Sara Robertson

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Post-recession Britons are healthier, better off and living greener lives

Recovery from the deepest recession in Britain’s post-war history has left Britons healthier, better off, less likely to be victims of crime and living greener lives, according to the latest official snapshot of national wellbeing.<p>Life expectancy and living standards rose while unemployment fell …

Self-improvement

Bioplastic encourages people to mend, not replace, says designer

There are incongruous dots of colour speckled around Peter Marigold’s kitchen in north London. Pots and pans hang from blue and yellow hooks while the edge of a shelf is rounded off and smoothed out with a distinct red material.<p>It is a live test environment for Marigold’s creation, a piece of …

Entrepreneurship

The Surprising Slowdown in Startups

What if the conventional view of startups and entrepreneurship in the U.S. turns out, like so many conventional views, to be wrong? Substantial …

Wherefor lets you search for vacations based on how much you want to spend

As a travel enthusiast, it was a problem Ryan Wenger had often encountered: How can a person search for a flight and hotel based on the amount of money they want to spend rather than by destination only? What if you know you want to go somewhere, but just not where you want to go. Setting out to …

Travel Industry

Is Digital Technology Making Us Any Better Off? One Prominent Economist Says No And He May Be Right

When Steve Jobs was trying to lure John Sculley from his lofty position as CEO at Pepsi to Apple, he asked him, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” The ploy worked and Sculley became the first major CEO of a conventional …

Innovation

Emma Watson Opens Up About Her Struggles with Low Self-Esteem

The actress gets real about some very relatable issues.<p>Emma Watson may be the picture of female empowerment and maturity at this point in her life, but that doesn't mean she didn't stumble and struggle along the way. As most of us can attest, insecurities, body image issues and crippling self-doubt …

Password Boss secures your logins with bank-grade encryption

There are just too many passwords to remember in our daily routine. Computers, phones, email, bank details, social logins – the list goes on and on, and staying secure while attempting to remember them all is tricky at best.<p>Help has arrived from <b>Password Boss</b>, which securely helps manage your logins …

Iceland’s buddy brilliant stopover scheme

When I learn of Icelandair’s “Buddy” scheme, it strikes me that it might just be the best marketing gimmick of all time. To promote its routes from Europe to North America, the airline has dreamed up a ruse to tempt people into spending a night in Reykjavik: it pairs you up with a local – or …

European Travel

How teenage pregnancy collapsed after birth of social media

Have Facebook and Snapchat helped stop teenagers having sex? New figures show teenage pregnancies plunging to record low since social media explosion<p>Teenage pregnancy rates have almost halved since the birth of social media as a global phenomenon, official figures show.<p>The rate of pregnancies among …

Social Media

In one paragraph, Salesforce explains why it's so hard to sell to big companies

Instead, they claim to be selling by word of mouth, referring to their products' virality. Once there are enough employees using the software on their own, the companies will be forced to buy up, the thinking goes.<p>But according to Salesforce, the fastest-growing cloud-business software maker ever, …

Zenstores scores £400K to help online sellers ship

Always be shipping: Hot on the heels of Zeeqo acquiring London-based delivery startup ParcelBright, another company helping online sellers ship their wares has picked up funding.<p>Bristol, U.K.-based Zenstores, which offers cloud-based shipping software targeting the ‘long tail’ of e-commerce, is …

eCommerce

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond – review

There used to be a moratorium on eviction at Christmas in America. They did away with that in 1991. A landlord convinced the Civil Liberties Union that the practice was unfair, because it privileged a religious celebration over profit.<p>So, in the snow at Christmas, after the movers have piled your …

Housing

Fulham invented a fake 16-year-old girl to bait its players on Facebook

In the wake of Adam Johnson's conviction for molesting a 15-year-old girl, English football team Fulham conducted a social media experiment, wherein they tested their young players on their restraint in getting involved with young fans. It was in effect a sting operation to ensure players were …

English Football

This startup has a radical way to save businesses time on menial office tasks

Businesses have to post an attractive task, pick a freelancer to do it (based on little information) and then hope it's a good match and that the work comes back at a decent quality.<p>If it's bad, they move onto the next one.<p>If they find the "one" who is a good fit, they will generally take the …

Mailchimp forces Mandrill developers onto paid accounts

Mandrill has long been Mailchimp’s standalone email service for developers needing to send transactional email from their apps.<p>Today, the company has announced a bizarre developer-hostile move: it’s turning the standalone service into a Mailchimp add-on that requires a paid Mailchimp account — or …

Growing underground: the hydroponic farm hidden 33 metres below London

Forget everything you were taught in biology – plants don't need sunlight to grow. Growing Underground is a farm 33 metres below Clapham, south …

My Blend turns your email newsletters into a sleek magazine

When I sign up for email newsletters I always have the best intentions to actually read them. However, it rarely works out that way and now I have several newsletters arriving daily that I’m sure are interesting but I never ever read.<p>In a bid to solve that issue, My Blend for iOS collects, …

Apps

Slack grew from 80 to 385 employees in 14 months. Why that worries its CEO

More than 1.5 billion messages are sent monthly on the platform. 2.3 million people use it daily, and of those, 20% just started using it in the new year.<p>Its CEO Stewart Butterfield isn't worried about the product — it's clearly been proven a hit.<p>Instead, he told the crowd Wednesday at the Startup …

News app provides three sides to every story

Add / Remove Journalism is, even in its finest form, often very partisan, with different newspapers and websites presenting their own takes on any …

Drones better than human rescuers at following mountain pathways

Add / Remove Every year in Switzerland, emergency centers respond to around 1,000 call outs for lost and injured hikers. It can often take hours and …

Virtual reality platform for nervous public speakers

Add / Remove Public speaking can be very nerve-racking, especially for those who have had little practice at it. Now, VirtualSpeech is a VR platform, …

Trends in Gender Equality and Women’s Advancement

Author/Editor:<p>Publication Date:<p>February 10, 2016<p>Electronic Access:<p>Free Full Text. Use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this PDF file<p>Disclaimer: …

Gender

Study: Millennials Are Worldly Shoppers (and What That Means for You) | Inc.com

Millennials are the most digitally connected generation to date, and where e-commerce is concerned, they may also be the most global.<p>New research from payments processor PayPal, conducted between September and October of last year, finds that millennials -- defined as those between the ages of 18 …

Free Shipping

Virtual Reality Will Save Retail

Virtual Reality (VR) is a hot topic in retail at the moment. The technology was the darling of the International CES in Las Vegas this January and Samsung recently made news not with the hardware, but with new stores designed around showcasing the experience of VR.<p>Last week, Samsung debuted a VR …

Virtual Reality

Hugo Boss cuts prices to try to revive weak China sales | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - German fashion house Hugo Boss (BOSSn.DE)​ is bringing prices in Asia down closer to levels in Europe and the Americas after saying its sales in China and the United States so far this year have been weaker than it expected.<p>The logo of German fashion house Hugo Boss is seen on a …

Stock Markets

How can a woman make more on Ebay? Pretend to be a man

Women who sell goods online can apparently fetch higher prices if they are willing to make one simple tweak to their pitch: pretend they are men.<p>The finding emerges from a study which discovered that on average men earned 20% more than women when they sold identical new products on eBay.<p>The …

Selling

An investor who lived through the dot-com bust explains how startups can stay alive

As a venture capitalist, I see a lot of data points within the private company marketplace. Every Monday, I sit in a room with my partners and we discuss dozens of companies, both portfolio companies as well as those we are considering for investment. When a market turns, we tend to see the signs …

Today's Must-Reads For Entrepreneurs: What Pandora Got Wrong And Uber Got Right

News and insights for business owners from around the Web:<p><b>Bubblewatch</b><p>Here’s what Pandora got wrong and Uber got right: “I also think the document shows that Uber is more interested in building a global enterprise and changing the world than a roadshow and an IPO. And this is exactly the opposite …

Startups

Here's a key reason millennials are leaving their companies in droves

A recent Deloitte survey found that two-thirds of millennials across the globe plan to leave their current organization by 2020 and one-quarter plan to change companies within the next year.<p>One reason millennials, who now make up the largest segment of the US workforce, are driven to job-hopping is …

The death of Valentine's Day as we know it?

Britons are scorning chocolates, flowers and cards, opting instead to treat their loved ones to activities or 'experiences', experts say<p>Even the least romantically inclined among us have long marked Valentine’s Day by sending gift cards, boxes of chocolates and bouquets of flowers to their nearest …