Nick Alves

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Snapchat drops Snapbot in Houston, lands best free Super Bowl advertising

The biggest brands spend millions each year on 30-second ads for the Super Bowl.<p>But one of the year's big names didn't have to craft a commercial to …

Preparing Your Social Media Strategy for 2017

It’s never too early to start working on your social media strategy for next year (or next week or next month).Recently, Buffer released their annual …

Social Media

The Mini NES Classic Edition Sell Outs Have Me Very Worried About The Nintendo Switch

I’ll be honest: I’m excited about the Nintendo Switch. Like most other gamers over the age of 25 or so, I hold a deep fondness in my heart for Nintendo: this is the company that defined many of my early gaming experiences, the only company that still cares about local multiplayer, the company with …

Retrogaming

Europe is not a secular paradise — and Americans should be careful when embracing this myth | Salon.com

<b>(Getty/sborisov)</b><p>Europe is not a secular paradise — and Americans should be careful when embracing this myth<p>Like many Spaniards my age, I didn’t think of myself as Christian. But my culture says otherwise<p>Mireia Triguero Roura<p>November 27, 2016 8:30pm (UTC)<p>I had to come to America to realize I’m …

Religion

Artificial intelligence will make religion obsolete within our lifetime

After conquering the kitchen, the game show, and outer space, are our machines heading for religion next?<p>The singularity is a hypothesized time in …

Chevy is making cars with air conditioning for your phone

Wireless smartphone charging is becoming a pretty desirable feature in cars nowadays. But Chevrolet seems to think this luxury can present a problem: with everything our phones are constantly doing — streaming music, providing turn-by-turn directions, etc. — it's not hard for the battery inside to …

Apple Watch 2 will keep same resolution, screen size, get bigger battery

If for whatever reason you’re unhappy with the image quality, screen size, and square display of the current Apple Watch display, don’t expect any of your quibbles to be fixed with next year’s Apple Watch 2.<p>According to a new report, the display of the next-gen Apple wearable will remain identical …

Smartwatches

I'm a Christian, Therefore I Support Same-Sex Marriage

Crowd assembled in front of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, DC on Friday, June 26, 2015<p><i>(commons.wikimedia.org Matt Popovich)</i><p>Last week, in a landmark opinion, the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples would be allowed to marry in all fifty states. And that banning them …

Discovery Brightens Solar's Future, Energy Costs to Be Cut

Scientists in Switzerland announced a clean-energy breakthrough on Wednesday; a cheaper, solar technology that splits water molecules to create clean-burning hydrogen fuel.<p>The solar panel design will make it cheaper to produce hydrogen, but a simple version won't be available for average citizens …

Clean Energy

‘Nintendo Cross’ Is an Obvious Hoax, But Nintendo Should Steal These Ideas

You have to hand it to the gaming community — when they want to prank one another, they really go all out. Late last year, one graphic designer spent …

The College Majors With The Highest Starting Salaries

At Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, the undergraduate class of 2014 did very well on the job market. Nearly three quarters of its 563 graduates are employed while 15% are in graduate school. The majority who’ve found jobs landed impressive starting salaries. Computer science majors, …

3 Remarkably Effective Habits for a Happier, More Successful You

When you're happier at work, you're 31 percent more productive.<p>To be happy, you have to want to be happy. It is a personal choice. You can define your own happiness; it is OK. Going through life is easier when you embrace happiness and when you see life through a more positive lens. Not only that, …

Scientists 'resurrect' gene believed to have helped woolly mammoths tolerate cold

No one has brought a woolly mammoth back from extinction, but a team of scientists has brought back a woolly mammoth gene, discovering that it and others unique to the long-vanished elephant-like beasts probably helped the animals withstand the harsh cold of the Arctic tundra.<p>The work helps to …

High-Sugar Diet Can Impair Learning And Memory By Altering Gut Bacteria

The typical American diet is loaded with fat and sugar, and it may be hurting not only our physical health, but also our ability to think clearly.<p>New research from Oregon State University finds a high-sugar, high-fat diet causes changes in gut bacteria that seem to lead to significant losses in …

Artificial Sweeteners

How allowing that early sip of alcohol can influence a child’s mind and future

When a child asks for a sip of dad's beer, what's a conscientious parent to do?<p>For Cameron Wallace, 36, the answer is clear: "My four-year-old son gets very small sips of my homebrew."<p>Those early tastes will be the first step in his ongoing education about the pleasures and risks of drinking …

America's capsizing economy: Can it right the ship?

America has had the wind knocked out of its sails this year.<p>Volatile stock markets, weak economic growth and a hiring slowdown have created a perfect storm for nearly flat growth. The question is whether the U.S. economy and markets can right the ship in May and beyond. There's reason to believe …

Mayweather defeats Pacquiao by unanimous decision

9:51 P.M.<p>Mayweather wins<p>Floyd Mayweather Jr. has defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision to unify the welterweight titles.<p>Judges scoring: Dave Moretti, 118-110; Glenn Feldman, 116-112; Burt Clements 116-112<p>The Judges' Scores<p>12 rounds are scheduled. Times judges will be rating each contender's …

Boxing

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.</b><p>Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form.<p>The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on …

Geoscience

Video Game Streaming Will Kill The Console

Right now, the fastest way to start playing a new game is to download one from the internet. PC services such as Steam and all three major living …

The New Nintendo 3DS XL -- what’s in a name?

Nintendo is not very good at naming consoles. Luckily for gamers, it is very good at making them.<p>Naming difficulties have plagued the corporate behemoth since the release of the Nintendo 64 back in the 90’s, and appeared again with the release of its latest home console -- the Wii U which, despite …

US at odds with Google on computer search-warrant proposal

Retailers closing the most stores

With the growth of e-commerce still outpacing the overall growth of retail sales, retailers are continuing to close brick-and-mortar outlets.<p>While total U.S. retail sales grew 3.7% in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to the same quarter in 2013, e-commerce sales jumped 14.6% in the fourth …

eCommerce

Pope finds popularity and dissent at 2-year mark

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis marks his second anniversary Friday riding a wave of popularity that has reinvigorated the Catholic Church in ways …

10 Mindsets That Will Radically Improve Your Performance

Success is something all career-driven individuals desire yet it eludes many people — at least at the levels desired. Why are some businesspeople …

13 Reasons Why Blog Ads Are a Silly Monetization Strategy (And What to Do Instead)

This is the dream, right?You get out of bed, stretch, and make some coffee.You settle in on the couch and start your work day – in your …

Marketing

Opinion: Why I think the Apple Watch marketing so far is mediocre

In the run up to the Spring Forward event, many people were expecting to see a lengthy exposition of the Apple Watch, to clarify confusion and offer a clean explanation as to how this product plays an essential role in people’s lives. What transpired was not that, at all. Apple’s event was a …

Smartwatches

Content Marketing Benchmarks: A 2015 Roadmap [New Data]

Content marketing has provided today’s marketers with endless opportunities to attract and nurture buyers. This practice will ultimately deliver a …

10 Simple Marketing Tools Every Author Should Know About

Marketing books online can be a time-consuming task for authors and publishers alike, especially these days when there’s so much noise online. Not …

Social Media