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FeedSquares for Chrome/Android - Supercharge your Google Reader! - http://blog.rocketinbottle.com/2010...
63% of Readers Don't Care if Your Site Allows Comments - http://adage.com/article...
"18- to 24-year olds) are three times as likely as those 55 and older to say that engagement tools will make them more likely to visit a site." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
Customers Create Preferences On App For Tailored In-Store Experience - http://www.psfk.com/2011...
Customers Create Preferences On App For Tailored In-Store Experience
"Designed in partnership with Microsoft, an app on shoppers’ phones allows them to create a shopping list visible to store associates. Before a store visit, customers can browse inventory while being supported by staff with targeted deals, product suggestions, and the ability to send questions to store associates. Customers check-in when they arrive at a physical store, alerting staff members and syncing their user profiles, shopping lists, and purchase history." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
Are we becoming too analytical? (you are not your user) - http://dubfuture.blogspot.com/2011...
Are we becoming too analytical? (you are not your user)
"Although giving people graphs of their health data and power use has value, they are insufficient to empower people to understand their daily behaviors and possibly change for the better. We've seen this time and time again in our own research with projects like UbiFit (led by Sunny Consolvo at UW and Intel), in the research of BJ Fogg on persuasive user interfaces, and in recent work by graduate student Jon Froehlich on eco-feedback displays for water usage. One of the first things we teach in introductory human-computer interaction (HCI) is that "you are not your user" and "beware designer ego bias." Google seemed to have fallen into this well-known trap in their design and testing for Google PowerMeter (and perhaps Google Health)." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
Violated: A traveler’s lost faith, a difficult lesson learned (trashed by a "traveler" I connected with via airbnb.com) - http://ejroundtheworld.blogspot.com/2011...
"With heart pounding and stomach churning, I slowly swung the door open as both a pungent odor and the full realization of what had occurred washed over me: this wasn't just a random break-in. My home had been burglarized, vandalized and thoroughly trashed by a "traveler" I connected with via the online rental agency, airbnb.com." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
YouTube responsible for 22% of all mobile bandwidth - http://gigaom.com/broadba...
YouTube responsible for 22% of all mobile bandwidth
"The global bandwidth share of the Google-owned video site was 22 percent in the first half of 2011, compared with just 17 percent in the first half of 2010. YouTube now accounts for 52 percent of all global mobile video streaming, according to Allot." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
Snapify – Search Selected Text On Popular Sites Without Leaving Tab (results appear in a floating window) - http://www.addictivetips.com/interne...
Snapify – Search Selected Text On Popular Sites Without Leaving Tab (results appear in a floating window)
"Snapify is a Chrome extension that lets you search YouTube, Wikipedia, Google, Google Maps, Picasa and Twitter for any term that you select on a web page. The search results appear in a floating window in the same tab." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
How to Make your own Stylus with Cotton Ear Buds - http://www.labnol.org/gadgets...
"Wrap the foil around the ear bud such that the metal touches the cotton portion of the bud. Then dip the cotton in water such that it becomes slightly wet and your stylus is now ready to use." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
Too Much Safety Could Make Drivers Less Safe - http://www.wired.com/autopia...
Too Much Safety Could Make Drivers Less Safe
"The Yerkes-Dodson law, as it became known, describes the relationship between arousal and performance. Give people too little to pay attention to and they’ll become complacent. Give them too much and they’ll become overwhelmed. For the best performance, the two researchers said, humans must work in the sweet spot where manageable tasks keep them interested. In automotive terms, this means drivers are at their best when they’re paying attention to their surroundings but they aren’t flummoxed. You’re just as likely to do a bad job driving down some lonely treeless straightaway in Kansas as you are merging onto the New Jersey Turnpike at rush hour, lost, with a scorpion on your shoulder." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
What Monkeys Can Teach Us About Human Behavior (It has always been done this way) - http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...
What Monkeys Can Teach Us About Human Behavior (It has always been done this way)
"In 1968, the Swiss dominated the watch industry. Enterprising Swiss inventors invented the electronic watch movement at their research institute in Neuchatel, Switzerland. It was rejected by every Swiss watch manufacturer. Based on their past experiences in the industry, they assumed this couldn't possibly be a watch, because it had no gears or springs. Seiko took one look at this invention and took over the world watch market. When Univac invented the computer, they refused to talk to business people who inquired about it, because the computer was invented for scientists they assumed it had no business applications. Then along came IBM and dominated the market. IBM, itself, once said that according to their past experiences in the computer market, they assumed that there was virtually no market for the personal computer. In fact, they said they were absolutely certain there were no more than five or six people in the entire world who had need for a personal computer. And along came... more... - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
People from Polar Regions Have Bigger Brains - http://news.discovery.com/human...
People from Polar Regions Have Bigger Brains
"They're not more intelligent, but the bigger brain (and eyeball) size permits better vision in areas with less sunlight." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
Six Common Misperceptions about Teamwork (Conflict can generate more creative solutions) - http://blogs.hbr.org/cs...
"Misperception #1: Harmony helps. Smooth interaction among collaborators avoids time-wasting debates about how best to proceed. Actually: Quite the opposite, research shows. Conflict, when well managed and focused on a team's objectives, can generate more creative solutions than one sees in conflict-free groups. So long as it is about the work itself, disagreements can be good for a team. Indeed, we found in our earlier research on symphony orchestras that slightly grumpy orchestras played a little better as ensembles than those whose members worked together especially harmoniously. Misperception #2: It's good to mix it up. New members bring energy and fresh ideas to a team. Without them, members risk becoming complacent, inattentive to changes in the environment, and too forgiving of fellow members' misbehavior. Actually: The longer members stay together as an intact group, the better they do. As unreasonable as this may seem, the research evidence is unambiguous. Whether it is a basketball team or a string quartet, teams that stay together longer play together better." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
6 Free Websites For Public Domain Images & Free Stock Photos - http://www.makeuseof.com/tag...
6 Free Websites For Public Domain Images & Free Stock Photos
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"Public Domain refers to material that is ‘publicly available’ and not covered by intellectual property or copyrights. In today’s media, where visual art is abundant, there is a high demand for images, for example for webdesign projects. As a consequence, there are many stock photography websites where artists can sell their photographs or image designs. There are, however, also resources that feature royalty free stock photos that are in the public domain." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
Why I'm Not Going Near Spotify (and Why You Shouldn't Either) - http://blogs.hbr.org/cs...
"Simply put: the way we consume music is fundamentally different to the way we consume movies and TV. Think about it. It is relatively rare to own a movie or TV series that you sit through and watch multiple times. Sure, there are some classics where that's the case, but most people watch a video once and that's it. Music is not like this. The same songs get listened to time and time again. We build playlists (custom CDs or even mix tapes, if you're old enough) around them. It's the very reason most people don't just listen to the radio. They want to own their favorite songs and albums so they can play them when they want. Understanding this — that we consume audio in a fundamentally different way from video — is critical to understanding why, from a consumer point of view, paying a monthly rental fee is a risky way of obtaining music." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
Improving people's memory by punishing their correct answers (arousal following retrieval of information enhances later recall) - http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.com/2011...
""These data are the first to show that arousal following successful retrieval of information enhances later recall of that information," the researchers said. A follow-up study was similar to the first but this time correct answers in the initial mini-tests were followed by neutral or aversive pictures that appeared two seconds later, as opposed to appearing immediately as they did in the first study. This was to see if there was a narrow window beyond which a negative stimulus wouldn't any longer enhance the consolidating effect of correct retrieval. The results were just the same as for the first study, so even two seconds later, a nasty picture is still able to enhance the memory consolidating effect of a correct retrieval. Future studies are needed to test just how long after a correct retrieval this process is still effective, and to see if positive images exert a similar benefit. " - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
VideoBee (When you are on a web page with video simply hit the Bzzz button) - http://videobee.tv/start/
VideoBee (When you are on a web page with video simply hit the Bzzz button)
"When you are on a web page with video simply hit the Bzzz button. To see the videos you have created go to videobee.tv and they will be in your Playlist." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
How Many Pilots Does a 737 Need? Evidence-Based Management in Action - http://bobsutton.typepad.com/my_webl...
"United wanted two pilots because of the enormous savings in labor expenses; the union wanted three pilots because they argued that, since the planes would be flown in busy air spaces, it would be better to have a third person on board to help with demanding work and to keep an eye out for problems. Well, this kind of disagreement didn't surprise me and I am sure it doesn't surprise me. But what shocked me as that United and the union jointly sponsored an independent group to study the differences between two and three person crews during actual flight operations. The study found no consistent differences between two and three-pilot crews. As Hackman reports on page 119 of Leading Teams: "Members of the three-person crews did leave the cockpit more frequently to visit the cabin, which may have helped strengthen the work relationship between pilots and flight attendants. But they caught no more potentially conflicting traffic called to their attention by air traffic control than did... more... - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
Tittar SVT:s belackare på tv? (deras politiska agenda inte alls handlar om att värna SVT:s version av public service) - http://www.svd.se/kultur...
"Ett evigt återkommande tjat är att Sveriges Television är bra på att göra nöjesunderhållning. För bra tydligen, eftersom nästan alla publiksuccéer (På spåret, Antikrundan, Så ska det låta, Allsång på Skansen, Doobidoo, Melodifestivalen, Skavlan och Mästarnas mästare) har SVT som producent. Självklart är inte allt lysande (en del är riktigt uselt) men det är väl knappast ovanligt. Detta får till följd att kritiken växer mot att SVT inte sysslar med public service utan med allsång, schlager och frågelekar. Är detta sant? Nej, det räcker med att titta på tablåerna vecka efter vecka för att tydligt se att SVT är en bred kanal med otaliga dokumentärer, kultur-, historie- och debattprogram. De närmaste dagarna visas Troells trollspegel, Hundra svenska år, Afrikas avvikare, Vad är en människa?, Enastående kvinnor – Grace Kelly och FBI:s historia. Och då har jag inte nämnt Kunskapskanalens utbud. Problemet är att detta inte går in i kritikernas hjärnor, antagligen för att deras politiska... more... - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
20 Clever Bus-Shelter Ads to Brighten Your Travels - http://www.adweek.com/adfreak...
20 Clever Bus-Shelter Ads to Brighten Your Travels
20 Clever Bus-Shelter Ads to Brighten Your Travels
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You Are What You Eat | the food in your fridge can say a lot about who you are, what you do, and where you're from - http://flowingdata.com/2011...
You Are What You Eat | the food in your fridge can say a lot about who you are, what you do, and where you're from
You Are What You Eat | the food in your fridge can say a lot about who you are, what you do, and where you're from
"An intense curiosity and questions about stewardship led me to begin to make these unconventional portraits. A refrigerator is both a private and a shared space. One person likened the question, “May I photograph the interior of your fridge?” to asking someone to pose nude for the camera. Each fridge is photographed "as is". Nothing added, nothing taken away. The above is a fridge of a street advertiser in San Antonio, Texas. In contrast, here's one from a bartender. I think all of those styrofoam boxes are filled with fresh vegetables from the local farmer's market." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
Online Color Picker - Color Mixer, Color chart, Hex Colors, Web Colors, Color schemes for web - http://www.colorpicker.in/
"Color Picker is an online tool which you can use to quickly pick Hexadecimal(HEX) Colors quickly and easily. Using the color pallate you can mix and pick your choice of colors instantly, there is no need to install any software." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
Convert Audio Files Online, Also Create iPhone Ringtones with Switchr - http://www.guidingtech.com/7070...
Convert Audio Files Online, Also Create iPhone Ringtones with Switchr
"With the majority of media players having the ability to play formats across the board, audio file converters are a class of tools you won’t need every day. But if you do, then the free online audio converter called Switchr could be among the helpful ones. Serious audiophiles would prefer a desktop based audio converter with all the bells and whistles. But if you are in a hurry and on a computer that doesn’t give you admin rights to install one, Switchr should be right up your alley. Switchr puts your uploaded audio files through a three step conversion process. The online application supports WAV, MP3, AAC, AIF, AU, FLAC, OGG, M4A, WMA and iPhone ringtone file formats. Switchr is game for the job if the file size is within 100 MB. That, I think is sufficient for more than enough for any conversion job." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
What my daughter taught me about the future of technology (expect to interact with technology by voice, touch and gesture) - http://blogs.technet.com/b...
What my daughter taught me about the future of technology (expect to interact with technology by voice, touch and gesture)
"…it turns out my daughter wasn’t impressed with me. She was impressed with the technology. From that moment on, she began demanding that the Xbox “play” or “pause”. Now she’s asking it for other things like “ice cream” and “chocolate”. I also caught her shouting at the microwave as it heated her milk – seriously, she said “Xbox” to the microwave followed by an unintelligible command that I assume was "faster". Yesterday I found her playing with my Windows Phone and realized that she has worked out that a swipe upwards on the screen presents the unlock screen – thankfully she’s yet to master my PIN code but that’s only days away I suppose. What this has shown me, in the comfort of my own home, is that my daughter and kids like her are going to grow up expecting to be able to interact with technology by voice, touch and gesture. It will not be a feature they pay a premium for, it’ll simply be expected in a world where computing gets more natural and invisible. I’ve been talking about... more... - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
3 Ways to Convince a Skeptic - http://web.hbr.org/email...
"Co-present with a trusted source. Skeptics are highly suspicious of any information that challenges their worldviews. You can increase your chances of success by sharing the stage with someone the executive believes in. Demonstrate endorsements. You need as much credibility as you can garner. Ask others who support your idea to let the executive know. Stroke egos. Skeptics respond to flattery. Start sentences with, "You've probably seen this data already…"" - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
If your website's full of assholes, it's your fault - http://dashes.com/anil...
If your website's full of assholes, it's your fault
"How many times have you seen a website say "We're not responsible for the content of our comments."? I know that when you webmasters put that up on your sites, you're trying to address your legal obligation. Well, let me tell you about your moral obligation: Hell yes, you are responsible. You absolutely are. When people are saying ruinously cruel things about each other, and you're the person who made it possible, it's 100% your fault. If you aren't willing to be a grown-up about that, then that's okay, but you're not ready to have a web business. Businesses that run cruise ships have to buy life preservers. Companies that sell alcohol have to keep it away from kids. And people who make communities on the web have to moderate them." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
The power of nouns – tiny word change increases voter turnout (90% of the “be a voter” group eventually voted) - http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrock...
The power of nouns – tiny word change increases voter turnout (90% of the “be a voter” group eventually voted)
"This larger group had an average age of 54 and greater ethnic diversity. But they behaved in the same way as the younger Californians. Around 90% of the “be a voter” group eventually voted, compared to just 79% of the “vote” group. “[These] are among the largest experimental effects ever observed on objectively measured voter turnout,” says Bryan. The effects are large, but they fit with the results of past studies. For example, people rate their preference as stronger if they describe them with nouns (“I’m a Shakespeare reader”) than with verbs (“I read Shakespeare”). And children will think that another child likes carrots more if she’s described as “a carrot eater” rather than “someone who eats carrots whenever she can”. Bryan thinks that the subtle change from “vote” to “be a voter” plays off two psychological quirks. First, when we use predicate nouns to describe ourselves, we see the words as reflections of our essential qualities. This creates a far stronger impression than... more... - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
New Ways of Designing the Modern Workspace (Creativity springs from unexpected places and sources) - http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011...
New Ways of Designing the Modern Workspace (Creativity springs from unexpected places and sources)
"The Journal is right that good design can inspire creativity and great ideas, but I’d argue that the focus should be less on floor plans and more on ways of working. When’s the last time you had a creative breakthrough in a Monday morning meeting? Creativity springs from unexpected places and sources — from a walk in the park to the rare block of uninterrupted time — so thinking more broadly about the intrinsic motivations (autonomy, learning, etc.) that facilitate good work is likely to have a far happier outcome than the “latest” innovation in cubicles." - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
For startups transparency is transformative - http://gigaom.com/2011...
For startups transparency is transformative
"Josh Silverman, former CEO of Skype told me in an interview that company employees take their cue from their leader, and a confident leader instills confidence in her troops. Similarly, a founder or a CEO who is unable to be transparent with his board will make excuses. He will cut corners and create a company culture based on fear and deceit. One doesn’t have to look too far. Look at the phone hacking scandal at News Corp’s UK division, where it is becoming apparent that the entire company was taking its cue from the firm’s leaders, including Rebecca Brooks, who was arrested earlier this weekend. As a telecom reporter I saw bad behavior at Enron and the old Global Crossing, where the rot started at the top. “If you have a culture of hiding, it is perpetuated in the company and has an impact on the business, and leads to erosion of trust,” Lew said, and that one decision leads to corrosion of the company culture. Why? If you are unable to be transparent with your investors, then you... more... - pg holmlov from Bookmarklet
Tips: Create Better Diagrams for your PowerPoint Slides - http://www.labnol.org/home...
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