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The 10 Best Low-Cost Alternatives to Hardwood Flooring

Flooring is one expense that can eat up a large portion of a remodel budget, but you don’t have to sacrifice style for cost. These less-expensive …

Home Improvement

Amazon brings 8 new voices to Alexa skills

Developers making voice apps for Amazon’s Alexa can now use different voices to power their experiences. The voices are being provided for free through the AWS text-to-speech service Polly. Created in 2016 with the same conversational AI that powers Alexa, Polly can speak in nearly 50 voices in 24 …

Meet the people behind a growing NFL boycott

‘Being black is bigger than watching football’<p>Before the regulars started to flood the pub and libations were passed around, a man stood behind the bar and stared at CNN. By 7 p.m. on this August night he was in a media-created daze. To him, he was alone. Just Kenny Johnson and the tube.<p>Johnson, …

Civil Rights

4 Common ERP Project Management Problems and How to Mitigate Them

Most project managers run into issues: they’re simply unavoidable. So, it’s important to be aware of some of the most common enterprise resource …

Change Management Guide from PMI

- August 5, 2013<p><b>A new guide identifies effective change management practices and how practitioners and organizations can apply them in the context of</b> …

Getting the Message Across: Five Levels of Change Communications

You told them… and they did the opposite.<p>You told them… and they ignored what you said.<p>You told them… and they got it.<p>People often tell me that …

Change Management Model - Use a Crisis

I’ve been part of several turnarounds and have led a few in my short career. One thing that I’ve learned is this: one cannot underestimate the …

The Transformation Story and Change Management

We all love stories. Stories have characters that we relate to or hate, there’s drama, heroes and villains, and the best stories stir the emotion. …

Management

3 Ways To Maintain Productivity With Change Management

In the business world, change is never easy. A common first reaction to change is panic or skepticism. In fact, 70% of change initiatives fail. This …

Project Management

Which (of the Numerous) Change Management Models and Methodologies is Right for Your Organization

Change Management Model: The Human Element<p>Perhaps the best model to explain the human element is the Kubler-Ross Cycle of Grief. This model visually …

George Michael, pop superstar, dies at 53

Singer who first made his name as half of pop group Wham! before going on to solo success died peacefully at home<p>Andrew Ridgeley and Sir Elton John have led tributes to pop superstar George Michael, who has died at his home in Oxfordshire aged 53.<p>Michael’s former Wham! bandmate wrote on Twitter …

George Michael

Meditation Guidelines

• <b>Find a comfortable body position.</b> It does not matter too much in what position or posture you place yourself to meditate. The most common method is …

Meditation

12 Mindfulness Quotes that Will Change the Way You Spend Your Life

Over the past couple of years, as I’ve watched my son grow from a baby into a remarkable little boy, I’ve learned that a young child can teach an …

Wonderful Websites You Should Bookmark Right Now to Learn From Internet

The internet can be a wonderfully, immense place for interesting content. If you've ever wanted to learn a new skill or to accomplish a seemingly monumental task, you need look no further than the internet. There is basically a site for every interest under the sun. It is also a great place to …

7 Symptoms of Exercise Addiction

Working out is healthy, right? For most people, the answer is absolutely yes! Exercise is a phenomenal stress reliever and is necessary for your …

Mental Health

56 Mindfulness Quotes From Mahatma Gandhi

<b>“Mahatma Gandhi”</b> one of the world’s greatest soul, an inspiration for millions and billions of people’s, a life of wisdom and celebration. An example …

iCloud: The ultimate guide

Apple has a cloud-based storage services, called iCloud, that you can use to store and sync photos, documents, movies, music, and a whole lot more. …

The Five Keys To Sizzling Sales

Great products don’t guarantee financial success. Apple is worth $560 billion because it knows how to sell them. Here are five tips from a lost weekend at one of its stores.<p>By Brett Nelson

Exercise Versus Diet: Which Is More Important For Weight Loss?

Being healthy is simple, right? "Eat less, move more." That's easy to say, but practicality is one of the most important things when it comes to …

Fitness

The awesome apps you might have missed last week

The Reason Why Google Glass, Amazon Fire Phone and Segway All Failed

Despite huge fanfare at launch, after a few brief months Google Glass is no longer on the market. The Amazon FirePhone was also launched to great hype, yet sales flopped and the company recently took a $170M write off on inventory.<p><b>Do you blame the CEO?</b><p><i>Fortune</i> mercilessly blamed Fire Phone’s failure …

7 Tax Time Retirement Savings Tricks

What if you could boost your retirement savings, courtesy of Uncle Sam? Some of the most generous provisions of the tax code are incentives to save whether via a workplace 401(k), an Individual Retirement Account, a Roth IRA, or one of many retirement plans for the self-employed. Yet year after …

Here Are All of Our No. 1 Story Picks from This Year

<i>All through December, we’ll be featuring Longreads’ Best of 2014. To get you ready, here’s a list of every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our</i> …

Chris Rock: The Rolling Stone Interview

As Chris Rock would be the first to tell you, stand-up comedy brilliance doesn’t necessarily translate to movie stardom. Onstage, Rock is a virtuoso …

Comedy

Sony Pictures hack: the whole story

This has been a wretched year for big corporations in the US: Target, Home Depot, JPMorgan and, most recently, Sony Pictures have all had to deal with unauthorized security breaches over the past few months. As far as Sony Pictures is concerned, the problems began on November 24th, when various …

The Inside Story Of Jeff Bezos’s Fire Phone Debacle

Interviews with dozens of current and former employees reveal what went wrong and what it tells us about where Amazon is headed.<p>“What the hell happened?”<p>It is a cold day in early December in Midtown Manhattan, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has barely taken his seat on stage when his interviewer throws …

Jeff Bezos

20 podcasts you need to hear in 2015

Bush blasts off

The Republican’s 2016 moves put pressure on rivals, energize vaunted family network.<p>In the spring of 1978, as he traveled the country contemplating the presidential campaign he’d long itched to run, a retired Republican politician named George H.W. Bush dashed off a quick letter to his second son, …

5 of the Hottest Barbecue Trends for 2015

2015 already? Seems like I just sat down to write last year's predictions. So here's a look at my crystal ball for Planet Barbecue 2015. (Many of my predictions for last year came true, like Really Big Steaks and Cocktails Get Smoked.)<p>I write these words on a flight from Los Angeles to Miami. Which …

Vinyl’s difficult comeback

On an industrial estate in Röbel, 90 miles north of Berlin, the vinyl presses at the Optimal factory were grinding and pumping away. They made a percussive racket – regular clunks, wheezes, and hisses, underlain by a droning hum – and created a distinct aroma, sharp and metallic, suggestive of …

Asbury Park