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Monthly Archives: March 2015

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Had a bad day at the office or been under the thumb from a demanding boss? Well, you’re probably not alone there. But as I reflected on this following Employee Appreciation Day in the US earlier this month on 6 March – a national holiday that recognizes the value that employees bring to the workplace – I pondered if better practices in this space could not only re-engage workers but boost company fortunes too?

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It would be hard to find someone happier than an investor who bought Tesla Motors stock two years ago and has held on since. Sure, there have been bumps in the road and piques of volatility along the way but since March 2013 Tesla has jumped over 450 percent.

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Samsung has made some pretty big moves in the solid state storage market as of late. In the middle of last year, the company launched its current high-end consumer-class SSD 850 Pro Series of drives and followed up in December with a more affordable, lower-power variant featuring 3D V-NAND technology, that also happened to offer killer performance for the money.  Those more affordable drives were branded the SSD 850 EVO Series, and they remain some of the best all-around drives in the consumer SSD space.

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The IoT or the “Internet Of Things” seems to be all the rage these days, from smart home automation and security devices, to connected, autonomous vehicles. However, what’s key about this new trend in technology is not only the ideas for better, smarter devices that are born from this growth market, but also how companies actually execute to make these things really useful in our day-to-day lives. Industry titans like Intel and Google have already made some advances in delivering products that begin to build the framework of the IOT, and today two more major league players just stepped into the arena.

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Many of my friends and family members have newborn children and their photos flood my Facebook News Feed. Some of my friends have even resorted to creating a separate Facebook account for their newborns with a fake age since people under the age of 13 are not allowed to join the social network. It can be difficult for parents to keep so many photos organized, which is why Facebook created a new feature called “Scrapbook.”
“Over the past few months, I’ve noticed the more pictures I shared of my son on Facebook, the more scattered they became across my different photo albums—I needed a better way to organize them. And, I found myself tagging my wife in photos of my son so her friends could see them, too,” said Facebook product manager Dan Barak in a news release. “Our team ran a small survey for parents who share pictures of their children on Facebook and found that 65% of them tag their partner in these photos to share them with their partner’s friends. These same parents also told us they want to collect photos of their little ones in a place that will grow with them over the years.” Barak came up with the idea for the Scrapbook feature after he had his first baby nine months ago named Rom and realized that it wasn’t possible to tag an infant.
The Scrapbook feature uses a special tag that you create. If you tag your child in a photo, it will be added to a customizable scrapbook. The photos that you decide to tag can be shared with your friends. After the Scrapbook is created, you and your partner will be shown photos tagged of both of you. If your child is also in the photo, then you can add it to the Scrapbook. Parents will be able to tag photos of their child in friends’ photos and receive a notification if the privacy setting of those photos changes. 
Here is a video about how it works:

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The thrill of bidding and the thump of the gavel that auctions provide don’t necessarily have to be experienced in person—the world learned that from eBay. But Berlin-based Auctionata, which offers those experiences via live webcast, are reinforcing that truth.

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