Articles about Technology

Innovation

Yes, that elephant can dance: General Motors Chief Talent Officer on innovation at scale

There are well-told stories about how and why old struggling companies have beat the odds and changed their cultures, practices, and products for the better — although it is important to remember that nothing life is permanent, so such successes are best viewed as temporary and precarious.

News

These are 13 of the most LGBTQ friendly tech companies

Blind, a workplace app for tech workers, used by 40,000 Microsoft employees, 25,000 from Amazon, 10,000 from Google, 7,000 from Uber, 6,000 from Facebook, and thousands from other tech companies, polled its users to see how LGBTQ-friendly their company is.

Health

This is how often you need to be cleaning your germ-infected phone

We should be paying the same level of concern to cleaning our screens as we already do to washing our hands in bathrooms, germ experts warn.

News

Survey: 38% of women in tech say their looks have been ‘inappropriately commented on’

Research has found that 38% of American women in tech say that their looks have been "inappropriately commented on" at work. So, while 85% of women and 62% of men working in this industry think that gender discrimination is real, it continues to manifest in various ways.

Technology

Uber’s new patent wants to spot drunk passengers

If you're too drunk to drive, you may also one day be too drunk for an Uber. This month, the ride-sharing company seeks to patent technology to determine a passenger's level of sobriety, according to a new patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Technology

The real reason Apple and Google want you to use your phone less

If tech is “hijacking your brain” with their “irresistible” products, as some tech critics claim, why are these companies now acting against their own interests? Perhaps the tech giants have had a change of heart or have been persuaded by public pressure to change their ways? Hardly.

News

Survey confirms your office emails and Slack messages are likely being monitored

If you worry about your boss reading through your private messages at work, you are right to be paranoid. A recent survey of IT workers showed that 98% of companies are tracking their employees’ digital activity.

Technology

Until you have better work habits, productivity apps are useless

Many people spend a lot of productive time shifting between apps every day without getting significant work done. The bitter truth is: Until you have better work habits, those insanely great productivity apps can’t help you.

Commencement Addresses

Sheryl Sandberg: ‘It’s not enough to have a good idea … we have to know when to stop a bad one’

Here is the transcript of Sheryl Sandberg's commencement speech to MIT's Class of 2018.

Job search

LinkedIn Jobs will help you track your potential commute times

When it comes to work, we all know that getting there is half the battle — which is why a new feature could come in handy. LinkedIn announced that its new "Your Commute" capability will let users see how long it'll take to travel to a position as they scour LinkedIn Jobs on their mobile device.

Productivity

Research reveals how to take a better break during work

Research suggests there are good ways and not-so-good ways to spend our break time. While some breaks can leave us refreshed and reenergized, others tend to leave us depleted and drained.

News

Apple’s new ‘app limits’ feature can help curb smartphone use

Instagram lets you track how much time you waste on its app, but Apple also showed that it wasn’t far behind, announcing yesterday that the iOS 12 update coming this fall will include "App Limits" that helps restrict the amount of usage, according to your settings.

Technology

Smartphone separation anxiety: The science behind the panic

Although taking the time to reduce your dependency on your smartphone might be worthwhile, if you should ever be unfortunate to lose your phone, your separation anxiety will be much more manageable if it doesn’t feel like you have just lost one of your limbs.

Technology

This iPhone feature can radically improve your life and relationships

How to radically enhance your memory, since remembering key details is essential to becoming a good friend and, without question, when you become a good friend, you will change people’s lives.

Social Media

Survey: Number of teens using Facebook plummets since 2015

Your teenager might ditch Facebook soon, if they haven't already — recent research from the Pew Research Center found that 51% of Americans age 13 to 17 report using the platform, down from 71% in 2014-2015, when it was the most popular social media platform surveyed.

Stress

This tech company has the most burned out workers

Burnout at work is very common these days, but if you work at a tech company it seems to be amplified. And now we know which companies are emotionally exhausting their workers thanks to a new survey from workplace app Blind. The app asked its 11,487 users, many of whom work in Silicon Valley, if they were experiencing work burnout, and over half said yes. 

News

This robot butler is being trained to do your chores

No one enjoys picking up after themselves, and in the future, you may not have to, because your robot butler will be cleaning your house for you, always ready and able to lend a helping hand. That's the world researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the University of Toronto are envisioning.

wellness

Social media has the ‘exact same negative effect on depression’ as eating potatoes

It feels impossible to tell if the technology our kids use should be celebrated or feared. How alarmed should we be? Is this a crisis or a fear frenzy? I wanted to understand what the studies really tell us about the effect personal technology is having on our children.

Productivity

5 strategies for taking control of your digital life

Srinivas Rao recently hosted UN Global Happiness Council member Amy Blankson on the Unmistakable Creative Podcast to discuss how to limit distractions, stay grounded, and use technology to make you happier and more productive.

News

Amazon Alexa sent a woman’s private conversation to an employee

A woman in Portland, Oregon, said she feels "invaded" after her voice-controlled Amazon Echo sent a private conversation with her husband to her husband's employee without her knowledge.

News

How employers’ time-tracking systems steal from your salary

Nowadays, many employers rely on digital time-tracking software to monitor when employees are working. It may be more efficient than the punch clocks of yore, but a new study published in American Business Law Journal found that it contributes to wage theft.

Office Life

Scientists have coined a name for surfing the internet during work hours: ‘cyberloafing’

When the workday drags on, we may turn to the wonders of the world wide web for a spark of entertainment. Now, scientists in a new study, have a term for it: "cyberloafing," or personal use of the internet during working hours.

Salary

Survey: These are the majors that will help you get you a job the fastest

Here's the full list of majors that are "the most in-demand" at companies seeking to employ recent grads this year.

Technology

This is one thing you should never do during a job search

In short, you use lots of features and tools on your phone in your job search — except for maybe one: texting. Texting during your job search is still a grey area. Is text an acceptable job search tool?

Mental Health

Doing this primal, animal-like ritual may help reduce your work stress

There are tons of tips out there on how to reduce stress. From meditation to exercise to a daily glass of wine, but perhaps the simplest one and arguably most effective one has been around since humans came into existence. Letting out a loud and long primal scream may be the way to reduce stress, according to research.