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Good riddance, gig economy: Uber, Ayn Rand and the awesome collapse of Silicon Valley’s dream of destroying your job

The Uber model just doesn’t work for other industries. The price points always fail — and that’s a good thing<p>The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo recently wrote an oddly lamenting piece about how “the Uber model, it turns out, doesn’t translate.” Manjoo describes how so many of the “Uber-of-X” …

Is Digital Technology Making Us Any Better Off? One Prominent Economist Says No And He May Be Right

When Steve Jobs was trying to lure John Sculley from his lofty position as CEO at Pepsi to Apple, he asked him, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” The ploy worked and Sculley became the first major CEO of a conventional …

Innovation

5 Great Examples of Minimum Viable Product in App Development

Building an app is a risky and expensive process. Even if you find a reliable outsourcing company and develop the simplest app ever, you’ll pay no …

Beyond design trends: Timeless user interface techniques

Access to better internet connections and design tools are giving designers more flexibility to use techniques – such as video, custom typography and animation – that were off-limits a few years ago.<p>We are already starting to see some of the tactics that are likely to dominate the design scene, and …

How Google’s Search Chief Has Been Living The “Mobile First” Life For Over A Year

Amit Singhal. Credit: GoogleYou’ll often hear the mantra of “mobile first” with technology companies, but the head of Google search isn’t just saying …

What Do User Interfaces Want?:The Next 500 Years of Interaction Design

January 13, 2016What We WantFor every technology, there is an interface. It may be a simple, mechanical handle or a complex, digital display, but …

The large desktop experience in responsive design

Boana's Johannes Holl shares ideas and UI patterns he found useful while designing a website with large desktops in mind.The post The large desktop …

10 Business Intelligence Trends for 2016

Heading into 2016, the Business Intelligence (BI) landscape is one very much in flux. Big Data, cloud services, predictive analytics, and data …

Big Data

A Guide to the World’s Whisk(e)y Making Traditions

Know What You're Drinking<p>Whisk(e)y at the most basic level is distilled alcohol produced from fermenting a mash of grain — or corn in some cases. …

Scotch Whisky

This Startup Promises to Sell a $19 Ticket Out of Airport Hell

As holiday travel and winter weather converge, the annual ritual is about to unfold at U.S. airports: Flights are canceled, and disgruntled masses …

Flying

How to perfect first-time UX in apps

Somehow, we’ve come to accept the notion that digital technology is the answer to all of life’s problems. That conclusion has resulted in more and …

UX Design

RECONSIDER

About 12 years ago, I co-founded a startup called Basecamp: A simple project collaboration tool that helps people make progress together, sold on a …

Startups

The Operating Model That Is Eating The World

Today’s fastest growing, most profoundly impactful companies are using a completely different operating model<p>Tesla, the fastest-growing stock in the …

Why This Data Exec Never Says Big Data Anymore

Moving offline data to digital platforms is becoming commonplace for all sorts of companies, whether it be to target their current customers online, …

Big Data

Startups Disrupting the Hotel Industry

CB Insights:We used CB Insights data to highlight 52 startups threatening to peel away different niches and services currently occupied by the …

The Next Wave Of Enterprise Software Powered By Machine Learning

Enterprise software is about to undergo radical transformation — a substantial change that will make the shift to software as a service (SaaS) look like a simple facelift. This transformation is being powered by machine learning.<p>With machine learning, computers can process and mine data in real …

Machine Learning

The Big 'Big Data' Question: Hadoop or Spark?

<i>Guest blog post by Bernard Marr</i><p>One question I get asked a lot by my clients recently is: Should we go for Hadoop or Spark as our big data framework? …

6 Non-Business Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

I’m a voracious reader. I read at least 150 new books each year, spanning almost every genre of nonfiction and several fiction categories. I’m never …

Financial Services

Why Product Thinking is the next big thing in UX Design

<i>Life’s too short to build something nobody wants…</i><p>When thinking of User Experience, we often think of a simple, beautiful, and easy to use feature-set …

Designing Data-Driven Interfaces

Telling the story of your data<p>“Dashboard”, “Big Data”, “Data visualization”, “Analytics” — there’s been an explosion of people and companies looking …

Innovating at Scale: The Companies That Don't Let Size Slow Them Down

<i>Nothing lasts forever — not even unicorns. But some unicorns live long lives.</i><p>The life cycle of consumer products is depressingly predictable. A …

Messaging Apps and Platforms of Convenience

If a messaging app in China can have such a high revenue per user, imagine how valuable something like this could be if it comes to the U.S.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>The …

Apps

Why Mark Zuckerberg wants everyone to read an Israeli historian's book about the human race

Zuckerberg's book club, A Year of Books, has focused on big ideas that influence society and business. For his 12th pick, he's gone with "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Hebrew University of Jerusalem historian Yuval Harari.<p>First published in 2014, "Sapiens" is a critically acclaimed …

Paul Ford: What Is Code? | Bloomberg

Remember Netscape, the first huge commercial Web browser? In 1995, as Java was blooming, Netscape was resolving a problem. It displayed Web pages …

JavaScript

What Twitter Can Be.

<i>Disclaimers: 1) This is a very long read. Thinking about a company and using its product obsessively for nine years straight will do that to you. 2)</i> …

Google's genius futurist has one theory that he says will rule the future — and it's a little terrifying

But, to paraphrase fellow futurist Peter Diamandis, Kurzweil's brilliance isn't in the predictions themselves.<p>It's in what the predictions represent — Kurzweil's core thesis, a little thing called <b>"the Law of Accelerating Returns."</b><p>It states that "fundamental measures of information technology follow …

Microsoft tried to buy Salesforce for $55B, report says

Microsoft almost made one of the most colossal tech acquisitions in history earlier this spring.<p>Talks between the world's largest software maker and Salesforce.com, the San Francisco-based cloud-computing company, reached a serious level when Microsoft offered as much as $55 billion, according to …

James Martin

IBM Commerce Introduces Journey Analytics To Help Brands Improve The Customer Experience

Today’s marketer faces a daunting task. Customers expect a relevant personalized experience from the brands they interact with. Yet, consumers are interacting with brands across a variety of touchpoints, devices and social channels. It seems like no two customer journeys are exactly the same. The …

WayBlazer, the travel cognitive computing startup, lands $5M

IBM is a lead investor in a $5 million Series A funding round for WayBlazer, a travel search and discovery company that licenses Watson cognitive …

Cheese and wine: Eating to stay slim and healthy

Forget fad diets – leading scientist Tim Spector says the key to losing weight and keeping well is to look after your gut. And some of the foods he …