Christo Van Zyl

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It’s Time To Let Go And Let Your Employees Work From Anywhere

By Ivan Howard Chan3 minute Read<p>When Richard Branson tweets “In this increasingly connected world, you really can work from anywhere” along with a …

The EU Says That Some Commuting Time Counts As Paid Work

The ruling comes after Tyco, a Spanish security systems installation company, dissolved its offices in 2011. and told its employees that they had to …

How To Stop Worrying About What Others Think Of You

The search for constant external validation may be hindering your success.<p>We all want to be liked, but if you find yourself spending too much energy thinking about what others think about you, you may be creating an unhealthy pattern that can be debilitating to your success.<p>While it’s normal to …

Money Will Make You Happy, Because Life Without Money Is Really Hard

The survey is part of the Wealth in Great Britain series of studies, and uses data from the Wealth and Assets Survey (WAS), from June 2011 to July …

How your eyes betray your thoughts

A series of recent studies suggest that eye movements may both reflect and influence the workings of the brain<p>According to the old saying, the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, …

The Brain

How your mind works – logically

The physical brain is the most complex and amazing organ in the human body. It does all kinds of amazing things for you, like regulating your …

9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes

Creativity is developed, not a birthright.<p>Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of "you're so <i>talented</i>," but truthfully, talent has little to do with it.<p>Creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced, and developed, just like any …

4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

28 Secrets of Exceptionally Productive People

Want to work smarter, not harder? Learn from the best.<p>Occasionally, I stumble on my own productivity tools and strategies, but mostly I borrow them from others.<p>So does Ryan Holiday, the author of the best-selling The Obstacle Is the Way (a really great book) and the compulsively readable <i>Trust Me,</i> …

What The Greatest Self-Help Books Of The Last Decades Can Teach You In 7 Minutes

As a writer, I’m fortunate to connect with authors and experts all over the globe who have vitally important messages to share. While each of these experts sees the world in his or her own very unique way, and shares a special filter or perspective on life, progress and success, when you peel the …

Nixie wearable brings a personal drone to your wrist

Earlier this year, Intel kicked off its Make it Wearable challenge, a mission to take wearable technology and do things with it that haven’t yet been …

3D printers could revolutionize how the US military feeds its soldiers

A mere six months after civilian manufacturer 3D Systems debuted the world’s first 3D printer that prints food at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the US Army is making progress adapting food-printing technology for use by troops on deployment. Research teams at several Army …

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70% Of Your Time At Work Is Wasted–How To Change That

Streamline time-sucks, like email, meetings and task-running, to get your time back.<p>The average tech CEO works about 300 days a year, 14 hours a day. That’s 4,200 hours a year.<p>The stats for most other tech leaders and startup employees aren’t too far off. It sounds like a lot of time, but for most, …

Small Distractions Are Making You A Terrible Writer, Says Science

Close. That. Tab.<p>A new study finds what we’ve suspected all along: Interruptions are terrible for your writing. Consider this incentive to close your tabs.<p>Researchers, led by Cyrus Foroughi, a PhD candidate at George Mason University, designed a simple writing experiment to test the assumption that …

Ideo Releases A New Photoshop For Interaction Design

The design agency offers an improved version of Origami, the open-source UX prototyping tool Facebook released earlier this year.<p>A few months ago, Facebook released a bit of open-source code called Origami, which lets designers create and test user interfaces without any coding.<p>Now, Ideo has …

Monyq Brings Order to Finances With Shoeboxes on Shelves

From Mint.com in the US, through to Money Dashboard in the UK, and onto global indie apps such as Dollarbird, there’s no shortage of services designed to help you manage your personal finances. Netherlands-based Monyq, however, is taking a slightly different approach to helping you manage your …

iWatch satire skewers Apple before WWDC

Next week, starting at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), we could begin to see what the company says will be its best bunch of new products in 25 years.<p>Presumably, one of the upcoming pieces of Apple hardware could be the long-rumored iWatch, the first true wearable with iOS. So far, …

30 Brilliant Test Answers From Smartass Kids

When a child’s answer to a question on a quiz or test is incorrect but clever, should they get credit for it? Here are 30 clever test answers that …

Band of drones can play music better than your average human

You've never heard Strauss performed quite like this. The team at KMel Robotics has assembled a band of hexrotor drones that "have taken up new instruments to play some fresh songs." That "fresh" description isn't exactly serious, as each of the three pieces performed date back either multiple …

Move Over, Google Glass; Here Come Google Contact Lenses

Google is working on smart contact lenses, and two patents secured last week suggest the company is taking the idea seriously. The company is working on contacts with embedded cameras, as well as lenses aimed at diabetics who need to constantly monitor their blood sugar levels.<p>In the latter …

Bluescape launches huge virtual whiteboards to help your team collaborate

Bluescape is launching its cloud-based visual collaboration work space today in an effort to get people to change the way they work.<p>Bluespace allows people in different offices to access a single, shared whiteboard where they can write anything down or share visual assets for anyone else in the …

Mt. Gox crumbles into liquidation, throws Bitcoin legitimacy into question

“I hate gold. But right now, I’d rather own gold than Bitcoins.”<p>This sentiment comes from investment firm Belpoint’s chief strategist David Nelson. In a call today with VentureBeat, Nelson discussed implications of the news that Mt. Gox, once the largest Bitcoin exchange on the planet, has been …

Here’s the iPhone 6: Bigger, thinner, improved camera, and more

Previous Next<p>1 of 19<p>Apple’s iPhone 6 was perhaps the most highly anticipated device of 2014. Now, after a long, suspenseful year full of rumors and …

Apple Pay

LyveHome, the personal media device from former Apple exec Tim Bucher, goes on sale

LyveHome, the personal media storage, backup and sharing device that was first shown off at CES in Las Vegas earlier this year, now is available for …

This week in bitcoin: Price falls amid Chinese regulation crackdown rumors

In this week’s bitcoin review, we recap how Chinese regulation rumors are causing the price to fall.<p>Rumors continue to swirl that China is starting …

Portable Robot Printer Is Like A Roomba That Squirts Ink

“What is a printer?” asked Zuta Labs, then reimagined it as the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer, as small as your hand.<p>Designed by Zuta Labs and now on Kickstarter, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer is one for the mobile age. It cleverly sheds the bulk of consumer printing by re-imagining what a printer …

What Does the Future of Bitcoin Look Like for E-Commerce?

<i>Garrett Heath is a technology storyteller with Rackspace.</i><p>The meteoric rise of Bitcoin’s value—from a low of $13 to upwards of $1000 in 2013—caused the general public to take notice of this cryptocurrency. Once relegated to tech circles, last year saw major economists discussing the digital …

This week in bitcoin: IRS declares bitcoin is property, price falls below $500

In this week’s bitcoin review, we recap the first formal U.S. government stance on the cryptocurrency and the market falling more than $100.<p>Everyone …

For Bitcoin, Lessons In The History Of Failed Currencies

If someone were to perfect a flying car, governments around the world would be faced with a conundrum. Over the centuries humans have developed a transport system complete with quaint country streets, bustling six-lane highways, electronic toll booths and police officers to monitor it all. So …

Bitcoin Gets Another Boost As Circle Internet Raises $17 Million

After a stormy few weeks, the ship of bitcoin seems like it’s beginning to right itself.<p>Regulators are beginning to refine their thinking around the currency, and new startups based on the cryptocurrency keep raising money. The latest of these is Circle Internet Financial, which has raised $17 …