Christine NoActa Goodwin

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The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

10 Awesome Gmail Hacks That Make Life Easier

These top-secret ninja moves will help you take control of your inbox and become a Gmail expert. I'll show you how to save time, avoid mistakes, and add a bit of style to your inbox. Read on, grasshopper.<p><b>GMAIL HACK #1 UNSEND</b><p>Have you ever pressed send only to regret it moments later because of a …

How People Are Filling In When AI Can’t Do The Job

Since Siri became a part of iOS in 2011, the idea of having a digital assistant that can help us get things done just by asking has been a central thrust of the big smartphone platform owners.<p>Less than a year after Apple rolled out its AI companion, Google followed suit with Google Now, a service …

Google Buys Jetpac To Give Context To Visual Searches

Google just acquired the team behind Jetpac, an app that utilizes public Instagram data to determine things like the happiest or drunkest city. Jetpac launched in 2012 as a social travel guide on iPad but later shifted focus to its Instagram-driven data on its iphone app, “Jetpac City …

Do Software Engineers Get Enough Respect?

“For software engineers, life must seem like it keeps getting better,” cheerleads CNet. Glassdoor agrees: our median salary is now $85K, and six figures in San Francisco. (Which actually seems low to me.) And everyone predicts that demand for our talents is skyrocketing. So what is one to make of a …

An Unconventional House with a Sliding Roof

Living in a glass house might sound tempting, but let’s be honest – it’s not that practical. Whether it’s too hot or too cold, there’s little to no …

NY Design Week 2014: ReclaimNYC Goes Interactive to Launch Colony

<i>A shorter version of this article was originally published in the</i> C77 Design Daily<i>, Vol. 1, Issue 2, on May 17, 2014.</i><p>There was a kind of carnival …

Android Has A Clear Advantage Over Apple In The Booming Market For Mobile Personalization Apps

In a new report on mobile personalization, BI Intelligence discusses how Android's culture of allowing users to tinker under the hood has encouraged adoption of personalization services. In contrast, Apple's iOS mobile operating system puts strict limits on what can be changed — the lock screen, …

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Congrats WhatsApp! Here Is How the Other 99% of Startups Get It Done

"Hooray, another multi-billion dollar acquisition!"<p>I’m sure most entrepreneurs didn’t wake up exclaiming that when they found out WhatsApp was purchased by Facebook. While the news is great, and we’re bound to see a few more Lamborghinis driving around Palo Alto because of the acquisition, it …

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Mitchell Kapor seeks to meld business, social good

In 1989 the FBI paid a visit to Mitchell Kapor. The software executive had started a new venture after departing from his first, the pioneering consumer software company Lotus Development Corp., but the visit wasn't about either firm.<p>Accidentally, Kapor had been sent a diskette containing computer …

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