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Counterpoint: The case against an AI god

We’d previously written an opinion piece titled “The case for an artificially intelligent god.” This is our counterpoint to that. It’s a strange time to be a technology journalist. Somehow artificial intelligence has grown from buzzword to a religion, literally. For tech enthusiasts, it can often be more comfortable to wrap our heads around ideas like algorithms and neural networks than religion … [Read more...]

“What Kind of Business Should I Start?” A Surprising Answer from A Successful Entrepreneur

I often get asked what you might think is a simple question: “What kind of business should I start?” For the first time in many years, I find myself in the same boat as the folks who ask me that question. I (surprisingly) don’t have a concrete answer to this question for myself right now–but, as I’ll show you in this post, I have a way to figure it out. After I sold … [Read more...]

Facebook Creator App Offers Small Businesses New Video Options

With video now the clear winner in customer engagement, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has just announced new tools for the creator community. This includes an app to manage the presence of creators on Facebook and a site where they can access resources to improve their skills and knowledge base. Up until now YouTube has strongly dominated this segment, and no one really has attempted to compete with it. … [Read more...]

The simple truth about net neutrality

It's not that complicated. It's based in history, it involves money and fairness and control. But it's not that complicated. If you care about the details, it's worth reading this classic from Tim Wu. There's no debate about how we got here, and not even that much debate about where it leads. It's mostly about who has the power to control the access that you and others have to the information and … [Read more...]

The Fundamentals of a Great YouTube Video Description

YouTube isn’t new. I don’t need to tell you that. It was a revolutionary video sharing platform for the masses well before Google acquired it, effectively cannibalizing the now defunct Google Video platform. A big difference that has emerged these last couple of years, however, is the accessibility of high quality video — both as consumers and as creators — for the general … [Read more...]

Tesla’s surprise 400kmph+ Roadster is coming in 2020

Just when the audience at Tesla’s Semi launch though the event was over, the company rolled out quite the surprise: a sleek red Roadster. The convertible 2+2 seater manages a top speed greater than 400kmph, runs for over 1,000km on a single charge (that’s enough to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco and back), and manages 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds – making it the first production car to hit that … [Read more...]

Week 2: “How Do I Start A Business When I Don’t Have Any Time?”

It’s week 2 of my adventure in 2015 to start a business. I started out last week not knowing what kind of business I wanted to start. This week, I’m taking an introspective look at another common issue people have when they want to start a business–and one that plagues me as well! It’s all about the feeling of not having enough time to start a business. Technically, I work … [Read more...]

Google Docs Outage Highlights Need for Backup of Online Business Services

Google Docs went down for a significant number of users Wednesday. The outage lasted for just about an hour and didn’t impact any other tools within Google Drive or G Suite. But because Google Docs is such a major tool for a lot of businesses and professionals, the outage had a major impact. Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) didn’t share the exact number of users affected. But it did confirm that … [Read more...]

The confusion about competence

A friend was describing a clerk he had recently dealt with. "She was competent, of course, but she couldn't engage very well with the customer who just came in." Then, of course, she wasn't competent, was she? It doesn't take a genius to see that competence is no longer about our ability to press certain buttons in a certain sequence. Far more often, competence involves the humanity required … [Read more...]

Want More Traffic and Leads? Follow These WordPress Tips – Part 3

Welcome to part 3 of our Traffic and Leads series through WordPress. If you haven’t read Part 1 & 2, I suggest you go back and read those before continuing because they will help shed a lot of light on the setup process of WordPress. WordPress is an awesome platform because it gives you complete control of your blogging. A website that used to take several weeks to setup can now be done within … [Read more...]

Twitter is stripping white supremacists of their verification badges

After announcing that it would begin removing blue verification badges from accounts that violated its guidelines earlier today, Twitter kicked things off by stripping several white supremacists’ profiles of their ‘verified’ status. Among those in the dragnet are Richard B. Spencer, founder of the National Policy Institute think thank; there’s also Jason Kessler, who organized the Unite the Right … [Read more...]

Week 5: What Do You Really Want to Do With Your Life?

I haven’t posted in a few weeks, though, as you’re about to find out, I have a really good reason for that! Also in this post, I share with you a (somewhat embarrassing) story about how I figured out what I really wanted to do most in my life. My boyfriend, John, owns a retail store called 1Up Repairs. He fixes cell phones, Xboxes, PS3s, and computers for a living. I’ve been … [Read more...]

Xero HQ Apps Now Available to Small Business Accounting Companies in US

Xero (NZE:XRO) just announced the general availability of Xero HQ apps in the Americas. The release of the new apps corresponds with a growth of 43 percent in Xero’s business domestically. Ten apps have been launched in collaboration with the company’s partners to improve the Xero online accounting software for small businesses. The 10 apps have been selected to provide a comprehensive … [Read more...]

Outsiders

You can't have insiders unless you have outsiders. And you can't have winners unless you have losers. That doesn't mean that you're required to create insiders and winners. All it means is that when people begin to measure themselves only in comparison to others ("How did I rank?") then you need to accept the impact of those choices. It's entirely possible to be happy and engaged and productive … [Read more...]

Want More Traffic and Leads? Follow These WordPress Tips – Part 2

Welcome come to Part 2 of my series and I encourage everyone to read Part 1 before going forward. Everyone wants to find creative ways to generate traffic and leads so I’ve decided to do research and put this together. In the previous part, we talked about choosing the right hosting provider and installing WordPress. Once you’ve installed your platform, it’s time to do some research so you can … [Read more...]

Pazugoo, the 3D printed evil spirits of nuclear waste storage

Speculative Demonology as Deep Geological Repository Marking Strategy, 2016. 3D-additive design and printing workshop with invited guests, Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden, 8th-10th November 2016 Part of Nuclear Culture, a curatorial project that brings together visual artists and researchers in humanities to reflect on issues related to the nuclear, looks at how we can communicate the presence of a … [Read more...]

Microsoft is building a new version of Skype for tutors and consultants

Microsoft is prepping to preview Skype Professional Account, which will make it easier for people who provide training, tutoring, consulting and counseling sessions via video chat to run their services – for free. The new version will include tools to schedule sessions, add notes for individual clients, and receive payments through the app. Microsoft also notes that it’ll help customers discover … [Read more...]

My Stake in the Ground: What I’m Building This Year

It’s been just over a year since my last company failed/got acquired, and I’m excited to announce the project I’m going to be working on for the foreseeable future! I’ve long been frustrated by the state of marketing information for small businesses. It’s what led me to start my last company, and, today, a bit more than year after that company failed, I still get the … [Read more...]

Crush Your Competition with these Website Building Basics

Sponsored Post Let’s start this off on the right foot — your website is really important. Once a customer chooses you over your competition in search, it’s extremely important that your website provide all the information and deep facts about your business in a way that’s easy to navigate. No argument. However, if you aren’t in control of your digital knowledge … [Read more...]

Meaningful work

Of course, it came with chocolate. There's no doubt that we're doing more running around than ever before. More cutting of corners, counting of pennies, reading of reviews. More focus on making a profit, less on making a difference. But why? Once you have enough, isn't better the point? Better doesn't mean more. Better means generous, sustainable, worthy. Better means connection and quality and … [Read more...]

Want More Traffic and Leads? Follow These WordPress Tips

WordPress is an ultimate platform and they’ve incorporated every element into their system. It’s very easy for you to customize your website to your preference. I think it’s very important you have a solid platform if you want to succeed in blogging because I think it’s a waste to devote your time to factors that you shouldn’t be paying close attention to. For example, we worry about coding and … [Read more...]

Google Assistant now lets you broadcast messages across all your Home speakers

Google has updated its Assistant service with the ability to broadcast voice messages from users to connected Home speakers connected to their accounts. The feature works not just when you talk to a speaker, but also when you issue a broadcast command to Assistant on your phone; you don’t even have to be on the same Wi-Fi network to beam a message, which means you can use this remotely to let your … [Read more...]

How Your Perfectionist Instinct Can Kill Perfectly Good Business Ideas

Back in May, I posted about the new direction I was taking this year, and my shiny new domain name, freedom.biz. Then, although it wasn’t my intent, I went radio silent on this blog for over 3 months! What happened? Well, two surprising things…both good. One, our business at 1Up Repairs took off more quickly and grew much faster than we had anticipated. We’ve currently … [Read more...]

Office of the Future: It’s Faster, Better, Smarter and Finally HERE!

Sponsored Post Picture this: you step into your office and the light goes on automatically. You sit down at your desk and your computer recognizes your face, unlocking the screen. You ask your digital assistant what appointments you have, and you get a voice response back. No logging in, no typing. You get ready to print off four copies of last year’s strategic plan for tomorrow’s team … [Read more...]

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