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Half the Money You Spend on #CX Is Wasted

<b>Half the money you spend on customer experience is wasted.</b>Well, that's a pretty bold statement coming from someone who advocates designing and …

The Future is Drone Racing

I think everyone knows that James Naismith invented the sport of basketball. But did you know that the only reason he did it was to entertain a rowdy …

Do You Code? You Should Try This Font

Monoid is a new programming typeface designed to be clean, uniform, and precise, just like good code.<p>Coders look for different things in a typeface than normal people do. While most of us choose a font for the character it imparts to our words (Baskerville for authority, Comic Sans for playfulness, …

Typography

Kepler Telescope Introduces Earth To A Very Distant Cousin

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler Telescope has spotted the first roughly Earth-sized world orbiting in the "Goldilocks zone" of another star – offering perhaps the best bet so far for life elsewhere in the universe.<p>A year on Kepler-452b, which is about 1,400 light years from us in the constellation …

Universe

A once-hot startup that raised $4 million and rejected a $40 million Twitter acquisition just shut down

The once-hot selfie app let users take a picture with the front camera and back camera. The app then merged both photos into a single image.<p>The company took off after taking the stage at Tech Crunch Disrupt SF in 2013 and revealing that it had more than 200,000 downloads in a month — including …

Apple News looks like Flipboard and replaces Newsstand on your iPhone or iPad

Rumors suggested Apple was planning to kill off Newsstand, and now the company is making it official: News will replace Newsstand. News brings content from publishers across the world, and content owners can customize the way articles are displayed. Just like Flipboard, News is a personalized feed …

The Stratos All-In-One Credit Card Isn’t Perfect Enough

The anxiety hasn’t worn off yet. I’ve used the Stratos credit card for three weeks now and I’m still unsure if it will work for every transaction. It makes me nervous. That’s a problem for a device that promises to consolidate credit cards. For now, until the anxiety subsides, I’m carrying the …

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5 Lessons You Learn Your First Year at Harvard Business School

A current student explains the most mind-blowing insights she learned her first year at HBS.<p>Is getting an MBA worth it? It's a fraught question with passionately argued cases on both sides of the debate. But whether you think a stint at a top-tier business school is overpriced and creativity …

Harvard Business School

7 Books You Should Preorder Today

These books are highly likely to be among the most talked about in 2015. Get a jump on everyone else and get one of the first copies.<p>At the end of each year, I review and recommend the best business books published that year. I include books that I found intriguing, along with those the most useful …

Corporate Culture

The Leadership Style That Builds High-Growth Companies

Should you rule with an iron fist or be a servant to your people? We decided to ask some of the most successful CEOs around.<p>When asked about his management philosophy, Robb Fujioka doesn't hold back: It's a "democratic dictatorship," he says with a chuckle. After all, how else would Fuhu, the …

Leadership

This is what an airplane looks like when you cut it like a salami

Looking at this Airbus A300 fuselage cross-section at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany, makes me realize once again how lucky we are to …

Underskin Digital Tattoos Are The Next Wearable Tech

Wearable tech is becoming more and more popular. With inventions like FitBit and the Apple Watch, society is getting used to having tiny computers on …

Wearable Tech

Google, Wireless Industry Not Down With Marriott’s Wi-Fi Blocking Plan

History isn’t on the hotel industry’s side as it tries to convince regulators to let it block personal hotspots.<p>Microsoft and Google don’t agree on much, but they’ve presented a united front against the hotel industry, which is trying to convince government regulators to give them the option of …

Paying with Coin is all fun and games until someone thinks you’re a criminal

Before any words of caution could leave my mouth, the cashier was violently swiping my new Coin card back and forth through the card reader — the way …

The Next Version of the Oculus Rift Might Let You See Your Hands

It happens every time I strap on the Oculus Rift. Whether the amazing head-tracking wonder that is the DK2 unit or even the earlier model, I'm …

Autonomous Cars Will Require a Totally New Kind of Map

Author: Greg Miller. Greg Miller Science<p>Date of Publication: 12.15.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:45 am. 6:45 am<p>As the vehicle navigated the labyrinthine …

10 Ways for Introverts to Be Seen as More Powerful Leaders

These 10 strategies will enhance the leadership skills of any introvert, no megaphone or soapbox needed.<p>You don't need to overshadow a colleague to be heard.<p>No one knows this to be more true than an introvert. When it comes to leadership, introverts actually have the upper hand in some areas, like …

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Inside China’s Wild World Of App Design

What makes an app great is very, very different on the other side of the planet.<p>Most of us never think about the apps people use on the other side of the planet, but Dan Rover does. The Vermont native recently moved to Guangzhou, China, after getting hired as a product manager by WeChat, a popular …

Apps

This Simple Drifting Game is Going to Destroy your Productivity

Forget Minesweeper. We just found a simple, silly, and striking time-waster called Absolute Drift. Your afternoon is toast.<p>The controls are stupid-simple, but if you're looking for accurate tire modeling and drifting physics, look elsewhere. <i>Absolute Drift</i> takes about 2 seconds to understand, about …

Mad Max

US book publishers now make more money from online sales than physical stores

Brick-and-mortar book stores have clearly been on the decline for a while -- just look at Barnes & Noble's rocky finances. However, there's now some tangible evidence that the pendulum has swung in favor of internet-based sales. BookStats estimates that US publishers made more money from online …

Award-Winning Animated GIFs by Micaël Reynaud

French freelance designer and stop-motion animator Micaël Reynaud's unique animated GIFs are created utilizing slit-scan, time-lapse and masking …

Apple just obsoleted the Mac and nobody noticed

With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple is finally showing us its idea of how we’ll compute in the future. Perhaps not surprisingly, this pristine vision of our computing destiny — unveiled after years of secret, patient and painstaking development — aligns perfectly with how we currently use our …

Watch: Inside the Dubai Police Force's Fleet of Supercars

Dubai is a strange and moneyed place, so it makes sense that its police department is quirky and willing to spend cash. Italy might have a cute Lamborghini cop car, but Dubai has an entire <i>fleet</i> of supercars. Vocativ has gone inside the city’s police force to take a closer look at the cars and the …

75 Summer Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook

Master these ultimate summer dishes and eat well through September.<p><b>Just because we're not in the mood to fire up the oven</b> to make brisket in the summer doesn't mean we're off the hook when it comes to warm weather meals. Nope, when it comes to summertime, there are <i>definitely</i> some classics that just …

Cooking