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Guide to Get More Traffic to Your Blog from Flipboard

Increasingly, we hear that Flipboard is an important referral of traffic for bloggers. With 34,000 topics scanning 21 million magazines curated from articles on Flipboard as well as all over the Web, there are many opportunities for bloggers to get surfaced in front of an audience that’s interested …

Social Media

With $23M From Accel And Salesforce, CartoDB Will Bring Mapping To The Masses

So maybe you’ve heard that deforestation is destroying 200 kilometers of the world’s forests each day. Obviously, that doesn’t sound good. But visualize this data on a map of the world, and it’s much easier to understand why deforestation is a huge concern.<p>This ability to communicate information …

Los Angeles

Big Data Doesn’t Exist

My customers always lie to me. They don’t lie about what they can afford. They don’t lie about how much (or how little) customer service they’ll need. They don’t lie about how quickly they can pay us.<p><i>They lie about how much data they have.</i><p>At first, I thought it was just a weird one-off. A client …

Machine Learning

The Four Best Productivity Tricks I Learned At Google

A two-year tenure at Google gave a team of people the productivity skills to start their own venture.<p>When Google acquired the online photo editor Picnik in 2010, CMO Lisa Conquergood and the rest of the Picnik team went, too. They worked on the site until Google narrowed its focus and closed Picnik …

Time Management

Discarded Tree Trunks Turned Into Stunning Wood Sculptures By Jae-Hyo Lee

South Korean artist Jae-Hyo Lee is a master of manipulation. He turns discarded pieces of wood into attention-grabbing pieces of art that are both …

Art

We want breast-pumping rooms, not kegs

Kegs aren't office must-haves. But breast-pumping rooms? They should be.<p>So why doesn't WeWork -- a five-year-old company that sublets office space to entrepreneurs -- have one in all of its locations?<p>That's the question that entrepreneur Eileen Carey is asking.<p>Carey and her Glassbreakers co-founder …

Tiny sensor tells you when your favorite places are crowded

You probably aren't a fan of showing up at the coffee shop right when there's a large line, or at the gym when there are no free machines. Wouldn't it be nice if you could find out how busy a place is at any given moment, without resorting to estimates? The new Density sensor might help. The tiny …

Fascinating Old Census Maps, Updated for a Modern America

Inspired by a landmark 19th century atlas produced by the US Census Bureau, statistician Nathan Yau has created a series of fascinating maps of the …

Data Visualization

Flipboard Launches Resources, Community for Marketers

Marketers and brand communicators have long used the platform. Now Flipboard is lending them a helping hand.<p>Flipboard has long been a resource to many businesses, used to curate content, build brochures, and showcase press coverage.<p>The powers that be at the company have noticed, and this morning …

Public Relations

Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform

David drums his fingers on his desk as he scans the e-mail on his computer screen. At the same time, he’s talking on the phone to an executive halfway around the world. His knee bounces up and down like a jackhammer. He intermittently bites his lip and reaches for his constant companion, the coffee …

The Brain

The 14 Best Data Visualization Tools

<i>Nishith Sharma is the co-founder of frrole, a social intelligence startup.</i><p>Raw data is boring and it’s difficult to make sense of it in its natural form. Add visualization to it and you get something that everybody can easily digest. Not only you can make sense of it faster, but you can also observe …

How to Pack a Banh Mi Sandwich for Lunch

<i>As a defiant response to sad desk lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches—and we want to see yours, too.</i><p><i>Today: Andrea Nguyen, author of The Banh Mi Handbook, shows us how to make and pack a Vietnamese</i> …

25 Ideas Shaping The Future Of Design

What the landscape of design will look like in 2020, according to the most innovative designers of 2015.<p>Design is always changing, and with tech and design increasingly aligning, we’re arguably headed to the most radical period of change in design history. How radical will the design landscape of …

Design

Watch a new 3D printing technique create intricate objects from a pool of goo

3D printing is stuck in a bit of a rut. There are companies trying to push the technology beyond the trinket market, but many of the existing printers are slow, jam often, and don’t always make perfect copies. One new printer introduced at the TED conference may have the answer.<p>Most existing …

North Carolina

Treeline Wants To Take The Coding Out Of Building A Backend

Building the backend to power your dream app is one of the walls that stops front-end developers from even attempting to prototype their own app designs.<p>It’s got to run fast but efficiently on whatever infrastructure you decide to use. It has to work with any platform you might build a client for. …

Software Development

How to Outsource Wordpress Support for $69 a Month!

One of the biggest problems that online entrepreneurs, bloggers, platform builders and podcasters have is the learning curve involved in becoming …

Main Street Hub Lands $20M To Bring Social Media Marketing To Small Business

Main Street Hub, a company that helps mom and pop businesses run social media marketing, customer relationship management (CRM) and marketing automation recently announced it has received $20M in debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank.<p>The company has raised a total of $40M. The most recent funding …

Small Business

Beyond Fun: The Vital Future Of Wearables

Tomorrow’s wearables might not turn on your microwave or help you get out of a bad date. But they could save lives.<p>Remember life before high-speed Internet, or when having a smartphone was considered a luxury? Every few years, a new technology comes along, gains enough traction to become its own …

Digital Health

Once $399 A Year, Google Earth Pro Is Now Free

Lots of people have dabbled with Google Earth to fly around their neighborhood or poke around a 3D version Paris. But how many dropped $400 (per year!) for a Pro subscription?<p>Not a ton, it would seem. At least, not enough for Google to keep counting on it as an income source.<p>Google has just nixed …

Google Earth

Why It’s Good for Everyone When Your Makerspace Is More Inclusive

There is a rather large gender gap in the makerspace community; one that has mirrored the well-documented gaps in various STEM fields, and while some proactive spaces have increased their efforts to support inclusivity, it has proven to be an uphill battle for others. It’s achievable though, with …

FTC sees privacy threats in the 'Internet of Things'

As consumers buy up fitness trackers, Internet-connected thermostats and even Web-enabled cars and toothbrushes, the Federal Trade Commission has a message: It’s watching.<p>The agency is warning that as millions of new smart devices make people’s daily lives more convenient, they’re also collecting …

NFC Payments May Finally Be Heading To Restaurants

Mobile payments are great and all, and Apple Pay has certainly helped things along, but there are still lots of barriers in place before smartphones …

FinTech

Google Sheets Now Lets You Add Miniature Charts Within Cells

I never thought I’d describe a chart as ‘cute,’ but Google just added some neat new functionality to its spreadsheet software – you can now add miniature charts, called sparklines, into individual cells within Sheets.<p>It’s small (literally) addition, but nifty functionality for quickly visualizing …

IBM’s Watson Analytics platform is now open to everyone

IBM’s Watson Analytics service is now in open beta. The natural language-based system, born of the same programme that developed the company’s Jeopardy-playing super computer, offers predictive and visual analytics tools for businesses.<p>https://vine.co/v/Ov6uvi1m7lT<p>Early this summer, IBM announced …

How To Manage Remote Workers Like They’re Right In The Office

It’s not as hard as you might imagine to make employees scattered around the globe feel like part of the mission.<p>Ever since Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer banned telecommuting, remote working has had a bad rap. Even so, either by necessity or by choice, a sizable number of companies employ remote workers. …

Remote Working

Dark social: Facebook is less than one-third of all social sharing

WunderWalk App Lets You Quickly Map An Urban Outing

WunderWalk is an app that helps you find cool stuff to do in your city — or on your next city break — by combining Foursquare and Google Maps to let you search for a series of activities and have the app plot a route on the map, threading through the necessary stop offs and watering holes.<p>Apps …

Amazon’s DynamoDB Gets Hugely Expanded Free Tier And Native JSON Support

Amazon today announced a large update to its DynamoDB NoSQL database service that introduces a massively expanded free tier and the ability to store entire JSON-formatted documents as single database items.<p>Like all of Amazon’s cloud computing services, DynamoDB always offered a limited free tier …

News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier

In the past few decades, the fortunate among us have recognised the hazards of living with an overabundance of food (obesity, diabetes) and have started to change our diets. But most of us do not yet understand that news is to the mind what sugar is to the body. News is easy to digest. The media …