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Fitbit's heart rate tracking is 'inaccurate', study claims

Fitbit's wristbands don't accurately measure heart rates and fail to provide a "meaningful estimate" of beats per minute (bpm), a study has claimed.<p>Researchers from California State Polytechnic University say the PurePulse technology, that tracks a person's heart rate in Fitbit's wearables, is …

Heart Rates

Different Cultures See Deadlines Differently

We all have the tendency to look at other cultures through the lens of our own. While this is natural, it can lead to misunderstandings when communicating with and managing colleagues from around the world. In my experience working and teaching across cultures, I’ve noticed one important area where …

Harvard Business Review

Yoga festivals around the world and the yogis of Instagram who inspire us to travel

Summer means many things, but to yoga lovers it means outdoor yoga and the possibility of yoga festivals in the sun!<p>The global appeal of yoga is most apparent when one looks at the enormous volume of yoga festivals around the world. The festivals are not relegated to places where yoga is a part of …

Yoga

These are the 67 most important investors of all time

Michael Batnick of Ritholtz Wealth Management spells out his list, from Bernard Baruch to David Einhorn and Ken Griffin.<p>Michael Batnick spells out his list, from Bernard Baruch to David Einhorn and Ken Griffin<p>I analyzed the birth dates of the most important investors of all time. Ten observations …

David Einhorn

The Real Story Behind Brutalism

Phaidon's new book This Brutal World is a photographic ode to one of the most polarizing modern architectural movements.<p>"It's hard to love a brute," mused the podcast <i>99Percent Invisible</i> in an episode that aired last year. The sentiment certainly rings true as Brutalist buildings are among the most …

Architecture

How the world's currencies got their names

From country to country, monetary units vary nearly as much as the cultures and languages that use them. But have you ever wondered why a dollar is …

Etymology

Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain meet up in Hanoi for some beer and bun cha

Barack Obama is touring Asia this week in an effort to "increase U.S. diplomatic, economic, and security engagement with the countries and peoples of the region," according to the White House.<p>Since arriving in Vietnam on Sunday, the president's schedule has included making historic speeches and …

Vietnam

New Tech May Enable Divers to Extract Oxygen Directly From Seawater | Motherboard

Jacques Cousteau paved the way for long-term underwater exploration. Besides his innumerable dives and hours upon hours of documentary footage, he once spent 30 days living beneath the Red Sea; his grandson, Fabien, one-upped his grandfather by staying below from June 1 to July 2 in 2014–a solid …

Seawater

5 Vitamin D Myths to Stop Believing Now

<i>For Allure, by Staff.</i><p>Look, we all want healthy bones and a better mood. But they shouldn't come at the cost of healthy skin. Yep, we're talking about vitamin D, which is crucial for bone strength and may alleviate depression, studies have shown. It's 100 percent true that one way to get it is …

Vitamin D

Twitter says it won't reprice stock options to help keep employees — but Jack Dorsey still wants to give them $100 million of his shares

Wall Street likes it.<p>Twitter spends a lot of time telling Wall Street that it is going to improve its product and expand its user base.<p>Today, Twitter had a different message for Wall Street: We're not going hand out new, cheap stock options. Unless you let us.<p>And unlike other messaging Twitter has …

Twitter

New iPhone 7 Plus Leak Reveals An Essential Feature

Apple is about four months away from revealing its latest set of highly anticipated flagship smartphones. The iPhone 7 line is rumored to be available in three sizes: 4-inch, 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch. The devices are also expected to lack a headphone jack in favor of Lightning-powered headphones. And …

iPhone

'Magenta' Is Google's New Project To Make Art With Artificial Intelligence

The multi-disciplinary machine<p>If Google's artificial intelligence can paint its dreams, why not make other kinds of art?<p>On June 1, Google is set to launch Magenta, a research project to explore using artificial intelligence to create art, and make that process easier for TensorFlow users. The group …

Google

500 Startups and Seedcamp back hairdresser booking app Rock Pamper Scissors

London-based hairdresser booking app Rock Pamper Scissors has picked up £1.2 million in backing from U.S.-based 500 Startups and European pre-seed and seed investor Seedcamp, alongside various angel investors. The latter includes Tom Singh (the founder of New Look, and Just Eat’s former CMO Mat …

Angel Investors

Display manufacturing supplier gives more evidence for OLED iPhone in 2017

Applied Materials, a firm that makes equipment to build screens for smartphones, is reporting a huge leap in orders, reports <i>Bloomberg</i>. The four-fold increase adds credence to a series of reports claiming that Apple is planning a brighter, 5.8-inch OLED display in an iPhone for a 2017 launch.<p>The …

iPhone

Instagram’s code hints at option to pay to boost posts

We’ve known for some time that Instagram will soon be introducing business profiles, analytics, and features intended to improve the ad-buying experience on the Facebook-owned photo sharing network. Now, a number of other undocumented, non-public features have been uncovered, following a …

Instagram

Penny raises $1.2M in seed funding for its personal finance bot

Penny, a personal finance bot we reviewed last fall, has raised $1.2M in seed funding from Social Capital.<p>As a refresher, the app offers a chat-based interface that offers advice tailored to your personal finances. This advice includes things like how much you spend on food each week, how this …

Seed Funding

Facebook buys VR audio company Two Big Ears, debuts ‘Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation’

Today Facebook announced it’s acquired Two Big Ears, a spatial audio technology company, for an undisclosed sum.<p>Now part of Facebook, Two Big Ears’ Spatial Workstation has been repackaged and rebranded as the free “Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation.” We’ve reached out to Facebook for more details on …

Workstations

Teaching computers to be creative is completely missing the point of creativity

Over the weekend, a senior researcher at Google spoke about how he and his team are trying to build a computer that can be creative.<p>Douglas Eck, part of Google Brain, a deep-learning research project explained at Moogfest, a four-day music and technology festival in the US that he and his team are …

Creativity

Spotify family plan is now cheaper, $14.99 for up to 6 people

Spotify is catching up with the competition when it comes to family plans. Like Apple Music and Google Play Music, families can now subscribe to Spotify Premium for $14.99 per month and get six different Spotify accounts and profiles.<p>This is the exact same deal as the one you can get on Apple Music …

Spotify

EU referendum: Row over Turkey's membership bid escalates

<b>The UK would be powerless to prevent Turkey joining the EU despite the "security risks" its membership could bring, a defence minister has said.</b><p>Penny …

Sabahattin Ali’s Madonna in a Fur Coat – the surprise Turkish bestseller

When it was first published in Istanbul in 1943, it made no impression whatsoever. Decades later, when <i>Madonna in a Fur Coat</i> became the sort of book that passed from friend to friend, the literary establishment continued to ignore it. Even those who greatly admired the other works of Sabahattin Ali …

Madonna

Peek Inside The Gorgeous Notebooks Of Professional Soccer Broadcasters

Think these commentators are just getting on the radio with no prep? Think again.<p>Any sports fan can yell at the TV whilst drunk for a few hours. But it takes a researched professional to do play-by-play commentary well, while adding stats and insight to every moment.<p>Nowhere is this more clear than …

Soccer

‘It showed Turkey is big’: Poll says over 50% of Turks think downing Russian jet was ‘right’

A Sukhoi Su-24 jet fighter. © Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters<b>A worrisome new Turkish survey has revealed that more than half of respondents nationwide</b> …

Russia

A closer look at Google’s modular phone prototype

I just sat down with Rafe Caramago and several members of his Project Ara team to learn more about the modular smartphone — because there's a lot going on with this thing. The project, which many had assumed was on its way to being Spring Cleaned by Google is instead coming out in almost the …

Phones

About 40% of all bots are malicious, security firm says

It’s hard not to love the idea of a bot that simplifies ecommerce, enhances messaging, or even arranges your vacation travel end-to-end, from transport to the airport, booking a flight, reserving a hotel, and back again. However, there is another class of bots — bad bots, which you should be very …

Cybersecurity

Twitter asking shareholders to let CEO give shares to employees

The move would allow CEO Jack Dorsey to give a third of his stock to Twitter employees in hopes of keeping them around.<p>Twitter is asking its …

Employment

Google expands Android Pay

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Payments Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>At its 2016 I/O developer conference, Google announced several front- and back-end updates to Android Pay, its proprietary mobile wallet. These updates could introduce …

Android News

Report: Apple taps LG for iPhone 7 dual-camera as Sony lags, plans OIS for 4.7-inch models

Adding to the iPhone 7 news today, analysts at Nomura Securities (via Barron’s) say Sony could be behind schedule for supplies of the dual camera systems necessary for the upcoming iPhones, causing Apple to turn to LG for at least some of the order:<p>We think Sony may not be able to deliver its full …

Cameras

Google says its Project Ara modular smartphone will be ready to buy in 2017

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) has announced an update coming from its skunkworks lab around Project Ara. The company said it will be releasing the developer edition in Q4 2016, and it’s already working on a consumer version that’s scheduled to be released next year.<p>“Ara has made …

Google

Facebook tests customizable news feed categories

If your Facebook news feed is feeling a bit cluttered these days, you wouldn’t be the first to think so. In fact, it seems Facebook might make it possible for you to separate your feed out by categories.<p>In a test, some Facebook mobile app users are seeing their news feed separated by categories, …

Facebook