Michael Blackburn

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The 13 Best Books I Read Last Year

These are some seriously great books. How great are they, you ask? Well, let me tell you. See, my 1-10 rating system is actually logarithmic. Meaning …

Books

Stop doing companies' digital busywork for free

Over the past year, I stopped responding to customer surveys, providing user feedback or, mostly, contributing product reviews. Sometimes I feel …

Design thinking, explained

Solve any business problem with this approach.<p>By Rebecca Linke | September 14, 2017<p>Graphic design by Mimi Phan<p>Why It Matters<p>Coming up with an idea is …

Vaux transforms your Echo Dot into a portable Alexa smart speaker with killer sound

Amazon’s Echo Dot is one of the best and least expensive ways to fill your home with Alexa-enabled smart speakers, especially thanks to all of the …

5 Tips for Taking Better Photos in a Museum

Our photo editors share their advice, and favorite photos from museums around the world.<p>Lines of Instagram-crazed art lovers circled the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden this spring for the hottest ticket in Washington D.C. Toting cameras and phones, the record-breaking 160,000 …

Travel Photography

How to Safely Retrieve Files Off Failing HDD, SSD, or SD Cards Using Free Tools

All of the drives we are using to store our precious photos and videos are not 100% reliable. Everybody should know that by now (and back everything …

Infographics Templates – Huge Collection plus Free Updates

An amazing collection of highly professional infographics available as editable templates for Powerpoint, Keynote, Photoshop, and Illustrator.Here …

Infographics

20 Sketch Sheets and Templates for Designing Web and App Layouts

Looking for some sketch sheets and templates for creating the perfect web and app layouts? Look no further! We selected some of the best templates …

Web Design

404 Page

Explore Opportunity<p>Internet researchers can work as Independent Research Consultants or with individuals or companies to gather, synthesize and …

Project Management

Make sure home inspectors play by the rules

Most home buyers and sellers don't think much about what might derail their purchase or sale. But here's a sobering fact: One of every 20 sales contracts blows up along the road to closing. And roughly 1 in 4 runs into an issue that delays the scheduled settlement.<p>These statistics come from new …

Real Estate

Google Classroom now lets anyone school anyone else

Google Classroom is opening up even further: After allowing anyone to join classes last month, expanding the learner side of the equation beyond just those with G Suite for Education accounts, Google is now opening Classroom class creation to anyone with a personal Google account, too.<p>This means …

Is This AI or BS? Artificial Intelligence Is All the Rage, but Sometimes It's Just Hype

It seems like artificial intelligence is everywhere. No longer the stuff of Ridley Scott and Stanley Kubrick flicks, AI has rapidly wormed its way …

Self-taught AI is the future of computing, and Google is helping us get there

The problem with artificial intelligence (AI) today is that training one is a slow process. Take Siri, for example. Here’s an AI that will turn 6 …

Artificial Intelligence

How To Prototype IoT Experiences: Configuring The Software (Part 2)

In the first article of this series, we walked through how to put together the hardware board and all of its additional components into a single rig. …

Web Design

Machine learning algorithms surpass doctors at predicting heart attacks

Doctors are not clairvoyant, but it looks like technology is getting awfully close. Thanks to a team of researchers at the University of Nottingham …

AI Predicts Heart Attacks Better Than Doctors: Study

It is no secret that timely diagnoses of heart ailments can prevent heart attacks and save lives. Heart attacks are hard to anticipate and doctors …

Easy Online Graphic Design Software

8 Free and Low-Cost Easy-to-Use Online Graphic Tools<p>Updated April 13, 2017<p>The Internet has become increasingly visual, which means home business …

Infographics

Yes, you can take free online photo classes from Harvard and 5 others

Nope, that’s not a typo in the headline – you can take Harvard photography classes online for free. While any free online class, whether from an Ivy …

25 of the Most Inspiring Books Everyone Should Read | Inc.com

Whether you turn pages, tap a tablet, or listen to audio, a good book can be a perfect relaxation aid, tutor, or source of inspiration. Here are quotes from more than two dozen executives who name their favorite book and explain why it's worth your attention.<p>1. <i>The Checklist Manifesto</i> by Atul Gawande<p>…

Mission Impossible

18 Premium Web Design Tools and Services for 2017

There are many new web tools and services for designers and developers launched every month, but how do you know which are the most useful? Which …

Web Design

How Remote Work Is Changing And What It Means For Your Future

Remote work has been a small part of the employment landscape throughout history. Thanks to the internet, those opportunities are now abundant, spurring many new companies to successfully connect solopreneurs to work projects. Some provide a general marketplace and others focus on specific …

The Workplace

10 Places to Learn JavaScript Online

Level up your JS skills with online and offline resources.<p>Updated February 04, 2018<p>When you are ready to dive into the world of web development and …

JavaScript