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Texas' brutal cold leads to record electricity use; rolling blackouts avoided

Bitter temperatures across Texas brought a new winter record for electricity usage, ERCOT, the state's independent electric grid operator announced …

Texas

NSA deleted surveillance data it pledged to preserve

The agency tells a federal judge that it is investigating and 'sincerely regrets its failure.'<p>The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it pledged to preserve in connection with pending lawsuits and apparently never took some of the steps it told a federal court it had taken to make …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Forget Toilet Paper — Pranksters Fill East Dallas Yard With LimeBikes

Kids these days.<p>Joe Tone<p>| December 28, 2017 | 4:00am<p>From former <i>Observer</i> Editor-in-Chief Joe Tone, back in town for a visit, comes this photo showing …

Dallas

6 cringeworthy management mistakes that are killing your employees’ motivation

According to behavioral economist Dan Ariely, there’s a reason some people work harder than others. It’s not because they <i>have</i> to. It’s because they <i>want</i> to.<p>As simple as that sounds, creating a workplace where people <i>want</i> to put in the extra mile, as many business owners will tell you, is rather …

The Workplace

Here's How to Deal With Interruptions at Work, According to Science

Look after your attention span.<p>The working day is hectic enough without regular interruptions from your co-workers, your email inbox, and the …

Productivity

Neuroscientists Have Followed a Thought as It Moves Through The Brain

We didn't think it was possible.<p>A study using epilepsy patients undergoing surgery has given neuroscientists an opportunity to track in unprecedented …

The Brain

Texas Outlaw Country Gets a Major Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Texas Outlaw Country Gets a Major Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame<p>The legacies of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Jerry …

Texas

Two Texas Cities Named Finalists in Race for Amazon's HQ2

Two Texas Cities Named Finalists in Race for Amazon’s HQ2<p>Both cities were considered favorites early in the process, but it remains unclear what …

Texas

Austin Food + Wine Festival reveals enticing 2018 all-star lineup

Music fans have Austin City Limits Fest, tech geeks have SXSW, and comedy lovers have Moontower, but there's no bigger event for Austin's many food …

Texas

Hackers are attacking the electric grid

And computer scientists are trying to stop them.<p>Last September, news broke that hackers had laid siege to the U.S. power grid, probing deep into dozens of energy firms, looking for weaknesses to exploit. The Department of Homeland Security issued a threat warning about an ongoing stream of malware …

Cybersecurity

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Americans are clueless when it comes to personal finance

Many Americans are sorely lacking in knowledge when it comes to basic financial terms, according to new research.<p>A recent study of 1,000 Americans …

Financial Planning

Apple will let you choose between your phone's speed and its battery life

Apple chief executive Tim Cook said Wednesday that you'll soon be able to make the decision between your iPhone's performance and its battery life, following controversy over the company's decision to do it for you.<p>Cook said that an upcoming version of Apple's mobile iOS operating system will allow …

Tim Cook

Public trust in the media is at an all-time low. Results from a major new Knight-Gallup report can help us understand why.

As the debates over trust in media, misinformation and control over information rage, a new Knight-Gallup survey of more than 19,000 U.S. adults …

Journalism

Hundreds of smartphone apps are monitoring users through their microphones

Hundreds of apps and games are monitoring smartphone users through their microphones.<p>They feature a technology that can even recognise audio when the …

Advertising

A Fiction Writer's Top 5 Tips for Telling Your Brand's Story

Does your brand move people? It should. Here's how to get there.<p>Many companies struggle with marketing communication. From web banners to white papers, people spend a fortune on marketing messages, and much of it goes unread. Even worse, well-intentioned marketing can backfire like we've seen with …

Here's exactly how many days you should book your flight in advance to save the most on airfare

• <b>Airline passengers are used to hearing someone say the cheapest day to book a flight is on a Tuesday.</b>• <b><br>The most important trick to snagging cheaper airfare is to book your ticket precisely 54 days in advance.</b>• <b><br>Plane tickets tend to hover at a static mark until they begin to drop at the 105-day …

Air Travel

Google Chrome extensions with 500,000 downloads found to be malicious | Ars Technica

Google removes four extensions that used infected computers in click fraud scheme.<p>Researchers have uncovered four malicious extensions with more than …

Information Security

You Must Learn How to Write a Damn Good Email

Everyday, I receive emails, LinkedIn smail (spam mail), texts and/or Facebook messages from people looking for resume help. I typically don’t respond …

Employment

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Top Headhunter Reveals Secret Interview Technique

If you understand real job needs, you only need to ask two questions to predict on-the-job success. It doesn't matter what you ask if you don't know job needs, you'll either be wrong, or lucky.<p>It took me 30 years and 2,500 interviews to make this table showing the best and worst predictors of …

Management

The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities affect nearly every computer and device. Here's what you need to know.

The two new scary silicon security issues, explained.<p>We’ll give it to you straight: There is bad news and good news about Meltdown and Spectre, the two new computer vulnerabilities. The bad news is that the flaws are serious, complex, and have broad implications across the industry, and the good …

Information Security

The road out of S-Town: Brian Reed on the legacy of the cult podcast

When he chats to the Review, however, the interviewer admits that he's not especially comfortable in the role of interviewee.<p>"I don't want to say …

News (Ireland)

Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song for 15 Seconds Will Instantly Make You More Creative

Want to be more creative and feel a little happier? Play this song for 15 seconds.<p>Innovation matters. Creativity matters. Finding new solutions to old problems is what businesses -- and careers -- are often built on.<p>Sound therapy is a popular way to relax and reduce stress. But now you can use the …

Creativity

Suffering from writer's block? A simple cup of tea gets the creative juices going, scientists say

A simple cup of tea sparks an instant burst of brainpower and creativity, according to a new study - within minutes of drinking a brew.<p>Volunteers in the study almost immediately scored better results in creative and cognition tests than those who had drunk a glass of water, researchers found.<p>The …

Creativity

The Antitrust Case Against Facebook, Google and Amazon

A few technology giants dominate their worlds just as Standard Oil and AT&T once did. Should they be broken up?<p>Standard Oil Co. and American Telephone and Telegraph Co. were the technological titans of their day, commanding more than 80% of their markets.<p>Today’s tech giants are just as dominant: In …

Amazon.com Inc

The 25 Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2017

Here are the studies that rocked the science world this year.<p><b>25. Neanderthals Never Would Have Outlived Us</b><p>Humans still contain a small percentage of …

Evolution

Some apps were listening to you through the smartphone’s mic, says report

There may be a reason why that ol’ “Facebook is listening to you talk” conspiracy theory refuses to die – and not just because Facebook’s ad technology has gotten so good, it’s downright creepy. As it turns out, some apps are <i>actually</i> listening. Well, kind of! According to a recent report from The …

App Store

This Study of 400,000 People Reveals the 1 Reason Employees Work Harder (and It's Not Pay or Benefits or Culture Decks)

The good news is, every company -- and every leader -- can instantly adopt this one practice.<p>Forget slogans and posters. Forget mission statements. Forget culture decks. A survey of over 400,000 people across the U.S. found that when employees believe promotions are managed effectively, they are …

Leadership

Willie Nelson’s sad ‘Pretty Paper’ is a real story. And it’s set in downtown Fort Worth

The mystery of Fort Worth’s Christmas song is solved. It took help from readers in Palo Pinto County, plus one surprised family near Houston. Since …

Dallas