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Elon Musk's Mars Mission Revealed: SpaceX's Interplanetary Transport System

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:42 +0000

Colonization of Mars is still 40 to 100 years in the future, but Musk and SpaceX have captured the public's imagination today in Mexico.

Colonization of Mars is still 40 to 100 years in the future, but Musk and SpaceX have captured the public's imagination today in Mexico.

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk is delivering the keynote on stage at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico to present his plan for human exploration of Mars.

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Why AirPods Are The Best Place For Siri, According To Apple Legend Bill Atkinson

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:00 +0000

In a Bluetooth speaker? In a messaging app? In a desktop OS? No. Your personal assistant should be in your ear. Here's why.

In a Bluetooth speaker? In a messaging app? In a desktop OS? No. Your personal assistant should be in your ear. Here's why.

In the heat of the controversy about removing the analog headphone jack on the iPhone, Apple released a line of wireless headphones called AirPods. They seemed to represent Apple's vision for the way we'll listen to mobile music in the future.

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Slack Unveils The First Of Many Integrations With Salesforce

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:45 +0000

The popular enterprise messaging platform will be able to pull in Salesforce record data, and sync with its Chatter messaging feature.

The popular enterprise messaging platform will be able to pull in Salesforce record data, and sync with its Chatter messaging feature.

The popular enterprise messaging app Slack said today that it's partnering with Salesforce to let companies that use both platforms more easily unify and harmonize sales lead information and conversations.

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This Crucial Step Is Missing From Your Hiring Process

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:00 +0000

Letting your team members meet with job candidates and debriefing afterward can help you make better hires and develop the talent you have.

Letting your team members meet with job candidates and debriefing afterward can help you make better hires and develop the talent you have.

The goal of any hiring process is to hire the best talent. That much is obvious. But the way you hire can also help you develop—and, ultimately, hang onto—the team members you already have.

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This Auditing App Lets Your Boss Police Suspicious "Work" Cocktails

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:00 +0000

AppZen, which offers automated auditing services, just added computer vision and AI to help spot sketchy charges in expense reports.

AppZen, which offers automated auditing services, just added computer vision and AI to help spot sketchy charges in expense reports.

These days, a lot of workers are worried about robots taking their jobs, but now robots are taking jobs that literally no one else was doing—like poring through every inch of people's dense expense reports.

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Satya Nadella On Microsoft's New Age Of Intelligence

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:07 +0000

How the software giant aims to tie everything from Cortana to Office to HoloLens to Azure servers into one AI experience.

How the software giant aims to tie everything from Cortana to Office to HoloLens to Azure servers into one AI experience.

"Microsoft was born to do a certain set of things. We're about empowering people in organizations all over the world to achieve more. In today's world, we want to use AI to achieve that."

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Spotify Just Made The "Shuffle" Button A Thousand Times Smarter

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:15 +0000

Daily Mix is a new personalized playlist that blends songs you love with new, undiscovered gems that fit right in.

Daily Mix is a new personalized playlist that blends songs you love with new, undiscovered gems that fit right in.

Matthew Ogle wants Spotify to stop feeling so much like a music app. That might sound counterintuitive, since Spotify is pretty much synonymous with streaming music these days, but his quest is simpler than it sounds: More and more, he wants the all-you-can-stream music service to feel like an old friend.

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Kano, Creator Of Build-It-Yourself Tech For Kids, Is Going Beyond The PC

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:00 +0000

This company wants to make it as easy for kids (and the rest of us) to build and program gadgets as it is to use them.

This company wants to make it as easy for kids (and the rest of us) to build and program gadgets as it is to use them.

From Hackaball to the Mover Kit to Apple's Swift Playgrounds, a cottage industry has lately sprung up of gadgets and apps dedicated to helping kids learn how to code. Kano, which launched in 2013 as a Kickstarter project, was one of the earlier efforts. And the concept—it's a Linux-powered computer that budding programmers build themselves, hooked into an online code-sharing community—remains unique.

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How To Write To-Do Lists That Make You Happier At Work

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:00 +0000

Most to-do lists confront us with only the least motivating parts of our jobs.

Most to-do lists confront us with only the least motivating parts of our jobs.

You may not like planning things, but your brain does. There's evidence, for example, that the experience of planning your vacation helps you to enjoy it more when it actually happens. And as I wrote recently for Fast Company, even writing to-do lists that go uncompleted can give you a productivity boost.

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Studs Terkel's Interviews With 1970s Working People Resurface On NPR

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:00 +0000

The famed Chicago author and radio host left behind boxes of tapes after he died in 2008. Now, they've been digitized.

The famed Chicago author and radio host left behind boxes of tapes after he died in 2008. Now, they've been digitized.

"Going through these tapes was like finding the Dead Sea Scrolls," Joe Richman, the founder and executive producer of the podcast Radio Diaries, says about the interviews Studs Terkel recorded while writing his influential oral history, Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.

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Eddie Bauer Pays Homage To Its Past With A New 1920s-Inspired Collection

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:00 +0000

EB Originals updates six items from the archive in a tip of the hat to the company's innovative, wilderness-loving founder.

EB Originals updates six items from the archive in a tip of the hat to the company's innovative, wilderness-loving founder.

Unlike Tommy Bahama or Betty Crocker who were figments of marketers' imaginations, Eddie Bauer was a real person. He was was born in 1899 in Orcas Island, Washington, and before he became famous for his sporting goods brand, he was known as an outdoorsman who spent many months of the year up in the mountains, enjoying the dramatic landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. He started to make clothing because he couldn't find any products on the market that were rugged enough for his adventures in the wilderness.

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Foldable Drone Wars: DJI Goes For GoPro's Jugular With The Mavic Pro

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:50 +0000

Just eight days after GoPro unveiled its long-awaited Karma, DJI is unleashing its similarly priced Mavic Pro.

Just eight days after GoPro unveiled its long-awaited Karma, DJI is unleashing its similarly priced Mavic Pro.

The drone wars between industry leader DJI and rival GoPro are not only heating up, they're folding in on themselves.

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Trump Seems To Admit Not Paying Taxes, Then Denies Admitting It

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:15 +0000

When Hillary Clinton theorized that Trump hasn't paid federal taxes, he quipped, "That makes me smart."

When Hillary Clinton theorized that Trump hasn't paid federal taxes, he quipped, "That makes me smart."

Donald Trump raised plenty of questions during tonight's presidential debate by seeming to admit that he hasn't paid any taxes in some years—and then later denying it in interviews with the media. The Republican nominee has refused to release his tax returns, and that refusal has become a major campaign issue, with 60% of Fox News voters saying they believe Trump is hiding something in his returns.

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This AI Recruiting Tool Could Boost Diversity And Improve Human Interactions

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:00 +0000

With time-saving AI, companies may advertise that candidates can speak with an actual human when applying for jobs in the future.

With time-saving AI, companies may advertise that candidates can speak with an actual human when applying for jobs in the future.

Artificial intelligence is taking over some parts of the recruiting process that used to be reserved for humans.

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Confused By Some Of Trump's Answers? Here's What The Transcript Says

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:00 +0000

Some debate viewers had a hard time following some of Trump's responses, from "the cyber" to hackers who weigh "400 pounds."

Some debate viewers had a hard time following some of Trump's responses, from "the cyber" to hackers who weigh "400 pounds."

Two of the most common criticisms of the presidential candidates after their first debate tonight was that Donald Trump was sometimes incoherent and Hillary Clinton was "over-prepared."

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Why Offering Paid Maternity Leave Is Good For Business

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:28 +0000

Companies that have sweetened their paid leave policies in recent years have been rewarded beyond good feelings.

Companies that have sweetened their paid leave policies in recent years have been rewarded beyond good feelings.

When it comes to maternity leave, not all companies see the costs and benefits in the same way.

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Can Artificial Intelligence Make Employee Feedback More Human?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:14 +0000

A new AI platform hopes to inject more human interaction into the dreaded yet vital manager-to-employee feedback loop.

A new AI platform hopes to inject more human interaction into the dreaded yet vital manager-to-employee feedback loop.

Though it's an integral part of a properly functioning managerial relationship, feedback remains a sticky subject for many whose jobs require them to provide it.

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Meet Lumi, The Company That's Making Mailers The New Shopfronts

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:24 +0000

Pretty packaging, tissue, ribbon, and a brand logo is the e-commerce equivalent of an eye-catching storefront.

Pretty packaging, tissue, ribbon, and a brand logo is the e-commerce equivalent of an eye-catching storefront.

There was a time when a cardboard box was just a simple brown vessel in which to mail packages. These days, as we purchase more products online than we do in brick-and-mortar stores, brands are using attractive packaging to create a delightful unwrapping experience that allows them to stand out from the crowd. As our doorsteps are piling up with an increasingly diverse array of boxes, bubble mailers, and envelopes, a colorful, beautifully designed box is the modern-day equivalent to having an eye-catching storefront.

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Warehouse On Demand

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:00 +0000

Creators making physical stuff still need to package it up and ship it out. These companies remove most of the hassle at a fair price.

Creators making physical stuff still need to package it up and ship it out. These companies remove most of the hassle at a fair price.

The designers of the Exploding Kittens card game originally thought they might need to print about 500 decks, and could handle fulfillment with help at a launch party. Instead, the game became a surprise Kickstarter hit during its 2015 campaign, raising nearly $9 million from over 200,000 backers. With multiple orders and the campaign's stretch goals accounted for, the game's creators had to produce and distribute around a million decks of cards.

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5 Steps To Harness Your Brain's Unconscious Decision-Making Powers

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:00 +0000

Yes, "sleeping on it" actually works. Here's how to make it work even better.

Yes, "sleeping on it" actually works. Here's how to make it work even better.

"Have you not noticed that, often, what was dark and perplexing to you the night before," the inventor Alexander Graham Bell once asked, "is found to be perfectly solved the next morning?"

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