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How to Run Android Apps Inside Chrome on Any Desktop Operating System

Recently, Google made the first batch of Android apps available for Chrome. It was only a matter of time before some clever users gave that power to …

Neurons reveal the brain's learning limit - Futurity

A fundamental constraint in the brain may explain why it's easier to learn a skill that's related to an ability you already possess.

BYRON WIEN: The Smartest Man In Europe Taught Me Two Important Lessons

In his latest monthly market commentary for Blackstone clients, he spends some time discussing an unnamed influence he calls "The Smartest Man in Europe."<p>"People often ask me if I have a mentor, someone who has influenced my thinking over my career," he writes. "I have had many, but over the past …

With Publicize, Former Tech Blogger Conrad Egusa Offers A More Affordable Approach To Startup PR

We’ve written about several attempts to rethink PR for startups, including PressFriendly (which offers customers a virtual “pitch builder”) and AirPR (which created a marketplace connecting startups and PR).<p>A new firm called Publicize may not embrace the self-serve, tech-centric model quite as a …

Beethoven Used This Strategy To Keep Creative Ideas Flowing

For creatives, this emphasizes the importance of routines.<p>Random bits of profound inspiration are few and fleeting; consistent work in your craft requires a sustainable way to develop good ideas into great ones.<p>Recall the wise words from Chuck Close: "Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest …

Body-Language Tricks to Make Anyone Instantly Like You

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>There's no question that body language is important.<p>And according to Leil Lowndes in her book "How To Talk To Anyone," you can capture — and hold — anyone's attention without saying a word.<p>We've selected the best body-language techniques from the …

Zero To $360M: How Check Won At Mobile

One of the first apps on Apple’s iOS platform was Pageonce, a service to help keep track of usernames and passwords. Yet the company would eventually change its focus to personal finance and billing. To this end, there was a new name for the service as well: Check.<p>It was not easy getting traction …

Schwartz’s Onex Doesn’t Get U.S. Respect Despite Returns

The best performer of the biggest publicly traded private-equity firms this year won’t be found among U.S. giants such as Blackstone Group LP or KKR …

Learn How to Write Anything Pertaining to Life and Business

In the musical “Oliver!” The Artful Dodger sings, “I’d do anything…anything for you” to Nancy. Well in business – scratch that – in life it would be …

How Long Should I Hold On To My Old Bills & Other Documents?

Thank goodness for electronic billing, bill-pay and account access. The digital world can help you save time, be more organized and cut down …

How Different Cultures Understand Time

In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two peoples.<p>In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy.<p>Thais do not evaluate the passing of …

How to Develop Musical Phrasing Using Silence

At some stage in learning to play jazz guitar, every guitarist gets to the point where they know the fretboard well enough to play the right notes …

The Snowden Saga: A Shadowland of Secrets and Light

Whether hero or traitor, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is the most important whistle-blower of modern times, one whose disclosures will reverberate for decades to come. With extensive input from Snowden himself, Suzanna Andrews, Bryan Burrough, and Sarah Ellison have the …

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My Favorite Chart Patterns

Last summer’s rally in gold and the gold miners coincided with a strong seasonal period, and after the dismal performance in the first half of the year, a rally was overdue. The rally was impressive as the <b>SPDR Gold Trust</b> (GLD) rallied 20% from the late-June lows to the late-August highs.<p>In late …

The Surprising And Smart Reason Millennials Love Payday Loans And Prepaid Debit Cards

What would tax season be without sobering news about the saving and spending habits of today’s twentysomethings? Recent survey results from Think Finance show that Millennials are turning to alternative financial services in large numbers. And we’re not talking credit unions or co-ops.<p>Think Finance …

Need Blog Post Ideas? 3 Easy Templates to Get You Writing -- Now

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you own or manage a business blog, you know how difficult it can be to keep up with the type of regular publishing calendar that's needed to form a connection with your audience. Dare to slack off even a few times and miss a few weeks …

Why Brooklyn Is The New Mecca For Fledgling Tech Startups

Perhaps the grass is greener on the East Coast, but here in Brooklyn and throughout New York City, tech companies have been helping neighborhoods flourish because they are choosing to work in collaborative, creative environments.<p>We have not seen the insular migration patterns where firms attempt to …

Samsung’s earnings show the company is getting squeezed from both sides

<b>The numbers:</b> Samsung’s net income of 7.2 trillion won ($6.7 billion) in quarter ending Dec. 31 was up 3.7% from the year before, but down 11.4% from the previous quarter and failed to meet analyst estimates. Currency fluctuations, mostly due to the strong won, hurt earnings by $651 million and a …

A (Nearly) Complete Online Toolkit For Startups

By Alexis Caffrey5 minute Read<p>When you’re launching a startup, what’s the one thing you need? Initial funds? Organization? A plan? Well, yes–but also …

Hobbyists are now building tablets using a $35 computer brain

Hobbyists have been assembling personal computers from their components for decades, buying the processors and other parts and putting them together in their basements. Now they’re doing the same for tablet computers.<p>Among them is Michael Castor of Make, the publisher of geek do-it-yourself …

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The fabulous lives of venture capital kingmakers Ken and Ben Lerer

Ken Lerer and son Ben are the kings of New York City's venture capital scene, says a new profile in <i>New York Magazine.</i> "The Lerers are a little Mafia-esque," writes author Jessica Pressler, as she listens to them reflect on past successes between drinks at the back of a West Village restaurant where …

GitHub buys Easel, picking up tech to design sites without coding

GitHub has built itself up into a popular service for housing all the code developers write, and now the company has fixed its gaze on web development where no code is involved at all. It just acquired a startup called Easel, which provides web-based software for designing websites, according to a …

10 facts about the brain that will help you design better websites

It all started with a book I found on my mum’s bookshelf when I was 15. It was called How To Read People Like A Book. It covered the basics of body …

30 web design tips to make your life easier

Every web designer has a secret or two. Hard-won workflows, hidden hacks, and insider knowledge that are the mark of true experience and the stuff …

How to make an app

Knowing how to make an app has never been more vital. We've covered the best iPhone apps and iPad apps for designers elsewhere on the site – but here …

Top 10 Lists of Common Java Mistakes (That Makes Top 100!) - DZone Java

Top 10 lists are very popular, fun, and informative to read. But there are so many of them! How to choose the right one? Here’s a meta top 10 list …

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Most Popular Top 10s of 2013

We share an awful lot of tips every day at Lifehacker, so it's easy to miss a few. Luckily, we regularly round up our favorite tips in every category …

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