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Entrepreneur, 1-12-2017 -- We asked readers: How do you make the most of everyone's least favorite work routine? Here's what they had to say. 1. Plan ahead. Set the agenda one week ahead of time. Allow employees to comment on it prior to the meeting so they have time to really think about it -- and then stick to the agenda. -- T.J. Allan, owner, Ageless Fitness, Gillespie, Ill. 2. Be holistic. We use the principles of sociocracy to make meetings valuable. It’s a whole system approach for inclusive decision making, effective governance and the ongoing evaluation and improvement of your organization. -- Abhishek Gupta, technical consultant, Creative n Innovative Research, Jaipur, India 3. Stand up. Have all-hands-on-deck meetings standing up. We stand in a circle at 9 a.m. every morning and one by one state our goals for the day. Because we’re standing, we’re energized and we move fast. We’re done in 15 minutes. -- Aidah Omar, consultant, Leads Gen Expert Pte Ltd., Singapore  4. Make notes. Always have someone taking notes on actionable items -- who said they would do what, and when. Then have that person send the notes around after. It helps to move things along and make the meeting meaningful. -- Sandi Danilowitz, founder/CEO, The Health Engine, Toronto  5. Get clear. I have…
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1-13-2017, Autoblog -- 2016 was full of talk of autonomy, but little action beyond crazy, futuristic concept cars and announcement after announcement from automakers. If this year's CES is any indication, 2017 is going to focused on connectivity. More than that, CES showed that traditional barriers between automakers are breaking down in favor of universal and open source technology standards that will benefit both consumers and developers.CES, traditionally a showcase for the latest and greatest technology and gadgets like flat-screen refrigerators or televisions that broadcast in the fifth dimension, has become so intwined with the auto industry that we at Autoblog cover it like any other auto show. At every CES event I attended and nearly every booth I went to, there was some talk, display, or demonstration of how cars will connect to your phone and your home, and eventually each other.It seems we're heading toward the tech singularity where all devices work under one cohesive ecosystem – the Internet of Things, if you like. The difference between autonomy and connectivity is how real the latter feels because so much of the connected tech on display at CES is either here already or will be here by the end of the year.…
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1-10-2017, Mobile Electronics, January 2017 -- Choosing a career path isn't always a choice you make alone. Sometimes the world, other people, or possibly fate, intervene to shine the light on a new path. Bill Goldberg began his career tackling professional football players on the field for the Atlanta Falcons, but due to a serious knee injury, he turned to the world of professional wrestling and began tackling, or "spearing," his opponents on the way to becoming one of the most popular stars to ever grace the squared circle. Ronald Reagan began his career as an actor but got bitten by the political bug and began speaking on behalf of General Electric, which started him on his path to becoming President of the United States. Each path illustrates something many people have in common: While you don't always land in your first choice of careers, sometimes a similar, yet better option is right around the corner. Ric Moore is such a person, having started his career working in music production in 1985. "My background was live sound. I've always been interested in music. I'm one of the baby boomers that grew up on classic rock. I bought all the albums…
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1-9-2017 -- Known as the largest electronics show on the planet, CES provides an opportunity for new innovation at the start of each year. This year, it did not dissapoint, providing a place for mobile electronics manufacturers to showcase new ideas to eager retailers and industry insiders. This year's event took place at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) and featured some potential game changers for many companies. With a packed show floor, visitors from all over the world were able to see innovations that could affect them more than they know. Perhaps the biggest innovation that many companies are developing products for, is the concept of OEM integration with an enhancement of sound quality. Kenwood has released its XR600-6DSP (MSRP $800),  a six-channel power plant that, through partnership with Automotive Data Solutions (ADS), upgrades select factory audio systems by supplanting, rather than supplementing the factory amplifier. Sony displayed a demo vehicle featuring its RSXGS9 hi-resolution single-DIN head unit, which was reflective of where many car audio companies are going this year. This is largely thanks to a renewed interest in high quality sound from their customers. JL Audio, which again showcased off-site at the Palms Hotel and Casino, displayed…
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LinkedIn Pulse, 1-7-2017 -- My car was everything I expected it to be six years ago when I bought it for the fuel efficiency, excellent handling, and a stylish look. Recently I purchased another car for my wife, a 2015 Mazda6 with the latest infotainment features they offered last year. We liked the built-in backup camera right up on the dashboard display. So I found myself groveling over the basic radio that came with my beloved 2010 Mazda3 GT, and I'm not the only one. Even though I could pair my phone through Bluetooth, the experience was lacking, and I could not see behind me without turning my head around. How I Upgraded to a New Car In my case, I ordered a Kenwood stereo system for roughly $600 on Crutchfield.com, and I haven't looked back since. I'm probably first on my block to get Apple CarPlay, in a Mazda for that matter. It took a weekend project to install, but it allowed me to connect any Android phone or iPhone to my 2010 Mazda3. The 7-inch user experience is simple, clean and efficient. My car felt brand new again, seeing as it still drove just fine. But this made…
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Mobile Electronics Senior Editor Ted Goslin is visited by an installation tech who installs the latest in heads-up display technology. 1-3-2017 -- As a journalist getting ready for CES, one of the largest trade shows of the year, this time of year brings a great deal of prepping. Companies send you information on their latest product releases. Some do not pertain to your area of focus. Some appear not to relate, but may impact the future of your area. That's where Navdy comes in—the latest in installable heads-up display technology—recently made available to the aftermarket by way of a partnership with Harman. The device, available for purchase through Navdy on its website (www.navdy.com), costs a total of $799 and has one- ($66 per month) and two-year ($33 per month) payment plans available. The company also offers an added option of home installation for those who'd prefer not to install the device themselves. For the sake of getting a thorough tutorial for this blog, I opted to have the installer pay me a visit. While the installation is logical enough, I'm not fully confident I could have stumbled through it without the knowledge I've acquired from working on this publication. I…
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