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How the 50/20/30 Rule Can Help You Budget

A monthly budget is one of those financial necessities that no one wants to think about, but everyone should. But figuring out how to allocate your …

Personal Finance

A fake VR product made strung-out workers think they were in nature — and people wanted to buy it

Imagine during work, when you're feeling the walls are caving in on you, that you can just run to the woods. No packing, no cars, no bosses. Just five minutes on the clock to walk up a mountain and hear the wind against the trees.<p>Somewhere, a disembodied voice asks you if you feel a connection to …

Dystopia

Google makes its most powerful language parser open source

The days of us communicating with our computers by using our fingers are nearing an end. Google announced on Thursday that it is releasing its language parsing neural network framework, SyntaxNet, as an open source system. The released code includes everything you need to train it using your own …

How Gaming Is Shaping the Future of Work

It’s Friday morning just before 10 AM, and I’m packed in a queuing area with over a thousand fans, all eagerly awaiting the rope drop, and the start of day one of the conference. To my left is a teenager dressed as a leafy sprite complete with vines growing out of her head. To my right is Batman. …

Tracking the Trends in Bringing Our Own Devices to Work

For the last five years or so, one of the major discussions in the corporate IT world has been around the related issues of the consumerization of IT and employees who bring their personal devices to work (the so-called BYO movement, for “bring your own”). I explored the BYO movement, looking at …

Google's chief futurist Ray Kurzweil thinks we could start living forever by 2029

Kurzweil is one of the biggest believers in The Singularity, the moment when humans — with the aid of technology —will supposedly live forever.<p>He's chosen the year 2045 because, according to his calculations, "The nonbiological intelligence created in that year will reach a level that's a billion …

Singularity

It's Time to Give Your Employees More Freedom

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

Inside the Starburst-sized box that could save the Internet

Cybercrime is costing us millions. Hacks drain the average American firm of $15.4 million per year, and, in the resulting panic, companies often spend more than $1.9 million to resolve a single attack. It’s time to face facts: Our defenses aren’t strong enough to keep the hackers out.<p>But there is …

The Post-Cubicle Office and Its Discontents

<b>‘I have known</b> the inexorable sadness of pencils,’’ begins Theodore Roethke’s ‘‘Dolor,’’ the best poem in English about the grayness of the office. ‘‘All the misery of manila folders and mucilage,/Desolation in immaculate public places,/Lonely reception room, lavatory, switchboard.’’ For a century …

When You Need Sales Specialists, Not Sales Generalists

Companies that compete in business-to-business markets have traditionally relied on generalist sales reps to unearth and close opportunities. Yet as companies expand their range of products or solutions, no generalist can credibly sell every offering. So these companies have to train and hire for …

How Much Money Failed Presidential Candidates Have Blown Through This Election

Jeb Bush raised over $150 million.<p>Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, suspended his campaign Saturday night after a crippling …

Dubai is building a colossal domed city 9 times bigger than The Mall of America

Much bigger.<p>Already the home of the world's tallest building, Dubai is slated to become the host of The Mall of the World. Developer Dubai Holdings says the city won't just have a glass-domed, climate-controlled interior, but <b>hundreds of buildings, thousands of hotel rooms, and its own fully</b> …

Burj Khalifa

Product Management: What I Learned About User Data, Research and Actionable Steps!

As I research product management disciplines and best practices to become a better PM entrepreneur, I came across content from Laura Klein that got …

The Easiest Thing You Can Do to Be a Great Boss

Most leaders receive surprisingly little development before assuming their first supervisory roles. In fact, many get no leadership training at all until they’ve been in the executive ranks for nearly a decade—reaching, on average, age 42.<p>But whether you’ve had formal training or not, there’s one …

PETER SCHIFF: We're going to have a serious recession and negative interest rates before the election

Peter Schiff begs to differ.<p>The CEO and chief global strategist for Euro Pacific Capital, and noted perma-bear, said that serious economic destruction is just a few months away.<p>"I think the Fed is going to have negative interest rates before the election because we're going to be in a serious …

Federal Reserve

This Company Will Help You Travel the World for a Year While You Keep Your Job

Here’s the deal: You love your work. You love to travel. Unfortunately, you can’t always have the best of both worlds (at least not with out a major career change) – but what about when you can? Enter: Remote Year, a company that will essentially arrange a trip around the world for you while you …

Travel

3 Dividend Stocks To Buy Now And Hold Forever

With the S&P 500 down nearly 7% in the last three weeks alone, you can’t be blamed for wanting to throw up your hands and sell all your stocks.<p>But that’s the worst thing you could do, especially if you have a long time horizon and you mainly hold dividend-paying US companies. In fact, if you’re in …

Investing

You can't keep your money safe and grow it at the same time

<b>Dear Liz:</b> What is the best way to protect my 401(k) now and in the future when I draw from it for retirement? What is the least risky place to "bank it"? I have a fear of a crashing stock market in the middle of my retirement years.<p><b>Answer:</b> The bigger risk is that the stock market will crash early …

Retirement

Huge Number Of Critical Flaws Revealed In Apple, Android, Linux And Oracle Systems

Now would be a good time to update your smartphones, PCs and servers. Hundreds of vulnerabilities, many of them critical, have been revealed this week affecting millions of devices, including Apple iPhones, Google Android smartphones, Linux machines and Oracle business systems.<p>An iOS 9.2.1 update …

Information Security

Are You Sure You Want to Be a Manager?

Renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer likes to tell newly promoted supervisors that they have just been given the “gift of fire.” As a boss they now have a new and potent power, but Meyer wants to ensure they understand the appropriate — and inappropriate — uses of this gift. Fire, Meyer explains, can …

Leadership

How to Save More for Retirement

Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research recommends you save about 15% of income. Here's how to increase your retirement savings.<p><b>Q: I’m saving</b> …

ETFs to play main role in the next crisis

The next financial crisis will be played out in indexes and exchange traded funds. That is inevitable given the huge share that ETFs now take of …

Power struggles between the biggest mobile platforms and the underdogs that are gaining ground

Growth of iOS device shipments is outpacing growth of Android device shipments, but Android's opportunity in low-end and emerging markets is still greater. iOS has been boosted heavily by the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but Android bounced back in Q2.<p>In a new report, BI Intelligence takes a …

Money Back Guarantee

Vanguard Founder Jack Bogle's Surprising Retirement Advice

The one thing you absolutely must not do while saving for retirement<p>Don’t you dare open that monthly statement you get about your retirement account, …

How to Build an Easy, Beginner “Set and Forget” Investment Portfolio

Many people don’t invest because it seems overly complicated. But if you want to build wealth, investing now is the easiest way to do so—and <i>anyone</i> …

How to protect your retirement savings as interest rates rise

What does the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates mean for your long-term and retirement investments?<p>In the short term, there’s a …

Prepare for the worst and make 2016 the year of the emergency fund

A guiding principle of personal finance is to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.<p>Accordingly, I'm labelling 2016 as the year of the emergency fund. If you don't have some readily accessible cash to help you cover a surprise expense or job interruption, start saving.<p>The best outcome for …

A startup CEO claims his app can help students land a job at Aston Martin and Virgin

Matt Cockett, CEO of London careers startup 10 Minutes With, says his app can help undergraduate, masters, and MBA students land their perfect job by connecting them with companies they want to work with.<p>The iPhone and Android app allows users to create a career profile, select topics of interest, …

Aston Martin

Tiny wireless sensor never needs a battery

The internet of things is a nice idea, but there's one big catch: you have to power all those smart devices, which is no mean feat when some of them might not even have room for a battery. Dutch researchers think they have a solution, though. They've built an extra-small (2 square millimeters) …

The 10 best tips about money Warren Buffett has ever shared

Warren Buffett is one of the greatest investing and business minds today. But aside from his exponential investing success, Buffett is probably most famous for his humorous insights, colorful commentary and wise advice. It's part of what makes him a perfect fit to be a finalist for the 2015 "Best …

Investing