Outcome bias and the psychology that prevents sustained success

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In psychology, there is a phenomenon called Outcome Bias, which basically means that we tend to judge the efficacy of a decision based primarily on how things turn out. After a decision is made, we rarely examine the conditions that existed at the time of the decision, choosing instead to evaluate performance based solely (or mostly) on whether the end result was positive or not.

But what…

Modeling Exercise: The Grocery Store’s Checkout Model

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I went to the super market yesterday, and I forgot to get out of work mode, so here is this post. The grocery store checkout model exercise deals with the following scenario. You have a customer that is scanning products in a self-checkout lane, and you need to process the order.

In terms of external environment, you have:

ProductScanned ( ProductId: string ) event
Complete Order…

Fiverr Goes Global With New Languages, Local Offerings

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Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 12.57.34 AM After raising $30 million in August , Fiverr, the low-cost online marketplace for services of any stripe, is making it rain. The company is spending money to roll out new international sites. Starting with Spanish, French, Dutch, and Portuguese website versions, the US-based company wants to take its network of professional and creative service providers global — without them having… Read More

Flipboard debuts a big redesign and The Daily Edition, a morning news section

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Finding the right news to read is hard. That’s why hundreds of companies have jumped into the game offering different takes on what you might want to read, and why you might want to read it. Some apps offer expert-level curation, like Yahoo News Digest, which bundles ten stories into a simple package that comes every morning and evening. Other services like Circa hope to actually rewrite the news into tiny, bite-sized pieces. Then, there’s Flipboard, the comparatively ancient older brother that does a great job aggregating news your friends post across all of your social networks.

The app boasts 250,000 downloads per day, consistently tops App Store charts, comes pre-installed on a variety of Samsung and Microsoft Surface devices, and…

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Flipboard’s New App Gets Personal By Making Topics The Center Of Attention

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IMG_0243 Flipboard has been working hard over the last few years to build an app that makes reading stories on mobile and tablet devices as engaging as flipping through a magazine. With the latest version of its app, users will be able to find and discover content that is relevant to their interests, through the introduction of topics they can follow. Read More

Nintendo’s first ‘non-wearable’ is a sleep-tracking device

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Although Nintendo reported encouraging Q2 earnings yesterday, the company has been clear about its need to expand into new areas of business. At an investor briefing today, CEO and president Satoru Iwata announced that Nintendo is working on a sleep-tracking device that uses radio waves to monitor users’ nighttime activity. The news represents the first solid details we’ve heard about Nintendo’s “Quality of Life (QOL) platform, which Iwata first mentioned back in January with talk of mysterious “non-wearable” technology.

Iwata expanded on the concept of “non-wearable” today, saying the sleep-tracking device won’t require wearing, contact, operation, waiting time, or installation effort on the part of the user; from a simple…

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Xiaomi Now The World’s Third Biggest Smartphone Maker, Says IDC

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Xiaomi MIUI 6 Xiaomi is now the world’s third largest smartphone maker, due in large part to the success of its high-end Mi4, says new research by IDC. This is also the first time that Xiaomi has broken into the research firm’s list of the top 5 smartphone makers in the world. Samsung remains at the lead despite declining shipment volume, followed by Apple, Xiaomi, and Lenovo and LG, which tied… Read More

Microsoft’s health revolution is here, starting with a $199 fitness tracker

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Microsoft’s fitness tracking ambitions are not small.

Yusuf Mehdi is sitting at a conference table at the company’s campus in Redmond, WA, crossed legs revealing the sneakers he’s wearing, talking to me on Skype as he swipes through a presentation on his Surface. Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Devices and Services is explaining Microsoft Health, the company’s sprawling new project: a multi-platform system for compiling and analyzing all the world’s health data. Throughout our…

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‘Microsoft Band’ wearable spotted ahead of rumored announcement

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Microsoft is expected to unveil its fitness band very soon and the company appears to have leaked its new wearable a little early. A Microsoft Band Sync app has appeared in the Mac App Store today, indicating that the company’s new wearable will simply be named Microsoft Band when it debuts. The application reveals what the Microsoft Band looks like and it’s pretty similar to Samsung’s Gear Fit with what looks like a horizontal display. There’s little other information including in the Microsoft Band Sync app listing, but the app does indicate that the band will sync its data to the cloud.

Microsoft’s fitness band will have some smartwatch features, but it will be primarily focused on fitness activities. We’re told the fitness band will…

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