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The subtle power of uncomfortable silences

In business and in life, it could help you to get acquainted with the power of the pause.<p>At your next meeting, wait for a pause in conversation and try to measure how long it lasts.<p>Chances are – especially among English speakers – it will be a second or two at most.<p>Anglophones tend to be most …

Public Speaking

Science Says Doing These Things Will Make You Seem Smarter

Finding yourself caught in the middle of a conversation about a book you haven't read, do you: (A) listen quietly, (B) leave the area, or (C) say something about the book anyway, in an effort to seem smart?<p>When 2,000 Britons were polled last year about tactics they'd used to try to appear more …

Psychology

Verizon promises to get its cloud service online in early September

Things have been pretty quiet on the cloud front from Verizon since last October, when the company made some pretty big promises for its brand new, …

The 25 Most Enjoyable Companies To Work For

And they want their workplaces to be fun, not miserably stressful, given how many hours of their lives they will spend there.<p>To that end, job hunting site Glassdoor.com sifted through its enormous database of employee reviews to come up with its 2014 list of the 25 companies that employees say have …

10 Free Android Apps Everyone Should Download

Every time I get a new Android smartphone or tablet, I install certain apps right away, before I even really start to play with the device — apps I …

Apps

The Most Ambitious Artificial Intelligence Project In The World Has Been Operating In Near Secrecy For 30 Years

IBM's Watson and Apple's Siri stirred up a hunger and awareness throughout the U.S. for something like a Star Trek computer that really worked — an artificially intelligent system that could receive instructions in plain, spoken language, make the appropriate inferences, and carry out its …

Artificial Intelligence

Aereo, Cell Phone Privacy Among Wednesday's Supreme Court Decisions

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Supreme Court handed down two major decisions on Wednesday that both arose from the problems of …

Five men wrongfully convicted for 1989 NY Central Park rape given $40m

Men who became known as 'Central Park Five' after a beating and rape in have agreed to settle their wrongful conviction lawsuit with New York City<p>New York City has agreed to pay $40 million (£24 million) to five men who were convicted, and later exonerated, of brutally raping a female jogger in …

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

Hackers may accomplish what Microsoft can’t—kill off Windows XP

Despite the fast growth of Google’s Chrome web browser, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still has hundreds of millions of loyal users, and remains the most popular browser in the world for desktop computer use. But that lead could be in jeopardy after Microsoft said over the weekend that its browser …

Software

Social media could provide early warning of power outages

A patent-pending technology from GE could provide a timely early warning solution for detecting power outages<p>With the likelihood of power outages in the UK increasing, new technology from General Electric (GE) could provide an innovative early warning system to detect when parts of the grid are …

Samsung patent suggests multi-fingerprint e-wallet authentication and gesture control

With new fingerprint scanning features, smartphones are starting to offer better security for authentication and online transactions. Apple incorporated a touch-based fingerprint scanner in its flagship iPhone 5S in 2013. Samsung has also included a fingerprint scanner in its latest hero phone, the …

Future big data analysts will know everything you did today

Debates are raging about whether big data still holds the promise that was expected or whether it was just a big bust. The failure of the much-hyped Google Flu Trends to accurately predict peak flu levels since August 2011 has heightened the concerns.<p>In my mind, there is no doubt that data …

Tresorit Launches Its End-to-End Encrypted File-Sharing Service

Tresorit today officially launched its end-to-end encrypted cloud storage service after emerging from its stealth beta. The startup employs multiple layers of security that make its data extremely difficult to compromise.<p>One key advantage to Tresorit is that it doesn’t have a master key to your …

Microsoft drops $1.1B to grow its data center footprint in Iowa

Microsoft will soon harvest a lot more corn — err, servers — in Iowa.<p>The tech giant is investing in data center infrastructure in West Des Moines, miles away from an existing company data center, Iowa public officials announced today.<p>The company has been gradually improving the feature set and …

Gnip buy-up is a sign that Twitter is getting serious about selling big data

Big companies care a lot about what you tweet.<p>Twitter’s ability to sell ads suggests as much. And today Twitter’s acquisition of social Gnip shows the company expects to make even more money from brands.<p>Gnip is a reseller of Twitter’s firehose, and it provides sophisticated filtering mechanisms to …

Dropbox responds to backlash over Condoleezza Rice board appointment

The week seemed to start off on a triumphant note for hot Silicon Valley start-up Dropbox. The company held a media event Wednesday to unveil a slew of new applications designed to demonstrate its expanding vision as it marches closer to an anticipated initial public offering.<p>But the week is ending …

Fed up with passwords? These tech experts are seeking alternatives

If Karl Martin has his way, the only password you'll ever need is your heartbeat.<p>The chief executive officer of Toronto-based startup Bionym is part of a group of researchers and executives trying to kill one of the most persistent features of digital life – the text password.<p>"I think people are …

How the Heartbleed bug works, and what passwords you need to change

Internet security experts are scrambling to patch an alarming encryption vulnerability that has exposed millions of passwords and personal information, including credit-card numbers, email accounts and a wide range of online commerce.<p><b>Latest news</b><p>The Canada Revenue Agency says about 900 customers had …

Black death skeletons reveal pitiful life of 14th-century Londoners

The 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London a year ago may hold the key to the truth about the nature of the Black Death that ravaged Britain and Europe in the mid-14th century.<p>A Channel 4 documentary on Sunday will claim that analysis of the bodies and of wills registered in …

Looking beyond the Internet of things hype: Here’s what’s in store

The Internet of things is forecast to achieve a $20 billion total available market by 2018. But is that market size real? What are the tools that we can use to understand this and take effective action?<p>The Internet of things is inarguably here already for innovators and early adopters, and seems to …

Are carrier-free SIM cards on the way?

<i>Jonathan Ah Kit</i><p>Does the fact that current SIM cards are tied to specific carriers actually benefit anyone other than the carriers? What if device manufacturers like Samsung and Apple could sell you smartphones with SIM cards already in them? Your network connection could change on the fly, or you’d …

Telecoms

Turkey’s Twitter ban backfires: Tweets up 138%, VPN usage up, topic trends

After banning Twitter last night, the actions of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have failed spectacularly.<p>Immediately following Turkey’s ban, Twitter issued an SMS workaround. Then, “#TwitterisblockedinTurkey” became a globally trending topic on Twitter. Into the night, usage of …

After WhatsApp: An Insider’s View On What’s Next In Messaging

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ted Livingston is the Founder and CEO of Kik, a mobile-first company with over 120 million registered users all over the world. Ted started working in mobile in 2007, while he was still studying at the University of Waterloo.</i><p>I was driving to a meeting in San Francisco when I got the …

Gadgets - DGiT

Google Home vs Amazon Echo – What’s the difference?<p>A.J. Hartless4 days ago<p>If you've decided to bring a smart speaker into your home, the two …