Lessons from 7 famous authors who hated their job

Today started like every other day. With a blank page. Articles need to be written. To-do lists need to be completed. But still that pesky little cursor stays in the same spot taunting me with his methodical disappearing and re-appearing act. I hate the blank page. And I’m not the only one. Despite their successes, there are hundreds of famous authors and writers out there who loathe the process of putting down words. The solitude. The long … [Read more...]

11 tech innovations changing medicine

Enormous technological changes in medicine and healthcare are heading our way. These trends have a variety of stakeholders: patients, medical professionals, researchers, medical students, and consumers. They are important because of the impact they will likely have on all of us at one time or another. To get an overview of the trends in healthcare technology, we turned to Dr. Bertalan Meskó, medical futurist and author of The Guide to the Future … [Read more...]

Taylor Swift hits out at Apple Music in a short, powerful blog post

We reported this week that sections of the music industry are up in arms about Apple Music’s free, three-month trial for which it won’t pay royalties to artists. Taylor Swift has just summed up the musicians’ side of things perfectly with a short, eloquent piece on Tumblr. A couple of choice quotes… “I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, … [Read more...]

Your 2015 guide to summer reading for startups

Summer has unofficially begun here in the U.S. And I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing I love more than relaxing with a great book on the beach or laying in the grass at a park. And if I can get better at my job in the process? That, my friends, is a win-win. Or double win, as I like to call it. Since our previous reading lists (here and here) were so helpful for me personally as a reader, I want to pay it forward. So I caught up with … [Read more...]

Get the Mobile-First Developer’s Bundle – and pay what you want!

To turn an idea into an App Store best-seller requires coding skill. The Mobile-First Developer’s Bundle teaches you native app development from scratch, and you can pay whatever you like for it. It comprises ten courses, which show you how to start making apps for iOS, Android and HTML5. It starts with beginner tuition for all three platforms, including how to use Apple’s efficient Swift programming language, and how to optimize your Android … [Read more...]

Imperson’s new tech lets fans chat with their favorite fictional characters

Imperson has launched a platform that lets TV and movie fans chat with virtual personas of their beloved on-screen characters, opening up the possibilities for more immersive and personalized marketing efforts. The company’s new technology lets brands implement conversational characters with an authentic profile to engage directly with users on platforms they’re familiar with. In a marketing campaign for the teen slasher flick ‘Unfriended’, … [Read more...]

DoubleTwist’s CloudPlayer for Android streams music from all your online storage

Got a ton of tunes stashed in the cloud? DoubleTwist’s new Android app can play it all, with support for multiple storage services as well as your local media. CloudPlayer supports Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive, features a clean Material Design-inspired interface and can play lossless formats. Could this be your next default music app? I took CloudPlayer for a spin today to find out. CloudPlayer’s Material Design-inspired UI To get started, … [Read more...]

Amazon is now using machine learning to surface better product reviews

Amazon is overhauling its reviews system with machine learning software to help display more helpful insights on its products from buyers, reports CNET. The company is rolling out its upgraded system in the US and hopes that it will learn which reviews are most helpful to users and improve its capabilities over time, said an Amazon spokeswoman. Newer reviews, as well as those from verified Amazon customers and those reviews that other users vote … [Read more...]

What makes a good leader great?

Whether we like it or not, we’re born into a world where climbing the ranks in business ultimately becomes our top priority—especially earlier on in our careers. We compete to get into the best universities, and we clamor for open positions at the top firms. Once we get our leg in the door, we immediately try and learn what we need to do to get to the next level. It’s this constant drive toward the top that we either grow used to or learn to hate … [Read more...]

‘One of Many’ photo essays beautifully capture 12 lesser-known American creative communities

When you think of the most creative cities in America, Detroit or Salt Lake City might not the first places that come to mind. That’s the premise of what artist Wesley Verhoeve wants to disprove by traveling to 12 American cities to highlight its creative communities in a series of photo essays titled, “One of Many.” While Brooklyn and Chicago are known for their thriving art scenes, Verhoeve says there are many communities that are … [Read more...]

Facebook’s AI robot can generate images that look real to humans 40% of the time

Whether or not you think face recognition technology is creepy, it’s clear that tech companies around the world are continuing to invest in building better imaging intelligence. From Microsoft’s How Old Bot to Facebook’s newest app that browses your phone’s gallery for photos of your friends and IKEA’s catalog of computer-generated images, tech in the photography realm is getting smarter than ever – and with Facebook’s latest research … [Read more...]

Google Campus Madrid gets ready to incubate a new Spain

Google Campus Madrid won’t officially open its doors until June 22, but it has been buzzing with activity over the last few days, including its official inauguration yesterday. It culminated in a gala dinner in presence of US Ambassador James Costos, Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt and no less than Spain’s King Felipe. Despite this VIP-heavy start, most of Campus Madrid’s 2,500-square-meter space will be open to the general public; in fact, anyone … [Read more...]

6 reasons why Boston is America’s unlikely tech hub

When it comes to tech hubs, many entrepreneurs think they need to be based in Silicon Valley in order to thrive. Others look to tech centers like Silicon Alley or fast-growing Austin to establish their startup. Despite its rich history in technology and innovation, Boston is often a city that gets overlooked by those in the startup scene—until now. There is a renewed energy present throughout Boston and the entire region that is making Beantown a … [Read more...]

Wikileaks’ new batch of Sony files reveals a survey asking stars if they’ve had oral herpes

Well, this keeps becoming more bizarre. Following the Sony hack last winter, Wikileaks has uploaded a second batch of files containing 276,000 more documents obtained from the incident this week. Although most of the documents are related to legal and financial affairs, Radar Online uncovered a set of unusual questionnaires asking whether or not stars have had oral herpes. The survey titled “Cold Sore Questionnaire” looks to be a part of what … [Read more...]