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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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October 3, 2014

Tim Cook Reflects On The Third Anniversary Of Steve Jobs's Death In Email To Employees

Apple CEO Tim Cook emailed all of Apple’s employees this morning to reflect on the upcoming third anniversary of the death of Steve Jobs. “Steve’s vision extended far beyond the years he was alive, and the values on which he built Apple will always be with us,” Cook wrote.

Here’s the full email, via employees of Apple:

Team,

Sunday will mark the third anniversary of Steve’s passing. I’m sure that many of you will be thinking of him on that day, as I know I will.

I hope you’ll take a moment to appreciate the many ways Steve made our world better. Children learn in new ways thanks to the products he dreamed up. The most [...]

 
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September 29, 2014

Why You Should Read The TOS: Londoners Sign Away First Born Child For Free WiFi

A group of Londoners unknowingly agreed to give up their first born child in an experiment exploring the dangers of public WiFi use.

The experiment, backed by European law enforcement agency Europol, involved a group of researchers setting up an open WiFi access point in June. When people connected to the hotspot, the terms and conditions they were asked to accept included a clause promising free WiFi but only if “the recipient agreed to assign their first born child to us for the duration of eternity.”

Six people signed up.

“We have yet to enforce our rights under the terms and conditions but, as this is an experiment, we will be returning the [...]

 
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August 26, 2014

Lead Generation and the Purchase Funnel: How Social Media Can Influence Both

As simple as it may sound, business activities need to be aligned with a company’s overall goals. One of the most common goals for any business is to generate sales and turn a profit. Without customers and an effective marketing strategy, these things would be impossible. This, however, presents a couple of questions. How do businesses get customers? And how can the company generate sales from those customers?

Any marketer worth their salt can tell you the answers: through lead generation, and leading customers through the purchase funnel. And, better yet, marry these ideas with effective marketing strategies, like strong social media campaigns.

But… what is lead [...]

 
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August 8, 2014

3D Printing: One Step Closer To A Star Trek Future? [Infographic]

The original Star Trek TV series from the 1960s featured fictional replicator technology that materialized food, drink, and non-edible objects. 50 years later, 3D printing is a major step toward making that vision a reality. This infographic, published by The Best Computer Science Schools, takes a close look at the technology.

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