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Moleskine’s latest smart pen saves your writing to download later

Moleskine has valiantly tried to bridge the divide between analog writing and digital files for years. The company released its Smart Writing Set in 2016 as a $200 holistic solution of pen, proprietary smart paper and app that instantly sent whatever you wrote or drew over to your paired device -- …

Productivity

These 14 Instant Pot Recipes Will Knock Your Family's Socks Off — and Won't Cost You More Than $20

Let's be honest, the Instant Pot is a busy parent's BFF. You can make pretty much anything your little heart desires — from rice to seafood to yogurt and beyond — and you don't have to sit around waiting for water to boil or an oven to preheat. So what could be better for moms and dads who have to …

Cooking

Harvard Study Says This Is How Long You Should Wait to Respond to a Customer

It won't take even five minutes to do this.<p>You're probably losing at least a good chunk of your sales due to this. And it's right under your nose.<p>Here's the scenario I'm talking about: a customer calls you, and you respond to that two hours later. You might think that's not too bad, but I'm telling …

Management

The ultimate guide to Google Home: Tips and tricks for understanding and making the most out of your assistant speaker

Article Contents<p>1 The basics<p>2 Voice Match and multiple users<p>3 Assistant apps<p>3.1 Important distinctions about Assistant apps<br>• 3.2 Assistant apps are …

Smart Homes

Innovation Isn't About What You Know, But What You Don't

An idea can never be validated backwards, only forwards<p>When Steve Jobs first came up with the idea for the iPod, it wasn't actually a machine he had in mind, but "a thousand songs in my pocket." It was, at the time, an impossible idea, because hard drives of that capacity and size just didn't …

Innovation

Bringing Order to Web Design Chaos (with Web Components)

<i>In my maturation as a Software Engineer, I've found that stories of the problems and solutions that other engineers have encountered to be invaluable</i> …

JavaScript

16 Things All Smart Homeowners Do Once a Year

'Sediment builds up over time at the bottom of the tank, causing corrosion,' says John Bodrozic, co-founder of HomeZada. 'Partially draining it …

Home Improvement

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2015 Vault | SI.com

Get the print edition<p>2015<p>Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2015 is highlighted by cover model Hannah Jeter.<p>This issue also includes returning models Gigi …

Fashion Modeling

5 Tech Trends That Will Rule 2018

Not a techie? No worries--here's what you need to know.<p>There are publications, journals, books, week-long conferences (like CES) and endless amounts of information written about all of the incredible advancements in technology and innovation. For non-technical business owners, it's enough to make …

4 Simple Steps to Stop Multitasking the Wrong Way

Handling a busy workday can make you go crazy quickly. These simple tips will help keep you sane while making you more productive.<p>I'm sure I'm not the only one who has gone through this cycle more times than I can count: while you're working on an important brief, your phone rings. As you sigh and …

4 Reasons Why You Need To Focus On Innovation

Innovation is a differentiator<p>Each day, innovators in the business world create new products, methods, and ideas. They manage to look at problems differently and come up with solutions others cannot, and they provide an endless stream of value to their companies. In fact, innovation just might be …

Amazon Web Services is an exploding IT beast... so learn to tame it for less than $9 per course

They service over a third of the world’s cloud computing needs. And with cloud services growing at a clip of nearly 40 percent annually, smart money recognizes Amazon Web Services as not only a juggernaut in the tech industry, but one that’s getting bigger by the day.<p>As AWS’s footprint in the cloud …

Cloud Computing

Big Data: Amazon, Google, Microsoft, The Cloud And Other 2018 Trends

In his latest book, “Thank You For Being Late,” Thomas Friedman highlighted 2007 as one of the most pivotal years in technology: 2007 saw the birth of Hadoop, the iPhone and Amazon’s Kindle for instance. My bet is that 2018 will start a new era for the technology space, very much like 2007 did. I …

Big Data

This Daily Journal Will Help You Get Things Done in 2018

If you find yourself a little lost and scattered when you start your day, you're not alone. Whether you're overwhelmed or just not sure where to …

12 Daily Reminders We Need to Read Every Morning for the Rest of the Year

<i>Where you ultimately end up this year is dependent on your daily attitude and response.</i><p>This morning one of our course students, Monica—a recovering …

7 Essentials for Any 2018 Digital Marketing Strategy

Digital marketing strategy is crucial to most modern businesses. Is yours following these best practices?<p>In today's tech landscape, a solid digital marketing strategy has become the CMO's new bread and butter; the only question now is how best to serve it up. Your business's success depends on the …

Butternut Squash Fritters With Cilantro Yogurt

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>In a small bowl, combine the flour, cumin, turmeric, ginger, ½ teaspoon salt, and several grinds pepper.<p>Step 2<p>In a large bowl, …

3 Dividend Stocks That Should Pay You the Rest of Your Life

These stable dividend stocks will keep your retirement income humming along.<p>When looking for great long term dividend investment plays investors …

Confessions of a former hacker: 5 techniques to make you more secure online

Consumers are daily targets of email and phone scams, not to mention the frequent cyberattacks on big data. So it’s never been more important to …

10 Tough-but-Essential Questions That Will Set You Up for Success in 2018

The period after the holiday craziness is ideal for serious soul searching. Here's what to ask yourself.<p>According to science, if you want to actually keep your New Year's resolution, it's better to start it February first. Why? Because the hubbub of January celebrations and back-to-work chaos often …

10 skills employers will want the most in 2020

Professional development: It's not always clear what to focus on. Should you go to a coding bootcamp? Invest in a social media marketing course? Attend a communications training? What should you do to help you excel in your current job — or prepare you for your next one?<p>According to the World …

Employment

How to Figure Out What Your Side Hustle Should Be

A staggering 55 million people — more than 35% of the U.S. workforce — are now freelancers or contractors, and that number is projected to rise to 43% by 2020. About 44 million people report having some kind of side hustle, and of those who do, 36% say they earn more than $500 a month from it. …

I Was A Meditation Skeptic …. Until I Tried To Make My Case

<i>Our science staff is trying to lead a more scientific life in 2018. Throughout the week, we’ve been questioning whether some of our habits and</i> …

Functional programming finally goes mainstream

Forrester breaks down functional programming and why tech developers should care about it.<p>Forrester has recently released our take on functional …

10 Secret Sauces That Will Change Your Life

Sauce simply makes foods more succulent. Though it's tempting to just crank open a tin of tomato or butterscotch sauce, nothing beats homemade. These …

Cooking

The 70-20-10 Rule

A simple principle for managing scarce resources<p>One of the things I always get asked about from the companies I work with is how to manage their innovation resources. Should they bet big on an unproven, but possibly breakthrough idea? Or focus on improving the products that they already know their …

Our Guide to the Best Affordable Furniture That Isn’t from Ikea

Low Budget, Original Style<p>If there’s one place you turn to for home furniture when you’re on a budget, it’s usually Ikea. But if you’re trying to …

Which of Your Employees Are Most Likely to Expose Your Company to a Cyberattack?

When poet Alexander Pope first said “to err is human,” he probably didn’t realize how prescient those words were in capturing the world of cybersecurity. Yes, the root cause of most security breaches can be traced to human actions, or lack thereof. However, the bigger mistake is to believe that …

19 Top Productivity Tricks to Dramatically Improve Your Life

Heading into 2018, would you like to add more hours to your day? Here are 19 ways to do it.<p>Ever wish you had more than 24 hours in a day to get more things done? As 2018 draws near, this is the time of year to start thinking about new habits, tools, and techniques that work to our advantage without …

6 Morning Routines That Are Hard to Adopt But Will Pay Off For Life

To start your day right, you've got to get into some good habits.<p>The early birds will inherit the earth.<p>At least that’s what a 2009 University of …

Time Management