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August 28, 2015

Strategies For Avoiding Burnout

The term “burnout” gets used so often in such a wide range of situations that it can lose its impact. While Wikipedia defines burnout as long-term exhaustion and/or diminished interest in career and life events, this syndrome is not recognized as a distinct disorder in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual 5 (DSM-5), the bible for all psychological issues and the starting point for treatment.

Depriving burnout of a pathological categorization keeps too many working too hard for too long. With no concrete, widely-recognized medical definition, doctors have a tough time diagnosing it and getting the insurance coverage for its treatment. Worse, when employees at all [...]

 
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August 23, 2015

Wearable Tech Startup Focused On Personal Safety Raises $100k On Kickstarter

Connecticut startup Wearsafe Labs has raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter to develop advanced wearable personal safety products, starting with the Wearsafe Tag—a small wearable panic button.

The company initially set out to raise $75,000 and surpassed that goal in less than four weeks.

“We couldn’t be happier with the success of this campaign,” says co-founder Phill Giancarlo. “But even more important, we are so appreciative to those who backed this project, who believe in our mission to really make a difference in this world.”

Wearsafe’s first product, the Wearsafe Tag, is a low-energy Bluetooth wearable device that can [...]

 
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August 21, 2015

Benefit Expectations Of Millennials

If you’re involved in any sort of professional workforce, you’ve no doubt noticed the number of young people in the office. Born between 1980 and 2000, “millennials” are a generation that has grown up more connected and digitally savvy than any generation before it. Millennials can be a boon to a company—particularly one that’s focused on tech, online business, or new public relations and marketing—as they bring youth, enthusiasm, and a wellspring of new perspectives. However, attracting millennials to your company may mean that you’ll have to look a little more closely at what benefits you’re including. Although at first glance it may look as though millennials want more [...]

 
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July 30, 2015

Is The ‘Male Pill’ The Future Of Birth Control?

Over the last few years, researchers have made great strides in the way of male contraception. Some recent developments—including daily pills and an injection that can last for years—look quite promising, and they may just revolutionize your sex life.

 
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July 15, 2015

Google To Offer Free Internet To Public Housing Residents In Its Fiber Markets

In an effort to make the Web more accessible for many people, Google will soon offer free Internet access to public and affordable housing residents in its Fiber markets.

This move is part of the federal ConnectHome initiative, announced today, which aims to bring Internet access to 28 public housing communities in the U.S.

Google Fiber covers four of these areas: Atlanta, Durham, Nashville, and Kansas City. The company will also extend the program to every current and future Fiber market.

Google says it was inspired by its participation in the Unlocking the Connection program in Austin.

Google’s Basic 5 Mbps Fiber tier is already free on a monthly [...]

 
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June 26, 2015

Facebook Users Can ‘Celebrate Pride’ With Rainbow Profile Photo Filter

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage, making it legal in all 50 states. To celebrate this monumental step for equal civil rights, Facebook has rolled out a new tool that will superimpose a rainbow banner over your profile picture. Just head over to facebook.com/celebratepride to give it a try.

 
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June 4, 2015

Study Reveals Fascinating Data About Job Satisfaction And Avoiding Burnout

We’ve all had the feeling of burnout at some point in our lives. Most people first encounter it in school, with a large segment of the population going on to experience it in their working lives. Burnout is harmful to individuals, of course, but also to the companies and organizations they serve.

A recent study conducted by The Office Club tackled the issues of burnout and job satisfaction. It surveyed 200 members of the U.S. workforce and revealed some interesting correlations.

Some brief highlights:

Self-employed workers are less burnt out. Despite the stereotype that paints entrepreneurs and freelancers as desperate, stressed people struggling to put food [...]
 
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December 11, 2014

The Power Of 3D Printing

In the 1980s, most tech geeks were still busting their brains over how to develop personal computers and entertainment consoles for the masses. Little did the public know that in addition to the green MS-DOS screens and 8-bit video games entering the market, three decades later developments taking place behind the scenes would revolutionize the worlds of industry, craft, and art.

3D Printing’s Bulky Beginnings

In 1984, a man named Chuck Hull of 3D Systems Corporation invented the basis for 3D printing software. It had the ability for users to design objects on a computer and digitally “slice” them into extremely thin layers. This STL file format allowed special [...]

 
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October 31, 2014

PillPack Is The Pharmacy Of The Future

Let’s face it: pharmacies suck. There’s really nothing good about the experience as it exists today. But Massachusetts startup PillPack is changing that. It’s the first pharmacy truly dedicated to the customer experience.

The company has a physical pharmacy in Manchester, NH that can ship medications to 41 states. They don’t ship individual pill bottles, though—everything is sent in pre-sorted packets organized and labeled by date and time. They arrive on a roll in a dispenser, making it easy for people to stay on track. On Monday at 8 a.m., you just grab the packet labeled for that time and take the pills inside. The planning has been done for [...]

 
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October 25, 2014

Will Artificial Intelligence Threaten The Human Race?

I’ve always been fascinated by artificial intelligence and concepts like the technological singularity. I’m all for the development of technology to improve the human experience, but when potential side effects come into play, it’s important to stop and think.

When it comes to artificial intelligence, the idea that a machine can learn and develop a sort of “consciousness” is cool on the surface. There’s no question that that sort of tech would benefit us in big ways—disrupting markets in all industries. But what happens when the technology advances beyond human intellectual capacity and control?

Tesla’s Elon Musk discussed this [...]

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