Alex B

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What happened to Google Maps?

Browsing Google Maps over the past year or so, I’ve often thought that there are fewer labels than there used to be. Google’s cartography was revamped three years ago—but surely this didn’t include a reduction in labels? Rather, the sparser maps appear to be a recent development.<p>A few days ago, I …

Maps

This guy saw his Microsoft coworkers struggle to manage their money, and it gave him the idea for a $150 million app

It was toward the end of the 2000s. Microsoft was making them all a lot of money.<p>But not all of their Microsoft colleagues were great at navigating the complicated world of stock-option vesting schedules, 401(k)s, and all the other stuff that goes into turning money into even more money.<p>That …

How Public Schools Demand Failure and Perpetuate Poverty

Insisting students remain in school is analogous to telling a battered woman to stay with her abusive husband.<p>Viewed broadly, schooling is an …

Three Ways That Handwriting With A Pen Positively Affects Your Brain

Stephen King purportedly wrote <i>Dreamcatcher</i> in longhand — using a Waterman cartridge pen. J. K. Rowling penned <i>The Tales of Beedle the Bard</i> — all 157 pages of it — in longhand, and the leather-bound tome sold for almost $4M at auction. F. Scott Fitzgerald did it, as did Hemingway, Kafka and countless …

Stephen King

The Skills Most Companies Look for in Employees

<i>MPW Insiders is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for:</i></i> …

Big Data Costs Money. Big Analytics Makes Money.

The word easy is not often associated with big data, but there is at least one pretty easy answer when it comes to the question of why companies embark on big data deployments: money, whether it is making it or saving it. What may be less obvious is why, despite their best intentions, organizations …

Big Data

Sleeping With Technology: Harming Your Brain One Night at a Time

Here is an all-too-common scenario: <i>Jeff and Mary put the kids to bed and settle down for the night to watch television. Jeff has his smartphone at his bedside and keeps checking email, social media, texts and the baseball scores while Mary checks her work emails, plays Words With Friends and checks</i> …

8 Apps Tech Savvy Entrepreneurs Use To Achieve Their Goals Faster

Credit<p>Are you among the tech savvy entrepreneurs? Do you use your smart phone most of the time? What if I tell you that there are apps that can help you achieve your goals faster? You see, as an entrepreneur I understand that time is money. And just like me, so many other smart entrepreneurs who …

Two Global Firms Join to Revolutionize Cities as We Know Them

Picture this: Urban condos that offer ride-sharing services instead of parking spots. A decommissioned city-center airport reimagined into a …

What Makes A Thriving And Interesting City? Something Called Collision Density

How often are you going to run into someone with whom you can do something creative or interesting?<p>Who was right, Jane Jacobs or Alfred Marshall and Michael Porter? The renowened urbanist, Jacobs argued for decades of the importance of density and diversity of economic actors in cities as a primary …

The Man Who Made the Novel

Loving and loathing Samuel Richardson.<p>It’s hard to imagine a more unlikely novelist than Samuel Richardson. The son of a carpenter, he attended school only intermittently until he was seventeen, when his formal education ended and he was apprenticed to a printer. He didn’t publish his first novel …

Reading with intention can change your life

A random sampling of the world’s most successful people will show one common trait: a love of reading. Reading is the easiest way to continue the learning process, increase empathy, boost creativity, and even just unwind from a long day. But books can also change the way we think and live.<p>Warren …

The Anatomy of a Personality

In the Enneagram system of personality, one of the 9 types is our main one. We also have a special connection to four other types: our two wings and …

How the Kleptocrats’ $12 Trillion Heist Helps Keep Most of the World Impoverished

An investigative economist has crunched 45 years of official statistics to discover just how much kleptocrats have plundered from 150 mostly poor …

This Is the Best Exercise to Erase Your Belly Pooch, Says Science

Start planning a goodbye party for your tummy.<p>In the weight-loss game, not all fat is created equal. And if you're trying to lose that belly pooch you just <i>know</i> is hiding a six pack, stomach fat is a particularly stubborn beast.<p>But never fear: A recent study just found that one workout is …

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This elevator could shape the cities of the future

Elevators are in a rut.<p>They go up and they go down. They take people from one floor of a building to the exact same spot on another floor.<p>A new technology has the potential to break elevators free from their vertical prisons, allowing them to move side to side, at an angle, even go outside into a …

Wonderful Websites You Should Bookmark Right Now to Learn From Internet

The internet can be a wonderfully, immense place for interesting content. If you've ever wanted to learn a new skill or to accomplish a seemingly monumental task, you need look no further than the internet. There is basically a site for every interest under the sun. It is also a great place to …

Bitcoin experts are baffled that one of their star scientists thinks he’s solved the Bitcoin mystery

Bitcoin's creator is known as "Satoshi Nakamoto" only no one knows for sure who Satoshi Nakamoto is.<p>On Monday morning, the controversy erupted again when Australian businessman Craig Wright wrote a blog post claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto.<p>Wright has been labeled the Bitcoin creator before, in a …

8 Things Ridiculously Successful People Do Before 8 AM

Starbucks continues to grow relentlessly, with CEO Howard Schultz just announcing plans to open 500 new stores a year over the next five years. Much of this growth will happen in China, where Schulz is undeterred by the recent economic slowdown.<p>While many factors contribute to Starbucks' immunity …

Academia is quietly and systematically keeping its women from succeeding

Academia’s war on women is real. Even though women outnumber men both in college enrollment and graduation rates, colleges aren’t exactly bending over backwards to accommodate them. From skyrocketing costs resulting in women taking out more loans—and incurring more debt—than men to the complicity …

Higher Education

Data Storytelling: The Essential Data Science Skill Everyone Needs

Once your business has started collecting and combining all kinds of data, the next elusive step is to extract value from it. Your data may hold tremendous amounts of <i>potential</i> <i>value</i>, but not an ounce of value can be created unless insights are uncovered and translated into actions or business …

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The single best joke told by every president, from Obama to Washington

Presidential humor is only a half-step from dad humor, which in the world of comedy is considered light treason. But we’ve tried to find at least one zinger from every U.S. president, to mark President Obama’s final set of stand-up comedy at his eighth White House Correspondents’ Association dinner …

George Washington

The real reasons you procrastinate — and how to stop

Have you ever sat down to complete an important task — and then suddenly discovered you were up loading the dishwasher or engrossed in the Wikipedia entry about Chernobyl? Or perhaps you suddenly realize that the dog needs to be fed, emails need to be answered, your ceiling fan needs dusting — or …

Procrastination

100 books to change your life

We all have memories of books that have ignited our imaginations but is there one special book that has changed your life?<p>That's the premise behind a fascinating new collection of essays featuring contributions from writers, politicians and actors, who discuss the book that holds a special place in …

How to Start a Business With Little to No Money

Starting a business is the aspiration of every entrepreneur who’s ever lived, as well as every person who’s ever been stuck in a nine-to-five job and …

Big Data: Will We Soon No Longer Need Data Scientists?

The job of data scientist — the quintessential big data job, and the job that was just voted the best job in America for 2016 — is at risk.<p>Data scientists have been called “unicorns” because finding the right person with the right set of skills — including coding, statistics, machine learning, …

Big Data

Ten books to read in May

From a novel that imagines a lost manuscript by JS Bach to a collection of essays by David Foster Wallace on tennis, Jane Ciabattari selects must-read titles for the month ahead.

What’s Your Life Goal? Success or Significance?

<i>Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?</i> <i>—Bob Marley</i><p>In my forties, I was unhappy with my career and where it was …

Sweden by drone: Stunning landscapes photographed from above