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Top 10 Highly-Desired Skills You Can Teach Yourself

On countless occasions, you’ve likely said to yourself “I wish I knew how to do ______.” Then, of course, life got in the way and you put it off …

How To Force People To Do Anything (And Have Them Thank You For it)

Does someone in your life not want to do something? Do you not care, even the slightest bit, about their wishes? Here's how to force them to complete …

I'm going all-in with Hangouts for messaging and calls

I'm just finishing a two week experiment where I've gone "all in" on Google Hangouts for my calling and texting. After dabbling around with things …

Google Voice

82 Push-Ups You Need to Know About

Drop and give me<i>…</i> 82<i>?</i> That’s right. We at Greatist love—nay, adore—the push-up. It’s one of the simplest and most functional exercises around, and <b>it</b> …

Bitcloud wants to replace the internet

"We want to replace YouTube, Dropbox, Facebook, Spotify, ISPs, and more with decentralised apps based on proof of bandwidth."<p>This was the bold …

MIT develops unique transparent display technology, reportedly cheaper and simple to build

There’s no denying that we are slowly moving towards a major revolution in the way that we interact with the technology <i>(and world)</i> around us. The evidence of this change can be seen just by looking at some of the recent developments in wearable computing from Google Glass to Atheer One. Then …

Need for speed – What’s the fastest Android browser?

We use our Android devices for everything nowadays. Calling, texting, checking email, scrolling through social media – you name it. Among those who take their mobile web browsing seriously, the choice of browser app is very crucial. Sure, it’s easy enough to stick with the browser that “comes with …

Google

Why emerging markets worry Wall Street

The big bull market in U.S. stocks is confronted with an unexpected headwind: a fresh bout of financial turbulence in emerging markets.<p>Wall Street is a world away from Turkey and Argentina and the other developing economies dotting the globe. But recent news of financial tumult and plunging …

New study dramatically changes where we believe aliens might live

A team of astrobiologists has redefined conventional notions of where life can exist within a solar system. They've suggested that life could exist …

The mysterious story of the battery startup that promised GM a 200-mile electric car

At the end of November 2012, Atul Kapadia and Sujeet Kumar hosted the staff of their startup company for a holiday lunch of Mexican food at a Palo Alto, California restaurant. For days, the pair—the CEO and CTO, respectively, of a lithium-ion battery company called Envia Systems—had awaited an …

Intellectual Property

iSheep, Fandroids, and why we care so damn much about our smartphones

And when you're perceived as being too passionate, too emotional, too partisan, the inevitable occurs: you're slapped with the loaded 'fanboy' label.<p>Being negative makes you feel smarter. The guy who says 'I agree,' never seems as smart as the guy who says, 'I disagree.'<p>As soon as we got into …

A Completely Grueling (And Life-Changing) 7 Minute Workout - The Fox Is Black

What if it took you only 7 minutes to get a full body workout? That’s the claim of an article in the May-June issue of the American College of Sports …

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey: The startup king plugs his newest venture, Square

Jack Dorsey has a thing for coffee shops.<p>When <i>60 Minutes</i> did a segment on him last year, he brought the television crew to the shop around the corner from his office to demonstrate how easy it was to use Square, the payment and commerce company he started during – what shall we call it? – a break …

How I Became the Kind of Person Who Can Work a Room

I used to dread networking events. Then a colleague let me in on his secret strategy.<p>I did it. I went to a cocktail party where I didn't know anyone, and successfully chit-chatted for two hours. (Not to myself. I actually spoke with other people.)<p>I have never been good at the kind of networking …

3 ‘Modern’ Inventions That Existed Millions of Years Ago: Nuclear Reactor, Telescope, Clothes

Evidence exists pointing to prehistoric civilizations as advanced as our modern civilization—or perhaps more advanced.<p>Such evidence could turn our …

Defend Your Research: Are Entrepreneurs Really Pot-Smoking Rebels?

<b>The study:</b> Ross Levine of the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, and Yona Rubinstein of the London School of Economics’s Department of Management studied the traits associated with successful entrepreneurs, using longitudinal data that included individuals’ responses as …

How BlackBerry blew it: The inside story

<i>This investigative report reveals that:</i><p><i>Shortly after the release of the first iPhone, Verizon asked BlackBerry to create a touchscreen “iPhone killer.” But the result was a flop, so Verizon turned to Motorola and Google instead.</i>• <i><br>In 2012, one-time co-CEO Jim Balsillie quit the board and cut all ties</i> …