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Research Says This Required Job Skill Will Trump Emotional Intelligence by the Year 2020

World Economic Forum's "Future of Jobs Report" reveals the top 10 job skills required for workers to thrive by 2020.<p>Last year the World Economic Forum (WEF) published its <i>Future of Jobs Report</i>, forecasting thetop 10 job skills required for workers to thrive by 2020, according to global chief human …

Emotional Intelligence

How To Quit the Toxic Behavior of Saying but Not Doing

Saying and doing are two totally different things, don't fool yourself.<p>You've made a big decision, whether it's to attend law school, run a marathon, finally start your own business or to buy a house, and you're proud of yourself. In your mind, you've already passed the bar exam, crossed the finish …

In the AI wars, Microsoft now has the clearer vision

A week ago, Microsoft held its Build developer conference in its backyard in Seattle. This week, Google did the same in an amphitheater right next to its Mountain View campus. While Microsoft’s event felt like it embodied the resurgence of the company under the leadership of Satya Nadella, Google …

Google turns Raspberry Pi into a dirt cheap Home competitor

If you've ever wanted to have a conversation with your own tiny home-made computer, then your prayers have just been answered. Raspberry Pi has teamed up with Google, bringing voice integration to the Pi with a clever combination of hardware and software. Packed with the same tech that powers …

Raspberry Pi

25 Ways To Transform Your Home For $50 Or Less

Get your dream home at prices that are like a dream.

Classic dystopian novels' popularity surges in Trump's America

Since Donald Trump’s election, classic dystopian novels have seen a major surge in popularity.<p>After Trump’s senior advisor, Kellyanne Conway, used …

Wellcome book prize reveals longlist for 2017 award

Val McDermid, chair of this year’s judges, hails a selection that crosses divide between arts and sciences<p>Crime writer Val McDermid, who is chairing the judges for this year’s Wellcome book prize, has criticised the divide between arts and sciences in the UK’s education system, speaking out as the …

Here Are Some Tips on How to Enhance the Value of Your Property

The goal of any property investment is to increase the value; you want it to be worth more than when you bought it. There are low-cost ways to add …

Why Space Fanatics Are Freaking Out About SpaceX's Next Launch

Following a successful Falcon 9 launch-and-barge-landing in California this month, SpaceX is now looking to get back in the swing of regular flight. …

In The Search For The Perfect Desk – Get Inspired

As easy as it may be to buy the first desk you come across, that’s rarely a good idea. There are more types of desks than you’re aware of and each …

Furniture

10 Forgotten Books And Their Surprising Claims To Fame

By day, I'm a lecturer in English at Loughborough University in the UK. By night, I'm a literary blogger, whose website Interesting Literature: A Library of Literary Interestingness has now become a book. The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers' Journey Through Curiosities of History (Michael O'Mara …

What the List of Most Banned Books Says About Our Society's Fears

For as long as humans have printed books, censors have argued over their content and tried to limit some books’ distribution. But the reasons for …

Take a look inside France's newest high-speed train

The new "Océane" TGV trains have been revealed by rail operator SNCF, built with thanks to a €1.2 billion project from Alstom.<p>The trains, which can …

Trains

15 Books that Shaped My Mind and Changed My Outlook on Life

The title says it all, doesn’t it? I see people put up their book lists from time to time and while I’m generally not a big list person, they do …

5 Famous Novels That Will Reignite Your Creativity

When was the last time you read something this deep?<p>I am a writer, and part of being a great writer means reading--a lot.<p>But reading has so many other benefits that people tend to forget, one of which being it works your brain in a different way than reading blogs (like this one) or magazines or …

Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience

“Truth is not in what happens but in what it tells us about who we are.”<p>The question of why we read and what books actually do for us is as old as the written word itself, and as attractive. Galileo saw reading as a way of having superhuman powers. For Kafka, books were “the axe for the frozen sea …

Why teenagers are so resistant to e-readers

In many areas of life teenagers are moving online – so why do so many surveys show they still prefer print books over e-readers? Sometimes, argues teen site member <b>confessionsofabooklover</b>, innovation just can’t beat tradition<p>There seems to be an idea spouted by many working in the media at the …

19 books that librarians say changed their lives

Who better to take book advice from than a librarian?<p>In a recent blog post, the librarians of the New York Public Library revealed the books they're most thankful for.<p>The NYPL team rounded up the 19 books that made them laugh, cry, and everything in between. The list includes something for …

Books

10 Unusual Words about Books and Reading: Today in Critical Linking

<i>We love to collect interesting words, especially those related to literature, reading, and other such things. Indeed, since the stuff of literature</i> …

E-books are more than just digital facsimiles, and publishers need to realize that, pronto

Amazon’s Kindle, and its less popular e-reader brethren, are great for fiction, but trying to consume content that isn’t meant to be enjoyed from cover to cover is an exercise in annoyance, frustration and misery. That’s a shame, because it doesn’t have to be that way.<p>Take travel books for example. …

Reading Books Has Become a Competitive Edge

Twenty-eight percent of American adults say they have not read a book in the past year - book as in words... be it digital, print, whatever. And while I don't know the matching statistics globally - help me if you can by checking your country's stats - I imagine most of us are facing the same sad …

Virtual reality's biggest challenge? Not even the developers can sell you on it

Explaining VR is impossible, you have to try it for yourself<p>Valve and HTC recently showed a collection of games coming to the Vive virtual reality platform to the press, and the platform has an impressive collection of games on the way.<p>The press and developers gathered near the end of the event to …

Literary travel: around the world in 10 must-read books

Ann Morgan spent a year reading a book from every country in the world – 196 in total. Here she picks 10 favourites that vividly evoke the regions they describe<p>• <b>If</b> <b>you’ve read a book with a powerful sense of place or one that inspired you to travel, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below</b><p>In …

Books

Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories

Their history informs fantastical myths and legends, while American tales tend to focus on moral realism.<p>If Harry Potter and Huckleberry Finn were each to represent British versus American children’s literature, a curious dynamic would emerge: In a literary duel for the hearts and minds of …

Books

Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

In 1908, Indian revolutionary Taraknath Das wrote to Leo Tolstoy, by then one of the most famous public figures in the world, asking for the author’s support in India’s independence from British colonial rule. On December 14, Tolstoy, who had spent the last twenty years seeking the answers to …

Google and PC makers are teaming up to take on Microsoft and Apple

After the report was published, Google clarified (multiple times) that Chrome OS was here to stay — and it should be, as both Google and PC makers need it.<p>Google launched Chrome OS in 2009 as an alternative operating system to Windows, OS X, and Linux that was, essentially, just the Chrome web …

Operating Systems

Reading with your ears: do audiobooks harm or help literature?

Listening to this week’s Forest fables has made me wonder if the oft-maligned rise of spoken word recordings isn’t actually improving our understanding. I’d love to hear your thoughts<p>It was Alan Garner’s audio story, The Common Dean, that started me thinking. This second in a series of Forest …

Audiobooks

Big, beautiful photos of the first Apple Store created by Apple's design boss Jony Ive

Located in the heart of Belgium, this new location was designed by Sir Jony Ive, Apple's design genius who ultimately controls how the company's bestselling hardware and software looks and feels.<p>Though Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is famously known for partially designing many of the Apple Stores, …

Apple Store

Ilys is a clever app for distraction-free creative writing

There are plenty of minimalist, ‘distraction-free’ writing apps out there, but Ilys is by far the most distraction-free I’ve ever seen.<p>As the annual National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short) approaches, you might be looking for a tool to help you build up a longform piece of work. Ilys …

Creative Writing