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10 fintech startups selected for DBS Accelerator in Hong Kong

DBS Accelerator is a collaborative initiative between DBS Bank (Hong Kong) and Nest, a leading startup incubator in the region

Welcome to the future: 8 ways that digital innovation is reinventing insurance customer service

Carriers that differentiate their customer service experience through a carefully designed, thoughtfully executed and adaptable digital strategy are …

Innovation

Disaster droids face off in the Darpa Robotics Challenge

<b>Final preparations are being made by 24 robotics teams about to compete for $3.5m (£2.3m) worth of prizes in a Pentagon-backed competition.</b><p>Their machines are being challenged to carry out a series of disaster-related tasks in the shortest time possible.<p>The US Department of Defence's Darpa research …

Robotics

Apple, IBM, tout high-tech services for seniors in Japan

Apple is working with IBM to deliver iPads and high-tech services to seniors in Japan.<p>The two tech giants have joined forces with Japan Post Group, which provides postal, banking, and insurance services. The initiative aims to improve the quality of life for millions of Japanese senior citizens via …

Apple Watch

What’s the next big thing for online advertising? 7 predictions for 2015

The online advertising world is both exciting and challenging, as it often changes overnight. Blink, and you may miss out on a key development.<p>Smart players should position themselves ahead of the curve in 2015, strategizing and soaking in predictions about where the market will head next year. …

Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You and Your Career

The next time you tell yourself that you’ll sleep when you’re dead, realize that you’re making a decision that can make that day come much sooner. Pushing late into the night is a health and productivity killer.<p>According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, the …

Life Unleashed™

Google's Eric Schmidt has these 9 rules for emailing

<i>This post is in partnership with Time. The article below was originally published at Time.com.</i><p>By Eric Schmidt<p>Communication in the Internet Century …

China Is The World's Top Source Of Internet Attack Traffic [Infographic]

China is the place where the vast majority of Internet attack traffic originates from, according to Akamai’s most recent “State of The Internet” report. Denial-of-service or DDoS attacks overwhelm computers and networks with high levels of online activity, usually through a network taken over or …

Is Your Staff, Like Netflix, Hopelessly Devoted To Amazon Web Services?

Because many people first used the cloud through using Amazon Web Services (AWS), they find it tempting to think that anything can be accomplished on Amazon – but this assumption can result in very large bills and a substandard infrastructure. Here are some warning signs of blind devotion to AWS to …

Apple Deploys New Mobile-POS Device Supporting EMV; Contactless Acceptance Possible | NFC Times – Near Field Communication and all contactless technology.

Published: Feb 8 2018<p><b>NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight –</b> <b>In addition to the NFC secure elements that NXP Semiconductors is providing to wearables maker</b> …

How Watson Changed IBM

Remember when IBM’s “Watson” computer competed on the TV game show “Jeopardy” and won? Most people probably thought “Wow, that’s cool,” or perhaps were briefly reminded of the legend of John Henry and the ongoing contest between man and machine. Beyond the media splash it caused, though, the event …

The 3 Layers of Modern Marketing: Data, Analytics, Activation

Are you a modern marketer?<p>Let’s be honest—no marketer is going to answer that with a “no,” so let’s dig a little deeper with a few questions that get to the heart of the issue:<p>Are you a data-driven marketer?<p>Are you a marketer who understands beyond the shadow of a doubt what components of your …

#IoTH: The Internet of Things and Humans

Rod Smith of IBM and I had a call the other day to prepare for our onstage conversation at O’Reilly’s upcoming Solid Conference, and I was surprised to find how much we were in agreement about one idea: so many of the most interesting applications of the Internet of Things involve new ways of …

Design Can Drive Exceptional Returns for Shareholders

It used to be about “us” and “them.”<p>“Us” were the people who believed that design could add significant value when tightly integrated with other business processes. “Them” were the majority of managers who didn’t get what design was all about in the first place.<p>Today, however, the distance between …

Search

FORTUNE — “How’s business tonight?” we asked. The UberX driver shrugged, “Better now the holidays are over.” For the rest of the ride, we went back and forth on what Uber was doing with pricing and why and for how long, and how peak pricing had played out over New Year’s Eve. The driver shared his …

15 Rules for Negotiating a Job Offer

Job-offer negotiations are rarely easy. Consider three typical scenarios:<p>You’re in a third-round interview for a job at a company you like, but a firm you admire even more just invited you in. Suddenly the first hiring manager cuts to the chase: “As you know, we’re considering many candidates. We …

Richard Branson's top 10 tips for success

<b>Richard Branson left school at the age of 16 and set up Student Magazine with one of his friends. He went on to start Virgin Records in the 1970s and is the founder of the Virgin Group. In the 1980s he formed Virgin Atlantic airline and the 1990s saw the arrival of Virgin Mobile and Virgin …

Richard Branson

Even Small Companies Can Tap Big Data If They Know Where to Look

Small and medium-size businesses are often intimidated by the cost and complexity of handling large amounts of digital information. A recent study of 541 such firms in the UK showed that none were beginning to take advantage of big data.<p><i>None</i>.<p>That means these firms and a lot of others are at a …

5 Lessons Bankers Can Learn From WhatsApp

MOBILE STRATEGIES<p>On the surface, the purchase of WhatsApp by Facebook for $19 billion seems to have little to do with retail banking. Digging deeper, …

How to Explore Cause and Effect Like a Data Scientist

The ability to think analytically is important for any manager today. The first steps, as I’ve explained before, involve collecting data, making some simple plots, drawing basic conclusions, and planning next steps. But data do not give up their secrets easily. While we can use data to understand …

Seven Problems Your Inbox Can Solve

When you’re staring at an inbox piled high with unread emails, it’s easy for email to feel like yet another problem for you to solve. But by using your email’s rules and filters, you can not only prevent those messages from piling it up, but address challenges you face that go beyond your inbox.<p>A …

Make Your Best Customers Even Better

Just over a year ago, managers at Kraft believed that their Velveeta brand had only moderate growth prospects. With the consumer migration toward natural and organic products, sales of Velveeta—a processed, unrefrigerated “cheese food”—had languished. The customers who did buy it typically used it …

Helping the Passive-Aggressive Executive

Robert wondered why he was always so stressed out when he was dealing with Lucas, the latest addition to his team. On the face of it, the new hire seemed very agreeable and supportive, but whatever interactions he had had with him left him wondering about his true intentions. Lucas made lots of …

The Outsized Benefits of Simply Introducing Yourself

Beyond "My Name Is"<p>The Smartest Thing Jimmy Fallon Did on His First Tonight Show<p>Time<p>While I’m not usually a fan of “leadership lessons you can learn from [insert pretty much anything here, including pets and inanimate objects],” this well-written piece from television writer James Poniewozik …

Engage a Mentor with a Short-Term Project

Last summer my friend Rick hosted his nephew, a recent graduate from university, for two weeks as an intern in his consulting business. Under Rick’s guidance, his nephew prepared presentations, assisted in customer engagement projects, built a scheduling spreadsheet, suggested marketing …

The Strategic Mistake Almost Everybody Makes

“It is simple math,” the strategist said in a tone that sounded suspiciously similar to how I explain things to my six-year-old daughter. “Decreasing churn by a percent — a single percent! — creates tens of millions of dollars of value. A point of market share creates five times that amount. Our …

Manage Your Work, Manage Your Life

Artwork detail: Liliana Porter, Man with String, 2009, string and pencil lines on paper, 12 3/4″ x 15 3/4″<p>Work/life balance is at best an elusive ideal and at worst a complete myth, today’s senior executives will tell you. But by making deliberate choices about which opportunities they’ll pursue …

Banks’ New Competitors: Starbucks, Google, and Alibaba

It took computer company Apple only five years to become America’s largest music retailer, and just seven to become the world’s largest. In 18 short months, search engine Google erased 85 percent of the market cap of the top GPS companies after launching its mobile maps app. Alibaba, China’s …