Jorge Vargas

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Micro-Influencers Are the New Gatekeepers of Social Media

As digital consumption increases, it seems that the communities within online platforms get smaller.<p>If you asked a room full of American social media …

Social Media

How Online and Brick-and-Mortar Stores Saw a Bump in Sales This Back-to-School Season

We are nearing the end of back-to-school shopping with this past Labor Day weekend being the final critical shopping period of the season, according …

eCommerce

Google can now search for datasets. First research, then the world?

Did you ever need data on a topic you wanted to research, and had a hard time finding it? Wish you could just Google it? Well, now you can do …

Machine Learning

Google Says The Best Managers Have These 10 Qualities

It’s called Project Oxygen.<p>Beginning in 2008, Google researchers wanted to understand what makes a manager great at Google.<p>Here’s what they found.<p><b>Project Oxygen</b><p>Google sought to identify the common threads among Google’s highest performing managers. Based on internal research, Google then applied …

San Francisco

What happened when Russian hackers targeted the U.S. election infrastructure?

The US intelligence community has concluded there is no doubt the Russians meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, leaking stolen e-mails and …

Donald Trump

3 Presentation Tips From the Guy Who Received the Longest Standing Ovation of Any TED Talk

Storytelling is the single best tool we have to transfer our ideas to another person. Stories inform, illuminate, and inspire. Best of all, we know how to do it. Storytelling isn't something we do; storytellers are who we are.<p>Nothing will bring your next presentation alive better than a …

Public Speaking

How to Respond Effectively When Buyers Resort to These 5 Obnoxious Negotiating Tactics

Get over the shock, figure out what's really going on and respond calmly.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You’ve been working with a buyer for months. You’ve had multiple meetings, developed a great relationship, answered their objections and now, you’re hoping it will …

Inside the creepy and impressive startup funded by the Chinese government that is developing AI that can recognize anyone, anywhere

A computer system that can track and identify any face anywhere may sound like science fiction, but, in China, two such companies are barreling ahead at making such technology an everyday reality.<p>The two startups, SenseTime and Megvii, are developing competing facial recognition platforms powered …

Open-Plan Offices Are Making Us Less Social

In recent years, a number of big companies – IBM, Bank of America, Aetna, Yahoo! under former chief executive officer Marissa Mayer – cut back on their telecommuting programs in the name of more interaction and cooperation between employees, supposedly fostered by being stuck together in an office. …

The Best Dark Comedies On Netflix Right Now

<b>Last Updated: August 3rd</b><p>There’s comedy and then there’s dark comedy. The two genres share a few traits — you’re guaranteed some laugh-out-loud moments, a few slapstick scenes and plenty of physical humor — but a dark comedy doesn’t shy away from the tough, gruesome, eyebrow-raising elements of …

Entertainment

The global move from democracy to autocracy

<b>(CNN) —</b> The cover of the last issue of the leading German news magazine, Der Spiegel, was a vivid illustration, indicative of one view of Donald Trump that seems to be growing. It showed a beaming Trump surrounded by Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, Xi Jinping and Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the headline …

3 Reasons Why Audio Will Conquer Social Media

Today, most social media platforms are visual platforms. From static photos to animated GIFs, long form video, short form video, ephemeral content, …

Mobile Point-Of-Sale Devices Will Conduct 28B Transactions In 2018

Are you ready to leave home without your credit cards? While most consumers would still say “no,” more and more are using their mobile devices in …

Smart speakers predicted to overtake wearables in US market this year

Tech research firm eMarketer is predicting dramatic growth in the US smart speaker market, anticipating that it will overtake wearables like smart watches at some point this year …<p><i>Business Insider</i> has seen the report.<p>According to eMarketer’s latest forecast, the number of US smart speaker users …

Google Home

China is taking digital control of its people to unprecedented and chilling lengths | John Naughton

The Chinese government’s unsettling new system will see citizens rated by ‘good deeds’<p>Watching Donald Trump trying to deal with China is like watching a clown dancing in front of an elephant. The US president’s entire approach is transactional – the methodology he employed in his allegedly …

Kim Jong-un

Why Amazon’s Grocery Store May Not Be the Future of Retail

When Amazon opened its cashier-less concept grocery store to the public in Seattle on January 22, the company’s stock rose 2.5% – slightly more than the 2.4% increase after Amazon announced that it was buying Whole Foods this past June. Does Amazon Go signal that smartphone apps and virtual carts …

eCommerce

China's social credit system has blocked people from taking 11 million flights and 4 million train trips

China's social credit system has blocked people from taking 11.14 million flights and 4.25 million high-speed train trips.<p>The numbers, from the end of April, were included in a report by China's state-run news outlet Global Times, but it is unclear what offenses those targeted in the travel ban …

AirFly connects your AirPods to anything with a headphone jack

Perfect for in-flight entertainment, gym treadmills and more.<p>Apple's AirPods are apparently a hit, but they're not perfect. One of the major drawbacks of iPhone's wireless headphones is the fact that they're, well, wireless, and aren't compatible with anything lacking Bluetooth. Twelve South, which …

Headphones

Windows 10, Android and iOS: Gearing up for the next ecosystem battle

Three giants with billions of users; but is that going to be enough?<p>How big is big enough? One hundred million users? A billion users?<p>Big numbers are …

Windows 10

This is Uber's first air taxi prototype

The model will be on display at today's Uber Elevate conference.<p>Today, Uber gave <i>CBS News</i> a first look at design models for its new air taxi, which it hopes to fly by 2020. They will be on display at the Uber Elevate Summit this Tuesday in Los Angeles. You can see the model in the video below at a …

Kantar: iPhone X outsold by iPhone 8 + 8 Plus combined, Apple growing quickly in China

Following Apple’s earnings release yesterday, Kantar today is out with its newest data for the quarter ending in March 2018. Kantar’s data offers an interesting perspective on how Apple’s numbers for the quarter compare to other manufacturers, as well as how iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus sales stack …

IPhone 8

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos Just Dropped the Best Business Advice You'll Read Today

Two innovative thinkers. Two extremely detailed communiqués. Many invaluable lessons.<p>Jeff Bezos. Elon Musk.<p>These two tech visionaries share a lot in common. They're both known as extremely innovative thinkers. They're both trying to change the world, one by altering the way people buy products and …

Amazon Prime has 100 million-plus Prime memberships — here’s how HBO, Netflix and Tinder compare

Smaller than Netflix, bigger than Spotify.<p>After years of waiting for Amazon to release an actual number, we finally learned yesterday that Amazon now has more than 100 million paid Prime members globally. That’s a nice, big, round number, but how does that number compare to those of other …

Instead of stealing instruments, musicians turn to Splice

“The percentage of Top 40 music made with our platform blows my mind,” says Splice co-founder Steve Martocci. He tells me about some bedroom music producers who were “working at Olive Garden until they put sounds on Splice .” Soon they quit their jobs because they were earning enough from artists …

Apparently high-definition vinyl is coming next year

Good luck telling the difference on that $80 Crosley you bought at Target.<p>The process of making records hasn't changed much over the last hundred or so years, but that itself could change soon. Austria-based Rebeat Innovation has begun the work to bring vinyl into the 21st century. Of course, that …

135 Amazing Facts for People Who Like Amazing Facts

Store these away for future trivia nights.<p>1. Mister Rogers always mentioned out loud that he was feeding his fish because a young blind viewer once …

Queen Elizabeth II

Great heights and spectacular sights: The 17 coolest buildings on Earth

Since claiming dominion over this drifting space rock, humans have peppered the planet with abodes and edifices both large and small. Over the past …

10 Books to Read if ‘A Brief History of Time’ Was Too Brief for You

Inspired by the late Stephen Hawking’s beloved best-seller, the hosts of the ‘BookLab’ podcast offer more mind-bending musings on space and …

Meet the chatbots helping users anonymously report social injustices

Chatbots are available to track your calorie intake, assist you in finding a new place to live, and even promote better mental health. But recently, developers have made chatbots with a social justice slant so you can report misdeeds quickly and without giving your name.<p>Here are a few of the bots …

The year's most exciting innovations in software

Ted Cavanaugh<p>Technology<p>A digital assistant that knows you, an AI that'll help you land a date—what a wonderful world!<p><i>This article is a segment of 2017's Best of What's New list. For the complete tabulation of the year's most transformative products and discoveries, head right this way.</i><p>Google …