Monthly Archives: February 2015

6 predictions about the future of video and job interviewing



Imagine it’s 2025 and you’re preparing to interview candidates for an open position. Are you setting up your office for the interview? Or are you charging up the latest wearable technology and getting ready for a live video chat — right from your wrist?

Close to two-thirds of hiring managers already are using video interviews to locate and hire top talent, according to an OfficeTeam study. As this trend continues to grow, what can we expect for the next phase of video interviewing?

There’s no doubt the modern workplace is transforming into a video chat-focused world. Because of this, employers need to adopt the latest video interviewing trends to help them identify the best talent for their organizations Read more…

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The latest Mac mini is low-priced, but doesn't skimp on power



Desktop computers aren’t dead. Plenty of people use those anchored computers day in and day out, and for good reason: They’re more powerful and less expensive than their mobile counterparts.  

The Mac mini has been Apple’s on-again off-again de facto low-budget desktop, but recently it hasn’t received the love many have hoped for. Then for the holiday season Apple upgraded the processor, chipset, hard drive, and everything else. That includes the price. The Mac mini now starts at $499. Full stop.

There are only a handful of very low-end PCs less expensive than the Mac mini with current components. It’s $400 less than the newest MacBook Air. If you’re a school looking to buy new computers, a parent interested in growing an already existing Mac family, or just interested in starting up iOS/OS X development, there is nothing lighter on your wallet. Read more…

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5 can't-miss apps: 'Sheepop,' Clinique, Nat Geo View and more



Between freedom-loving llamas on the loose in Arizona and the dress that broke the Internet, you may have overlooked some of this week’s best new apps.

Luckily, each weekend, we round up our favorite new and updated apps, so you won’t miss out.

This week’s list includes a new photo-focused app from National Geographic, a game called Sheepop that challenges you to throw sheep, and an app to help you manage all your subscription services

Check out the gallery, below, to see all the apps that made our list of top picks. And if you’re looking for more, take a look at last week’s roundup of can’t-miss apps. Read more…

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Leaked video shows Huawei smartwatch in action



With only one day left before the start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, footage of Huawei’s new smartwatch has been discovered online

The two videos, spotted by Droidlife, but not yet officially released, are high production value spots that show off both the design of the Huawei Watch as well as its software functionality, the latter accompanied by an onscreen message stating that the demo is “created by visual effect.”

Despite the software demonstration caveat, the promotional spot is impressive. Featuring a rugged outdoorsman traveling through the snowcapped mountains of Chamrousse, France, we see the Huawei Watch being used to check the wearer’s heart rate, the current outdoor temperature and to vocally interact with Google Now Read more…

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Fussy macaw cleans her lovely plumage in a sink



Even birds need spa treatments once in a while.

Iris, a 13-year-old hyacinth macaw, takes a shower in the sink to clean her feathers. She’s a demure little bird, dipping her tiny claw under the tap to test the temperature, and fussing with the faucet to get just the right pressure.

Birds: They’re just like us.

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How to write a speech for any occasion



There’s nothing worse than staring at a blank screen, and wondering how you’ll begin to write a speech. Oh wait, there is something worse: Staring at a blank screen, and wondering how to start your speech — while your deadline is hanging over your head. Add some pressure to a confused mind and a dreaded task and, well, you’re likely to throw something together, throw up your hands, or throw in the towel.

But don’t get mad — get strategic. In my work coaching busy people (from powerful Hollywood movie moguls to nervous maids of honor) to make speeches, I have found that following these three simple steps can quickly take you from ideation to oration Read more…

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Leonard Nimoy explains the unexpected origin of the Vulcan salute



With the help of his rabbi, Leonard Nimoy learned how to live long and prosper long before he became Mr. Spock.

The classic Vulcan greeting made famous by his Star Trek character was inspired by a blessing from the Jewish faith, Nimoy, who died on Friday, told the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project in 2014

The hand gesture is also in the shape of the Hebrew letter “shin,” Nimoy explained.

“People don’t realize they’re blessing each other with this. It’s great,” Nimoy said in the video.

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Leonard Nimoy explains the unexpected origin of the Vulcan salute



With the help of his rabbi, Leonard Nimoy learned how to live long and prosper long before he became Mr. Spock.

The classic Vulcan greeting made famous by his Star Trek character was inspired by a blessing from the Jewish faith, Nimoy, who died on Friday, told the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project in 2014

The hand gesture is also in the shape of the Hebrew letter “shin,” Nimoy explained.

“People don’t realize they’re blessing each other with this. It’s great,” Nimoy said in the video.

More about Viral Videos, Videos, Star Trek, Nerdy, and Watercooler

The WebRTC Race Begins Today



 As recently as 2012, it seemed that Web Real-Time Communication, or WebRTC, was so clandestine that the technology was a skunk works project, hidden in a back office somewhere in Silicon Valley. It is now an emerging standard of web communication which makes high definition, high resolution, low bandwidth video, audio, chat and peer to peer data transfer as simple as a single browser link.… Read More

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Neil deGrasse Tyson answers all of your curious questions about space



Neil deGrasse Tyson is doing what he does best: blowing minds.

The acclaimed astrophysicist sat down with Mashable to answer SnapChat users’ interesting and downright strange questions about the universe.

The most pressing conundrums that have been weighing on your mind have finally been answered, from whether aliens exist to what dogs smell like in the cold, empty vacuum of space.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more…

More about Viral Videos, Space, Videos, Funny, and Nerdy

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