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Ikea's Minimum Wage Hike Was So Successful, It's Raising Wages Again

WASHINGTON -- A year after it first announced a major minimum wage hike in its U.S. stores, Ikea said Wednesday that it plans to implement another nationwide raise to its wage floor next year, bringing the average store's starting pay to nearly $12 per hour.<p>Under the system that the …

This Is What Happened When Michelle Obama Interviewed Meryl Streep

So many good things.<p>As if she wasn't busy enough being a brilliant role model, feminist, and First Lady, Michelle Obama has found time to edit an issue of <i>More</i> magazine. As part of her job, she played interviewer, inviting Meryl Streep to the White House for a chat. It's a genius pairing–who …

Instead of Driving to the Office, How About Driving the Actual Office?

IDEO's Work On Wheels (WOW) concept "inverts the commute"<p>IDEO's known for forward thinking, and with their Automobility project, IDEO skipper Tim …

Columbia University

With Her New Lifestyle Network, Michelle Phan Is Now Officially Taking Over the World

She's like Oprah meets Steve Jobs.<p>Meeting YouTube makeup phenom Michelle Phan is like meeting a motivational speaker, business entrepreneur, and beauty advisor wrapped up in a petite, fashionable frame. She greets me at the Viceroy in New York to talk about her new "premiere lifestyle network" …

Faceted Classification

Everything You Need to Know About Hair Contouring

Yes, this is a thing now.<p>Loosely defined, contouring is an outline bounding the shape of something else. In beauty, we're most familiar with the term in the context of using makeup to perform optical illusions on our faces—defining the cheekbones, jawline, and nose. (Merci beaucoup, Kim …

Google just picked a fight with China's official web registrar

Last night, Google picked a big fight with China's biggest web registrar. In a post on the company's security blog, Google announced it would no longer be registering new HTTPS certificates from the China Internet Network Information Center (or CNNIC), effectively cutting the registrar out of the …

Wal-Mart CEO reveals the company's 8 biggest problems

With sales in the US lagging, Foran has traveled to Wal-Mart stores across the country in search of ways to improve customers' experiences with the retailer.<p>Foran shared what he learned during his travels in a meeting with investors on Wednesday. Here's what he said:<p><b>1. Many Wal-Mart stores lack</b> …

Philips Makes Moves To Exit The LED Lighting Business

Dutch lighting giant Philips said today that it will sell the majority of its LED components and auto-lighting businesses to Go Scale Capital, an investment group composed of venture capital firms GSR Ventures and Oak Investment Partners. The Lumileds business that is to be sold is Philips’s …

LED Lighting

Can't Kick a Bad Habit? You're Doing It Wrong

What to do when you just can't quit--no matter how many times you've tried.<p>I had just finished giving a speech on building habits when a woman in the audience exclaimed, "You teach how to create habits, but that's not my problem. I'm fat!" The frustration in her voice echoed throughout the room. …

Self-improvement

Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Moving Forward Thanks to 3D Printing

A partially finished Barcelona cathedral that has languished for decades is receiving a new jolt of momentum thanks to the rise of 3D printing technology. Construction of Sagrada Familia, designed by renowned master Antoni Gaudi, began in 1883 and has remained a mostly stalled construction zone for …

6 Things Successful Women Never Say

Because sometimes you've got to talk your way to the top.<p>Reality check: Successful women choose their words wisely because they know words have power. Here, six statements you'll never <i>ever</i> hear them say:<p>"I don't know how!"<p>The bottom line is that the brightest women are the most resourceful. They …

Amazon has invented tiny plastic buttons that allow for instant product ordering

There is actually a Gatorade button<p>The Dash button is not to be confused with a separate piece of food-ordering hardware called Dash, which scans product barcodes and lets people speak orders into Amazon Fresh. Instead, it’s a much smaller Wi-Fi-enabled button that will instantly order a …

eCommerce

A closer look at Project Spartan, Microsoft's Internet Explorer killer

The first thing you’ll notice about Project Spartan is just how basic and minimalist it looks. Part of that might be because it’s lacking all the final features, but it’s mainly because Microsoft is clearly thinking about stripping this back for the modern era. While Internet Explorer 11 is basic …

Windows 10

The internet took the album away, and now it's giving it back

How the surprise release led to an album renaissance<p>For decades, the album was the primary form in which music was delivered to the masses. But ever since Apple introduced iTunes back in 2001, the album has been on the decline. When online piracy ravaged the music industry, music revenues went from …

Light Up The Room With Your Dance Moves In These LED Shoes

Time for a little dancing in the dark? A new shoe design by Tokyo-based studio No New Folk takes light-up soles from mid-’90s kids’ wear to hip accessory for the 21st century. Almost 100 LED lights wrap around the sole of the all-white shoes. The colors and patterns can be adjusted with a …

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Adobe Wants To Kill Your Desktop

This year, Adobe will launch multitasking tools on mobile that might enable you to work faster than you would on a desktop.<p>If you use Photoshop or Illustrator for a living, you probably live at your desk, tethered to your standard-issue computer. But Scott Belsky, known best for founding the …

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Tyler Florence's Goat Cheese Cake with Strawberries and Basil

Follow Tyler Florence's step-by-step photos.<p>Love cheescake? Chef Tyler Florence puts his own spin on the classic, using strawberries and a sprinkling of fresh basil and goat cheese. See these step-by-step photos and get the ingredients and recipe for this cheesecake. It's sure to be a favorite …

Students Build Tortoise a New 3D Printed Shell to Protect Her from Harm

Cleopatra the leopard tortoise was a victim of poor nutrition. When she was rescued by Colorado group Canyon Critters, handlers saw that her shell had developed dramatic peaks, which weaken her structure and leave her susceptible to injury from other tortoises. That's when a team of design students …

Lufthansa’s chief executive faces a tough test after Germanwings crash

After an already troubled first year as CEO of Lufthansa, Carsten Spohr must now deal with the aftermath of the Germanwings disaster while making the …

Why Intel may be interested in spending over $13 billion on its biggest acquisition ever

In terms of revenue, buying Altera isn't going to move the needle for Intel, a massive company with over $55 billion in sales. Analysts estimate roughly $2.1 billion, or 4% of revenue, will be added to Intel's top line following this deal.<p>So why would Intel want to dole out all that money on this …

Kendall Jenner's Beauty Transformation Through the Years

We're tracing the model-of-the-moment's beauty milestones.<p>We're tracing the model-of-the-moment's beauty milestones, from her early red carpet days to her most daring hair and makeup moments. Plus, see the most inspiring Kardashian and Jenner hair and makeup.

Kendall Jenner

A Teatox Is a Real Thing and It Saved My Skin

And it's way less miserable than a juice cleanse. (Thank goodness.)<p>Full disclosure: I'm a total diet-phobe. Leafy greens? Sure, I eat them—but if you're telling me I can't have my fat and sugar, too, I will laugh in your face. I am, however, forever on a quest to drink more H20. (Yes, I'm that …

Kendall Jenner

You can now test Project Spartan, Microsoft's Internet Explorer successor

Microsoft is releasing a preview of its Internet Explorer successor, Project Spartan, today. The new browser, which will be the default web experience in Windows 10, is part of an update to the PC Windows 10 preview. Microsoft promised faster builds for testers, and it’s delivering on that promise …

Windows 10

What to Wear to Work When You Have Nothing to Wear

i.e. every day.<p>A closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear? Yeah, we've been there before. It's a paradox that, as women, we know all too well—especially when it comes to getting ready for work. This week we're helping you out with some tried-and-true office outfits that are anything but basic.

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7 Books Every Woman Should Read Right Now

These fiction and non-fiction books—ardently recommended by members of our Agenda board—are sure to entertain, enlighten, and inspire.<p>Escaping to a warmer clime this week? Or staying home but craving fresh ideas to help you shake end-of-winter malaise? These fiction and non-fiction books—ardently …

Books

10 Weird Non-Fitness-Related Benefits of Working Out

Sometimes "getting fit" just doesn't cut it in the motivation department.<p>You have a life, and there's a bucket list of things you want to accomplish, like, learning how to speak French without an American accent or nailing a perfect contour on your first try. You're a working woman with sh*t to do, …

Breast Cancer

3D-Printed Weather Stations Could Save Lives In Developing Countries

Predicting natural disasters just got a lot cheaper<p>Weather is free, of course, but predicting it, and anticipating changes like sudden storms or flash floods--that takes technical equipment and sensors. Thanks to 3D printing and cheap commercial electronics, USAID thinks they can bring weather …

Can money buy your kids a bigger brain?

Research has shown that a person's position in the economic pecking order can have a lasting effect on cognitive development. But can it also affect the size and shape of the brain?<p>A new study suggests that a family's socioeconomic status correlates with the surface area of children's brains, …