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How visualizing the future helped make America rich

<b>This is episode two of the series “A Visual History of the Future,” from How We Get To Next.</b><p>In 1945, the United States was a very different country from the one that had entered the Second World War four years earlier. The drive to victory had sparked innovations in medicine, materials, computing, …

Televisions

Tired of waiting on the auto industry, the German postal service built its own e-trucks

Most of the attention in the electric-truck sector recently has focused on Tesla, which presented its Semi model to great fanfare earlier this month. Not to be outdone, Daimler beat Tesla to the punch by unveiling its big electric rig a few weeks before Elon Musk’s big moment. Those scene-stealing …

Automotive Industry

San Francisco Security Robot Fired After Public Outcry

A San Francisco animal shelter has announced it will no longer use a Knightscope security robot to patrol its office, after a widely-circulated …

Google is sharing its management tools with the world

Speaking at his alma mater in January, Sundar Pichai, Google’s low-profile CEO, revealed his key to effective management: “Let others succeed.”<p>Enacting Pichai’s advice is easier said than done. But Google is sharing some tools that might help. Its Re:Work blog is offering a series of instructive …

Goal Setting

Uptime, an app that makes your YouTube videos interactive, is now available to the public

Uptime, an app developed under Google’s Area 120 incubator, is now available to the public. The iOS app debuted in early March as invite-only. Uptime basically takes existing YouTube videos and makes them more interactive by letting you watch them with your friends. You can see where — time-wise — …

Use Stories from Customers to Highlight Your Company’s Purpose

Leaders commonly try to influence their company culture with a lofty statement of purpose. But despite the time and money an organization pours into crafting its own special statement, the result is often vague and generic — it sounds like every other well-meaning company’s purpose statement.<p>One …

Japan’s answer to the Amazon Echo comes in ‘bear’ or ‘chicken’

Messaging app Line is launching its own range of digital assistant-powered smart speakers later this year<p>Western tech giants aren’t the only ones trying to get users to talk to their computers — Japanese messaging giant Line is also getting involved. Earlier this year, the company announced it …

Pandora review: Disney’s new Avatar expansion is better and more beautiful than you might expect

Walt Disney Imagineering and James Cameron have built a whole new world<p>The human brain isn’t accustomed to seeing mountains floating in the sky, so it’s hard to process exactly what you’re seeing the first time you step into Pandora: The World of <i>Avatar</i>. The latest addition to Disney’s Animal …

What are the best podcasts right now? Here’s our 2017 guide.

Recode’s Kara Swisher, The Verge’s Lauren Goode and 60db’s Liz Gannes share their picks — and then our listeners weigh in.<p>On the latest episode of <b>Too Embarrassed to Ask</b>, Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode reprised one of our most popular episodes from last year, a guide to the best podcasts you should …

Instagram and Snapchat were ranked the worst apps for children's mental health

The report — released on Friday and titled #StatusOfMind — examined the positive and negative effects of social media on young people's health. It is based on responses from 1,500 young people (aged 14-24) from across the UK.<p>Children were asked to score how each of the social media platforms they …

Artist Rachel Maclean: "The world is never as clearly dystopian or utopian as you think"

How surrealism lets one creator get around political bias and personal agendas<p>In 2012, Scottish artist Rachel Maclean made a 13-minute video inspired by a popular meme of the time. The project, titled <i>LOLCATS</i>, explores the evolution of cat worship by imagining a world in which a young cat obsessed …

Beyond phones and 5G, mobile world seeks to reinvent itself

FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - Seeking to escape a cycle of falling prices and tight regulation, big telecom operators from Vimpelcom VIP.O to Telefonica (TEF.MC) are set to reinvent themselves as internet players to escape the industry’s straight-jacket of low growth.<p>FILE PHOTO: People are seen near …

Telecoms

These Disney princess and puppy robots teach your kids to code

Throwing coding into toys is a trend that's gone full-force over the last year or so, and Hasbro isn't letting up.<p>Two new spins on coding robots in 2017 include Belle from "Beauty and the Beast," and a little hairless puppy with a transparent torso called FurReal Proto Max. Both were demonstrated …

Beauty and the Beast

Most Reorgs Aren’t Ambitious Enough

For many executives, the concept of organization design is an oxymoron. They are so consumed by working <i>in</i> the organization that they lack the patience to work <i>on</i> the organization. They don’t do the intricate, complex work of configuring their organization to execute strategy. Instead, they shift …

Peter Thiel, Trump’s Tech Pal, Explains Himself

Let others tremble at the thought that Donald J. Trump may go too far. Peter Thiel worries that Mr. Trump may not go far enough.<p>“Everyone says Trump is going to change everything way too much,” says the famed venture capitalist, contrarian and member of the Trump transition team. “Well, maybe Trump …

Virgil Abloh & Heron Preston Sit Down With No Vacancy Inn to Discuss What "Culture" Really Means

“It’s like saying the word lit.”<p>During Art Basel Miami, No Vacancy Inn and KNOW WAVE teamed up to present “Communiversity,” which was a five-day …

Fnatic founder Sam Mathews on the future of esports' most ambitious brand

Fnatic has risen to become one of the largest and most successful esports teams of all time, with multiple championships almost 3 million social …

Pipelines, Platforms, and the New Rules of Strategy

Back in 2007 the five major mobile-phone manufacturers—Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and LG—collectively controlled 90% of the industry’s global profits. That year, Apple’s iPhone burst onto the scene and began gobbling up market share.<p>By 2015 the iPhone <i>singlehandedly</i> generated 92% of …

A 10-Year Study Reveals What Great Executives Know and Do

Despite the huge impact executives can have on their organizations, failure rates remain high. Prescriptions for what to do continue to fall short. So we wondered: If we closely studied the executives who succeed in top jobs once appointed, could we identify distinguishing features that set them …

Inside 'Methbot': The massive Russian cybercrime operation stealing millions from advertisers

Security experts have uncovered what appears to be the biggest and most profitable advertising fraud scheme known to date.<p>In a report released …

'WTFTW' Magazine's First Issue Is a Collection of Screenshots You Gotta See

The internet really can get weird.<p>The inaugural issue of <i>WTFTW</i> magazine is a collection of screenshots from around the web which display the vastness …

The 20 Best Books Of 2016

Read ‘em all<p>Now is the time of year when we're supposed to look back on everything that happened and celebrate the best of it. This has been a particularly challenging task this year, because, well, there's little about 2016 which immediately springs to mind as being all that great. And yet, …

Black Friday online sales to hit a record-breaking $3 billion, over $1 billion from mobile

Black Friday online shopping is continuing to grow, and this Friday was another record-breaking day. According to a new report out this evening from Adobe, which has been tracking e-commerce transactions throughout the sales holiday, Black Friday is on track to set a new record by surpassing the $3 …

Bilal Releases the Visuals for Big K.R.I.T.-featuring Single “Pleasure Toy”

The latest single from 2015’s ‘In Another Life’ album.<p>Bilal continues his stellar 2016 with the release of the video for his Big K.R.I.T-featuring …

POPULAR SCIENCE's "INTERGALACTIC CRUISE" Sets Sail for 2017 Spring/Summer

Souvenir jackets, oversized raincoats and more.<p>Fledgling South Korea brand POPULAR SCIENCE has just unveiled a slew of modish visuals for its 2017 …

The Weeknd Unveils 'Starboy' Trailer & Announces New Film 'Mania'

We’re just a few days away from the LP’s release.<p>The promotional campaign for The Weeknd’s highly-anticipated third studio album <i>Starboy</i> is stronger …

Music

Spoiler Alert raises $2.5 million to stop food waste, abate hunger

Spoiler Alert has raised $2.5 million for enterprise software that helps manufacturers and farms put excess food inventory to good use, instead of tossing it out.<p>Since it was founded in 2015, the Boston-based startup has been working with large food producers and farms, including a recent …

Startups

Research: How a New CEO Can Make a Firm More Entrepreneurial

A new face at the top brings new hopes, and often, new strategic priorities. When Target hired Brian Cornell as CEO in 2014, expectations were high that he would inject fresh energy into one of the largest U.S. retail chains. When that same year Microsoft replaced CEO Steve Ballmer with Satya …

What Motivates the Gig Economy, According to 85 Interviews with Uber and Lyft Drivers

The gig economy workforce is growing. A new Pew Research Center survey on the sharing economy shows that 8% of American adults earned money from an online employment platform in the last year across industries, such as ride hailing, online tasks, and cleaning/laundry. These gig economy workers are …