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Data Preprocessing With Python

“Data! Data! Data!” he cried impatiently. “I can’t make bricks without clay.”<p>Machine Learning is the hottest thing of this world. Everybody start …

Machine Learning

When Hiring Executives, Top Recruiters Look For These Important Traits

When recruiting at the executive level, the stakes are high. After all, executive positions are leadership roles by default and it is important to get it right. But what are the most important traits to look for in a high-level leader?<p>We asked members of the Forbes Human Resources Council for the …

Leadership

500 Greatest Albums of All Time

50<p>Little Richard, ‘Here’s Little Richard’<p><i>Specialty, 1957</i><p>"I came from a family where my people didn't like rhythm & blues," Little Richard told <i>Rolling</i> …

15 All-Inclusive Resorts That Literally No One in Your Family Will Complain About

All-inclusive resorts are irrefutably the best way to go when it comes to stress-free family vacations. Not only will you be free from the annoyance of budgeting for food and activities, but you'll also be provided with so many food and activity options that even the pickiest and most fidgety of …

How To Avoid Hiring Toxic Employees

In the early stages of a company, hiring can be a make-or-break decision. Just one wrong hire can ultimately derail the venture.<p>Unfortunately, hiring is extremely complicated and fraught with risk. This is especially the case with founders who may not have much experience with the process.<p>So what …

Employment

INFOGRAPHIC: 7 Excel tricks everyone should know

Lifehacker AU is never one to shy away from doling out handy Microsoft Excel spreadsheet tips.<p>Chances are you’ve had to deal in spreadsheets for as …

Our favorite cord-cutting gear and services to ease the transition from cable

I’ve been without cable since 2013, and I’ve never looked back. Initially, it was to save money, but now I’ve gotten so used to streaming services that I don’t think I’d ever return to paying the cable man. In this guide, I’ll discuss some of our favorite streaming boxes, popular apps, along with …

The Simple Trick for Cooking Way Better Rice

Just like pasta, I tend to have a bag of rice on hand at all times. When I can’t think of anything else for dinner, I throw on a pot of rice and hope …

Goodbye Cable TV, Hello Tablo

For the past four days, I’ve completely cut the TV cord. I get crystal clear, over-the-air, hi-def TV for free — after hooking up an antenna. That’s not any kind of news, though, as millions of Americans have been doing the same thing.<p>Here’s what I’m excited about: I have been recording all of my …

Smart TV

7 actually cool cruises that are nothing like the ones your parents take

If the word “cruise” brings to your mind cringe-worthy images of older people in towel shorts and Hawaiian shirts stuffing their faces at an …

The Good, The Bad, and The Staticky: Podcast Recording Tools I’ve Loved (or Not)

<i>By Kerry Gorgone, {grow} Contributing Columnist</i>I can’t believe this is happening: I’m talking with Alan Alda on Skype for the MarketingProfs podcast! …

Mobile Devices

Every Hidden Wonder of the World You Need to Visit, Mapped

When it comes to exploring the unexplored, things can get somewhat difficult. After all, much of the world has been trekked by somebody or other, and …

Ask These Questions to Ace the Job Interview

Too many candidates leave it up to the interviewer to judge their ability. Savvy candidates know how to turn the odds in their favor by asking a few pointed questions.<p>Once you get an interview, the chance you'll be assessed properly is remote. You can improve your odds 5-10X by asking …

This is how to “work smarter not harder”: 3 secrets from research

“Work smarter, not harder.” Sounds good. But how do you actually do that?<p><i>*crickets*</i><p>Well, luckily someone finally took up the challenge of finding a …

Work-life Balance

The two mental shifts highly successful people make

• Their focus shifts from <i>why</i> they’re writing music to <i>what</i> their music has brought them. Consequently, they are either satisfied with their results and no longer have the drive to write more. Or, they desire to make more music but the fire (their “why”) is gone, and thus, they can’t create the same …

Success

25 words you should use on your resume if you want to get more interviews

When it comes to making hiring decisions, including "team player language" on your resume makes it less likely you'll get an offer.<p>So, how do you write a great resume that uses language that will get you hired?<p>A lot of well-meaning people will suggest you should use "action verbs." But that's fast …

Linguistics

14 Teeth Whiteners That Actually Really, Really Work

Charcoal powder, whitening paste, and LED kits that won't break the bank but will definitely whiten your smile!!<p><b>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock</b> …

10 CEOs Reveal the Apps That Can Make You More Productive

And reclaim your sanity.<p>For many, modern-day work life means 24/7 connectivity, a constant barrage of emails and meetings, and the feeling you’re …

These are the best apps you've probably never heard of

Have you ever wondered what products or apps you’re missing out on? It’s easy to find the most popular ones in a particular category—but what about the hidden gems? One of Product Hunt’s community members David Spinks has the same question. So, he asked other users: <i>What’s one app you use a lot that</i> …

Apps

Here's what an effective LinkedIn profile looks like in 2018

Hate to break it to you, but if you're treating LinkedIn like an old-fashioned Rolodex, you're doing it wrong.<p>Nearly every industry uses LinkedIn to find and vet job candidates, and over 90% of recruiters rely on the site, according to data from the Society of Human Resource Management. So your …

Employment

The most comprehensive look yet at how the Las Vegas concert massacre unfolded

In an 81-page investigative report released Friday, Las Vegas police gave their most comprehensive timeline to date on how the Oct. 1 massacre unfolded at a country music concert on the Strip.<p>The report did not give any greater insight into why gunman Stephen Paddock, an amateur gambler, opened …

Las Vegas

10 Instagram Automation Tools to Build a Massive Following

Instagram has immense power to make or break brands and influencers. For example, Halo Top Creamery increased online sales by 2,500 percent after …

Social Media

Sennheiser’s AMBEO Smart Headset Is An iPhone X, iPhone 8, And iPad Pro Must-Have [Opinion]

Sennheiser had made the ultimate device you never thought you needed.<p>The iPhone has been able to take 4K videos since the release of the iPhone 6 in …

There’s a $23 adapter that turns any speakers into wireless speakers

Are you thinking about upgrading your old wired home audio system with a wireless system so you can stream music from Bluetooth devices like iPhones, …

10 Quick Changes to Fix Your Phone's Speed Issues

So you bought a shiny new phone, and a few months later you realize it isn't as fast as it used to be. We've all been there, and the issue isn't …

The world's most charming ski resorts

Attractive buildings clustered around a church, views of pristine peaks from pretty streets, a little history – here’s our pick of ski villages that best fulfil the chocolate-box dream.<p>Unless stated otherwise prices are per person for seven nights in the cheapest available week. Prices include …

The 10 Hottest Coursera Courses of 2017

There are more than 8,000 online courses out there. These are some of the best.<p>There are more than 8,000 online courses available, in every subject from artificial intelligence to visual arts. More than 50 million students signed up for one this year.<p>This bounty is a gift for anyone who wants to …

8 Steps To Actually Get Good At Phone Calls

Remember phone calls? You should, because they are often the best way to get your ideas across. Here’s how to give good phoners.<p>We can’t hide behind email. Why? Real business relationships are formed in two ways, says entrepreneur-turned-investor Mark Suster: in person and over the phone. The dude …

Networking

How to Sell Via Email

Your initial goal is to open a dialog-- not to sell yourself, your firm, or your products.<p>Based upon the sample "sales emails" that people have been sending me, there seems to be a general misunderstand the basic concept of selling via email, which is that the initial goal is only to <i>open a</i> …

12 Things You Didn't Know About Webinars That Will Blow Your Mind

Reading this will help you do them better<p>Ah, yes...the webinar. That online seminar that we know so well. The slides. The monotonous speaker. The boring topics. Pretty much sums up my webinars, at least!<p>And yet, webinars continue to thrive. We all know the reasons why. They're inexpensive. Easily …