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100 GREAT Things About America | Happy 4th USA

 

It's time for a breather, America. Fire up the grill, ice down the drinks, and pop open that patio umbrella. Health care, the oil spill, Afghanistan, China, Elena Kagan and financial reform will all be waiting on Tuesday, July 6th. We promise. What won't be, though, is the chance to lean back and remember why we care enough about our country to spar over these things and in the end, remain united.

 

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Superyacht transforms into 'pleasure submarine''

 

From inside it looks like a swanky bachelor pad, kitted out with an abnormally large aquarium. But, this is no fashionable New York apartment, rather the latest in sub-aquatic luxury -- a cruise yacht that doubles up as a submarine.

 

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Technology News | Reuters

 

Wework Names New Executives, Path To Profitability By 2023: Report

23 Nov 2019

WeWork named four men to executive roles on Friday and outlined a six-point path to profitability, though the money-losing flexible office space operator said it will not be cash flow positive until 2023, according to a media report.

 

Shattered Glass: Futuristic Design Questioned After Tesla Cybertruck Launch

23 Nov 2019

Tesla Inc's launch of its futuristic Cybertruck pickup suffered a setback when its "armored glass" windows shattered, but it was the overall look of the electric vehicle that worried Wall Street on Friday, driving the automaker's shares down 6%.

 

Former Trump Official Bolton Says Twitter Account 'liberated' From White House Control

23 Nov 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser said on Friday that Twitter Inc had returned control of his personal account to him after it had been taken over by the White House, marking his first tweets since resigning in September.

 

 


 

Technology News | CNET

 

Best Gifts For Your Girlfriend In 2019     - Cnet

23 Nov 2019

These thoughtful, romantic gifts are fail-proof.

 

Black Friday 2019 On A Budget: The Best Deals Under $30     - Cnet

23 Nov 2019

Need a stocking stuffer? Or something for yourself? Check out these current and upcoming bargains on tablets, speakers, smart-home gear and more.

 

Best Black Friday 2019 Deals Available Now: $149 Fitbit Versa, $169 Sonos One, $89 Nespresso And More (updated)     - Cnet

23 Nov 2019

New additions! Discounted Apple AirPods Pro, free Sennheiser headphones with a Tidal subscription, Red Dead Redemption 2, a Fire tablet for $50 and more.

 

 


 

Technology News | Wired

 

Star Wars: The Complete Wired Guide

23 Nov 2019

How the impossible, sprawling, everlasting universe came to be.

 

A Tesla Cybertruck Mishap, A Massive Data Leak, And More News

23 Nov 2019

Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.

 

'half-life' Is Coming Back—in Virtual Reality

23 Nov 2019

This is easily the biggest videogame news of the week. Also, the CEO of Activision thinks games shouldn't be political.

 

 


 

Apple Hot News | Apple

 

Apple Reports Second Quarter Results

27 Apr 2016

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ended March 26. The company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 40.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 67 percent of the quarter’s revenue. “Our team executed extremely well in the face of strong macroeconomic headwinds,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are very happy with the continued strong growth in revenue from Services, thanks to the incredible strength of the Apple ecosystem and our growing base of over 1 billion active devices.”

 

Final Cut Pro X Helps Small Company Delight World’s Biggest Clients

21 Apr 2016

When Trim Editing started creating music videos over a decade ago, just paying the rent was a huge accomplishment. Now, the small East London company is crafting award-winning visuals for big brands — like Audi, Nike, Adidas, and Guinness — propelled by the power of Final Cut Pro X. The video editing software’s comprehensive features allow Trim Editing to organize film and audio clips, pull together compelling projects, and make changes on the fly. “When I’m playing back an edit for a director, they’ll say, ‘Okay, let’s go and make those changes I talked about.’ I’ll say, ‘Oh, no, they’re already done,’ and we’ll jump back and watch it again. People can’t believe that I’ve magically done the change before we even finish playback,” says editor Thomas Grove Carter.

 

Apple Introduces 9.7-inch Ipad Pro

22 Mar 2016

Apple today introduced the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which at just under one pound features a new pro Retina display with greater brightness, wider color gamut, lower reflectivity, Night Shift mode, and new True Tone display technology. The new iPad Pro also has a 64-bit A9X chip that rivals most portable PCs. “iPad Pro is a new generation of iPad that is indispensable and immersive, enabling people to be more productive and more creative. It’s incredibly fast, extremely portable, and completely natural to use with your fingers, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard. And now it comes in two sizes,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

 

 


 

Apple News | CNET News

 

Best Gifts For Your Girlfriend In 2019     - Cnet

23 Nov 2019

These thoughtful, romantic gifts are fail-proof.

 

Black Friday 2019 On A Budget: The Best Deals Under $30     - Cnet

23 Nov 2019

Need a stocking stuffer? Or something for yourself? Check out these current and upcoming bargains on tablets, speakers, smart-home gear and more.

 

Best Black Friday 2019 Deals Available Now: $149 Fitbit Versa, $169 Sonos One, $89 Nespresso And More (updated)     - Cnet

23 Nov 2019

New additions! Discounted Apple AirPods Pro, free Sennheiser headphones with a Tidal subscription, Red Dead Redemption 2, a Fire tablet for $50 and more.

 

 


 

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The Joy And Power Of Being The Independent Underdog

23 Nov 2019

I was up late last night and watched Tesla’s Cybertruck announcement. I was immediately energized watching creative people shaking up an entire industry with a completely new, super weird design vision. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT when people do this. Will this bizarro truck sell? Who knows. It almost doesn’t matter. Its mere existence will put a deep dent in the brain of every single person who sees it. This is going have long-term ripple effects for what people imagine as possible in car design. We’ve had 3 decades of vaguely bubbly, rounded-edge, safety-first cars churned out by every manufacturer, and now there’s something new on the menu. If you walk back a few years, there are other moments like these… Volkswagen made a little rounded car for working people when everything else out there was big and expensive and brutal. Apple released a colorful bulbous computer loaded with personality, when everyone else was shipping ugly rectangular beige boxes. Some upstart web design punks made a project communications app that worked nothing like any of the other tools at the time. Panic invented a simple monochrome handheld game system (with a crank!?), in an era when people expect big color screens and byzantine features. What did these companies and products all have in common? They were independent underdogs . They didn’t have to settle for people’s preconceived expectations for products or markets or advertising or anything. They didn’t have to ship a million units—they could ship a thousand units and that’d be plenty great. They could chase whatever ideas they wanted to chase, because they didn’t have to answer to anybody. It’s hard to be the underdog . Building a viable profitable business is unbelievably tough. You usually don’t have the resources you need, and people don’t take you very seriously. The deck is stacked against you in countless ways. BUT. It’s powerful to be the underdog. Creatively, it’s the best place to be. There’s no other circumstance where you can continually try your wildest creative pursuits and see them through to fruition. I used to think that the goal of an independent underdog should be to become a massively successful Top Dog, but I was dead wrong. You don’t ever have to do that. You can stay independent, keep doing exactly what you want for your whole career, and have a joyful time along the way. Don’t believe me? Take a look at my favorite independent underdogs, They Might Be Giants . They stayed true to their deeply weird vision through 4 decades and 20+ albums in a constantly changing industry that spits out even the toughest cookies. Are they on the radio? No. Have they maximized their revenue growth potential? No. Do they have a fervent fan base and total creative freedom to make the stuff they want to make? Hell yes! We need a lot more underdogs. You can become one today. Please stop reading this immediately and go invent some Cybertrucks.

 

Spending In The Clouds

20 Nov 2019

Basecamp has cut back its reliance on Amazon and Google, but there’s one area where it’s tough to find alternatives to Big Tech: cloud services. Even so, there are ways to cut spending on this $3 million annual expense while keeping the company’s apps running smoothly. In the latest episode of the Rework podcast, Blake Stoddard on Basecamp’s Ops team talks about how he volunteered to look for savings on cloud services and really delivered—to the tune of over a half-million dollars. A transcript of this episode is also available . And if you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to Rework in your favorite podcast app so you get all of our new episodes as soon as they’re released.

 

7 Leadership Lessons Over 2.5 Years

19 Nov 2019

Over the past 2.5 years, I’ve interviewed 49 leaders for our podcast on leadership,  The Heartbeat . These are the leadership lessons that have influenced me the most, personally. “What are the biggest leadership lessons you’ve learned from others, that have changed or affected your own management style?” No one had ever asked me this question before – let alone on my  own  podcast show – until recently. Who asked me this? None other than  Jason Fried , CEO and co-founder of  Basecamp . I’d invited Jason back on  The Heartbeat , our podcast on leadership, for our 50th episode. He’d been our  very first guest back  in 2017 when I started the show. (Jason also sits on our board and originally  spun out  Know Your Team back when it was a part of Basecamp). For this  50th anniversary episode , I thought I’d turn the tables: I asked Jason if he might interview  me . And so, Jason asked me this never-before-asked question, “What are the biggest leadership lessons you’ve learned from others, that’s changed or affected your own management style?” At the time, I answered this question unsatisfactorily. When asked live on the podcast, I shared only  one  lesson. Maybe two.  However, when I deeply reflect on the past 2.5 years of interviewing leaders who I respect and admire, I’ve learned  many  tremendous insights. I’ve asked each leader the same question – “What’s the biggest leadership lesson you wish you would’ve learned earlier?” – but no two answers have been the same. From the Contributing Editor of Harvard Business Review to the CEO of Lonely Planet, this has held true. Yet there are a handful of interviews – seven in particular – that have affected me, the most. I’ve changed how I think or how I behave as a leader, because of them. Here are the seven leadership lessons over 2.5 years I’ve learned from running  The Heartbeat podcast  that have had the biggest influence on my own management style: #1:  Stop doing what you’re good at.  Sometimes, the most counterintuitive leadership lessons are the most helpful. This is one of them.  Peldi Guilizzoni , CEO of  Balsamiq , shared  the most counterintuitive insight  with me on The Heartbeat, when he espoused: “Doing what you’re good at hurts the team.” Huh? He explained how when you’re the one always doing the thing that you’re good at, you create a dependency within your team. They can never be self-sustainable or perform at the highest level if you’re the one always doing the things you’re good at. Because of Peldi, when I find myself leaning into a task I’m good at, I now actively ask myself: “Are my actions feeding your team, or my ego?” (You can catch the full podcast episode  here .) #2: Step back. Take stock. Intuitively, we all know it’s important to take a step back and reflect, as a leader. But for me, it took  Natalie Nagele , CEO and co-founder of  Wildbit , driving this point home in our Heartbeat interview, for me to  act  on this wisdom. Natalie admitted how this advice to “work on the business, not in the business” is seemingly cliché. But she emphasized how  regularly distancing yourself  from problems can in fact help you solve them better, later on. Inspired by her conviction, I started investing more in our own leadership strategy sessions with my business partner and CTO, Daniel Lopes. Now every month, at minimum, we take a day away from the business to step back, and take stock. Big thank you to Natalie, for this. (You can catch the full podcast episode  here .) #3:  Screw the Golden Rule. “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” This is the Golden Rule we’re all taught growing up. When I chatted with  David Heinemeier Hansson  (DHH), the Creator of the popular web framework Ruby on Rails and Chief Technology Officer at  Basecamp , I realized how backwards this precept was in the context of leadership. David shared with me how you shouldn’t treat other people the way you want to be treated because the other person isn’t  you . It’s a  poor definition of empathy , if that’s indeed what we do as leaders. Instead, in large part to David, I’m more rigorous than ever about making sure I’m treating others on my team how  each  individual wants to be treated. (You can catch the full podcast episode  here .) #4:  Good leadership is pruning. There are no shortage of analogies made about leadership. A leader can be seen as a “coach” or “captain.” But  David Cancel , CEO of  Drift  made an unlikely comparison about leadership in our podcast conversation:  He said that good leadership was like pruning an English garden. It requires small, incremental actions, not big sweeping actions. It focuses on clearing away what’s stifling growth. And, it’s only done periodically –  research  reveals how managers who are “constantly coaching” overwhelm and exhaust their team. Constant coaching, like constant pruning, can do more harm than good. For me personally, as a leader, this was an important reminder to calibrate my touch points with my team. I’m pruning, not uprooting. (You can catch the full podcast episode  here .) #5:  Transparency requires context, and is on a spectrum. “How transparent should I be with my team?” As leaders, we’re often faced with this question. We know transparency is supposed to be positive… But to what extent? I so appreciated how  Des Traynor , Co-Founder of  Intercom , decides what his answer should be. Des revealed to me how transparency “is not about opening up the Google Drive and making sure that everyone can read everything.” It’s about ensuring that people have  transparency of context  – and that it’s not all or nothing, either. Today, when I consider what and how I should share information with my own team at Know Your Team, I reflect on how well I’m considering Des’ advice. (You can catch the full podcast episode  here .) #6:  Don’t solve the problems yourself. Leadership is stewardship. We so often forget this.  Wade Foster , CEO of  Zapier , reminded me of this essential notion. In our Heartbeat podcast interview, Wade acknowledged how in his early days as a leader, he would be eager to roll up his sleeves and solve all the problems for his team. However, this would backfire. It meant his team would  always  come to Wade with their problems. He became a bottleneck. Now, Wade sees how his role as a leader is to  help a team think for themselves  – not to solve everything for them. Because of this, I consciously check-in with myself and with my team to make sure I’m practicing this. My measure of success as a leader is how well I’m helping  others  solve problems. (You can catch the full podcast episode  here .) #7:  If you’re busy as a leader, you’re doing it wrong. I remember when I interviewed  Michael Lopp , VP of Engineering at  Slack , his observations around leadership lessons was immediate:  “If you’re  too busy doing the actual work , as a manager, that’s a huge mistake.” Michael shared how you can’t truly anticipate nor respond to the needs of your team if you’re in the weeds of the work. You can’t clarify a decision or help sort out interpersonal dynamics. I now remind myself of this constantly, if I find myself too busy, as leader. I ask myself, “How am I making space to listen, respond, and be available to my team, instead of executing the work itself?” (You can catch the full podcast episode  here .) I come back to these seven leadership lessons, almost every week, if not every day. I hope they were as formative for you, as they were for me. Claire  is the CEO of  Know Your Team  – software that helps you avoid becoming a bad boss. Her company was spun-out of Basecamp back in 2014. If you were interested, you can read more of Claire’s writing on leadership on the Know Your Team  blog .

 

 

 

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