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Why You Hate Work

Resource Author:  TONY SCHWARTZ and CHRISTINE PORATH
Resource Date:  05/30/2014
Resource Name:  New York Times
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The way we’re working isn’t working. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a job, you’re probably not very excited to get to the office in the morning, you don’t feel much appreciated while you’re there, you find it difficult to get your most important work accomplished, amid all the distractions, and you don’t believe that what you’re doing makes much of a difference anyway. By the time you get home, you’re pretty much running on empty, and yet still answering emails until you fall asleep.

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Nintendo Switch: Information Overload, But In A Good Way

Resource Author:  Mike Olsen
Resource Date:  01/18/2017
Resource Name:  A New Domain
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A NewDomain — Information overload. That’s the only way to describe Nintendo’s last night’s pair of lives stream events about the hotly-anticipated Nintendo Switch. But let’s not bury the lede. Pricing and Zelda were the biggest questions on gamer’s minds going into the broadcast. And Nintendo, at long last, had answers.

The Switch will retail in the US at $299. Most in the industry speculated an initial price point of $249, yet the pricing aligns nicely with the Xbox One and the PS4. Given the Switch is a hybrid gaming console and portable gaming device, I doubt many will balk at that price.

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How Brands Can Build Meaningful Experiences in the Age of Information Overload

Resource Author:  Aimee Okafor
Resource Date:  01/18/2017
Resource Name:  The Huffington Post
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We now spend 10 hours a day looking at a screen. That’s nearly half of our lives spent living in a virtual world. The iPhone was released just 10 years ago. Our existence has been radically transformed in a relatively short space of time. While it is hard to remember life before computers, research shows that we aren’t as effective on screens as we might think. We tested the effects of multi-screening on brand recall and found that when dealing with more than one device at a time, the mental strain decreases our attention and emotional response and eventually leads to cognitive collapse – which means people are looking, but they haven’t the mental energy to take more in (all too familiar a feeling in the connected lives we lead.)

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Information overload: managing telematics data

Resource Author:  Katie Beck
Resource Date:  01/17/2017
Resource Name:  Fleet World
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The exponential rise in the adoption of telematics by companies is raising vital questions that every fleet manager should have answers to.

With the devices generating reams of data, there is a growing onus on those controlling fleet operations to ensure that they are acting on this information and not ignoring ticking timebombs which could land them, and their business, in court.

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$3.8 billion Slack is making a little change to solve a big problem with its business

Resource Author:  Matt Weinberger
Resource Date:  01/18/2017
Resource Name:  Business Insider
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Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest impact.

For instance, when $3.8 billion work chat app Slack announces on Wednesday that it’s adding threaded conversations, it’s not just adding a much-requested feature that makes it easier to keep team conversations on-topic and get things done.

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Not your father’s markets: Wild markets present profound opportunities

Resource Author:  Raney Rapp
Resource Date:  01/17/2016
Resource Name:  Farm Talk
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Modern commodity markets are fickle, with profits and penalties seemingly jumping out of thin air. At the 2017 Kansas Soybean Expo, Advanced Market Concepts consultant Darrell Holaday explained tactics for farmers to make futures markets more friend than foe.

Perpetual inputs cause extreme volatility in markets today, with information overload causing futures to “almost know too much,” Holaday said. While the prospect of jumping into unpredictable markets seems daunting to some, Holaday said today’s markets are more navigable than ever.

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Metrics, metrics on the wall– which one should I use for my business?

Resource Author:  Filbert Tsai
Resource Date:  01/16/2017
Resource Name:  BusinessMirror
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Financial dashboards have become one of the most saleable feature of an accounting software. Filled with colorful graphs and data visualization tools, these dashboards provide quick insights on how a business is performing.

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The Library of Babel and the information explosion

Resource Author:  Peter Lynch
Resource Date:  01/19/2016
Resource Name:  IrishTimes
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The world has been transformed by the internet. Google, founded just 20 years ago, is a major force in online information. The company name is a misspelt version of “googol”, the number one followed by one hundred zeros. This name echoes the vast quantities of information available through the search engines of the company.

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Your iPhone could soon make it easier for you to text during movies

Resource Author:  Louise Matsakis
Resource Date:  01/04/2016
Resource Name:  Mashable
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According to tweets posted by Australian leaker Sonny Dickson, Apple’s Jan. 10 iOS 10.3 beta release might include a “Theater mode” for texting during movies.

The feature reportedly dims the display and mutes audio to make it easier to text in dark, quiet theaters.

The potential introduction of the feature signals that one of the last phone-free strongholds might finally fall to our smartphone addictions.

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Posting pictures of your kids on Facebook? Think twice.

Resource Author:  Joanne Orlando
Resource Date:  12/27/2016
Resource Name:  Mashable
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You might think it’s cute to snap a photo of your toddler running around in a playground or having a temper tantrum, and then posting it on social media.

But did you ever think it might be a mistake, or even illegal?

The French government earlier this year warned parents to stop posting images of their children on social media networks.

Under France’s rigorous privacy laws, parents could face penalties of up to a year in prison and a fine of €45,000 ($46,456) if convicted of publicising intimate details of their children without their consent.

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