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The Three Best Restaurant Tips for Customer Retention

<b>Two weeks ago:</b>I had my buddy Jon Taffer from Bar Rescue stop by VaynerMedia for an episode of AskGaryVee. When a fan called in to our show looking …

Scientists are now using Wi-Fi to read human emotions

Scientists at MIT are using Wi-Fi and AI to determine your emotional state. They’ve created an algorithm that can detect and measure individual heartbeats by bouncing RF signals off of people.<p>An RF emitter coupled with the algorithm works in the same way as an electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG), without …

Wi-Fi

6 Simple Ways to Lower the Cost of Your Facebook Ads

Have you ever been blown away by how easy it is to blow through your social media budget before you know it? This is particularly true if you’re …

Digital Marketing

Why your WiFi feels so slow sometimes

Randall Munroe, creator of the popular webcomic XKCD, is just like the rest of us: He struggles with Internet reliability. In a new strip, Munroe explains how weird it is that to get faster downloads sometimes, he has to turn off his phone's WiFi connection and switch over to his cellphone …

Wi-Fi

Hackers are using hotel Wi-Fi to spy on guests, steal data | ZDNet

The DarkHotel hacking group has returned -- but this time they're focusing on a different target, using a new strain of Inexsmar malware.<p>An advanced …

Wi-Fi

Behind the Velvet Ropes of Facebook’s Private Groups

In recent days, I’ve gotten to know beekeepers in Rhode Island, dental hygienists in New Jersey and Wiccans in Tennessee. I’ve seen gardeners swapping fertilizer advice, flight attendants complaining about annoying passengers and fishermen arguing about which lures are best for catching muskies. I …

Facebook

THE CONVERSATIONAL COMMERCE REPORT: Chatbots' impact on the payments ecosystem and how merchants can capitalize on them

To keep pace with the ongoing shift toward e- and m-commerce, retailers are turning to chat apps, where smartphone users spend considerable time each day.<p>One way they’ve been accessing consumers on these platforms is through chatbots, or software programs that use business-to-consumer (B2C) …

FinTech

This 2-Ingredient Flatbread Is Going To Be Your New Go-To Quick Meal

PREPARATION<p>1. In a bowl mix together yogurt and 1 cup flour until it forms a smooth dough.<p>2. Transfer dough to a floured surface. Divide into 4 equal parts.<p>3. Roll out each section of dough to about 8 inches in diameter using plenty of flour to prevent sticking or tearing.<p>4. Cook the bread in a dry …

Recipes

Wimbledon 2017: The tech behind the world’s top tennis tournament | Ars Technica

The Championships uses a surprising amount of cool tech despite being 140 years old.<p>The Championships at Wimbledon, which consumes some 28 tons of …

Tennis

Using data to get personal with consumers: An interview with Julien Boudet

The benefits of personalization at scale require understanding what “triggers” are and how they really work.<p>Personalization can dramatically improve …

Analytics

Microsoft's new iPhone app narrates the world for blind people

The app uses AI to recognize people, objects, and scenes<p>Microsoft has released Seeing AI — a smartphone app that uses computer vision to describe the world for the visually impaired. With the app downloaded, the users can point their phone’s camera at a person and it’ll say who they are and how …

Artificial Intelligence

Free Wi-Fi is coming to the City of London

A new public Wi-Fi network from O2 and Cisco is aiming to trump similar schemes in New York and Singapore<p>O2 and Cisco are joining forces to roll out …

Wi-Fi

20 Free Stock Photo Sites for your Social Media Images

Any social media manager or content marketer knows that one of the toughest parts of the job is finding the perfect image to accompany a post. We all …

Social Media Marketing

10 Companies Changing The Way We Use Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi has been introduced 18 years ago and changed the way we access information. It enabled rapid technological progress and created dozens of opportunities.<p>However, with great benefits, always comes great responsibilities and threats. The absence of network connection, security breaches and …

Wi-Fi

Microsoft to employ unused TV channels to offer rural broadband

Every internet company these days has a plan for connecting people who don’t otherwise have reliable connectivity – Microsoft’s play will utilize unused TV broadcast channels, also called ‘white spaces,’ to get broadband internet to rural communities in the U.S. The New York Times reports that …

Microsoft

London's Best All-You-Can-Eat

The all-you-can-eat buffet might be in decline in London, apart from at weekend brunch, where it's at an all-time high. But there are still places …

London

Green vacations: 10 sustainable places that don't cost the Earth

(CNN) — Travelers are more socially and environmentally conscious than ever, seeking to get away safe in the knowledge they've had minimal impact on the planet's resources.<p>With 2017 named as the United Nations' International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the spotlight is even more on …

Sustainability

Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss

<b>Kim Scott,</b> co-founder of Candor, Inc., has built her career around a simple goal: Creating bullshit-free zones where people love their work and …

Why PSD2 will make it possible for customers to build their own banks

<i>Huw Jenkins, CTO, The Money Cloud</i><p>2018 is going to be the year that permanently changes the way we see, and the way we use banks. Banks in their …

Liberal Arts Majors Are the Future of the Tech Industry

College students who major in the humanities always get asked a certain question. They’re asked it so often—and by so many people—that it should come printed on their diplomas. That question, posed by friends, career counselors, and family, is “What are you planning to do with your degree?” But it …

Harvard Business Review

Yelp’s Six-Year Grudge Against Google

Jeremy Stoppelman, chief executive of Yelp, the local search and reviewing site, would like this article to be focused on his company’s growth, or on how its reviews help independent businesses, or on pretty much anything besides what it is about: how Yelp became Google’s most tenacious pest.<p>“If …

Google

Car companies have learned little from smartphones

An industry begging for disruption<p>With all this 10th anniversary talk of the iPhone going on sale, I can't help but look back at all the devices disrupted by that rectangular slab of software and silicon, with one notable exception. The list includes wristwatches and bedside alarm clocks; remote …

Android Auto

6 Tips for Designing Highly Effective Facebook Cover Photos

How much thought did you put into your last Facebook cover photo?<p>If you’re like most small business owners, you probably didn’t put much thought into …

3 Unlikely Brands That Are Killing it on Instagram (And How Yours Can Too)

Judging by the more than 500,000 advertisers currently paying to get their message across to nearly 600 million users on Instagram, the platform is …

Marketing

The Mussels That Eat Oil

With help from bacteria, these shellfish can thrive on volcanoes made of asphalt.<p>In 2004, a team of geologists discovered something extraordinary while exploring the Gulf of Mexico. They were searching for sites where oil and gas seep out of the ocean floor, but instead, two miles below the ocean’s …

Deepwater Horizon

The Average Mid-Forties Male College Graduate Earns 55% More Than His Female Counterparts

The existence of gender pay gap in the U.S. and other countries is clear. Most studies show that women earn roughly 20% less than comparable men.<p>But there is far less agreement on why this happens and how the gap can be closed. Is the gender pay gap due to more valuable (but hard to measure) labor …

Gender

Value-Based Care Alone Won’t Reduce Health Spending and Improve Patient Outcomes

Despite spending twice what other developed nations spend on a per capita basis for health care, the United States has a longstanding trend of having lower life expectancy, greater prevalence of chronic disease, and overall poorer health outcomes. One proposed solution for this is to change the …

Health Care

The Illusion of Measuring What Customers Want – Jobs to be Done

<i>If someone claims they have a method that promises to measure (quantify) what customers want, they’re trying to scam you</i><p>Innovation is wrought with …

Facebook Reactions: What They Are and How They Impact the Feed

Facebook reactions were used over 300 billion times during their first year of existence. That’s 800 million a day.<p>Yes, fellow Facebook citizens, it …

11 Interesting Examples of How to Use Chatbots

Chatbots can schedule meetings, tell you the weather, and provide customer support. And that's just the beginning.<p>Want to order pizza, schedule a meeting, or even find your true love?<p>There's a chatbot for that.<p>Just as apps once were the hot new thing that would solve whatever problem you had back …

Chatbots