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Microsoft has trapped its biggest partners between a rock and a hard place

Sales in the PC industry are declining at around 11% per quarter, according to IDC, causing drops in profits for PC makers. Microsoft is somewhat insulated from this decline thanks to big enterprise sales, but the company's increased focus on hardware with the new Surface Book Pro — a high-end …

Satya Nadella

7 mistakes companies are making on social right now

Gone are the days when marketing professionals question the value of their company having a presence on social networks. Regardless of if the company is B2B, B2C, or any combination of the two – their customers are on social because EVERYONE is on social.<p>You would think, however, that at this point …

Public Relations

How Bitcoin’s Technology Could Soon Shed Light On How Products Are Made

The same tech that prevents fraud with Bitcoin also can provide a chain of custody for products.<p>When shopping online or at the mall, it’s easy to figure out a product’s price and the basic materials from which it’s made. It’s much harder to find out where it came from and how it was produced. …

Blockchain

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 …

Blockchain

The Easy Way To Get To 500+ In LinkedIn

We all know that having 500+ connections in LinkedIn makes a psychological impact on the viewers of our profile. We know this because we ourselves make judgments about others based on their number of connections. As it stands, you can have 20,000 connections and your profile will still say 500+. …

LinkedIn

Only 2.2% in profits? But auto dealers say yippee

Most business owners would wonder why it's worth the effort for a 2.2% profit rate, but car dealers in general are thriving at that level.<p>The 2.2% pretax rate for dealerships last year included not only profit on new car sales, but used cars, and service and parts, the National Automobile Dealers …

General Motors

Marissa Mayer has to cut 1,400 more jobs just to keep earnings flat, says Morgan Stanley

Mayer, under pressure to cut costs at Yahoo, has fired between 700 and 900 employees since last fall, but using their estimates of 2015 revenue, the analysts say that the company still needs to reduce its headcount by about 11% just to keep earnings flat between 2014 and 2015.<p>That's about 1,400 …

Marissa Mayer

A Caffeinated Tech Industry Fuels Artisanal Coffee's Third Wave

Barry Goffe marketed business software at Microsoft for more than a decade, fueled by enough coffee to fill a hot tub. Java flowed so deeply through …

17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online?<p>Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>1. Digital Photography School —</b> Read through …

Learning

Which Coding Language Is Right For You?

Coding is all the rage these days. Students of all ages and adults already in the workforce are increasingly encouraged to learn programming. Even President Obama said everyone should learn to code.<p>There are countless resources that offer the opportunity to learn different skills. From free online …

Postscript: Roy Campbell, Jr.

When you play the trumpet, you are essentially pushing a large tube of metal into your face, amplifying the pressurized vibration of your lips, turning that buzz into music. Some players strive to hide this, making the instrument sound as smooth and consistent as possible. Others, from Bubber Miley …

John Coltrane

TeamLab, A Canvas-Based Document Editor, Wants To Send Microsoft Office 365 Back To The Drawing Board

Online document editors such as Google Docs, and Zoho Docs, have long-promised a browser-based alternative that will finally let you eradicate Microsoft Office from your desktop. But for more complex document editing and complete compatibility with Microsoft’s incumbent file formats, it’s fair to …

Top Bitcoin exchange explains virtual currency in simple web tutorial

Leading Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has released a new website that provides a simple explanation of what Bitcoin actually is. The site, Bitcoins.com, is essentially a tutorial on the virtual currency, a single unit of which last week reached the price of $1,000 for the first time ever last week. Mt. …

Cryptocurrency

The FTC is set to investigate rules for the internet of things

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Everett Collection<p>Next month the Federal Trade Commission will meet to discuss how it plans to regulate …

Internet of Things

How IBM is making computers more like your brain. For real

Big Blue is using the human brain as a template for breakthrough designs. Brace yourself for a supercomputer that's cooled and powered by electronic blood and small enough to fit in a backpack.<p>ZURICH, Switzerland -- Despite a strong philosophical connection, computers and brains inhabit separate …

An army of robot baristas could mean the end of Starbucks as we know it

Starbucks’ 95,000 baristas have a competitor. It doesn’t need sleep. It’s precise in a way that a human could never be. It requires no training. It can’t quit. It has memorized every one of its customers’ orders. There’s never a line for its perfectly turned-out drinks.<p>It doesn’t require health …

Coffee

Google launches Android game vending machines, puts first ones in Tokyo (naturally)

In a country that has no shortage of vending machines, Google Japan has decided to join the fray. The company has announced three dedicated Google Play machines that will each sell 18 different gaming titles, which are a mix of free-to-play and paid-for titles. To use the machines, you'll need a …

Mysterious Hum Driving People Crazy Around the World

It creeps in slowly in the dark of night, and once inside, it almost never goes away.<p>It's known as the Hum, a steady, droning sound that's heard in …

Do we still need the telephone?

<b>Just as the use of social media divides opinion, so the arrival of telephones in the office was once seen as a radical intrusion, explains Lucy Kellaway.</b><p>As I sit at my desk I can hear the distant hum of a photocopier, a mobile phone vibrates along a table and somewhere far away a printer runs out …

Science Of Persuasion

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