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Vending machine sells bananas to city workers - ABC Rural - ABC News

A north Queensland banana grower is claiming a first for Australia, installing a vending machine for his fruit in the centre of Brisbane.<p>The bananas …

Sellbox lets users sell content directly from Dropbox or Google Drive

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Businesses are fast getting on board with the cloud to save on infrastructure spending, while many consumers already save …

How to decide whether to place IT in the cloud

Is the cloud always better, faster and cheaper for business IT? Not necessarily, according to Kevin Smith of service management company …

Australians urged to 'lawfully evade' unfair prices on digital goods

After going through a year-long rigmarole of summonses and interrogations to find out why Australians are being overcharged by as much as 66 percent on digitally-distributed Apple, Microsoft and Adobe products, and how the practice of "geo-blocking" prevents customers from seeking fairer prices …

Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks--With Me Behind The Wheel

Stomping on the brakes of a 3,500-pound Ford Escape that refuses to stop–or even slow down–produces a unique feeling of anxiety. In this case it also produces a deep groaning sound, like an angry water buffalo bellowing somewhere under the SUV’s chassis. The more I pound the pedal, the louder the …

Eric Schmidt: Do What Computers Aren’t Good At

If you want to have a job in a decade, consider getting good at what computers suck at.<p>“The characteristic of great innovators and great companies is they see a space that others do not,” Google CEO Eric Schmidt tells Yale. “They don’t just listen to what people tell them; they actually invent …

Out of office: Meet the PR boss who likes to be immersed in the buzz and noise of people, in a coffee shop "surrounded by potential customers". Do you find background noise a help or a hindrance? Where do you work best? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23447529

Need To Get Focused? First Go Analog

Have the feeling that you do your best thinking with a pen in your hand? There’s a reason for that. And a way to get that feeling from a keyboard, too.<p>If you take the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>‘s word for it, handwriting trains your brain.<p>How? Writer Patrick Rhone lists longhand’s positives:<p>“We learn more …

How To Hack Your Memory Into Better Shape

Now, where are those keys?!<p>If you’re like members of the <i>Fast Company</i> editorial team, you may have difficulty remembering where you put your keys. Or your phone. Or whether you locked the door.<p>Research psychology has shown that this happens because these automatic actions don’t even make it into …

Silence Is Golden: When Not Talking Says Plenty

As a young manager, I measured myself by how much I spoke out. Now older, I measure myself by how often I stay silent.<p>I enjoy listening to Oldies music. It’s relaxing but, surprisingly, can also send my mind off in different directions. So when I heard the 1960s song “Turn, Turn, Turn” by the Byrds …

What Successful People Do During Lunch

Do you take your lunch break at your desk, staring blankly at your computer? You’re doing it wrong. Here are productivity-powering, energy-boosting tips for getting the most out of the midday meal.<p>Are you hunched over your desk shoveling salad again?<p>A number of surveys indicate that a leisurely …

Will A Few Cups Of Coffee A Day Keep The Blues Away?

Following the research on the health effects of caffeine is dizzying. Positive in some cases, negative in others – it’s hard to know whether that morning cup of joe is a health elixir or slow-acting poison.<p>In the latest major study on caffeine’s effects, researchers from the Harvard School of …

Why The Happiest People Have The Hardest Jobs

Happiness is not about working the hardest; it’s about having the most challenging work. Harvard prof Rosabeth Moss Kanter explains.<p>“The happiest people I know are dedicated to dealing with the most difficult problems,” Rosabeth Moss Kanter writes for <i>HBR</i>. Whether reversing schools’ struggles, …

Why Grumpy People Can Be Super Productive

If you’re waiting for the “right mood” to strike before you attack that stack of work, you might be waiting a loooooonnng time.<p>When we say that we’re “waiting for the right time” to start on something, we tend to mean that we want to feel good about what we’re doing–but new research suggests that a …