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Are Entrepreneurs Just Con Men?

America loves a good hustler.<p>America loves a good con. Take the much-lauded <i>American Hustle</i>: Christian Bale’s and Amy Adams’s inveterate hustlers are far more lovable than Bradley Cooper’s conniving FBI agent. See, too, <i>The Music Man</i>, <i>The Sting</i>, <i>Dirty Rotten Scoundrels</i>. As an audience, we’re more than …

This Is Why You Can Never Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

We start every new year with the feeling of a clean slate, a time that we can set our goals and intentions and actually make the changes we want to see in our lives, to get rid of those nagging bad habits and usher in some good ones. But by February, many of our resolutions are already abandoned or …

Bureaucracy creates a 'blanket of blandness' in education

The need to record everything, to risk assess every activity, has made schools guarded; no longer prepared to challenge the reluctant child, says headmaster Peter Tait<p>Recently, a Government review found that <b>NHS doctors and nurses were spending up to ten hours a week collecting and checking data</b>, a …

Money has corrupted us. We no longer understand what it's worth

The house across the street has just gone on sale for £850,000. A bog-standard, late-Victorian, ex-council terrace house in the rough part of Islington, with a yard billed as a garden, costs as much as a street in Middlesbrough or Stoke.<p>When Marx wrote, in his Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts …

Design Microsoft's Surface Into the Classroom Experience

<i>Content sponsored by Surface</i><p>Last month, we announced the Surface Classroom Design Challenge (where our own Allan Chochinov will a part of the judging …

Free online Android programming course starting next month

An online university will start a free online Android programming course next month, offering interested applicants the first notions needed to create apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.<p>Spotted by a <i>reddit</i> user, the eight-week long course offered by the …

iA's Writer Pro maximizes the minimalist text editor

How do you add features to the app with no features?<p>Minimalist text editors aren’t the novel concept they once were, but iA Writer has done more than most to bring the idea of distraction-free writing to the mainstream. Since Information Architects released the app for iPad in 2010, it’s expanded …

6 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Market Research

Google Ventures Design Partner John Zeratsky knows how crucial it is to listen to customers. Here are his tips for making sure you’re listening to their feedback, rather than selling them on your product.<p>The other day I was talking with an entrepreneur in the Google Ventures portfolio who told me …

Bitcoin Is At A Crossroads

Bitcoin, the peer-to-peer currency with no central bank, based on digital tokens with no intrinsic value, appears to be headed where no other virtual currencies has gone to date.<p>First mentioned in a research paper written under a pseudonym 5 years ago Bitcoin has, in the last year, moved from the …

Why SolarCity and Tesla are going to replace your utility

Millions of California homeowners and businesses have installed solar panels on their roofs to generate their own electricity. Now a small but growing number of them want to pull the plug on their utilities by storing that energy in batteries and tap that power when the sun isn’t shining. And that …

Who Will Own The Next Great Instant Messaging Service?

Instant messaging is the center of the internet. Everything else is a temporary distraction.<p>The case for this is strong: Every company that has ruled the internet in the last 20 years — even for a short period — has had a dominant instant messaging service. Aol Instant Messenger kept people's …

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What's Mine Is Yours (For A Price) In The Sharing Economy

<i>This week on-air and online, the tech team is</i> exploring the sharing economy<i>. You'll find the stories on this blog and</i> aggregated at this link, <i>and we would love to hear your questions about the topic. Just</i> email, <i>leave a comment or</i> tweet.<p>Not long ago if you wanted to rent a room for the weekend your …

How to easily root an Android device

Rooting is the Android equivalent of jailbreaking, a means of unlocking the operating system so you can install unapproved apps, deleted unwanted bloatware, update the OS, replace the firmware, overclock (or underclock) the processor, customize anything and so on.<p>Of course, for the average user, …

Alan Mulally Explains How He Turned Around Ford

It's been so impressive that he's a leading candidate to take over at Microsoft after current CEO Steve Ballmer leaves. In a recent interview with McKinsey Quarterly, Mulally pointed out a few unique elements of his leadership and management style that have helped change Ford's culture. It's a hint …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

• Different kids with different levels of preparation come into a math class. Some of these kids have parents who have drilled them on math from a young age, while others never had that kind of parental input.<br>• On the first few tests, the well-prepared kids get perfect scores, while the unprepared kids …

The Best Kind of Entrepreneur to Be

Stuck on measuring yourself against the entrepreneurial greats like Steve Jobs? Don't--it's only self-defeating. Here's a much better goal.<p>"Entrepreneur" is an awesome word. Many people, especially those for whom the corporate world is anathema, can't imagine being anything but an …

The Secret To Unleashing Genius

Amazon isn’t an easy place to work. Its managers set steep goals, scrimp on budgets and expect long hours. But there aren’t many better places to be employed if you like the messy work of coming up with new ideas, because its billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos, has made that a priority for everyone …

8 Reasons You Shouldn't Do Everything Internally

Bad habits are tough to break as you grow as a leader. As a young leader, I always felt I had to do everything in-house. Every penny mattered, so even if our attempt was half-assed, we were doing it ourselves. Realizing that you can’t do everything internally — and that it’s better to hire outside …