A recent survey found that 70% of people are more likely to look for a new job after vacation. Realistically speaking, with the holidays and the accompanying vacation days just around the corner, there's a chance a few of your employees are looking to jump ship. And that's bad news for two reasons. First, if they're unhappy, that could reflect poorly on the company culture, morale and/or management. Second, it costs 20% of an annual salary to replace a mid-level employee, and it could cost 213% of a year's salary to replace a C-suiter, according to a study by CAP [PDF].
Odds are, you lack the time, money and patience to recruit a new slew of hires, so we've done you a favor and rounded up tips and tactics for building employee retention and fostering a happy workplace that makes people want to stick with you. Read more...More about Human Resources, Company Culture, Business, Small Business, and Supported
Today is National Cookie Day, which means you have one more excuse to hit the oatmeal raisins. (Not that you needed one).
On your quest to sate your cookie hunger, a lot of obstacles can pop up — from proximity to a bakery, to a boss that frowns on mid-meeting cookie binges.
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These GIFs express the agony as you're even temporarily separated from your delicious snickerdoodlesLists, Gif, Watercooler, and Cookie
Director Zack Snyder announced the female superhero's inclusion Wednesday on Variety, tapping Fast and Furious Israeli actress Gal Gadot to fill the role
"Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe," Snyder told Variety. "Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character." Read more...More about Films, Entertainment, Batman, Film, and Superman
Product Name: Salt and pepper bots
Who would like this?: Salt and pepper shaker collectors, geeky chefs, lazy eaters
Your mother always told you not to play with your food. These salt and pepper robots beg to differ.
It seems as if in today's day and age of smartphones and crazy new technologies, we can access pretty much anything in the palm of our hand. Delivery services such as Seamless, FreshDirect and GrubHub make food delivery effortless. Reaching across the table for the salt and pepper, however, has never evolved for the 21st century.Gifts, Gift Guide, Watercooler, Holiday Gift Guide, and Supported
Steven M. Bellovin, a computer science professor at Columbia, uncovered a startling fact. The launch code for all U.S. Minuteman nuclear missiles for 20 years used the same code: 00000000. Bellovin discovered this after finding a 2004 paper by Dr. Bruce G. Blair, a former Air Force officer who manned Minuteman silos.
The codes — known as Permissive Action Links (PALs) — came to be following the 1963-1964 Cyprus crisis, when NATO countries Turkey and Greece wanted to nuke each other. The PALs were meant to give only the president of the United States the power to use such weapons. Apparently, this security feature was largely symbolic. For two decades, multiple presidents carried around a briefcase with the allegedly constantly changing codes, though it may as well have been filled with shredded newspaper Read more...More about United States, Military, Politics, Nuclear, and Us World
Sidewalks might not be synonymous with innovation, but the street-lining surface could soon be a lot different.
As technology gets smarter, the routes you take will too. For example, sidewalks may become more porous and absorbent in certain regions to help prevent flooding, and some pathways will even embrace green tech.
Innovation is already underway at George Washington University's Virginia campus, which has the world's first solar-powered walkway, connecting its science and technology buildings. The path — developed by Spanish company Onyx Solar — uses the sunlight to help power its built-in LED lights. Right now, the route is rather small (just 100 feet), but it's serving as a testing ground to see how the school could make the most of the technology Read more...More about City Planning, Us World, Us, World, and Global Innovation
The online fundraising effort eventually raised $5.7 million thanks to 91,585 donors, and now fans of the mid-2000s television series about a teen detective will get to see its star, Kristen Bell, on the big screen in 2014. Movie studio Warner Bros. will release the film.
"In the movie, Veronica returns to her hometown of Neptune, Calif., after 10 years away to aid former flame Logan (Jason Dohring), who has been accused of killing his pop star girlfriend," reports EW.com, which exclusively announced the premiere date. Read more...More about Films, Entertainment, Movies, Kickstarter, and Film
What is Trebek lays down the law on how to pronounce GIF, Alex?
That's what happened on Tuesday night's episode of Jeopardy, as host Alex Trebek asked contestants the question of the year: "The inventor of this image format said the OED wrongly has two pronunciations of it — the right one is with a soft 'G'."
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The three contestants all answered the "Final Jeopardy" round correctly with, of course, "What is a GIF?" And Trebek — as if bestowed with the power from the Internet Gods — read the answers aloud, pronouncing GIF like the peanut butter Read more...More about Viral Videos, Jeopardy, Tv, Gifs, and Animated Gifs
Because nothing screams Christmas spirit like traditional South Asian garb printed with a comedian's face
If you need more ideas for star-studded stocking stuffers, try Kim Kardashian Kleenexes, Ryan Gosling down feather pillows or Beyonce honey
And be sure to snatch up those Gene Hackman gene testing kits before they run out — they'll make the perfect Valentine's day present! Read more...More about Celebrities, Santa, Christmas, Tv Shows, and Conan
Remember the adorable letter that a child wrote to Santa this year? It wasn't actually from a kid at all, nor was it from this year; it was the work of comedian writer and actor Zack Poitras
The letter caught the Internet's attention for being so 2013. The "child" refers to an Amazon link when telling Santa what he wants under the tree this year
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It gained attention after Twitter user @Gequeoman shared the image on Friday
Dear Santa pic.twitter.com/715ZYRsr1n
— Gequeoman (@Gequeoman) November 29, 2013
It was picked up on several news sites, including Mashable, that assumed the letter was the work of a kid, in part due to the sloppy crayon handwriting. But the letter was a satirical creation by Poitras in 2011 for the blog The Inclusive Read more...More about Amazon, Santa, Christmas, Santa Claus, and Internet Hoax
An emotional trailer for Oscar nominee Spike Jonze's science-fiction romance Her tells the love story between a man named Theodore and an "artificially intelligent operating system."
After ending a long relationship, Theodore (played by Joaquin Phoenix) falls head over heels for the software, a.k.a. Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson)
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The movie trailer navigates the intricacies of Theodore's romantic obsession with his non-human partner as they learn to love each other in Los Angeles
"You're dating an OS? What is that like?" asks Amy (played by Amy Adams) in the trailer Read more...More about Entertainment, Film, Movie, Trailers, and Movie Trailers
From the moment the first reporters showed up in Newtown, Conn., to cover the tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, the relationship between families of the victims and the press has been tenuous at best. As one small business owner in the town said about the media at the time, "Please tell them to just ease up. It happened and we're going through it. Just let it be for right now."
Now, nearly a year later, the balance between reporting and the town's desire to "let it be" is about to be tested again. Local police in Newtown will release the 911 tapes from the shooting to several media outlets Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET. The town initially fought the request, but a Connecticut judge ruled late last month that the calls are part of the public record and should be released under the state's Freedom of Information Act. Read more...More about Media, Tv, Us World, Us, and Newtown
More precisely, customers in Singapore will be able to preorder the device starting on Dec. 8, while those in Hong Kong will be able to buy it from "major carriers" and "leading electronic retailers" on Dec. 13, according to LG.
The G Flex should be available in other Asian regions before the end of the year, followed by other regions "soon." LG provided no details about the launch date in the United States or the price. Read more...More about Lg, Tech, Mobile, Lg G Flex, and G Flex
No more latching a tree to the roof of your car or dragging it home on city sidewalks — at least on Thursday. For one day only, Uber will deliver Christmas trees on demand across 10 cities in the United States
The startup that connects passengers with car services is partnering with Home Depot on Thursday to bring live trees and stands to houses or offices just minutes after an order is placed using the Uber smartphone app (for iOS, Android or Blackberry). Requests will be taken between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. (local time) on Thursday in the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C Read more...More about Holidays, Christmas, Uber, Marketing, and Tech
As mobile devices get increasingly slimmer, so too will their corresponding USB connectors. Even better, you won't have to flip the cable when you try to slip it in upside down. Finally.
Development for the next-generation USB connector, called the Type-C, is underway and will be thinner and sleeker than current USB 3.0 cables (pictured above), according to the USB 3.1 Promoter Group, which is made up of industry heavy hitters including Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Intel.
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To pack the powerful punch of the USB 3.1 standard, which can move data at 10 gigabits per second, into a smaller cable, it will closely resemble the USB 2.0 Micro-B. But it has a few advantages over existing models: Specifically, it's reversible, meaning users no longer need to worry about plug orientationThe plug design is similar to the Apple's Lightning cables and will take away one of USB's main frustrations. The downside is that the new cables won't work with existing connectors. Read more...More about Usb, Cables, Tech, Mobile, and Usb 3.1
Almost one year after hacker and Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide, Wired has obtained the video that led the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police and the Secret Service to arrest him for downloading millions of academic articles.
The video was published as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by Wired's investigations editor Kevin Poulsen against the Secret Service, which investigated the case. The U.S. government released the first of Swartz's Secret Service files in August.
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In late 2010, MIT discovered that someone was downloading millions of academic articles from an online database using the school's public network. MIT then started investigating the issue and finally found a laptop connected to the campus' servers in a closet of Building 16 Read more...More about Mit, Internet Freedom, Aaron Swartz, Us World, and Us
Amazon is taking another step towards positioning itself as a content creator with the launch of StoryFront on Wednesday, a new platform for publishing short fiction.
StoryFront, Amazon's latest publishing imprint, will sell short stories a la carte — 43 stories available at launch — for as little as $0.99. The section will also serve as the home to Day One, a literary journal for Kindle devices that Amazon launched at the end of October
“Based on the continued success of short fiction on Kindle as well as the enthusiastic response to Day One — we received thousands of subscriptions in the first week — we know readers are hungry for short stories and excited about exploring new genres,” said Daphne Durham, a longtime member of the Amazon books team who now heads up the Adult Trade and Children's Group. “With StoryFront, we’re feeding that enthusiasm by offering a wide range of stories curated by a team of editors who are committed to the craft.” Read more...More about Media, Amazon, Kindle, Ebook, and Business
Upcoming Saturday Night Live host Paul Rudd comically freaks out about boy band One Direction in a new SNL teaser, holding a pillow alongside SNL cast member Vanessa Bayer when they realize 1D is the week's musical guest.
The Dec. 7 episode will mark Rudd's third time hosting SNL, and each time, his episode featured one of the world's biggest artists: Beyoncé in 2008 and Paul McCartney in 2010
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Of all global Internet traffic, an estimated 20% and 33% comes from mobile, according to a report by digital agency Walker Sands and StatCounter, and the percentage continues to rise. iPhone traffic is outpacing Android, and on tablets, users are more likely to make purchases
But your brand's traffic is not the same as the Internet's, and your audience or target market may have different behaviors than web users at large. Although trends can offer direction, measuring your own traffic by device can be a powerful metric in making both marketing and product decisionsMobile, Marketing, Business, Supported, and Metrics That Matter
Netflix describes season two as such:
Francis (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara, “American Horror Story”), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. President Walker’s (Michel Gill, “The Good Wife”) billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney, “Southland”) demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution. And Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight as it eats away at her and Francis’s once private existence. The Underwood’s must overcome these dangers — past and present — to avoid losing everything, regardless of collateral damage they leave in their wake. Read more...More about Netflix, Tv, House Of Cards, Streaming Tv, and Entertainment