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Euro Gains for Third Day on ECB Hawkish Tilt as Dollar Falters

The euro strengthened for a third day against the dollar as comments from President Mario Draghi this week bolstered bets the European Central Bank …

Central Banks

Race and real estate: how hot Chinese money is making Vancouver unlivable

After Canada’s ugly episode of racism in the early 20th century, Vancouverites feel uneasy talking about how this beautiful but unassuming city became one of the world’s least affordable: an unprecedented flood of capital from China<p>“Here’s one,” says Melissa Fong. She’s browsing online real estate …

Canadian Real Estate

5 Ways Customer Journey Mapping Can Transform Your Business Right Now

Customer journey mapping is a technique that is growing in popularity, not only with customer experience (CX) professionals, but also within …

Inside The Organic UX Design Process At Slack

“Because we use Slack every day ourselves, new ideas keep coming every day–that’s a serious competitive advantage.”<p>Valued at more than $3 billion dollars with more than 600,000 paying customers at the start of 2016, Slack is on a mission to simplify how teams communicate–a philosophy echoed in the …

UX Design

The art of presenting creative work

A bad presentation can create a vacuum for clients to provide overly prescriptive feedback, which in turn leads to subpar final work.The post The art …

Subpar

Why Designing In A Vacuum Isn’t Always A Bad Thing

Just ask Her interface designer Geoff McFetridge, who shuns research in the name of “inventing new images.”<p>In Geoff Mcfetridge’s Los Angeles studio, there’s a two-foot-tall stack of Strathmore sketchbooks that catalogue every idea from every professional project he’s ever worked on. “I have them …

Inventions

Google goes after Microsoft, Tableau, and others with a new free analytics tool

Google is doubling down on its commitment to the business analytics market with the launch of a new free data visualization tool.<p>The company has …

Google AdWords

Why we love these 5 data visualization tools (and you should, too!)

If you are from the finance, sales, marketing or operations sector, then you must have noticed that massive data is crawling into your everyday life. …

Why this stock picker switched to index investing

<b>Michael Wiener</b><p><b>Occupation</b><p>Cryptographer, working for a technology firm<p><b>The portfolio</b><p>Four exchange-traded funds (ETFs): Vanguard FTSE Canada All Cap Index (VCN), Vanguard Total Stock Market (VTI), Vanguard Small-Cap Value (VBR) and Vanguard Total International Stock Market (VXUS)<p><b>The investor</b><p>Michael …

Investing

Quartz’s Spartan Chart Maker Is Now Free For Anyone To Use

The media publication’s internal tool, Atlas, can make minimal charts in minutes.<p><i>Quartz</i>–the digital-first publication owned by <i>The Atlantic</i>’s parent company–made a splash in 2012 for its lean approach to reporting, optimized for people less interested in long reads than phone-friendly skims. Over …

Data Visualization

This Interaction Designer Invented The Ultimate Ping-Pong Table

Inspired by video games, this ping-pong table helps players improve with real-time feedback.<p>One of the most important weapons in the ping-pong player’s arsenal is the smash hit. The equivalent of a spike in volleyball, a smash hit is a devastating attack used to blast opponents who have bounced …

Furniture

5 Roadblocks to Doing Data Analytics at the Speed of Light

NASCAR Command Center provides real-time analytics<p>In the old days, about 3 years ago, when a manager wanted information, he/she’d sent a request to …

Data Warehousing

New Google Analytics App Improves the User Experience

Google is meeting its analytics customers where they tend to spend the most time: on tablets and smartphones.<p>In fact, in its latest upgrades to …

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 …

Data Visualization

UX Flows: How to Turn Onboarding into an Amazing First Date with Your User

Ok. So you’ve figured out how to get users signed up. Now how do you get them oriented and on the road to being a power user? You have a chance to …

The 10 Best UX Tools for 2016

Does your UX toolbox look a bit empty? You can’t expect to do the job right without the proper tools.Let’s check out some of the best UX tools to try …

Web Design

5 Types of Big Data Analytics and How They Help Customer Success

Predictive analytics and data science are hot right now. Well truth be told, ‘big data’ has been a buzzword for over 100 years. Finding a way to …

This is how Material Design looks on Chrome OS, rolling out now

Google has been revamping its look piece by piece to fall in line with the Material Design style guidelines that it introduced two years ago. Now the look is spreading to Chrome. As Google designer Sebastien Gabriel details on Dribbble, a new design is rolling out on Chrome OS as part of the latest …

Android News

Six Tips for Stunning Data Visualization | Inc.com

We're all collecting data - mounds and mounds of data. So, how do we use this data to make it worthwhile? Well, regardless of whether you're presenting data to company executives or prospective clients, it all comes down to strategic data visualization. People love compelling illustrations, so you …

Data Visualization

Tabs for Mobile UX Design

Tabs are one of the most used components of mobile UIs. They allow users to quickly move between a small number of equally important views and bring …

Big data's biggest problem: It's too hard to get the data in

While big data has been turned into more of a marketing term than a technology, it still has enormous untapped potential. But, one big issue has to …

Big Data

An Ex-Apple CEO on MIT, Marketing & Why We Can't Stop Talking About Steve Jobs

John Sculley has couple of claims to fame. He was the president of Pepsi and helped come up with the iconic Pepsi Challenge. But in the tech world, …

Silicon Valley

Neural Networks: What Are They, And Why Is The Tech Industry Obsessed With Them?

The likes of Google and Facebook are pegging their futures on neural networks. Here’s why they’re the future of computing.<p>From Deep Dream to Deep Drumpf, everyone’s talking about neural networks these days. But what the heck <i>are</i> neural networks and what do they mean for the future of computing and …

Deep Learning

How An MIT Data Viz Guru Is Exposing Cryptic Government Data

Data USA proves that census data can be beautiful, while simultaneously pulling it out of Google’s blind spot: the deep web.<p>The U.S. government has access to the kind of data that makes guys like Cesar Hidalgo drool. The director of MIT Media Lab’s MacroConnections Group, Hidalgo’s passion is …

Chamber of Commerce

3 steps needed to bridge the gap between advanced machine learning and real-world marketing

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Boomtrain.</i><p>Whether we realize it or not, machine learning is already a part of our everyday lives. Think about a simple Google search, a quick query to Apple’s Siri, an afternoon visit to Facebook, or, of course, a great product recommendation on Amazon.<p>As the …

MIT's new visualization tool is a goldmine for data nerds

Love impressing your pals with all there is to know about computer science? Or perhaps state geography is more your thing?<p>MIT Media Lab, in partnership with Deloitte and the data visualization startup Datawheel, has just gone live with perhaps the most extensive tool ever created for mining and …

Announcing Splunk Enterprise on Azure Marketplace

We are excited to announce Splunk standalone and cluster deployment availability on Azure Marketplace. You can now deploy a single Ubuntu Virtual …

Trends from Interaction16 in Helsinki

Over three jam packed days, and over one hundred speakers, Interaction 16 explored interaction design of many flavors. Over the years the …

Artificial Intelligence

The Right Process For Big Data Analytics Profit

The term “Big Data” is relatively new, but the challenge it represents, realizing value from voluminous, complex and growing electronic data resources, has existed for decades. So has a meaningful, open standard for data analysis that was specifically developed for dealing with massive datasets; …

Big Data

Illustration in Product Design: Calculated, not cute.

“<i>Ooooooh so you make those little pictures. Aw that’s sweet.</i>”<p>“<i>Wait. So that’s ALL you do? Like, you’re JUST an illustrator? Is that the ONLY thing</i> …

Adam Sandler