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Why we hired THIS woman to run engineering

Upworthy are masters of the headline, but usually the headline misleads you to content that doesn’t live up to the fodder.<p>This time though, it was …

7 future web design trends

Too many articles will tell you what is cool in web design. I’m going to take you past the obvious to make some <i>real</i> predictions.<p>1. Gestures are the …

How not to praise your employee’s work

Providing negative feedback is one of the hardest parts of any manager’s job. For example, you would need different approaches for a new employee who …

Employment

Groupon Closes SideTour and Shuts Down Its Tours Platform

Tours and activities platform SideTour, which was acquired by Groupon in September 2013 and run relatively independent since then, informed customers …

Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything

Launching a new enterprise—whether it’s a tech start-up, a small business, or an initiative within a large corporation—has always been a hit-or-miss proposition. According to the decades-old formula, you write a business plan, pitch it to investors, assemble a team, introduce a product, and start …

Qunar's Sales Are Outpacing Ctrip's, But It's Still Not Profitable

For investors in Chinese travel websites, growth in sales is trumping profits.<p>Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg project that sales at Qunar Cayman …

A Formula to Stop You from Overcommitting Your Time

When I dive into time coaching clients’ schedules, I consistently discover that people misdiagnose themselves as having a “productivity” problem when, in fact, their bigger issue is an overcommitment problem. When they have committed to more external projects and personal goals and obligations than …

How do online travel agencies win with loyalty?

Some of the main customer acquisition techniques of online travel agencies were analysed in the first part of this article.<p><b>NB:</b> This is an analysis by …

Hospitality

7 Ways Managers Make Their Teams Miserable

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but in many offices the Ebeneezer Scrooge approach to management is alive and well. The worst managers lead to decreased performance, a slump in engagement and even increased employee turnover: far and away the most common reason individuals give for quitting their job …

How Netflix Reinvented HR

Artwork: Freegums, Good Vibrations, 2011, acrylic on wood, 8′ x 15′<p>Sheryl Sandberg has called it one of the most important documents ever to come out of Silicon Valley. It’s been viewed more than 5 million times on the web. But when Reed Hastings and I (along with some colleagues) wrote a …

HomeAway Has New Plan to Force Vacation Rental Owners to Accept Online Bookings

HomeAway is pressuring vacation rental owners and property managers to accept online bookings in a bid to spur more bookings, ready itself for …

The top 9 tablets you can buy right now

The tablet market hasn't seen the turnover that smartphones have enjoyed, but there's still a steady stream of new and improved slates coming out. However, this time around we've only seen fit to add a couple of new devices to our buyer's guide tablet listing -- for the time being, at least. If …

What TripAdvisor's instant booking means for hotels

TripAdvisor’s new instant booking function is many things, but being instantly understandable isn’t one of them. The technical aspect is …

Hospitality

HTC One M8 still tastes great in Windows flavor

HTC One M8 for Windows Review<p>There Can Be Only... Two Ones?<p>Aluminum Unibody<p>Apps, Re-imagined<p>Stereo Speakers<p>Duo Camera<p>Lighter Theme<p>Dot Case<p>A good …

CBC Radio

Why Weather-Driven Personalization is Hot Hot Hot

en_US<p>article<p>An estimated $3 trillion worth of private sector business is driven by the weather, and thanks to climate change, the traditional …

Trade Your To-Do List for a Done List

Start tracking what you accomplish rather than what needs doing for a counterintuitive productivity boost.<p>Perhaps this complaint of top VC Marc Andreessen sounds familiar:<p>"[Y]ou know those days when you're running around all day and doing stuff and talking to people and making calls and responding …

5 Things Successful People Do to End Their Days Right

You're probably not at your most energetic toward the end of the day. Here's how the most successful people utilize this time for maximum productivity.<p>Business may be 24-7 and your tech may never get tired, but human beings are cyclical animals. Our creativity and energy levels wax and wane …

6 Counterintuitive Ways to Become a Better Leader

Great leaders can practice these items regardless of raw talent.<p>Leading a company and its vision can be a daunting task. There are always forces pulling at you, often in different directions. Being a great CEO is as much about grit as it is about talent so many elements can be learned but also need …

Google Cloud goes after Amazon by slashing prices, adding new products

Businesses looking for major storage often lean on Amazon and its cloud service platform, but Google doesn't want to be the second-string option …

iPhone 6 Plus Vs Galaxy Note 4 Review: 2014's Biggest Phone Fight

Welcome to the biggest heavyweight clash in mobile phone history. For the first time Apple is moving in on the phablet sector Samsung has dominated (and arguably created) for the last four years. Two mega-corporates, two opposing ideologies and two massive handsets competing for our affections, …

Mobile growth prompts rethink of the role of online travel agencies

A new research paper from PhoCusWright reconfirms the importance of mobile in redefining not only the role but also the reach of online travel …

Engines

Multi-modal travel search jumps a gear as Rome2Rio adds Uber and bike sharing

If multi-modal travel search is all about incorporating all types of transportation into a user’s potential journey, then it makes sense for the …

Uber

New Study Answers: What Motivates Employees To 'Go The Extra Mile?'

It’s one of the elusive Holy Grails of management: How do I consistently motivate employees to “go the extra mile” for me? How do I get employees to give 110% when studies routinely show the vast majority of them are disengaged – not emotionally committed to the companies they work for.<p>Thus, I took …

Amazon Prime Members’ Newest Benefit Is Free, Unlimited Photo Storage

Amazon Prime members are getting another benefit today, the company announced this morning: free, unlimited photo storage. In a new service called Prime Photos, paying subscribers of Amazon’s membership program will now be about to store photos in their original resolutions to Amazon Cloud Drive …

Japan’s Rakuten Ramps Up Globally, Lauches Rakuten.co.uk And Drops Play.com

Rakuten, Japan’s e-commerce powerhouse, is taking another step in its ambitions to be a global player on par with the likes of Amazon and Alibaba. Today, the company is launching Rakuten.co.uk, its first own-brand online marketplace in the UK, where it will bring together goods sold directly by …

Apple's new Mac Mini is way harder to fix or upgrade, teardown reveals

On the outside, Apple’s new Mac Mini doesn’t look that different. It’s the same silvery, understated box that Apple has been selling for years.<p>But inside, the company has done much more than upgrade the processor and drop the price by $100: It has made the tiny desktop computer a whole lot harder …

Mirantis raises $100M, cashing in on OpenStack madness

Mirantis, one of the startups that sell distributions of OpenStack open-source cloud software, has capped off a seriously big Series B funding round totaling $100 million. The news from the startup, announced today in a statement, provides more proof that OpenStack could play a significant role in …

LG to launch new phone with its own 'Odin' AP

LG Electronics, Korea's second largest handset vendor, will launch a new phone later this month that is, for the first time, powered by its self-made application processor. Odin, LG's AP, is a System on a Chip processor for mobile, like Qualcomm's Snapdragon or Samsung's Exynos.<p>According to sources …

BlackBerry's Comeback Plan Is Bearing Fruit — So Far

For Järn Harry, his BlackBerry Z10 has one killer feature that iPhones just can't match: a blinking red light.<p>"I look at the iPhone, and I don't know …