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OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong

It was supposed to be the laptop that saved the world.<p>In late 2005, tech visionary and MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte pulled the cloth cover off a small green computer with a bright yellow crank. The device was the first working prototype for Negroponte’s new nonprofit One Laptop Per …

Education

Microsoft launches Windows Admin Center out of beta

Microsoft launched a new management tool for Windows Server and Windows 10 management out of beta as part of a push to simplify work for IT administrators. The Windows Admin Center brings several key management consoles together into a single environment, so admins can use a single piece of …

Software

This Retailer Spent $30,000 on Its Employees--and Got $3 Million of Sales in Return

Gap stores conducted research that might turn industry labor practices upside down--while squashing 4 productivity killers along the way.<p>Everyone's looking for the keys to improved productivity and a way to dramatically improve performance. There are few industries more in need of such secrets than …

Employment

These are the healthcare startups you need to know about

From digital nutritionists to joined-up DNA databases, seven startups shaping the future of healthcare pitched their businesses to a panel of judges …

Seven Useful macOS Tricks You Might Not Know

There are a lot of hidden features in both macOS and iOS that often go under the radar, either because they've not received much attention from Apple, or they've been forgotten after a period of time.<p>In the latest video over on our YouTube channel, we've rounded up some useful macOS tips and tricks …

Develop Your Hiring System Like a Product to Eliminate Bias and Boost Retention

Dan Pupius was the consummate Googler. For six years, he built infrastructure that still supports Maps and Gmail — and won the company's coveted …

A computer was trained to play Qbert and immediately broke the game in a way no human ever has

While the jury's still out on whether today's machine-learning techniques will ever create a program that could rival human intelligence, one thing about the future of artificial intelligence is clear: The machines are really good at playing games.<p>And when the machines get good at the games, …

Machine Learning

The Simple 2-Step Process to Recovering From Burnout

It's never too late to break the cycle and make a full recovery.<p>I've written before about the importance of ruthlessly prioritizing to find as much success as possible in your career. The paradox is that, by doing less, you achieve more. Do less of the noise to get to what will actually propel you …

Productivity

5 Rare Habits of Managers Everyone Would Die to Work for

It all starts with their ability to listen actively to your needs.<p>Does the thought of working for the boss from hell frighten you? Perhaps you've already met that dismal fate and are considering a change. Or maybe you <i>made</i> the change and have sworn off bad bosses forever.<p>Good move. Now where do you …

Mentoring

The 4 Most Common Challenges Facing Enterprise Strategy Teams Today

Strategy teams are tasked with seeing around corners. It's a challenging job.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A corporate strategy team is tasked with analyzing information about its company’s challenges, objectives, capacities and opportunities. These types of teams …

Management

Performance Reviews Are Dead: Here's What You Should Do Instead

The dreaded annual performance review is a relic of the industrial age. To manage people in times of fast change you need to do this.<p>Anyone who has had the privilege to lead has also had the responsibility of the dreaded annual performance review.<p>We've all been through them, but I've yet to meet …

Management

Being a great boss comes down to knowing when to use two distinct skills

Leadership and management are fundamentally different things.<p>Which one you should practice depends not on you, but on your business.<p>Businesses go through phases in their lives, just as people do. What you need to grow today is different from what you needed to grow this time last year. Some days …

Leadership

The benefits of mentorship and what it can mean for you

In the early days of my career, I wasn’t enthusiastic about structured mentoring programs. I appreciated the advice given to me by more experienced …

7 Habits That Will Help You Lead a More Successful and Productive Life

Your habits empower you to achieve your goals just as easily as they can derail you.<p>This story originally appeared on Due<p>Regardless what path in life you’re on, your habits will dictate your success. They can empower you to achieve your goals just as easily as they can derail you. That said it’s …

Time Management

New Research Says You Will Need This 1 Rare Management Skill to Be Successful

As the new poster boy for "Managing Compassionately," LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner has just raised the bar for leaders everywhere.<p>Conventional management thinking demands that standard work traits that drive results -- things like persistence, sacrifice, grit, resilience -- are what most bottom-line …

Leadership

How to Replace Your iPhone Battery

With about 30 minutes, $25, and a few tools, you can breathe new life into an aging iPhone.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

Mobile Technology

Hackers are selling legitimate code-signing certificates to evade malware detection

Code-signed apps are harder to detect by network security appliances, making it easier to sneak malware onto a vulnerable system. The downside? …

7 tough lessons people often learn too late in life

Life lessons are full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way. However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than …

Self-help

15 of the World’s Most Productive Countries

Who's getting it done?<p>One-fifth of Japanese workers put in more than 80 hours’ overtime per month. The average Dane clocks off at 4pm. A typical Finn …

4 Questions to Ask About Networking Mentors

What should you expect when looking for a mentor?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We don't teach networking in colleges and universities hardly anywhere in the world -- we didn't when I went to school, and we still don't today. I meet so many entrepreneurs who are hungry …

Leadership

Leadership Is Not The Same As Telling Other People What To Do

Marcelino Elosua left his job as CEO of Spanish olive oil producer Carbonell to set up LID Publishing in 1993. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the business book publisher has produced titles with over 2,500 authors and employs 75 staff in seven different countries. Here Elosua shares his …

Leadership

Use This Little-Known Delegation Trick to Get Stuff Done the Right Way

If you've ever handed a staff member a project only to have them fail to complete it one time or up to par, then this delegation trick was likely the missing ingredient<p>I've been <b>coaching business owners</b> for more than twenty years, helping business owners grow their companies and at the same time, …

Employment

4 Toxic Leadership Phrases You Probably Say Daily

They might seem harmless, but these words and phrases tell employees that you're not a people-focused leader.<p>As leaders, our language defines us. Literally.<p>In a new report, the behavioral analytics platform Mattersight analyzed at least 10 minutes of public speaking engagements from well-known …

Leadership

Why Good Leaders Look To Share

If you want to get, then you've got to give<p>The fastest way to accumulate things is to take, take, take. You have to fight for your share, and if you don't get it, someone else will, right?<p>Wrong.<p>This is the way bad leaders operate. They believe there isn't enough to go around, so they spend all …

Self-improvement

Billionaire Mark Cuban: ‘One of the great lies of life is follow your passions’

Mark Cuban grew up working class in Pittsburgh. His father installed upholstery in cars and his mom worked a myriad of odd jobs. Today, Cuban is …

Entrepreneurship

I Mandated a 35-Hour Work Week at my Company (and It Made Me a Better CEO)

Building a business on a shorter work week made me a better leader in 3 ways.<p>Sixteen months ago, I announced to my staff we were going to give a 35-hour work week a trial run. For ninety days, we'd see if working 7-hours per day (without a reduction in pay) had positive outcomes. I told the team I …

Commuting

How to Increase Your Influence at Work

To be effective in organizations today, you must be able to influence people. Your title alone isn’t always enough to sway others, nor do you always have a formal position. So, what’s the best way to position yourself as an informal leader? How do you motivate colleagues to support your initiatives …

Framing

Stress Leads to Bad Decisions. Here’s How to Avoid Them

A senior sales executive I’ll call Daniela was frustrated. She’d been working on delegating more to her team. To her dismay, many were struggling to take on the levels of freedom she’d offered — even though they’d asked for more responsibility. Exasperated, she vented to me, “I thought delegating …

Management

These Are The 5 Microsoft Skills Data Analysts Need To Know

This course that teaches everything from how to make your data interactive to how to automate complex tasks, and it’s only $29.<p>Microsoft programs are …

Where to Start with Automating IT

Professor James Woudhuysen returns to the panel this week to talk about all things automation. While the benefits of automating time-consuming tasks …

Automation