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Stop Basing Pay on Performance Reviews

If your company is like most, it tries to drive high performance by dangling money in front of employees’ noses. To implement this concept, you sit down with your direct reports every once in a while, assess them on their performance, and give them ratings, which help determine their bonuses or …

BlackBerry says new CEO John Chen will stick around until business recovers

BlackBerry once changed the definition of phones, and now it's doing the same for the word temporary. CEO John Chen, who took the post last November as "interim" CEO while the company actively hunted for a replacement, will now stay on for an undetermined amount of time. In a statement to <i>The New</i> …

Recreate Sarah Hyland's Glamorous Waves For Your New Year's Eve Party

The right hairstyle can either make or break the effect of your perfect party dress, but luckily, Sarah Hyland's shiny waves can stand out against …

Photographer's Girlfriend Continues to Lead Him Around the World

<b>Praktik Hotel – Madrid, Spain</b><p>Russian photographer Murad Osmann continues to be led around the world by his girlfriend Nataly Zakharova in his ongoing <i>Follow Me</i> project. With her back facing the camera, Zakharova eagerly holds the hand of her photographer boyfriend, guiding him through various …

Barcelona

Reg Mombassa artwork inspires fireworks for Sydney NYE celebrations

Sydney Harbour's attention-grabbing New Year's Eve fireworks will this year paint artist Reg Mombassa's brain across the city's skyline.<p>Mombassa, …

Just one bite: ticks and allergies on the north shore

''What people generally do not realise is that a mammalian meat allergy can be a very serious life-threatening allergy,'' Cowdery says.<p>Her husband, …

Disease

10 Movies You Should Have Seen in 2013

Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures<p>There is nothing better than sitting back and having a marathon in your own living room over the holidays. As the year winds down, the list of must-sees piles up. We selected the best of the year's releases to appease every taste whether you prefer sci-fi …

Getting Your Hair Cut Dry (NOT Wet) Could Change Your Entire Salon Experience

Many men waltz into the barber shop, plop down into a seat and get their hair cut -- dry. No shampoo, no conditioning treatment, no head massage. But women would never even consider getting their hair cut dry, right?<p>Wrong. There are actually women out there getting their hair cut <i>before</i> the shampoo, …

From Shakespeare to Suzanne Collins: The Best Adaptations of 2013

With 2013 drawing to a close, we can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic for the year that was. From the splashy (“The Great Gatsby” and “Catching Fire”) …

Apple to Require New App Store Submissions to be 'Optimized for iOS 7' on February 1

Apple has published a new announcement for developers on its dev center website notifying them that all new App Store submissions must be built with the latest version of Xcode 5 and optimized for iOS 7.<p>Starting February 1, new apps and app updates submitted to the App Store must be built with the …

U.S. Recognizes A South Korean StarCraft Player As An Athlete

South Korean Kim Dong-hwan, a professional StarCraft II player, has received a special U.S. visa, normally reserved for baseball players and other athletes.<p>The five-year P-1A visa given to the video game player last week is for "internationally recognized athletes." This follows another visa given …

30 Unique Bathroom Ideas to Steal

Boring isn't in our vocabulary.<p>Functional doesn't <i>have</i> to mean boring. These unusual bathrooms feature creative designs and memorable details. For even more inspiration, check out 100+ genius bathroom ideas.

Contextual Lockscreen Cover Hits Google Play Boasting Less Battery Drain And 100 More Upgrades

Cover is bringing its situation-aware lockscreen to more Android users today after its beta test launch six weeks ago. It’s now available in the Google Play store to Android 4.1+ users in the US, Canada, and Europe. Cover’s 100 new improvements include cutting down battery drain and being better at …

The truth about Russia's Winter Olympics city – it's subtropical!

With The Sochi Project, Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen give a startling portrait of a troubled place that never gets cold. And they've just been banned from Russia because of it<p>• Kalashnikovs and striptease: inside the real Russia<p>"I have been working in Russia since 2003 and I love the …

Best Budget Destinations for 2014

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Jamie Beckman, contributor to Budget Travel.</i><p>Conditions are perfect for visiting these near- and far-flung, culture-rich locales: Price-wise, 2014 is their year. Dipping hotel rates, new attractions, and some perennially affordable sights and eats make these …

Buenos Aires

5 Trends That Need to Die in 2014

Photo: Getty and WireImage<p>It's not necessarily that we don't like these trends. Some we innately have problems with (jackets worn as capes, why?) but most of them we're actually kinda cool with (mirrored sunglasses, you're alright).<p>It's just that since their fans include everyone from street style …

Sex and the City

Friendly Swedish Home With A Distinctive Design Touch In Stockholm

This striking home located in Sweden, Stockholm found on Skeppsholmen blends the local style and charm with an industrial influence. It includes a …

Incredibly Elaborate Illustrations by Victo Ngai

New York-based illustrator Victo Ngai creates captivating illustrations with elaborate narratives. Her unique style features swirls of lines and colors that are alive with energy and movement. In much of her work, Ngai uses a signature palette of oranges, reds, greens, and browns to create the …

Digital Art

5 Natural Teeth Brighteners

Get a gorgeous smile with these easy tricks.<p>You may not be on the red carpet, but with the amount of flashes happening on your holiday party circuit, you might as well be. And while you often know the main smile saboteurs (red wine, coffee, etc.), what about all the foods that can actually do your …

Modern Floating Home is the Perfect Tranquil Retreat

<i>Floating House</i> is a home designed by architect Dymitr Malcew that offers its residents beautiful unobstructed views, a connectedness to their surroundings, and an easy way to move from one locale to another. Created for H2ORIZON, a French developer that specializes in floating structures like this …

Architecture