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The problem with virtual training: instructional design, not distance

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Training at a distance is more hassle than it’s worth, several CEOs have warned. But when we recently reported their cautions against onboarding new employees virtually, a senior analyst at training consultancy Bersin & Associates named Janet Clarey took exception with their point of view in the comments. Not that...
The problem with virtual training: instructional design, not distance
Exploring Bastion's canceled planting feature

RIM wrecks its own devices, so you don't have to (video)

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Bend, drown, drop and zap? No, that's not your mnemonic device for surviving a fire, it's actually RIM's protocol for destroying their own products. In a trio of behind-the-scenes videos released today, the company's pulled back the curtain on its Hardware Support Lab's process, giving users a peek at...
RIM wrecks its own devices, so you don't have to (video)

Live Q&A: How does your charity use social media? Tuesday 26 June

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Join our experts from 1pm to 3pm to discuss how your charity uses social media and how this could be improvedThe voluntary sector has often been considered a great proponent of social media. From the nfptweetup to global tweet chats, charities are constantly challenging the boundaries of social networks.But are...
Live Q&A: How does your charity use social media? Tuesday 26 June

VB Video Webinar: Is Singapore your launch pad to Asia?

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I just got back from Singapore, where I spent last week helping launch the inaugural DEMO Asia event. Through a series of energetic demonstrations, 76 companies, many of which were non-Asian, unveiled their innovative products to the Asian market. There’s so much momentum over there, and with Singapore leading Southeast Asia’s...
VB Video Webinar: Is Singapore your launch pad to Asia?

Siri Often Sucks. Will Humans Make Sivi Better?

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Apple's Siri loses a lot in translation. Could human-powered intelligence pick up the slack where virtual assistants fail? Sivi founder Nicholas Seet thinks so. The pitfalls and oddities of our interactions with Siri are the brunt of many well-documented jokes and groans. (No, Siri, giving me directions to Philadelphia...
Siri Often Sucks. Will Humans Make Sivi Better?

When 'Just Ship It' Goes Horribly Wrong

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(U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture photo by Kerry Rodtnick, via Flickr) From your friends in the agriculture industry comes a helpful reminder of the pitfalls of the credo “Just Ship It.” Wired reports that former execs from the Peanut Corporation of America have been charged with fraud and conspiracy for...
When 'Just Ship It' Goes Horribly Wrong

The 7 deadly sins of mobile app design

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This story is brought to you by Sourcebits, a Global leader in Strategy, User Experience & Engineering for Mobile & Cloud. Follow Sourcebits on Twitter for recent news and updates. In Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy wrote that “happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its...
The 7 deadly sins of mobile app design

What if Zuck invented the web?

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David Weinberger asks a thought-provoking question on his blog. It would make an interesting debate. I don't believe it's anywhere near as simple, or black and white, as he portrays it. I spent some time this week with Joe Hewitt who was in NY and one of the things we...
What if Zuck invented the web?

The shocking toll of hardware and software fragmentation on Android development

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Android fragmentation is a huge problem. The fact that there are hundreds of different hardware devices running over half a dozen different versions of Google’s OS makes it annoying for users, but makes it an especially devastating problem for developers trying to make a business out of the Android ecosystem....
The shocking toll of hardware and software fragmentation on Android development

How Free Apps Can Make More Money Than Paid Apps

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Editor’s note: John Manoogian III is co-founder and CTO at 140 Proof, a venture-backed startup for targeted Twitter advertising. While building apps for Apple and Android app stores can be highly lucrative ventures for developers, one of the hardest decisions an app developer has to make is how to get the app...
How Free Apps Can Make More Money Than Paid Apps

THE END OF WORKING FROM HOME: Best Buy Kills Flexible Work Program

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Marissa Mayer's decision to end Yahoo's remote work program has ignited a debate about the benefits and pitfalls of letting people work from home. Now, Best Buy, another struggling giant, is following suit.  The Star Tribune reports that the company announced Monday that they were ending their Results Only Work...
THE END OF WORKING FROM HOME: Best Buy Kills Flexible Work Program

CNET's Next Big Thing: Are we all too connected?

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At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, tech industry stars discussed the benefits -- and pitfalls -- of an increasingly connected world. [Read more]...
CNET's Next Big Thing: Are we all too connected?

Pitfalls on Road to IPO Riches

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Even in the best of markets, the IPO process is not always easy—or even successful....
Pitfalls on Road to IPO Riches
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Social media: five lessons for social entrepreneurs

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Twitter and Facebook are valuable tools for social enterprises - but there are a number of pitfalls you should avoidYoung, new social entrepreneurs around the world face a similar problem: building an audience and sustaining virtual communities. With social media playing an important role in audience building, early-stage entrepreneurs have...
Social media: five lessons for social entrepreneurs

Prediction: Nate Silver Will Answer Questions On Reddit's Ask Me Anything Tomorrow

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The stats guru will be taking questions at 2 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday. Nate Silver is perhaps best known for his nearly perfect predicting of the 2012 presidential election. And that's not where his Obama connection ends: Because, just as the president, (among others), has done, the New York...
Prediction: Nate Silver Will Answer Questions On Reddit's Ask Me Anything Tomorrow

Introducing PCWorld's Windows 8 Starter Guide

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Windows 8 is the biggest change to Windows since the original Windows 95. Whether you've been playing with the consumer preview, intrigued by the direction Microsoft is taking, or worried that you may have to relearn Windows all over again, PCWorld can help you get started with the Windows...
Introducing PCWorld's Windows 8 Starter Guide

Planning a hack day? Take a look at this Manifesto and see what you’re forgetting

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Hack days as a high energy and fun way to get ideas moving are becoming more common as developers, companies and organisations support the method of cross pollinating skills. Organising a hack day is no mean feat and with plenty to plan for, you’re bound to forget something. Fear not,...
Planning a hack day? Take a look at this Manifesto and see what you’re forgetting
Startups: Build a great culture, fail small, and pay what you owe

Real Stories of Startup Failure: A Database of What Not to Do

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There's a school of thought that says entrepreneurs learn best from their own mistakes. That they must fail - and fail and fail - before they succeed. Noam Wasserman comes from a different school of thought (Harvard Business School), and he suggests that entrepreneurs instead learn from the mistakes...
Real Stories of Startup Failure: A Database of What Not to Do

Heroku's New Add-Ons Marketplace Is A "Program In A Box" For Developers

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Heroku announced a new version of its Add-Ons Marketplace to give developers a “program in a box,” so they can focus on the apps they’re developing instead of spending time on such issues as marketing and billing. Heroku CEO Oren Teich said in an interview that the company has found that developers need...
Heroku's New Add-Ons Marketplace Is A "Program In A Box" For Developers

Qualcomm restructures company due to concerns over impact of open source licenses on patents

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These days, when companies announce a restructuring (or the exploration of "strategic alternatives") with respect to their patent portfolios, it usually means that someone hopes to sell out or to ratchet up monetization. Today, Qualcomm announced a restructuring that is simply a precautionary measure. Qualcomm keeps almost all of its...
Qualcomm restructures company due to concerns over impact of open source licenses on patents

Selling Stock Post-IPO

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Google was unusual in that it had 3 lock up periods: a 30 day lockup, a 90 day lockup, and the 180 day lockup. The idea was to let pre-IPO stock (and option) holders sell 5% of their holdings after 30 days, an additional 10% after 90 days and any...
Selling Stock Post-IPO

ReadWriteStart Weekly Wrapup

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It's hard to believe that it is May already as a third of the year is complete and summer is almost here. With graduation season upon us, perhaps the entrepreneurs of tomorrow will want to take a look at the most popular startup stories from this week in our Weekly...
ReadWriteStart Weekly Wrapup

Over half of American homes don't have or use their landline

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It’s not really surprising but over half of Americans don’t have or use a land line, according to data published late last week by the Centers for Disease Control. The study tracks the demographics of land line telephone use and was designed to help the CDC adapt its data collection...
Over half of American homes don't have or use their landline

An Easy Alternative to Business Cards: Instant Email

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Exchanging business cards is like breaking up with a significant other: you both smile, say you’ll keep in touch, and never speak again. Ditch the inefficiency and cost of paper with a very simple alternative: have your new contact send you an email before you part ways. I’ve been experimenting...
An Easy Alternative to Business Cards: Instant Email

Zuck’s So Busy Buying Billion $ Companies, Facebook May Delay IPO. And That’s Good.

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Would you prefer a CEO who’s in the trenches making their company worth more, or one who sings and dances for potential investors? In Facebook’s case, having Mark Zuckerberg remain the visionary rather than become a celebrity salesman will be crucial to the company staying on top. Zuckerberg’s steered Facebook around...
Zuck’s So Busy Buying Billion $ Companies, Facebook May Delay IPO. And That’s Good.

Fallen kingdom: 38 Studios' collapse and the pitfalls of using public money to support tech companies

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In a career filled with many clutch throws from the baseball mound, former Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling's main calling card was a gutsy post-season performance made even more memorable by a blood-soaked sock. It was a pitch made by Schilling outside of Major League Baseball, however, that...
Fallen kingdom: 38 Studios' collapse and the pitfalls of using public money to support tech companies

Sponsor post: Help your organization avoid the pitfalls of BYOD

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The buzz in enterprise communications is BYOD — bring your own device. Industry research supports that BYOD, far from being merely the latest and greatest, is more likely to be the new normal. In addition, according to the latest Frost & Sullivan research (download the report, “The Changing Role of...
Sponsor post: Help your organization avoid the pitfalls of BYOD
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