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Your guide to a smart garage

If you have a garage, then you know the feeling. You drive away from your home, make it halfway down the street and wonder if you remembered to close the garage door. We've seen plenty of smart cameras, doorbells and locks for our front doors, but what about the door many of us use the most? Turns …

Home Automation

32 Of The Absolute Best Products On Amazon — Because 5,000+ Reviewers Can't Be Wrong

For better or for worse, Amazon has some of the most brutally honest reviewers on the internet. If there's something to be said about an item, …

Creative's new Super X-Fi audio tech is frigging mind-blowing

The company known for Soundblaster finally has a new killer product, and you'll probably want one too.<p>When Creative called me up to ask if I was interested in hearing something incredible, I was skeptical but curious.<p>After all, this was Creative we were talking about, the creator of the …

Consumer Tech

The 3 Things Employees Really Want: Career, Community, Cause

Strike up a conversation about work values, and it won’t be long before someone brings up a pyramid — a famous psychologist’s best-known theory. Abraham Maslow’s big idea was that we all have a hierarchy of needs: once our basic physiological and safety needs are fulfilled, we seek love and …

Employee Engagement

How biases, politics and egos trump good strategy | Strategy & Corporate Finance

January 18, 2018 – <i>By Chris Bradley</i><p>Peter Drucker famously said that “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Nowhere is that more evident than in …

Management

Inside Joymode, a subscription service saving you from buying all of the things

Surveying the retail world right now, it’s hard to see anything but Amazon.<p>The company offers a degree of convenience for buyers of stuff that’s never been equalled (which, while being hyperbolic may also be true), and it has made consuming new crap nearly effortless. In the process it’s become the …

Cotton Candy

The Fastest Path to the CEO Job, According to a 10-Year Study

Some people’s careers take off, while others’ take longer — or even stall out.<p>Common wisdom says that the former attend elite MBA programs, land high-powered jobs right out of school at prestigious firms, and climb the ladder straight to the top, carefully avoiding risky moves. But our data shows a …

Leadership

How I made a font from scratch and got it accepted by Google in 24 hours

From here I created the letters <i>O</i> and <i>B</i> first. I made a decision that any letters that would usually have curves, would have a rounded corner instead. Most letters would be a tall block shape, but with letters like <i>O</i>, <i>B</i> and <i>D</i>, the edges with curves would have rounded corners.<p>The outside corner would …

10 Laws Of UX, Illustrated

A handy guide for remembering Fitts’s Law, Jakob’s Law, and more.<p>Good design tends to follow general principles that give designers overarching guidelines to work within. But for user experience and interface designers, there are also laws that govern the nitty-gritty. For instance, it’s helpful to …

UX Design

A simple but ruthless exercise reveals who your star employees are — and who should be fired

Being a manager requires practicality bordering on ruthlessness — at least according to Patty McCord.<p>McCord was the chief talent officer at Netflix, from 1998 to 2012. She and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings created the company's culture deck, which has been viewed millions of times. Now she runs her own …

Employment

The Future of Human Work Is Imagination, Creativity, and Strategy

It seems beyond debate: Technology is going to replace jobs, or, more precisely, the <i>people</i> holding those jobs. Few industries, if any, will be untouched.<p>Knowledge workers will not escape. Recently, the CEO of Deutsche Bank predicted that half of its 97,000 employees could be replaced by robots. One …

Goal Setting

Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything

New ventures are searching for a business model, not executing one. Download a customizable version of this video slide deck here.

Startups

Work From Home 2018: The Top 100 Companies For Remote Jobs

With mobile devices and videoconferencing technology becoming more widespread, telecommuting jobs are also becoming more common. They’re also highly coveted because they tend to offer greater work-life balance. The downside is that many such offers turn out to be too good to be true.<p>FlexJobs, a …

Employment

An 8-Minute Crash Course on Blending Modes in Photoshop

Want to get a good grasp of Photoshop’s Blend modes? Here’s an 8-minute crash course on the subject by the Photoshop Training Channel. They may be …

Tutorials

Microsoft releases PowerShell script to check if your PC is vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre

In the wake of the Meltdown and Spectre chip bug revelations, people around the world are wondering whether or not they are affected. Bearing in mind …

Information Security

Samsung's vision for the future of retail is a store that doesn't try to sell you anything — take a look inside

Samsung 837 has been called a store that doesn't sell anything, but that's not quite true.<p>It's true that the New York City store's employees won't push guests to buy any Samsung products, and the space has only a small amount of inventory on site, but the store is selling something else: the idea …

eCommerce

A High-School Student Just Won $250,000 For This Incredible Explanation of Relativity

This is genius.<p>The German physicist Albert Einstein needed complex equations to describe his theory of relativity, but 18-year-old Hillary Diane …

Physics

To Find Meaning in Your Work, Change How You Think About It

A wonderful <i>New York Times</i> article from 2007 recounted the 20th annual “Operator’s Challenge” — aka the “Sludge Olympics” — a competition for New York sewage treatment workers. The participants compete to show skill in their work, and often do so with great passion. Emily Lloyd, the commissioner of …

New York City

Understanding Microservices and Microservice Architecture

Have you noticed what a cornucopia of buzz-words the technology world is? It seems that we’re in a never-ending quest to put as many words before …

Microservices

101 Inspirational Quotes to Inspire You in 2018 | Inc.com

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for 2018. With a new year, we are presented with an opportunity to make a success plan which will help us achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. A new year gives us a chance to renew our commitment to our business and to working hard at being our best …

Motivation

Need a Better Side-Hustle? Try Becoming an Influencer. Here's How | Inc.com

Are influencers the next big thing? Well, they're pretty much the biggest phenomena out there right now. Many brands are spending fortunes on influencer marketing--leveraging such opportunities isn't a bad way to earn money on the side.<p>It's all about making hay while the sun shines. But, before we …

Public Relations

Flow and the Psychology of Peak Performance | Heleo

“If your company policy is you have to respond to any email in 15 minutes, you’re out of your mind.”<p><b>READ ON TO DISCOVER:</b><p><i>The unusual location where</i> …

Albert Einstein

Break the Cycle of Stress and Distraction by Using Your Emotional Intelligence

Being able to focus helps us succeed. Whether it’s focusing inward and attuning ourselves to our intuitions and values or outward and navigating the world around us, honing our attention is a valuable asset.<p>All too often though, our focus and attention get hijacked, leaving us feeling frazzled, …

Emotional Intelligence

How to Train Your Brain for Maximum Creativity. (Here's What the Science Says.)

For starters: If you want to be more creative, you aren't going to get there if your brain is constantly fighting off negative stress hormones.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Business success simply isn't going to happen without the creativity required to dream up new …

Creativity

Physicists Overturn a 100-Year-Old Assumption on How Brains Work

This is how neurons actually fire.<p>The human brain contains a little over 80-odd billion neurons, each joining with other cells to create trillions of …

7 Storytelling Structures to Improve Your Presentations (Infographic)

What your favorite plots and your next business presentation should have in common.<p>Giving presentations, whether during meetings with co-workers or to potential new clients, can often seem intimidating. But luckily, there are tried and true ways to organize your information so that it is both easy …

Public Speaking

Here's how you automate your inbox to zero

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, Arianna Huffington reported that every email she — or her employees — receives on vacation is deleted. The CEO and founder of Thrive Global thinks it’s harder to relax on vacation when you’re continually receiving email notifications. Additionally, she …

Microsoft Whiteboard public preview spruces up collaboration

Microsoft has fallen in love with ink. Ever since it put out the first Surface tablets, it has worked on making the stylus a first-class citizen in …

Microsoft Surface

Superior Emotional Intelligence Comes From This 1 Practice (That Nobody Wants to Do) | Inc.com

No matter which successful person I have the honor of learning from, they all mention the same thing--emotional intelligence.<p>Everyone knows that emotional intelligence is important. Thought leaders like Gary Vaynerchuk and Tim Ferris both acknowledge the importance of being self-aware, but few …

Emotional Intelligence

This Trick Will Help You Promote Yourself Without Coming Off as Self-Centered

The first rule of talking about you: It's not really about you.<p>This story appears in the December 2017 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>I've always struggled with self-promotion. Sure, I’ve done plenty of it -- you pretty much can’t work in media without hawking your own work. But I’ve always felt …

Entrepreneurship