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Pop-Up Restaurants: They’re Here to Stay

Wednesday 08.08.2012 , Posted by

People are aware that the restaurant industry is massive — to the tune of $372 billion a year — but, what they may not be aware of is that a quarter of these restaurants fail within the first year, and 60% fail by their third year. This rate of failure has driven some cutting edge chefs and restaurant financiers to seek out new investment opportunities.  The pop-up restaurant trend was inspired by supper clubs, and first started in London in the mid-2000s as “happenings”. A cheaper investment upfront coupled with the opportunity for constant reinvention and chance-taking make pop-up restaurants ideal for restaurant financiers and chefs looking for a new investment. [Read more…]

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How to Destroy Your Productivity at Work

Saturday 08.04.2012 , Posted by

The thing about destroying productivity is that you barely have to try to make it happen. Our world has become inundated with ways to thwart productivity, and many of these faults lie in bed with your everyday work habits. One of the most surprising things to be found from this infographic is that a study from The British Institute of Psychiatry showed that checking your email while performing another creative task decreases your IQ in the moment by 10 points – which is the equivalent of not sleeping for 36 hours. When you think about it, how often does this happen in your everyday life? Even reading this article right now, you’re probably doing a combination of these productivity destroyers that could hinder you from even reaching the end of this sentence. [Read more…]

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Top-Level Domain Names and the Future of the Internet

Saturday 07.28.2012 , Posted by

The future of the Internet lies in the realm of expansion. Just like computers have been, the Internet has been evolving for decades. Years ago, computers took up the entire floors of buildings, and now they occupy our front pocket with more processing power than those ancient dinosaurs. The Internet is becoming a far more sophisticated place as well. With so many different types of websites and businesses out there, the need to expand top-level domain names has finally come upon us. [Read more…]

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How Your Favorite Sites Are Using Your Data

Tuesday 07.24.2012 , Posted by

The rise of social sharing sites has brought about an interesting change in how our data is being used. All of the different sites you frequent on a daily basis are actively gathering facts about you. You may have noticed that when you were searching for a perfect new summer tank top on Urban Outfitters, that when you left to check other websites those same tank tops started following you in ads on those new sites. Social networks are betting on a future built on a personalized web, an Internet paradise filled with items the virtual you will be more apt to share, pin, tweet, or “like.” [Read more…]

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The Race For Gold

Saturday 07.21.2012 , Posted by

The 2012 London Olympics are just 7 days away, and Olympians from around the world are gearing up for the competition. Athletes are completing their final warm-ups, settling into their new living quarters, and eagerly awaiting the massive crowds to fill all the different venues of the Olympic Park. Some of them have accomplished Olympic glory before, while others have spent their entire lives training for this once in a lifetime opportunity. While athletes in various events all have earning potential, there are certain events that garner the most lucrative pay-outs.  [Read more…]

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Made for TV: Television’s Most Excellent Roommates

Tuesday 07.17.2012 , Posted by

We’ve all had our fair share of roommates. Having the right one can enhance your life tremendously, and account for hours and hours of ridiculous conversation and hilarious hijinks. Being stuck with the wrong roommate can turn your life into an awkward living hell, where the torment of not getting along, mixed with the continuous stream of passive aggressive notes about inconsequential things, will drive you to the brink of jumping straight off a bridge. Because of these polar extremes, roommates have always made great content for television. [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #234> It’s As Simple As A-B-C

Sunday 07.15.2012 , Posted by

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Americans Rate Their Utility Companies

Friday 07.13.2012 , Posted by

There are choices for many things in life. We can choose to not have a cell phone, delete our Facebook account, never fully understand Twitter, buy our dogs ridiculously priced sweaters and treats, complain about politics, or quit our jobs to move halfway across the world to a beach in Thailand to completely start over and live in boardshorts. But, there is one thing — unless you live completely off the grid — that we don’t have a choice in, and that’s dealing with a utility company. So how do Americans feel about their power company? And how does that change depending on what company they use and whether they use solar or grid power? [Read more…]

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Why Retailers Should Get On Board With Pinterest

Thursday 07.12.2012 , Posted by

Pinterest is making an actual vision board obsolete. People are flocking to the social networking site to keep a virtual space of recipes, decor ideas, fashion must-haves, beauty tips, and artwork. By now, most people are familiar with the pull Pinterest commands around the web in terms of driving traffic — as compared to other social networks. Almost two out of five consumers follow retailers through one or more social networking sites, with Pinterest users following an average of 9.3 retail companies… that is more than the average amount of Facebook and Twitter users. With so much happening on Pinterest, it only makes sense that retailers set up a Pinterest profile and interact with consumers on the platform. [Read more…]

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Winning Wimbledon Tennis Tournament

Wednesday 07.11.2012 , Posted by

With the 2012 Wimbledon Championships just ending this past weekend, spectators at the event and around the world witnessed records being broken, upsets stealing the show, and the domination of the Williams sisters and Roger Federer. Wimbledon combines the best modern-day advanced sports technology with the charm of an English country garden, and is the only one of the major tennis championships to be played on grass. Whether you saw every match, or didn’t watch a single moment, there are still some interesting facts to learn about the Wimbledon Championship in this graphic created by Confused[Read more…]

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