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Here's why Cole Haan’s innovative dress shoes are more comfortable than most of the sneakers I own

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>The men's 2.ZERØGRAND with Stitchlite™ in the Morel/Rockridge/Riverside Spectator colorway. Cole Haan<p>When it comes to wearing sneakers to …

Shoes

CHATBOTS EXPLAINED: Why businesses should be paying attention to the chatbot revolution

Advancements in artificial intelligence, coupled with the proliferation of messaging apps, are fueling the development of chatbots — software programs that use messaging as the interface through which to carry out any number of tasks, from scheduling a meeting, to reporting weather, to helping …

Chatbots

Cloud With Me makes setting up and managing AWS servers easier

Nobody has ever accused AWS of being too easy to use. While Amazon’s cloud computing platform is extremely powerful and launches feature updates on an almost daily basis, all of that power comes with a lot of complexity. Even if you only want to set up a basic WordPress install on a single machine, …

Cloud Computing

The Future Of Customer Service: Five Consumer Trends And Best Practices

Is it time to retool your customer service and customer experience approaches in order to keep up with today’s consumer trends? Consider the following five developments, each of which is important enough that I’ll be exploring it in depth in upcoming days, in a series of individual articles.<p><b>1.</b> …

16 Guys Share the Most Shocking Thing About Moving In Together

"None of the furniture I owned was good enough once we moved in."<p><b>1.</b> "I had previously been very lucky in that even though I'd had roommates in college and right after, they were always on wildly different schedules for whatever reason. <b>Moving in with my girlfriend happened to be the first time where</b> …

Fourth Wife On Her 4th Billion: A Love Affair With Real Estate

<i>Angela Leong’s property saga, it turns out, doesn’t begin or end with her attachment to Stanley Ho.</i><p>Till now, the public persona of Angela Leong On-kei (梁安琪)has been as the “fourth wife” of Stanley Ho, the 94-year-old Macau tycoon who for 40 years monopolized gambling in the former Portuguese …

How Facebook helped this guy’s e-commerce store go from zero to $100K+ in 3 months

22-year-old Melvin Chee from Melbourne, Australia went from experimenting with e-commerce dropshipping during his semester break to a 6-figure business in just 3 months. He had previously started several different businesses, many of which failed spectacularly. Some of his efforts were featured on …

Beware Of New Challenges With Services Relationships

Selling services has always been about relationships, but the challenges of building relationships with services clients have exploded. Customers today extrapolate their relationships not only from personal contact, but from every aspect of their interface with your company, including web site and …

How Seesaw accidentally became a teacher’s pet at 1/4 of US schools

It began as just another photo sharing startup founded by a Facebook exec. It ended up in 200,000 classrooms from kindergarten to 12th grade in 25,000 schools across 100 countries. All because of one truism: When a student’s audience is the world, they want their work to be good. When their …

Education Technology

How the queen of Silicon Valley is helping Google go after Amazon’s most profitable business

Cool technology, elegantly designed and built, lights her up. Even her jokes tend to be geek oriented.<p>A lifelong competitive sailor, she was a mechanical engineer who built boats and windsurfers before she became an iconic Silicon Valley computer scientist.<p>The second thing to understand about her …

Silicon Valley

Meet Bozoma Saint John, the Apple executive who stole the show at WWDC

The Apple Music executive doesn't have nearly the same name recognition as the senior executives, from Eddy Cue to Craig Federighi, who shuffled on to the stage at the annual developer conference on Monday.<p>But Saint John quickly turned heads during her appearance at the event, and not just because …

Apple Music

Bose finally made a wireless version of its great noise-cancelling headphones

Plus noise-cancelling neckbuds and new earbuds for the fitness crowd<p>Perhaps Bose won't ever truly win over the obsessive audiophile crowd, but the company sure has built a loyal following thanks to its best-in-class noise cancellation technology. And today, those top-notch headphones are going …

How To Launch Your E-Commerce Store In A Day

What if I told you it is possible to launch an e-commerce store with less than a day’s work and almost zero cash investment? It may sound preposterous at first, but read on and you will find that it actually can be done. I will explain the three essential parts of getting any e-commerce project up …

Seagate 4TB Portable, Bus-powered USB 3 Hard Drive w/ 200GB Cloud: $105 shipped

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Newegg/ebay offers the Seagate Slim 4TB portable hard drive bundled with 200GB of cloud storage for <b>$104.99 with free shipping</b>. …

Portable

Double your MacBook's storage with a tiny card called TarDisk

When the hard drive on your MacBook is getting full, you have a few options: You can purchase an external hard drive and offload low-priority files to it; pick up an inexpensive USB drive; or take on the task or replacing internal storage yourself.<p>Or, there's TarDisk.<p>TarDisk is a small, SD …

A 'robo-advisor' startup founded by a team of ex-Goldman Sachs employees is coming to the UK to take on Nutmeg

The company first launched its digital wealth management platform in Germany in 2015. It plans to go live with it in the UK in the second quarter of 2016, after recently gaining approval from the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority).<p>Scalable Capital , coheadquartered between London and Munich, will …

Financial Conduct Authority

German consumer loans marketplace Finanzcheck closes €33M Series C

In Europe, London tends to grab most of the fintech limelight but other tech hubs in the continent are producing their fair share of fintech companies with comparative success, not least in Germany. Enter Hamburg-based Finanzcheck, the consumer loans marketplace, which today is disclosing it has …

Loans

Raisin launches pan-European savings marketplace

Raisin, previously known as SavingGlobal, has launched its pan-European savings marketplace, expanding for the first time beyond its home country of Germany and neighboring Austria. And in doing so it’s attempting to crack open the savings deposit market in Europe, taking advantage of EU-wide …

European Integration

Finally, a camera that can live stream virtual reality

The medium of virtual reality is just beginning to blossom and developers are experimenting with how to take advantage of the technology. There have …

Naim Mu-so Qb Offers Square Deal To Audiophiles Looking For The Best Wireless Speaker Money Can Buy

Last year Naim, one of the grand old names of British audio, launched its Mu-so wireless speaker, a positive behemoth that pumps out so much power and controlled sound that it soon became the must-have streaming product for many hi-fi enthusiasts. You can read a bit more about the background of …

Switcher Studio turns your iPad into a live video editing studio

While improvements in camera-phone technology have led to our mobile devices slowly but surely replacing clunky single-purpose cameras, most heavy editing and production still has to be done on desktops. This is especially true for live video, which often requires a full mixing board and production …

Microsoft's giant Surface whiteboard is finally shipping after numerous delays

After a whole series of delays, Microsoft is finally ready to release its up to $22,000 Surface Hub to the businesses.<p>If you’re not familiar, the Surface Hub is giant all-in-one touchscreen PC designed for conference rooms and teams. It supports dual pen input (the pens are more like digital …

Uber recruiting engineers by randomly sending a coding game to play during rides

Microsoft engineer Joshua Debner was taking an Uber in Seattle to meet a friend when the new notification popped up on the screen.<p>Uber wanted to play a game called Code on the Road.<p>Uber confirmed to Business Insider that it’s found a new way to lure engineers to work for the fast-growing startup by …

Recruitment

GoDaddy's Founder Has a Booming Luxury Golf Club Business

Bob Parsons is aiming for the green with his passion play in golf. Just 18 months after the GoDaddy founder launched Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG), the …

This Smartphone Gun Is One Hell of a Concealed Weapon

This double barrel .380 discretely slips into your pocket as a smartphone, but is ready for action at the flip of a switch.<p>Some of those in the concealed carry crowd are always seeking ways to discretely manage their sidearm so as not to reveal it and alarm the public. Shoulder and hip holsters …

Glispa closes 2015 with a $100M run rate for performance-based marketing

Glispa, the global performance marketing firm, closed the year with a revenue run rate of $100 million, thanks to its ability to help developers find new users through advertising, and then measure how much those users stay engaged with a game or app That means it’s on course to hit $100 million in …

This Company Is Launching a 'FanDuel for Stocks' App

Two years ago, the government put an end to a covert—and lucrative—Wall Street practice of surveying stock analysts for their opinions on companies …

Stock Markets

Val.ai watched every movie to figure out which one you want

Alexa is going to the movies. The Finnish folks at Valossa are leveraging the tech behind Amazon's voice assistant to answer your burning cinematic questions with their Val.ai initiative. As the company tells it, Val.ai can identify over a thousand qualities of a movie from any video stream …

This cool business card will also tell you your pulse rate

These days, regular business cards just won’t cut it. You need to have a unique design and make it convey what you do with more than just words. If …

Mondo is a smarter debit card – and it could replace your bank

Every time I’ve used my debit card to buy something or withdraw cash from an ATM over the past couple of weeks, my Apple Watch has instantly buzzed to give me a running total of how much I’ve spent so far that day.<p>It feels like I’m living in the future of money management – and maybe I am. I’ve …