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Meet Grasp, a wearable that helps instructors micromanage you

Can you imagine having an instructor who peers over your shoulder <i>all</i> the time while you practice, say, cooking or coding? Awkwaaard. But if that's the only way you can force yourself to learn something, then this device called Grasp was made for you. It was designed to perch on your shoulder like a …

HP sneers at Lenovo's Superfish problems

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>When I think of HP, I think of a once famous name that's waiting for its Matthew McConaughey image rebirth.<p>Oh, that's a lie. I barely think of HP at all, save when my printer runs out of ink. Again.<p>Perhaps, …

Why are women leaving the tech industry in droves?

Ana Redmond launched into a technology career for an exciting challenge and a chance to change the world. She was well-equipped to succeed too: An ambitious math and science wiz, she could code faster, with fewer errors, than anyone she knew.<p>In 2011, after 15 years, she left before achieving a …

Bevy Wants to Gather All Family Photos In One Place

In the never ending quest to take control of our vast and proliferating photo collections, a new hardware-software combo called Bevy has now emerged.<p>Just launched from Lineage Labs, Bevy is a device paired with both mobile app and desktop Mac or Windows apps that families can use to gather, …

How elite universities are killing the American dream

The American Dream isn’t dead. It’s just moved to Denmark.<p>Now, we like to think of ourselves as a classless society, but it isn’t true today. As the Brookings Institution has pointed out, America has turned into a place Horatio Alger would scarcely recognize: we have more inequality and less …

Mood in Brazil Tense Yet Hopeful After Mass Protests

Editor of National Geographic Brasil explains underlying causes of the unrest.<p><b>The largest demonstrations in Brazil in 20 years have rocked the South American country this week, prompting the nation's president to cancel an overseas trip and call an emergency cabinet meeting. Protests have been held</b> …

The Case For Losing Your Sales People And Killing Cold Calls Forever

Generating sales can cost almost as much as the revenues they bring in. Here’s how three companies are conquering the top line without a single sales person and zero cold calling.<p>Think about the last time you wanted to make a major purchase.<p>Did you pull an Amy Poehler and unleash a barrage of …

Mexico's Tech Startups Look To Overcome Barriers To Growth

In the past decade, Mexico's tech industry has flourished, growing three times faster than the global average. Most of that growth has been fueled by demand from the United States. But as Mexico's startups strive to make it in foreign markets, they say they need more engineers and ways to finance …

Among Layoff Reports, An IBM Executive Explains How Big Data Can Be Used To Manage A Workforce

So we listened with interest to IBMer Brenda Dietrich talk about a big data project that IBM uses internally to size its workforce.<p>Dietrich is an IBM Fellow and VP, CTO and Strategist for the Business Analytics unit at IBM. She was speaking on a panel about big data tech at Bloomberg's Next Big …

Tech Industry

You Know What's Cool? 1 Million Advertisers On Facebook

Facebook just hit 1 million advertisers, a milestone signaling that it has become a mainstream advertising channel for small and medium-sized businesses.<p>OK, so maybe cool isn’t the right word, but it’s hard to resist a good line from <i>The Social Network</i> movie. The social network announced the figure …

Strangled by Debt, Grads Await Congress' Solution on Loan Rates

After five years in the U.S. military and two tours in Iraq, 28-year-old Brandon Anderson finally expects to graduate next year from Georgetown …

Brazilians spend as much as 26% of their income to ride the bus

A $0.09 hike in the price of a single bus fare in Sao Paulo ignited the biggest protests to hit Brazil in over 20 years. As we noted earlier today, the bus fare hike was merely the last straw in a long list of public grievances about the shaky Brazilian economy.<p>But it’s worth noting that Sao …

Abenomics is working today, at least for corporate Japan

Here’s our daily reading on whether Abenomics, the groundbreaking effort by Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe to re-energize Japanese growth, is showing results.<p>It is today. The value of Japanese exports in yen terms surged 10.1% in May, according to the latest data from the Japanese Ministry of Finance. …

To succeed in India, a company must meet these three criteria

• <i>The company is a leader in its industry.</i> That is, it is number one, two, or three in the local market, and gaining market share. • <i><br>India delivers 10% to 20% of the company’s new growth in revenues and profits on a global basis.</i> In comparison, China may be delivering 20% to 40% of global growth. • <i><br>The</i> …

Why Lululemon’s “CEO Wanted” Ad Is Bad For The Brand

Know your audience. Know your platforms. Know when to joke about tequila shots and when not to. Inside the ongoing unraveling of a once powerful retailing juggernaut.<p>Recently, Lululemon’s home page featured–in big block letters that took up my entire computer screen–a message that read: “CEO …

Brazil’s unrest: should investors worry? | Financial Times

The scenes have been extraordinary. Not only the size of public demonstrations in Brazil’s major cities over the past week but also the violence with …

Dunkin' Donuts Just Changed The Game Again

The move is a first for a sweets-focused fast food chain, and could give Dunkin' an edge over competitors like Starbucks and McDonald's, reports Leslie Patton at Bloomberg News.<p>The retailer will sell gluten-free donuts and muffins in all its U.S. stores this year, a spokesman told Patton.<p>Gluten is …

How Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and other business chiefs hold ruthlessly effective meetings

Why does Jeff Bezos keep a chair empty in the boardroom? Where does Richard Branson hold his meetings? And who’s always late for appointments?<p>Here are some of Quartz’s favorite tips for holding meetings from the some of the world’s top business leaders:<p>Throw out the least necessary person in the …

Report: 70 percent of Americans “emotionally disconnected” at work

According to Gallup.com, nearly one in five hates work so much they sabotage their employers<p>Steven Rosenfeld<p>June 19, 2013 3:43pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>If you thought that Americans who kept their jobs during the Great Recession were glad to be working, you would be dead …

TripAdvisor buys app to cut back your airport-induced stress

If you’re a TripAdvisor user, your travel planning might soon include all the fun stuff you can do at your airport. The company just bought airport information app GateGuru, as the experience just before takeoff can sometimes make or break a trip.<p>Though many of us plan for the hotels, food, …

TheFind wants to become your daily shopping habit with new iPad app (exclusive)

Shopping for clothes online can easily turn into a downward spiral of frustration. “Buying engine” TheFind has unveiled its new iPad app that seeks to turn e-commerce into pleasant shopping experience.<p>TheFind was founded in 2005 back in the early days of e-commerce. It applies machine learning and …

Unemployment For Recent College Graduates By Major

The unemployment rate of college graduates is half that of people with only a high school diploma.<p>But that doesn't mean recent college graduates haven't struggled to find work. So which majors struggle the most?<p>A May 2013 study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce …

Do Unpaid Internships Lead to Jobs? Not for College Students

Student Loan Rates Should Not Increase, Americans Say In Poll

A vast majority of voters want Congress to maintain the interest rates on federal student loans at their current level or lower them, a poll released Tuesday found.<p>The poll, conducted June 11 and 12 by Public Policy Poling and commissioned by the liberal group MoveOn.org, shows 83 percent of …

Netflix renews Hemlock Grove for a second season

Netflix's first foray into the horror genre seems to have gone well, as the company announced it's renewing <i>Hemlock Grove</i> for a second season. The 10 episode run will debut next year, presumably after fellow Netflix Originals <i>Lilyhammer</i> (later this year) and <i>House of Cards</i> (currently in production) …

Online news is becoming easier to sell, suggests study

<b>Consumers are becoming more willing to pay for online news, although most still choose not to, a study suggests.</b><p>The percentage of UK-based web users who read paid-for content had more than doubled to 9% during the past 10 months, it said.<p>Gains were also seen in the US, France and Germany, although …

‘The darkest time for Islam,’ Calgary-born Muslim doctor says

<i>Allan Maki talks to Dr. David Liepert, a Calgary-born anesthesiologist and Muslim who condemns extremists who kill.</i><p><b>Last week was not a good week for Canadians. They saw two soldiers killed by homegrown radicals, one of whom spent an unknown amount of time in Calgary. What was your reaction when you</b> …

The next phase of China’s global soft power push is exporting higher education

China’s next major export might just be universities. China’s Soochow University, based in the eastern city of Suzhou, is raising money to build a satellite campus in Laos where it will enroll around 5,000 students. Other Chinese universities have announced plans for campuses in Malaysia and in the …

Google Admits Impossible Interview Brainteasers Were A 'Waste of Time'

Google is famous for putting potential employees through an incredibly tough interview process. The company is seeking out the very brightest minds and is therefore known to pose some pretty baffling brainteasers.<p>Some of our favorites include: ‘You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown …

Three Emerging 3-D Printing Companies You Should Watch

Most of the 3-D printing world can be found on the website of Wohlers Associates, a consulting firm that publishes an annual almanac listing the …