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What Apple, Google, And Tesla Get Wrong

In conversation with Co.Design, the eminent design researcher Don Norman offers cutting criticism of Silicon Valley’s brightest.<p>Don Norman is a technological optimist. The author of <i>The Design of Everyday Things</i> and head of UC San Diego’s Design Lab believes that artificial intelligence might only …

5 books that can help you achieve work-life balance

I think it is a lost art, and yet when we find a book we love, we advocate for it and tell everyone about it because of the impact it has had on our lives.<p>The truth is, we don't read enough anymore.<p>No matter what your goals are in life, or what you are striving to achieve, it's important to …

2 business school professors explain how you can become a more authentic leader

It's one thing to gain mastery of a particular function or skillset; it's quite another to take responsibility for, and earn the respect of, employees from different backgrounds, functions, and cultures.<p>For many leaders, this transition is marked by a period of self-doubt.<p>The newly appointed ask …

Leadership

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>What makes an effective leader? This question is a focus of my research as an organizational scientist, executive coach, and leadership development consultant. Looking for answers, I recently completed the first round of a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global …

Facebook Addresses Brand's Concerns Over Facebook Messenger: An Interview

The release of Facebook Messenger for brands has generated a lot of positive feedback thus far. I even wrote about it here. It has been a good year for Facebook. But not all of the feedback from brands about Facebook Messenger for customer service is perfect. One Fortune 500 brand’s contact center …

Coming in April? Facebook Messenger could spark a chatbot revolution

Speculation is increasing that Facebook will open up its Messenger chat service to outside businesses, potentially as early as its F8 conference on April 12-13.<p>Facebook won’t comment on its plans, but such a move could open the floodgates to a revolution of sorts in computing. Chat messaging so far …

The Neuroscience of Leadership

Illustration by Jason Holley<p>Mike is the CEO of a multinational pharmaceutical company, and he’s in trouble. With the patents on several key drugs due …

University of Florida

Tips for Coaching Someone Remotely

Leaders are providing less explicit direction to their employees these days, and relying more on coaching as a leadership tool, as organizations become flatter and more dependent on knowledge work. But many people also manage teams that span locations and time zones, which means they must do at …

Drone photography is changing how we approach real estate

Digital Journal caught up with Douglas Thron, a San Francisco Bay Area based professional drone cinematographer whose four minute video on a high end property in Santa Barbara was recently placed on Placester.com's list of the top 10 Most Stunning Real Estate Listing Videos of 2015.<p>"There is no …

Steve Jobs’s And Elon Musk’s Counterintuitive Leadership Traits

History’s best leaders have mastered these traits.<p>A friend of mine recently left Tesla, the renowned electric car maker, saying both, “It was incredible,” and “I’d never work there again.”<p>His sentiment echoed that of several former employees of another of today’s most celebrated companies, SpaceX, …

Google executives explain why the MBA approach to building things is ‘stupid’

Google’s hiring chief says he doesn’t give much credit to college degrees in the hiring process. So it should come as no surprise that other Google executives also regard staples of traditional business school training at the nation’s elite colleges as downright “stupid.”<p>Former senior vice …

Project Management

Video Selfie App Dubsmash Proves To Be A Smash Hit

When Dubsmash founders, Jonas Drüppel, Roland Grenke and Daniel Taschik, created a new mobile app that lets you record a video of yourself, synced to a preselected sound clip, such as a well-known quote from a movie, they had an inkling they were on to something. But, after failing to conquer the …

Apps

Practical Tips for Web and Mobile Usability Tests

Damian Rees, Co-founder of Experience Solutions, helps explain how he adapted website usability testing for the most optimized experience. Because anyone can use the Internet, one of his core principles is setting criteria and expectations up front so that your tests proceed with the right level of …

Apple’s “Transparent Texting” Could Make Typing And Walking Safer

If you’re walking, you really shouldn’t be texting. While not as perilous as texting and driving, there’s no surer way to annoy fellow pedestrians than by zigzagging across a sidewalk, eyes glued to your precious screen.<p>But if you <i>absolutely must</i> walk and text, Apple might have a new feature that …

Why Teens Are Innovators Of A New Public Form Of Privacy

It may seem like teens are always over-sharing without a thought. But in a world where opting out of online culture is hardly an option, many take a far more sophisticated view of privacy than adults give them credit for.<p>The following is an excerpt from It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of …

The Fastest Way to Get in Running Shape

If your running game needs a tune-up, get a jolt with these speed drills<p>Usain Bolt isn't the only person who should be cranking into fifth gear. Adding a speed session to your running routine will get you back into shape faster, so you're ready for that 5K or marathon down the road. Plus, you’ll …

After WhatsApp and Viber, buyers are circling around Japan’s messaging app Line

Japan’s SoftBank wants to buy some or all of Line, a wildly popular messaging app, Bloomberg reports. Line, which is based in Japan but is owned by South Korea’s Naver Corporation, has 360 million users worldwide, most of them in East Asia.<p>In 2013, Line’s full year revenues were $335 million, …

Telegram Saw 8M Downloads After WhatsApp Got Acquired

The App Store is a strange and whimsical bedfellow. It is a kingmaker, but with that comes the tears of the anointed, the displaced and the never-rans.<p>As an example of the store’s fickle nature, Flappy Bird held the Free App pole position for so long that it could not handle the success, committing …

Follow the photos: The real reason Facebook just paid almost 10% of its market cap for WhatsApp

So you thought $1 billion for Instagram was crazy.<p>And then you thought $3 billion for Snapchat was insane.<p>Today Facebook has announced that it is …

Zuck Says Ads Aren’t The Way To Monetize Messaging, WhatsApp Will Prioritize Growth Not Subscriptions

Facebook won’t be throwing its advertising weight behind its new acquisition WhatsApp like it did with Instagram. But WhatsApp also won’t be focusing on rolling out the $1 a year subscription fee it currently charges in some countries. Instead, with the financial security Facebook brings, it will …

Facebook Buying WhatsApp For $19B, Will Keep The Messaging Service Independent

Facebook is purchasing messaging giant WhatsApp for $16 billion in cash and stock, according to a regulatory filing. The deal is being cut for $12 billion in Facebook shares, $4 billion in cash and an additional $3 billion in RSUs for employee retention.<p>A termination fee is attached to the deal …

The Smart Logic Of Chat’s Annoying Typing Indicator

One of the typing indicator’s original designers defends his invention (and he’s pretty convincing).<p>Among the more awkward features of online chatting is the little bubble that tells you when someone is typing. It can make typers feel weirdly exposed and rushed, like someone’s waiting for you to …

Japan’s Rakuten shells out $900M to make Viber its “consumer engagement platform”

Recent reports of messaging firm Viber’s acquisition were correct – except for the price and the buyer. It’s not an Asian messaging firm that has …

Telefonica partners with Line for Firefox OS push

Telefonica(s tef) has struck a deal with the makers of Line to exclusively offer the messaging app on Firefox OS handsets in Latin America and …

New Treasures In Front-End And UX — Meet SmashingConf NYC 2018

7 min read<p>Share on Twitter or LinkedIn<p>SmashingConf is heading back to New York! Join us for two days full of front-end adventures and UX practices — …

10M Messages Were Sent on WeChat In One Minute On Chinese New Year Eve

Exactly how popular is messaging service WeChat in China? Well, statistics released yesterday by the team behind Weixin, the version of WeChat available in the country, reveal that a whopping 10 million messages were sent in one minute at peak on the eve of Chinese New Year (hat/tip Tech in …

New Companies Are Redefining What It Means to “Share” Online

A Poshmark profile<p>Lately, I’ve heard a lot of chatter predicting the decline of Facebook as users want to be more selective about what they share …

Social Media

With Nearly 200M Users, Messaging App LINE Is Gunning For The U.S.

Mobile messaging apps are fast becoming more than just messaging apps. KakaoTalk and Kik are turning into social platforms that host third-party apps and games. LINE, which started off as an app offering free texts and calls, wants to be a fully fledged entertainment platform.<p>Japan-headquartered …