Andie Olthoff

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Apple Is A Great Copycat: Did They Improve Anything?

Apple events are known as much for innovation as they are for copycatting. At yesterday’s event, things looked awfully familiar.<p>It used to be that Apple was, without a doubt, considered the king of innovation. Steve Jobs delivered products that changed our lives. Think: iMac. Think: iPhone. Think …

App Used 23andMe’s DNA Database To Block People From Sites Based On Race And Gender

A coder used 23andMe’s open API to create a program that can discriminate against people online, based on their DNA.<p>The future imagined by the 1997 sci-fi film <i>Gattaca</i> may come to pass sooner than we think. This week, personal genetics company 23andMe discovered that a programmer had used its open …

6 Subtle Things Highly Productive People Do Every Day

<b>Know how many days a week you're actually productive?</b><p><b>About three:</b><p>People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive (U.S.: 45 hours a week; 16 hours are considered unproductive).<p>We could all be accomplishing a lot more — but then again, none of us …

Time Management

Why Empathy Is The Force That Moves Business Forward

<i>Jayson Boyers (@jaysonboyers) argues that behind every successful business, you are likely to find a leader who has mastered the skill of empathy.</i><p>One of the hallmarks of a successful business is its ability to harness creativity to constantly push into new territory. Without growth and innovation, …

5 Reasons Your Resume Doesn't Stand Out From the Crowd

The time has come to look for a job. You’ve been editing your resume like a maniac, taking in all the advice on what to take out and what verbs to …

Social media spring cleaning

I don't believe you should wait for spring to clean up your social media, but it's as good a time as any.<p>Passwords. Comments. Privacy. Good social media means staying on top of all of these things across all of your accounts.<p>Resolve to take better care of your social media starting today with these …

UPDATED: Fin, The Bluetooth Ring That Turns Your Hand Into A Wireless Controller, Hits Its Funding Goal

Back at CES in January, TechCrunch met Fin, the Bluetooth ring that went on to become one of our Hardware Battlefield finalists. Fin, which turns your hand into a wireless controller for smartphones, TVs, and other connected devices, just reached its $100,000 Indiegogo goal. Now Fin is aiming for …

Apple Patents Headphones With Integrated Activity, Health And Fitness Tracking

Apple has been granted a patent by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) that could fit in with its apparent plans to get into health and fitness tracking in a big way: the document describes a headphone system that builds in sensors to detect heart rate, temperature, perspiration and other info to …

Soon You’ll Be Able to Order Taco Bell from Your Phone

Taco Bell is not a thing you <i>plan</i> to eat, per se. After a few drinks or a bad day, it just sort of happens.<p>That’s why we’re so excited about the …

Onora O'Neill: What we don't understand about trust

Pinterest Appeals To Publishers With New Article Pins, Pushes To Become A Bookmarking & “Read It Later” Service

Only days after announcing the launch of ads, social networking site Pinterest is now making an appeal to publishers. The company is today rolling out an updated “article” pin type, which is designed to expand Pinterest’s reach beyond those pinning photographs or product images linking to …

Innovation as Deviation: Embrace the Unknown

Often even the best of leaders struggle with innovation. Why is innovation so difficult and hard to manage? There are fundamental things about …

Varsity Theater's bathroom is the place to … go

If you've got to go, this is the place to go in America.<p>An online vote has selected the bathroom at the Varsity Theater in Dinkytown as the nation's …

What Is Your Quality of Life at Work?

Amazon Will Now Start Delivering Packages On Sundays

According to the WSJ, "The Postal Service makes limited Sunday package deliveries for its own needs around the holidays, but the arrangement with Amazon represents its first large foray into Sunday delivery."<p>Sunday delivery will begin on November 17 in Los Angeles and New York. Later on, the …

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How Biz Stone’s Biggest Mistake Spawned Twitter

“The first, second, third company I went to work for, somehow I screwed them all up. Doing startups is all about making mistakes,” Biz Stone nervously admitted onstage at the New Context Conference in San Francisco. He’d just confessed that he didn’t prepare anything so will talk about his biggest …

The Reinvention Imperative

“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be.” Those are the words of John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach, who won 10 NCAA national championships in just 12 seasons because of his ability to constantly adapt—to new players, new rivals, and new styles of play.<p>In business, too, …

'Feel' objects in thin air: The future of touch technology - CNN.com

What will the future of touch look like? With haptic technology, which could be described as the science of touch, users have a physical experience, making the technology more interactive. This will revolutionize the gaming experience but also be useful in medicine and every-day life. How about …

Shop Like Your Personal Trainer is Your Cashier

Prepare for health success with the proper grocery shopping techniques.<p>In order to eat clean, you need to shop clean. If you don’t stock up on the …

The Beginner's Guide to Facebook

<i>Update: This post was updated October 2013 to reflect current statistics and tools.</i><p>Against all odds, you likely know someone who still hasn't …

The Beginner's Guide to Twitter

<i>Update: This post was updated November 2013 to reflect current statistics and tools.</i><p>Do you have a parent, friend or colleague ready to ditch his or …

The Beginner's Guide to the Hashtag

If you’re a social media novice, hashtags — those short links preceded by the pound sign (#) — may seem confusing and unnecessary. But they are …

How to Get Started With New Twitter Lists

New Twitter Lists: How-To<p>1. Getting Started With Lists<p>2. Finding Your Lists<p>3. Lists You Subscribe To<p>4. Lists You're a Member Of<p>5. Creating a New …

The Complete Guide to Twitter Etiquette

Forget distinguishing the salad fork from the dinner fork. Today's lessons in etiquette are all about looking good on social media. And Twitter, as …

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