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Jeff Bezos Says You Should Ask These 3 Questions Before Every New Hire | Inc.com

If you're looking to give yourself a crash course in cutting-edge business thinking, you could do a lot worse than taking a leaf out of VC Li Jiang's book. An investor at GSV Capital, Jiang recently set himself an intriguing project -- read every one of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's Letters to …

Self-improvement

Ataribox will be an open, Linux-based console priced starting at $249

The upcoming Ataribox retro gaming console will indeed ship with a selection of classic Atari games, as many suspected when the thing was initially announced – but it’ll also have a Linux OS on board and the ability to play games from other platforms, since it’s going to keep the “open” nature of …

5 things I had to give up to be successful

There's an opportunity cost to everything worthwhile in life.<p>No matter what you're trying to accomplish, you'll have to give up something in order to make it happen.<p>When I asked people on Facebook what they had given up to get something else they wanted, I got about 60 answers.<p><i>Even if you get what</i> …

The crazy new game that pits 100 people against each other on a deserted island will come to consoles

A bizarre and brilliant new video game is exploding in popularity right now. The game isn't even fully complete — it's available in "early access" on Steam, for $30 — but <b>it's already grossed over $60 million</b>.<p>It's called "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds," and, on the surface, it looks like a …

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 …

First Pot-Focused Fund Lets Americans Legally Invest In Hot Biz

It's been difficult for Americans to legally invest in the world's booming marijuana business but a new online fund will let you do it at the click of a mouse.<p>Canadians are bringing a new meaning to the term "investor high," with the world's first marijuana-focused exchange-traded fund opening on …

Cannabis

This tiny mint box is actually a gaming console packing a Raspberry Pi

Watch out, Nintendo: Raspberry Pi enthusiasts are building their own gaming consoles and this latest one is actually pretty awesome.<p>Using a Raspberry Pi computer and an Altoids mint box, recreational inventor and YouTuber Sudomod has designed a fully-functioning gaming device that actually fits in …

The groundbreaking app turning millennials into stock traders is now said to be worth more than $1 billion

The new round of funding is reportedly led by Yuri Milner's investment arm, DST Global, and values the investing app at over $1 billion. That makes it a "unicorn" in Silicon Valley terms.<p>Robinhood declined to comment on the new funding round. Fortune previously reported that the startup was looking …

3 Stocks to Buy With Dividends Yielding More Than 5%

These high-dividend stocks could give you income and long-term growth.<p>It's rare to find high-dividend stocks with safe payouts, whose businesses also …

25 Dividend Stocks You Can Buy and Hold Forever

iStock<p>Finding a company with a long track record of consistent dividend payments is only part of the winning formula for investing in dividend …

Apple Extended its MacBook Pro Anti-Reflective Coating Repair Program

If you purchased a 12-inch MacBook or MacBook Pro with Retina display and have experienced issues with the anti-reflective coating wearing off or delaminating, Apple may repair the notebook free of charge.<p>Apple will replace Retina displays on eligible models purchased as far back as June 2012 until …

MacBook Pro

This 7-minute workout might be the best thing that’s ever happened to your mornings

Want to change your life? Switch up your morning routine, says Patricia Moreno, the founder of cult-favorite mind-body workout …

A Solo Traveler’s Guide on How to Meet People While Traveling

Traveling alone has its perks: You get to do what you want, when you want, discover new and honest things about the world and yourself, and enjoy an …

Social Media

Call and Ask to Have the Interest Rate Reduced On Your Credit Cards

Late fees can eat into your debt repayment plan, but having a high interest rate is even worse. Yet, most of us are more likely to call and ask to …

Personal Finance

LG combines webOS, lasers, and lumens into another reason to replace your TV

Say hello to the ProBeam projector<p>Today LG launched another salvo in the war against giant ugly televisions with the announcement of the ProBeam laser projector. It's rare to find a projector this bright that's small enough to hold in one hand — and this one runs webOS. Unlike most projectors, LG's …

This Korean man's instructional video on U.S. v UK accents is glorious

American English and British English may be similar in many ways, but when it comes to pronunciation there are a whole bunch of subtle …

Why Sleep Paralysis Is So Scary and What You Can Do About It

I don’t mind bad dreams. When you wake up, the dream fades away. What utterly terrifies me, though, is when my brain wakes up but my body cannot …

Sleep

Musician Perfectly Captures the Clichés of ’90s Video Game Music

Video game franchises like <i>Mario</i>, <i>Sonic The Hedgehog</i>, and <i>The Legend of Zelda</i> all have distinctive soundtracks that have stood the test of time and …

Make Frozen French Fries That Are Even Better Than Store-Bought

Frozen, store-bought french fries are beyond convenient, but you can easily make your own. Not only are homemade freezer fries cheaper than their …

French Fries

How to stop Windows 10 from crippling your gaming performance

Many gamers using Microsoft’s Windows 10 have recently been <b>experiencing</b> micro-stutter issues and reduced gaming performance on the OS.<p>While some …

Spooky Underground Bunker Mimics Above-Ground Life in the 1960s

Back in the '60s and '70s, bunkers weren't just for the overly paranoid or doomsday obsessed. According to <i>The Washington Times</i>, "by 1960, nearly 70 …

San Francisco

HP Chromebook 13 Review: Yes, It Can Replace A MacBook, Windows 10 PC

Hewlett-Packard’s Chromebook 13 is the best reason yet to consider an alternative to Mac and Windows.<p>Here’s the short version of my review: HP’s Chromebook can be your only laptop. That’s coming from a skeptic who has never strayed from the Windows PC and Mac paradigm (heretofore). But I have been …

Google

One man created an incredible update to the original Nintendo Game Boy

The original Nintendo Game Boy was the size of a hotel bible, required four AA batteries, and only played games in black and white.<p>Beautiful, isn't it?<p>But one ambitious gentleman thought he could make it even more beautiful. Behold: The updated Nintendo Game Boy, with the ability to play games from …

How to visit nearly every national park in one epic road trip

This month, the National Park Service marks its 100th anniversary. One of Wonkblog's favorite data scientists, a guy named Randal Olson who's a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, decided to mark the occasion by creating a map of the shortest possible road trip through all 47 national …

National Parks

Video: Ben Heck Fixes and Plays the Rare SNES PlayStation Prototype

One for all you electronics buffs

Retrogaming

The Curious Story of Mushroom Jazz, Dance Music's Chillest Genre Ever

The surprising origins of the shroomy, genre-spanning sound, according to the man who invented it.<p>Back in the 90s, Mark Farina's <i>Mushroom Jazz</i> mix CDs were the perfect comedown solution for nights when the aggressive drum 'n' bass and post-acid techno of the American rave explosion got too …

Try passing 'The Turing Test' August 30th on Xbox One

Given video gaming's reliance on artificial intelligence and penchant for sci-fi themes, it's surprising that only now there's a game named after Alan Turing's famous A.I. test. Here we are though, with <i>The Turing Test</i> hitting Xbox One on August 30th. It's also been promised for Steam next month. A …

Netflix's newest show 'Stranger Things' is the best thing I’ve seen all year

Imagine putting "The X-Files," "Freaks and Geeks," "Twin Peaks," "Super 8," "It Follows," and "E.T." in one big giant blender. What comes out is Netflix's newest original series "Stranger Things."<p>In theory, a show that draws so blatantly from such iconic movies and television should feel cheap and …

Nintendo's Classic Mini is a tiny NES with 30 games

That dusty old NES in your attic might be rife with nostalgic memories, but it's a pain to drag out of its box whenever you get the hankering for a rousing game of <i>Super Mario Bros</i>. <i>3</i>. Nintendo totally gets it, as well as the fact that you might want something a little more convenient to enjoy your …