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WD upgrades its popular My Passport Ultra portable HD, last gen 2TB on sale for $80

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Western Digital has announced that it has redesigned its wildly popular My Passport Ultra portable and My Passport for Mac hard …

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Cops are routinely using this secret cell phone tracking tool

Big federal agencies with ominous-sounding three-letter acronyms aren't the only ones that spy on your activities -- your local police might be doing it, too. Take for instance, the police department of Erie County, New York, which was recently caught using stingray devices in at least 47 instances …

These Are the Best In-Ear Headphones Under $40

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How to Write a Great Business Plan: Sales and Marketing

The sixth in a comprehensive series to help you craft the perfect business plan for your startup.<p>Providing great products and services is wonderful, but customers must actually know those products and services exist. That's why marketing plans and strategies are critical to business success. (Duh, …

The 33 Directories Every Start-Up Should Be Registered On

<i>David Arnoux is Head of Growth at Twoodo building the future of teamwork. He’s also a Growth Evangelist at Growth Tribe. Follow him on Twitter or G+. This post first appeared on the Twoodo blog.</i><p>If you subscribe to the notion, “build it and they will come” then you can stop reading here. If, …

Startups

10 free and incredibly useful Android apps that you can't get on the iPhone

But since Android lets app makers do certain things that Apple prohibits, there are a few exclusive options that stand out.<p>From launchers that make it easier to access important information straight from the home screen, to apps that help you find files buried in your phone, here are some of the …

Apps

15 apps for transforming your phone into the ultimate toolkit

From apps that makes budgeting beautiful to ones that let you know the exact minute it's going to rain, there's something for every lifestyle.<p>We've collected the best of the best in this unique mix, and we tossed in a few lesser-known surprises to show what modern apps can do.

Apps

A little black box makes it easy to unlock almost any iPhone even when it's secured with your fingerprint

The International Business Times reports that for just £120, anyone on the internet can buy specialist hardware that lets them hack into even the newest iPhones.<p><b>Here's how it works:</b><p>The main device used is called an IP-BOX. It works by "bruteforcing" iPhone passcodes, repeatedly guessing the …

Information Systems

Dell's latest 27-inch, 4K monitor has a tempting $700 price tag

If you're a visual artist or photo buff with $600-700 burning a hole in your pocket, life just threw you a new decision to make. Dell has announced that its 24-inch 2415Q and 27-inch 2715Q IPS 4K monitors are now on sale for $600 and $700, respectively. For those sums you'll get 1.07 billion …

25 Business Books that You Won't See on Most Bookshelves

<i>Gregory Ciotti is the marketing director at Help Scout.This post originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.</i><p>Read to lead, right?<p>There are few better “hacks” in life than reading—distilled knowledge that often took years to assemble can be consumed in just a few hours.<p>The problem is that many …

TalkTalk pay battle with investors looms

Broadband and telecoms supplier TalkTalk is the latest company to find pay under scrutiny.<p>Ahead of Wednesday's annual meeting, the investor advisory group Pirc has recommended that shareholders vote against its remuneration report and pay policy.<p>Pirc says rewards for executive directors look …

4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Bounce Back From Failure

We’ve all heard the preachy platitude “Failure isn’t an option.” And, generally speaking, it’s not. At least not an option most would purposely choose. But failing is inevitable. Everyone eats humble pie in some way at some point, especially in the cutthroat startup race, where half of all of all …

Motivation

4 Things You Get Wrong About Venture Capitalists

Make sure you understand your potential investor and your relationship with him or her.<p>Venture capital comes with strings attached, right?<p>Some widely held views about those strings simply aren't true. Luke Burns, a graduate of Harvard and MIT's Sloan School of Management, is a partner at Boston's …

The Age-Old And Often Ignored Marketing Tool Every Company Needs To Know

Every business needs storytelling skills, but there’s a key component many companies forget in telling their brand story.<p>It’s a common complaint that all business intelligence websites look and sound the same. But why is that?<p>Technology marketers have long ignored what storytellers have relied upon …

10 Habits of Truly Successful Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

TaskRabbit is blowing up its business model and becoming the Uber for everything

Since it opened up five years ago, TaskRabbit has often been a godsend to people with more money than time. The company stocks its auction house of personal assistants with people ready to deliver cupcakes to your office, or assemble your Ikea furniture, or clean your home. But last summer, …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Clari, A Mobile-First Predictive Sales Tool, Comes Out Of Stealth With $6M From Sequoia

CRM behemoths like Salesforce and Oracle, and more mature startups like Domo, have made some significant inroads into mobile and specifically apps for mobile salespeople, but a new startup believes that its streamlined, mobile-first solution can do it better. Clari, a mobile-first sales …

With Opower’s IPO, founders show meaningful tech can pay off

When energy software company Opower starts trading on the New York Stock Exchange, most likely Friday morning, it will show how young tech …

January Makamba, Tanzania, Deputy Minister of Communication, Science & Technology and Member of Parliament

Makamba is one of Tanzania‘s rising stars in government. He is currently the Deputy Minister of Communication, Science and Technology and it is rumored he will run for President in 2015. Makamba is a Member of Parliament for Bumbuli constituency in the National Assembly of Tanzania. Before running …

The Daily Routines of Geniuses

Juan Ponce de León spent his life searching for the fountain of youth. I have spent mine searching for the ideal daily routine. But as years of color-coded paper calendars have given way to cloud-based scheduling apps, routine has continued to elude me; each day is a new day, as unpredictable as a …

The Seven Skills You Need to Thrive in the C-Suite

What executive skills are most prized by companies today? How has that array of skills changed in the last decade, and how is it likely to change in the next ten years? To find out, I surveyed senior consultants in 2010 at a top-five global executive-search firm. Experienced search consultants …

From Tesla to Dunkin' Donuts, One Firm's Quest to Fine-Tune the World

At a Little Caesars in Salt Lake City, the pizza making process is executed with precision. The employees receive a worksheet each morning that …

9 Things Really Productive People Refuse to Do

Being more productive isn't just about what you do--it's also about what you don't.<p>If you want to be more productive, don't start by taking on new habits and routines. Instead, do less. The most productive people know how to stay focused and how to say no--but most importantly, they know how to …

Time Management

SketchDeck Turns Terrible Slide Decks Into Beautiful Presentations In Just A Day

A number of startups over the years have tried to reinvent PowerPoint with services that made it easier or quicker to create a slideshow presentation. Newly launched SketchDeck is taking a different approach: Instead of providing an alternative to PowerPoint or similar software applications, it’s …

Be Kind to Your Employees, but Don’t Always Be Nice

At 39, I was the CEO of a company with a few hundred employees. Depending on the day and the employee you asked, I’d rate anywhere from a zero to a seven on the unkindness scale (10 being a tyrant). I’d guess that I normally hovered around 4.5. I doubt anyone would have rated me a 10—that takes a …

The Scam Of Olive Oil, And Its Antidote

Here’s the hard truth: the olive oil in your pantry, the one you bought for its health benefits and for some sliver of the seductive Mediterranean lifestyle, is most likely a scam.<p>A scam, meaning it probably contains less actual olive oil than you’d ever imagine. A scam, meaning it’s likely been …