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The future of learning

The future of learning | digitalNow | Scoop.it

Ericsson released a new video that highlights descriptions of the future of learning by top educational technology experts and others.

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This Ereader Will Cost Less Than $15

This Ereader Will Cost Less Than $15 | digitalNow | Scoop.it
This is the Txtr Beagle. It's a new low-end ereader, that does away with fancy technological trappings: you'll find no touchscreen, backlight, 3G or even Wi-Fi here.
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25% of Americans Were Victims of Security Breaches in Past Year

25% of Americans Were Victims of Security Breaches in Past Year | digitalNow | Scoop.it
One in four consumers had personal identification lost or stolen due to a data breach in the past year, a new study suggests.
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Is Your Metric Dollars Or Value

Is Your Metric Dollars Or Value | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Business is out of touch with the lives of the people who support it and that is why businesses fail.
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5 Companies With Profitable Online Customer Communities

5 Companies With Profitable Online Customer Communities | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Why It Rocks for the Business
The audience creates the content and a built-in network that will help generate an audience. The business will never have to worry about writer’s block — hundreds of heads are better than one for generating great ideas.

Why It Rocks for Customers
They’ll have a trusted dedicated resource to discover and share new ideas.

Ideas Worth Trying
If you’re thinking of launching a blog, consider leveraging your most loyal and dedicated customers to contribute the content.

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4 Ways Your Customers Are Searching Your Website

4 Ways Your Customers Are Searching Your Website | digitalNow | Scoop.it
What is Information Architecture (IA)?

Here is the boring schoolbook definition…

IA is the categorization of information into a coherent structure that people can understand quickly.

Translation: IA helps people find stuff on your website.

It connects people to the content they’re looking for at a particular point in time.

Solid IA takes into account the who, what and why:

the customer (or user) – who is using the website?
the content- what are they likely to be searching for?
the context – why is the customer (user) looking for it?

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Electric Leadership by Thomas Edison

Electric Leadership by Thomas Edison | digitalNow | Scoop.it

A primary leadership goal should be to not settle for less than you dream of.
On Innovation
“If there is a way to do it better – find it.”
“I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent it.”
“We don’t know one-millionth of one percent about anything.”

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The Keys to Purposeful Motivation

The Keys to Purposeful Motivation | digitalNow | Scoop.it
You motivate everyone around you every day whether you know it or not.  Motivation can be a positive force or a negative force.  They key to success in motivation is to recognize its power and use ...
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Failure Isn’t a Dirty Word

Failure Isn’t a Dirty Word | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Failure. It’s a word that evokes fear. And for good reason: We’re taught to avoid it at all costs And when it happens, “never admit it!” Failure = Bad Our brains automatically try to di...
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Business Travelers Rush to Mobile, Leaving Managers Behind

Managed corporate travel is a unique marketplace because its buyers (travel managers) are not the same as its consumers (business travelers)—and those groups often have needs that are at odds. Mobile technology is at the center of this debate because, in general, travel marketers are focused on creating mobile apps and solutions for the end user—what’s referred to as consumerization—vs. for someone managing bulk travel planning. These consumer solutions often operate in contrast to the needs of corporate travel managers.

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Can't Make The Meeting? Send Your Robot Instead

Can't Make The Meeting? Send Your Robot Instead | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Remotely piloted telepresence robots could be the beginning of another tech revolution. Some observers are already predicting that they will be the first robots to go mainstream. But it won't happen right away.
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All Things Workplace: Delegating? You're Still In It Together

All Things Workplace: Delegating? You're Still In It Together | digitalNow | Scoop.it
One of the joys experienced by a new manager is having an array of people to call on to "get it done." One of the challenges experienced by a new manager is having an array of people to call on...
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Next Year, You Will Watch 2X As Much Video On Your Phone As You Did Last Year

Next Year, You Will Watch 2X As Much Video On Your Phone As You Did Last Year | digitalNow | Scoop.it

Mobile is disrupting everything, including video consumption.

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You Have to Speak for the Work

So, what’s an effective approach to speaking for the work? Here are five road tested steps that most senior execs appreciate:

So What? – Before you share anything, make sure you answer the question, “So what?” from the executive’s perspective. What do they care most about and how does your information help them with what they care about? Make sure you know the answers before proceeding.

Context – You need to briefly but substantively establish the context for what you’re sharing. An example would be, “You asked for an end of quarter update on the Acme Project; here’s our report.” Setting the context helps the executive cut through the clutter.

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On Leadership, Delegation and Whack-a-Mole

On Leadership, Delegation and Whack-a-Mole | digitalNow | Scoop.it

Building a Better Mole Trap
Creating Ways to Delegation Success
When something goes wrong with delegation, the key to overcoming this is to focus on the performance discrepancy instead of the manager’s deficiency.
An easy way to see if you are part of the problem is to ask some questions spurred from Robert Mager and Peter Pipe’s thinking in Analyzing Performance Problems:
Are my expectations crystal clear?
Have I clearly defined what success should look like?
Could my manager/employee do what I am wanting (not necessarily asking if my expectations are unclear) if their career depended on it? If the answer is yes, then it is not an issue of lack of skill or knowledge.
If they could do it but are not, what other factors could be causing the issue? (e.g. lack of resources, conflicting goals, lack of quality measures, misaligned consequences)

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Failure is an Option.

If I really considered failure, I would see that it is truly inevitable, in parts of my life. Learning to drive for the first time? I failed the driver’s test for my permit. I attempted to learn how to drive a stick shift one time with my sister. I have owned nothing but automatics if that tells you how well that went. To my credit, my sister only gave me five attempts.

But there are things I will fail at. It is in that failure how I choose to 1-react and 2-Who I see reflected in it.

If I stopped to see what failure is inherently designed for, I would see it’s meant to remind me of how sovereign God is, that I am completely reliant upon Him, and He is infallible and perfect. I am dependent solely upon Him to learn, to grow, and to understand. He uses different outlets, circumstances, and people for that dependence reminder.

Do I view failure as God exhibiting pure patience with me?

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10 Cool Google Tricks To Try When You’re Bored

10 Cool Google Tricks To Try When You’re Bored | digitalNow | Scoop.it

I’ve got the cure for what ails ya’. Open a new tab and start a Googlin’.

1. Google ‘do a barrel roll”

2. Google ‘zerg rush’

3. Google ‘the loneliest number’

4. Google ’tilt’

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For SMBs, a Path Toward Digital

Today’s small and medium-sized businesses are well aware that, in the modern marketplace, to ignore digital channels is to be left out in the cold. This growing certainty is reflected in data from a Q3 2012 survey of 300 SMBs in the US conducted by market researcher BIA/Kelsey, which found that 40% of small and midsized firms planned to increase their digital spending budget within the next 12 months. In sharp contrast, a mere 3.7% said they planned to decrease digital budgets.

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Consumers Spend More Time with Mobile as Online Growth Slows

the amount of time US consumers spent using mobile devices—excluding talk time—will grow 51.9% to an average 82 minutes per day, up from just 34 minutes in 2010, eMarketer estimates.

Mobile growth comes as time spent online, which includes desktop and laptop computers and other nonmobile connected devices such as internet-connected TVs, will continue rising but at a slowed pace from previous years. This year, eMarketer estimates time spent online will grow just 3.6% to an average 173 minutes per day, compared to 7.7% growth in 2011 to 167 minutes per day.

Read more at http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?R=1009431#LLI6opc9Q1CtwcBL.99

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Trust (or Lack of it) and One-Way Social Media

Trust (or Lack of it) and One-Way Social Media | digitalNow | Scoop.it
While trust in digital comms is now close to that in other media, a one-way approach is perhaps the least suited to building trust with companies' stakeholders.
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Tips to Search Smarter and Faster

Tips to Search Smarter and Faster | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Google and Bing offer shortcuts like calculators, flight finders and dictionaries right in the search box.
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20 Power Words In Online Advertising

A recent Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) study revealed that online advertising accounted for 3.7 percent of the United States’ gross domestic product (GDP) in 2011.

At a loss for words? It could be the case that your ads are too.

Marketers are competing with millions of other advertisers for audience eyes. Website visitors see a lot of online advertisements, and unless you’re paying attention to the subtleties in your copy, your efforts may go unnoticed.

If you’re struggling to find the right words, here are 20 to kickstart your brainstorming. No thesaurus necessary.

1. You

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