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Buyer’s Guide: The Best On-Ear Headphones At Any Price

After testing 53 sets of headphones over a period of 45 hours, The Wirecutter determined the best on-ear headphones to buy.<p>The $180 Bose SoundTrue offer the best combination of sound quality, portability, and comfort, of any on-ear headphone. If you don’t like in-ear headphones, or need something …

18 Must-Follow Venture Capitalist Twitter Accounts

You can’t go wrong with the mix of inspiration and news that these VCs provide on social media. It’s the next best thing to getting an MBA.<p>The world and parlance of venture capital can be tough to navigate and inscrutable, respectively. However, by following some new Twitter accounts, you can get a …

Competing on Analytics

We all know the power of the killer app. Over the years, groundbreaking systems from companies such as American Airlines (electronic reservations), Otis Elevator (predictive maintenance), and American Hospital Supply (online ordering) have dramatically boosted their creators’ revenues and …

What Frugal Innovators Do

Frugal innovation is more than a strategy. It denotes a new frame of mind: one that sees resource constraints not as a liability but as an opportunity — and one that favors agility over efficiency. Frugal organizations don’t seek to wow customers with technically sophisticated products, but instead …

How to Handle Stress in the Moment

You hear a lot of advice about how to reduce stress at work. But most of it is about what to do over the long term — take up yoga, eat a healthy diet, keep a journal, or get more sleep. But what do you do when you’re overcome with stress in the moment — at your desk, say, or in a meeting? Perhaps …

Can You Recognize Your Favorite Websites By Looking Only At Their Skeletons?

Chances are you wouldn’t be able to recognize your friends or loved ones without their skin, but how about your favorite websites? Can you tell them apart when they are stripped right down to their wireframes?<p>Dedesign the Web and Dedesign the Web 2 are a pair of browser-based games built by …

Cognitive Warming: Brain Training For High Pressure Decision-Making

<i>This blog co-written with Jamie Wheal, executive director of the Flow Genome Project.</i><p>“Hot cognition” is the term psychologists use to describe high speed, high pressure decision-making—that’s decision-making in the face of risk, when emotions play a heavy role. It is opposed to “cold cognition,” …

Seven Ways To Perfect Your Resume

The toughest thing about putting together a résumé? Figuring out what’s special about yourself. In other words, defining your personal brand.<p>I’m a journalist with 30 years of experience, but how do my skills differ from countless other 50-something media folk toiling in the editorial trenches?<p>It …

The 25 Most Productive Ways to Spend Time on the Internet