Bob LeBlanc

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Get Smarter in 2017. Here Are 5 Places to Educate Yourself Online (for Free)

Knowledge is power.<p>What do you want to learn more about this year? Nanotechnology? Virtual reality? Bitcoin? How to protect democracy?<p>According to neuroscience professor Ken Kosik, adult education, or specifically engaging in challenging new learning experiences, encourages brain plasticity. And …

Quixey alums launch Sigma, a platform to bring merits and certifications online

A new company named Sigma, founded by alumni of mobile app search engine Quixey, aims to take records and certifications currently trapped in the analog world and bring them online. To do so, the company has raised $4.35 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz and other investors.<p>The idea …

Women in Tech

Milanote is the Evernote for creatives

The late Steve Jobs once said:<p>Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences …

Turn an old laptop into a Chromebook-Linux hybrid

Common scenario: You buy a new laptop, thinking you'll sell, donate or hand down the old one... but it never happens. Maybe you don't want to deal with the hassles of Craigslist or Ebay, not to mention wiping all your data, reinstalling Windows and so on.<p>Whatever the case, now it's just taking up …

Cuisinart recalls food processors after blade pieces end up in food

Cuisinart has issued a voluntary recall for about 8 million food processors because of a risk of the blade cracking and breaking off into food, according to a release from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued Tuesday. Conair, the company that owns Cuisinart, has received 69 reports of …

Too many workers out to lunch on defined-contribution pension plans

It's hard to say whether employers or employees are the bigger problem with the country's fastest-growing type of pension plan.<p>Too many employees are oblivious to their responsibilities to make their defined-contribution pension plans work, and a lot of employers seem to be clueless about the …

10 Ways Drones Are Changing Your World

Drones have been a hot topic in the news for some time. Depending on what you’ve read, they’re devastatingly effective weapons of war, the next big …

DroneBase raises from Union Square to pay any pilot for aerial footage

That drone in your closet could earn you some money thanks to DroneBase, a startup that delivers aerial data and footage to business clients. DroneBase’s new Pilot Program lets drone owners find gigs nearby where they can fly 10-minute missions, upload the assets and get paid if a DroneBase client …

Drones

Meet Coople: The 'gig-economy' app that's like Uber for short-term staffing

Apps like Uber, Deliveroo, and Airbnb have, from a user's point of view, changed the way we travel, eat, and sleep.<p>But they are also changing the way people work. For the estimated 5 million UK workers employed through such platforms, gone is the security associated with fixed terms of employment, …

Employment

The Dirty Truth About Kids' Health | Heleo

“The idea that the only good microbe is a dead microbe—that we’ve got to change.”<p>Dr. B. Brett Finlay is an award-winning microbiologist, the Peter …

Microbiology

10 hot design tools you absolutely must try

A recent design tools survey conducted by Khoi Vinh, one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America”, shows that Photoshop is slowly losing its popularity among designers.<p>Answers from over 4,000 participants hailing from almost 200 countries prove that designers are open to new …

Transportation gaps keep seniors driving too long: study | The Star

A lack of transportation alternatives is deterring some senior citizens from hanging up their car keys, even if it’s no longer safe for them to drive.<p>…

G.fast broadband expected at 29m premises by 2021: Ovum

Western Europe is on track to deliver high-speed G.fast first thanks to the European Commission's 2020 target of 100Mbps to 50 percent of …

How Crazy Successful People Beat Stress

Stress. Yes, we all have it. And yes, you can manage it like a boss.<p>How's your stress level? Well, whatever it is, know that it's human to stress.<p>But the good news is that we can manage it, and certainly minimize it, by making some positive changes. That is, of course, all dependent on the life …

The Man Who Stood Up To Facebook

There is a man who is a thorn in the side of Facebook — a problem that just won't go away. In 2008, Facebook sued him, saying he was a hacker and a spammer who was putting users at risk. But in a truly bizarre plot twist, he stood up to the Internet giant — and he has become the unlikely …

Internet

DroneDeploy launches a directory for professional drone operators

DroneDeploy wants businesses to be able to find a drone services provider as easily as anyone can find a place to eat dinner, anywhere in the world. So today, the company unveiled a new free Drone Mapping Directory.<p>Take, for example, a real estate developer who needs a finely detailed map of land …

Unmanned Aircraft

Wunderkind Brian Wong’s cheat codes for business success

Don't call Brian Wong and ask to have a coffee. The young entrepreneur, who graduated from the University of British Columbia at the age of 18 and now runs the mobile-rewards company Kiip from San Francisco, gets two or three requests a day from people wanting to test ideas on him. He refuses them …

A novel way to solve the business succession crisis

One of the biggest risks in the economy is the fumbled hand-off of family businesses from one generation to the next. The expession "shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations" sums this up nicely: the first generation builds a successful business, the second generation carries on in a …

Let There Be Light - The Litom 8 LED Solar-Powered Security Sensor Light

Reading Time: 2 minutes<p>As a smart home enthusiast, I long to outfit my house with only the most cutting-edge of products. However, as a substandard …

Electric bikes compared: How to buy the best e-bike

Even the humble bicycle hasn't escaped the clutches of modern technology. A whole herd of new e-bikes with electric motors are taking to our cities' streets. Adding a motor to a standard cycle does ramp up the price significantly, but it takes much of the effort out of cycling, making your commute …

The six mistakes derailing your health and fitness goals

There is nothing worse than working hard and still not succeeding. It is one thing not to reach your health and wellness goals if you are eating fries every day and skipping workouts, but it is extremely frustrating to give it your all and strike out.<p>Believe me, I get it. I have broken down in …

37 Books With Plot Twists That Will Blow Your Mind

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Books

Why you might want to buy the worst-selling car in America

It is the worst-selling car in America and has been for as long as it’s been on the market. While Toyota TM, -0.97% sells almost half a million …

Electric Vehicles

Drones are revolutionizing the telecommunication industry

Drones are coming -- be afraid, be very, very afraid! While the term drone typically conjures images of the <i>Terminator</i> franchise's sinister Skynet corporation, or modern-day military warfare, the reality is less horrifying, but potentially more lucrative.<p>Drones, also known by the less sinister name …

T-Mobile

5 Traits Older Generations Don't Understand About Millennials (According to a Millennial)

Here's what you're not getting.<p>Millennials are a hot topic because they are the modern-day disrupters. They're the generation causing the most change. They're the ones redefining the way things get done--and they're the ones closest to the action. They are both the prized spending demographic as …

With Monsanto’s demise, it’s time for a rational conversation about biotech

<i>Sylvain Charlebois is dean of the Faculty of Management and professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University.</i><p>It seems Monsanto is finally out of its misery. What was once arguably the most detested company in the world will likely cease to exist with its acquisition by Bayer. …

Meet ‘Solo’, a 3-wheeled electric car designed for short commutes

Canadian firm Electra Meccanica Vehicles is the latest to try to market a small, three-wheeled commuter vehicle.<p>Unveiled today, the Electra Meccanica Solo features an all-electric powertrain and seating for one person.<p>The company is now taking fully refundable deposits for the Solo and says it …

Electric Vehicles

Don’t buy into ‘biased’ advice on home ownership – just rent, analyst says

A top-ranked real estate analyst is making the case for renting over owning a home.<p>In his new book The Wealthy Renter, Alex Avery, who currently owns …

NYC's firefighters will use drones to make their jobs safer

New York City's firefighters have a new ally that could help keep them safe: drones. They've begun testing a small, fire-engine red unmanned aerial vehicle that can take both standard and infrared images and videos. The $85,000 machine will send footage to commanders in real-time, giving them the …