</i> differentiate …

Innovation

A Futuristic Office Is Less Important Than An Office That's Good For Workers

There's a lot of new technology that companies can put into their new offices—but instead of just following the latest trends, they're finding out what workers need.<p>According to a new report from Glassdoor about America’s labor market and job trends, "2016 was a landmark year for hiring." When …

Human Resources

A Designer's Guide To Surviving Four Years Of Trump

The day has come. Here’s a reading list for designers in Trump's America.<p>As Donald Trump is sworn in as 45th president of the United States today, his divisiveness has transcended politics.<p>Designers are destined to play a critical role in whatever comes next.<p>His pick to lead the Department of …

Design

Ideo Says The Future Of Design Is Circular

A new guide for designers encourages them to create products that stay in closed loops and business models that discourage waste.<p>When Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam replaced its lighting, it didn't pay for the bulbs. Instead, the airport pays for light as a service—and Philips, which designed the …

Circular Economy

Can GoFundMe Be The Future Of Philanthropy If The Alt-Right Uses It To Raise Funds?

The crowdfunding site is coming under fire for campaigns supporting a speaking tour for alt-right icon Milo Yiannopoulos. As it becomes an important pillar of fundraising, can the site keep claiming it's just a platform with no agenda?<p>In December, the College Republicans at the University of …

Milo Yiannopoulos

Take Solace In These Stunning Images Of The World's Most Awe-Inspiring Sights

The winners of the Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2016 competition confirm that Earth is a pretty spectacular place (and very worth protecting).<p>When Alice van Kempen traveled to Kruger National Park in South Africa to photograph elephants, she trained her lens on the tusks. The demand for ivory …

Photography

This Is How You Future-Proof Your Brain Against Increasing Distractions

Is it possible to train your brain to cope with an ever more fast-paced world? In some cases, more tech might save us from tech overload.<p>It’s no secret that technology advancements have affected our brains. With instant messages, push notifications, wearable technology, and many other tech-driven …

The Brain

The Creators Of The Pussyhat Project Explain How Craft Projects Are Protest

Thousands of women will be wearing pink cat-eared hats during the Women's March on Washington. We spoke to the women behind the phenomenon.<p>We're in a time of rapid, dramatic change. People are angry, and scared, and ready to fight for what they believe in. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the …

Gender

Why Slack, Chatbots, And Freelance Workers Have Your IT Department Freaking Out

The rise of collaboration tools and the mixed workforce of full-time and freelance staff that use them means more security risks.<p>These days every company is a tech company, thanks to cloud technology, social media, connected devices, and yes, automation and artificial intelligence.<p>As technology …

Cybersecurity

One Nation, Divided By A Common Language

Our language seems to be evolving faster than ever before. What are the consequences?<p><i>They don't even make fucking adults anymore. These little privileged shits. Everybody's a fucking pussy. You can't say shit to anybody. You can't even be a fucking human being anymore. You know what I'm saying? How</i> …

Language

Save The Alien, Save Your Soul: This VR Film Turns Empathy Into Action

Will you rescue Cheez? Baobab Studio's interactive short Asteroids! encourages viewers' participation by tapping into their emotions.<p>When Eric Darnell talks about what makes for good storytelling, he knows of what he speaks. The screenwriter and director of all four <i>Madagascar</i> films and the director …

Storytelling