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11 tips for calming your nerves before a big presentation

She was presenting an oral book report on "Great Expectations" to Mrs. Weaver's tenth grade English class. She was nervous and could feel her hands shaking, heart racing, knees knocking, and palms sweating. As she reached the front of the room and turned to face her 33 classmates, she froze.<p>Moments …

Public Speaking

User Onboarding Isn’t a Feature

I’ve spoken to many companies about their onboarding experiences, and I often hear them enthusiastically tell me that they finally got onboarding on …

Product Management

The 7 Deadly Sins of User Research

It’s fashionable to blame poor usability on firms not doing enough customer research. On the face of it, this seems like the obvious cause of poor …

Ideo, Silicon Valley’s Most Influential Design Firm, Sells A Minority Stake

The 25-year-old design consultancy sells an undisclosed stake to a group of creative businesses owned by Japan’s Hakuhodo DY Holdings.<p>Amid “pendulum swings” in the design landscape, Ideo, the global consultancy known for its human-centered approach, has become part of Kyu Collective, a group of …

LinkedIn And Uber’s China Rival Didi Kuaidi Ink Deal To Partner On Apps, R&D And Recruitment

LinkedIn took a step today to build up its presence in China, and China’s Uber rival Didi Kuaidi took a step to make more inroads into the U.S. tech industry: the two companies have signed a deal to form a strategic partnership covering product integration, technology, recruitment, and brand …

Tim Cook

Inside Stephen Hawking's Voice Software, Now Available For Free

The technology that's given an artificial voice to renowned physicist Stephen Hawking could soon be helping others with disabilities.<p>The software -- called the Assistive Context-Aware Toolkit (ACAT) -- was developed over three years by Intel Labs for Hawking, who has suffered from amyotrophic …

Stephen Hawking

Screentendo can turn almost anything on your computer into a Mario level

When I start daydreaming online, I’ve found myself wondering why I can’t control a little Mario and make him jump around the eBay ads for crap I looked up two weeks ago. Well, it turns that out that I can.<p>Developer Aaron Randall has coded together something that he calls Screentendo. This is a Mac …

Image Processing

Meet Nuimo, a Universal Remote for Your Home's Connected Devices

In the smart home of the future, you'll be able to control everything from the lights to the shower temperature with your phone — but what fun is that? Nuimo is a device that connects to your other devices, allowing you to control them with natural gestures and a smoothly spinning dial. It's simply …

iPad App of the Week: Sunrise Calendar

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.<p>Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and …

CHIP is a $9 Raspberry Pi killer

The Raspberry Pi was definitely a game changer when it hit shelves at only $35. But CHIP is hoping to make the Pi look positively pricey by comparison. The Kickstarter campaign has already blown way past its $50,000 goal. In fact, at the time of this writing its approaching $500,000. Like the Pi, …

Raspberry Pi

Intel's PC on a stick is now available for pre-order

Like the idea of Intel's Compute Stick turning your TV into a full-fledged Linux or Windows PC? You can finally plunk down some cash to get one. Online stores (including Amazon and Newegg) have started taking pre-orders for the HDMI dongle, which is now expected to ship by late April rather than …

Selling

Stanford’s flexible aluminum-ion battery can fully charge in a little over one minute

The current Lithium-ion batteries we have in our smartphones today are slowly improving, but it seems as though these types of batteries just can’t keep up with what the rest of the tech world needs. Many other types of battery tech have surfaced over the years, but none have been as efficient or …

Clean Energy

Ditch the Paper and Increase Productivity With These Six Apps!

<i>This is part of the "Increased Productivity" series where experts in productivity, brain training, and business success share the techniques and tools they couldn't live without.</i><p>Going paperless has probably been an agenda item in most offices for several years now, but somehow it never quite seems …

Apps

Get your lost iOS files back fast with FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery

<i>This post is brought to you by FonePaw, creator of iPhone Data Recovery.</i><p>Accidentally delete important iPhone files? Encounter a fatal failure while jailbreaking your iOS device? Experience a hardware or system malfunction? iPhone Data Recovery can snap you out of this all-to-common data nightmare …

Data Recovery

Texting this phone number will get you 'anything you want as long as it's not illegal'

What if you could text a number and get anything you want?<p>That's the ambitious goal of a new startup called Magic, a text-messaging-based concierge service that promises to pull strings, place orders, and schedule deliveries all so you don't have to.<p>Magic doesn't have a dedicated app. It instead …

Text Messaging

This Unique Mobile Keyboard Folds Smaller than an iPhone 4

Typing on cellphones and tablets sucks. Virtual keyboards can be effective, but they take up half of your screen’s real estate. On the other hand, portable keyboards then tend to be either too small (limited by your tablet’s screen size), or too clunky to carry.<p>A company called WayTools wants to …

Apple's Swift programming language soars in popularity

Just months after the first ever app created by it, the Swift programming language from Apple has leapt up the rankings of the technologies to watch from 68th place to 22nd<p>The programming language created by Apple for developers to make iOS and OS X apps with has made an “unprecedented” jump up the …

How to Gather Quantitative Data on User Behaviors

For the closed card sort on Yelp’s homepage, we asked participants how often they used Yelp, and how often they used the search filters, so that we could filter our data based on users with more or less experience. Knowing how many people used search filters would also give us an insight into how …

Where Big Data Jobs Will Be In 2015

Demand for Computer Systems Analysts with big data expertise increased 89.9% in the last twelve months , and 85.40% for Computer and Information Research Scientists.<p>Demand for Python programming expertise increased 96.9% in big-data related positions in the last twelve months.<p>These and other key …

10 Chinese Internet of things startups to watch in 2015

The Internet of Things, or IoT, emerged as the third wave of internet development and is gradually merging the physical and online worlds. Prompted by the smart hardware boom, this sector is in full bloom in China, with repercussions across fields such as smart homes, wearables, connected cities …

At HP Labs, an effort to make the biggest change to computing since the 1940s

HP Labs has been Hewlett-Packard’s engine of innovation for decades, but the division won a lot of attention this year when it began talking about …

The secret of great product managers: Balancing the worlds of ‘techie’ and ‘fuzzy’

Microsoft created the “modern” role of product manager 25 years ago, and the job holds an aura of myth even today. Two-and-a-half decades later, the role of product manager is still misunderstood and ill-defined, and the most important qualities in a product manager are often overlooked. As a …

Product Management

How to run Windows 10 on your Mac for free

One of the selling points of a Mac these days is the ability to run Windows software on it, via virtualization or Apple’s own Boot Camp. Running Windows lets you play PC games that haven’t been ported to the Mac, or stay completely compatible with your documents from a PC-centric …

Carrier-neutral Internet data service 21Vianet raises $296M from Kingsoft, Xiaomi, and Temasek

21Vianet Group, a leading carrier-neutral Internet data services provider in China, has announced that it has entered into share purchase agreements with Kingsoft, Xiaomi and Temasek.<p>The three investors will inject a total of $296 million of funding into 21Vianet. Kingsoft agreed to a $172 million …

£50 MIPS is a micro-computer running Android and Linux

Rapberri Pis are all the rage these days, but now there's a new kid on the micro-computing block.<p>Unveiled by British chip design company Imagination …

Artificial intelligence is now affordable. Use it to work smarter

I’m barely old enough to have been taught how to find content the old way – using library directories and the Dewey Decimal System. Things changed quickly during my middle and high school years. By the end of it, I could do <i>almost</i> all my research from one starting point:<p>In college we were encouraged …

Cisco buys hot software-defined networking startup Tail-f for $175M

Cisco announced this morning that it has agreed to buy Tail-f Systems for $175 million. The company offers “multi-vendor service orchestration,” which essentially means that it provides a software layer that lets you manage a wide range of networking devices via a single interface.<p>“Our goal is to …

Chinese cloud provider UCloud brings in $50M to expand into North America

Chinese cloud provider UCloud announced $50 million in funding led by Bertelsmann Asia Investments and Legend Capital. DCM, which participated in UCloud’s previous round of $10 million together with Bertelsmann, also participated in the new round.<p>UCloud, founded in 2012 by former Tencent …

Sharp Free-Form display opens the door for weird and wonderful designs

If the latest flagship smartphones are anything to go by, we can’t escape talking about displays and mobile devices. So here’s a little glimpse at a technology that might work its way into future smartphones. Sharp has been showing off its latest display innovation called “Free-Form”, which allows …

Mobile Devices