[Last updated on November 24: Microsoft Store, Sony Store; Panasonic] Black Friday is almost here! This year's Black Friday may fall on November 25, but more and more retailers are starting their sales on Thanksgiving (Nov. 24), and even making some offers exclusive to the weekend. Not only that, but a sneaky few are also splitting their bargains between their brick-and-mortar and online stores. To help you navigate this increasingly complex, multi-platform shopping extravaganza, we're sifting every ad from retailers across America for the latest tech deals available to you this year. Where possible, we'll also make note of the start times and dates so you won't miss out on those brag-worthy bargains. We'll be updating this post multiple times a day right up until Turkey Day to serve you all the hottest gadget steals and deals, so be sure to bookmark this page or subscribe to our feed. But before you rush out to buy the first tech toy you see on sale, here are some quick tips to … [Read more...] about ZDNet’s Ultimate Black Friday 2011 guide to deals and steals
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Urban bike-sharing initiatives are not new. They have existed for years, to varying degrees of success, in many cities in Europe and Canada, and have recently taken off in countries like Australia and China. But while bike sharing has had some success in a few American cities in recent years, the practice has never been widespread in the U.S. Social Bicycles, a New York City-based start-up, hopes to change that. Social Bicycles (SoBi) would use GPS technology to monitor a network of bicycles, custom-fitted with tracking technology and SoBi bike lock, that would allow users to share bikes throughout the city. Using patent-pending technology, SoBi users would use their computer or smartphone to locate a nearby bike. They would unlock it by typing their account information into the on-board computer (fueled by the bike’s solar panel), which would communicate wirelessly with a central server, authorizing the member access. Users would then lock the bike up at their destination and … [Read more...] about Will urban bike sharing work in the U.S.?
During a trip to California last fall, I stopped in to visit a friend of mine who works at Dropbox. He zipped over to the reception area to fetch me on a Razor scooter, provided to employees to make getting around the office faster (and cooler), took me past the morning yoga class currently in session, the fresh squeezed juice station and granola wall, and the made-to-order stir fry bar, to the plush music room, equipped with instruments and big soft couches arranged in a lounge/bar atmosphere. At the time, I was struggling to raise another round for my start-up, and was packing my own lunch for the plane to save money. It was as if I had walked into a physical representation of the opportunity costs of running my own company — and it was painful. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock I have never really lusted after material things, and while rumors of free on-demand massages at the Google offices always made me smile, the allure of corporate perks was … [Read more...] about The Most Popular Employee Perks Of 2014
When budgets are tight, it can be hard to justify raises as rewards for high-performing employees. But if someone loves their work, takes pride in doing it well and feels valued, there are many other ways besides a bigger paycheck to show your appreciation for a job well done.Studies have shown that employees with high job satisfaction are generally more productive, engaged and loyal to their companies. Hiring managers, HR experts and business leaders weighed in on the best ways to keep employees satisfied when salary isn't the driving factor."Feedback and the ability to understand employee concerns is important, but it's what you do after that's critical to retention. You should always be transparent by sharing what you've learned and a course of action for addressing the issue. For example, after a recent company-wide engagement survey, we chose to share our results with all employees. We not only communicated our top areas of success but also our areas for improvement and … [Read more...] about 12 Secrets to Keeping Employees Happy Without a Raise