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Apple Music and Spotify will finally matter for Billboard charts

The music industry has undergone two tectonic shifts over the last 15 years or so. The first shift occurred when the iPod, along with the iTunes …

Music Industry

Agile Product Ownership in a Nutshell

YouTube

The Cheapest Day To Buy A Plane Ticket, Depending On Where You're Going

Stick this puppy on your fridge.<p>We all know the magic time to buy a plane ticket is precisely 54 days in advance, for domestic travel.<p>But what if you're flying beyond the U.S.?<p>The experts at CheapAir recently researched the cheapest day to buy plane tickets for a whole host of international …

The Secret History of Agile Innovation

You hear a lot about “agile innovation” these days. Teams using agile methods get things done faster than teams using traditional processes. They keep customers happier. They enjoy their work more. Agile has indisputably transformed software development, and many experts believe it is now poised to …

How to become luckier, according to science

Ever had a run of bad luck? It feels like the world is actively conspiring against you.<p>Ever wonder if you can improve your luck? And I don't mean …

Self-improvement

FameBit expands to Tumblr and Facebook

LOS ANGELES — In an effort to connect brands with even more influencers, Famebit announced Monday it is expanding its self-service platform to …

Andreessen Horowitz leads $10M round for on-demand developer startup Gigster

Andreessen Horowitz led a $10 million investment into Gigster to help fuel the startup’s on-demand software development service, Gigster announced today.<p>Gigster provides a solution for enterprises and startups that do not have an internal development team to write their own software.<p>The startup …

Venture Capital

Fiverr raises $60M to help lure freelancers online — and removes $5 minimum charge

Fiverr, a microtask marketplace for people to buy and sell just about any type of digital service, has raised $60 million in funding to “aggressively attract the vast majority of freelancers who still operate offline,” the company said.<p>Today’s news takes Fiverr’s total funding past the $110 million …

Venture Capital

Study: There Seems to Be a Universal Brain Response to Music

People who listened to classical music inside an fMRI machine had remarkably synchronized brain patterns that aren't seen in other contexts.<p>tvol/Flickr<p><b>PROBLEM:</b> Divergent preferences aside, hearing music as <i>music</i>, and not just noise, is something we can (usually) agree on. What's going on in our …

The Future Of Coding Is Here, And It Threatens To Wipe Out Everything In Its Path

APIs — the rules governing how software programs interact with each other — not user interfaces, will upend software for years to come.<p>When Intel CEO Brian Krzanich doubled down on the Internet of Things at the company’s annual Developer Forum in August, he emphasized what many of us have already …

Apple's iPhone upgrade program: What you need to know

In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon looks into Apple's new program that lets customers upgrade their iPhone every year. How does it compare with similar plans from the big wireless carriers?<p>Who wouldn't want a new iPhone every year?<p>Apple's newly announced iPhone Upgrade Program …

Legendary Productivity And The Fear Of Modern Programming

JavaScript master Douglas Crockford once said that software is the most complex thing that humans have ever created. It’s made up of intricate bits and bytes pieced together like virtual puzzles. The greatest programming minds are capable of using software to multiply massive integers that are …

Ten of the best back-to-school apps for kids

A selection of educationally-focused apps that shows there’s more to iOS and Android for children than games<p>The summer holidays are either over or nearly over depending where your child is in the world. Parents are breathing a sigh of relief at the prospect of making a cup of tea without being …

Bitcoin Is The World's Most Dangerous Idea

<i>This research is courtesy of Sander Duivestein, professional speaker and trendwatcher at VINT, the International Research Institute of Sogeti</i><p>A symbol for ‘nothing’ doesn’t seem to mean very much, but the biography of the number ‘zero’ shows what a dangerous idea it has been since its very first …

Body language: 5 expressions your brain can't resist

Whenever we speak to someone face to face, a lot of information is communicated brain to brain even without our conscious awareness. To keep us safe …

Speaking magic: 5 brain-captivating principles to magnify your message

Whether you speak, present or teach, you may need some superpower infusions to combat short attention spans and the multitude of distractions we are …

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The 21 Principles of Persuasion

How is it that certain people are so incredibly persuasive? Can we all harness those skills? After studying the most influential political, social, business and religious leaders, and trying countless techniques out myself, these are the 21 critical lessons I’ve identified to persuading people. …

How The Sync Project Will Use Music as Data-Driven Therapy

Music can have various psychological effects on us: numerous studies conclude that certain genres can enhance our moods, boost concentration, trigger emotional reactions or pump up our energy levels. We also have specific musical tastes and preferences – but why do we like some songs more than …

Data-Driven

Sound Wallet can keep your Bitcoins secure with vinyl-based encryption

If you're anything like us, you've already made <i>millions</i> of dollars on Bitcoin. But how to keep it safe from loved ones, co-workers and other people we don't trust? Sound Wallet promises to keep your private access keys secure as encrypted audio, either on CDs or 7-inch vinyl, presumably just …

So You've Validated Your Startup Idea. What Next?

<i>Ariel Rosenthal is a co-founder at</i> <i>Xprt</i><i>, a new startup looking to provide instant technical support and shopping advice from reliable and vetted experts.</i><p>Working on startups for the last 10 years, I had some successes and some failures. Six months ago, I pulled the curtains on a startup I had …

7 Social Media Psychology Studies That Will Make Your Marketing Smarter

One of my favorite things about social media is that it's still such a young and new form of communication. It feels too early to take anything as a given, so we're all experimenting, testing and learning together.<p>Every day seems to bring exciting new studies as research shows us more about how …

A Musician's Guide to Twitter

Even if people aren’t paying for music, they still like to talk about it. Music is one of the most popular topics of conversation on Twitter, which is why every musician and band should be tapping into it if they haven’t already. In fact, 50 percent of people on the social service follows at least …

How To Build A Large Following On Google Plus (And Why You Should)

Google Plus is the Rodney Dangerfield of social networks: “it don’t get no respect.” I used to have little interest in it myself until I started experimenting with it earlier this year, and now I am duly impressed. In my case, I don’t use it for personal purposes, but as another unique social …

Acorns Micro-Invests Your Spare Change

There’s a growing arsenal of apps that integrate with your daily spending habits to deliver smart tips on how to make the most of your money. BillGuard, for example, helps you combat credit card fraud and hidden merchant fees. But a new entrant to the personal finance space is looking to go the …

This Traffic Generation Strategy Made $100,000 on Indiegogo

<i>Johnathan Leow is the author of “The Crowdfunded Kit.” This post originally appeared on Crowdfund Insider.</i><p>If there’s one big lesson about crowdfunding I’ve learnt in the past eight months, it is that pre-launch marketing can make or break your campaign. I’ve gone from knowing next to nothing about …

Clever Trick Makes Physical Lego Calendar Sync to Online Calendar

We gave you a brief look at this awesome Lego Calendar project earlier in the year, but this is worth a closer look. The UK-based design studio …

The Right Crowdfunding Sites for Your Startup

<i>Johnathan Leow is the author of “The Crowdfunded Kit.” This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>I commonly get asked what is the best crowdfunding website for your startup.<p>In order to answer this question, we’ll have to first answer another question: Which crowdfunding model suits your project …

Meet the Incredible Musicians on Vine

Eric Nakassa was lying in bed when the notification came through. Ahead of everyone else, the team at Vine had chosen his clip as an Editor’s Pick. The decision meant his loop was suddenly visible to almost every user of the app, triggering an explosion in views.<p>“I couldn’t believe it,” he says …