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Olly is like an Amazon Echo but with personality

Everyone's making a smart personal assistant these days -- thanks, Alexa! -- but most of them aren't as adorable as the Olly. It's basically a doughnut-shaped speaker that lies flat when dormant but stands and spins around with lights flashing when active. But what sets the Olly apart from the …

10 more of the UK’s best small towns: readers’ travel tips

Readers had so much to say about our 10 of the best small UK towns for winter breaks article, we’ve put together a new list based on their recommendations<p>Beverley, East Yorkshire<p>When approached across parkland from the west, Beverley pulls off this neat trick of making you think you’re in a Jane …

18 Habits That Will Make You Smarter

Cultivating smart habits is the key to unlocking your potential.<p>To be smart is great, but it doesn't happen overnight. If you want to become smarter, you have to create habits that will groom your intelligence and nourish your mind.<p>Some people are born smart, but most smart people do daily rituals …

Self-improvement

'The 4-Hour Workweek' author Tim Ferriss shares the 5 books that have influenced him most

Since writing his 2007 book "The 4-Hour Workweek," Tim Ferriss has built a career around collecting the, as he puts it, "tactics, routines, and habits," of the world's top performers, from Navy SEALs to entrepreneurs.<p>His new book "Tools of Titans" is a collection of those lessons, drawn from more …

Self-improvement

14 Books by Billionaires That Should Be on Every Entrepreneur's Christmas List

Learn from the masters.<p>Reading is an essential part of any learning process. Books give you an intimate glimpse into the minds of others. They reveal subtleties you may not yet be aware of. So, especially when you're navigating a road as ambiguous as entrepreneurship, it's a good idea to take a …

Warren Buffett

Screaming From The Golden Cage: Heal Anxiety, Depression And Addiction By Embracing The Truth

Dr. Bruce Alexander, professor emeritus of psychology, performed an experiment in the 1970s. His team built two cages for laboratory rats. In one cage a rat was alone and isolated. It couldn't see or touch other rats and had nothing to do. In the other cage called Rat Park, they had good food and …

Minority Report-style AI learns to predict if people are criminals from their facial features

Researchers have created a machine that they claim can tell if a person is a convicted criminal simply from their facial features.<p>The artificial intelligence, created at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, was able to correctly identify criminals from a selection of 186 photos nine out of 10 times by …

10 daily habits that are sabotaging your productivity and success

When you allow bad habits to take over, they dramatically impede your path to success. The challenge is bad habits are insidious, creeping up on you slowly until you don't even notice the damage they're causing.<p><i>"Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken." —</i> …

Time Management

Will robot sex ever replace the real thing?

Depictions of millennial life on film always include futuristic tech staples: the flying car and the robot housemaid. Recent sci-fi productions like <i>Ex Machina</i>, <i>Humans</i>, and even <i>The Terminator</i> play with the idea of robots living among us. However, at no point were we adequately prepared for a dystopia …

Robotics

The NHS Is Enlisting Google's Artificial Intelligence Team To Help Save Your Life

DeepMind will be handed more than 1.6 million patients' data.<p>The Royal Free NHS Trust has signed a five year deal with Google to process 1.6 million …

Artificial Intelligence Set To Take Over The World

Image via Shutterstock<p>The first web search engines were stupid. For those old enough to remember, Yahoo was a great directory, listing a few thousand …

Google Changing Policy to Restrict Ads on Fake News Sites

Alphabet’s Google said on Monday it is working on a policy update to restrict its ads from being placed on fake news sites as concerns mount about …

Internet

Boost Productivity by Getting More Rest and Working Shorter Days

The evidence is mounting that working until you're groggy is a losing strategy.<p>Founder of MillennialSuccess.io, writer, coach<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Sweden is switching to a 6-hour workday with 25 percent boosts in productivity. But how? Paradoxical as it seems …

Time Management

9 Emerging Tech Trends That Will Start Generating Billions in 2017

Here are some of the emerging technologies that will make billions of dollars starting next year.<p>Companies worldwide will spend $3.5 trillion on IT in 2017, market research firm Gartner predicts.<p>Above all else, companies are expected to increase their spending on software and services (as opposed …

After watching over 100 TED talks, these are the insights that have stuck with me most

Watch one TED talk, and you have a factoid to share with a friend at a bar.<p>Watch over 100 TED talks across several years — as I have, obsessively — and you begin to think a little differently about the world.<p>Not every talk is awe-inspiring or illuminating, but the best ones have changed how I think …

TED Talks

The 17 highest-paying companies in Silicon Valley

To find out which of them offer the fattest paychecks, we turned to Glassdoor.<p>Glassdoor sifted through thousands of salary reports submitted to its website by employees between March 2015 and March 2016 to find the highest-paying companies.<p>To be eligible for the list, each company had to be …

Silicon Valley

DFJ's Steve Jurvetson Talks About Investing, Innovation & Robots As Agents Of Change

Since 1985, DFJ’s core funds have raised $5 billion to fuel entrepreneurial companies around the world. As a principal of the venture capital firm, Steve Jurvetson is recognized for an uncanny knack for seeing “around the corner” to discover the next truly disruptive technology. His investments in …

Innovation

11 reasons to be excited about the future of technology

In the year 1820, a person could expect to live less than 35 years, 94% of the global population lived in extreme poverty, and less that 20% of the population was literate. Today, human life expectancy is over 70 years, less that 10% of the global population lives in extreme poverty, and over 80% …

Peter Diamandis

Introducing the 21 Must-Read Books for Fall

New Zadie Smith and Tana French, incandescent debuts, and personal stories of love and hate.<p>Fall is a blockbuster season for books, which fits nicely with our plans to curl up inside while the leaves are falling. Literary mainstays like <b>Zadie Smith</b> and <b>Ann Patchett</b> are back with brand-new offerings, …

These companies offer paid vacation ... and pay for your vacation

U.S. workers have become notoriously bad about taking all their paid vacation days.<p>But some employers have sweetened the pot to encourage their staff to not only take their time but often expand their horizons, too.<p>Roughly 3% of employers offer their staff a "vacation stipend" on top of their …

The Workplace

Seven Jobs That Let You Live And Work Abroad (As Your Own Boss)

Tired of the corporate rat race? You can do these jobs just as easily overseas while reporting only to yourself.<p>Right now, I’m sitting at a coffee shop in Bucharest, Romania, with my laptop and an Americano. For the past five months, I’ve been traveling through Europe and the Middle East while …

Rome's Restaurants Old and New

Romans favor the same restaurants and dishes they always have, and everyone will have an opinion as to which restaurant serves the best pasta, the freshest seafood or the most flavorful lamb. Still, new restaurants do open that help diversify the city's dining scene. Here's a some of my …

This startup is taking on Airbnb and Hotel Tonight by letting you find a place to crash at the last minute

Overnight had already launched in Los Angeles, so Austin was its second citywide roll-out.<p>The launch was a success for the company, which offers users on-demand booking of short-term rentals. Think Airbnb meets Hotel Tonight.<p>Overnight's rentals were cheap — private rooms were going for $70 or $80 …

Hospitality

I hiked one of the most beautiful trails in Italy -- here's what I wish I had known going in

1. Make sure the trails are open<p><i>Emma Rechenberg</i><p>Look closely and you'll see the blocked off trails to visitors. Plan your destinations …

Where to Go Instead of Cinque Terre: 3 Stunning Alternatives

Steeped in layers of colorful, old-world houses spilling down rocky cliffs into the impossibly blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea lies the picturesque …

Italy

Where to Find Sardinia’s Most Beautiful Beach

Armed with little more than an iPhone and recommendations from friends, fashion designer Nili Lotan took a gloriously unplanned last-minute trip to Sardinia.<p>Where we stayed...<p>Last September, after a whirlwind summer of planning, executing, and showing her spring 2015 collection, fashion designer …

Why Sardinia (not Ibiza or Mykonos) should be your next island holiday

Ibiza’s fun. Mykonos is beautiful.<p>But you know which island has fun, beauty and so much more – and comes with zero risk of ending up in San Antonio …

Escapism: Why to Go to Sardinia, Italy

Modernity forgot Sardinia. The antique hills are still dotted with stone outposts, as though Phoenician raiders may at any moment appear on the horizon. There is an Arthurian feel to the island: it is waiting patiently for a great king to arise, rebuild the Nuragic edifices and light the beacons. …

Sardinia, Italy: Decanter Travel Guide

One of the world’s most popular holiday spots, this Italian island is a haven for those wanting an authentic food and wine experience, finds Carla …