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Cow Chips and Politics

Don Ringe | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Don Ringe

Several years ago, I bought into the notion that GSR (Galvanic Skin Response) technology could be a measurement used in political focus groups to analyze the intensity of a group member's response to a series of TV spots.

5 Ways Technology Can Help Your Nonprofit Do More Good

Sarah Hillware | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Sarah Hillware

The way people give is constantly changing. People may care about your cause, but it doesn't mean they will donate. So what drives them?

How to Turn a Consulting Business into a $35M Tech Empire

Sean Kim | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Sean Kim

Our lovely and humble guest, Rand Fishkin, has built a $36,000,000 (yes, that's 6 zeros) annual business, that helps other companies with their SEO and other marketing strategies.

How Confident Leaders Silence the Office Screamer

Brian de Haaff | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

When someone starts screaming, your first impulse may be to scream right back. Because you are the boss. That response will not work, and it puts you right in the middle of the argument -- the last place you want to be.

15 Crucial Emojis That Are Still Missing

Allison Bagley | Posted 04.26.2015 | Women
Allison Bagley

If emojis were designed to save time in digital communication, in addition to releasing more diverse options it would have been nice to see 15 still-missing emojis that are part of many females' regular texting vocabulary.

Have A Big Social Idea? Jump In And The Funding Will Come

Emo Kadiyski | Posted 04.22.2015 | Impact
Emo Kadiyski

My experience as a teacher made me believe that while education is hard work, when students are motivated and inspired, nothing is impossible. So I started dreaming that if I could inspire young people in Vratsa to gain and develop IT skills, we might awaken the potential of our hometown.

7 Ways to Build an App That Users Trust

Himanshu Sareen | Posted 04.09.2015 | Technology
Himanshu Sareen

When it comes to building an app, there are a ton of best practices that are seen as essential in creating a cohesive, user-friendly experience. These typically involve overarching design details, but also include everything from monetization options to specific platform considerations.

In Brazil, Water Is Power

Jake Levine | Posted 05.22.2015 | Green
Jake Levine

In spite of these efforts, there is one resource that Brazil is ignoring: its consumers. Provided with the right information, and engaged at the right time, millions of consumers could help stem Brazil's water crisis by saving water and electricity.

How I Beat Quicken's Upgrade-or-Else Scheme

Jeff Fox | Posted 05.11.2015 | Technology
Jeff Fox

A few years ago, I began to question whether each new version's bells and whistles, many of which I didn't need, were worth the price. Then there were the changes Intuit had made to the program's user interface over the years that forced me to change my habits.

Why Do So Many Software Engineers Hate Java?

Quora | Posted 05.09.2015 | Technology
Quora

First, let's cover the technical issues. It's verbose, combines the worst of both worlds between static and dynamic typing by having a hobbled but extremely clunky type system, and mandates running on a VM that has a macroscopic startup time (not an issue for long-running servers, but painful for command-line applications).

Disrupting the Status Quo With Glassbreakers

Samantha_Harris | Posted 05.05.2015 | Technology
Samantha_Harris

We break bread, we break rules, we even break-fast -- but rarely do we break the glass ceiling together. It's 2015 and only 4.2 percent of Fortune CEOs are women, out of 500 companies on the S&P there are only 24 female CEOs.

Life Lessons From a NASA Flight Software Engineer

Laura Faye Tenenbaum | Posted 05.05.2015 | Science
Laura Faye Tenenbaum

Unless you call yourself a rocket scientist, you probably don't think your daily routine has much in common with flight software engineering. But you would be wrong. If you skip the bits about the flying, disregard the software and pay no attention to the engineering, then what you're left with is some amazingly useful life lessons.

Sales Tax On Software: Virtually Impossible to Understand

David Seiden | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
David Seiden

States are generally slow to enact new laws in the face of new technology. Hence many of states find themselves applying existing sales tax laws, developed for brick-and-mortar transactions, to emerging technology transactions (i.e. cloud computing).

Let's Empower Local Microfinance Solutions

Joyce Kim | Posted 04.26.2015 | Impact
Joyce Kim

But as the tech world continues to develop sleeker financial technology, let's not forget about the potential for sustainable progress and pervasive change in microfinance, for the people who need it most.

What Is Wrong With Outsourcing Software?

Emmanuel Straschnov | Posted 04.07.2015 | Technology
Emmanuel Straschnov

If you're building a business, you've probably had to think about building your software solution. Very often, the way to go is outsourcing, be it onshore or offshore.

Employers, Here's Your 2015 Wake-Up Call

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 03.30.2015 | Women
Susan Bulkeley Butler

The typical cost to a company to replace an employee is about 20 percent of the employee's annual salary. Simple programs that support women employees -- programs such as flexible work schedules and family leave; mentoring and coaching programs -- can be much cheaper.

Women in Business Q&A: Liz Elting, Co-Founder of TransPerfect

Laura Dunn | Posted 03.28.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Liz Elting is the co-founder and co-CEO of TransPerfect and Translations.com. TransPerfect's Translations.com is a leading provider of software, website, and enterprise-wide localization services, as well as translation-related technology products.

How a 2,500-Year-Old Math Proof Can Help Determine When a Patient Improves

Rob Froud | Posted 03.10.2015 | Science
Rob Froud

For many chronic conditions epidemiologists agree that the correct point to choose is the point closest to the top-left corner of the ROC curve. As we stopped to think about it, it struck us as obvious that the way to choose this point is by using Pythagoras' theorem. But this was not what our epidemiologist peers and colleagues were doing.

NBA Owner Vivek Ranadivé: Welcome to Civilization 3.0

Vala Afshar | Posted 01.22.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

"A little bit of the right info, just a little beforehand, is more valuable than all the info in the world, 6 months after the fact." - @Vivek What d...

Detekt: A New Software Tool in the "Cat and Mouse" Game Against Big Brother

Josefina Salomon | Posted 01.21.2015 | Technology
Josefina Salomon

The hope is that Detekt will not only provide human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and activists with some sense of security but also open a debate on the broader need for regulation of the development, sale and use of surveillance technology.

You Shouldn't Have to Learn How to Code

Emmanuel Straschnov | Posted 01.06.2015 | Technology
Emmanuel Straschnov

Learning how to code is seen today as key to building a successful life. Barack Obama, Michael Bloomberg, and even Enrique Iglesias have all urged people to study coding.

5 Tools for Learning and Writing Regular Expressions

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 12.23.2014 | Huffpost Code
Alex Ivanovs

I remember my first experiences with RegEx, it was when I'd build snippets and small scripts within the Perl programming language. Even back then, w...

The Power of Customizable SAAS Price Modeling

Andre Bourque | Posted 12.13.2014 | Technology
Andre Bourque

Software as a service (Saas) pricing can be a tricky thing. Vastly different than commodity pricing, SaaS pricing strategy tends to revolve around ongoing utility rather than a cut-and-dry "flinch test."

What Global Warming, Energy Efficiency and Erlang Have in Common

Noah Gift | Posted 12.09.2014 | Technology
Noah Gift

Hidden in the discussion of rising energy costs and consumption in datacenters is the selection of software language. A physical server is an easy concept for the general public to understand since it compares so closely with a personal computer.

Reinvent Your Business Model or Die

Vala Afshar | Posted 11.21.2014 | Business
Vala Afshar

One of the key components of transformation and innovation is the business model, and since the ability of companies to transform and reinvent themselves is crucial to their lifeline, I went straight to the source.