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Don’t Be a SaaS-Hole: How Silicon Valley Evolved Itself Into an Era of Zero Customer Service

Image copyright Cartoonresource<p>We live in a geo bubble of digital experience: Chat, email, Skype and fast-paced, three-second, 140-character …

Call-filtering App WhosCall Now Available To Help iPhone Users Avoid Spam Calls

With over 600 million phone numbers in its database, WhosCall allows users around the world ID incoming calls and texts, even if those numbers aren’t already stored in their contacts list. Originally built for Android, the app is now available for the iPhone.<p>According to its developer, Taipei-based …

Huge Labs Launches Honey, A Reddit-Like Message Board For Sharing News In Your Company

Want a way to communicate with your team and are tired of doing so over email? Honey is a new communications platform that allows employees to have an internal message board for sharing interesting news stories or conversations and access them any time.<p>Honey provides a SaaS-based tool for internal …

The Deliberate Rise of Stephen King - Study Hacks

Study Hacks Blog Decoding Patterns of Success<p>The Deliberate Rise of Stephen King<p>June 1st, 2013 · 27 comments<p><b>On Reading On Writing</b><p>Every few years I …

After Your Job Is Gone

Do you have a job? Do you like having a job? Then I have some bad news for you. <i>The Guardian</i> is worried “today’s technologies are going to remove people from economic activity completely.” Techonomy says “America’s real worker crisis is not immigration, it is jobs.” Om Malik asks: “People talk about …

Simplify Your Responsive Design Workflow With Screensiz.es

Type/Code, the interaction design studio behind Google’s Currents app, has launched Screensiz.es, a deceptively simple database of (…you guessed it!) screen sizes.<p>This free service lets you view smartphone, tablet, laptop and desktop screen sizes by pixel dimension, physical size and pixel density. …

How to Pitch Better: The Question Pitch | Daniel H. Pink

Today we begin a new series of short videos based on Chapter 7 of To Sell is Human, wherein I reveal <b>the 6 successors to the elevator pitch</b>.<p>Up first …

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A How-To Guide: Accelerated Learning for Accelerated Times

The above video is a short presentation I gave at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam.<p>It covers a basic framework for mastering any skill quickly, …

Unclutter is an interesting new little app from Software Ambiance (makers of the very excellent DaisyDisk). It hangs out invisible until you move your mouse to the top of the screen and scroll down...

Unclutter is an interesting new little app from Software Ambiance (makers of the very excellent DaisyDisk). It hangs out invisible until you move …

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What Kind of Nerd Are You? Stand and Be Recognized.

<b>Hey, I’m Steve, and I’m a nerd.</b><p>When I started Nerd Fitness five years ago, I wanted to help people who identified themselves as Nerds: people who …

Resultly Lets You Set Real-Time Alerts for Anything

It’s been more than a year since we first caught up with Resultly, a real-time social search engine which founder and CEO Ilya Beyrak confessed at the time was difficult to explain what it does.<p>Indeed, you have to use it to appreciate what it really does. But at its core, Beyrak said that Resultly …

What's the Going Rate For a Lawn Service in Somerville?

As part of our new Smart Spending series, Patch wants to uncover the true going rate for various goods and services in town, so you'll know exactly …

Zapier Launches API-Monitoring Service To Catch Issues And Outages

Zapier, a service that automates tasks between online services, has launched a tool that monitors 200 APIs, sometimes catching an outage before the provider does.<p>The new tool monitors the uptime and downtime of every API on Zapier. It is designed to monitor the realtime status of popular web APIs …

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Elevatr Is A Mobile-First Tool For Startup Business Plan Creation

Serial entrepreneur with too many ideas rattling around in your head? Then you’re going to like this one: a new mobile app called Elevatr will help you keep track of your inspirations, as well as develop a business model, in order to turn your passing thoughts into plans actually worth pursuing …

Highly Anticipated Somerville Restaurant to Open May 15

It's an official opening date for a new Union Square eatery.<p>Get ready for fresh pretzels, hand-twisted sausage, veal Jägerschnitzel, an extensive …

How to Prosper in an Economic Boom

Well, here we go again: it’s boom time.<p>If you’re a US resident with a short memory (or a young adult who only recently started making a living for …

A Biodegradable Shoe for Walking Through The Summer

Gay Teacher Fabulously Shuts Down Homophobic Mom Who Pulled Her Kids From His Class A drama teacher had the best response to the mom who stopped her …

Your budget isn't working. Here's why.

Before my husband and I got our financial act together, we didn’t have a household budget. Since we didn’t have and sort of plan, we spent all of our …

BBJ names 2013's Best Places to Work in Massachusetts - Boston Business Journal

The Boston Business Journal today announced the 80 winners in its annual Best Places to Work program, an annual celebration of companies that are …

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Won't You Be in My Nextdoor Network?

If you’re like a lot of people, you use Facebook to keep in touch with friends who live hundreds of miles away. The neighbors you can wave to from …

Traveling Abroad? EatWith Wants To Help You Break Bread With The Locals In Their Own Homes

<i>Nothing</i> makes traveling to a new land more amazing than befriending a local or two. Meet the right person — someone outgoing, with knowledge of the locale — and it’s like punching in a cheat code. You’ll do better things, see better places, all while avoiding the generic tourist junk. But finding …

Google Now Launches On iOS

Google just released Google Now for iOS through an update to the Google Search app for iOS. Google maintains that the service is exactly the same as Google Now on Android, though certain flourishes like swiping upward to launch the application sadly cannot carry over to Apple’s closed iOS ecosystem.<p>…

Dosi.io Makes LinkedIn Stalking Better With Info From GitHub, AngelList & CrunchBase

Dosi.io is a new Chrome extension that builds a better dossier at the top of LinkedIn profiles where it helps you determine who’s worth your time. Once installed, LinkedIn stalking gets a lot more interesting, as Dosi.io displays more information about the person in question by pulling in …

EverSlide Turns Evernote Notes Into Slideshows

EverSlide is a basic, but potentially very useful, hack built over the weekend at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 hackathon. As you might guess by the name, the service turns your Evernote notes into slideshow presentations. And it’s crazy simple to use, too. The first line of text in your Evernote …

Squirrel Evernote Hack Creates A Personalised Newsletter From The Cool Stuff You’ve Saved To Read Later

Another simple but neat Evernote hack that came out of the 24-hour Disrupt NY Hackathon earlier today was Squirrel. Created by coder duo Zainab Ebrahimi and Jabari Bell, the hack turns articles that Evernote readers have saved for reading later into a personalised newsletter. So, unlike the average …