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Where is Google taking us?

Tim Adams was invited to hang out at Google’s California HQ, where some of the world’s brightest minds are working on innovations, such as driverless cars, that will transform our lives. But is society ready to go along for the ride?<p>Whatever happened to wonder? The most unnerving thing about …

Top Gear

The Farmhouse Hotel

Have you booked for Valentine's Day yet? Treat your loved one to the taste of true West Coast cuisine made by our experienced and passionate chefs at …

World Luxury Hotel Awards

A sneak preview of some of the glamorous celebrities that graced the red carpet at the #WorldLuxuryHotelAwards2014 Natalie B Becker Ryk Neethling …

The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

Why do negative comments and conversations stick with us so much longer than positive ones?<p>A critique from a boss, a disagreement with a colleague, a fight with a friend – the sting from any of these can make you forget a month’s worth of praise or accord. If you’ve been called lazy, careless, or a …

What Are the Factors That Most Often Lead to Promotion?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><i>What are the real reasons some people get promoted and others don't?</i><p><i>I would appreciate answers based on</i> …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

3 Ways Micromanagers Can Destroy A Company

As a result, they get involved in too many of the details of the business. This hurts the business in the long run, if not the short run, too. It is nearly impossible to do the jobs of subordinates properly in addition to your own.<p>Why? Managers don't have the time to do multiple jobs. More …

Leadership

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

9 Things Rich People Do Differently Every Day

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What you do today matters. In fact, your daily habits may be a major determinant of your wealth.<p>"The metaphor I like is the avalanche," says Thomas Corley, the author of "Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals." "These habits …

Self-improvement

What is Google building in San Francisco Bay?

A large structure has attracted attention and annoyed environmentalists<p>San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy.<p>Google is erecting a four-story structure in the heart of the San Francisco Bay but is …

An army of robot baristas could mean the end of Starbucks as we know it

Starbucks’ 95,000 baristas have a competitor. It doesn’t need sleep. It’s precise in a way that a human could never be. It requires no training. It can’t quit. It has memorized every one of its customers’ orders. There’s never a line for its perfectly turned-out drinks.<p>It doesn’t require health …

Coffee

Amazon: Threat or menace?

“The Everything Store’s” big, unanswered question: What happens when the entire economy has been “Amazoned?”<p>On one thing, both friends and enemies of Jeff Bezos can agree: He is a long-term thinker. This has been true, we learn from Brad Stone’s illuminating new book on Amazon, “The Everything …

Microsoft's Surface 2: New tablet, same problems

What's the definition of insanity? Trying the same thing several times and expecting a different outcome. While we wouldn't suggest that Microsoft's finest minds are in need of urgent medical care, it does seem as if the company's executives have failed to heed the lessons doled out this summer. …

Could We See A Finnish Smartphone From Nokia In 2016?

Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s handset business is going to be talked about for days, weeks, and probably years to come. The narrative talking place just now is one of Microsoft buying Nokia, but a closer look reveals more twists and turns could be ahead for what remains of Nokia in Finland. …

Let’s get real: Nobody will license Windows Phone or Windows RT now

Advertisement<p>29 Comments<p>At a high level, it may sound like Microsoft’s $7.17 billion deal to buy Nokia’s Devices and Services business is similar to …

Bunkr Is The PowerPoint Killer We’ve All Been Waiting For

French startup Bunkr is focused on one simple task: killing PowerPoint. To achieve this goal, the company’s well-designed web app will help you collect visual content and organize it into slides. The result is a very visual HTML5 presentation that works on your computer, phone or tablet. You can …

6 Ways Entrepreneur Elon Musk Is Changing the World

The super-fast "Hyperloop" travel concept is just the latest in a series of big, bold dreams by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk.<p>Musk unveiled his …

A new Babylon and the rise of the tech tycoon

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Credit: Everett Collection via Shutterstock<p>Sometime soon after the most recent financial crisis that threatened to bring down …

Users of 'darknet' websites advised to dump Windows

Users of the Tor anonymous browsing service have been advised to stop using Windows, following the discovery of a vulnerability in the Mozilla Firefox web browser that could be used to expose their identities.<p>Tor is a free encrypted network that conceals a user’s location or internet use from …

Can Android Survive Fragmentation?

OpenSignal has some very visual charts showing the 11,868 distinct Android devices that were used to download its app over a timeframe consisting of 682,000 downloads. The 682,000 downloads was chosen since that is the number of downloads measured when it compiled this survey last year. Note that …

Airbnb is engineering itself into a data-driven company

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>“We want to apply data to every decision. We want to be a very data-driven company.” It’s a sentiment you hear echoed wherever …

If Elon Musk's Hyperloop Sounds Like Something Out Of Science Fiction, That's Because It Is

Musk describes the hyperloop as something that is a "cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table," and that it could go from San Francisco to New York City in 30 minutes.<p>Sounds like something straight out of a science fiction story right? Well, that's because it is. Even before Rand …

Science Fiction

As cash piles grow, nations struggle to patch tech industry's tax loopholes

Transnational tech companies are causing major headaches for tax regulators around the world<p>With all the conflict, competition, and trash talk going on between them, tech companies can often appear to be more different than they are alike. One area where their practices overlap almost completely, …