Joross Torres

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The Myth Of The Bell Curve: Look For The Hyper-Performers

There is a long standing belief in business that people performance follows the <b>Bell Curve</b> (also called the Normal Distribution). This belief has been embedded in many business practices: performance appraisals, compensation models, and even how we get graded in school. <i>(Remember “grading by the</i> …

JumpStartFund launches portal to crowdsource startups from beginning-to-end

Tech startups may be working at the cutting edge of innovation, but the way they are formed remains pretty old-school.<p>JumpStartFund launched today to change how companies are formed, using the Internet. JumpStartFund is an online portal that solicits new business ideas and patents from individuals, …

This iPad game actually builds your kids' brains — and tells you how they're developing

Occasionally, when people shout “brains!” they’re not zombies looking for a fresh meal. Sometimes they just want to help you grow, learn, and be the best you can be.<p>Which, of course, is exactly what all parents want for their kids.<p>Seven months after launching the Fit Brains app to help adults build …

From beginner to selling my app in the app store in 2 months

I’ve read many posts in the past asking how to get started learning to code, or asking what people should do next after they’ve finished Code Academy. I wanted to give my story thus far to help others get started, because I’m currently on a “progress high” from how exciting it is to make an app.<p><b>“No</b> …

Here's What I Learned About Amazon After Spending A Morning At Its Headquarters

The meetings with executives from each company were off the record, so I'm not going to repeat what they said.<p>However, I'll give my general impressions of each company after meeting some people, and walking around their campuses.<p>First up is Amazon. I only spent a half day with the company, so these …

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Impressive Interactive Demo Lets You Try iOS 7 Beta Without Restoring Your Device

- Jun 21, 2013<p>With all of the recent talk about iOS 7, it’s only natural to want to try Apple’s beta out for yourself. However, unless you’re a …

Will Bitcoin Ever Go Truly Mainstream? The Experts Answer

Bitcoin has captured the attention and imagination of the tech community at large over the past few years and its momentum shows no sign of slowing. Still, we’re a long way from mainstream banks and national governments endorsing this decentralized, electronic currency.<p>Will Bitcoin ever break out …

Not So Anonymous: Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Tightens Identity Requirement

Since the crypto-currency Bitcoin hit the limelight, many libertarians and privacy advocates have heralded it as anonymous, digital cash. But the world’s biggest Bitcoin exchange–and the U.S. regulators breathing down its neck–see things differently.<p>On Thursday Mt. Gox announced that it would begin …

How a Bitcoin Transaction Actually Works

At this point, you probably have a working understanding of what bitcoins are (at the very least your handle of bitcoins is like how you can kinda, …

The Real Reason Tesla Is Still Alive (And Other Green Car Companies Aren't)

Say goodbye to another green car start-up. Vehicle Production Group, which planned to build thousands of wheelchair-accessible vans powered by natural gas, has called it quits. According to Bloomberg, the company ran out of money and couldn’t pay its 100 employees anymore.<p>Add VPG to the growing …

Top 10 Computer Tricks Every Geek Should Know

We’ve talked before about the things every computer user should know how to do, but we geeks are special: we want to go above and beyond, to explore …

Make your old iPhone run like new

My friend is convinced that the slowing of his iPhone 4S is part of a vast Apple conspiracy. I'm not completely persuaded.<p>I mean, sure Apple has sent out updates to iOS that are arguably a step in the wrong direction, like that whole Apple Maps fiasco. But I believe the main culprit for decreasing …