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8 Very Specific Things about Software Developers - Leading Software Developers

Software developers are a specific group. While every person is unique, some behaviors and qualities of many developers, or aspects of their work, …

How To Reduce Friction With Good Design

Anders Toxboe, designer for Bonnier Interactive, cites motivation as the force that opposes friction in the realm of interaction design. A properly motivated user will be willing to withstand more friction and still have a positive experience. A poorly motivated user will, on the other hand, give …

What The Heck Is Nairu When It's At Home And Why Is It Important?

The latest piece of economic jargon you’re likely to be subjected to is “Nairu.” This is obscure, odd, and vitally important, as it’s probably the one most important number we’ve all got to guess at so that we know when the Federal Reserve is about to start raising interest rates. What makes it …

Economics

6 myths about data-driven design

There is a lot of buzz about data-driven design, but very little agreement about what data-driven design really means. Even deciding how to define …

Designing Prototypes: 5 Apps That Do It Better Than Photoshop

Photoshop is a popular tool with designers and its extensions such as CSS3Ps and FontAwesomePS make it it a good tool for creating web design …

Prototypes

Machine Learning Goes Mainstream I: InboxVudu Prioritizes Your Email

Machine learning is moving out of the backend shadows and into mainstream applications that ordinary consumers will use on a daily basis. These applications will recognize the intent behind written and spoken language and quickly classify the content of images and video. It would be a leap to say …

Machine Learning

How Low Can Negative Interest Rates Go? Minus 0.5% Maybe?

A very interesting point being made about negative interest rates. We’ve recently found out that we can indeed have negative interest rates, something we used to generally assume that we couldn’t. So the next question is, well, how negative can interests rates get? That would then become our new …

Economics

Stanford-Bred Startup Uses Moneyball Stats To Handicap Judges, Lawyers

If you’re being sued for patent infringement before U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, there’s something you ought to know. Koh is tough on defendants and only grants 18% of motions for summary judgment, less than half the national average. So your lawyers had …

Machine Learning

Text Analysis 101: Document Classification

<b>By Parsa Ghaffari.</b><p><b>Introduction</b><br>Document classification is an example of Machine Learning (ML) in the form of Natural Language Processing (NLP). By …

Machine Learning

18 Reasons Your Startup Failed, Visualized

What determines whether your startup sinks or swims? To help you avoid startup doom, designer Mark Vital has visualized 18 mistakes that kill startups. The infographic is adapted from an essay by programmer and investor Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator, an incubator that has funded more than …

Startups

One Economic Theory to Explain Everything

What if there were one economic Theory of Everything? One theory to rule them all, encompassing the vast sweep of history beneath its mighty …

Economics

Data Visualization App Using GAE Python, D3.js and Google BigQuery

Imagine that you have a large set of data with millions of rows and you're faced with the task of extracting information from the data. How do you …

Data Visualization

How Zenefits Beat Out Uber, Airbnb To Become 2014's Hottest Startup

There are a lot of big names on this year’s list of hottest startups. But you’ve probably never heard of the #1 overall.<p>That’s because Zenefits, the fastest growing startup of 2014 by valuation, is barely a year old — and it’s disrupting a stodgy industry most people know nothing about: small …

Comprehensive review of UX tools for your website

A comprehensive list of 76 UX tools that will help you build stunning web experiences through usability testing, mocking up, prototyping, verifying …

UX Design

The Risk of Financial Crisis Remains High

The American financial system remains vulnerable to major crisis. It has emerged from the Global Financial Crisis largely intact, and is therefore at risk now, as it was then. The great non-reform of American finance reflects the triumph not only of the formidable lobbying power of Wall Street, but …

The world’s biggest economic problem

THE world economy is not in good shape. The news from America and Britain has been reasonably positive, but Japan’s economy is struggling and China’s …

Economics

How EBITDA Is Killing Enterprise Tech Innovation

• Partner Content<br>• Author: Natalie Kilner Hughes, PBSI Enterprise Consultants. Natalie Kilner Hughes, PBSI Enterprise Consultants<p>Last July, I predicted …

How Thomson Reuters Is Creating a Culture of Innovation

It’s not easy for big companies to innovate. As Steve Blank, Clay Christensen, and many others have pointed out, once firms reach a certain size, most of their resources (and investment dollars) are rightly devoted to executing and defending their existing business model. Moreover, the skills that …

Nobody Can Win The Cloud Pricing Wars

Earlier this week, Google lowered prices 10 percent across the board on their Google Compute Engine cloud platform . The cost is getting so low, it’s almost trivial for anyone to absorb the costs of running infrastructure in the cloud, but you have to wonder as the cloud pricing wars continue, how …

The Internet Is Broken, and Shellshock Is Just the Start of Our Woes

Brian Fox drove from Boston to Santa Barbara, with two tapes stashed in his trunk.<p>These weren't music tapes or video tapes. They were computer …

You Don't Have to Be Google to Build an Artificial Brain

When Google used 16,000 machines to build a simulated brain that could correctly identify cats in YouTube videos, it signaled a turning point in the …

You Kant do that

HORST SEEHOFER, premier of Bavaria, sums up German attitudes to the European Central Bank (ECB). Based in Frankfurt, but run by Mario Draghi, an …

Interest Rates

Apple’s delayed mobile payment entry explained: It’s about the ecosystem

I fondly recall being planted in downtown San Francisco for the launch of Apple’s iPhone 5. Prior to the keynote, I surmised that Apple would <i>finally</i> …

The Fizz Buzz from Outer Space

<b>Matteo</b> recently interviewed a candidate that was employed elsewhere as an “architect”. His responses to the standard soft-skills questions sounded a …

Gigabytes Don't Matter Anymore in the Online Storage War

If you still think storing files online is all about who offers the most gigabytes for the lowest price, you weren't there when Jared Leto showed up …

Money can buy happiness

<b>A new study examines the relationship between income and well-being</b><p>THE Easterlin paradox, named for economist Richard Easterlin, reckons that higher …

Refactoring -- Not on the backlog!

There has recently been a lot of noise on the lists, and questions at conferences, about putting refactoring "stories" on the backlog. Even if …

Software Development

Unbabel Raises $1.5M To Expand Translation Service, Grow Customer Base

In the interconnected world, machines are too rigid in understanding the nuances in translating languages and humans are too slow for on-the-fly translation. That’s why Unbabel brings robots and humans together to deliver a faster and affordable translation service.<p>Launched in March and backed by Y …