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Peugeot returns to form with 308

Innovative cabin: A small diameter wheel conspires with the high-mounted instruments to give the 308 a superb driving environment.<p>Middleweight …

Extreme Sports

Facebook launches friend-tracking feature

Your phone always knows where you are. And now, if you want, your Facebook friends will always know where you are, too.<p>Facebook is introducing a mobile feature called Nearby Friends that taps into that steady stream of location information so friends can track each other in real time.<p>The idea is to …

Expat tales: Little Italy

<b>Why did you move to Italy?</b><p>After a few years of working on cruise ships travelling extensively I felt it was time to start a life on "terra firma" and …

Italy

The 6 Most Important Tech Bombshells Coming This Year

After years of meteoric gains fueled by category-busting product launches like the iPod, iPhone and iPad, Apple’s revenue growth has slowed. Apple’s …

PayPal Predictions: Your Wallet's Days Are Numbered

When Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone in 2007 he said (famously) that the device would <i>put the internet in your pocket</i>. It might have been a rare instance of understatement by the Apple founder. Today, smartphones are everywhere, in every industry and being used to perform every human …

Watch Choices - 3 Examples of Keeping It Simple

The first word that springs to mind when I think of watches is sportsman. Technically, that may be two words but you know what I mean. Sportsmen …

Men's Fashion

Dear Airlines: This Is What Your Boarding Passes Should Look Like

Author: Kyle VanHemert. Kyle VanHemert Design<p>Date of Publication: 09.25.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Designer Adam Glynn-Finnegan's vision …

Consumer Attitudes to SMS Marketing and Texts Alerts

The Consumer Attitudes to SMS Marketing and Texts Alerts infographic is the results of a survey done by Text Marketer. The survey was conducted to …

Measuring Google AdWords Conversions

Google AdWords released some fantastic stats about cross-device conversions on their Inside AdWords blog, and included the infographic Measuring …

The Rise in Mobile Video

The Rise in Mobile Video from Digital Surgeons takes a look at the confluence of data behind the growth of mobile devices and the growth of video …

Here’s How Kevin Systrom Plans To Make Instagram Ads Work

This week, Instagram announced it would be rolling out Vogue-like photo and video ads on the service. Will they spoil the experience?<p>“If people see super spammy ads in their feeds, it’s going to be destructive to the experience.”<p>That was Emily White, Instagram’s director of business operations, …

Five content marketing lessons from the Communists

<b>Carrying the welfare of the peasantry on your shoulders? Concerned that your next five-year plan is going to be your last?</b><p>20th century Communist …

Marketing

Why Your Friends Shape Your Happiness, Creativity, And Career

It’s not what you know, it’s where you are.<p>Living in places where awesome people live is awesome for you. For instance, if you live near folks you really love–your family, your BFFs, and the like–then studies suggest you’ll be much happier than if you were all on your lonesome. As well, more and …

Why Insourcing is the Next Social Media and Content Marketing Trend

photo from bigstockphoto.com<p><b>Social media and content marketing are in the middle of an arms race.</b> Channel and opportunity proliferation combined with …

Marketing

Infecting An Audience: Why Great Stories Spread

In the second of a two-part series, Jonathan Gottschall discusses the unique power stories have to change minds, and the key to their effectiveness.<p>In his 1897 book <i>What is Art?</i> the great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy defined art as “an infection.” Good art, Tolstoy wrote, infects the audience with …

What Do Your App’s User Retention Numbers Really Mean?

Mixpanel wanted to look at retention rates in different app categories like messaging, social, e-commerce, and education, so they pooled data from …

Yahoo Says That Killing Working From Home Is Turning Out Perfectly

After receiving tons of heat for taking away workers’ remote privileges, Yahoo now says that things are working just as planned: engagement and productivity are up.<p>When Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer banned her 12,000 employees from working from home in February, her all-hands-on-deck ultimatum ignited a …

Silicon Valley

These 10 Countries Are The Most Prosperous In The World, And They Don’t Include The U.S.

Will we be left out of the “new economic world order”?<p>If you were to look at one measure of a country’s economic health, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) alone leaves out plenty of the factors that make a country a pleasant–or prosperous–place to live. That’s why, in the depths of a global recession …

Economics

10 Crossovers Worth Waiting For

One needs only to take a cursory glance at current and future offerings of the world's auto builders to know that the crossover SUV is here to stay. Here are 10 of the more intriguing CUVs on their way to showrooms near you.<p>One needs only to take a cursory glance at current and future offerings of …

Google Play charts to show tablet-optimized Android apps by default on bigger devices

Google isn't done trying to improve exposure for tablet-optimized Android apps. As of November 21st, Google Play will default to showing "Designed for tablets" apps when owners of those bigger devices browse top lists. Customers can still find phone-sized software if they like, but those titles …

What the World Would Look Like If Countries Were As Big As Their Online Populations

Helloooooo China!<p>The Internet we each see every day is an infinitesimally tiny sliver of the whole—the parts we have curated for ourselves, the parts our network of friends and family sends to us, and the sites that we have made parts of our routines.<p>But beyond this micro-level editing, there are …

Connected devices: Creating jobs and growth

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Open Garden<p>If we could better control the physical world, how might we improve our lives? This question is being asked …

What’s a “Shark Tank” Appearance Worth? A Top Spot in the App Store.

Image courtesy of Scan<p>Garrett Gee’s startup Scan didn’t necessarily need the $1 million he was pitching investors for on Friday night’s episode of …

Apps

Luxury Shopping - Millennials Do It Differently

Luxury marketers define their targets in many different ways. To gain insights into the differences among high-income adults in key age brackets, a …

Demographics

Shoppers Face End of Generous Retailer Return Policies

It’s getting more difficult to return stuff, even at stores renowned for their phenomenally generous, no-questions-asked return policies. You can …

The Start of a Quiet Revolution in Mobile Commerce

It has been over a decade since the 2002 film Minority Report hit theaters and many of us in the technology industry remember it for one scene – Tom …