Blake Stepan

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9 Job Mistakes That Could Stall Your Entire Career

Clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Jay doesn’t subscribe to the theory that your 20s are a throwaway time to just have fun and decide what you want to be when you grow up.<p>While popular media often depicts 20-somethings as aimless wanderers lounging in extended adolescence, the truth, according to Jay, …

78 Tools for Writing and Previewing Markdown

Markdown is a text-based markup language created by John Gruber in 2004 as a way to write in an easy-to-read format that can be converted into HTML. …

Boot up: Google Glass privacy, Facebook video ads, iOS 7 apps threat, Kazam smartphones and more

A quick burst of 10 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team<p>Privacy authorities issue Google a 'please explain' on Glass | …

Like everything Facebook does now, adding hashtags is about money

Facebook has always been something of a semi-private playground – a place for you and a few hundred of your closest friends to flirt or swap pictures of parties and babies. But if its recent introduction of hashtags indicates anything, it's that Facebook now wants to become the world's virtual town …

Tred Launches Its On-Demand Test Drive Service In Seattle

Tred, which hopes to provide a service that’s like “Uber for car test drives,” is finally launching its service to the public. The company, which hopes to streamline the process of buying a car by bringing on-demand test drives to your home or office, will first become available in Seattle.<p>The …

Netflix Keeps Driving For Original Content, Inks Largest Deal Yet For DreamWorks’ Characters

Netflix has been using original programming to power its Internet-TV business, luring viewers to flagship programming such as the Kevin Spacey-vehicle House of Cards. Today another development showing no let up in its strategy to use exclusive content created to air on its platform to put clear …

Optimizely Explains How It Boosted SimCity Pre-Order Revenue

Here’s an example of a company using Optimizely‘s A/B testing tools for a high-profile game launch.<p>The startup, which recently raised a $28 million Series A, is releasing a case study today about how Electronic Arts used Optimizely to boost preorders for the new version of SimCity. Prior to the …

5 Creative Ways to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog Posts

Shares 7K<p>Do you want more traffic to your blog?<p>Are you struggling to catch the attention of more readers?<p>Does this sound familiar? You write an …

How to Set Up a Hosted WordPress Site

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging and publishing platforms available, with more than 66 million sites around the world. But free content …

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg admits battle with Twitter and Tumblr for teenage users is getting harder

Facebook is facing it increasingly tough to fend off competition from Twitter and Tumblr in the battle for teenage users, its chief operating officer has admitted.<p>Sheryl Sandberg told a technology conference that although the number of teenagers using Facebook is still growing, Twitter and Tumblr …

How to Track Your Facebook Ad Conversions

Shares 3K<p>Do you know how to measure your return on investment (ROI) on Facebook ads?<p>Do you know how to tell if your Facebook ad is accomplishing your …

33 Awesome Outdoor Hanging Chairs

A hanging chair is an unbelievably relaxing piece of furniture, it’s perfect for your garden or patio. You can swing, read, watch nature or just take …

10 Dangerous Mistakes Ruining Your Landing Page

All good landing pages have one thing in common: all are designed in a simple manner. There is nothing like a simple web page design, which will make …

How to Create Your Very Own eBook (simple version)

It's really not hard to create your very own eBook.<p><b>GRAB CONTENT</b><p>Of course, you need some original content to start with.<p>If you're a blogger, you could …

Gmail wages war on inbox clutter with new design for mobile and desktop

Three years after Priority Inbox, Google tries another approach at managing email overload<p>Google begins rolling out a redesigned Gmail today with an eye on removing inbox clutter, separating bulk emails from the main feed with new tabs for messages from social networks, deal sites, businesses, and …

Google Calendar for Android adds color highlighting, date and time picker tweaks

Admittedly, this one's a bit of a snooze, but if you find yourself adding events through Google's Calendar app on Android, you might give a hoot about these tweaks. First up is a new color tool, which lets you highlight specific appointments and change the color of your entire calendar. Judging by …

5 DIY Office Toys for Your Next Coffee Break

The ol' 9-5 office gig: great for financial security, ideal for cornflower blue tie fanatics, and kickass for anyone looking to score sweet gym …

Gigaom | Netflix may roll out 16 original shows, stand-up comedy specials next year

Advertisement<p>Netflix (s NFLX) wants to take on HBO and Showtime with the production of original stand-up comedy, the company’s chief content officer …

15 Actionable Takeaways From Social Media Marketing World 2013

Shares 4K<p>Did you miss Social Media Marketing World in April?<p>Or perhaps you were there but weren’t able to attend all the sessions you would have …

Why Facebook Is Blue: The Science of Colors in Marketing

<b>Why is Facebook blue?</b> According to The New Yorker, the reason is simple. It’s because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind. This means that blue …

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3 Simple Ways to Measure Your Social Media Results

Are you looking for better ways to measure your social media activities?<p>Do you know if your social media efforts are worthwhile?<p>Social media …

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The Wait Is Over: You Can Finally Brew Coffee in a Mason Jar with the Portland Press

You couldn't make it up: a <b>Portland</b>, Oregon-based design duo just launched a <b>crowdfunding</b> campaign to launch a <b>mason jar</b>-based product, designed …

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Calling All Flipboard Students

Inside Flipboard / May 15, 2013<p>Please join us for our first Skillshare class, called “Flip It! Make Magazines on Flipboard,” on May 28. Attendees …

How to Build an Entrepreneurial Team

Building a business takes a village. But how can a growing business afford it?<p>Entrepreneurs are highly motivated, risk-taking individuals. Despite their risk profile, they aren't necessarily risk-seeking individuals. Many "solopreneurs" yearn to build a team around them and share the risk as well …

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