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Cook to employees on Beats buy: ‘I hope you are as excited as I am about this new chapter in our history’

Following the official announcement regarding Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music, Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent a letter to employees regarding the deal. Cook goes through Apple’s focus on music throughout its history, how Apple and Beats will be structured upon the …

You'll LOVE This 50-Minute Cardio Playlist

If you're anything like us, you already feel pretty freaking amazing after you finish an intense workout. But riders at Cycle House in Los Angeles have even more reason to glow post-workout: For every class taken there, the studio donates two meals to Feeding America, a hunger-relief charity.<p>Of …

Three hacks for adding permanent storage to your MacBook Air or Retina Pro through the SD card slot

MacBook Airs and Retina MacBook Pros offer practically zero upgradability, but one area that there is some flexibility with is storage. Many third party memory manufactures are taking advantage of the SD card slot present in MacBook Airs and Retina Pros to add semi-permant storage to these Macs. We …

Another reason to fear a Chinese housing crash: 14% of China’s urban jobs are in real estate

There’s at least one thing in China that’s looking peachy right now: employment. Wages keep rising, and China has steadily more jobs than it has workers to fill.<p>But that could quickly change. Real-estate investment creates at least 14% of China’s urban jobs (pdf, p.14), says the IMF. As slumping …

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This Control Ladder Helps Identify The Various Stages Of Leadership

When you're leading a group of people, it's typically better for you and everyone around you if the people you're in charge of can work autonomously. …

Wearable to Aware-able: Contact, Connection, Context

<b>This two-part blog series discusses the future of wearables and mobility in an #InternetOfEverything world.</b><p>Since the dawn of time, humans have been motivated by an innate desire to be connected to each other and to information. Today, we are seeing this need satisfied as the Internet of Everything …

Improve Your Resume With This Simple Formula Recommended By Google

Recruiters don't look at your resume for more than a few precious seconds, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't still carefully craft your resume to …

How a toy designer dreamed up the geek-friendly AeroPress coffee maker

The AeroPress is a deceptively simple device -- it's basically a coffee syringe. The quick-brewing coffee maker sits somewhere between an espresso machine and a French press. You pour hot water over your grounds then force the water through them with a plunger. What makes the AeroPress unique is …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

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24 Charts Of Leadership Styles Around The World

Different cultures can have radically different leadership styles, and international organisations would do well to understand them.<p>British linguist …

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The Wonderful World Of Whiskey, In One Boozy Chart

Now available from Pop Chart Lab, the Many Varieties of Whiskey print aims to chart the guiding lights of the whiskey world with the Brooklyn-based company’s customary aplomb. It categorizes and distills (forgive the pun) each type of whiskey down into groups, from scotch to bouron to single malt …

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Singapore Carrier Starhub Launches Crowdfunding Platform

Singapore carrier StarHub announced the beta launch of a crowdfunding platform for Asia-based entrepreneurs today, called Crowdtivate. Touted as the world’s only telco-backed crowdfunding site, Crowdtivate also seems to act as an extension of Starhub’s interests — the carrier intends to keep a …

21 Of The Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos Of 2014

The delicate pink sakura, or cherry blossom, is associated primarily with the culture of its native Japan. These trees blossom throughout Japan every …

Unforgettable Pictures By The Award-Winning Photographer Killed In Afghanistan

Anja Niedringhaus, a critically acclaimed photographer for the Associated Press, was fatally shot in Afghanistan. She had covered everything from war to sporting events.

A Google X Co-Founder’s Ingenious Technique To Rapid Prototype Socially Responsible Products

Instead of slowly tweaking their design over months and months of testing, the team at Soma used Tom Chi’s Home Team / Away Team technique to refine designs of their new water filter as quickly as possible.<p>Two years ago, I cofounded a company called Soma. We create and sell a sustainable glass …

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The Top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ of 2014

At the end of every quarter the Sifter highlights the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘, culminating in an epic <i>Top 100</i> at the end of the year (check out …

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How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

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Stunning Visuals of Isolated Arctic Locations

Images shot by Brit artist Reuben Wu who is based in London give us some gritty images of abject desolation as he shares some surreal landscapes. An …

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48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

The world's first underwater museum – in pictures

From algae-encrusted VW Beetles to classical busts covered in psychedelic coral, dive into the magical world of Jason deCaires Taylor’s seabed sculptures. He covers his exhibits – which include a dream collector and a dozing dog – in a cement that attracts growth, then plunges them to the ocean …

5 overrated Shanghai eating experiences and their tastier alternatives

There are certain foods and restaurants in Shanghai that cause entirely too many expat mouthgasms for how good they are. Here are five of the most …