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Surprising Things You Never Considered About Your Company’s Reputation

You probably know that a good reputation can work to your business’s advantage, but here’s a few factors you might not have considered.<p>It’s always surprising to see founders willfully ignore good practices when it comes to reputation, whether it’s Fab CEO Jason Goldberg going Jerry Maguire on his …

Apple's iBeacon: tracking the tech that makes your iPhone a billboard

Contributors:<p>Share Tweet<p><b>Share</b> Apple's iBeacon: tracking the tech that makes your iPhone a billboard<p>share tweet Linkedin Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email<p>Introduced in the summer of 2013 as a feature of iOS 7, Apple's new mobile notifications system iBeacon is being touted by big brands as the next …

Google's Nest Purchase And The Plan To Become The 'Home OS'

Today Google launched yet another moonshot, buying connected device maker Nest for $3.2 billion.<p>It’s a big move just days after CES, where Nest was one of the most sought after companies in the white hot smart home sector.<p>So why is Google making this move now? In short, I think Google wants to be …

Why Apple’s iBeacon Is Under-Hyped

Apple products are usually over-hyped. But there’s one that’s radically under-hyped: Apple’s iBeacon positioning system.<p>So I’m here to turn up the noise on this quiet revolution. You really need to know more about this, because it’s going to change everything.<p><b>What Is iBeacon?</b><p>iBeacon is often called …

I’ve Seen The Future Of Health Tech And It’s Going To Improve Your Life In 2014

I just returned from the most exciting Consumer Electronics Show I’ve ever covered. Thanks to extraordinary demand for gadgets that make us healthier, stronger, and smarter, the technology industry is putting some serious brain power behind the next generation of wearable health devices. Over the …

The next furniture you buy could wirelessly charge your smartphone

Wireless charging really won’t take off with consumers until it gets easier to use in more places with more devices, I told the Wireless Power …

The Des Moines Register

The Five Most Disruptive Innovations at CES 2014

The launch this week of our Big Bang Disruption book added significant urgency to our annual search for the biggest disruptors at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.<p>After all, the book’s principal argument is that continued exponential improvements in price and performance of …

Apple's iBeacon Technology Brings New Possibilities for Location-Based Gaming

Apple's iBeacons have a lot of potential for inclusion in location-based games, according to The Tap Lab CEO Dave Bisceglia, who spoke to <i>Re/code</i> in an interview. Currently, iOS game developers who want to incorporate location into gameplay are limited to determining location via Apple's internal …

Ivee Sleek voice-activated home assistant joins forces with Lowe's Iris and Staples Connect

Interactive Voice unveiled a voice-controlled gadget called Ivee Sleek at last year's CES. Although just a prototype in January 2013, the Wi-Fi-enabled personal assistant is now on sale for $229.99. The news of the week is that Ivee Sleek has established a couple of new smart home partnerships with …

Never Forget To Take Your Meds: Cell Phone In Your Pill Bottle

Remembering, or forgetting, to take prescription drugs is an expensive problem, causing health complications that cost the healthcare system millions …

High Blood Pressure

12 Of The Best Ideas From CES 2014

The Consumer Electronics Show is a boring affair, but if you look closely enough, it offers a taste of tomorrow. Behold, the future!<p>I’ve been to the Consumer Electronics Show more times than I’d like to admit. And while it’s considered a showcase of technology to come in the next year, it’s a …

Update: Nest Says Shut-Off Heat Is Sometimes Its Fault, Also Pushes Thermostat 4.0.1 Firmware To Fix 4.0 Problems

Nest is now rolling out a 4.0.1 upgrade to its smart thermostat after last month’s faulty 4.0 firmware caused Wi-Fi and battery issues. Update 1/7/14: Nest tells me the 4.0 bugs are not responsible for turning people’s heat off or down in the dead of winter, but that Nest hardware issues are …

Reputation Trends for 2014

Here's my annual list of reputation trends for 2014. As information increasingly dulls the senses and muddles our brains, and as transparency becomes the norm, building enduring reputations grows in importance. In a new report, Deloitte's Touche Tohmatsu found that reputation risk is the top …

Why Productive People Get Up Insanely Early

If you want to do your best work, distraction is your enemy. So wake before it rises.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This story is part of 5 Habits Changes You Can Actually Make In 2015. Check out the full list here.</i><p>I am not a successful entrepreneur. I do not know the secret to life. I know that I love what I do …

Why Asiana Has a PR Problem

Asiana’s decision not to use communications help in the U.S. following Saturday’s deadly airplane crash reflects a corporate culture in South Korea of keeping public relations in-house and limited practical preparedness for crisis communications, industry officials in Seoul said Wednesday.<p>The South …

Scrubbed

On November 29, 2010, federal agents in San Francisco arrested a 33-year-old New Yorker named Samuel Phineas Upham, setting in motion the chain of …

How To Make Money Without A Job

Before joining the staff of Forbes in July of 2011, I was happily self-employed for 23 years. For much of this time my husband and I ran two mostly unrelated home-based businesses. He worked in his office in the front of the house, while I was in mine across the hall. Our office doors were usually …

European capacity to grow food is plateauing, scientist warns

Britain and other countries may not be able to increase the amount of food they grow because many staple crops are close to their physiological …

Kevin Hoffman podcast interview: facilitating design & growing through crisis

In Episode 13 of the Together London Podcast, I talk to Kevin Hoffman about how to fix meetings, facilitating great design, and growing through …

If Brands Really Cared They’d Stay Out Of News Stories

How To Completely #Unplug Your Morning Routine

Most days are abuzz with activity. Which is why you need to begin them with calm.<p>“Just as noise is meaningless without quiet,” Fabrica CEO Dan Hill once observed, “connectivity becomes meaningless when pervasive, when it is without a few ‘sanctuary spaces’ as contrast.”<p>For many, that contrast is …