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The 20 best business books of 2016

We've got your back. Below, we've rounded up the best reads out there focusing on entrepreneurship, negotiation, and more. There's everything from the story of two psychologists who rocked economists' world to a guide to making a career change from a former Googler.<p>It's the perfect list to choose …

Forrester's, Gartner's & Everyone's Else's Technology Trends Predictions are Deja Vu All Over Again

I’ve already reviewed Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017. I will now review Forrester’s.<p>I must admit that it feels like these two organizations work very closely together or that the trends they describe are just too obvious. Gartner’s predictions were predictable; Forrester’s …

Big Data

11 wireless earbud headphones that aren't the Apple AirPods

If you aren't ready to pick up the Apple AirPods and hitch yourself to the Apple wagon, check out this roundup of wireless earbud alternatives.<p>Early impressions of the Apple wireless AirPods had us worried the little white earbuds wouldn't work with non-Apple sources, but the new W1 chip is …

Consumer Tech

9 essential tech skills anyone interested in startups should learn

Alibaba’s biggest rival unveils cute drone delivery bots

When you hear ecommerce executives talking about drone delivery, they’re usually referring to flying drones. But after several years of test …

Drones

7 Insanely Creative Business Plan Templates

Even the greatest new business idea needs to stand out to win support from investors.<p>Starting your own business is so stressful, with so many things to be done, that it's easy to convince yourself that doing the bare minimum for a business plan is enough.<p>There are a ton of business-plan templates …

Automatic Pro adds unlimited 3G to connected car gadget

The race for aftermarket smarts in your car is heating up, and Automatic is delivering an always-on 3G data connection as its move to race ahead of the competition. The Automatic Pro dongle, which plugs into the OBD-II port used for diagnostics on any car made after 1996, now includes 3G data …

Takeover: A second robot-run hotel to open in Japan

The first automated, "weird" hotel opened in Nagasaki last year. This second one, in Tokyo, will rely even less on humans.<p>If human interaction isn't what you want from your hotel stay, this may be the perfect place for you.<p>Known as the Henn na -- "weird" -- Hotel, the first one opened to the …

Japan

Microsoft's hand-tracking magic may lead to gamepad-free VR

The next Xbox One S console doesn't even have a Kinect port, showing that even Microsoft doesn't care about the depth sensor for gaming. However, it may yet make a comeback in VR. Microsoft researchers have made hand- and finger-tracking much more accurate using the Kinect, which may eventually …

Microsoft still believes hand tracking is the future of PC input

Microsoft wants to move beyond the keyboard and mouse to power the interfaces of the future. While the software maker has been investing in voice recognition and augmented reality scenarios, Microsoft's research division has made some significant progress with hand tracking. Researchers are working …

How Singapore will run the country using APIs

One API to run the country.

Asia

Toyota to build artificial intelligence-based driving systems in five years | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp is targeting developing in the next five years driver assistance systems that integrate artificial intelligence (AI) to improve vehicle safety, the head of its advanced research division said.<p>Gill Pratt, Toyota Executive Technical Advisor and CEO of Toyota …

Artificial Intelligence

What Everyone Must Know About Industry 4.0

First came steam and the first machines that mechanized some of the work our ancestors did. Next was electricity, the assembly line and the birth of mass production. The third era of industry came about with the advent of computers and the beginnings of automation, when robots and machines began to …

Manufacturing

How ready is the Internet for IoT?

Doron Sherman Contributor<p>Doron Sherman is the vice president of Strategy at PubNub.<p>We’re currently witnessing rapidly expanding product launches and sky-high elevated expectations from the emerging deployment of the Internet of Things in both personal and commercial domains. Stakeholders — ranging …

Airbnb + HotelTonight = new startup Overnight

Need a place to crash last-minute but don’t want to pay for a pricey, cookie-cutter hotel? Overnight can hook you up with a local to stay with right away. Request a room and Overnight averages just 45 seconds until you get a response, and in LA, the startup says its spots are 23% cheaper than …

The omnichannel customer experience is poised to take off in regulated industries

Clara Shih Contributor<p>Clara Shih is the founder and CEO of Hearsay Social.<p>The omnichannel customer experience is nothing new, especially in the consumer and retail industries. Many companies and brands are using data and automation technologies to engage seamlessly with their customers at any time …

This algorithm could make DNA origami as simple as 3D printing

If you want to print something a few inches tall, extruded plastic is a good medium. But when you need something at the nanometer scale, DNA is a better bet — but who has the time to design and assemble it base by base? New research lets would-be DNA origami masters design the shape — while an …

The sweep of the Internet of Things, garbage cans and all

Who could imagine being wowed by a garbage can? In our age of technological whiz-bang, not much floors us anymore. But I confess, I couldn’t stop thinking about the lowly garbage can.<p>Embedded with smart sensors, it alerts city workers when it’s ready to be emptied, which slashes fuel costs and …

Who’s afraid of the IoT?

It’s heeeere! The Internet of Things, I mean. I just spent several days at the Connected Conference in Paris, which focused on IoT hardware. They built a whole home full of connected devices, showcased the War for the WAN and underscored that the IoT is — as always — not quite what we imagined, and …

One chip to rule them all? The Internet of Things and the next great era of hardware

Narbeh Derhacobian Contributor<p>Narbeh Derhacobian is the co-founder and CEO of Adesto Technologies, which provides application-specific, ultra-low-power non-volatile memory products.<p>It’s been almost 10 years since Apple unveiled the iPhone. Since that day, the smartphone has been the overwhelming …

Technological innovation is often simply an innovation in how we think about technology

It may slip our notice, but technological innovation is often reducible to an innovation in the marketing and conceptualization of technology. Take Viv, the new personal assistant from the makers of Siri . It promises to simplify the process of ordering pizza or buying cinema tickets, allowing its …

This Futuristic Concrete Heals Itself With Built-In Bacteria

A solid idea<p>Concrete has been a go-to building material since Roman times. It’s durable, easy to make, and relatively inexpensive. There’s just one problem: It has a tendency to crack.<p>There are a lot of different reasons that concrete cracks, but in general, it gets stressed either from the load …

Engineering

From MIT’s Neri Oxman, The (Far-Flung) Future Of Wearables

Oxman use microorganisms and 3-D printed vessels to create food, energy, oxygen, and light for interplanetary travelers.<p>Fitness trackers, email-alert rings, bracelets that tell you how much sun you’ve gotten: your average wearable is good at conveying information and not much more. But in the hands …

First computers recognized our faces, now they know what we’re doing

We haven't designed fully sentient artificial intelligence just yet, but we're steadily teaching computers how to see, read, and understand our world. Last month, Google engineers showed off their "Deep Dream," software capable of taking an image and ascertaining what was in it by turning it into a …

Are You Ready to Push the Limits of Your Digital Experience?

A recent stat grabbed my attention: Amazon reported that sales of its “Dash” buttons increased by 75 percent in the first quarter 2016.<p>The company’s …

Plastic OLED to drive huge growth in flexible smartphone panels

Flexible displays may have only made a small appearance in the smartphone market so far, but the industry for plastic OLED panels looks set for a boom across the handset, tablet, TV, and wearable segments. <i>IDTechEx Research</i> has forecast that the flexible OLED market will bring in over $12 billion in …

Samsung Galaxy S7

Internet of Things: From Sensing to Doing

×<p><i>As organizations take early steps to implement the Internet of Things, they run the risk of being overwhelmed by data and possibilities. But there are clearheaded ways to gain momentum and achieve measurable results now.</i><p>Like a wildfire racing across a dry prairie, the Internet of Things (IoT) is …

Internet of Things

Creating a Startup Pitch Deck? Start with this Easy-to-Use Template

If you are an entrepreneur, you are probably familiar with the 10–14 slides that comprise a typical investor pitch deck. But do you even know why you …

40 Free Infographic Templates to Download

Infographics are extremely popular these days. They help readers understand and remember huge chunks of information in a fun, engaging form. As …

Graphic Design