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The best free online business courses starting in January

Tell me if you've heard a version of this cliché. A pebble that falls into the ocean can create a ripple that crosses the globe. Nonsense? Don't say that to United Airlines.<p>Seven years ago, Dave Carroll found his $3,500 Taylor guitar heavily damaged when he picked it up in United's baggage claim. …

Northwestern University

Goodbye apps, hello smart agents: Are you ready for the post-app world?

Anyone who has a smartphone bursting with downloaded apps is a rare breed – and getting rarer. Apps are on the wane. According to analysts at …

This fitness tracking app pays you to walk more

Having a hard time motivating yourself to exercise? What if somebody offered to <i>pay</i> you work out? That's the idea behind Bitwalking -- an app, digital currency and marketplace that pays its users 1BW$ (Bitwalking dollar) for every 10,000 steps they take.<p>The idea behind the app is about more than …

One Thing Steve Jobs Did at Apple That Will Instantly Improve Your Productivity

Distraction is always the enemy. Here's one simple technique to maintain focus on what's really important.<p>Busy Work<p>So, if we are going to talk about productivity we need to get one thing straight from the outset; busy does not equate to productive.<p>Try this experiment; go around for a day and ask …

Time Management

The Better Alternative To Google Cardboard Is A VR iPhone Case

With a spring-loaded swoop, the Figment goes from an iPhone case to a VR headset.<p>Last week, the <i>New York Times</i> sent out approximately one million Google Cardboard units to Sunday subscribers, giving many people their first taste of virtual reality. But while Cardboard is an ingenious solution to …

Say 'what' again! 7 ways for expats to learn new languages

<i>Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry or savor their songs – Nelson Mandela</i><p>Having moved to the Netherlands just over a year ago, this quote hits close to home. Or at least my new …

BlackBerry Priv review: One of the best Android handsets I've ever used

It’s no secret that the BlackBerry Priv is the company’s last roll of the dice in terms of building its own hardware. Hell, even the company’s CEO John Chen said it would have to carefully review future plans if the Priv flops.<p>That’s a pretty critical situation, and as such, there’s a lot riding on …

Consumer Tech

We don’t save for the future because we lie to ourselves. This app might change that

As humans, our failings are epic. We eat too much, lie to ourselves, never exercise enough, and spend so much money we have nothing left for that vacation in Hawaii. But technology, Dan Ariely believes, might save us from ourselves.<p>Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke …

Time Management

The 51 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time

There is no “best” romantic comedy. Something is funny when someone laughs, or romantic when their heart swells, for better or for worse, and we have no right to say why one of these should top another. Your uncle, or cube-mate might say, “That’s stupid. <i>Breakfast at Tiffany’s</i> is obviously the best …

Filmmaking

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Landscaping

Welcome to hell: Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook and the slow death of the web

So let's talk about ad blocking.<p>You might think the conversation about ad blocking is about the user experience of news, but what we're really talking about is money and power in Silicon Valley. And titanic battles between large companies with lots of money and power tend to have a lot of …

Digital Advertising

10 podcasts to sharpen your sales skills

In the competitive 21st century marketplace, it’s more important than ever to keep your sales skills sharp. Regardless of how busy you are, podcasts provide an opportunity to continue learning without disrupting your daily routine. Whether you’re traveling, exercising or sitting in a waiting room, …

Marketing

Fall Home Decor: 9 Color Trends To Try

You might want to rethink this season's color palette.<p>For some reason – it's hard to say exactly how it came about – fall is largely associated with dark colors. Perhaps it's the early sunset or the leaves' shift from green to orange to brown, but pastels, and fun prints shouldn't be relegated to …

An early look at Nextbit's 'cloud first' Robin smartphone

Nextbit wanted to celebrate the launch of its debut smartphone today at a party in San Francisco, but it turned out to be a celebration of success as well. In just under 12 hours, the startup reached its $500,000 Kickstarter goal to fund the Robin, an Android phone that isn't only "cloud first," …

Selfie fans: Lenovo is launching a ‘dual selfie camera’ smartphone

Today Lenovo revealed its Vibe S1 smartphone featuring two front-facing cameras.<p>That’s right, the Vibe S1 is all about taking selfies. Equipped with an 8-megapixel main camera for capturing detail and a 2-megapixel camera for depth, this phone also features editing tools for creating the ultimate …

Mobile Technology

9 must-have apps for foodies and cooks

Are you a foodie? Do you have more photos of food than your family and friends on Instagram? And go to the farmers market every weekend? I get you.<p>While I love cookbooks and notebooks filled with recipes recorded in nice penmanship, I have become increasingly reliant on my phone or tablet in the …

Apps

Our List of the Essential Chrome Extensions

Google’s Chrome browser is packed full of an incredible amount of extensions that add all sorts of functionality. It’s tough to sift through the …

9 unlikely objects that are smarter by the second

Apparently, it isn’t enough that our phones, appliances, TVs, thermostats and light bulbs are getting Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections so we can control them remotely and teach them our habits. No — some enterprising souls are looking at their stuff and just gasping at how dumb all of it is.<p>And so, …

Home Automation

Former MySpace CEO explains why Facebook was able to dominate social media despite coming second

We asked the veteran tech guru to look back and answer a big historical question: Why was Facebook able to dominate social media despite coming after the wildly successful MySpace?<p>According to him, it was simple.<p>"The real problem was that the world had been trained by MySpace that social networking …

MySpace

Let’s build a modern Hadoop

Not just another Hadoop rant — I promise<p>If you’ve been around the big data block, you’ve probably felt the pain of Hadoop, but we all still use it …

The real 10 algorithms that dominate our world

Maybe a little more than 10<p>The other day, while I was navigating Reddit I found an interesting post that was called The 10 Algorithms That Dominate …

sckit-learn video #1: Intro to machine learning with scikit-learn

Have you tried out a few Kaggle competitions, but <b>you aren't quite sure what you're supposed to be doing</b>? Or perhaps you've heard all the talk in the …

Machine Learning

The 14 most beautifully designed apps of 2014

It’s that time of year again, folks, when list posts reign supreme and reflective 2014 musings clog your feeds. Although this post meets that description, rest assured it will provide at least one thing to brighten your day: eye candy.<p>Here’s our list of the 14 most impressively designed apps — for …

Entrepreneur's 10 Most Popular Stories About Social Media in 2014

Assistant Editor, Contributed Content<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As the year comes to an end, we’re taking a look back at our most popular stories related to the sizzling social-media space. From predictions on what would be the top social-media trends of the year …

Marketing

Updated: Why R is Hard to Learn | StatsBlogs.com | All About Statistics

(This article was originally published at r4stats.com, and syndicated at StatsBlogs.)<p>I’ve updated one of my most widely read blog posts, <i>Why R is Hard</i> …

Which Canon dSLR?

Rebel T5/1200D: Cheapest<p>EOS Rebel T6/1300D: Entry-level Limbo<p>EOS Rebel SL1/100D: For the size-conscious<p>EOS Rebel T5i/700D: The cheapest model worth buying<p>EOs Rebel T6i/750D (and T6s/760D): Best general purpose value<p>EOS 60D: Better build than the Rebels<p>EOS 70D: For prosumer action- and …

ggD3 - the grammar of graphics in D3

Why the grammar of graphics in D3?<p>It needs to be done. As I get better at using D3, I sometimes think that it is as general as it can and should be. …

‘Life on Earth is in peril. We have no future if we don’t go into space’

Experts including Stephen Hawking look at the value of human and robotic spaceflight<p>• Astronauts lift our spirits. But can we afford to send humans into space? • Artificial intelligence could spell end of human race – Stephen Hawking • New Horizons probe rouses from hibernation for Pluto …

21 new Android 5.0 features you need to know about

The new Material Design<p>A new lock screen<p>Hide sensitive content in notifications<p>Get longer battery life with battery-saver mode<p>Hang a Do Not Disturb sign<p>Add Trusted Devices<p>You can now search Settings<p>Use guest mode with friends<p>Keep apps Pinned<p>Access the improved Quick Settings<p>Quickly check your data …