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'TV is the new online': Why a bunch of online media empires suddenly want to get on the box

From NBCUniversal pumping $200 million into BuzzFeed in August to help it break into movies and TV, Vice launching the international cable TV channel Viceland in February, to Mashable completely pivoting its business to focus on video and TV after receiving a $15 million funding round led by Turner …

Advertising
Televisions

Video: Dubai and the Future of City Branding

Issam Kazim, CEO of Visit Dubai, spoke at the <b>Skift Global Forum</b>. Kazim’s talk, “The Future of City Branding,” focused on Visit Dubai’s strategy to …

Tourism

How to actually work a four-day week

A few years back, I started obsessing over productivity. Things like sleeping more than seven hours or getting up late and getting stuck in traffic seemed like wasted time. These situations could be controlled, but instead they were reducing my productivity.<p>The problem was that I was pretty sure I …

Time Management

These 40 Cartoons Perfectly Illustrate How Smartphones Have Taken Over Our Lives

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email… it seems as if our day is not complete if we don’t spend a few hours immersed in these rabbit holes, hours that …

10 Differences Between A Boss And A Real Leader

No matter what you're boss may think, it takes more than just bossing people around to be a real leader!

Customer Service

Google's Balloons Will Provide An Entire Country With Wi-Fi

Hint: It's a small country<p>Google’s plan to bring internet to the world via balloon has found a toehold in central Asia. The government of Sri Lanka announced this week that Google’s Project Loon will provide "affordable high-speed" internet coverage for the entire country, beamed from balloons …

Sri Lanka

This Stunning London Home Is the Epitome of Chic

Simplicity is key in this impressive London home. Metal-frame doors and a striking staircase contrast beautifully with blond wood floors and marble …

How to learn 30 languages

Some people can speak a seemingly impossible number of tongues. How do they manage it, asks David Robson, and what can we learn from them?<p>Out on a sunny Berlin balcony, Tim Keeley and Daniel Krasa are firing words like bullets at each other. First German, then Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Croatian, …

Language Learning

This Is the Picnic Basket of the Future

Astronauts and Sunday picnics may not seem to have much in common, but Madrid design studio Atelier<p>Astronauts and Sunday picnics may not seem to have much in common, but Madrid design studio Atelier Teratoma has somehow managed to combine the two in this futuristic back-mounted picnic basket …

Places You Need to See Before You Die

So much to see, so little time--there are no shortage of amazing sights on this planet and you probably won't get to see all of them, so how do you decide which ones to visit?<p>Whether or not you have a formal bucket list, you've likely made a mental list of places you want to go and things you'd …

Grand Canyon

The $6.5 Billion, 20-Year Plan To Transform An American City

Rochester, Minnesota, is home to the world-famous Mayo Clinic. Will an ambitious new project make it a global medical-tourism destination?<p>One of the world’s best-known hospitals has a problem.<p>The Mayo Clinic is located in the small city of Rochester (pop. 111,000), about a two-hour drive from …

Urban Design

Sceneframing Iconic Movies and TV Shows

Three friends decided to embark on a journey across the globe to sceneframe some iconic movie and<p>Three friends decided to embark on a journey across the globe to sceneframe some iconic movie and television show scenes, and the results are pretty awesome. This creative photography project includes …

Snapchat Is Hiring Journalists To Cover The 2016 Election

Snapchat in January began hosting video content from CNN, ESPN, the <i>Daily Mail</i>, and other media organizations. Now, the ephemeral photo-messaging app is gearing up to publish its own video news coverage: The company is looking to hire “political junkies and news aficionados” with experience in …

Journalism

Where Thomas Keller Thinks You Should Go in Napa

California's Napa Valley has long been one of the country's most famous wine regions, but there are now more things to do in wine country than ever. Napa luminaries, including Thomas Keller, give us their picks.<p>We’ll never say no to a trip to California’s most storied wine country, but now there’s …

Thomas Keller

How Emirates Plans to Conquer the World (Starting with Orlando)

Why the global expansion of the Middle Eastern carrier is nothing but good news for U.S. travelers.<p>In the past decade, Emirates—along with regional peers Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways—have gone from slight annoyances to fierce competitors in the international aviation landscape. Emirates which …

Get People to Listen to You When You’re Not Seen as an Expert

One of the most powerful forms of influence, according to psychologist Robert Cialdini’s famous analysis, is authority — often derived from perceived expertise. When a doctor advises us to exercise more, or a Nobel Laureate raises questions about a certain economic policy, we’re likely to pay much …

Leadership

On Location in Scotland with Ron Moore, Sam Heughan of ‘Outlander’

Sam Heughan

How Millennials Are Changing the Way Ad Agencies Work

Last September, Kammie McArthur was tasked with finding a novel way to engage Seattle Seahawks fans for insurance client Pemco. "We created the …

Mad Men

Why We Like Food That Makes Noise

The crunch of a chip, the snap of a carrot, or the fizz of a freshly opened beverage may greatly influence just how good we think those foods taste, …

Oxford University

Space Tourism in Kazakhstan, Star City Kazakhstan | Edge : Kazakhstan

Once one of the most secret 5,000 square miles in the world, Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Space Complex is now actively seeking more visitors. The oldest …

Beautiful drone video of epic trip across South America

22-year-olds Adam Humphrey and Tom Montefiore shot this incredible video over 5 weeks while backpacking through South America. Using a drone, DSLR, slider, tripod, and GoPro, they were able to capture fascinating footage of Torres del Paine National Park, the Galapagos islands and more.<p><i>Video</i> …

South America

YouTube may launch subscription video service for a monthly fee

YouTube may soon have a subscription option for its best original content. A comment buried in a <i>Variety</i> report reveals that the Google-owned video site is "exploring the prospect of launching its own subscription VOD service." The service would presumably offer ad-free streaming of certain video …

Televisions

Are you ‘over-connected’?

Wander the city in 2015 and all you’ll see is people staring at screens or talking on handsets. Is it changing who we are? Tom Chatfield weighs up the arguments.<p>A group of people wait by a monument, unaware of each other’s existence. A woman strides open-mouthed down a busy street, holding one hand …

Google Glass

YouTube To Replace Annotations With Smarter, Mobile-Optimized “Cards”

For years, YouTube has offered annotations as a way for video creators to add clickable text overlays to their videos as a way to boost engagement with viewers, provide more information, or help in navigation. But today, YouTube says it’s rolling out a new product called “Cards,” which will …

Apps

How to beat jet lag, from a CEO with an insane travel schedule

He also spent 28 years with IBM, rising from salesperson to a top executive, in charge of IBM Americas.<p>While that seems like a career enough for any human, it's not for Thompson. He's still going strong as the CEO of a fast-growing San Jose, California, startup called Virtual Instruments.<p>What do …

Jet Lag

YouTube Kids launches on Android and iOS

As expected, YouTube today launched YouTube Kids for Android and iOS, described as a “family-friendly destination” and “the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind.” You can download the new app for free, available only in the U.S., directly from Google Play and …