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The Skinny On Borrowing Money From Your 401(k)

<i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>When Ivy Simon, a 39-year-old from Chapel Hill, N.C., wanted to buy her first house in 2006, she borrowed $50,000 from her 401(k) for a down payment.<p>She paid back her loan easily, within two years. “I’m glad I did it, and I would do it again,” Simon says. …

Three Simple Ways To Create Customers For Life

You’ve heard it a thousand times: Happy customers translate into repeat business. For small businesses, truer words were never spoken. So why do some business owners view customer service as an unnecessary cost, believing in the adage that “a great product should speak for itself”?<p>“Many companies …

Windows XP's retirement driving PC demand in US, says Citi

Businesses are finally getting around to upgrading the decade-plus-old XP operating system. This is boosting PC demand in the US and other mature markets, says Citi.<p>The end is near for Windows XP support, which has triggered an uptick in PC demand, according to Citi Research.<p>In case you've been …

Emerging Markets

Apps Respond The Fastest In Canada And Japan, Finds New Report By Crittercism

Engaging design, marketing, and a solid user acquisition strategy are all key to making a successful app. But an app’s reliability often depends on factors beyond its developers’ control, according to a new report by Crittercism.<p>The company, which makes an app performance management and error …

PC shipments to sink 6 percent this year as tablets surge -- Gartner

Shipments of PCs, tablets, and mobile phones combined will climb by 7 percent in 2014, predicts Gartner, though PCs will be on the losing end of the deal.<p>PC sales will continue to nosedive this year as more consumers scoop up mobile devices, says a new report from Gartner.<p>Global shipments of …

Mobile

How Sleep Deprivation Drives The High Failure Rates of Tech Startups

I work in my sleep now. I fall asleep most nights writing and rewriting opening lines and first paragraphs in my head. And every morning before I wake, I am somehow still writing sentences in my head, twisted into my sheets while comparing arguments and searching for counter-arguments that could …

Five Powerful, Built-In Windows Tools You Might Not Know About

Even if you live in Windows, you may be surprised to find that it includes some rather powerful built-in tools for helping you monitor your system …

Make the Most of Your Multiple Monitors in Windows

The price of extra monitors has fallen steadily over the years, quality has risen, and Windows is more multi-monitor friendly than ever. Here's how …

Software

Visualize shared links, trends with BuzzSumo

What are the masses discussing on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks today, this week, or this month? BuzzSumo provides a simple dashboard to keep you informed.<p>If your job requires you to know which topics are the most discussed on social media or if you are simply a curious denizen of the …

Infographics

Google and Microsoft are using the cloud to track climate change

Data.gov is getting a whole lot greener thanks to its new section dedicated to climate information. The new channel is the product of President Obama's Climate Data Initiative (PDF), and pulls information that can help predict the effects of climate change and prevent any damage that may result. …

IBM sends Watson on a genetic quest to find the best cancer treatments

Sure, IBM's Watson crunches data for mobile apps and powers food trucks, but its owners are constantly looking for important studies that can put its cognitive computing expertise to the test. With the recent announcement of a clinical trial studying ways to deliver personalized care to brain …

The History of Flat Design: Efficiency, Minimalism, Trendiness

It seems as though any time you hear about Web design these days, you can’t help but come across the term “flat design.” While the flat Web design trend has been emerging in recent years, it seemed to have exploded in popularity thanks to large companies and organizations changing their design …

8 of the Best iOS Apps for Shooting and Sharing Video

Let’s imagine you’re not toting a dedicated video camera or DSLR, but rather are using the the ever-present smartphone camera in your pocket. While you can always call on Instagram or Vine for shooting and sharing video, there are so many other cool video apps out there—some free, some costing a …

Why Teens Are Innovators Of A New Public Form Of Privacy

It may seem like teens are always over-sharing without a thought. But in a world where opting out of online culture is hardly an option, many take a far more sophisticated view of privacy than adults give them credit for.<p>The following is an excerpt from It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of …

Netflix CEO Slams Web Companies Over Net Neutrality

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings gave Internet service providers a strongly worded piece of his mind over net neutrality in a blog post on the company's website on Thursday.<p>In a post titled "Internet Tolls And The Case For Strong Net Neutrality," Hastings laid out why cable giants should be doing more to …

The Most Popular Words Used in Viral Headlines

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>There is no one way to create viral content.<p>So many different variables go into a viral post—timing, emotion, engagement, and so many others that you cannot control. There is no viral blueprint. The greatest …

Oink helps parents monitor and control their kid's in-app purchases

A 13-year-old with access to his parent's iTunes account can potentially rack up a sizable bill in an afternoon of <i>Candy Crush</i> -- a tab mom might potentially refuse to pay because she didn't authorize the purchase. Payments company Oink has created a solution that lets kids buy what they want, but …