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NetWORKing for a Job

NetWORKing for a Job

I’m helping an acquaintance find a job. While he’s sharp and has been successful, he’s not sufficiently engaged in his job search, even after six months. Basically, he had been just going through the motions. He: Has a long elevator speech, Wrote a generic resume and incomplete LinkedIn profile, Contacted ...

The Smart Home’s Biggest Problem is Too Many Choices

The Smart Home’s Biggest Problem is Too Many Choices

How many companies does it take to connect a light bulb? Why connect the light when you can connect the switch? Or outlet? Or socket? How many companies does it take to turn on a connected light? One to make the light and 40 or 50 to access the API. Okay, these aren’t funny jokes. But they offer an essential truth about ...

Amazon Launches 3D Printed Products Store

Amazon Launches 3D Printed Products Store

Amazon.com will offer 3D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings, bobble head toys and other items from third-party sellers using a new personalization option on its website. Most of the more than 200 items available on the company's new 3D printed products store, which launched on Monday, can ...

Report: GameStop May Soon Issue Credit Cards

Report: GameStop May Soon Issue Credit Cards

GameStop has a reputation of upselling customers at the cash register. As annoying as incessantly turning down pre-orders and protection plans can be, though, it's child's play compared to what the brick-and-mortar videogame retail giant is expected to start pushing soon. GameStop is set to offer its own credit card to ...

Fitbit Comes to Windows Phone as its First Fitness Tracker

Fitbit Comes to Windows Phone as its First Fitness Tracker

At the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year it was clear Microsoft had a problem: exciting new hardware like Pebble, Nest, and various fitness bands were not fully supported on Windows. Companies appeared to be ignoring Microsoft’s platforms in favor of iOS and Android. Thanks to Windows Phone 8.1, that might be ...

Google Turns to Crowdsourcing to Improve Google Translate

Google Turns to Crowdsourcing to Improve Google Translate

Over the years, Google Translate has gotten significantly better at giving its users (relatively) legible translations for most commonly used languages. It’s still far off from being perfect, though, and today Google announced a new initiative that aims to get more input from its users to improve its translations. The ...

‘The Melt’ Used Science to Create the Perfect Grilled Cheese for Delivery

‘The Melt’ Used Science to Create the Perfect Grilled Cheese for Delivery

Moist. Cold. Soggy. Not words you want to associate with your grilled cheese sandwich. Or anything edible, really. Nevertheless, they were adjectives that fit the fare of The Melt, a high-end San Francisco-based sandwich chain, whenever it tried to deliver hot grilled cheeses to hungry lunch customers. How were office-goers ...

Report: Apple to Buy Podcast-Streaming App ‘Swell’ for $30 Million

Report: Apple to Buy Podcast-Streaming App ‘Swell’ for $30 Million

Apple is reported to be buying Google-backed podcast app Swell. The iPhone and iPad manufacturer is said to be spending $30 million (around £17.6 million or AU$32 million) to buy the app, shutting it down in the process. Swell is an iOS app that plays you a continuous stream of podcasts, saving you the hassle of finding ...

Apple’s iWatch: 7 Things It Must Do to Win the Market

Apple’s iWatch: 7 Things It Must Do to Win the Market

We don't know much of anything about Apple's upcoming smartwatch, or even if such a thing exists. But as hype, rumors, and expectations reach the pre-release fever pitch we've come to associate with a new Apple product, it seems all but certain that Tim Cook will take the stage this fall to announce what Apple hopes is its ...

Your Smartphone is Your Room Key at Hilton Hotels, Starting Next Year

Your Smartphone is Your Room Key at Hilton Hotels, Starting Next Year

Queuing up at a hotel check-in desk is often the last thing you want to do after a long flight. Starting next year, you’ll be able to bypass the front desk altogether in Hilton hotels, your smartphone serving as as your hotel room key. We’ve seen the same thing in smaller hotel groups, but Hilton’s adoption of the ...